More online resources and our 2015-16 Annual Report

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PRACTICE YOGA AND MEDITATION WITH US... FROM YOUR HOME!

Check out our free guided yoga and meditation classes to support you and the larger TBI community to benefit from greater mind-body connection. We know it can be hard to make it to a studio, so we've ensured that you can try out these practices from the comfort of your home. Let us know what you think!

This 20-minute gentle practice focuses on grounding poses (no standing) to bring you into the present and help you relax.
This 50-minute gentle yoga practice is similar to the classes taught in our FUNdamentals series.
Led by TBI survivor Kevin Pearce, this meditation inspires love from within.
 
Use an ancient energy system to focus your mind. Led by Megan Whiteside
 
A practice for when you’re looking to fully unwind and enter into a place of peace.
Led by Kyla Pearce

THANK YOU

Partners and donors for supporting our programs and the creation of these resources. Over this past fiscal year (2015-2016), we accomplished more than we ever thought possible!
 
We hope you enjoy the gratifying moments and learnings featured in our annual report. These moments are a reflection of what a strong vision, hard work, and compassion can create.
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To My Brother On His Incredible Journey

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Dear Kev,  It has been nearly six years since I sat by your bed at Craig Hospital wondering how the hell we were going to do this. To get you back on your feet living a life of purpose and wellbeing. I never in a million years could have understood that what we perceived as the most devastating accident could turn out as positive as it has. I continue to be in awe of your resilience and willingness to share your healing journey to let others find possibility in their own.  Our return to Craig Hospital last week was a major milestone for us and for LYB. It brought back a flood of emotions and memories from the nearly four months we were there. I have never felt so proud, sad, and excited as I did when we walked through the hospital meeting current patients. The moment that really stood out was when we were introduced to a young boy in a wheelchair who had just suffered a TBI and his father who was helping him through therapy. Although I could feel their pain and suffering, being able to share that, through LYB, we can offer them a community and programs to support their journey was profound.  - Adam
“The LYB training gives me confidence that I am sending my patients to a community partner that understands our TBI population and they will be well taken care of.” 

- Joan Danks, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at Craig Hospital
- Other Highlights - 

The FUNdamentals series will kick off at The River in Denver this September. Registration for the class is currently full, but we are accepting registrations for a waiting list!


Our Yoga Program is currently being offered in the following locations - Colorado, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Learn if the program is right for you and register here.

A heartfelt thank you to: lululemon athletica, The River, SIE Film Center, Jacki Carr, Dr. Alan Weintraub, KIND Bars, Mark and Kathryn Whiteside, Steve Ruoff and the talented artists who custom-designed helmets for our silent auction.
 

Check out the article in the Denver Post.

Stay tuned for a new documentary coming out about LoveYourBrain
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2016 Retreat is a Wrap

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Community is at the heart of everything we do

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From May 24-30th, LoveYourBrain held the 3rd annual LYB Retreat in partnership with our amazing friends at Zeno Mountain Farm. Our group consisted of fifty people, including individuals with brain injury, siblings, health care providers and the LYB/Zeno family, making it our largest retreat yet. This special week of reunions and new friendships highlighted the value of community and provided an opportunity for the group to experience a unique and integrative approach to brain health.

Each day began with a gentle yoga practice with an emphasis on meditation and mindfulness. Throughout the days, the group participated in a variety of workshops focused on therapy techniques, self reflection and different methods of sharing personal experiences. All meals were prepared with brain-healthy ingredients and shared family-style.
This year’s schedule included several new elements, including a music therapist who guided a songwriting project and led a powerful drumming circle. We hosted a Neuropsychologist and bodywork practitioners for massage therapy and reiki healing. Finally, two of our retreat participants offered an herbalism workshop, including an introduction to the healing power of herbs, a plant meditation, and a mindful eating exercise.

