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ON BOTH SIDES OF LIFE

presents
The Sustainable Yoga Project: Transiting Ecology into Consciousness
(a month long road trip celebrating the initiation of our organization)

July 28th- September 1st 2016


www.onbothsidesoflife.com

Education

Yoga

Sustainability

On Both Sides of Life will host an official pilot project for the organization
by traveling through the Pacific Northwest of the United States and
Canada during a month long road trip. During this journey we will be
collaborating with local organizations to create dynamic courses specific
to the surrounding ecosystem. Through mindful movements,
environmental education, and conscious actions we will be exploring a
new perspective of sustainability.
Our courses create connection between humans and nature to tell
the story of our planet. Each workshop will include an environmental
experiential learning activity accompanied by a yoga inspired class.

ABOUT THE PROJECT


On Both Sides of Life is a holistic environmental education initiative which fuses
mindful movements into conservation action. We recognize that social and
environmental justice issues are inseparable and that to live sustainability we must do
so on individual, community, and ecological levels. Our work morphs ecological
topics into activities such as yoga, storytelling, meditation, partner play, and breath
work to combine environmental and social issues and connect individual to
community sustainability. With burnout, compassion fatigue, and other occupational
hazards that make living a life dedicated to sustainability hard to sustain - we provide
staff and volunteers with training to reduce stress as well as focus on youth groups.
We bring interdisciplinary learning initiatives into local and global communities by
providing youth camps, workshop series, mindfulness trainings, and donation-based
yoga classes which fuse individual and environmental sustainability. By partnering
with existing non-profits and community programs our work enhances the sustainable
development movement and transforms these values into a lifestyle. Our mission is to
bridge the gaps between social and ecological sciences by offering a new
perspective on human-to-human and human-to-nature relationships. On Both Sides
of Life makes participation accessible to all by providing these free services to a
variety of audiences.

Objectives

- Create connection
between environmental
and social issues
- Influence the next
generation towards a path
of sustainability
- Spread the passion of
conservation
- Empower community
collaboration

The Specifics
The pilot tour this August will start at the Wanderlust Festival in Whistler,
Canada and end in the Bay Area, California. We will conduct ~15 ecology based
yoga workshops throughout the tour, reaching an expected 500+ people in four
states and two countries. Our team includes three certified yoga teachers and
environmentalists with years of experience in the field. We will be creating movement
sequences and outdoor activities specifically designed around environmental topics,
such as The Life Cycle of Amphibians: Adapting to Life On Both Sides
Arachnid Adaptations: Navigating The Web of Life
Trophic Dynamics: Movement through the Chakras
Operation Pollination: Emphasis on Connection; Receiving Life's Sweet Goodness
Flying like Birds: Trusting your Wings and Soaring
The Peaceful Warrior: Mindfulness to prevent Burnout
Biological Niches: Finding Where You Belong
On Both Sides of Life was started with a passion to love the whole;
mind, body, and spirit. We transform this into sustainability for the planet.

Deliverables
Environmental Education, Collaboration, Conscious Actions
Areas of Focus: Youth groups, social justice campaigns, nonprofit organizations,
addressing local/global conservation issues.
We will be working with a variety of non-profits, intentional communities, and
educational institutions to provide a range of mindful movement classes for varying
audiences; from youth, to activists and yoga practitioners. We will tie each individual
and ecosystem into our curriculum by doing research on the ecological issues
relevant to the particular region.
Although our vision is unique we will be collaborating with local organizations
that align with our mission; institutions working on yoga for social justice, youth
outdoor camps, and activist groups. We believe that by combining the experiential
learning model of outdoor education with social, cultural, and spiritual relevancies we
can influence a holistic approach to sustainability. On Both Sides of Life hopes to
achieve preservation of ecosystem, community, and the individual through the
exchange of scientific knowledge, health and wellness, and environmental education.
This project will directly link hands-on education with scientific understanding, human
connection, and a contemplative practice.

Social and environmental activists often experience burnout, so part of our


mission is to provide staff with tools that can help to calm the mind and body, making
their work more sustainable for the long-haul. We not only want to create a link
between individual, community, economic, and environmental sustainability but also
emphasize the power of youth creativity, divine play, and collaboration.
Through networking during this tour, we hope to establish a base of
ambassadors and build relationships with organizations and individuals excited to
collaborate in a way that contributes to a more socially and environmentally just
global community.

...I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.

