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Past Fundraisers 2017-18



UK, Birmingham, 27th September, 2017
UK Hospice Supports GPH
A fundraiser was arranged at John Taylor Hospice, Birmingham UK in support of GPH on 27th September.


Duncun Hulin leads a meditation class
Participants watch slide show of GPH 

GPH UK Swami Saradananda teaches a yoga theory class
UK hospice staff enjoy the curry



Long term GPH volunteer, Dr Brenda Ward, arranged for her colleagues at John Taylor Hospice to learn about palliative care in India and hear about the work of Ganga Prem Hospice. She arranged a 'Curry Evening ' after work and shared her experiences of working in Rishikesh. Over 30 professionals from the hospice attended and many others donated to the cause. Not only was over £320 raised for GPH, but several of the staff have started making plans to visit and volunteer for the hospice. Brenda is most grateful to her colleagues who helped provide the delicious food and supported the event.




Switzerland, Vevey, twice monthly, 2016
Donations from Meditation Sessions
Dr Dominique Cassidy continued to hold meditation sessions at the Aikido Vevey in Vevey, Switzerland.

Meditation classes are being offered both on line monthly and live twice monthly. People from any spiritual background are invited to meet to share a time of silence in a guided meditation and to spend some time exploring together how the practice transforms one’s understanding of oneself and one’s relationship to life.

At the end of the meditation, a small description is given of the services provided by Ganga Prem Hospice, and participants are invited to join this movement of human giving and to express their support with a donation. From meditation to the joy of generosity....




UK, Newquay, 23rd and 24th September, 2017
Tea Stall at Yoga Hub Festival in Cornwall
Congratulations and thanks to Lauren Groch and friends who raised £260 for Ganga Prem Hospice (with a bit more still flowing in) by running a charity tea stall at the Yoga Hub Festival near Newquay, on the idyllic north coast of Cornwall, in southwest England.

They served tea and home-made cookies. All equipment, tea and ingredients were donated by the festival, a local health food shop, Lauren and others. Lauren did all the baking.

It was a beautiful weekend, connecting yoga friends old and new. The goal of the festival is to make to make yoga accessible to everyone. Lauren’s tea stall also raised awareness of the work of the Ganga Prem Hospice. She was overjoyed and is aiming to repeat this next year – and to raise more money. 





UK, Buckfastleigh, 14-16th July, 2017
GPH UK at the Devon Yoga Festival
The Devon Yoga Festival is an annual, not-for-profit and non-commercial event that celebrates and embraces the holistic practices of yoga.

All proceeds from the event are donated to the Ganga Prem Hospice (the unique spiritually-oriented cancer hospice) in Rishikesh, India and to the Glacier Trust(developing sustainable practices in Nepalese hill farming communities). 


Duncun Hulin leads a meditation class
Duncun Hulin leads a meditation class

GPH UK Swami Saradananda teaches a yoga theory class
Swami Saradananda teaches a yoga theory class



The festival was created in 2011 by Duncan Hulin, founder and director of Devon School of Yoga, In response to the growing popularity of yoga. Duncan wanted to create an event that was purely about yoga, offering a range of teachings from various traditions and styles.

The weekend of 14-16 July saw the fifth annual Devon Yoga Festival take place at the Rill Estate near Buckfastleigh, an idyllic location in the west of England. It offered comfortable residential accommodation, amazingly delicious vegetarian cuisine and a full timetable of inspiring yoga classes, workshops, talks, music and kirtan.

This was definitely our best year! Although the energy at the Festival is always nice, it was especially joyous this year. The English summer weather was kind to us allowing attendees to enjoy the outside lawns and woods of the 80 acre Rill Estate. 

Hatha yoga session in progress
Hatha yoga session in progress

Swami Saradananda leads a kirtan
Swami Saradananda leads a kirtan



The Festival itself raised £1,000 for Ganga Prem Hospice Also, there was a stall selling handmade socks and shawls from the Kullu Valley women’s collective. This little table received an additional £191 in donations plus unbelievable sales totalling £965. This brought the total amount raised to £2,156 – when it is transferred to India, this will convert to almost 2 lakh rupees.

On Saturday evening, Duncan spoke about his recent visit to the Hospice in Rishikesh. Swami Saradananda reminded people how even a small donation makes so much difference in India. She suggested to the yoga teachers in the audience that they offer a monthly ‘donation’ class. Or – ‘donate your birthday’ to the Ganga Prem Hospice in place of the unwanted gifts that people tend to receive.We managed to inspire some people to connect with GPH on a grass-roots level and hope that will lead to future fundraising.

The Devon Yoga Festival’s ethos of 'small is beautiful', its simplicity, along with its non-commercial and not-for-profit principles make it a unique yoga event. We look forward to continuing and seeing many of you again next year.

A huge thank you to everyone that took part in the 2017 Devon Yoga Festival – and extra special blessings to the main organisers: Duncan, Jules and James for their incredible dedication!






SWITZERLAND, Lausanne, 24th June 2017
Hatha Yoga Class and a Dinner
Maria Rosaria and Andrea with friends at Sadhana Yoga, Lausanne, Switzerland raised 1165 Swiss Francs at a fundraiser on 24th June.

“A  2 hr Hatha Yoga Lesson  took place in our Yoga Hall, followed by a meal in a wonderful park of our town, Lausanne.

It was a sunny Saturday and 15 persons were cheerfully present, happy to practice yoga and support your project.  

Everybody felt concerned by your program and by cancer also, developing the feeling that we are all one.”





Italy, San Michele All’Adige, May/June, 2017
Yoga Course Fundraiser in Italy  


Paula Lucchi held her annual yoga course in aid of Ganga Prem Hospice at San Michele near Trento, Italy and raised Rs 50,000. Thank you Paula and all the participants. 




Germany, Karlstein, April 1st, 2017
All-Day Fundraising Event
On April 1st yoga teacher, Clarissa Snyder, hosted an all-day fundraising event in the town of Karlstein, Germany and raised 1800 Euros to support Ganga Prem Hospice.

The schedule for the day included four yoga classes followed by afternoon tea and snacks with arts and crafts. The evening program featured an Indian vegetarian dinner with home-made ice cream and a performance of Indian classical dance.

Ms. Snyder organized this charitable event on the occasion of her birthday saying, “I wanted to do something that would bring the community together. As a yoga teacher I wanted to share what is so much a part of my life with my family, friends and the community. I heard about Ganga Prem Hospice from one of my yoga teachers, Vani Devi, at Yoga Vidya, Bad Meinberg. She has personally visited Ganga Prem Hospice and told us all the great things that the hospice does and envisions to do in the future.”

In addition to this event, Ms. Snyder is offering a regular “Grief Relief and Laughter Yoga” class once a month with proceeds to be donated to Ganga Prem Hospice. She was inspired to develop this class after a visit with her mother: “I know from personal experience how grief affects the body and mind. My mom is palliative with liver cancer in Canada. While visiting my mom at Christmas for three weeks I was shocked how much my body could not do its traditional yoga routine.” During this visit Ms. Snyder was moved to learn more about grief-specific yoga so that she can help others during difficult times of loss. Many thanks to Clarissa Snyder for her two-fold contribution to hospice work.


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