We ended the week with two days of marathon festivities. On Saturday, seven of the retreat participants completed a 1-mile walking course on the Burlington Waterfront. These inspiring racers crossed this finish line to applause and cheers from their retreat family.

On Sunday, the group braved the heat to participate in the Vermont City Marathon. Thank you to the 85 runners who ran on “Team Brainfarmers” and to over 700 donors who supported the team to raise money for LoveYourBrain and Zeno Mountain Farm!

“LYB has fostered a truly unique and invaluable community that supports and encourages each other through our brain injury challenges, and celebrates all our successes. It was a joy to return to the retreat this year and see how far we've all come, to continue to cheer each other on, and to welcome new, wonderful brain friends into the group.”
(JoAnna- Second Year)
“This was my first year at the love your brain retreat, and I loved it.  I have a pretty severe brain injury and haven't really been around too many people like that.  It helped me to not feel so alone.  I also liked all of the healthy stuff that we talked about, and that you can be healthy no matter how busy you are.  Everyone was really friendly and nice and accepting. I made a lot of life long friends.” (Joe, First Time Participant)

“We cry with joy when we arrive and reunite, we cry with happiness and sadness when we depart; albeit stronger and closer.  

We don't get introduced as TBI survivors in the "real" world; having these incredibly powerful connections gives us a chance to really ask the things that haunt and elude us.  On year three, it is unreal to see the growth and successes of individuals as we share our healing together and become more comfortable in our own skin.  Now that I have given a piece of myself to every BrainFarmer, I can't imagine life without any one of them.  There are only feelings that can describe the magic of LoveYourBrain at Zeno.  It is a time for us to let down all our fears and simply "be".  Who we are, what we battle, and know that we are never alone.”
(Hannah, Third Year)

A big thank you to Audrey Rudolf for the amazing photos! 
Thank you to our amazing sponsors for making it possible!
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  1. Nina Mccampbell 
  2. Jess and Shawn Taker
  3. Joyce Conwell
  4. Lamagna Cheese 
  5. Dealer.com
  6. Abliash Patel
  7. Susan Halby
  8. Charlie Shaw
  1. lululemon (Yoga mats)
  2. Vital Choice (Organic meats)
  3. Ear Peace (Ear plugs)
  4. Oh Veggie (Simmer sauce)
  5. Clif Bar (Organic snack bars)
  6. Aqua Vitea (Kombucha)
  7. Epic Provisions (Organic Jerky)
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Thank you for making MindfulMarch a success!

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Your generous contributions will further our efforts to bring yoga and meditation to the TBI community.

We especially want to thank our top fundraising studios & teachers:

  1. Kathy & Bob Ravinski (Cilla’s Coffeehouse - Norfolk, Massachusetts)

  2. Center for Yoga - Birmingham, Michigan

  3. Ho-Ho-Kus Yoga - Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey

“We cultivated a group ‘shout out’ of love and connection towards TBI survivors and their families.  [The class was] truly a memorable experience”
- Amy Black, Yoga Teacher at Core Wellness Yoga, Lees Summit, MO


“Our LYB yoga gathering was a heart-filled evening full of love, light, grace and extraordinary giving!”
-Kathy (Yoga Teacher, Caregiver) and Bob (TBI survivor) Ravinski


"It was incredibly meaningful to be able to bring the message and mission of LoveYourBrain to my yoga community. Most of the students who attended had never heard of LoveYourBrain but being able to practice together with the intention of self love and compassion for our own bodies brought us all together as a class and a community."
- Maggie Donin, Yoga Teacher at Balance Yoga, Richmond, VT
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#MINDFULMARCH

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In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month in March, LoveYourBrain is launching #MindfulMarch, our second annual global yoga fundraiser to support the LoveYourBrain Yoga Program.  Throughout March, we are partnering with yoga studios and teachers in the US and internationally to offer a donation-based class.  Every dollar raised will help expand our Yoga Program, enabling us to offer free yoga to more TBI survivors in more cities.

