From Personal Transformation to Peacebuilding Impact

Effectively Transforming mindsets, attitudes, wellbeing and behaviour

Laying a Strong Psycho-social Foundation for Sustainable Peace

An Integrative Approach to Sustainable Peace

Human, Holistic, Highly Effective

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Psychosocial Peacebuilding

What is it? Why now?
How to do it? Can you also learn it?

IAHV Peacebuilding Programs effectively transform the mindsets, attitudes, wellbeing and behaviour of individuals and communities engaged in or affected by conflict and violence.

Cooperating with other organisations in a holistic approach, IAHV lays a strong psycho-social foundation in which other peace and development efforts can take root.

Supplying this missing link in peacebuilding, we turn personal transformation into greater peacebuilding impact.

IAHV also advocates and builds capacity for psychosocial peacebuilding programming and awareness on an international level, including the structural integration of MHPSS and Peacebuilding.

The 3 objectives of IAHV Peacebuilding Programs

  • Preventing and Breaking Cycles of Violence
  • Restoring Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Creating Cultures of Peace

Impact in 20+ conflict and war-zones:

  • 300.000+ trauma-relief beneficiaries (Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, India, US, Balkans, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Northern Caucasus and Afghanistan)

  • 7400+fighters laid down arms (Kashmiri militants, Naxalite terrorists, FARC rebels, Kosovo Liberation Army veterans, the LTTE in Sri Lanka, militants in Assam, Maoists in Nepal, ao)

  • Colombia breakthrough in peace process: FARC leadership embraces Gandhian principles of non-violence and agrees to speed up the peace process after mediation by IAHV Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in June 2015.

  • Prisons worldwide: rehabilitation programs for 700.000 prisoners and staff

  • Gangs: reintegration of gang members

  • Reconciliation between tribes/villages

  • Healing, Resilience and Prevention of Extremism for 18.000 war affected children in Lebanon and Jordan (EU project) 

  • Reduced PTSD symptoms in US war veterans

What We Do

Trauma Relief, Resilience and Empowerment

Trauma Relief, Resilience and Empowerment

Effective, accessible and scalable workshops significantly reducing symptoms of PTS,  anxiety and depression through a self-empowering approach

Preventing and Transforming Violent Extremism – Mobilising Youth for Peace

Preventing and Transforming Violent Extremism – Mobilising Youth for Peace

Effective transformation of attitudes and behaviours of radicalised individuals and groups and their nonviolent empowerment, reintegration of ex-combatants, and healing and resilience for survivors, affected families and communities.

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Towards Integrated Peacebuilding: Psychosocial Wellbeing, Skills and Knowledge for Increased Peacebuilding Impact:

Learn analytical frameworks to design psychosocial peacebuilding programs, gain confidence to innovate through personal experience, nurture your peacebuilding qualities and remain peaceful in the midst of conflict.

Social Cohesion: Dialogue and Reconciliation

Social Cohesion: Dialogue and Reconciliation

Individual and community programs providing healing and well-being, transcending identity based conflict and sectarianism, building social resilience and cohesion and motivating participation in reconciliation activities


Global Advocacy for Integrated Peacebuilding

IAHV advocates and builds capacity for psychosocial peacebuilding programming and awareness on an international level, including the structural integration of MHPSS and Peacebuilding.

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Resilience and Self-Care Programs:

We provide peacebuilders, humanitarian, health and other frontline workers with simple but effective tools to improve stress management, personal resilience, well-being, performance capacity and prevent burn-out.

Characteristics of IAHV Approach

  • Self-empowering
  • Effective
  • Evidence-based
  • Cost-effective
  • Applicable across different cultural and social backgrounds
  • Scaleable
  • Easily accessible and low risk of stigmatization


“I wholeheartedly endorse the IAHV Peacebuilding Program that you are launching. I firmly believe that IAHV has the promise of bringing something unique and impactful to traditional peacebuilding efforts.”
Sanjay Pradhan, Vice-President World Bank Institute

“I think this will address the roots of conflict, the psychological dimension that nobody deals with or comes close to. They think it is something very complicated. They need to find solutions for difficult cases and treat each case separately. However, this is an effective group approach for psycho-social issues.” Sanaa, social worker, Beirut

“You send people to a workshop for a week and you figure they’re going to feel better. But to see something one year after is pretty amazing.” Dr. Emma Seppala, Associate Director Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford

“You are more effective in psycho-social support than any of the specialized agencies.” Youth worker, Tripoli, Lebanon

