Four years ago Off the Mat, Into the World (OTM) and Arianna Huffington partnered to create The Huffington Oasis, a unique, alternative space providing yoga, meditation, spa services, and organic food at the DNC.
The Oasis was designed to provide the politicians, media, etc. a refuge where, instead of grabbing a Red Bull and burger between sessions, they could come to reconnect to their bodies, minds and intentions in an environment providing sustainable methods for grounding, health and healing in an otherwise supercharged environment.
This project was an experiment. Yoga at the DNC? We didn’t know if anyone would even come.
OTM reached out to the yoga community to be a part of this historic event and invited them to volunteer their time and talents to The Oasis and share their skills with the powerful people who, everyday, make decisions on our behalf. It was a huge success. We had volunteers from all over the country and each day The Oasis was busy with people so grateful to learn new tools and have a respite from the intensity of the DNC.
We knew we would want to do this again, but this time we wanted to offer The Oasis at the RNC as well. Everyone, regardless of political convictions, deserves the gifts that yoga and other healing modalities can provide. It was very important to us that these offerings make it to both sides of the aisle.
We are thrilled to be partnering with Arianna again, at both the RNC in Tampa on August 27-30 and at the DNC in Charlotte, NC September 3-6. The reach of these events will be significant, with 16,000 delegates and countless media gathering at both venues. This is not about bringing politics into yoga, but bringing yoga into the political arena.
I believe deeply in the impact it could have.
So once again, I’d like to invite you to join me and be a part of bringing yoga into the mainstream and to the people who influence our nation.
If you are a meditation teacher, certified yoga teacher, licensed massage therapist or esthetician, photographer, videographer or an enthusiastic host/ess and interested in sharing your skills to serve the delegates who serve us and to create buzz around the place of mindfulness and yoga in politics, I’d like to invite you to join us at The Oasis.
Are you a professional photographer or videographer willing to volunteer your skills? If so, email [email protected] with your website and availability to help us capture these historic events.
Please Note: You will be responsible for getting yourself to and from the Oasis, and securing a place for yourself to stay while there. Traffic and security closures will make local transportation more challenging than usual, please plan accordingly.
I hope you can join us. It is vitally important to me personally to continue to offer these sustainable tools to all beings, especially those who wield such power on our nation’s citizens and global family. This is how we can influence the process of change…from the inside out. Please join us.
I look forward to seeing you there. Much love and blessing, Seane
Editor : Kate Bartolotta