 

1. To raise $50,000 for the LoveYourBrain Yoga Program

2. To increase awareness of TBI and the healing benefits of yoga and meditation

Help us spread the word about #MindfulMarch!  Forward this newsletter to yoga studios and yogis in your community.

Your participation in MindfulMarch makes it possible for people like Ellen to participate in the LoveYourBrain Yoga Program, a 6-week series designed to make yoga and meditation affordable and accessible to TBI survivors.  

 

Offer a donation-based class in March and join our growing community of socially-conscious yoga teachers.

 
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The Gift of Yoga

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The Gift of Yoga 

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It's that time of year when the weather is getting chillier and we are reminded of the holiday spirit of giving. At LoveYourBrain, we are giving the gift of yoga to the TBI community, with the #GiveYoga campaign. To learn more about our program, visit our website.

 

Our goal is to raise enough money to provide 500 survivors and caregivers with the opportunity to improve and restore their physical and emotional wellbeing through yoga and meditation.

 

Please consider giving the gift of yoga this holiday season. A contribution of any size will make a meaningful difference in the lives of TBI survivors.

Giving Tuesday is the global day of giving back. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), since it’s inception Giving Tuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy in the holiday season and throughout the year. It harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring real change to communities. Please consider joining LoveYourBrain on Giving Tuesday, December 1st, by giving the gift of yoga.

 
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LoveYourBrain Yoga, Wanderlust Hollywood with Trevor Hall and Balance Rehab System

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LoveYourBrain Yoga, Wanderlust Hollywood with Trevor Hall and Balance Rehab System

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Emerging from a Concussion
 
LoveYourBrain Yoga Provides an Opportunity to Be Understood 

I’ve never considered myself a person with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  Sure I’ve had 9 concussions, but I’ve never had one single blow that changed my life, personality, or demeanor in a lasting fashion. That dramatic change of self is the part of the injury I've always associated with trauma.  Instead, I’ve had 9 concussions that have redirected my path in life to become safer and lower impact, but consequently aligning my path with my true self.  For this reason, I’ve never thought to reach out or get involved in concussion programs because in my mind I don’t have a TBI.  I simply didn't think my injuries were traumatic enough.  

 

"I wanted to see others that at face value didn’t appear to have a concussion but underneath could understand the headaches, nausea, and confusion that I was feeling."


 

After a recent sailing injury - classic boom high-wind head collision - my perspective changed.  The lonely world of concussion recovery had finally grated down my definition of needing help and wanting to be part of a community with which to share this invisible injury.  I wanted to see others that at face value didn’t appear to have a concussion but underneath could understand the headaches, nausea, and confusion that I was feeling.  So, I reached out to LoveYourBrain because they seemed to take the potential doom and gloom that can surround head injuries and instead create potential and possibility.
 

"With this new yoga routine, I’m an active participant in my concussion recovery."

 

This morning I attended my very first LoveYourBrain yoga session at Laughing River, in Winooski, Vermont.  At a month out from my sailing injury, cleaning my house still requires me to take a nap and rest, but I was ready to expand my “can do” list.  When I over spend “brain points”, as I like to call them, on loud or high heart rate activities, it’s closely followed by headaches and some serious hours logged in bed listening to a podcast or looking at the back of my eye mask.  A community of people that understood had vetted this yoga session, so I came in with confidence that I could do it and participate at the appropriate level to spend the perfect amount of brain points.  Simply put, I’m overjoyed because I left feeling better and understood.  With this new yoga routine, I’m an active participant in my concussion recovery.  It’s creating an opportunity to heal, create momentum, and be understood.
 

Learn more about the LoveYourBrain Yoga & Meditation Program here.

Join us at Wanderlust Hollywood for an inspiring evening with a musical performance by Trevor Hall, special edit of The Crash Reel, speakeasy by Kevin Pearce and meditation by MUSE!