Anne Frank

ITINERARY
July 28th-August 1: Wanderlust Festival (Whistler, BC)
August 2-5: Vancouver and Surrounding Area, BC
August 6-10: Washington
August 11-18: Oregon
August 19-31: Northern California and Nevada

ACTIVITIES (Detailed Schedule)

The world is mud-luscious and puddlewonderful


e.e. cummings

Vancouver and Surrounding Area, British Columbia July 28th August 6th
>Whistler, BC: July 28-August 1
Wanderlust Festival (http://wanderlust.com/festivals/whistler/)
We figured starting at the Wanderlust Festival in Whistler would be an amazing kick-off to
the project. We will be volunteering and taking the opportunity to network with the many
yogis, nonprofits, and activities which the festival will encompass. It will be a time to spread
love, passion, and the project!
> Salt Spring Island: August 2-3
Tuesday Farmers Market (http://saltspringmarket.com/salt-spring-island-markets/
tuesday-market/ and austen.brown@outlook.com)
Sprouts and Mushrooms (http://www.sssproutsandmushrooms.com/events/)
Topic: Symbiotic Relationships: How to benefit from each relationship in your life
>Vancouver: August 4-6
Yoga Outreach (http://yogaoutreach.com/yoga-tools-youth)
ZeroCeiling (http://www.zeroceiling.org/get-involved/ )
The Surfrider Foundation (https://www.surfrider.org/)
Washington, USA August 6 10
>Bellingham: August 6
Conservation Northwest (http://www.conservationnw.org/)
>Seattle: August 7-8:
Earth Guardians (http://www.earthguardians.org/)
Sustainable Seattle (http://www.sustainableseattle.org/)
>Olympia: August 9-10
GRuB (http://goodgrub.org/youth/the-grub-institute/)
Topic: Seed to Table: Creating a relationship to your food
ECOS (http://www.environmentalconnectionsoutdoorschool.org/)

TEYSC (https://www.facebook.com/The-Evergreen-Yoga-Service-Collective)
Topic: Gap Dynamics: Allowing things to fall apart so new things come together
Oregon, USA August 11 18
>Portland: August 1112
Wild Earth Guardians (http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/PageServer?
pagename=action_volunteer#.Vum5HMdll-U)
Urban Gleaners (http://urbangleaners.org/)
Growing Gardens (http://www.growinggardens.org/ )
AcroYoga Portland (https://www.facebook.com/groups/149413605083325/?fref=ts)
Daya Foundation (http://dayafoundation.org/category/Volunteer/)
>Bend: August 1316
RAD Camps (http://www.radcamps.com/)
COB Project Campus (http://www.cobprojectcampus.org/)
High Desert Food and Farm Alliance (http://www.hdffa.org/)
>Grants Pass/Ashland: August 1718
Klamath Birth Observatory (http://www.klamathbird.org/)
ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum (https://www.scienceworksmuseum.org/)
Northern California and Nevada, USA August 19 31
>Reno: August 2022
Green Nevada (http://greenevada.org/teacher-resources/ and http://
www.broweryouthawards.org/winner/celeste-tinajero/)
Urban Roots (http://www.urgc.org/)
>Lake Tahoe: August 2327
Topic: Water Cycles and Conservation: Mixing Lore and Legends
Tahoe Expedition Academy Youth Camp (contact: Rosie Striffler at http://
www.tahoeexpeditionacademy.org/)
Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (http://www.tinsweb.org/)
Keep Tahoe Blue (https://keeptahoeblue.org/)
>El Portal/Yosemite: August 2829
Balanced Rock (http://balancedrock.org/contribute and http://www.nps.gov/yose/
planyourvisit/programs.htm)
Topic: We are One: Finding ourselves in Nature
>Bay Area: August 30September 1
>Berkeley
Earth Island Institute (www.earthislandinstitute.com)
SAVE THE FROGS! (www.savethefrogs2.com)
Movement Generation (http://movementgeneration.org/contact/)
>Woodacre
Spirit Rock Meditation Center (www.wildhope.org)
Topic: Wild Hope: Celebrating Biodiversity and Discovering Biomimicry

PROJECT LEADERS

Chelsea Carson and Tin Bindi connected souls at a yoga teacher training in the
Sacred Valley of Peru. The sisterhood started with mornings of singing, days of
playing, and nights of laughter. Through the past two years they have each pursued
adventures and educational opportunities that have taken them around the globe.
After reconnecting and having grown in all the same wacky directions the two
decided to collaborate and create this project to address the needs of a growing
globalized society. On Both Sides of Life has expanded from its original work during
Chelsea's year in Ecuador as a Fulbright Scholar and Tins year in Uganda, India, and
Central America studying Yoga and Sustainability. OBSL now incorporates a mosaic of
projects developed through partnerships with friends and like minded humans.
Together we have created a team of passionate, adventure seeking individuals that
create the OBSL family.
Achievements: http://www.onbothsidesoflife.com/who-we-are.html

WHY IT WILL BE SUCCESSFUL


It has been proven that both yoga and nature can provide therapeutic relief in a
variety of settings. We know mindfulness practices like yoga, breathing, and meditation can
reduce stress, enhance creativity, and encourage patience in the workplace. This is why we
will offer courses to non-profit staff and give them unique and easy ways to prevent burnout
and increase productivity. As we see with Yoga 4 Classrooms, the Kids Yoga Conference, and

