$10 suggested donation for the full event, but people can opt to come to only the meditation and/or quilt reception for free.

The cost of each quilt is $190 which is the cost to send one child to school for the year including clothes, food, and books.


frank mauro has been teaching yoga since 1996. he was on the teacher training staff at om yoga center from 2004 until it’s closing in 2012. while on the tt staff he specialized in teaching basics and was in charge of the “how to teach basics” portion of the trainings. frank’s sense of humor, ability to simplify complicated concepts and and attention to clarity have have been a staple in his beginner classes since 2001. he currently co-directs now yoga at the shala.

James C. Hopkins was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Virginia. He earned his college degree in French Language & Literature from Duke University but went on to work for more than 20 years as an investment broker in NYC and in Washington DC. In 2004 he retired as Vice President of Investments at UBS Financial Services and moved to Nepal to study Buddhist philosophy & Tibetan language in a monastery in Kathmandu. For the last 10 years, James served as the Director of Development for Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery.

James C. Hopkins is also the director of Quilts for Kids Nepal, a microfinance project that operates in a community of street beggars, snake-charmers and shoeshine experts near his house in Kathmandu. The mission of Q4K is to provide work for economically-challenged women and to finance education for underprivileged children. Currently the project provides work for about 25 quilt-making women, and sponsors education for more than 50 children, mostly at girls, who are at risk for a life of begging on the streets of Kathmandu.

Matteo Pistono is a writer and meditation teacher, and author of Meditation: Coming To Know Your Mind, Fearless in and In The Shadow of the Buddha. Matteo began studying Buddhism and yoga in Nepal in the early 1990s, and later lived and worked in Tibet for a decade, which he has written about in several books. Matteo earned a Masters in Indian Philosophy from the University of London. He has engaged regularly in extensive meditation retreats over the last twenty years, and he maintains a daily yoga asana and pranayama practice.