 
The Vew-Do x LoveYourBrain Balance Rehab System is now available for pre-order, and will start shipping on November 15!  Watch the video to learn how it will help your balance!
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LoveYourBrain Meditation, Brain Boost Juice & Vew-Do Contest Winner

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LoveYourBrain Meditation, Brain Boost Juice & Vew-Do Contest Winner

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MEDITATION MOVEMENT

Inspiring greater peace, acceptance, and happiness for people affected by brain injury is a big part of what we do. We’ve learned that meditation is one powerful way to help transform chaos into inner calm and frustration into joy. 

We are excited to announce the LoveYourBrain Meditation Movement, launching this Friday.  In collaboration with brain injury survivors, yogis, and meditation teachers, we will be sharing a new meditation practice twice a month, giving us all a chance to pause and reconnect.
Join the movement here:  http://www.loveyourbrain.com/meditation-movement/
“Meditation has given me a path to slowing down, being present with what I do have, and finding perspective about how I create my reality--not my ANTS (automatic negative thoughts).
-  Kevin Pearce

VERMONT JUICE COMPANY x LOVEYOURBRAIN

Nutrition is key to living a brain healthy lifestyle.

The Vermont Juice Company has created a signature juice called Brain Boost, loaded with brain-benefiting nutrients. Led by blueberries and beets, each ingredient has its own way of giving positive nutrients to the brain, promoting good blood and oxygen flow, fighting off inflammation and memory loss, protecting cells, and many more fantastic benefits!  Vermont Juice Company will donate $2 from each juice sold to LoveYourBrain.

Learn more here:  http://www.loveyourbrain.com/vermont-juice-co

LYB X VEW-DO BALANCE BOARD CONTEST WINNER

Congratulations to Dan Alin Ursu, our art contest winner!
Thank you to BlankYouVeryMuch for designing this art contest around our cause!

To learn more, visit: http://www.loveyourbrain.com/vew-do

The LoveYourBrain Yoga and Meditation Program is currently being offered in 3 studios, in New Hampshire and Vermont.  To learn more, visit: http://www.loveyourbrain.com/yoga/

 
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LoveYourBrain Yoga & Meditation Program Launches In Vermont

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LoveYourBrain Yoga & Meditation Program Launches in Vermont

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We kicked off the weekend by inviting the Burlington community to practice yoga together. Kevin led a moving meditation about how love originates from within--a message that reflects the spirit of LYB and is key to any healing process. Following the class, we held a screening of The Crash Reel bringing together traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors, friends, healthcare professionals, and yoga teachers to share how we integrate mindfulness, movement and connection into our programs.

On Saturday, we hosted a four-hour LYB Teacher Training Workshop designed to equip teachers with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to tailor their yoga and meditation classes for the TBI population. We were thrilled to have 28 yoga teachers - some traveling from as far as Denver - join us to expand their knowledge about and compassion for TBI.

“The teacher training was so inspiring, informative, and meaningful on multiple levels. What I think is so wonderful about using yoga/meditation at therapy for this kind of trauma is that it invites survivors to be active participants in their healing. It really empowers survivors to step into their own power and find the strength and resiliency that remains in their minds - even when it feels like, or they are told, that it is lost.”  

- Sarah Cycon, Local Yoga Teacher

Our goal is to provide all TBI survivors with an opportunity to improve and restore their physical and emotional wellbeing through yoga and meditation while building community.

“Yoga has helped me early on with simple things, balance, movement, regaining muscle, walking in particular. But what it has become is community.  It has become friends, family, networking - it’s life out of prison essentially. It’s perfect for people who have had a brain injury.”  

- Steve Kuhn, TBI Survivor and Community Leader

Special thank you to our in-kind donors:  Laughing River Yoga, Sukha Yoga, VT Juice Company, Homer Horowitz, Peter Vitt, lululemon athletica and Pingala Cafe & Eatery.

 

Classes will be offered at Laughing River Yoga and Sangha Studio in Burlington, Vermont. Keep an eye on our website for details about how to sign up.

