After travelling India, living in temples and ashrams, and falling in-love with it's exquisite culture, Mark and Sunni met at a yoga philosophy class in Vancouver. Connecting at local yoga events, they soon discovered a common desire to live a more natural lifestyle, dedicated to divine service. Inspired by a calling to share yoga, they set-out to find the future home of the 'mountain ashram' that Mark envisioned. Their search for nature and community led them 4 hours north of Vancouver to Venables Valley - home of Saranagati, an off grid, bhakti yoga and organic farming village. During their first visit, Sunni and Mark felt a strong connection with this sacred valley and its local people. With a warm invitation from their new friends, they packed-up their city life and 4 month old son, Nashringa, to realize a dream.
Mark's career life began in a cubical, crunching numbers and playing financial games. Unsatisfied and uninspired, he left the corporate world and embarked on a solo journey through India, travelling 16,000 kms on a Royal Enfield motorcycle. After unleashing his creativity during an art internship, Mark returned to Canada, a changed man. With a fresh dose of inspiration, he began a completely new personal path and started a career in design, sculpture and building furniture. MAG's work can be found in local Vancouver galleries and homes.
As a youngster, Mark watched his father build their family home. He's grateful to have inherited these invaluable skills and work ethic. Combining his love of building with his artistic nature and desire to serve, Mark is now fulfilling his ultimate dream.
Sunni discovered yoga through both inspiration and desperation. Influenced by a keen interest in spiritual knowledge, as well as a personal desire for well being, she immersed herself in India's ancient tradition. Yoga's vast philosophy and rich culture have intrigued her mind and captured her heart.
An idealist by nature, Sunni dreamt of one day living in a more natural, sustainable and spiritually-focused community. Her ongoing study of yoga and natural health, are the foundation of her holistic lifestyle and offering. As a homesteading mum with access to fresh organic food, Sunni's love of cooking has become her most cherished service.