Our Name Akesia is derived from the name Akeso, the Greek Goddess of the PROCESS of healing. Akeso personifies the path of healing, showing us an organic approach to learning new lifestyle habits, resulting in a holistic, systemic change.
Our Mission Akesia is guided by the philosophy of Akeso in its belief that healing takes time and quick-fix remedies don't often have staying power. Our approach is to examine the root causes of disease and the issues inherent in its manifestation. We believe healing is a process and a journey, and not the end result. Toward that end, Akesia assists in encouraging the 'whole' person - mentally, physically, and spiritually - in their path toward wellness.
Akesia provides an opportunity to engage in a diverse range of initiatives that can affect real and positive change on many levels. Our intent is to leave our guests with a glimpse of and enduring belief in the possibility of collective healing and change in the areas of SELF, SOCIETY, and ECOLOGY.
Our Methodology Akesia offers both experiential and pedagogic programming in the following areas: 1) self-actualization employing yoga, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, eastern mysticism and other integrative modalities; 2) service to society through exposure to and engagement in community projects; and 3) issues key to environmental stewardship and collective development of sustainable energy models in rural India Cyndie Marler, Founder, Managing Director Cyndie has studied and taught yoga in the U.S., Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, and India for the past 28 years. She has spent the better part of her professional career working in the nonprofit sector in the areas of program development and marketing, communications, public relations and graphic design. This toward helping nonprofits find their voice and expression in a challenging socio-political and economic climate for nonprofits, both large and small. She was a key member of teams that developed and implemented strategies for capacity-building of the sector in the U.S., and worked to mobilize initiatives to rebuild lives of individuals, families and businesses after the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand. This belief in the work of the nonprofit sector, combined with her dedication to a yogic path has culminated in the work of Akesia in India and the U.S. Akesia Konkan - Matond Village, Nerur Village, Maharashtra Akesia has been headquartered in Mumbai and the village of Matond, Sindhudurg District, and recently expanded to land in Nerur where the Viable Village project will continue its work. In addition to our work with schools and women in the areas of health and education, the Viable Village project provides experiential learning in multiple energy uses such as lighting, cooking overhead fans and refrigeration for inside the home, as well as water pump, grain processing and other uses outside the home. It brings together government subsidization, private investment, and local cooperative funding mechanisms toward development of integrated energy systems using various renewable resources. We hope to replicate this model in other villages in the Konkan region and beyond.