Enjoy Harmony Project
Enjoy Harmony Project: Yoga & Herbalists Without Borders - Forth Valley, Scotland - are happy to support asylum and refugee projects in Scotland (or the UK) by providing Herbal medicine packs or yoga classes.
We support and work with Herbalists Without Borders Calais making medicines and raising awareness about the refugee crisis in Calais, as the British Government try to bring in new laws to stop any asylum seekers entering the UK.
I am looking for folk who would be interested in volunteering to join local gathering days and/or collective medicine making sessions.
If you are interested in helping with the project or would like herbal or yoga support for your group please get in contact.
I have lots of experience working with various asylum and refugee groups offering yoga classes as a tool for mental wellbeing and stress relief.
Current & Past Refugee/Asylum/Mental Health/Women's Yoga Projects:
The Red Cross - unaccompanied asylum seeking minors.
The Govan and Craigton Integration Network - working with female asylum seekers.
Ruby Project - Massage and Yoga for African Women's Group
Rape Crisis Centre - Series of stress relief and breathing workshops for helpline volunteers.
Phoenix Futures - Helping those affected by substance misuse rebuild their lives.
Momentum Scotland Clydebank - who support people through a wide range of rehabilitation: adults with mental health issues, brain injury, physical and learning disabilities, spinal injury, substance abuse.
Circle of Women Yoga Project - Yoga for women survivors of human rights abuses. Referrals from Freedom from Torture, Tara (Trafficking survivors), Ruby Project, The Red Cross
SAWA - Scottish African Women's Association - Supporting female asylum seekers and refugees.
Dumbarton District Women's Aid - Yoga in a Women's Aid refuge in the Dumbarton area.
The Enjoy Harmony Project is a registered project with Herbalists Without Borders International.
About Herbalists without Borders Calais
There have been various ‘jungle camps’ in Calais since as far back as 1999 – historically it has been a place where migrants gather to wait for and plan passage to the UK. The jungle has always been a place of despair and horror - as well as hope and resilience , - but in the summer of 2015 as numbers burgeoned, more people in the UK began to be aware of the humanitarian crisis on our doorstep.
October 2016 saw the huge, mismanaged , brutal clearance and dispersal of the jungle residents, including hundreds of unaccompanied children. Thanks to hard work from volunteers, at the last minute many children were brought across to the UK legally. Many more have been lost in the chaos of the eviction.
Since 2015 many individuals and community groups from the UK, not affiliated to official organisations – have responded by donating time, money, food, provisions as well as infrastructure and organization.
Herbalists working as individuals, but sometimes supported by the medicine making campaign back in the UK, have helped in the first aid posts; the kitchens; women’s and children’s projects; and the prefecture managed camp in Dunkirk. Sometimes, when no infrastructure existed they dispensed medicines out of the back of their cars and vans.
The Herbalists without Borders Calais Campaign is a dedicated mobile clinic that takes place in Calais and Dunkirk in Northern France every month. Since October 2019, we have supported more than 4335 refugees and work as an agency in their own right.
The clinic offers preventative medicine, self-care support, first aid and healthcare access support to hundreds of refugees and undocumented migrants living in the region. Our medicines are made by local grassroots groups and herbalists across the UK. We are entirely funded by donations, grants and grassroots support.
You can donate to the project here: hwbcalais.org/donation-page/