Your artwork could be showcased on the new LoveYourBrain x Vew-Do Balance board!

 

LoveYourBrain and Vew-Do Balance Boards are inviting the brain injury community--survivors, friends, and family--to help design the artwork on the all-new LoveYourBrain balance board. The art contest aims to showcase how people affected by brain injury find balance, both physically and emotionally. To see all the details, head over to Blank You Very Much!

 
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Kevin’s Monthly Highlight: Bringing The Power Of Yoga And Meditation To Kids

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Kevin’s Monthly Highlight: Bringing the Power of Yoga and Meditation to Kids
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I truly believe that no matter who you are, where you are in your life, or what you are doing, yoga and meditation practice will help improve your quality of life.  My recovery process has been so hard.  At times it is painfully slow and unbelievably tiring. But experiences like the one I had last month, talking to 900 teenagers about the power of yoga and the importance of mindfulness, make all that I’m doing and working towards feel so worth it.

I had been asked to go to Iowa to speak at the annual SPECTACULAR sports and leadership camp, and after a long day of travel, I finally made it to Des Moines for the first time in my life. We headed to Graceland University, the host of the camp, where the campers were in the midst of watching The Crash Reel. When the movie ended, the camp director, Jamie, shared with the kids why he thought The Crash Reel was such a great fit to show at camp. He also talked about how cool it would be to have me come to the camp to talk more in depth about my experience and what my journey and recovery has been like—but, he didn’t tell the kids that I was actually right there listening the whole time! 

This is when it got totally nuts. I was in the back room waiting, and Jamie said, "I thought it might be cool to bring Kevin in to talk to you guys." This was my cue, and I walked out into the gym and all 900 kids lost it. And when I say lost it, I mean they went absolutely crazy! It was one of the most amazing feelings I have ever felt in my life. For about four minutes—which felt like four hours to me—the kids were on their feet going wild. When they finally calmed down, I got to share all the pieces of my experience that were not in the movie, including where I’m at in my recovery process now, and what LoveYourBrain has been doing for TBI survivors around the world.

 
"When Kevin said, 'when the mind and body are one, it’s a powerful thing' I knew
I needed to come and try (yoga) again ­­this time with a different mind­set."
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Caleb, 17
 
The theme of the camp was "Let Go," so it felt like the perfect space to share my experience: how incredibly hard letting go of certain dreams has been, but also how much I have learned and how rewarding it has been to create new dreams and opportunities. One of the most memorable parts of my experience at SPEC was talking about how yoga and meditation has changed my life and ultimately changed my brain. For me, yoga and meditation give me a chance to slow down, cultivate self‐awareness and acceptance, and find a more positive outlook on life‐‐essentially, to Love My Brain even when dealing with the many challenges I face. Coincidentally, they were holding a yoga class every morning at camp, and the day after my talk, the class doubled in size and had to be relocated to the amphitheater outside to accommodate all the new yogis!
 
"I was SHOCKED at how calm I felt afterwards.  My anxiety was completely gone.  I couldn't believe it.  And I didn't feel silly or out of place.  It felt amazing." ­ - Vanessa, 17

The LoveYourBrain Foundation is launching a nationwide gentle yoga and meditation program for traumatic brain injury survivors­­from concussions to severe brain injury. We are hosting yoga teacher training workshops to equip teachers with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to tailor their yoga and meditation classes for this population, starting in Burlington, Vermont on August 28th­- 29th.

Learn more and apply here:
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Help support the program here.
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June Recap Newsletter

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Thanks to lululemon athletica, Kevin was invited to host a Speakeasy at Wanderlust Stratton on June 20th.  Having grown up riding at Stratton Mountain, this event held special significance to him.  Kevin shared how yoga has become an integral part of his recovery, and what he does on a daily basis to retrain his thought patterns and eliminate the ANTs - automatic, negative thoughts.

