Meditation With A Monk In Armenia

On March 23-25, 2017,  WPI Foundation representatives visited Armenia and organised meditation workshops there for the second time.

In 2015, we have held meditation workshops in Armenia taught by our meditation and mindfulness trainer Anna Oleshkevych, and in 2017 we were lucky enough to bring a real Thai Buddhist monk to Armenia to further talk about meditation and practice it.

During the workshops, WPI team visited three cities – Vanadzor, Gyumri and Yerevan – bringing together 250 people in total.

How did it all start?

We were coming to Georgia for Bridge Peace Fellowship 2017, and had some free time afterwards. This is how our meditation friends from Armenia invited us to their country.

Meditation workshops were conducted by monk John from Thailand. He also answered the questions of all curious participants after the workshops.

When driving to Yerevan on the evening of March 24th, Monk John said he felt like visiting three Armenian cities was similar to visiting 3 different countries. Indeed, Vanadzor impressed us with its natural beautiy and Switzerland-like mountains, Gyumri city centre looked like a small town in Western Europe, and Yerevan welcomed us as a big modern city.

Meditation in Yoga and Pilates studio in Vanadzor

Monk John enjoyed meditating with Armenian participants, was impressed by their interest in meditation and numerous questions that he received during the five meditation sessions in three Armenian cities.

Join us for more meditation

If you too are interested in your meditation question to be answered, please register for our free online self development program at Peace Revolution website, and your Peace Coach will be happy to answer all the questions. You will be able to learn meditation from scratch or learn something new about it if you already have an experience. You are also welcome to join Peace Revolution Armenia Facebook page to receive updates about Peace Revolution events in Armenia. There you will find a group of people interested in meditation who will support your practice.

We are grateful to our hosts – Nona from Yoga and Pilates Centre in Vanadzor, Tamara Khlghatyan from Gyumri, Anna Poghosian and Armenak Minasyants from Yerevan.

Thank you Karine from Lotus center in Yerevan for hosting our workshop, and thank you Grigor Yeritsyan for interpreting it into Armenian.

Check out more photos here.

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Meditation With A Monk In Tbilisi

On March 19-22, 2017 World Peace Initiative Foundation (WPI) organised meditation workshops with a monk John Paramai from Thailand in Tbilisi. The workshops gathered almost 300 people and created a positive new vibe in the city.

Meditation workshops were organised by WPI Regional Coordinator Kateryna Kulyk right after Bridge Peace Fellowship which took place in Rustavi, Georgia for the third time in 2017. Thai teaching monk was invited as a meditation instructor both in the Fellowship, as well as the preceding workshops.

WPI Foundation promotes meditation as a practice of concentration and relaxation for the mind. It is a universal way of training the mind for everyone, regardless of their background, age, gender, nationality etc.

Monk John talking to Tornike who was interpreting the workshop from English to Georgian.

WPI cooperates with Thai monks to teach meditation. Monks follow a life of simplicity obeying 227 rules. This allows them to have more time and discipline to meditate. Teaching monk John, who has a PhD in Telematics from a Norwegian university, practices meditation minimum for four hours every day.

Monk John compares human being to a computer – our body being similar to a hardware, and our mind – to a software. Even though we cannot see the software, it is the key element of a computer. Similarly, our mind operates our body and all of our actions and habits. Therefore, meditation is to be practised as the main method in gaining control over our minds.

During the workshops in Tbilisi, monk John was asked several questions:

Why do you wear orange?

Back in the days, monks lived in a forest and they would use old pieces of cloth in which corpses were wrapped as clothes. This fabric was normally white and dirty, and monks would pick it up and sew together, and then they would dye it using natural colour. Some say that Thai monks wear orange coloured clothes because they wanted to scare away wild animals. Some say that orange was the best and most accessible natural dye.

What’s your relationship with women?

When I became a monk, I renounced worldly life and accepted celibacy. I belong to Theravada Buddhism which is the most orthodox branch of Buddhism, and we are not even allowed to touch women. So since I became a monk, I am not even allowed to touch my mother.

When is the best time to meditate?