Mobius Moves children also highly benefit from incorporating movement into their
education.
Social and environmental justice are intrinsically related - and we cannot afford to
separate the two. We are unique to existing organizations because we will bridge the gap that
grants access to mindfulness and education around sustainability, regardless of age, gender,
race, religion, political, or economic status. We believe that in order to grow healthy
communities we must also grow healthy individuals. We will increase the sustainability of our
planet by incorporating environmental education initiatives like we see in Outward Bound
schools, NOLS, and experiential learning academies, but connect this hands-on approach to
the outdoors into our individual sustainability work through yoga and mindfulness. Similar to
the organization Off the Mat into the World we will address important social issues through a
holistic approach, but we aim to tie in these themes within relevant ecological conservation
topics as well.
In order to leave a lasting impact and ensure the sustainability of the project we will be
partnering with existing non-profits and initiatives within the community; maximizing
participation, supporting local involvement, and increasing awareness. Our team is
experienced in these realms and passionate to bring our ideas throughout the local and
global communities we will be working in.
As a part of the trip outreach we will be collecting qualitative data; documenting the
events held, topics covered, people reached, and conservation actions taken.

BUDGET
Food for four: $15 per day x 30 days = $1,800
Camping $10 per day x 30 days = $300
Gas $2.10 per gallon, 20 miles per gallon, 924 miles
924/20 = 46.2 x 2.1 = 97.02 x 2 (for round trip) = $194.04
$208.96 - equipment
Total = $2,500
What weve received:
The Give Back Yoga Foundation: Yoga Mats
10 at $15 each = $150
Graphic Design: Logo and Printing
$200
Promo Video by Josolynn Jones
$350
Big Agnes: Outdoor Gear
$1,000
Total: $1,700

GET INVOLVED!
Check out: http://www.onbothsidesoflife.com/connect.html
or Email us at: onbothsidesoflife@gmail.com
DONATE/FUNDING

Specific Grants we are applying for to aid this project:

Yoga Activists: Teacher Awards and Mat Request (http://www.yogaactivist.org/forteachers/awards/)


Gaiam Mat Requests
Seed Funding: Rad Livin: http://www.donttellsummer.com/terms-conditions/
Seed Funding: Awesome Foundation http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/
submissions/new (Bend, Portland, Seattle)
Seed Funding: Pollination Project: https://thepollinationproject.org/frequentlyasked-questions/
http://www.newbelgium.com/Sustainability/Community/Philanthropy
http://benandjerrysfoundation.org/the-grassroots-organizing-for-social-changeprogram/

PARTNERSHIPS
We will be contacting many companies who we feel align with our message and can
equally benefit from our collaboration as we can from theres. These companies will include:
Lululemon
Manduka
Goddess Temple of OC
She Jumps
Patagonia
Give Back Yoga Foundation
National Kids Yoga Conference
Off the Mat into the World
Yoga Activists
Telluride Academy
SAVE THE FROGS!
Happy Kids Center
Mobius Moves

SPREAD THE WORD

Collaborators, Were Into You! We love what you're doing and want to be a part of it.
We believe that we would make a great team.

We will be running campaigns throughout the road trip to keep in contact with
collaborators and take the opportunity to shed light on a variety of topics. These initiatives
will include:
http://www.karmakrew.org/Organizer_s_Tool_Kit.html
http://takeextinctionoffyourplate.com
http://www.ctznwell.org/pledge/#action2
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/population_and_sustainability/
crowded_planet/index.html
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/unbottle/
http://www.theseerfilm.com/request-screening/
http://givebackyoga.org/about-our-non-profit-yoga-organization/non-profit-yogaorganization-friends/
http://foodshift.net/work-with-us/volunteer/

A Look Into Our Work:


http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/10/spiritual-ecology-a-paradigm-shift-for-ahealthy-planet/
http://www.savethefrogs2.com/community/teachers/metamorphosis-yoga-sequence/
http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/04/how-to-rebuild-yourself-a-country-afternatural-disaster/
Resources we use:

http://elinorostromaward.org/vision
http://elinorostromaward.org/commons-in-action
http://organizingforpower.org/resources-3/
http://www.schoolofunityandliberation.org/soul_sec/resources/re-free_training.html
https://joshuakahnrussell.wordpress.com/resources-for-activists-and-organizers/
http://movementgeneration.org/resources/curriculum-tools/
http://www.storybasedstrategy.org/tools-and-worksheets.html

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider
freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it
less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; we have more
degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems;
more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too
angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and
pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom,
and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life; we've added years to life,
not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the
new neighbor. We've conquered outer space, but not inner space. We've done larger things, but
not better things.
We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've split the atom, but not our prejudice. We
write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to
wait. We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but
have less communication.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, and short character; steep profits,
and shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more
leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.
These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes. These
are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one-night stands, overweight
bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet, to kill.
It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when
technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this
insight, or to just hit delete.
Dr. Bob Moorehead