Yoga for Change

Join us on Saturday, November 9 at 1:00 pm for the seventh annual Yoga for Change, an event to benefit our intentionally socio-economically diverse Community Preschool.

Come for an inspiring afternoon of yoga led by renowned Bay Area yoga teachers Darren Main and Charu Rachlis and enjoy live music by Egemen Sanli and healthy snacks amidst the soaring columns and stained-glass windows of Grace Cathedral. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend.

Tickets start at $20 and all proceeds fund robust tuition assistance for two thirds of our students whose families demonstrate need.

The first 300 attendees will receive a free one year premium subscription to Calm, the #1 app for sleep, meditation and relaxation.

Community Preschool relies on our generous sponsors. Sponsorship opportunities range from $500 to $5000  – and we will recognize all our sponsors in the event’s printed materials. Please email Jamie Coleman at for more information.


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About the Instructors

Darren Main is a yoga and meditation instructor and author. He facilitates workshops and gives talks on yoga and modern spirituality throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to writing bestselling books, Darren teaches Yoga on the Labyrinth here at Grace Cathedral.

Charu Rachlis was born and raised in Brazil, and has been teaching yoga in San Francisco since 1997. She teaches in a Bhakti lineage. She has a 20-year history of Tibetan Buddhist meditation, and is strongly influenced by Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga.


About the Musicians

Egemen (Ege) Sanli is a modern dervish traveling to find his own voice within world music, carrying the flag of his Turkish roots as a musician. Ege plays the sitar alongside other ethnic instruments (shamisen, saz, hang and handpan drums, banjo, flutes) and is able to bring out the mystic and invigorating qualities of all. He utilizes beats, loops and tanpura machines to compliment his joyful improvisations based on traditional Eastern ragas. Ege lives in San Francisco and performs regularly in the Bay Area, he is also a certified yoga teacher.

Gabriel Gold, an internationally renowned, Bay Area sound healer and music composer, is particularly known for his soaring, yet soothing, wordless vocals and entrancing Handpan playing; music described by Inquire Within Podcast as “Having the power to transport listeners to that elusive, quiet refuge inside every human heart”. 

Gold has performed throughout the world, having headlined the 2019 International Sound Healing Conference, as well as having performed concerts at Chartres Cathedral in France; Skalholt Cathedral in Iceland; the De Young Fine Art Museum; and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, CA, to name a select few.

Alongside touring internationally, Gold has released two full-length albums, “Halo” (2014); and “Live at Grace Cathedral” (2016); scored Labayan Dance’s critically acclaimed, “Tears” (2014) and Illuminate SF’s, “Grace Light” (2019); and is currently working on a new album in Iceland, produced by Birgir Jón Birgisson (Sigur Ros, Bjork, Of Monsters & Men), set to release in Spring, 2020.

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About Calm

With over 35 million downloads, Calm is the #1 App for sleep, meditation, and relaxation. Calm was Apple’s App of the Year in 2017 and was Google Play Editor’s Choice.

With Calm, you can explore hundreds of hours of soothing Sleep Stories, guided meditations, relaxing music, Calm Body, Masterclasses, tranquil nature scenes and more. Calm audio content tackles some of the most important health issues of the modern age: sleep/insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression and general wellness.

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PRESENTERS Jonathan and Beth Bishop

HEROES St. Joseph’s Art Society

BENEFACTORS Michael Scheu and Sloat Van Winkle │ Katie Griffin │ Herbert L. Jeong

FRIENDS Kathleen Burke and Ralph Davis │Patricia Calfee-Picache and Ian Picache │Katherine and Jeffrey Thompson
Diana M. Marchesi and Scott C. Turner│ Stuart Burden


About the Community Preschool

Since 2013, Yoga for Change has raised over $150,000 to benefit The Community Preschool, Grace Cathedral — a high-quality, early childhood education program focused on socioeconomic diversity. The preschool’s vision is for every child to have equal access to a high quality education.


 Sponsorship opportunities range from $500 to $5000.  Contact Jamie Coleman for more information or click here to sponsor.

How your gift makes an impact:
— $500 for art supplies for 1 year
— $1,000 to hold parent education workshops
— $4,000 to provide healthy, tasty meals to students for 1 month
— $10,000 to cover a child’s partial scholarship
— $18,000 to cover a child’s full annual scholarship



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