Give Big and Yoga in the Park Wrap-up, Summer Rest, and Big News

Dear SKY Community:

WOW! We have been simply blown away by what we've done together for this year's fund drive. As of today, the total we've raised is $38,300, exceeding our goal of $35,000! THANK YOU to all who gave of time, talent, and resources. We are humbled, grateful, and overwhelmed (in the good way). 

And now, beginning Sunday, we rest. We'll be taking our annual summer week of recharging and renewing from Sunday July 30th - Saturday August 5th. We'll be back in the studio Sunday August 6th (with special guest Michaela Cooley on cello for the 11am All Levels class). You may or may not know that most yoga teachers work multiple jobs, do a lot of running around to get to those jobs, and very rarely get paid time off. One of the things that we are very proud of here at SKY is our ability (due to your generosity) to give everyone some time off with pay. Thank you, for supporting our efforts to nurture ourselves so we can hold space for others from a place of fullness.

And now, some big news: I (Vania) will be leaving my position here at SKY at the end of August because my family is moving to Germany. This has unfolded in a very surprising and unexpected way (as surprises do). As I'm sure you can all imagine the feelings swirling through me are intense, conflicting, and complicated. Underneath the anxiety and heartache of which I am most aware, I'm feeling grateful for the opportunity to rest deeply, to engage with my calling in a new way, and to be curious about what's next. But mostly, right now,  I feel sad. To say that I love you all doesn't even come close to expressing the depths of my feelings for this community.  

Beyond my sadness for me, I am excited for this community and confident that SKY will continue to thrive under new leadership. Our new Board President, Alisa O'Hanlon, has hit the ground running, connecting with our community partners and imagining new ways to bring what we do beyond these walls. Our former Board President, Michelle Kucera-Jewell, has taken one of the open co-director positions, and brings with her an incredible wealth of knowledge, skill, compassion, and leadership experience as well as a broad understanding of this organism we call SKY,  a unique perspective given by serving as Board President for a few years. Current teacher, Tawni Bell, will be filling my position. She brings her passionate, open, grounded heart (and qualifications upon qualifications). And, as you may have seen, we're hiring! Our plan is to fill the third co-director position by September 1st, and the fourth position by January 1st, as budget allows.  

For now, I'll be spending the next month handing off duties, bringing everyone up to speed, and pausing for ample tears of gratitude/sadness breaks. When Pamela and I opened SKY we were very intentional about wanting to create something that existed beyond each of us. We've had several conversations in the last few weeks about how satisfying it is to see that happening. 

So, to sum up: Wow. Thank you. All is well. The best is yet to come. 

Endless love,

V