The Engage Network both consults and builds networks for change. Several of the networks we have built live under our 501c3. Learn more about our networks and current collaborators.
The Engage Network in the Yoga Community
Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching. She has been featured in numerous articles, news programs, and has appeared on the cover of over a dozen magazines. As a strong and articulate voice for social change she was named the National Yoga Ambassador for YouthAIDS, and shares their mission to raise funds, provide service, and spread national awareness about the global emergency of HIV/AIDS. Seane has spent time in India, Cambodia and Africa working with impoverished prostitutes and street children, teaching yoga, providing support and aid, and educating them about HIV/AIDS prevention. She participates on the board of the Cambodian Children’s Fund. Seane also created the yoga program for Children of the Night, a shelter near Los Angeles dedicated to providing education and services for adolescent prostitutes. In 2005 Seane was honored with the “Conscious Humanitarian” award for her outreach efforts. Her award winning DVD “Vinyasa Flow Yoga” is available through Gaiam International, her “Yoga From the Heart” DVD can be found through Yoga Journal, and most recent DVD “Detox Flow Yoga” from Sounds True.
Kerri was drawn to the healing power of yoga in 1999. On her mat, she discovered a new vitality that awakened her purpose and desire to serve. Kerri immediately recognized the opportunity to share this gift and has been teaching for over 7 years. Her purpose is to invest in the greatness of others and use her teaching to help individuals discover themselves and their potential to shine. She has been instrumental in catalyzing the San Francisco community around yoga and service and mentors local leaders on how to be purposeful and effective in their activism. Kerri has been an active member of Off the Mat, Into the World™ for over 2 years, facilitating local yoga in action groups and building community around yoga and activism. In 2010, she took on the role of National Catalyst and has helped OTM develop a strategy and infrastructure to support its growth. Kerri feels blessed to be a part of this movement and is truly inspired by this growing community of change-makers.
Hala Khouri, M.A.
Hala Khouri, M.A., E-RYT, has been teaching the movement arts for almost 20 years. Her roots are in Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga, dance, Somatic Psychology, and the juicy mystery of Life itself. Creative movement and honest self-exploration has always been a source of tremendous healing for Hala, and her calling to pass this on to others has been clear to her since she began teaching at the age of 16. Hala earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Columbia University and has a Master’s degree Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She wrote her thesis on using yoga and other complementary disciplines such as eco-psychology and somatics for self-empowerment to inspire a global shift towards peaceful and sustainable living. She is also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and focus on trauma’s impact on the body-mind and ways to resolve it. Hala has taught yoga and the movement arts to a wide variety of people ranging from schizophrenics and at-risk youth to mommies and rock stars. Teaching is her absolute favorite thing to do! Hala is an Off The Mat, Into The World Social Champion and Director of the Urban Seva Challenge. She currently lives in Venice, California with her husband Paul and their sons Sebastian and Marley.
In 2007, Annalise strapped on her backpack and traveled through South America for half a year. Upon her return, she stumbled upon OTM and has been an integral part of the team ever since. Combining her love for yoga, service and travel, Annalise took on the 2008 OTM Seva Challenge, raised $20,000 and made the life-altering journey to Cambodia. Returning with a fresh perspective on life, Annalise sees the true value of yoga in action and enjoys coordinating and mentoring others through the process. In her spare time, Annalise enjoys active adventure, adrenaline-pumping thrills and traveling to all corners of the world. She lives in Santa Monica, has a degree in Asian and Pacific Studies and names her passport as her most valuable possession.
Suzanne is an ecstatic vocalist and composer whose devotional music has been called a “groove-loving and seductive journey into Spirit” and whose music has been commissioned for film, theatre and DVD. She has enjoyed mainstage billing at festivals such as Earthdance, Burning Man, Reggae on the River and The World Festival of Sacred Music (hosted by the Dalai Lama). Suzanne has also been a ritual designer and priestess for many years and has developed curriculums, teacher trainings and apprenticeship programs combining ritual and activism for numerous communities nationwide. She offers a unique blend of yoga, music, sacred ceremony and activism to conferences and festivals worldwide — most recently as featured speaker/artist at several Yoga Journal Conferences, The Esalen Institute, The Institute of Noetic Sciences. and Earthdance where she led the worlds largest Spiral Dance for 5000 people. She is currently an Off The Mat, Into The World Social Champion and Director of the Global Seva Challenge. www.suzannesterling.com
Claire found Off the Mat in 2009 through the Teaching Yoga to At-Risk Youth and Adults Training, Esalen Intensive and joined a Yoga in Action group in 2010. Claire graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005 with a B.A. in Sociology and certificates in Peace and Conflict Studies and Leadership Studies from the INVST Community Leadership Program, earning an Americorps scholarship for over 450 service hours. Prior to joining our team, Claire was the Development Associate at GirlVentures, a San Francisco based non-profit. She is passionate about learning how to successfully build organizational capacity for non-profit organizations which led her to pursue an MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School for which she is currently a candidate. In 2008, she became a Certified Yoga Instructor through Yoga Tree SF’s 200-hour Program. She has led two seasons of service learning trips for college and high school students both domestically and internationally. She is trained in facilitation, consensus decision-making, grant-writing, and project management and brings strong experience collaborating in teams.
The Engage Network in the Ecological Community
Kate is a community organizer based out of Denton, Texas. She is currently the Program Coordinator for What’s Your Tree and helps to prepare new leaders to launch the What’s Your Tree program in communities all over the globe. Her experience includes marketing and promoting nonprofit organizations, designing outreach materials for digital and print media, planning and promoting outreach events and managing a team of volunteers.
Kate has participated in the What’s Your Tree program and through her small group experience she articulated that her purpose is, “To unite us in community and creativity on behalf of all life.” She has activated her purpose to launch an outdoor artist’s and farmer’s market called the Denton Community Market which is currently in its second season. Kate is also an enthusiastic bicycle commuter and everyday organic gardener and she loves creating spaces that bring people together.