Happy December!
HOLISTIC ME FAMILY YOGA NIGHT
On November 18, the Holistic Life Foundation held its first Family Yoga Night for the Holistic Me After School Program. The event allowed parents and caregivers to meet with HLF staff and teachers and provided them with an opportunity to explore some of the Yoga and mindfulness practices taught to students in the Holistic Me program. Holistic Me strives to provide an atmosphere where children can enjoy, grow and learn from academic and enrichment activities. HLF would like to thank all of the parents and caregivers who attended Family Yoga night. We'd also like to thank the Maryland State Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers and the Family League of Baltimore for providing program funding, and Ivivva and the administration and staff of Robert W. Coleman Elementary School for their continued support of Holistic Me. Working together, we are able to teach students how they can help breathe love into their communities and the world. We look forward to seeing you at our next family event! 
PEER TO PEER CAMPAIGN
To access the Peer to Peer campaign please click here.

Interested in supporting our programs? HLF has established 
a peer to peer campaign tool, which will allow you to set up your 
own fundraising campaign page and tap into your networks. 
All funds raised will help support our Mindful Moment 
program.

Instructions for setting up your peer to peer 
campaign are listed below, and include a video about Mindful
Moment that will be shown on your personalized page.  
We greatly thank you in advance for your support! 

      1.        Push the Start Fundraising Now button
      2.        Hit the next button
      3.        Choose a profile image then hit Next button
      4.        Hit the next button
      5.        Hit the submit for review button
      6.        After you get approval to be a fundraiser for 
                us (via email) open up the link
      7.        Hit the edit button
      8.        In the “Include a video” section copy this link:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAUUAi4anxQ 
                and put it in that section
     9.        Hit the save and exit button
    10.       Your campaign is launched and now it’s time to
                tap into your network!
PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT
 
Friends High School
Mindfulness Classes

The founders of HLF and HLF Instructor Seven Carson have been leading Mindfulness classes for the Friends School of Baltimore. Since November 3, freshmen upper school students have learned centering exercises, experienced chair Yoga classes, practiced breathing techniques, and developed mindfulness techniques and meditations to support them in school and in their daily lives.




The entire Friends School staff and student body was led through similar exercises at a schoolwide assembly. The senior upper students will be taught the same practices starting January 5.


HLF is grateful for the opportunity to work with the Friends School of Baltimore. We want to give a special thanks to all the staff and students for being such great participants!

 
YOGA, MINDFULNESS, & MEDITATION TRAININGS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Mindful Leadership Conference
Keynote Speakers

On November 7, the founders of the Holistic Life Foundation had the honor of giving the final keynote remarks at the Mindful Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. The conference was a wonderful success in connecting leaders in the mindfulness field and providing information to others who are interested in spreading mindfulness in their communities and workplaces. 
 
National Yoga Kids Conference
Breakout Session

On Saturday, November 14, HLF Founder Atman Smith and HLF Instructor Oba Joyner attended the National Yoga Kids Conference in Washington, DC. Atman and Oba took part in a breakout session where they led participants through various Yoga exercises and provided them with engagement and teaching techniques.
Baltimore Student Diversity Conference
Yoga and Mindfulness Talk

HLF Founders Ali Smith and Andres Gonzalez gave a Yoga and mindfulness talk to the students of Boy's Latin School of Maryland during their Student Diversity Conference.  Ali and Andres taught the students breathing and mindfulness techniques, and led them through a meditation.  It was impressive to see a group of young individuals working together to spread diversity. HLF thanks Boys' Latin School for the opportunity to take part in their initiative of educating students about the need for acceptance and tolerance.  
Machik Weekend 2015
Yoga and Mindfulness Talk/Panel Discussion

HLF Founder Ali Smith, Director of Outreach Welford McLellan, and Instructor Jamar Peete traveled to NY as panelists for Machik Weekend - an annual weekend of conversation committed to bringing together diverse and inspired people to reach a deeper understanding of conditions in Tibet and to create a new means of engagement and possibility.

As a panelist for the keynote address, Ali discussed how HLF's civic engagement principles may help communities and families in Tibet, and Welford led the audience through a meditation during his time as a panelist on the Education and Mentor session. During the Creative Engagement panel, Jamar talked about the various ways in which he engages students and pushes them to live up to their aspirations.

Machik Weekend was a wonderful experience that showed how people from various culture can join together to discuss solutions-oriented approaches to help communities and families in Tibet and other places.
 
Chipotle
Fundraising Day



The Holistic Life Foundation would like to show its appreciation for the support that Chipotle gave us during our Chipotle Day on November 17th. Thank you to everyone who purchased a meal in support of HLF! 


 
Special Thank You 
The Holistic Life Foundation wants to recognize and extend a huge thank you to the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund for all of the support given to us throughout the years.  Beyond the financial support that the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger fund has provided, it is the mentoring and guidance that has been invaluable to our growth and success!    




 

W H E R E   Y O U   C A N   F I N D   U S:

 

December 14-16:  

Boys & Girls Club and City Year in Boston, MA

 

December 21:  

Holistic Me Christmas Party

 

March 4-5:  

Garrison Institute: People Who Care For People Retreat in Garrison, NY




April 29-May 1:  

Mindful Life Conference in Washington, DC

 

July 1- August 5:  

Omega Institute: Youth Yoga & Mindfulness Training in Rhinebeck, NY

 

August 26-8:  

Omega Institute: Bring Your Meditation Into Your Life Retreat in Rhinebeck, NY

 
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". 5% of Amazon's profits from your order will be donated to HLF. 
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