Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Blooming in Uganda: Upcoming Events

Hello Blooma families,

As you may have heard, Blooma founder Sarah Longacre has taken an incredible challenge to help open a birth center in Uganda, Africa. Blooming in Uganda needs your help to make this happen. In the coming weeks and months, there will be events to help raise money for the project, including special yoga classes and workshops and a gala at the Weisman Art Museum Nov. 17. Pick up one of Blooming in Uganda's cute t-shirts, too, and spread the word!

You may be asking, why Uganda? Complications related to childbirth there kill 150 women every week. That totals about 8,000 women a year. As the strong women and families that you are, we know you can help make a difference. In February 2010, Sarah will travel to Uganda with other participants of the Off the Mat, Into the World® program (OTM), which organizes and inspires hundreds of yoga communities to help make the world a better place. The project is partnering with Shanti Uganda, the organization leading the charge to build a birth center, to offer prenatal education programs, and to provide basic, sanitary medical supplies. To make this happen, Sarah needs to raise $20,000. Please take a look at the upcoming events and sign up now for one of them, or several of them, to help send Blooma to Uganda! Or, donate now.

• Nov. 13th, 7:30 p.m. — Blooming in Uganda GALA AT THE WEISMAN ART MUSEUM, with special guests Krista Tippett (of MPR’s “Speaking of Faith”) and Matthew Sanford. Tickets are $50 each. RSVP now.

• Oct. 2, 6-8 p.m. — Blooming in Uganda KICK OFF event! YOGA for EVERYONE with Sarah is a donation-based two-hour long class. Sign up now under the Workshops tab.

• Oct. 3, 9:30-10:45 a.m.—Blooming in Uganda PRENATAL YOGA with Sarah
Sign up now under the Workshops tab.

• Oct. 10, 3:30-5:30 p.m. — PRENATAL YOGA and CHIROPRACTIC WORKSHOP with Sarah and Dr. Fargo; one hour of yoga followed by a one-hour workshop with Dr. Tim Fargo. He’ll present a workshop that will teach you ways to reduce pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy by using safe and natural techniques. Sign up now under the Workshops tab.

• Oct. 11, 3-5 p.m. — BOOT CAMP FOR DADS with Anthony Arnold
The Vikings kick off at noon, and personal trainer Anthony Arnold will be ready and waiting with a post-game workout. Go ahead: Tailgate all morning, then get your tail kicked (in a good way!) all afternoon! Sign up now under the Workshops tab.

We look forward to seeing you at Blooma and at one of our Blooming in Uganda special events!

The women of Blooma

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