The Hope Foundation

As a small but constant organisation, HOPE Uk presents us all with an opportunity to make a difference. Recognising the value that each person carries with them, HOPE continues to reach out to communities, globally, to help change futures, inspire smiles and provide protection. Founded in the UK in 2008, HOPE has grown steadily and quietly, thus far. With opportunities to engage in the delivery of safe futures to children in Kolkata, HOPE regularly recruits volunteers to work on projects and bring life and light to the street children with whom they work and encourage you to be the change you want to see in the world. To enquire further about volunteering, please email

“I believe that yoga is India’s greatest gift to the world. Yoga Academy teachers, trainees and I are coming together to give something back. We are raising awareness and funds for the Hope Foundation’s work for India’s street and slum children through donation yoga days and classes, fundraising events and sponsorships. Would you like to help us?




With a variety of events being hosted around the UK, the most imminent being a luncheon with Christopher Biggins on October 9th at the Four Seasons, Park Lane, London, HOPE invite you to attend and make a fantastic difference, all the while being entertained and engaged by patrons, ambassadors and our wide business community.

Child sponsorship

Every child deserves the opportunity to be educated. HOPE has been delivering a quality and unique education sponsorship programme since 2005. An opportunity to see change before your eyes, at the cost of two coffees per week, £20 can truly make a difference.

Yoga Garden Party 2015

The historical buildings and extensive, beautiful gardens of Commonwork will host our annual summer charity yoga event, the Yoga Garden Party in aid of The Hope Foundation, now in its 5th year.

Following our tradition, the actual Yoga Garden Party is held on the Saturday, this year on 1st August, but for the second year we have expanded the event into an optional residential Yoga Weekend for Hope from Friday to Sunday, taught by myself and Eija Tervonen.

Proceeds from all the events at the weekend go directly to The Hope Foundation, an Irish- and UK-based charity, of which I feel fortunate to be a patron.

Here is a short video from last year's event:



The Hope FoundationThe The Hope Foundation has been providing homes, safety and healthcare, clothing, education and food to the abandoned street and slum children of Kolkata since 1989. As have many others, I have seen first hand just how desperately the children on the streets and in the slums of Kolkata need our help. At events like these – our fourth Yoga Garden Party and our first Weekend for Hope – we are raising funds for the invaluable work that The Hope Foundation does for so many of the deprived and destitute children of India, the country that has given yoga to the world.


Yoga BarnWe have a great line-up of yoga teachers for the Yoga Garden Party on Saturday 1st August, including John Scott, Bridget Woods-Kramer, Francoise Freedman, Mimi Kuo-Deemer, Gary Carter, Fiona Agombar, Gill Lloyd and myself, and many more generous-spirited teachers holding classes on the day. There will be the usual treats for the mind, body and soul, offered by various wellness therapists, bookable in advance, and, if space allows, on the day also.


CommonworkOur venue Commonwork is a beautiful old Tudor estate comprising renovated historic barns within a courtyard and the main manor house with Jacobean and Victorian extensions, surrounded by a wonderful lawn and an ancient walled garden with a beautiful lily pond. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the entire estate is now a working organic farm and serves as a residential training and education venue in a variety of fields of education. Along with yoga classes and therapies in the converted Large Barn and studios at the education centre at Commonwork, there will be food and gift stalls selling a wide range of organic, ethical and well-being produce as well as a luxury raffle, music and kirtan within the gorgeous grounds of Bore Place House.

This is most certainly a child-friendly event. In fact, we are also making a huge effort this year to entertain and educate children with yoga classes for kids, crafts, pond dipping and an opportunity for kids to see a day in the life of a child in the care of The Hope Foundation in Kolkata. So please come along en famille... there is lots of space at Bore Place!


Tickets for Saturday’s Yoga Garden Party alone are £25 per person, and children under 16 go free. Each ticket entitles the holder to a 60-minute yoga class of their choice (the teachers teaching are listed on the website), and subsequent classes can be booked on the day. There will be limits on places in our children's yoga classes, so you can book you and your child/children in and both enjoy some yoga independently, but on the same premises. Tickets will be available to book very soon. To find out when booking opens, please sign up to the Yoga Garden Party newsletter.

Have a look at the Yoga Garden Party website for the full line-up of teachers on the Saturday, the selection of wellness treatments available and more information about the day.


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Summer Yoga Weekend 2015

Why not make a weekend of it – 

Yoga Weekend for Hope?

I have been holding residential spring, autum and winter yoga weekends at Commonwork for nearly 20 years. This year, I am offering a summer yoga weekend, Yoga Weekend for Hope. The weekend package, priced at only £395, includes:

  • 2 night’s twin-share B&B accommodation at Commonwork (Friday and Saturday); 
  • Dinner on Friday and Saturday
  • Friday evening yoga class with Eija Tervonen
  • entrance to Saturday’s Yoga Garden Party, which includes a 60-minute yoga class of your choice (additional classes can be booked on arrival)
  • a day of Yin and Yang Yoga and chanting on Sunday, running from 8.00am to 4.00pm, with Simon Low
  • brunch and afternoon tea on Sunday
  • tea, coffee, juice, toast and fresh fruit available at all times

On Sunday, I will be teaching a morning Yang Yoga class and an afternoon Yin Yoga class, with brunch served in between them.




To book for the weekend, please email:

Places for the weekend are limited, so we advise you to book early. 



Some recent photos from the Kolkata projects ... thank you for your support in making these possible.



The Hope Foundation Kolkata projects

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