Invitation to Life

A healing-oriented spiritual group striving for harmony across continents.

Invitation to Life, often abbreviated as IVI, is a not-for-profit organization established in 1983 in Paris by Yvonne Trubert. This organization is recognized as a new religious movement by scholars, but positions itself as a “healing-oriented religion,” actively choosing not to be labeled strictly as a religion. IVI is distinctive in that it welcomes members who are concurrently active in various religious traditions.

Yvonne Trubert, born into a Roman Catholic family in Brittany, France, in 1932, founded IVI after gathering a group of individuals around her believed healing powers. By 1982, this informal group had grown to about 60 members, leading to the formal establishment of IVI the following year. The organization has since expanded internationally, establishing a presence in Europe, America, Africa, and China, with thousands of members by the year 2000. Despite its Catholic roots, IVI has faced criticism from the French Catholic Bishops for its gnostic and syncretic practices, deemed incompatible with orthodox Catholicism.

IVI’s main attraction is its focus on healing, which is considered part of a broader process of achieving “harmonization.” This involves seeking harmony within oneself, with nature, and with God. The organization proposes three “keys” to achieve these goals: prayer, a specific technique of harmonization, and vibrations. Prayer and harmonization exercises are often practiced together, involving an experienced member called a “harmonizer” who guides the process, which may include soft massage and recitation of prayers, notably the Roman Catholic Rosary.

Despite its healing and harmonizing practices, IVI has been included in governmental lists of cults and sects in France, reflecting a complex relationship with both the public and religious institutions. However, in 2007, it was declared of general interest in France, recognizing its not-for-profit status and contributions.