 

The mission of Wanderlust is to help people cultivate their best self; to gather experts, practices, and recipes for living that guide people along the journey toward a mindful and inspired life.  Kevin and the LoveYourBrain family are honored to have been a part of this.

 


After a weekend of Wanderlusting, the LoveYourBrain family attended the 5th annual Frendly Gathering at Timber Ridge Mountain in Windham, Vermont.  We welcomed festival-goers to join us in the LoveYourBrain teepee for daily meditation and yoga classes, and provided a peaceful space for people to come and quiet their minds amidst the chaos of the festival.  Namaste to Malaika DosRemedios and Be Shakti for teaching beautiful classes, and thank you to lululemon athletica and Deep River Snacks for helping create this magical space.

 

The LoveYourBrain family is growing, and we couldn't be more excited to welcome Kim Baker to the team!  Kim is joining us as the Director of the LoveYourBrain Yoga & Meditation Program, and will be integral in helping us launch our flagship program, providing brain injury survivors a pathway to improve their quality of life.  Most recently, Kim held a leadership role with lululemon athletica.  She also brings several years of experience working for various nonprofit organizations and the United Nations, as well as an MPA in nonprofit management from NYU.  Kim is committed to helping others love their brain through yoga and meditation, and with her addition to the team, we are eager to grow our program and impact a larger community.

To learn more about BIAPA please visit: http://www.biapa.org
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LoveYourBrain Camp Recap

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LoveYourBrain Camp 2015
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On May 19th, 40 brain injury survivors, primary caregivers, and members of the LYB family convened for the second annual LoveYourBrain retreat at Zeno Mountain Farm. For six days, this community shared their personal experiences with brain injury, techniques to help them thrive, laughter, tears, songs and brain-healthy meals. The week culminated in everyone running the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, raising spirits and funds to support the LoveYourBrain and Zeno communities.
 

Themes consisted of:
Resilience
| Power of the mind | Finding purpose in adversity | Movement | Nutrition for brain health | Building community

"When I was making my way up from FL to VT for the Love Your Brain camp at Zeno Mountain Farm I had an extremely hesitant, nervous attitude. But as the days went on I opened up more and realized the people I was with were like a family. Whether you had a TBI or not, everyone was treated the same: with acceptance, understanding, empathy compassion, love, and sympathy. A new goal of mine is to take the lessons I learned and the good energy from my time at camp and bring it to every person I come into contact with from now on. Words cannot express how much more peaceful my soul feels after having experienced a week of, yoga, meditation, holistic nutrition, gorgeous hikes, good vibes, everyone's positive mindset, and an abundance of laughter and love. I am eternally grateful because I now have a community I can always look to for help, support, or just an understanding ear that will listen."                            - Sage, TBI survivor
Thanks to art therapist Carolyn Crottyn at Whirled Tree Arts, we created and decorated masks over three days. This allowed us to explore the "masks" we all use to cope with daily life and unearth some of the strengths and vulnerabilities of our own deeper selves.  

Camp had a big focus on brain rejuvenating food. At each meal, we explained why we used the specific ingredients and encouraged people to try new things. We also held a silent breakfast to introduce everyone to the process of eating mindfully. Everyone left camp with a cookbook of healthy recipes to continue nourishing their minds and bodies throughout the year.

 

Each morning, we held yoga and meditation classes to start the day with greater mindfulness, calm, and a sense of empowerment.

 

Congrats to the 93 individuals who collectively made up Team Brainfarmer and who all together ran over 700 miles in the marathon raising over $62,000 for the two partner organizations. Running in relay teams, pairs, and solo, the survivors, caregivers and family of supporters sported limegreen shirts and were cheered on by the entire Burlington community. Thank you to the over 700 donors who helped make this event such a success. It was an epic day, and we'll see you next year.

 
Most importantly, throughout the week, survivors and caregivers together with the LoveYourBrain family were able to cultivate a community of like-minded individuals, where everyone felt accepted and embraced no matter their differences.

