Good Karma Projects are Documentary filmmaking bootcamps for Women of varying circumstances, while on yoga retreat.
We create media that matters, by women, about women, and for all of humanity.
WELCOME TO THE GOOD KARMA PROJECTS, 2020 dates and locations coming soon.
From June 1-15, 2015, our 2 week Good Karma project and documentary filmmaking bootcamp resulted in a short documentary film produced by our team of students and mentors. We offered instruction and hands-on experience in video, audio, and photography with an emphasis on conducting compelling interviews and shooting cinematic landscape scenery. We gave 5 scholarships away to 4 high school girls from Manali, India and an elder artist from the USA. It was a truly diverse team and a rich cross cultural experience for all.
Filmmaking is a great team effort and in the end, we made a short documentary film by, for and about women. Our goal is to create safe space, offer education and hands on experience, to women through media making bootcamps. As a direct result, more women can share their stories through film and photography, while we document our times with an essential women's perspective. Please view. Nari Shakti, Women of Tirthan Valley, below.
Good Karma Projects: INDIA * our pilot film and first bootcamp
From June 4-14, 2015, an international team of 13 women filmmakers and one slightly pregnant Yoga Teacher, visited the Great Himalayan National Park of northern India, a young new World Heritage Site, and created the film, Nari Shakti: Women of Tirthan Valley (Nari Shakti means Women Power in Hindi, the foremost native language of India. India has 22 official languages and hundreds of local and traditional dialects. Our film is in Hindi with the local Tirthan Valley dialect, rarely recorded before now): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_India).
Our service projects were based in majestic Tirthan Valley in the Kullu valleys, in the buffer zones of the Greater Himalayan National Park, a recent UNESCO world heritage site, appointed in 2014, after years of writing and politicking by our brothers and NGO hosts, Ankit and Panki Sood of the Great Himalayan Sunshine Adventure Ecotours. Our retreats included morning meditation and daily yoga classes, healthy local food, trekking adventures learning to travel like a local fim crew and photograph as well, as we did the deed and finished a 15 minuite short film that still serves the local community to this day. Nari SHkati has been shown to thousands of dignataries, government officials, conscious travelers and local women like we feature in the film, that have never see someone like them ever in a film. Great cultural impact and thoughful social service. Thats our mission.
In 2008, Grillo traveled throughout India for 6 months volunteering her skills and talents along the way. This is called Karma Yoga in the Hindu and Anciet Yogic traditions. It is simply called, volunteerism in America. Grillo volunteered with several different grass roots organizations, to include orphanages, women's cooperatives, vocational training programs and many schools. She designed her Good Karma Projects so that Volunteers can offer a variety of services including: tutoring children, art projects, small business marketing, building and construction skills, as well as, film and photography documentation. The unique volunteer options are based on the needs of the community and the skills the volunteers have that choose to participate.
After first arrival, our participants recieve educational & cultural awareness classes on local customs and courtesies. Classes include, Hindu language essentials, historical, political and biodiversity overviews. We are ecologically conscious and strive to leave the places we visit better than when we arrived. We design our retreats to be culturally immersive volunteer adventures while we practice yoga, meditation and selfless service every day... as best as we can. Its an Honor system.
Family photos for Radha NGO
School girls from RADHA NGO at the bus stop. Manali, India. 2008
Women of RADHA NGO, an income generating women's cooperative in Manali, India
.photos by Ana Blue Grillo for the Kullu Project 2008