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Letter from the Founders

Thank you for your continued support of the work of Holistic Life Foundation, Inc. Our unique programming offers a dedicated approach to fostering social, emotional, environmental, and physical improvements in the lives of children, adults, and families. Through a comprehensive approach that incorporates yoga and mindfulness instruction, workforce development, teacher training, outreach, and education, our programs are making a direct impact on populations across the country, and throughout the world.

2017 has been a year of significant growth for HLF. Our staff, which increased from 35 to 50, serves approximately 7500 children in the Baltimore community on a weekly basis. Our ability to provide thousands of children with training in yoga, mindfulness, and emotional self-regulation encourages community-wide peace. In turn, these children teach what they have learned to their parents, siblings, neighbors, and friends. HLF is building a movement and we thank our generous supporters in Baltimore and beyond.

Our significant 2017 highlights include:

  • Our flagship After-school Program, Holistic Me, is now a federally-funded 21st Century Community Learning site serving 160 students each school day.
  • Participating in a Whil Grow App project that enables youth and adults worldwide to access yoga and mindfulness techniques at any moment through their smartphones.
  • Delivering yoga and mindfulness programs to students, teachers, and wellness practitioners in Baltimore, Charlottesville, Boston, Minneapolis, Madison, Louisville, Somerset County, and Asheville.
  • Media features in Yoga Journal, O the Oprah Magazing, CNN, Washington Post, Parade Magazine, Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, the movie Planetary, Draze, Afro, PresnaLibre, and an Open Society.
  • Collaboration with GapKids on a commercial for their Back to School Campaign.

We thank all of the foundations and private donors whose generosity and commitment to the HLF mission enables us to continue to share love, light, and peace.

With gratitude,

Ali Smith, Co-Founder and Executive Director

Atman Smith, Co-Founder and Director of Fundraising

Andres Gonzalez, Co-Founder and Director of Marketing