LoveYourBrain works with the dream of creating a larger community around the country and abroad where survivors, caregivers and everyone can feel accepted.

 
Big thanks to KIND snacks, Vermont Juice Co, Deep River Snacks, Clifbar, Whirled Tree Arts, Healthy Living, Talent Skate Park, Vewdo Balance Boards, Deborah Fournier
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LoveYourBrain Camp

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LoveYourBrain and Zeno Mountain Farm unite for the second year to make LoveYourBrain Camp a reality. In a few weeks we will unite over 40 survivors, primary caregivers, healthcare and rehabilitation professionals for a week of learning, shared experiences and bonding. On Sunday the 24th all participants will come together with a wider community of supporters who will run as relay teams in the Vermont City Marathon, raising funds to support both organizations.

 

With less than a month to go, we have just surpassed the $20,000 mark in the collective fundraising efforts of our participants which include survivors, primary caregivers and friends of both charities. We still have a long way to go to reach our goal of $80,000.

 

Within the  last few weeks the survivors who are joining us for camp have collectively raised over $3,500 of their $10,000 goal. But they can’t do it alone, and every little bit counts. Please consider supporting any runner in the marathon by visiting the team page.

 

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March Yoga Madness Was A Huge Success

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Thanks to all of our supporters and fellow yogis--you all helped make Brain Injury Awareness Month a huge success for LoveYourBrain.

 

As many of you know, we launched our first-ever national yoga fundraiser to raise awareness about brain injury and to support our LoveYourBrain Yoga and Meditation Program for brain injury survivors.
 

We set our goals high, hoping to partner with 50 studios representing each state to offer donation-based classes in honor of our cause. Thanks to all of you, old friends and new, we surpassed that goal, reaching over 800 new people through 61 studios in the United States and three abroad.

 

We are beyond inspired.

We were able to bring the topic of brain injury and the healing power of yoga and meditation to over 60 new settings. This has fostered a new community of engaged individuals who are now familiar with LoveYourBrain’s work and better understand the potential for yoga and meditation to transform the wellbeing of brain injury survivors. We have expanded and deepened the roots of our LYB family and demonstrated that brain healthy practices like yoga and meditation are powerful ways to connect us all.


The money we have raised will help us roll-out yoga teacher training workshops for our program across the country.
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March Yoga Madness

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Brain Injury Awareness Month, Louise Fisher and Amazon Smile
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The LoveYourBrain Foundation is excited to announce that--in honor of Brain Injury Awareness month in March--we will be leading a national yoga and meditation fundraising campaign. During Brain Injury Awareness month, LoveYourBrain aims to partner with at least one yoga studio in every state throughout the US to offer a donation-based class. Through this campaign and our yoga program, we hope to begin to shift the culture around TBI recovery to build a community that supports healthier, happier lives for those affected by TBI.
 

Every dollar raised will help grow the LoveYourBrain Yoga Program, which supports TBI survivors to participate in affordable yoga and meditation classes tailored to their needs. This program builds off of the success of our two month gentle yoga pilot program that was evaluated by Dartmouth College (check out the text box below). There is increasing recognition of the positive physical and emotional effects of yoga and meditation, particularly through fostering better mind-body connection.
 

We are grateful for the support of the yoga studios who have already signed up, to Christian for helping us spread the word, and to lululemon athletica.

A special congratulations to Louise Fisher who has completed her campaign by competing in a true test of endurance: the Rotternest Channel Swim in Perth, Australia. This past weekend, Louise swam 19.7 kilometers in 8 hours and 02 minutes in the worst conditions seen over the past 10 years. We are honored and truly humbled by her efforts and dedication to our cause.

You can now find LoveYourBrain on Amazon Smile. When you register LoveYourBrain as your charity, 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products will go to support our programing.
You can register here:
http://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-1189803

 

 
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LoveYourBrain January Update

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Kevin In Japan, The Gift of Love and Looking Ahead
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