We envision a world without violence, where compassion for self and others is unlimited and the tools for self-recovery are available to everyone. We feel that true peace comes from within and that each individual should have access to these tools in order to heal themselves and their community.  While we put specific emphasis on self-directed healing programs in post-conflict populations and with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and ex-combatants, we welcome collaborations with any organization working to rehabilitate the after effects of trauma.

Working with a trauma-sensitive yoga and breath awareness model, we teach mind/body awareness tools  – ‘TOOLKIT FOR TRAUMA’ -- that our practitioners can take into their lives, healing themselves and others.

Long-term, our vision is sustained through the MANDALA HOUSE Teacher Training program. This advanced level training allows the benefits of yoga to extend out into the population.  Working with our partner organizations to identify community members interested in becoming teachers, we train these individuals to become healers in their own community--promoting & inspiring renewal & growth.

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MANDALA HOUSE provides self-directed healing programs to post & conflict populations.

working with a trauma-sensitive yoga & breath awareness model in a group dynamic, we teach mind/body awareness tools that our practitioners can take into their lives--healing themselves & others.

The MANDALA HOUSE “Toolkit for Trauma” offers an encapsulated program model using yoga/breathing exercises/body awareness meditation and non-violent communication. 

Therapeutic models of partnering NGOs is complemented by yoga & meditation techniques that help bridge the mind/body connection and create a pathway to self-healing. MANDALA HOUSE empowers our practitioners by providing them with skills that can be taken with them wherever they go. 

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Partnerships with Local NGOs

MANDALA HOUSE partners with local NGOs that already have rehabilitative programming in place.  MH offers these partners weekly trauma-sensitive yoga classes for their beneficiaries.  These classes directly impact those most in need, while doing so within the safe and constructed framework of organizations that they already trust.

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Yoga Classes at the Bomah Hotel in Gulu

MH holds classes serving the general public at the Bomah Hotel in Gulu.  These classes benefit the community members by improving their physical health, as well as providing a supportive healing community in Gulu. By providing inexpensive yoga classes to the community MH insures that all people, regardless of income, can have the opportunity to experience the benefits of yoga. 

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Intensive Teacher Training

MANDALA HOUSE offers yoga teacher certifications for locals in the Gulu area.  By training Ugandans to be yoga instructors, our programs impact the local population by providing skills that generate local income via classes taught at NGOs, schools, hospitals, and prisons – with the ultimate goal being for these instructors to create their own local yoga community.  The training is a 30-day intensive with continuing workshops throughout the year.

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40-Hour Trainings for Local Counselors and Social Workers

The MANDALA HOUSE “Toolkit for Trauma” brings alternatives to the mental-health community working to relieve trauma in war-affected regions.  Local counselors are trained in breathing and yoga techniques that help build their capacity as mental health workers and complements the on-going therapeutic models at local NGOs.  Participants learn self-awareness and self-care through a training that is both practical and theoretical. 

3, 8, 20-Hour Self-Care Trainings for NGO staff

Our local teachers are able to offer a variety of workshops designed to help NGO staff deal with the stress involved in aid relief.  All three courses offer breathing, yoga, and body-awareness meditation skills that can easily be adapted and implemented into the participants life, helping reduce anxiety and set boundaries to protect themselves in their work.