We were lucky to return to Bali for two retreats this year, and we were fortunate to go back to visit our Give Back partner for Indonesia, Threads of Life. Threads of Life is a fair trade business that works with culture and conservation to alleviate poverty in rural Indonesia. In addition to education us on the artists and foundations they work with, Our guests took a natural dye batik class, which offers a unique insight into the botany, dye processes and practice of Indonesia’s textile traditions.
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We were so excited to get to revisit our beloved Project Soar while we were in Marrakesh and catch up on the amazing things they are doing. Plus we were able to work on some projects!
We have been working with Project Soar for years now, and it's an incredibly powerful organization, working to empower Moroccan girls, giving them an open space to study and be, as well as educational tools, health resources, empowering affirmations, the chance to play sports and take art classes, and so much more. They strive to give these young women a voice and a chance to complete their education.
Our retreats guests were able to visit the center and see firsthand the impact of this organization, watching videos of these young women shouting mantras of strength as loud as they could! It's moving beyond belief. The image above is of a photo board displayed in the headquarters...and yes, that is Michelle Obama in one of the pictures. She visited last year, and shows firsthand how important it is to support young women that will be our future.
During the first of our two spring Marrakesh retreats this year, we were also able to work on a hand-on project to beautify the space. Under the guidance of EPM "Form+Focus" collaborator, Julian, guests joined in painting in some of the study rooms to give the place more identity.
Thanks to all of our guests to help us continue to give back to such an amazing organization!
WANT TO JOIN US ON THE NEXT MARRAKESH RETREAT WHERE PART OF THE PROFITS GO TO HELPING PROJECT SOAR AND THE GIRLS OF MOROCCO? THERE ARE STILL SPOTS OPEN FOR SEPT 23-29, 2018!
If you've been following our Give Back program, you may have seen that for our Croatia initiative, we partnered with the Croatian Scholarship Fund to donate to a student named Erika. She is studying at the Teacher's University in Zagreb, the largest city in Croatia. We get regular updates from Erika, so we thought we should share what she's been up to!
She recently went through her exams, which are much later in the year than in the US--theirs are late February. Studying is hard, but she says, "when there is a will, there is time, and you find a way to achieve your goals." She is enjoying studying to be a teacher. "After my exam session, I will have the practice to work with kids in school again, and I really can't wait for that period of time. It is a really good opportunity to see what we study for." In the midst of studying and working with kids, she also spends time playing volleyball and rowing, in addition to spending time with her brother and best friend and exploring the beautiful cities and countryside nearby.
Erika shared these photos with us, and we are so excited to see what an incredible role model she is at this stage, even before graduating. Nature, movement, exploration and connection to others are core priorities at EPM and essential components of a well lived life, so we are so happy to see her intuitively create a life that is so mindful and spirited. Thanks, Erika, for sharing your experiences with us!
Hi everyone! It's been a while since we written to you about our Give Back Initiative and we had some exciting new updates. Since the beginning of 2017 we've donated several thousands of dollars to our Give Back partners in Bali, India, and Morocco! Thanks to our guests who've helped make this possible. We believe that we can all "Do Good & Travel Well" and also connect in a meaningful way to the cultures where we visit.
Earlier this year, through our partnership with Magic Bus, EAT.PRAY.MOVE was able to provide notebooks and school bags for 120 children. Many of these children go to a government-run school in Baina, one of the areas most in need in the state of Goa. Here, there is little money to support a child’s education as government-run schools are generally under resourced. Because of this, contributions like ours can go a long way in making a difference in the lives of these children.
This is a new series written by our Give Back coordinator, Eugenia. She's in charge of being a liaison between our Give Back partners around the world and we are so happy to have her on board as this program, which is so close to our hearts here at EPM, grows. Follow our journey in getting to know our partners through these updates - and see how our guests are making differences in people's lives on a global scale. DO GOOD + TRAVEL WELL.
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