From a space of collective grief for the loss of a community, Inner Sense Healing Arts Collective was born. Yogis, healers, artists, change-makers and entrepreneurs began to gather and brainstorm best practices for creating an inclusive and welcoming center.
After months of meetings, a core group of five women surfaced and committed to moving forward with plans to make this dream a reality.
ISHA Collective is co-founded by Cassandra, Rachel, Careid, Ariel, and Kelsey. Among us are:
Although we come together from different walks of life and with different experiences and backgrounds, we each sensed a similar void in our communities and lives have a shared vision for how to fill it.
Inner Sense Healing Arts Collective (ISHA) is a community that strives to be radically inclusive to all people. ISHA creates space for teachers, practitioners and community members to come together to empower individuals, encourage health, and facilitate exploration.
We believe in the power of synergy and that healing happens through meaningful connection. We hold space in which our members feel a sense of ownership and belonging. ISHA values and invites diversity of thought, perspective, and experience. We are stronger collectively than we are as individuals.
We embrace a yogic lifestyle, meeting people where they are on their journey. ISHA offers a wide range of yoga programming to accommodate the needs of our diverse community. Whether you are drawn to yoga from a physical, mental or spiritual perspective, we create a safe and welcoming space for you to learn and grow.
The process of healing is as personal and unique as each of us. We empower people to take control of their individual path to wellness by bringing together ancient wisdom and modern application, marrying eastern and western methods in a holistic space. We provide a variety of approaches to the many ways people heal.
ISHA serves as a muse for creative exploration. We offer music, art, dance, and writing workshops to encourage self expression and growth. Whether the goal is to inspire or to be inspired, ISHA supports artists and the community by providing space to create and share work.
ISHA is a haven within the Chicago community where people from all walks of life come to learn, grow, heal and celebrate.
Our community of local and global yogis, wellness practitioners and artists share their expertise and inspire others. Whether they spend the majority of their time in Chicago or use it as a base as they travel the world, ISHA is home.
WHAT SETS US ASIDE?
We believe that yoga, wellness, and the arts are priceless and should be accessible for EVERYBODY. We are dedicated to offering these deeply transformative practices in such a way that everyone can afford to attend.
Due to this belief we are undergoing a social experiment, tiered pricing.
Each class, package, session, workshop, and membership fee will be priced at 3 different rates. An average or middle price, a lower price for those in need, and a higher price for our community members that are feeling generous and want to pay it forward.
We believe that yoga teachers and those who work in the healing field deserve more. More recognition, more financial abundance, more community support.
We are exploring ways to change the paradigm and strategizing how to best compensate our team.
HOW WILL YOUR FUNDS BE USED?
Our goal is to rent a space that is big enough to hold space for healing rooms, a smaller room for intimate classes, and a large studio for weekly classes, workshops, events and concerts.
We have our eye on a space that fits our needs. In order to move forward with this space we will need your help to acquire:
- overall build-out of the space
Your support will help us with our start-up costs.
We ask that any persons interested in investing in this project or considering making a donation of $500 or larger contact us directly at [email redacted]
In order to take the next steps of securing a space and funding our launch in early 2018, we're asking the community for support.
Will you join our collective effort to open a mission-driven community space that offers yoga, wellness practices, and the arts?
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