Philip Hellmich is Director of Peace at The Shift Network, a California-based virtual classroom to the world founded by Stephen Dinan. The Shift Network presents classes and organizes events aimed at peacebuilding, holistic health, and spiritual growth. Philip also is Director of The Summer of Peace, an annual global event that promotes a call to action and a culture of peace. Additionally, Philip currently serves as an adviser to The Global Peace Initiative of Women.
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 prolific writer, Philip is author of God and Conflict: A Search for Peace in a Time of Crisis with a Foreword by Lama Surya Das. A long-time meditation practitioner, Philip enjoys studying and teaching about the parallels between inner and outer peace.