Anandagiri and One World Academy Begin Service Project for Gulf Residents in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida

Share Article

Anandagiri and Leaders From One World Academy Will Launch Their "Healing the Gulf" Service Project in New Orleans, Louisiana on Friday, October 8. The "Healing the Gulf" Project is a 10-Day Tour Through the Gulf Region, Stopping in Biloxi, Gulfport, Pascagoula, Orange Beach, Mobile, Pensacola, Niceville, and Tampa. The Purpose of the "Healing the Gulf" Project is to Reach Out to Communities and Individuals Who Have Been Impacted by the Oil Spill, and to Provide Material, Educational, and Inspirational Resources to Help People Not Just Heal, But to Create a New Beginning in Their Lives.

“Once in a rare while, there comes along someone who's light burns so brightly from within, that it illuminates a pathway for the rest of us to follow! Anandagiri is one of those special people." -Lisa Lauzé

Anandagiri, along with other members of One World Academy, will begin a service project in the Gulf region October 8, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The project, called "Healing the Gulf" will be focused on reaching out to communities and individuals most impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, providing material, educational, and inspirational resource to help people create "a new beginning" for their lives.

The idea for this project was suggested to Anandagiri by one of his close friends and mentors, Anthony Robbins. The Gulf region, devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, had only recently returned to normalcy when the Deepwater oil spill hit. Robbins and Anandagiri saw that the people in the region were not only suffering from material and financial losses, but many were also feeling a deep emotional pain. Anandagiri then contacted Doug Allen, who organizes Anandagiri's events in the U.S., and together they created the "Healing the Gulf" project.

Anandagiri, Allen, and other members of One World Academy, Matthew Ottenberg and Ashwin Srisailam, will hold community meetings and participate in service projects along the Gulf coast between Oct. 8 and Oct 16. They are planning stops in Biloxi, Gulfport, Pascagoula, Orange Beach, Mobile, Pensacola, Niceville, and Tampa.

One of the core principles that Anandagiri teaches is that while it's a fact that people may not have equal talents, equal education, equal money, or equal upbringing and family support, we all have an equal opportunity to be happy. Or as Shirley Hadley from Oceanside, California described how Anandagiri helped her, "His is honest about who he is. He doesn't have to be anything that he thinks someone else needs him to be. He taught me that I'm in charge of my happiness no one else. I'm responsible for my happiness and for my every moment of my life."

The tour of the Gulf will end on Oct. 17 in south Florida. From there Anandagiri and his One World Academy colleagues travel to Emory University in Atlanta for a special event with the Dalai Lama.

For more information visit


Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Doug Allen
Visit website