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AKHA Orphanage

Center For Sacred Studies Fiscal Sponsorship: AKHA Orphanage


Akha Children’s Dream Home

The Akha are an indigenous tribe originally from Tibet who live in small mountain villages. The Akha mainly live in destitute conditions. Deeply caring and loving people, with the basics of life not being met across the board, the first priority for them is the children. When they were asked what would help them, they requested a children’s home. This self-sustaining community establishment will:

  • Provide a safe & nurturing home
  • Healthy meals
  • Access to education
  • Cultural preservation
  • Language study
  • Job & skills development

Our Thailand Director has donated his family’s land and home for this dream to be realized. The goal is to open the orphanage for the first 5 children in 201

It all started when…

May 2016

In the name of friendship, wisdom, and the heart,

I write this letter to you.

I don’t like to make something up. I like to receive. In this way I feel it is coming from something bigger than me, bigger than my life. That is how I’ve made many decisions in my life, and have kept it as a measurement of truth to my movements and actions.

15 years ago I lived in Thailand as a gap year between high school and Vassar. Those close to me have known how it forever impacted my life.

The hilltribes of the north are indigenous tribes at the lowest social and economic rank of the country and region. One of these tribes is called the Akha, originally from Tibet.

From an auspicious meeting in 2002, I have stayed in contact with one of the leaders of the community. After a break in communication (my own denial of my role), in 2015 I asked him what was needed. After many hours he humbly said, well, everything (economic development, food, clothes, shoes, clean water). When prompted, he said the #1 need is food for orphans.

I have just returned from days up in the stunning mountains and hilltribe villages. We spent days discussing all the details. The humility and care is palpable. We have so much to learn from these phenomenal human beings.

Nont and his wife A have offered to build the first stage of the first Akha orphanage and cultural center run by Akha people themselves in Thailand on their land, at their home. This is grassroots in an epic way.  The children will share their kitchen, and can eat with their family.

We will be making annual trips, and you are invited. The opening of the orphanage will be February 2017.

You are welcome to join us in any way you can. Our friends in the Akha hilltribe are grateful.

Please be in touch with how you can join us. Your ideas and presence are deeply welcome. Thank you.

Batya Friedland, MA


Join us in supporting the first Akha initiated, Akha directed

children’s home in Thailand.

In the name of friendship, compassion, and reciprocity,

It is our honor to connect you to the beautiful tribe of the Akha,

who have humbly requested our presence and assistance.

100% of proceeds go directly to the Akha!

The quotient of difference of $10, $20, or $50 from here to an Akha village is astronomical. Our resources mean more than we could have imagined.

Thank you for your donation !!


[Audio Recording] How The Election Serves As A Call to Action

How The Election Serves As A Call to Action

Dear Family, Friends and Community,

One of my teachers said to me once, “When the Higher Self is walking through your life, nothing will make any logical sense.” We are in such a time right now, as we settle into the reality of the outcome of our election. When the results were announced, it was like a shock wave rippled out across the globe. As people began to call in, they were scared, angry, confused, shocked and held every feeling available to us. The shadow of many centuries has become very visible. Now it is time for all those that have been preparing for several decades to step fully into themselves and stay present with this process.

As recently shared by Kaypacha on the Pele Report – The New Paradigm Astrology Cooperative, we are entering an auspicious time. He shares an intention for these times:
“I am no longer addicted to drama.
I am ready for something new.
As I gain my independence,
I am able to build with you.”

I was reminded that in any deep healing there is usually a crisis of healing before health is restored. During a crisis of healing, we must hold our focus. We must stay in the moment bringing our full Presence. We must ground our Light and deepen our prayer. We must trust Creator with our very lives. It is a time when our strength is in our unity. It is in our commitment to the Earth and all Her Peoples. It is staying heart centered and having the courage to embrace the shadow, discovering where it lives in oneself. It is activating the consciousness of forgiveness, knowing that our Love is leading the way and that all is sacred.

