A Comprehensive Well-Being Program for University Populations

SKY Campus Happiness is a comprehensive psychosocial program tailored for university populations–students, faculty, and staff–offered by the International Association for Human Values and Art of Living Foundation and designed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.


Our Mission

Bringing meditation, breathwork, emotional intelligence, social connection, and service leadership to college students, faculty and staff.


Our Vision

We envision happy and mindful campus communities where students, faculty, and staff thrive in life and lead with clarity of mind, resilience, purpose, and belonging.

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The SKY Campus Happiness Program incorporates an empirically-validated curriculum and includes:
  • Evidence-based breathwork

  • Evidence-based meditation

  • Yoga

  • Emotional intelligence 

  • Leadership

  • Service learning 


The cornerstone practices of our programs include SKY Breath Meditation (Sudarshan Kriya) whose effects have been studied in open and randomized controlled trials, both in healthy populations, including developmental populations, and in those with psychopathology. 

Science-backed techniques for total wellbeing.

Yale University

A randomized controlled study run by Yale University scientists evaluated the effect of SKY and two other programs - Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Emotional Intelligence - on undergraduate well-being as compared to a control group. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction showed no improvement compared to the control group, Emotional Intelligence showed one improvement (mindfulness) and SKY had the highest results of all the programs, benefiting stress, depression, mental health, mindfulness, positive emotion and social connectedness.

Seppälä et al., 2020, Frontiers Psychiatry

SKY vs a cognitive behavioral intervention

Harvard University

A randomized controlled study run by Harvard University scientists evaluated the effect of SKY versus a cognitive behavioral intervention. SKY demonstrated greater improvements than the cognitive behavior intervention in perceived stress, sleep, social connectedness, distress, anxiety, depression, conscientiousness, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. SKY also led to improved sleep and stress reactivity. Results were observed immediately after and 3 months after the workshop. 

Goldstein et al., 2020, forthcoming in Journal of American College Health

Our Team

Our leadership team oversees 500+ certified SKY teachers. We work together to build customized plans uniquely suited to each college and university campus.

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Founding Director

Annelies Richmond is an international trainer of meditation, breathwork, leadership and social connection, and has trained 1000+ certified teachers globally. She speaks and teaches at institutions such as Yale University, Purdue University, Texas A&M, Google and the United Nations. She founded SKY Campus Happiness in response to the dire need for powerful well-being solutions in our universities, and is passionate about empowering our young people.

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Director of Operations

After a successful career in business, Stephanie has dedicated herself to changing the face of education. She provides leadership training, structure and support for SKY Campus Happiness on 58 university campuses, and sits on the board of RMD for Mindfulness in Higher Education.

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Director of Fellowships & Media Coordinator

Nina Sanyal a Breath & Meditation expert with over 15 years of teaching experience. Alumni of The Ohio State University, with a background in Marketing working in the Pharmaceutical industry for years. She now brings both her professional experience and passion to uplift campus communities to SKY programs.

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National Campus Support
& Impact Coordinator

Kelsi Lynde comes from being a SKY Campus Happiness student leader herself. She now supports student leaders and SKY Teachers on their campus impact and to roll out national initiatives.

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SKY Leadership Trainer

Dr Shyam Gannavaram is a SKY Teacher based in Boone, NC. He holds a PhD in Electronics Engineering and has worked in senior technology roles at several Fortune500 companies. Since 2001, Shyam has taught stress management programs to thousands of people including students, prisoners and in corporate settings across the United States.

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