Shanti, the Dolphin

A.R.E.’s dolphin is part of Virginia Beach’s “A Dolphin’s Promise Campaign,” which began in 2005 to raise funds for cancer research and rescue and rehabilitation efforts for marine mammals.

Redesigned in 2012 by local artist Liana Graham, our dolphin includes symbols of what A.R.E. stands for with the words Body, Mind, and Spirit; a sunset-colored image of our stone labyrinth; and a peace dove. 

Our dolphin is called Shanti [pronounced Shawn-tee], in honor of a T.S. Eliot poem in which he translated the ancient Sanskrit word to mean, "The Peace which passeth understanding.”

We feel Shanti embodies the spirit of this organization, and we invite you to trace the labyrinth on her back before walking the one made of stone.