Today we’d like to introduce you to Yoshi Aono.
Hi Yoshi, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
We started in 2011 as a regional festival event for the yoga and mindfulness community.
Over the years, the festival became the largest in the western region of the US adding a retreat business and an online educational platform. I have reeled it back in to address social/environmental challenges that are of importance to the community. Climate consciousness and the work that farmers are spearheading have been brought to the forefront of awareness for the community.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has been everything. Smooth, difficult, inspiring, and draining. Devotion to the cause of bringing high-level mindfulness to the community has kept it going for over ten years.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I have served the community as a mindfulness visionary, community-builder, musician, humanitarian and executive. Spending my time between Boulder, CO, and Ojochal, Costa Rica, I am the founder of the Hanuman Community: (Festival, Academy, and Adventures) I have also served as CEO for companies and am a 40-year+ student of the guitar.
My mission is to bring high-level presence and consciousness into global entrepreneurship and community. I’ve had a lifelong passion for music and community which has me involved in projects throughout the planet.
My humanitarian work spans over a decade and has allowed me to experience Africa, Haiti, Cambodia, Thailand, Peru, India, Bali, and Louisiana. I coordinated and led tent city aid distribution projects along with leading teams into disaster zones.
Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Good friends, good food, travel, and music are high on the list. I love adventuring to new places.
This planet has so much to offer and I love experiencing different cultures with friends. I love contributing my guitar playing to different projects and have played with so many people in the mindfulness realm. I feel charmed in this life.
- Website: www.hanumanfestival.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hanumancommunity/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HanumanFestival
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@HanumanFestival
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