"Vinyasa in the Vineyard" Benefit Raises $2K

Vinyasa in the Vineyard

Great news for our mission: "Vinyasa in the Vineyard," a benefit event held on June 27th at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston, CT, has raised $2,000 to bring Mindful Yoga Therapy to veterans!

This evening of live music, yoga, wine and pizza was organized by Mindful Yoga Therapy teacher Cheryl Hughes, who served at Camp LeJeune Naval Hospital as a corpsman. As a veteran, Cheryl is deeply committed to sharing tools for a calm body and mind with her peers.

"These are my brothers and sisters," she says.

Our deepest gratitude goes out to Cheryl - and to Cara and Andrew Sawyer, the owners of Preston Ridge Vineyard, who hosted this event free of charge and donated 30% of the evening's wine sales to Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans. Their family and staff also pitched in to support this event with extensive preparation of the winery grounds to ensure a warm, safe and beautiful experience for the 63 guests who turned out for this year's "Vinyasa at the Vineyard" fundraiser - nearly double last year's attendance.

Our thanks goes out to these amazing participants, who shared their spirit of compassion at this event; to those who couldn't attend in person, but showed their solidarity by making a donation to Mindful Yoga Therapy; and to the many friends who contributed time and resources to make this event a success.

A benefit event like "Vinyasa in the Vineyard" is made possible by the support of a community coming together around a common cause. In gratitude for their time and support, we wish to acknowledge:


  • Eagle Feather - vocalist and Black Wolf Drum
  • Beaver Bob
  • Singing Willow
  • Don Staub

Yoga Instructors

  • Cheryl Hughes
  • Helen Ouimette
  • Linda Gawronski

Yoga Rover and Assistant

  • Jennifer Reilly
  • Tricia Lewon

Complementary Chair Massages and Clinical Information

  • Pamela Mish
  • Michelle Jordan

Registration Volunteers

  • Joe Hughes
  • Ann Richardson

Promotional Partners


Help us to make an impact through community! We are looking for volunteers, artisans, wellness professionals and anyone willing to share their talents for next year's Vinyasa in the Vineyard event. To get involved, contact Cheryl Hughes at hughes.ce5@gmail.com.