A group of Coachella Valley women are hosting a meditation circle at a yoga studio in Palm Desert on Sunday to help raise money for Ukrainian refugees.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has resulted in around 2 million people fleeing the country as of Tuesday. Several Coachella Valley residents, many of them with origins in Ukraine or neighboring Eastern European countries, have mobilized in different ways to help those affected by the recent war.
Oksana DerDerian, Marlyn Reddy and Angelina Padron are three locals who decided to help raise funds for people at the border of Ukraine and Poland. Katya Linnik, who is from Los Angeles, is also an organizer of the event.
The donation-based event will include live music, intention setting, oracle cards, stretching and a tea ceremony, according to DerDerian.
DerDerian, of Rancho Mirage, was born in Minsk, Belarus, but briefly lived in Poland when she was a child. She was among several women who helped collect and pack items at Marmelad Beauty House in Indian Wells to send an international aid shipment to Ukraine last week.
“We’re all one nation … that’s what it was,” she said. “This whole conflict has been very surprising to people that I always believed were one … it’s just sad to see what’s happening over there.”
The fundraiser will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 13 at Desert Yoga Shala, 72-695 Highway 11 Suite A-3, Palm Desert. People can also participate via Zoom by texting 646-963-3906 to RSVP.