108 Sun Salutations for Solidarity

Dear Friends and Family,

Please join me in person, or in spirit on June 21 from 8:00 – 10:30 AM on Taos Plaza for 108 sun salutations in solidarity to raise funds for the Kusi Kawsay Waldorf-inspired Indigenous Elementary School in Pisac, Peru. Supporting this school promotes and celebrates traditional peoples of the world maintaining their cultures, and the importance of Indigenous Knowledge to a sustainable life on Earth.

As most of you know, the same year I became a yoga instructor, 1996, I took my first trip to Peru; performing yoga sun salutations on one of the most important days in the Andean calendar, the June solstice, will embody the essence of these transformational events.

Since that first trip, I have been closely associated with Pachamama’s Path, and the founders of this non-profit organization for cultural sustainability in Peru. The last time I was there in November, 2010, I got to see their latest and greatest project: Kusi Kawsay. Thanks to the support many of you have provided in the past, Kusi Kawsay opened its doors in 2010, offering an alternative to the public school system for Indigenous children in Peru. As an Andean leadership school based on Waldorf and Indigenous pedagogy, Kusi Kawsay combines academics with emotional and artistic development. All subjects are taught as they relate to each other through the Andean agrarian calendar (for more information on the Andean calendar, click here to read my article pg. 22-29 in UNM’s BSE). The school promotes traditional ecological knowledge while simultaneously empowering local populations with the skills they need to direct their own futures.

Kusi Kawsay is licensed with the Peruvian Ministry of Education and is affiliated with the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The teachers have been trained by the Peruvian public school system as well as in the Waldorf method and Andean cosmology. All are indigenous to Peru, and most speak Quechua. Despite this accreditation, there is no public funding available. Since the average worker in Peru only earns about $10.00 per day, students can barely pay tuition. All funding for the school, from the construction to the administration, comes from grants and private donors.

I am so impressed with the efforts involved in the creation of Kusi Kawsay as a means to promote Indigenous and ecological diversity, that I am compelled to support the cause any way I can. I do not have enough money myself to make much of a difference, but together, if we each give a little bit we could pay a child’s tuition or a teacher’s salary for a year, help build a playground, install solar panels or other infrastructure needs on the campus.

The sun salutations on Taos Plaza on June 21, 2011 from 8:00 – 10:30 AM is a community event to raise awareness and funds for this education initiative that will carry the values of ancestral knowledge into the twenty-first century and beyond.

If you would like to join me in this event, there are many ways you can participate:

  • Sponsor each sun salutation with 10 cents, 25 cents, or 1 to 100 dollars.
  • Join me in one, or all 108 sun salutations.
  • If you plan to do all 108, recruit your own sponsors.
  • Come by Taos Plaza on 6/21 to say “Hi.”
  • Visit www.kusikawsay.org to learn more about the school and spread the word about this worthwhile project.

Levels of sponsorship:
$.10 per sun salutation = $10.80
$.25 per sun salutation = $27.00
$.50 per sun salutation = $54.00
$1.00 per sun salutation = $108.00
Any amount you are able to contribute is helpful and greatly appreciated.

TO MAKE A DONATION:
Send a check payable to Pachamama’s Path to: Sonya Luz Costanza, 6697 NDCBU, Taos, NM 87571.
Visit www.kusikawsay.org to make an on-line donation through Pay-Pal.
Call 575-758-8007

Please be sure to include your contact information so we can acknowledge your valuable gift.

All contributions are tax-deductible through Pachamama’s Path 501(c)3, and 100% of your donation will go directly to the Kusi Kawsay Elementary School in Pisac, Peru.

May your generosity reciprocate back to you in love, joy, health, abundance, and a Kusi Kawsay (a Happy Life).

Urpillay Sonqollay (Thank You),
Sonya Luz Hinton Costanza

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