My husband, Russ, said, “My search for meaning IS a spiritual endeavor. “Self” and “Other” are the grounds of examination. Seeking for hope, lessons, meaning, purpose, and actions ARE a spiritual response. Tolerance and clear moral and ethical interior define the “line in the sand”. And this clarity, calls for personal and direct responses through mindful actions. We must refuse to become a victim in this great, sometimes confused, country of ours. Seek your inner guidance and ask for wisdom: HOLD the BIG question and WAIT for creator to respond. Times of crisis call forth the greatest wisdom, if we trust and turn inward toward our connection with creation and spirit.”

We are at a very important choice point. Will we join the drama of the shadow or shed our light onto it?
Will we drop into the personal, rather than galvanize the collective souls standing for unity and the sacredness of life?
Will we pray and protect, rather than fight to be right?
Will we stay awake or fall into the sleep and unconscious behaviors we are so angered by?

Those at Standing Rock have lit the fire for our Ancestors.
The Divine has been preparing us all.
We are ready!!
We are here!!
We are a prayer walking!!
Let the healing begin!!!

With love we walk on,
Jyoti, Darlene and the staff of the Center for Sacred Studies

Call Recorded on
Saturday, NOVEMBER 19 at 5:00 pm PST

To access the Audio Recording, click the following link:
http://centerforsacredstudies.org/How The Election Serves As A Call to Action/

If you have any questions, please email us at css.teleseminars@gmail.com.


Mauli Ola Festival


Mauli Ola Festival is a joyful festival celebrating ecology, healing energy, the arts – and of course, farming. Earth-based wisdom keepers, builders, healers and leaders come together and co-create an expression of collective artistry and beauty.

A portion of the festival’s profits will be donated to I Ola Na Aina Momona and the Black Hills Unity Concert.

Transformational Festival in Hawaii

September 21 – 24 at Wood Valley Farm in Hawai`i Island

Special offer, Full Festival Passes are 80% off

Mauli Ola Festival is a joyful festival celebrating ecology, healing energy, the arts – and of course, farming. Earth-based wisdom keepers, builders, healers and leaders come together and co-create an expression of collective artistry and beauty.


Take a stand for bliss and co-create the new culture with us in a sacred way, by securing your ticket to the Mauli Ola Festival.

The Coffee And Human Rights Circle is a The Coffee and Human Rights Circle is a community discussion about how to improve human rights in our industry in the spirit of open dialogue and partnership.

Sponsored by Barista Magazine and Ka`u Specialty LLC, Sunalini Menon, Sarah Allen, Sarah Grant and others will join.

Screening of The Coffee Man Film, about Sasa Sestic’s WBC journey and The Land Of Eb, about Marshallese coffee pickers in Hawaii.

Reserve your ticket now and come celebrate all that makes life beautiful, in celebration and sacred community!

Mauli Ola Festival Performers, Presenters and Instructors
September 21 – 24 at Wood Valley Farm in Hawai`i Island

Youssoupha Sidibe
Jeff Peterson
Dread Ashanti
El Leo
Kalapana Awa Band
Off The Grid
DJ Enata

Sarah Allen
Sunalini Menon
Sarah Grant

Pagan George
Molly Masaoka
Aeo Wildflower

Holly Baade
Momi Aiu
Jasmine Silverstein

Marie Alonzo Snyder

Ian Akahi Masterson
Youssoupha Sidibe

Artizen School
Drake Weinert
Doug Pittman


Earth Guardians Global Crew Call on June 1st


Join Our next Global Crew Call!

Each month, Earth Guardian crews from all over the world come together to connect and collaborate within our global network! After a short break in which we organized a RYSE Youth Council Training and are gearing up for summer actions, we are ready to get back at it! These calls have been incredibly inspiring thus far and we are excited to see the powerful actions that will come from conversations such as these.


4EEE Fox Walkers Summer & Fall


Hello and Greetings from 4 Elements Earth Education and the Fox Walkers!

We are gearing up for Summer Programs, and Registration is ready for our Fall Fox Walkers Programs as well.

A reminder that our summer programs fill up pretty quickly; one of the Summer Fox Walkers programs is already full! If you are planning to attend any of our day programs this summer, please register soon to ensure your space. If you want to get into a class that is full, please sign up on wait list, as a space may open up.

Come join us for our another Fox Walker evening fundraiser dinner. June 10th, 2016 from 6-8 pm at Burton Hormestead/ Pata Panaka Village.

More Info

Rick Berry and the Fox Walkers Crew

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