Today we’d like to introduce you to Neeta Sanders.
Neeta, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
The story of Soul2Soul Educare is a journey of romance and inspiration, culminating in a joint expression of selfless love for fellow humans. I grew up in Hong Kong and was interested in spiritual matters since I was 5. Later as a teenager, I performed community service by teaching spiritual and metaphysical classes to other teens. My husband David and I met on the internet via Internet Relay Chat in a chat room called “Spirituality”. Six months later, my husband an Enterprise Architect visited me in Hong Kong. He didn’t like the dense urban city, so we both moved back to Atlanta. I wanted to do something similar here to what I had done in Hong Kong, and so David and I started a Sunday school in 2000 and ran it out of the basement of a friend’s home. It was not your traditional “religious” sunday school but rather a spiritual center for kids where they could learn metaphysics and day to day spirituality. When the school grew from 80 children, we had to rent a day care facility. By 2008, the small center became a veritable school and keeping up with all the duties of administration, recordkeeping, donations (since we were not charging any fees) and government regulations became a huge undertaking. It was then that I had an epiphany. I realized that in order to reach the children, we had to teach the parents since the lessons learned at the school were not being followed up at home. So I decided that instead of going through the whole hassle of running a school, I would just do free workshops and seminars for adults. This was especially for people who cannot afford to attend expensive programs. I was teaching techniques and tools that were really working for people and many people were coming back with great results.
In 2011, I decided to share my message with a wider audience, that is when I published a book entitled “Create Divine Magic in your Daily Life”. Our goal was to raise consciousness and help people realize their own divinity.
Part of this module is we screen Spiritual movie nights where we show mainstream movies and then everyone has a spiritual discussion on all the “Easter Eggs” they found in the movie.
Another way we raise consciousness is through health and food. David and I both do a lot of research on the food industry and I am a certified Nutritional Therapist. We help people become better educated about a variety of important health issues and what is going on in the food industry e.g. we were talking about Monsanto in 2001 when nobody knew who Monsanto was.
Our biggest way to educate people is through our vegan cooking classes which are held at the Loving Hut restaurant in Norcross. While we demonstrate many multicultural dishes, we also conduct a health workshop talking about what food swaps people should make, what they should eat/not eat etc. to be healthier and happier. The classes only cost $12 and people get to sample the dishes too.
We have also produced a number of books and CDs that are available for sale on our website and on Amazon. Topics include aids to healing, meditation, yoga and visualization techniques for both children and adults. I have also published a Vegan cookbook called “Veganize and Heal Your Life”.
Our son Bharat is also part of the Soul2Soul Educare team. He is following an inspired path of his own. He has graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from GA Tech in Biomedical Engineering and is currently working as a Research Scientist at Emory and he is planning to go on to Medical School in the future. He is an accomplished pianist, writer, actor and editor. His voice is featured on Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations with God for Teens.
Another thing that Soul2Soul Educare does is we like to give back by conducting service projects for refugees. We adopt newly arrived refugee families and we get their wish lists and they buy what they need. Also, we organize several drives throughout the year. In fact, we are currently doing a cleaning supply drive for the refugees. So, all monies from our book and CD sales go towards service projects.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s always hard to get started in the beginning, until people start trusting you and knowing who you are. Initially, our cooking classes used to have 10 people attend. Now we get up to 50 people in attendance.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Soul2Soul Educare – what should we know?
What sets us apart is that we are a family of 3 all working together – it can be very inspiring to other families.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I would give a lot of credit to Tammy Chiu of Loving Hut restaurant. The whole staff of the restaurant has been very supportive of our work and our service projects. I often set up boxes for “drives” at the restaurant so people can drop off items easily. We do our cooking classes there too every other month.
- Website: www.soul2souleducare.org
- Phone: 404-907-3727
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