HI! I'm Beth Sukha-Barker (Sellars). I miss Waterloo!
The first Yoga for Hope event was held in 2005 as a parting gift to my wonderful community of Waterloo, when I moved to Vancouver, BC. I used to teach Yoga at HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre for many years. The idea for this event was cooked up by myself and a participant of the Yoga classes at HopeSpring. Unfortunately J.R. wasn't around to see the event actually happen. In his memory, and for the community which I love, here it is! NOW IN OUR 10th YEAR! I was the chair of the organizing team for this event for the first 6 years and then Barbara Waque took the reins! I have always helped from a distance and returned to help out on event day. However, Barbara has grown this event and made innovations and connections which are truly remarkable.
We were very happy to have a second event on the same day in Cambridge, Ontario, in 2009 and 2010 and it was headed up by Mike Chapman (Breathe into Motion Yoga) and Sheila Hollidge. Both of these remarkable and generous people have been dedicated and loyal contributors to Yoga for Hope. Then in 2012 and 2013 the event expanded to BC where I, myself, and some wonderful dedicated helpers, local instructors, Patricia Parsons and Jody Misak, ran the event in support of SOS Children's Villages in BC. But I did miss being in Waterloo those 2 years!
So, now we're anticipating our 10th ANNIVERSARY in 2014! It's hard to believe that 10 years have passed but it's really exciting! We've already raised over $100,000.00 for HopeSpring! We've set our goals very high for this big anniversary and we anticipate lots of fund-raising with a new tool. We will have "on-line" pledging which means that you can contact your friends and family by email and provide a link and VOILA..... you're raising funds!
Barbara Waque will organize and chair the Waterloo event for 2014. She is so awesome! (if you only knew....) I'm still background support, but I'm coming back for this anniversary event. I wouldn't miss it for the world! Neither should you! I really look forward to seeing everyone.
Yoga for Hope is held on the last Saturday of February each year.
Oh, and here's why you want to participate:
Yoga is a path of spiritual growth and healing on all levels. So as we practice, we heal ourselves and as we practice together we heal each other and as we practice with dedication to others we heal the world. It's such a profoundly simple path. Let's join together. Practicing Yoga with a big like-minded group is a truly profound experience. Don't miss it!
(the whole story of inspiration for Yoga for Hope): http://www.ourpinkthoughts.com/2011/09/beth-sukha-barker-yoga-for-hope.html )
Although the event runs all day, registration for the event allows lots of options. Many participants stay for the whole day and enjoy a whole spectrum of Yoga classes, the lunch, the Ritual of Hope and some of the added extras like Meditation, Thai Yoga Massage, and the Silent Auction. However, considering everyone’s busy lives, there is the option of selecting a couple of classes (any number) or even sponsoring someone who is participating (pay for someone else to take the classes). To get a better idea of how the day works, view the Schedule.
Donating a silent auction item, sponsorship of a participant or direct donations to HopeSpring are all ways of supporting this worthy cause. To sponsor a participant, go to http://raiseathon.ca/yogaforhope and click search for participant. To donate an item, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate to HopeSpring please visit their donation page. Remember, all of our lives have been touched by someone who has cancer.