Proving once again that Toronto is the epicentre of progressive yoga, the community will gather on Saturday,  November 13 to celebrate the recipients of the 2010 Acorn Fund.

The Acorn Fund is dedicated to providing an on-going and growing resource that helps to support the creative process of pioneering sustainability steeped in social co-existence. Two grants will be awarded this year to the Centre of Gravity Peacemakers and the New Leaf Yoga Foundation.

Michael Stone and Ronit Jinich-Weisz will speak about the Centre of Gravity‘s mission to extend the successful application of mindfulness precepts and practices beyond the clinical and medical world into the wider community, reducing individual suffering to create a more harmonious and flourishing community. Following that, New Leaf’s Laura Sygrove, co-founder, and Julia Gibran, teacher, will speak about their experiences over the last three years, and the work at their newest project with partners Breaking the Cycle (a gang-exit initiative in Rexdale).

Acorn Funds Awards Event
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Kula Yoga Toronto
304 Brunswick Ave (upstairs, southwest corner of Bloor and Brunswick)

Free Admission. Donations Accepted to the Acorn Fund.

In 2009, New Leaf Yoga Foundation was the first recipient of the Acorn Fund. Founded in Toronto in 2007, the organization was created by like-minded people whose lives have been impacted by yoga and who wanted to share what they had learned. They set out to build an organization that would not only make yoga accessible to youth, but would also provide on-going support for teachers and staff  so that long-term, committed programs could flourish. The New Leaf Yoga Foundation hopes to inspire and support at-risk and incarcerated youth to tap into their inner strength and resources, so that they may cultivate seeds for peace in their lives.