“Now we can trust again. We did not trust anyone anymore.” Displaced Yazidi from Sinjar, Iraq

“This (IAHV Programs) needs to spread across Syria and Lebanon.” Social activist, Tripoli, Lebanon

“I was very happy in the course. Very happy. I learned exercises that relax my body. My heart was emptied from all problems and burdens. It made us get rid of the tension and anger. I wish that all people will come to this happy place.”Malik, 12 yr, Bab Al Tabaneh, Tripoli, Lebanon

“I wish it wouldn’t be just 7 days program, I hope IAHV can have a center here where we can come to you. Just as you opened a door for us please open it to others too, this is what matters to us.”Ibrahim, Syrian youth refugee from Aleppo, Haret Hreik

“I observed many victims of war suffering from PTS in serious post-conflict circumstances in Kosovo. IAHV trainings have significantly helped them in their recovery.” Vehbi Rafuni, Director, Association for Disabled Kosovo Liberation Army Veterans


Support our ongoing work


2 weeks ago

This week a special HRE took place in Krakow for women from Ukraine who came from places most affected by the war (eg from Mariupol). Some lost their loved ones or were subjected to torture. They have been invited to Poland by a partner organisation to strengthen their wellbeing for 2 months. Though the process was not easy, at the end the women experienced deep relaxation and really appreciated the workshop activities. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

UNHCR Polska had requested Peace of Mind and Strength of Heart to provide a Professional Care Training for 15 of its Protection Monitors in Poland, who had expressed the need for support with stress and burn-out after 9 months intensive work. The UNHCR staff participating in the training reported to feel much more relaxed after the 8 hour training and to have new insights on how to prevent and handle stressful situations and people. 100% are satisfied with the training and 95% would recommend these programs for their colleagues, other service providers and refugees.#unhcrpoland #iahv #self-care #hadea #EuropeanUnion #artoflivingAlina Korotich @andrea lindemann Krzysztof Mencel Julia Sommerlich ... See MoreSee Less
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IAHV Peacebuilding International Director Dr. Katrien Hertog in Warsaw. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

The project "Peace of Mind and Strength of Heart" has started! This week the core project team from Art of Living Poland, Fundacja Understanding, Art of Living Lithuania, IAHV Germany and IAHV-Belgium came together in Krakow for a 2-day project planning meeting! The "Peace of Mind and Strength of Heart " project will strengthen the mental health and psychological wellbeing of refugees and displaced people in Europe, with a focus on people from Ukraine. - Starting date: 1st Dec 2022- Duration: 2 years - 13500 Ukrainian displaced people - 700 mental health professionals and service providers - HRE workshops and programs as well as training new trainers- In-person and online, with a focus on Poland, Lithuania, GermanyLanding page with all information and registration options is coming soon!#EUhealth#eu_hadea #EuropeanUnionThe Art of Living International Association for Human Values ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

IAHV Training on Psychosocial Peacebuilding⭐ We need approaches to peacebuilding that effectively integrate psychosocial factors (including mental health and psychosocial support), that sustainably transform trauma, mindsets and behavior, that promote holistic wellbeing in conflict affected communities and lay a strong psychosocial foundation for violence prevention and peace.⭐ Therefore, we need peacebuilders with emotional resilience, mental clarity, innovative thinking, creativity and focus, high energy levels and resilience, to be grounded, to design innovative solutions, and to empathize and energize others through their presence and actions.⭐ And we need knowledge and skills to design, implement and evaluate programs that integrate psychosocial factors throughout the project cycle Join this training to strengthen your knowledge, skills and wellbeing to lead on this important peacebuilding innovation in today’s world, thus increasing the impact and sustainability of existing solutions!Psychosocial Wellbeing, Knowledge and Skills for Increased Peacebuilding Impact🗓️ In-person in Armenia, Nov 2022; Online Oct-Nov 2022🗓️ More info, dates, registration :"When I am self-aware of my own biases, perceptions, thought processes and my whole being, then the real issues as presented by the parties are handled and peace follows." (training participant, Kenya)IAHV is one of the pioneering organisations in the world specialised in Psychosocial Peacebuilding.Why Psychosocial Peacebuilding? Watch this video: ... See MoreSee Less
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Participants learn simple tools and techniques which help to release stress and trauma, calm the mind, raise energy levels, improve sleep, and restore and maintain their own wellbeing.
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@IAHVPB offers Healing, Resilience and Empowerment workshops for all people affected by high stress, trauma, conflict and violence due to war in Ukraine.

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