Thursday, May 16, 2013


Going on yoga retreat that is half way around the world can be a dream we would love to experience but financially is just not feasible.  After having people enquiring about our Mandala Yoga Bali Retreat August 25 - 31, many realized they could not afford it.  

I am not in any position to subsidize someone's trip but I thought perhaps I could help by donating my time and resources to help fundraise for them.

At the beginning of May I had people send in their stories outlining why they would love to go, how it would benefit their lives and why they are unable to afford it.  After looking through many submissions I choose two lovely women, Nicky Jones from Austin, Texas and Rachel Bowden from Tallahassee, florida. 

Nicki            and           Rachel

It was hard to pick just one person so I chose two!  Each of these women have completely different stories and are at different places in their lives.  But they both are dedicated yogis sharing their knowledge of yoga, movement and health to their students/clients.

The next step was to start facilitating a fundraising campaign using the site gofundme You can go read each of their stories Nicki Jones and Rachel Bowden  and if you like you could even give a little something.

For each $35 donation I will be giving away one of my Yoga Inspired Bracelets from Bali so you could get a little something from me in exchange for giving a little something to them.

Every little bit will help with this campaign!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


A lot of you out there would love to attend a yoga retreat, but the expense of getting to a yoga retreat in a foreign country can make it impossible for many people to attend. With so many websites now available to fund a wide variety of projects, we have decided to start an online campaign to raise funds for someone to join our Mandala Yoga Retreat in Bali August 25 – 31 at the beautiful Desa Seni Village Resort… Let’s tap into the crowdfunding site - - and make it happen for someone who otherwise could not afford the retreat. 

That person could be you, or someone you know ...

•   We set up an online campaign outlining your story, why you should go to the retreat, and  the reason(s) you might not be able to afford to do so.
•    The campaign is posted on Facebook and Twitter to solicit funds. 
•    People donate funds, we manage the campaign, and if enough funds are raised, you join   us in Bali. Should we fall short in fund-raising, there is an option for you to come up with     the remainder. This will all be discussed in advance once our candidate is chosen.

•    Send us an email outlining why you should go on this retreat, and why it is financially difficult for you to go.
•    Send us a photo of you in your favorite pose, (which, if you are chosen, we will use for the online campaign).
•    You need to have an active Facebook page (a Twitter account would be beneficial too), and be willing to post the campaign with a link to the website.
•    You also need to be willing to share this with your Facebook, Twitter, and other contacts.
•    You need to be sure you are free to come on the retreat dates noted above.  If you decide to fly earlier or stay in Bali longer than the outlined dates, that financial responsibility would be yours.

•   We’ll review the submissions and choose one person for the fundraising campaign.
•   We will create and manage the fundraising campaign on the website telling your story. We’ll include regular updates, share photos, etc...
•    We will share the campaign on both our MandalaYogaMat Facebook Page and our Twitter account.
•    We will be responsible for the money brought in, and for the booking of your flight.
•    Everyone who donates $50 or more to the fund will receive the gift of a beautiful Yoga Inspired Bracelet from our MandalaYogaMat site.

We would love to raise enough funds to cover both the airfare and the cost of the retreat. As mentioned above, if we raise less than what is needed, we could still use that amount and you could pay for the rest; otherwise we will not take the funds. When we begin the campaign, your home/starting destination for the flight will determine the funds required for the airfare portion.

Please email the information outlined above in the “What You Need To Do” section to If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email us.  We will be accepting applications until May 10.