According to my master, the best time to meditate is two times per day – when our eyes are open, and when our eyes are closed (laughs). Generally, it is recommended to meditate just after waking up and right before going to sleep, but in my opinion time does not matter, consistency is more important. If you meditate every day at the same time, then you are more likely to get into the meditation routine. For some people meditating right after waking up is the best way to establish this habit.

Can different approaches to meditation have a different influence on the body?

Different methods of meditation are similar to different vehicles that all bring you to the same destination. When you go by car or bicycle to the same place, your ride will be different but you will eventually arrive at the same place. Therefore, different methods of meditation may bring about slightly different sensations, but their goal is the same, and the closer you come to stillness, the more similar your sensations will be.

Do you recommend to listen to the music during meditating?

It is ok to listen to music to relax at the beginning of the meditation, but it is better to switch it off eventually. During meditation we try to switch off all of our senses, including hearing, and music may remain as connection to outer world, preventing us from going deeper within.

Giving interview on radio Tavisupleba

There were many more questions and two interviews on the media – with Radio Tavisupleba  and Georgian Public Broadcasting; TV show “Communicator” by Studio C.

We have cooperated with Yoga Cave Tbilisi, Droni Youth NGO, and Fabrika. WPI is grateful to our partners Olga Ramer, Sopho Gogsadze and Anna Svanidze for allowing us to use their venue and inviting participants, to share meditation moments with as many interested Georgians as possible.

In total, 283 people attended meditation workshops with monk John in Tbilisi, and they received answers to many questions. If you would like to attend such workshops in your country, please follow WPI and Peace Revolution project on Facebook and Twitter and stay tuned in to events in your country. You are also welcome to start our free online self development program, during which your Peace Coach will answer all your questions about meditation, monks and opportunities with WPI.

Bridge Peace Fellowship 2017

Bridge Peace Fellowship 2017 took part in Rustavi from March 16 to 19 in Georgia gathering 27 participants, a team of 5 facilitators and organisers and a monk from Thailand. This year 15 countries from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia were represented at the Bridge fellowship. Participants meditated, communicated and shared a lot, and the atmosphere of peace and friendship influenced everyone around who was not directly involved with the fellowship.

There were many activities during the fellowship:

International evening – participants shared snacks and stories from their cultures, mingled and introduced themselves.

Google with the monk – the monk John answered many interesting questions about monkhood and meditation.

Icebreaking games – participants played exciting games and shared the fun, at the same time remembering each other’s names and becoming friends.









but most importantly, meditation. We meditated four times a day, 1 hour each time. For many it was their first experience to meditate for such a long time, and most of the participants were really grateful for having such an opportunity. We completely disconnected from the world, switched off our phones and looked within.


Feedback from participants about their meditation experience:

“I am not good in expressing my feelings in words when something hugely important is happening in my life. I just know that this is lifetime impact and I am eager to deepen my spiritual path more than ever before. I changed attitudes in many things, at least I know that life without mobile and internet is close to heaven 🙂 Life with beautiful people around is heaven and life with your true self is a real life! Thanks a lot <3.”  Tamo, Georgia

“I feel very inspired to change my life, to live my life better. I feel freedom to change, to do anything. I feel peaceful and calm because of – Whatever, whenever, however! I don’t worry about anything anymore.”   Anna, Moldova

“Bridge Fellowship motivates me to appreciate my time, respect others, reserve my energy for better daily performance. I have met many friends from different countries during this fellowship and they overcame all the stereotypes. I saw the effect of inside peace in people.”  Khamroz, Uzbekistan

Many participants said that they received answers to many important questions during this event, some have stated that it was life changing, and 98% of all who took part referred to the Fellowship as Excellent.

Peace Revolution is looking forward to new meditation workshops organised by Bridge fellowship alumni, Peace blog articles, Flashmobs, and meditation clubs to embrace an exciting year ahead.

Anna: people who meditate are happier

"People who meditate are happier," says Anna from #Armenia. Anna was one of our #BridgeFellowship participants and is grateful for the opportunity to meet the #Monk. If you too want to meet a Teaching Monk from #Thailand and learn from his wisdom, jump on to our next Fellowship which will take place in #Serbia. #SEESerbia #talkingpostcards #meditation #minfulnessApplication link: event:

Publicado por Peace Revolution Europe em Terça-feira, 20 de Junho de 2017

Присоединяйтесь к нашим планам на 2017 год!

