Leder for retretten i Acem-meditasjon i Udaipur 2018
Are Holen, MD PhD (born 1945 in Norway), founded Acem in 1966, when he was a student. He is currently the head of Acem International. A respected lecturer and meditation guide, he has been practising yoga and breathing exercises since 1961 and meditation since 1963.
In 1968, he founded the first yoga school in Norway, Acem School of Yoga (Norsk Yoga-skole).
Both a professional psychologist and a physician, Dr Holen specializes in psychiatry and psychotherapy, and he is a consultant in the field. He holds a position as Professor Emeritus of Behavioural Medicine at the Neuroscience department, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway (NTNU), and he has also been affiliated with the University of California San Francisco, Stanford University and the University of North Dakota. His areas of research are traumatic stress, medical education and group processes. He is an internationally renowned stress and disaster researcher and an expert in the study of people in crisis after accidents and disasters. He was called upon as expert after the terrorist actions in Norway on 22 July 2011, the tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004, and the attack on the World Trade Center on 11 September in New York City in 2001. He is also involved in meditation research and has published several books and articles on related topics.
In 2014, His Majesty King Harald V of Norway appointed Are Holen Officer of the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav for his major contributions to society, including his work in Acem. In 2016, Are Holen received the international Brand Personality Award for his work to improve people’s quality of life and in the service of humanity and society. During Acem’s first years, he studied Sanskrit and spent some time in India, comparing and exploring various meditation traditions. He is married and is the father of two children.