Help Yogini Tracy Bounce Back From Losing Her Home To Fire

For: Yogini Tracy Donahue
Brattleboro, VT
Organizer: Tara Mahady-Coltey
Help Yogini Tracy Bounce Back From Losing Her Home To Fire (Yogini Tracy Donahue)
of $6,500 goal
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Raised by 118 donors

The Story

Yogini Tracy lost almost all of her belongings in a house fire. One of her beloved kitties, Moon, is missing. Tracy is also in the process of setting out on her own as she and Peter are separating. Now, she has nothing to re-establish her life because of the fire.

{There is another fundraiser that was set up for Tracy and Peter. Although she will receive some of those funds, the separation from Peter makes it complex. I, personally, want to be sure my donation goes directly to Tracy. This is why we've set up this separate fundraiser.}

Please help Tracy create a new minimalist, environmentally sensitive lifestyle and home.

She is in need of everything to set up a small apartment for her and her big pup, Erasmo. Because of the fire, she literally needs to start from scratch. Here's an itemized list - and this is rough. You'll notice there are a lot of things not included that she will need. We tallied this up and arrived at the goal of this fundraiser:
  • bed
  • mattress
  • pillows
  • comforter
  • blanket
  • sheets
  • shelving/clothes storage
  • bath towels
  • electric toothbrush
  • kitchen utensils
  • cutlery
  • cutting board
  • mostly bamboo and wood
  • tea kettle
  • dishes
  • serving bowls
  • food processor
  • pots and pans
  • dehydrator
  • toaster
  • jars for food storage
  • shelving for pantry/food storage 
  • five pairs of yoga pants
  • five tank tops
  • five sweaters
  • one pair of sneakers
  • dog crate
  • dog bowls
  • small yoga business items 
  • 5 bolsters
  • 5 zafu cushions
  • small portable stereo
For those of us who know and love Tracy, we know how much she has given and continues to give to this world. She is a bright light that offers selflessly all the time.  I can say that she changed my life in ways that I can never repay. Now is the time for us all to give back. I hope you will join me in helping her out.

Thank you,
Tara Mahady-Coltey
student and friend of Yogini Tracy

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 14, 2017


Posted on February 14, 2017

Getting Back Into Flow

One of the things this fundraiser will cover is helping replace items that Tracy used for her yoga business. Your donation will help her bring her guiding light back to the yoga mat shining it for others. She needs a lot of things including props, office supplies, printer, etc. You all know what it takes to run a business. Well, she needs to start from scratch in a lot of areas.

The good news, for those of you who love Tracy's classes as much as I do, is that she'll be getting back into the flow offering classes starting next week on the 20th! 

This schedule begins next week on Monday the 20th and classes will be held in the inner room of Brattleboro Holistic Health Center (BHHC). Tracy is asking for RSVPs because there is a max of five practitioners in each session and she's hoping to have all of them filled. She'll also be announcing a class in Putney soon and hopefully some others. She is also available for private instruction at BHHC beginning next week. Email Tracy with questions or to RSVP: [email protected]

Thank you for the continued outpouring of love and support. Let's continue to show Tracy a little love today by inching this fundraising goal toward completion!


Gentle Yoga , 5:30 - 7pm
(beginners start here!), $15
*optional pre-class meditation at 5pm

2nd and 4th WEDNESDAY
Restorative Yoga, 5:30 - 7:30pm, $20
(beginners start here too!)

Energetic Flow, 8:30 - 10:15am, $17

Posted on February 13, 2017


Posted on February 13, 2017

An Empty Paper Bag

Tracy and I spent some time talking today and we discussed the goal for this fundraiser. I literally just finished building a house, and am acutely aware of the cost of things these days. I am concerned about the goal being low. So, I decided to raise it (with her begrudging, but thankful permission. It's hard to ask for help.)

Tracy is committed to living a minimalist lifestyle and she walks her talk. Tonight we picked up some food and she felt badly for not brining in the empty paper bag that we had in the car with us to carry out our few groceries. I honestly got a little annoyed and gave her a little flack about it. What I realized was that I was uncomfortable with my own lack of concern as I walked out of the grocery store with two plastic bags. I share this story because I want to remind those of you who know Tracy, that not one dime of what you donate will be wasted. That what is spent will be spent on ethically sourced products and with great intention. I know you know this - because you know her. (For those of you who don't, you can be assured.) I've been reminded of the many lessons Tracy has to share through the way she lives her life spending time with her this weekend. I learn every time I'm with her.

Thank you so much for all of the shares and the amazing amount of energetic, prayerful, and financial support flowing Tracy's way. 

With love and gratitude,

Posted on February 12, 2017


Posted on February 12, 2017

Tracy and I are in Pennsylvania studying with our teacher. Tracy is being held tenderly in the arms of our sangha here. One of the fields of consciousness that we're working with this weekend is that of Ganesh. For the non-yogis out there, this is a deity who is described, in a nutshell, as the remover of obstacles.

I can't help but think how appropriate it is for us to be receiving (in Tracy's case - re-initiating) these teachings right now. I immediately thought of all of you, who have contributed to this fundraiser so far. You are removing obstacles for Tracy in so many ways. By helping to remove the financial barriers to setting up a whole new life for herself, you are allowing Tracy space to go through all of the emotional, mental and spiritual processes that lie ahead. You're allowing her the space to feel with less worry and concern about how she will handle creating her new home and life.  What a gift.  Thank you.

Tracy and I were talking this evening, and she told me that one of the only sacred objects that survived the fire is a small Ganesh murthy, sitting underneath a charred tree right near the house. And here he is with us this weekend. He's ever present. Of this world, and with his eyes always on the mother. The mother is the representation of the Divine. He teaches us how to live in these earthly bodies and all the joys and tragedies that come with it, yet always be turning toward liberation. Maybe 'yet' isn't the right word here. Perhaps it would be better to say that he helps us to turn the obstacles into practice and a pathway to liberation.  As I spend time with Tracy this weekend, I watch her living this practice... embodying it. It's a gift to be with her.

I chose this image of Ganesh as a nod to some beloved objects Tracy lost in the fire, two of her flutes, one from India. (Did you all know that Tracy is a gifted musician and former music teacher?). 

Your love and support is enveloping our dear, resilient friend. Thank you so much for your generosity and open-heartedness.  I am sure that we will reach our fundraising goal, if not surpass it.  

Namaste and deepest gratitude,

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