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Make a difference in the Akwesasne community!

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$700,000 goal

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Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) believes the best solutions to community problems are home grown. Following an initial pilot program in Charlottesville, VA and subsequently developing best practices in leadership and training in Baltimore, HLF has achieved a new milestone: The HLF Mindful Leaders Satellite Initiative.

In 2020 HLF has partnered with the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory for the first satellite initiative. Our communities have a shared history of oppression and intergenerational trauma. Two cultures with great commonality. The people of Akwesasne also have a deep commitment to Trauma Informed Care, community healing and wellness.

In the summer of 2020 HLF provided 14 Mindful Leaders 80 hours of intensive yoga and mindfulness training over a 5 week period. In addition, HLF partnered with local community educators to provide mental health awareness training, Traditional Haudenosaunee Cultural Education, Classroom Management workshops with Educational Consultant Jennifer Hutchins, and professional development training including Financial Literacy, Public Speaking, Resume Building, and Conflict Resolution .

By partnering with the local Employment Resource Centers, Mindful Leaders were eligible for a weekly stipend in addition to the completion bonus, providing relief during the unexpected challenge presented by the COVID 19 Pandemic and allowing trainees to fully prioritize training.
Akwatsire (ah-khwa-jee-leh) means “family”. Five Mindful Leader Recruits have joined the HLF Akwatsire. Mindful Leaders serve as mindfulness ambassadors in local schools under the guidance of Senior HLF Staff Mentors Lloyd Jones and Jamaal Hawkins.

HLF has achieved worldwide success and accolades via diligence, professionalism, skill, and authenticity. Mindful Leaders embody these virtues and practice what they teach daily with the HLF senior staff, honing mind and body to be highly effective pillars of change within the community through the practice of mindfulness and yoga.

Raise the first $100,000 and the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation will match!


Our programs treat chronic and toxic levels of stress, severe depression, Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs, anxiety, anger problems, impulsive behavior and more. "Steven and Olivia are teaching them how to bring themselves back if they start to feel stressed or upset. We are so fortunate to have the Holistic Life Foundation come to our school!" - Madison Elementary, First Grade Teacher

*Money raised above our goal will help fund our Baltimore location*