Banyan Gives Back
Banyan’s mission is to help people achieve and maintain health and well-being through the wisdom of Ayurveda. In addition to our Banyan Community Grant Fund, through which we fund projects that share Ayurveda with people in need, we also work directly with local, national, and international non-profit organizations through charitable giving and in-kind donations. Below is a sample of the organizations we support.
The Ayurvedic Institute is an Ayurvedic school and Ayurveda health spa in Albuquerque, NM. It was established in 1984 by Dr. Vasant Lad as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization to teach the traditional Ayurvedic medicine of India and provide ancient therapies. The school offers training and services in Ayurvedic healing including herbs, nutrition, panchakarma cleansing, yoga, Sanskrit, and Vedic astrology. Banyan co-founders, Kevin and Scott, studied with Dr. Lad and worked on staff at the Institute for many years prior to starting Banyan. Over the years, Banyan has hired quite of few graduates from the Ayurvedic Institute and we continue to maintain a close and supportive relationship with our Master teacher, Dr. Lad, as well as our alma mater.
Dr. Lad’s long-envisioned dream of creating an Ayurvedic healing and teaching facility that complements his Ayurvedic program in the West was opened in 2013. VOIA offers the opportunity for advanced students of Ayurveda to study and work closely with Dr. Lad in his native India. It is also a destination for those seeking extended panchakarma and specially supervised treatments with Dr. Lad. The current campus includes residences for staff, students, and patients, as well as a classroom, library, pharmacy, clinical examination room, kitchen, and dining room. The center is located east of Pune in the agricultural countryside. The entire facility has been built to Western standards of drinking water, bathroom design, and all around Western building architecture. Banyan has been a supporter of the VIOA project since its inception and we continue to be closely involved in its ongoing development and expansion.
Rogue Herbalism is a team of visionary herbalists seeking to build resilient communities in Southern Oregon by offering free and accessible herbal wellness services to individuals and communities in need. The main project is a mobile “pop-up” Community Wellness Clinic that offers free herbal wellness consultations, lifestyle recommendations, self-care education, and herbal remedies. Banyan Botanicals provides both herbs and financial support for the community pop-up clinic.
Punarnava Ayurveda Trust is a public charitable trust focused on improving the health and welfare of the village populations on the outskirts of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. Viadyagrama is the Ayurveda healing village and panchakarma center that generates income to support these efforts. Banyan Botanicals is a proud sponsor of their monthly Ayurvedic Medical Camps and more.
Sophia Camp’s mission is to inspire a values-based way of life in future generations of young women by cultivating leadership and resiliency, and promoting physical and mental wellness. Their tagline is “Self-esteem, self-regulation, and self-care through the sciences of Yoga & Ayurveda” and they provide activities and experiences that support the girls to be their very best selves. Banyan Botanicals offers two annual scholarships to girls that would otherwise not be able to afford camp, as well as product donations for girls and their mothers.
Yoga Gives Back’s mission is to mobilize the global yoga community to empower women and children in India to build sustainable livelihoods. For the cost of one class, you can change a life. Banyan Botanicals is a proud member of YGB's annual partner program.
“At Banyan Botanicals, we are eternally grateful for the wisdom that flows from India, enlightening our lives. Being a supporter of Yoga Gives Back helps us give expression to this gratitude through the wonderful work they are doing to empower women from some of the poorest families in India. Through sharing our mutual gifts, we can all work together to create a healthier, happier world.”
Yoga Alliance is committed to promoting and supporting the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga. Yoga and Ayurveda are intrinsically connected sister sciences, and Banyan is passionate about supporting yoga teachers to share Ayurveda with their communities. Banyan is a Yoga Alliance business partner and a proud donor to the Yoga Alliance Foundation, which provides scholarships to support recipients to begin or advance their journeys as yoga teachers.
Sanctuary One is a “Care Farm” located in Oregon’s Applegate Valley, demonstrating how farming for health can be an affordable, natural, and effective means of healing people and serving the community. Sanctuary One is a model for treating animals humanely and honoring their intrinsic physical and spiritual value. Care Farms around the world illustrate how the environment that sustains us all can be steadily improved through organic and permaculture-inspired farming practices.
In 2019 Banyan sponsored a cow named Sweetheart, a.k.a. “Milly Moo”, with a donation to support her annual care.