"The medicine for the planet is that as individuals we choose to grow in our own love and extend it. The real invitation is to grow spiritually through service. The service work offers a space for you to thrive, a catalyst for you to grow as an individual. It is about realizing the essential human longing to give, to love, to give what we want the most, and in giving – to receive it, finally, from the Source of Love itself that lives within us."

Vanessa is the Founder of the Amala Foundation, a non-profit humanitarian service organization devoted to creating a peaceful, equitable and compassionate world by unifying communities in service, inspiring youth to lead with a heart-centered global perspective, and living in recognition that sustainable peace begins within.

The heart of the message and work is transformation through service. The Amala Foundation is a vehicle for the message of unity Vanessa shares in her teaching work to be lived…it is a place for experiential wisdom to be cultivated. The only ‘practice’ offered within Vanessa’s message is: Serve. Serve with a willingness to grow yourself.

Service is a means of personal evolution. Vanessa teaches 'give what you want the most.' It is a way of being, a natural response to a life that has offered everything.

Vanessa’s teaching and the work of the Amala Foundation extend to all the profound invitation to live in loving service.

The Origins of the Amala Foundation

In 1998 Vanessa started a school for healing in Austin, Texas. This course of study included serving others, and a group assignment to serve local children soon became a thriving children’s camp. Camp Indigo has since grown to be a celebrated annual Austin experience that has served hundreds of youth in heart-centered community.

Vanessa founded the Amala Foundation in 2002, realizing the vital component of humanitarian service in the larger picture of personal and collective health. Recognizing that sustainable peace begins within, Amala was created to contribute to a peaceful, equitable and compassionate world by unifying communities in service and inspiring youth to lead with a heart-centered global perspective.

The Service at Amala

At the Amala Foundation we practice a quality of service that is given free of expectation and attachment. We show up willing to grow and be impacted. Regardless of background, we approach one another as brother and sister, human to human. We come with undefended hearts, knowing that when our service is our spiritual practice, it catalyzes true transformation.

The Amala Foundation is an organization that is designed to provide spiritual evolution and growth through service. It does this through very specific projects, many focused on youth and healing the heart of war and violence. Projects are launched and sustained with an understanding that sustainable peace begins in the heart of humankind. The Foundation is a place where people gather to serve, and grow through their giving.

Current and previous programs include the Bhatti Mines School in India, the Living Water Project and Sustainable Village Project in Africa, the Peace Walk in San Quentin Prison, the Global Youth Peace Summit, Camp Indigo, Camp Mana, the One Village Project, and Young Artists in Service.

“The result of a united community is loving service, and the support to grow within and without. When human beings authentically connect, celebrate Life, and receive what is being offered, what arises is a natural impulse to unite, to serve, to give, to love, to share in the space of communion…consciously, openly, willingly and gratefully.

There is a yearning in all of us: to contribute, to give, to serve. It is part of the human being, it is part of human nature, it is woven within you to want to engage in a service that is going to benefit not only the people you love the most, but The Whole. To finally ask How can I serve? is an awakening in itself.

This is about actualizing a life that is based upon serving the Whole…an authentic and true state of living, where our actions, our thoughts, and our relationship to the world is based on how we can give, how we can contribute, how we as human beings can live in loving consideration of the Whole.”