How Are We Practicing Right Relationship - AYNI?
“Ayni is one of the great principles of the Andean traditions. In the West we understand it as ‘reciprocity’, but ayni is much more than that. Exercising ayni means investing in relationships to create multiplicities of return at a collective level. Everyone receives, even the person who has given, and the universe mirrors our collective intent.” – Andean Research Institute
Scholarships and Financial Needs Bursaries
The Shamanic Yoga Institute offers full and partial scholarships to First Nations, BIPOC, and those in financial need. We have never run a course with less than two scholarship participants, since the inception of the school in 2005; providing close to $60,000 in funding for our students. We believe that removing the barriers of accessibility is essential in order for these living traditions to continue to evolve.
Donations and Contributions
We believe in the mission of the following organizations and offer support through our donations, so their vital work continues. Funding is allocated to both local and international projects whose aims are in alignment with our own.
The Andean Research Institute (ARI) is dedicated to helping the people of Maras and other villages in the Sacred Valley region of Peru create their own sustainable ways of life and maintain their extraordinary culture, even in the face of dwindling natural resources, economic challenges, and radical climate change.
Like many villages throughout the world where food, water, jobs, and education are scarce, in villages like Maras new ways are needed to revitalize the community as a whole. Chairman and Founder, José Luis Herrera, believes this is best accomplished through the power of practical education, and he is guiding ARI to become a leader in creating and implementing educational programs for the social and economic wellbeing of indigenous communities, beginning in Maras, and extending to other villages in the Sacred Valley. Eventually our programs will become models for assisting communities in similar regions throughout the world.
Already, ARI’s Weaving Program and Children’s Education programs are helping the people of Maras and nearby villages improve their lives socially and economically while preserving their culture. We believe that education is a primary tool that can be used to enhance what has value for local communities. Whereas many Western efforts to assist indigenous people and economies can create dependencies or put the indigenous culture at risk of extinction, ARI’s way weaves indigenous wisdom with modern technologies and puts the power to thrive in the hands of the communities we serve.
Click here to learn more about the Andean Research Institute.
WE DONATE TO THIS VISION AND ASK ALL OUR STUDENTS TO DONATE $35 TO ARI AS AN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR SEED TRANSMISSIONS. EACH STUDENT THEN RECEIVES A VERY SPECIAL BOOK OF ANDEAN TEACHINGS FROM THE MOUNTAINS AND MASTERS THERE.
A humble center of Yoga near Ganga River, with very little Ego around, but plenty of Love, Natural Beauty and Purity to share. We offer guidance, lectures, yoga classes, etc all based on a special concern and love for you and are sincerely concerned to try to help you in finding truth (sense) in life, and light and peace. Donations contribute to the maintenance and development of the Ashram, the gaushala (cowshed) and our charitable endeavors like offering free stay for orphans and saints, and ultimately for the benefit of our aspirants/visitors who come to spend quality time in preparation for higher teachings.
Who we are
Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action.
Around the globe, we are standing up with communities, and we are holding governments and corporations accountable. Whether on the streets or at the ballot box, we hold the real power when we work together.
We believe optimism is a form of courage. We believe that a billion acts of courage can spark a brighter tomorrow. To that end we model courage, we champion courage, we share stories of courageous acts by our supporters and allies, we invite people out of their comfort zones to take courageous action with us, individually in their daily lives, and in community with others who share our commitment to a better world. A green and peaceful future is our quest. The heroes of our story are all of us who believe that a better world is not only within reach, but being built today.
As a Canadian charity, we’re committed to working alongside and supporting fellow Canadian non-profits and agencies to prevent human trafficking, raise awareness and provide aftercare for survivors locally. We partner with existing safe homes in BC to provide both immediate and long-term recovery for women and children rescued from human trafficking and abuse in Canada. We work to raise awareness of human trafficking in Canada through online education resources and screenings. We partner with DiscovHER to support teenage girls within vulnerable communities in BC. Mentors teach about resiliency, peer pressure and body image to instill self-confidence and decrease vulnerability to abuse.
At the core of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s identity is a commitment to independence, neutrality and impartiality. These are the MSF principles. These ideals have driven every aspect of our work – from medical care and logistics to finance and communications – since MSF was established in 1971.