В преддверии Нового Года мы, фонд World Peace Initiative, оглядываемся назад, оцениваем, что принес нам 2016 год, и строим планы на новый 2017 год.

2016 был очень плодотворным годом: мы организовали 4 саммита в разных регионах мира с целью ознакомления большего числа людей с медитацией как инструментом преобразования планеты в более мирное и гармоничное место. 415 участников из 92 стран собрались вместе, чтобы медитировать, общаться с единомышленниками, обсуждать идеи и новые решения по построению мирных отношений в своих сообществах. Первым мероприятием стал Европейский Саммит Мира, который прошёл 4-7 апреля в Будапеште, Венгрия. За ним был проведен Африканский Саммит Мира в Найроби, Кения, 16-20 октября, затем состоялся Латиноамериканский Саммит Мира, 25-27 ноября, и, наконец, 15-18 декабря мы провели Саммит Мира Юго-восточной Европы в Тиране, Албания.

Также мы организовали 5 международных тренингов Таиланде, включая Amani fellowship для молодежи из Африки и Творческий медитационный ретрит. В этом году был запущен новый тренинг: недельный Молодежный лагерь самопознания для студентов азиатско-тихоокеанского региона, который прошёл дважды, в апреле и сентябре. Мы организовали несколько лагерей для тайских студентов, и один лагерь в Таиланде при участии бельгийских скаутов. Мы провели локальные тренинги с целью развития мирных отношений в определенных регионах: Bridge Fellowship в Грузии (11-14 марта), Семинар для центральной и западной Африки в Камеруне (19-23 марта), Семинар Amandla для юго-восточной Африки в Малави (25-27 марта), SEE Peace Fellowship в Греции (1-3 апреля), MENA Salam III Fellowship в Турции (27-31 мая), наш первый лагерь Oceanic Camp на Фиджи (30 августа – 4 сентября) и женский Heya Fellowship в Марокко (9-13 апреля).

Мы участвовали в различных конференциях, таких как Rotary Seoul Convention и UAI Seoul в Южной Корее, Люксембургский фестиваль йоги и др., рассказывая о медитации и внутренней гармонии. Мы организовали семинары peace on demand в Австралии, Италии, Болгарии, США, Бурунди, Гондурасе, Гватемале, Коста-Рике, Сан-Сальвадоре, Доминикане, Лесото, Польше, Испании, Уругвае, Таджикистане, Узбекистане, Казахстане, Киргизстане, Иране, Аргентине, Парагвае, Эквадоре, Того, Гамбии, Экваториальной Гвинее, Бенине, Демократической республике Конго, Латвии, Сербии, Албании, Китае, на Кубе, Ямайке, Багамах и Гаити.

За всё, что мы смогли осуществить в прошедшем году, мы благодарим наших замечательных партнеров, персонал, наставников (Peace Coaches) и активных участников предыдущих тренингов (Peace Agents).

Что мы планируем сделать в 2017?

Мы собираемся начать год с тренинга Peace Architect в январе, затем в феврале пройдет тренинг для нашей команды где мы обсудим новые планы и стратегию на новый год, и, конечно же, помедитируем, попрактикуем йогу, обменяемся опытом. Далее состоится очередной лагерь APU camp для азиатских студентов (1-7 марта, Таиланд), тренинг Bridge Peace fellowship для восточной Европы, центральной Азии и Кавказского региона (март 16-19, Грузия), лагерь Pacific Self discovery camp (24-28 марта, Фиджи), женский Heya fellowship для Северной Африки и Ближнего Востока (14-18 апреля), тренинг Salam для Северной Африки и Ближнего Востока (27-31 марта, Тунис).

Как обычно, мы будем проводить наши традиционные семинары Peace on demand workshops на всех континентах, и если мы вовремя запланируем что-то вместе с вами, вероятнее всего мы сможем посетить вашу стану, будь то в центральной Америке, в Африке, в центральной Азии, в юго-восточной Европе, в центральной Европе, в южной Америке и др. Свяжитесь со своим региональным координатором, чтобы узнать подробности.

