MUM student Sara Sanders
Sara working as head intern at the Women’s Environmental Institute in North Branch, MN
ELP members meeting with Dr. Girish Momaya in Vlodrop, Holland
Visiting Turkey for the first Global Enlightened Leadership Summit
Sara Sanders – Sustainability, Art, and Leadership
MUM student Sara Sanders was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and has worked as a touring musician, music teacher, and organic gardener both in Portland and in Minneapolis. When a serious back injury in 2011 left her temporarily paralyzed from the waist down, she began looking for alternative healing solutions and found MUM on the Internet.
Although Sara has taken numerous courses and internships on organic gardening and biodynamic farming, she felt her options of employment without a degree were limited. She was intrigued by MUM’s Sustainable Living program and the idea of discovering herself through meditation, so she came to a Visitors Weekend in May 2012.
After being accepted to five different colleges, Sara chose MUM and enrolled in January 2013. “This is the only university I could find that does not accept money from large corporations with questionable ethics,” said Sara. “I really appreciate that MUM has a strong dedication to organic growing.”
Sara came to study Sustainable Living, but soon discovered and fell in love with ceramics and decided to pursue an art degree as well. Last fall she also joined MUM’s Enlightened Leadership Program (ELP). Her dream is to be part of a traveling team of students visiting other universities and talking about the Transcendental Meditation® program and the ELP with the goal of creating a network of satellite ELP groups around the country on university campuses.
“With Sara, there’s no holding back,” said Adrienne Schoenfeld, director of the ELP. “She has incredible passion for Maharishi’s knowledge and the desire to know and experience as much as she can, as quickly as she can, all with the sincere desire to share what she’s learned with the world.”
During a recent ELP trip to Vlodrop, Holland, Sara had the chance to meet Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam and several Rajas of the Transcendental Meditation organization, which inspired her to apply to become a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique. “I want to be able to teach the TM technique,” she said. “It totally changed my life and opened such incredible possibilities. I want to be able to offer that to people.”