We provide free medical care to people who need it. It doesn’t matter which country they are from, which religion they belong to, or what their political affiliations are. All that matters is they are human beings in need. In a conflict situation, we don’t take sides, but go where people’s medical needs are greatest. In the ward of one of our field hospitals, you might find wounded civilians alongside injured soldiers from opposing sides. Hostilities and weapons must be left at the gate. We rarely take funds from governments or public funds for our work. We rely on private donations, mainly from individual members of the public. Over 90 percent of our income comes from private donors.
Along with providing life-saving services, we speak out about what we witness. This speaking out – based on the concept of temoignage – is the core of the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders’ (MSF) advocacy approach. We advocate to governments, non-state armed groups, UN agencies and other influential actors to highlight the plight of populations in danger. The aim is to galvanize politicians to action; for example, to open humanitarian access to people who are cut off from aid. Or to push for lower costs for essential medicines.
Plan International strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We engage people and partners to:
- Empower children, young people and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability.
- Drive change in practice and policy at local, national and global levels through our reach, experience and knowledge of the realities children face.
- Work with children and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and to overcome adversity.
- Support the safe and successful progression of children from birth to adulthood.
SYI is currently sponsoring two children in Africa through school.
Kirtan Vancouver is a non-profit organization run by a group of friends who love kirtan! Many years ago we created an initiative to meet and chant together a couple times a month. We enjoyed it so much that in 2010 we decided to start an official organization to share this practice with people all over Vancouver. Now we have a whole community of wonderful people who meet with us regularly for all kinds of Kirtan events! None of our directors and organizers are paid. We love to volunteer our time as an offering and we only accept donations to keep the events going and growing.
In October 7, 1981, Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society was formed as a grassroots organization dedicated to the prevention of violence against women and support for women, children and youth impacted by violence or abuse. We provide a transition house and safe home for women and children who are leaving abusive relationships or at risk of experiencing violence and otherwise unsafe living conditions, support, resources, referrals and advocacy. Comprised of 32 passionate employees and a dedicated volunteer base, we serve the needs of women and children in the Sea to Sky Corridor including Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish and the Nations of N’Quatqua, Samahquam, Lil’wat, Skatin, Xa’xtsa, and Squamish. The population in our service area is more than 36,000 disbursed over approximately 200 kilometres.
Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society is the only service provider in the Sea to Sky Corridor that works from a feminist perspective, offering a unique set of helping services to women and their children.
Click here to learn more about the Howe Sound Woman’s Centre
Vision – Nkwtusten; (Through the eyes of our Ancestors) we will provide space on the land for people to connect within themselves and with source, for the intention of finding out the age-old question; ’who am I?’
Mission – A spiritual centre to inspire gathering, connection, healing and growth for all people.
About – The Wheel of Life Society (WoLS) is a home for people to gather for spiritual teachings and ceremony, the house will be sustainable, mostly off the grid using alternative energy sources such as solar and wind. As part of the healing for the human family we want to promote peace; to help one another heal and to have access to a space where we can teach one another so that we as a family can remember ‘who we are’. There will be a collective community who will work on the land and be encouraged to synchronize themselves with the natural laws of Mother Earth and our intention is to bring people together all year round.
We invite you to be part of the building of the Healing House…a space for all races of people to come together in both contemporary and traditional Ceremony and Healing. Deeply connected and grounded in the traditional teachings of knowledge keepers from the St’at’imc Nation, located close to the community of Lillooet, British Columbia, the Healing space has welcomed people of all four races and from all four directions for over fifteen years.
We are a centre sharing meaningful experiences, educating all, and lifting our distinct Skw̲xw̲ú7mesh and Lílw̓at ways.
Our Cultural Centre, located in beautiful Whistler BC, embodies the spirit of partnership between two unique Nations who wish to preserve, grow and share our traditional cultures. It stands as testimony to our proud heritage — from time immemorial to the present.
Click here to learn more about the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Lil̓wat7úl Cultural Centre.
- Accessibility – We provide opportunities for people of all incomes levels to experience our summer camp programs.
- Belonging – We create an environment of acceptance, safety, and belonging for every that is inclusive of all ages, ethnicity, races, genders, gender expressions, sexuality, and ability.
- Spirituality – Grounded in United Church values, we welcome people of all faith traditions, or no faith tradition, to explore and express their own spirituality.
- Nature – We promote the intrinsic value of nature and strive to be stewards of the natural environment.
- Learning – We provide opportunities to learn life and work skills through experiences that range from fun, to challenge, to reflection.
- Healthy Living – We foster balanced lifestyles through physical exercise, nutritious food, rest, and joyful activity.