The Shanti Project

Health and Well-Being


Phone: 415.674.4700

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Geography: United States

Founded: 1974


730 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

About the Shanti Project

Founded in 1974 by Dr. Charles Garfield, Shanti has been at the forefront of a growing national movement to enhance the quality of life for persons living with life-threatening or chronic illnesses by providing volunteer-based emotional and practical support.

Shanti is a Sanskrit word meaning "inner peace" or "tranquility." It is an appropriate name since, ultimately, all of Shanti's direct service and educational programs are aimed at easing the burdens and improving the well-being of people in difficult life situations.

Key to the success of Shanti's mission is the Shanti Model of Peer Support, which is both a philosophy and a set of techniques that are used throughout their work. It is a way of being with another person that frees both parties to be fully who they are and communicate their feelings to one another. It is a way of being which allows two persons to meet as equals. It is a way of relating to others that is characterized by certain values and attitudes.


Shanti provides the following services:

  • Volunteer services
  • HIV services
  • Breast cancer services
  • Cancer services
  • Hepatitis C services