THE "PAY IT FORWARD" MODEL
STATISTIC: In 2016 there were still 43.1 million people in the United States still below the poverty level which is defined as a family of four subsiding on less than $28,290. This is simply not okay.
It shouldn't break your bank to do the things that empower a healthy lifestyle and create peace of mind. In fact, it's the thing that Rasamaya Method creator, Carrie Tyler, talks about the most. It guides her teacher training courses, workshops and retreats. She and her graduates are deeply dedicated to creating positive change in the world. Here are a few of the ways we try to make a difference in the world:
1. Community Service - All Teacher Trainees must complete 10hrs of community service hours to receive their certification. It doesn't matter what they do, as long as they are contributing to making the world a better place. It could be teaching a free class to a friend, working in a soup kitchen. You name it. Got an organization who needs some free classes or a helping hand? Talk to us.
2. Scholarships for Workshops, Retreats and Teacher Trainings - almost every Rasamaya event has a one-to-one scholarship model (one spot over our baseline costs = one scholarship position). Our scholarship recipients have to answer this single question, "How will attending this program help me to pay it forward in the world?" Scholarship recipients are expected to help us with marketing via social media and assist us during the event with errands, handouts, etc. Interested? Email us your answer in less than 600 words at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can't wait to help you give voice to your vision.
3. Retreat partnerships - All of our retreats partner with a charitable organization. Our participants are involved through the form of monetary donations, food, clothing, or supply donations, or silent auctions.
4. Tuition Assistance - Rasamaya was one of the first teacher training programs in the country to allow students to pay for teacher training costs over a flexible period of time.
CHARITIES & NONPROFITS WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH.
These are just a few of the charities that Carrie and her team have collaborated with over the years: Clothes for Hope, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, (H)EAT, Wentworth Douglas Hospital, Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS), Anna Jaques Hospital, American Red Cross, New Hampshire SPCA, Star Island Corporation, Women's Coalition of St Croix and many more.
STAND UP. BE HEARD. #KeepMarching
Carrie is proud to be an ongoing advocate of three major movements happening in our country.
The March for Science - Carrie is honored to have been featured in the book Science Not Silence: Voices from the March for Science Movement published by MIT press April 2018. The next march is April 14th, 2018. "Thousands of people around the world will gather for #MarchForScience. Join us as we unite to hold our elected and appointed officials responsible for enacting equitable evidence-based policies that serve all communities and support science for the common good." Carrie will be marching in Cambridge, Ma. There are marches happening all over the world. Find one. Stand Up. Be Heard. #MarchForScience #KeepMarching
The Women's March - On Jan 21, 2017 Carrie proudly marched alongside 5 million other people in solidarity for human rights. Some of her closest badass feminists were with her including Andrea Isabelle Lucas of Barre & Soul. Here is what she had to say about the event in her inspiring blog post: History Has Its Eyes On Us. #WomensMarch #TogetherWeRise
Order of the Good Death - Carrie is a member of the Order of the Good Death. "The Order is about making death a part of your life. That means committing to staring down your death fears - whether it be your own death, the death of those you love, the pain of dying, the afterlife (or lack thereof), grief, corpses, bodily decomposition, or all of the above. Accepting that death itself is natural, but the death anxiety and terror of modern culture are not." Read ore about the death positive movement here. #OrderOfTheGoodDeath #DeathPositive
We have a special love and ongoing relationship with Partners for Rural Health in the Dominican Republic (PRHDR) and Partners in Development (PID).
PARTNERS IN DEVELOPMENT - In Jan 2017 Carrie journeyed to Haiti for several weeks on a medical mission with Partners in Development. Partners In Development (PID) strives to help impoverished communities attain independence and whole life improvement. We are currently focused on serving some of the poorest areas of Haiti, Guatemala, and the Mississippi Delta. Through economic development, children’s programs, housing and medical assistance, they engage whole communities in whole-life change, ensuring a better quality of life and a more promising future. Learn more about them at PIDonline.org
PARTNERS FOR RURAL HEALTH IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Carrie spent January 2015 in the Dominican doing nursing outreach to 15 rural villages that otherwise have little access to health care. PRHDR welcomes all medical professionals, Spanish and Creole speakers, as well as the general public who would like to volunteer. Learn more about them at PRHDR.org
SONOMA ASHRAM FOUNDATION
A monthly donation is made by Rasamaya to the charitable endeavors of Carrie's mentor, who has taught her so much about living life with grace and an open heart. Carrie makes regular trips the ashram in Sonoma, California and Varanasi, India. Their charitable works include a women’s vocational program, a boy’s orphanage, a school for impoverished children, a personal retreat center, an eye clinic & hospital, and an eco-farm. Learn more at www.sonomaashram.org