1. Decorating With Love… “Before”

    The main service project for the retreat was to add to the ongoing improvements happening around the orphanage. The new building is getting the finishing touches put on it and should be ready shortly for the girls to move in. The new dorm building is so beautiful and spectacular that the girls nicknamed it the “Taj Mahal”. Where the Sisters needed our help was in improving the schoolrooms for …Read More

  2. Getting grounded…

    Our first group yoga practice on the terrace, early AM before the heat, with one intention… getting grounded in the sea of India.…Read More

  3. Home of Hugs

    Our cheeks were hurting from the grins we had as we pulled into those familiar gates of the orphanage and started seeing all of these cute little heads popping out from around the corners of doors. We were excited to see “our” girls again, and more importantly, to share the experience with the other on the retreat who traveled so far to help. Some of the girls were actually away visiti…Read More

  4. Trickling In

    We have arrived! And are still arriving… one by one. Seems like the holiday weather in the States gave everyone an opportunity to practice santosha, the practice of contentment with the present. All of the canceled & delayed flights, lost luggage & mixed navigation in a foreign land… Everyone has a travel story with the happy ending of “We’re here!”. Where is …Read More

  5. Pack it up, pack it in…

    The night before a foreign flight out is always an exciting time. Do we have all of the packing lists that were started? What’s our clothing strategy for going from the frosty States to tropic India? And best part… where do we put all of the goods our community donated to the orphanage? Digging into the bags & boxes of what people brought to WYC was sort of like opening up presents…Read More

  6. With a little help from our Friends

    We had an amazing experience to start off our next Kunga Yoga trek out into the world. Students of the Friends School of Wilmington heard about our service retreat to India to help the Home of Hope Orphanage and they wanted to create a relationship between the two organizations. The children asked how/what they could contribute, and since the theme of this year’s trip was “Decorate wit…Read More

  7. Going Green to Santorini

    We are trying to shift most of our marketing to web to reduce the amount of physical material consumed in our daily lives. For the portion that does need to be printed, we try to design & layout our marketing material to give us the most use of our paper resource in the most conscious manner possible. This year for the retreat postcard, we’re using GreenerPrinters! They use recycled pape…Read More

  8. Rhythmic Flow with the roots, rock, reggae

    This Spring’s Kunga Yoga & Service retreat was to Negril, Jamaica. Attendees from across the country came to renew, restore and give back to the local community. The service portion of the retreat was to Whitehall Estates pre-school, a facility in one of the lower income areas of Negril. The classroom was one large, open space divided into four sections to teach the separate age groups. …Read More

  9. Leaf International Music-the girls drumming!

    Leaf International is an incredible outreach program set up to bring instruments/music/and teachers to children all of the world in need as a mean of healing. We’re here w/Johnny, the girls music teacher, working on how to plant the seeds for a successful long term Leaf International program at Home of Hope orphanage. Much to our surprise, we found out that Sophie, one of the nuns, used to b…Read More

  10. Rooftop Yoga

    The girls loooove yoga and are constantly asking if we’re teaching each day. The first class Tara taught was on the terrace was full of giggles, but also a real interest and desire to please. Every day we’ve taught them meditation, (I can’t believe they actually sit still for 3-4 minutes!) chanting Om, basic breathing techniques, Surya Namaskar A & B, and many standing yoga asanas. Loren…Read More