Wednesday, March 25, 2009


I am humbeled by everyones willingness to lend a helping hand. There isnt anything better than compassion and selflessness. We as individuals have so much strength and so much love to give. Sometimes its just finding a way to give . I feel like this is my time to bring people together and celebrate life. Every human life! Have a beautiful day and enjoy the sunshine!! Shanti om

Friday, March 20, 2009


I have been working on giving everyone the newest info for the upcoming events!! I know that the benefit concert will have some pretty amazing bands.....SILOH!! I am also getting some amazing donations for the silent auction that EVERYONE will want to take home!

Stay tuned and it is only going to get more exciting as the days pass.

Have a beautiful day!

PEACE, Andrea

" If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields
has the power to move you,
if the simple things of nature
have a message that you understand,
rejoice, for your soul is alive."
- Eleonora Duse

Monday, March 16, 2009


Happy Monday!
I wanted to give everyone an idea of where this hard earned money will be going. Off the Mat into the World has chosen four main organizations to partner with. They are all based in the U.S. so that we can ensure our money is being put to work in the correct ways.

1. YouthAIDS: Our trip and purpose will be launched by spending some time with the YouthAIDS organization. They have a location in Uganda - and Seane Corn, along with Ashley Judd and Josh Lucas, is one of their Ambassadors. Working with them we will gain insight on the cultural significance and impact that HIV /AIDS has on the African continent and the people. They will help us to educate ourselves and others in order to reduce ignorance, fear and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS.

2. Building Tomorrow: Working with Building Tomorrow we will be building a school with our own hands, a community center and a sustainable farm from the ground up - side by side with the residents of a rural village in Uganda. The community center will also serve as a place of residence for the teachers of the school. And as an added bonus of its completion the government will pay the salary of the teachers if a school is present!

3. Shanti Uganda: Working with the Canadian based Shanti Uganda - we will work in a very remote area of Uganda to assist nuns and villagers in building a birthing center for mothers infected with HIV/AIDS. Not only will the center serve as a place for safe birthing - it will also create opportunites for the women in the community to be educated in midwifery, giving them an income producing skill, safe practices, and fostering community.

4. New Hope School and Orphanage: The New Hope School and Orphanage is home to many brilliant, bright, beautiful children that have HIV/AIDS and have lost parents to either the internal war in Uganda or to AIDS. Their nearest water source is over a half mile away, and it is the same water that animals "live" in. Our hope is to buy these children new mattresses for their sleeping quarters. As it is right now the children sleep 2 - 3 children per bed, one child peeing the bed is enough, 2 or 3 children peeing the bed makes it unbearable. Seane who traveled to Uganda last year said the smell alone was horrifying. Let's help to create a brighter reality for these children by giving them all a clean bed of their very own.

These are a few of the amazing organizations that we will be partnering with. Some of the money will stay within our own borders to implement the education and awareness that Off the Mat into the World is working to manifest. Please let me know of any questions you may have and have a beautiful day!

Shanti Om, Andrea

** Stay tuned for upcoming events**

Wednesday, March 11, 2009



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Thank you, peace, shalom, namaste



This is the start to an exciting new journey. I am deeply passionate about this cause and have a strong connection to its! There are so many families and individuals that need our help. By raising this money there will opportunities for children to have a new school to attend, which the closest one is over a mile away. There will be a center built that will house a mid wife clinic as well as a teaching facility. There will be an organic farm and a water well put into place. All of these additions, and so much more, will be provided by the donations and the participants that achieve the goal of raising $20,000.

I hope to travel to Uganda and use my own hands to build the school, farm, and empower these beautiful people. While I am there I too will learn the tools to come back to our home and bring awareness to our community. This is the first step on a life time journey. As a yoga teacher I serve my students with knowledge and compassion and I hope to continue deepening that gift for the rest of my life.

Thank you for being a part of this wonderful opportunity and stay tuned for some exciting events!

Namaste, Andrea