Philip Hellmich

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.
  • Summer of Peace: an annual event with free online educational summits featuring leading peacebuilders from around the world. The Summer of Peace culminates on and builds supports for the annual United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21.
  • Yoga Day Summit: a free online summit celebrating the International Day of Yoga, features renowned teachers from across the planet and highlights the ancient inner science of peace.
  • Peace Ambassador Training: The Shift Network’s flagship certification training on the science and art of peace building with over 1,100 graduates from 47 countries. (Originally designed and led by James O’Dea.)
  • World Peace Library: one of the first and most extensive FREE online resources for peace education from inner to international levels. The library features over 375 free interviews with leading peace builders from around the world and covers peace building in 26 different sectors of society.

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.

Philip speaks regularly at conferences and online media events, including the first United Nations High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace that was opened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

Philip serves as adviser to The Global Peace Initiative of Women, The Gaiafield Project, American Museum of Peace and The Oracle Institute.  He is a long-time meditation practitioner and enjoys studying and teaching about the parallels between inner and outer peace.

Comments (2)

  • Scarlett Richman


    I so loved hearing you just now and about the work you are doing. I cried at hearing the struggle and at the very same time you filled my heart with joy for you and the work you are doing, and for all the people of the earth that are working to bring peace, and heal our mother earth. I am buying your book today.
    Bless you dear Phillip.
    Love and Light, Scarlett


  • Rugiatu


    Hi PhilBob!!
    Voice from the past, Ruth from Salone Peace Corps days. Thank you for your work and look forward to reading your book! I have been with Medecins Sans frontieres and just came back from Rakhine State in Myanmar. This topic of God and Conflict very relevant for that paticular context.

    Thinking of you


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