EPIC: Empower People Inspire Change
EPIC yoga festival is born from a commitment.
We profoundly support those who strive to change the face of Africa and to reinforce its timelessly powerful identity.
For its first edition, EPIC yoga festival is proud to support and showcase two meaningful educational projects: Project Soar Morocco and Africa Yoga Project.
The 21st of June marks the launch of festivities. A major date in the calendar, celebrating both Summer Solstice and International Yoga Day. Wonderful coincidence, we’d say.
Signed Yours Truly,
The EPIC Yoga Festival Team
The 2019 Edition selected projects
Maryam Montague is a Cairo-born American designer, hotelier, humanitarian, also Founder and President of Project Soar Morocco. Project Soar has come into existence after Maryam’s life long devotion to humanitarian aid in, a.o. Kathmandu, Windoek and Dakar.
As a visionary committed to women and girls empowerment, she built Project Soar as an initiative dedicated to empowering teenage girls to become leaders of today and tomorrow, leaders who are activated, concerned, and powerful voices for inclusion and democracy.
From 2017 to 2018, Project Soar expanded from one site to twenty one and they are actively planning expansion to countries in Africa beyond Morocco in the near future.
The EPIC Yoga Festival Pilot Project: The first yoga studio in a Moroccan Douar
Born from the partnership between EPIC Yoga Festival, Project Soar Morocco and Om Yoga Morocco Studios, the Project Soar Marrakech site will open the first yoga studio within the organization, offering weekly classes. A Yoga Teacher Training program for the girls at Project Soar is planned in November 2019 in the Om Yoga Casablanca location.
In 2006, AYP Founder Paige Elenson, was on a safari with her family in Kenya when she saw some Kenyan acrobats doing handstands in the bush. Although she was told to stay in the jeep, she got out and showed them that she could stand on her hands too! Back in New York she kept receiving calls from the acrobats pleading with her to come back and teach them more. Eventually, she returned.
This trip changed her life and so, the beginnings of Africa Yoga Project were borne together with transformational yoga teacher and world renowned author, Baron Baptiste.
Over 6,000 people participate in more than 360 community yoga classes taught by AYP teacher representing 19 different African countries. Today, AYP estimates they have impacted approximately 250,000 lives for the better through training young women and men alike to teach yoga as an avenue to education, empowerment and employment.
For more information on Africa Yoga Project.