by Lauren Pilgermayer
Every day, Kristie McCourt wakes up with gratitude in her heart and a true sense of love for what she gets to do and who she gets to be in the world for others. Kristie believes that oppression and violence keep us separate and isolated. Inspired by the sanskrit phrase, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, meaning "the world is one family", Kristie is committed to bringing light to the darkness by showing up for others in a way that leaves them connected, empowered, and transformed. Kristie’s commitment to community and her passion for yoga have led her to two of Roots2Rise’s programs: Martin Luther Silver Springs School and People’s Paper Co-Op. By teaching yoga and mindfulness to students who struggle with emotional and behavioral challenges and to women in re-entry, Kristie is taking a stand for others and creating a neutral space for students to show up just as they are. Kristie sees her role as being a conduit for healing and growth.
Roots2Rise and Kristie both share a commitment to love, community, empowerment, and growth, and with these shared values, work to bridge the gap of separation and commit to one world, one family, one day at a time. Kristie continues to see the impact that Roots2Rise has made in the communities she supports. She genuinely loves what she does every day and will continue to make a difference in this world.