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Excel Society - Balwin Villa

6920 128 Ave NW

Edmonton, AB T5C 1S7

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Warm Greetings,

Please accept this wholesome invitation to join together to celebrate both International Yoga Day and National Aboriginal Day(s) as well as to support a local not-for-profit organization supporting families here in Edmonton.

Declared unanimously by the United Nations in 2014, (Internationational Yoga Day) coincides most appropriately with the longest day of the year (June 21st). "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day". -Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly-

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples. -Indigenous and Aboriginal Affairs Canada-

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This celebration will include a wisdom-sharing from Lorette Goulet, a Metis Cultural Helper/ Elder currently working as a Kokum for the Aboriginal Head Start Program in Edmonton; a gentle yoga practice; and finally a period of community song guided by Sparrow Grace. The intention of this gathering, is to be with others you love, to share the gifts of your practice, and to support a worthwhile local not-for-profit organization supporting Edmonton families.

Who: All are welcome to join in the celebration. The practices shared will be accessible for all and gentle in nature. No former or formal practice experience is required, just bring along yourself as you are, and enjoy!

Children's Activities: KARA Family Resource Centre's wonderful staff will be offering children's activities (ages 3-12) throughout the evening so that guardians/parents can fully participate in the celebration. Please register your children on Eventbrite so that we have a sense of numbers attending.

What: A community celebration and fundraiser! Come with open arms and an open heart.

When: The formal program"will begin at 6:15pm and close at 8:30pm.

Where: The celebration will take place outdoors on the grassy fields located to the north of Balwin Villa. Should the weather end up being less than outdoor-friendly, the Excel Society has graciously offered access to their indoor gymnasium, though space indoors will be limited. Access to toilets indoors will be also be available.

How: To participate, simply RSVP on Eventbrite, then show up on site with your mat, some weather-appropriate clothing, and a smile. You are strongly encouraged to bring your family and friends.

Donations & Receipts: There is no set "cost" to attend, but rather an opportunity to make cash donation towards supporting the programs and services heartfully offered at the KARA Family Resource Centre. As KARA is a registered charity in Canada, a charitable tax receipt will be issued to those making a minimum $25 cash donation. KARA proudly offers courses and parenting workshops for children, along with providing advice, assistance and support services for families.

Drinks - Support local!: Christiane Panesar from Heart Food will be on-site providing warm cups of either Campomo (an amazing non-caffeinated healthy coffee alternative!) and herbal tea for your hydrating needs at a twoonie ($2) per cup. They will also be selling larger bags of Campomo for you to take home should you happen to fall in love with it ($24 per bag)!

Snacks - Support local!: The Vegans and Vegetarians of Alberta will be providing bite-sized tasty treats for your pleasure. At a cost of a twoonie ($2) per treat, not only can you get rid of some of that awkward change in your pocket, but you can also feel good knowing that you're supporing a grassroots organization with the best of intentions.

Opportunitlies to get involved:

We are currently seeking individuals, groups, and studios willing to contribute in the following ways. Please connect via Eventbrite or Facebook if this feels to be of interest to you:

I) Assisting with the organizing and/or planning of this simple community-based event

II) General volunteer duties throughout the evening (set-up, general duties, clean-up)

III) Spreading the word (sharing through social media, etc.)

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A million thanks for your consideration and interest!

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6920 128 Ave NW

Edmonton, AB T5C 1S7

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