Мы также планируем проводить больше платных курсов и тренингов, чтобы поддерживать наши остальные проекты. Пожалуйста, свяжитесь с нами, если у вас есть идея организации платного ретрита, которую вы хотели бы обсудить.

Все проведенные нами проекты были воплощены людьми, верящими в идею внутреннего мира и гармонии и желающими поделиться ею с остальными. Поэтому не бойтесь делиться своими идеями с нами, это первый шаг к их воплощению, и мы очень хотим поддержать вас на этом пути!


Become a part of our plans for 2017! World Peace Initiative Foundation

As the New Year is approaching, at World Peace Initiative Foundation, we look back to everything that happened in 2016 and are making plans for the upcoming year.

2016 has been a great year during which we have taken the inner peace further in the peace-building agenda of the world. We have organised four summits in different regions of the world in order to promote meditation as a tool for making the world a more peaceful place. 415 participants from 92 countries  gathered together to brainstorm, meditate, network and create new solutions for bringing peace to their communities. European Peace Summit started of in Budapest, Hungary on April 4-7, followed by Africa Peace Summit in Nairobi, Kenya on October 16-20, followed by Latin America Peace Summit on November 25-27 and the South East Europe Peace Summit in Tirana, Albania on December 15-18. We plan to bring people together in conferences to support their inner peace experience and answer questions about introducing inner peace as an important tool of peace building together.

We also held five international fellowships in Thailand including Amani fellowship for African Youth and Artistic meditation retreat. We started a new tradition of one week long Self discovery youth camps for students in Asia Pacific region, and have held two already, in April and September (apply here), we have also held multiple camps for Thai students, and one in association with Belgian scouts. We held regional fellowships  to bring more understanding and peace to specific parts of the world – Bridge Fellowship in Georgia (11-14 March), Central & West Africa Seminar for Partnership in Cameroon (19-23 March), Amandla East & Southern Africa Seminar for Partnership in Malawi (25 -27 March), SEE Peace Fellowship in Greece (1-3 April), MENA Salam III Fellowship in Turkey (27-31 May), our first Oceanic Camp in Fiji (30 Aug – 4 Sep) and Heya Fellowship in Morocco for women (9-13 April).

We have taken part in different conferences representing meditation and inner peace, such as Rotary Seoul Convention and UAI Seoul in South Korea, Luxembourg Yoga festival, etc. And we have organized and co-organized peace on demand events and workshops in Australia, Italy, Bulgaria, USA, Cuba, Burundi, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, San Salvador, Jamaica, Bahamas, Haiti, Rep. Dominicana, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago,  Lesotho, Poland, Spain, Uruguay, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador, Togo, Gambia, Equatorial Guinea, Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Latvia, Serbia, Albania, and China.

We are grateful for everything we were able to do in the past year, for all the people who have discovered meditation and for our wonderful partners, staff, Peace Coaches and Peace Agents who made it happen.

What do we plan for the year 2017?

We shall start the year off with Peace Architect training in January, followed by crew training in February, where we will develop new plans and strategies for the upcoming year, and of course meditate, practise yoga, share and train ourselves. Then, we plan to have one more APU camp for Asian students (1-7 March, Thailand), Bridge Peace fellowship for Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus (March 16-19, Georgia), Pacific Self discovery camp (24-28 March, Fiji), Heya fellowship for women in the MENA region (14-18 April), the Middle East and North Africa Salam fellowship (27-31 March, Tunisia).

As always we shall hold Peace on demand workshops on every continent, and if we plan together on time, we would most likely be able to to come to your country – in Central America, in Central and West Africa, South and East Africa, Central Asia, South East Europe, Europe, and South America! Contact your regional coordinator to know more.

We are also planning to hold more paid courses to fundraise and support our projects. Please  contact us if you have an idea of a meditation paid course and would like to discuss it further.

All the projects we have done so far were created by people who were passionate about inner peace and wanted to share it with the world. Please be brave to share your ideas with us – it is the first step to start fulfilling them, and we are eager to support!


