Visionaries Global Summit 2019
Program & Replays
Inner Peace Core: Meditating in War Zones
In this session Amandine and Philip will dialogue about Amandine’s vision of creating an “Inner Peace Corps” to address the trauma and release the post-traumatic stress experienced by people living and working in conflict areas. Amandine has worked extensively with the United Nations on the frontlines of peace-building in Afghanistan and other war-torn areas. She has successfully introduced “inner peace” skills (yoga, meditation) to army members, prisoners, U.N. officials, emergency relief workers, refugees and the Taliban. Philip is a longtime Kriya yoga meditation practitioner who served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone and worked with Search for Common Ground supporting peacebuilding programs in many war-torn countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Philip M. Hellmich is a thought leader in creating a new narrative of peace, from inner peace to international peacebuilding. As the Director of Peace at The Shift Network, Philip is the chief architect of the Summer of Peace, Yoga Day Summit and World Peace Library - online global forums that seek to inspire, inform and involve people in the many ways that peace is emerging around the world. He also is the co-lead faculty of the Peace Ambassador Training. These peace programs provide skills training, inspirational stories, and powerful solutions from the world’s top peacebuilders, social change leaders, scientists, Indigenous elders and spiritual mentors. Philip and his colleagues design these peace programs in partnership with a number of organizations while advancing strategic initiatives, including the International Cities of Peace in creating 1,000 Cities of Peace by 2020; Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education in promoting global compassion education; the Alliance for Peacebuilding on countering violent extremism, PeaceJam and 13 Nobel Peace Laureates in promoting global peace education and Parmarth Niketan Ashram in promoting a deeper understanding of yoga.
Philip has dedicated most of his life to global and local peacebuilding initiatives, including 14 years with Search for Common Ground. He also served for four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone where he lived and worked in small remote bush villages. A published writer, Philip is author of God and Conflict: A Search for Peace in a Time of Crisis with a Foreword by Lama Surya Das. He also serves as adviser to The Global Peace Initiative of Women.
Philip’s passion is exploring peace along the Peace Continuum, from inner to international levels, and his framing purpose coincides with the key questions: How is inner peace a global responsibility; and, how does the world affect inner peace? A long-time meditation practitioner, Philip enjoys studying and teaching about the parallels between inner and outer peace.
Amandine Roche is a human rights and women’s empowerment expert with 20 years experience in conflict contexts across Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America. She’s worked with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping, European Commission, USAID, UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, and UN WOMEN. She’s participated in 20 peace processes around the world.
She’s an author, photographer, explorer, public speaker, social entrepreneur, and yoga and meditation teacher. Amandine is also a healer and a Search Inside Yourself teacher.
She’s the founder of the Amanuddin Foundation in Afghanistan and the inner peacekeeping program for humanitarians on the front line. She is now creating the Inner Peace Corps organization to bring the tools of inner peace in refugee camps.