Thursday September 10th - Whole Foods 5% Day
Go get yourself some good eats and other healthy and environmentally conscious products! On September 10th, Whole Foods Harbor East will donate 5% of the day's total sales to the Holistic Life Foundation (HLF)! Purchase your nutritional foods, snacks and environmentally conscious products at Whole Foods Harbor East and support HLF. Whole Foods Harbor East was our partner and provided healthy snacks for our Holistic Me After-School and Summer Programs for 250 children.
We are so Grateful for Whole Foods continued commitment, support, and generosity supporting the children in Baltimore City in the Holistic Life Foundations Holistic Me Programs!!
September 12th - Seeds for Growth Fundraiser
Our Annual Seeds for Growth Fundraiser will take place on Saturday, September 12th at 1407 Fleet Street, Baltimore, MD, 21231, and will begin promptly at 7pm. The evening's event will feature a silent auction, delicious food, and live entertainment by DJ FACE. A suggested donation of $40 per guest will be accepted at the door, and business casual dress is required. To RSVP, please contact Atman Smith at email@example.com or (410) 235-4300. Space is limited, so commit soon. If you are unable to attend, Please make Seed Donation on line at www.hlfinc.org. Support HLF Programs in Baltimore City!!
From July 6-10, HLF conducted its Annual Urban Youth Yoga Workshop at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Teachers were given tools to take with them to support their practice and be able to use in the teaching of Mindfulness and Yoga to Youth.Two graduates of our After School, Mentoring, and Work force development graduates, Oba Joyner and Ramon Brown, taught some techniques and shared personal stories from their 12 years of experience with HLF. Special thanks to the fantastic Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, for his in depth presentation on Youth, Yoga, and Mindfulness. He is such an inspiration and is currently working on the first ever medical textbook on the principles and practices of yoga in health care. Once again, as always at Omega, we were blessed with an amazing group of people and were able to create lifelong friendships. Special Thanks to the Omega staff especially Alla, Carole, Gillian, Veronica, Michael and Skip!! Our next workshop at Omega will take place August 1-5, 2016, and our First Meditation Retreat will take place on August 26th-28th, 2016.
Holistic Me Summer Camp
The Holistic Me Summer Camp at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School served over 140 campers from rising Kindergarten-5th grade. Campers participated in a full schedule of enrichment's and activities, including yoga, girls and boys club, art, gardening, sports, imaginative and purposeful play, weekly energy lessons taught by Baltimore Energy Challenge, Thursday Spirit Day and Friday Trip Days. On Friday Trip Days we enjoyed "Inside Out: 4D" at the Rotunda Cinemas, hiking in the Oregon Ridge Nature Park, and a full day of fun and education at the National Aquarium. Campers also experienced guest performances by local talent including an Iota Step Team and live band "The Breedz". The last week campers put on their own show in the Holistic Me Talent Show which Performers, The Breedz, Marquiz Chandler and the Iota Step Team, and all of the volunteers who helped create an amazing camp experience.
Special Thanks to Whole Foods of Harbor East for providing healthy and nutritional snacks for over 140 students every Friday!!
A special thank you to Baltimore Energy Challenge, Talent Show Performers, The Breedz, Marquiz Chandler, the Iota Step Team, Jenny Morgan from Baltimore GreenWorks and the six Youth Works students, as well as all of the volunteers who helped create an amazing camp experience in 2015! This summer's camp was a huge success!
HLF appreciates the financial support of Annie E Casey foundation making this summer experience a reality!!!
Civic Education Project
Oba Joyner and Larry Jackson, two of the students from our initial group who have over ten years of experiencing teaching yoga,and who are now facilitating these groups, spoke to a group of high school students about their experiences from going through the Holistic Life Foundations After-School, Mentoring, and Workforce Development programs. They also led some mindfulness practices on the breath and led a meditation. The speaking engagement was sponsored by North Western University and was held at the Friedman Auditorium at the Peabody Conservatory, in Baltimore.
"It was a fun experience talking (with Oba) to a group of high school kids. We included some fun facts in our own introductions to lighten the mood and make the participants laugh. We spent forty minutes on stage talking about how the Holistic Life Foundation began, the breath, our experiences coming up in the program, working with different age groups, and how yoga has helped us grow physically and mentally. Also, a lot about working with the kids in the West Baltimore community and in our neighborhoods. This was the first time Oba and I spoke on stage without the A team (Ali, Atman, Andy) present. We had fun and a lot of laughter came from the audience so I think our mission was completed well."
Staff in Osterloh
HLF extends a huge thank you to Maria Kluge and the Osterloh Haus der Achtsamkeit
(House of Mindfulness) in Germany for hosting many of our our teammates for a yoga workshop led by Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten, July 16 – 25, 2015. Carlillian Thompson (Robert W. Coleman Principal), Vance Benton (Patterson Principal), Patterson teachers John Gross-Bey, Nancy Holter and Kelly O’Brien, HLF teachers Jamar Peete and Jerron Wallace, and HLF Director of Outreach Welford McLellan Jr. were all enlightened while attending the awesome interactive workshop. Angela and Victor taught the participants the importance of knowing and understanding one’s body while practicing Yoga, how to develop and enhance their personal Yoga practice, how to teach Yoga to others, as well as a host of important tools. Osterloh staff prepared fresh delicious Ayurvedic meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as provided an hour long full-body massage to all attendees. In addition to the yoga workshop, there were numerous exciting recreational activities including swimming in a local lake, hiking the Alps, and participating in a traditional Sweat Lodge Ceremony.
Thanks again to Maria Kluge, the Osterloh staff, Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten for an amazing retreat!
Yoga Training in Oakland at Anasa Yoga
From July 23rd through the 25th, the Holistic Life Foundation led a Yoga and Mindfulness Training at the wonderful Anasa Yoga
studio in Oakland, CA. It was a 3-day, 20-hour training on techniques, strategies, and tools to teach Mindfulness and Yoga to Urban Youth! The weekend was finished off with a fun party that was thrown for our participants and all of the Anasa Yoga community by our gracious hosts!! Thanks to Jean Marie and Katrina for their hospitality and for putting together a diverse group of participants for the workshop! If you find yourself in Oakland and you need a place to do Yoga, please go to Anasa Yoga!
Welcome Rachel Voss
HLF wants to extend a huge welcome to Rachel Voss to our Administrative Team and to thank her for all her support in the office!
HLF in the Media
Check out HLF in a recent Open Society Blog
, a UK magazine called Draze
, and the Yoga Journal
. We are doing great, measurable work, and people are noticing.
HLF & Amazon Smiles
We're now on Amazon Smiles! Whenever you're placing an order through Amazon, goes to smiles.amazon.com
. Type "Holistic Life Foundation" into the charity search bar and hit "select". When you do this, .5% of Amazon's profits from your order will be donated to HLF. :)
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Where you can find us:
September 10 Whole Foods 5% Day
September 12 Annual Seeds For Growth Fundraiser
September 18-20 Training at Fox Haven
September 28-October 1 Game Changers Conference in Estes Park, CO
October 3rd Mindful Life Skills Workshop, Newark NJ
October 8-11 Building Just Communities: The 7th Annual Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education. Howard University.
October 16-25 Residency Program in Madison, WI
The Holistic Life Foundation is a Baltimore-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities. Through a comprehensive approach which helps children develop their inner lives through yoga, mindfulness, and self-care HLF demonstrates deep commitment to learning, community, and stewardship of the environment. HLF is also committed to developing high-quality evidence based programs and curriculum to improve community well-being.