It takes a community
Check out this video from our annual Shri Yoga fundraiser on Sunday. It was such a deep honor to represent Shri in Nepal this April. Sharing the Shri curriculum with two international schools while engaging with new cultures and education systems, and even getting paid for doing it, was an ultimate dream come true!!
I continue to process layers of the experience of engaging with the people and land of this extraordinarily resilient country, and continue to search for words that fully express my gratitude and appreciation to photo philanthropist Bri Gallo for making this opportunity possible for me.
Coming to me at a time when I was struggling with so much fear of uncertainty about my future, traveling to this awe-inspiring, deeply felt, spiritual country felt nothing short of miraculous. To feel such a heartfelt welcome from the soulfully beautiful people of Nepal including Tshering Tendi Sherpa, and to experience the incredible magnitude and altitude of the Himalayas? I cannot think of a more potent or powerful balm for a weary soul.
My involvement with Shri International was made entirely possible by Bri, who offered me the chance of a lifetime to collaborate with her through Driftwood Adventure Treks. When the team at Shri learned I'd be trekking to Everest, they offered me the honorable opportunity of sharing the curriculum with two local schools.
My dear friend Tomasz Krawczak captured the amazing drone footage of the school in the Lukla Valley where I taught a few days after visiting Base Camp, and was assisted by my friend May Kaewken. It's included in this amazing recap that Shri supporter Dave Mongeau made for our big fundraiser this weekend, which was a big success. How energizing it was to be in sold-out room of people who believe in the work that Alison and the whole Shri community is doing. I LOVED seeing two of my mentors Coral Brown and Stephanie Marisca show up, as well.
I really and truly mean it in the video that I would not have had this opportunity if it weren't for an incredibly supportive community back home. Out of what has felt like the darkest and scariest period I've experienced in this life, I've come to feel brighter and more supported than ever, thanks to the people who have believed in me and given me such incredible opportunities to fan my wings out and soar.
I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to write these words.