Did you know that you can practice Yoga online for free?

Have you been thinking about regular yoga exercise but did not know where to start? We always recommend to start with the teacher first, but if in some case live classes are absolutely out of your reach (you live in on top of a hill or you work 12 hours a day), then we encourage you to try online. Starting a yoga practice of just 10-20 minutes a day can bring about a lot of beautiful changes to your life, so get ready. Continue reading “Did you know that you can practice Yoga online for free?”

Meditation workshops in Kazakhstan

On October 17 and 19, World Peace Initiative Foundation organised meditation workshops in Almaty, Kazakhstan. We held workshops which covered the following topics: Stress management and Meditation, Finding happiness through inner peace, Yoga and meditation.


It was the first time for World Peace Initiative to come to Kazakhstan and we are very grateful to our partners and participants for supporting the idea, helping with promotion and showing interest in meditation. Thank you Yoga Center Gayatri, Yoga Dom Almaty, and KIMEP University for hosting us!

We hope in the future we can organise more interesting events, including workshops and meditation retreats in Kazakhstan, as there are many people interested in inner peace, meditation and self development. meditation-kazakhstan-01

Meanwhile, we would like to invite all those from Kazakhstan who are interested to deepen their experience with meditation to come to our annual event in Georgia, Bridge Peace Fellowship. Applications are open now, please apply soon! Do not miss such a wonderful opportunity to meet like minded people and meditate in beautiful Georgia with the monks from Thailand.


Meditation workshops in Kyrgyzstan, second edition



On October 13-15,2016  World Peace Initiative Foundation held meditation and mindfulness workshops in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for the second time. Six workshops and one half day course helped more than 400 people to practise meditation for stress reduction, happiness and improving efficiency in studies.

Peace Revolution project representative, meditation trainer Kateryna Kulyk came to Bishkek for three days during Peace Revolution Central Asia tour to conduct meditation workshops. Many participants came to the workshops, including students, people of different professions, age and religion. Meditation was practised as a universal way of finding peace and harmony inside oneself.


Our workshops were hosted by yoga dom Atma and Kumtor Gold company, and our partner Fund of Progressive Initiatives helped organise workshops in different universities – Kyrgyz Technical University, Kyrgyz Economic University, International University of Innovation Technologies (КИТЭ МУИТ) and Kyrgyz National University. We are grateful for partnership and happy to plan more events in Kyrgyzstan in the future.


And for now, we invite you to take part in Bridge Peace Fellowship that will happen in Georgia and will gather people from 15 countries together for meditation, networking and peace building (Kyrgyzstan is one of the countries that qualify to apply for the fellowship, so do not miss your chance please!). Peace in, Peace out!

Meditation workshops in Tajikistan

From September 28 to October 7, World Peace Initiative  held a series of meditation workshops in Tajikistan. The workshops covered different topics such as Stress Management and meditation, Finding happiness through inner peace, Meditation and self discovery. There were 9 workshops in three cities (Dushanbe, Khorog and Khujand) attended by around 350 people.

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Workshop coordinator and meditation trainer Kateryna Kulyk came from Thailand to present meditation and WPI Foundation in Tajikistan, and the local organizers Firuza Akramhon, Alibek Otamkekov and Gulrukhsor Safarova arranged all the local sessions.

We reached out to people of different background, age and religion and most of the participants gave us positive feedback, saying that they could really relax and feel the inner peace during meditations.

Do you consider meditating for half an hour difficult? Well, many of those who came to the workshops had never meditated before and yet they could do it. If one person can do it, you can do it too. Come and join us on our free online platform and start your free online self development program today. You will have a Peace coach, a person you can talk to about your meditation and your daily issues, a friend who will guide you through the program. And one day you will meet us in person, as WPI organises workshops all over the world, and our annual regional Bridge fellowship, applications for which are already open!

We are very grateful to our hosts who provided the venue for free and supported us in promoting the events – 55 Spirit Fitness, New Era Dance Studio, Bactria Cultural Center, American Corner Dushanbe. We hope for future cooperation and plan to arrange more events in Dushanbe and other places in Tajikistan.