In this video interview, Sonima founder Sonia Jones sits down with Erica Nunnally, who opened The Bija Institute in Cumberland, Rhode Island, as a wellness retreat for parents and caregivers of children who are battling cancer. A former advertising executive, Nunnally had returned to her yoga practice after her four-year-old daughter’s cancer diagnosis in 2012. Her personal experience led her to found this scenic sanctuary—located not far from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts as well as the Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island—to encourage parents in similar situations to destress through yoga, meditation, nourishment, and community. Allowing parents to relax, renew, and recharge for two days in this safe haven may ultimately help them return mentally and physically stronger for their child. Watch this quick clip (above) to learn more about this special getaway with a powerful mission.
By Sonia Jones