COMMUNITY, CONSCIOUSNESS, COMPASSION AND CONNECTION
At One Big Love we’re all about community, consciousness, compassion and connection – whether it’s guiding you through the art of yoga and meditation, providing nourishing Ayurvedic treatments, or giving you the tools and support to create radical social change as sacred activists and social entrepreneurs. You can find out more about some our community programs and initiatives below.
PUNYAM FEAST – SOUTHERN INDIAN COOKING EXPERIENCES
In 2017 we launched our ‘Punyam Feast’ cooking experiences to immerse you into the culture and cuisine of Southern India, where Sre – our Co-Founder and in-house Yoga and Wellbeing Guru, is from.
‘Punyam’, which is Sanskrit for ‘good deed’ or ‘good merit’, is a social enterprise. This means that once our costs have been taken care of, the profits go towards community development projects in the state of Kerala, India.
These 3 hour feasts are led by Sre and will leave your senses delighted, your tummy nourished, and your heart wide open.
If you’re interested in chatting about hosting a Punyam Feast in your home or workplace, or coming along to our next Community Feast, please get in touch via the contact form below.
*Punyam Feasts are currently available in Sydney and Melbourne.
Book your feast or find out more
A feel good feast
This 3 hour Cooking Experience includes
A Southern Indian cooking class (2 mains, 2 sides, condiments and dessert)
An introduction to Ayurveda, the 3 doshas (or body constitutions), and creating ‘Sattvic’ meals to balance the mind, body and spirit
An immersion into the stories and culture of Kerala
Recipes and Shopping Guides to take home
A heart warming meal served in the traditional, Kerala style
It’s basically a delicious feel good feast for just $85 per person.
A love for food…
Growing up amongst the palm trees, Sre watched his older brother cooking in the Ashram for Saptaham – an annual seven-day festival attended by hundreds of people. He was in awe at his brother’s intuitive, calm approach and ability to open hearts and connect communities using creative combinations of simple, healthy ingredients.
Sre brings a similar love filled style to his cooking, incorporating traditional Southern Indian flavours and spices to his light, vegetarian dishes. His warm smile will inspire and guide you as you step into the art of Indian spice mixing.
With a background in Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine) and Yoga, Sre’s food is known as ‘Sattvic’ – Sanskrit for balancing the body, mind and spirit.
ATTUNING THE HEAD, HEART AND HANDS
If you’re a practical visionary, a social entrepreneur, a change maker, a trouble maker, a not-for-profit or a big hearted business who want to make a positive social impact, we’re here to help you create magic.
SUPPORTING SACRED ACTIVISTS AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS
Our Co-founder and Meditation and Conscious Community Guru Jess has over 12 years of experience in Australia, Mexico and India developing start-up programs and initiatives in the international aid and development and local community development space.
She previously managed Oxfam Australia’s Youth Programs (2007-2015) supporting young people as active global citizens, and is currently loving life working as part-time Meditation Teacher/ part-time YMCA’s Director of Youth Social Enterprise, opening young people’s hearts and minds to discover what’s possible with social enterprise.
Basically, when she’s not diverting her senses inwards for meditation – she’s rolling up her sleeves and supporting others to turn their community-oriented dreams into reality.
“Yogastha Kuru Karmani” – Estabilished in Being, create action
– Bhagavad Gita.
Areas of consultation and support:
Social Enterprise Start-up
Communications and Community Engagement
Campaign Strategy and Implementation
Youth Engagement and Participatory Approaches
Developing Strategic Partnerships and Networks
Fundraising and Grants
Program Monitoring and Evaluation
Measuring Social Impact
Training and Certifications that inform Jess’ approach to community development and social change:
- BA Communications and BA International Studies (University of Technology, Sydney)
- Coaching and Facilitation (International Coach Academy)
- Mindfulness and Meditation Teaching (Chopra Centre, Melbourne Meditation Centre)
- Peace Ambassador Training (The Shift Network, James O’Dea)
- Rights of Passage Training (Arne Rubenstein)
- Energetic Healing (Nature Care College, Sydney)
Check out Jess’ Linked In profile for more info.