We are the Heimanns!
A month after we married in 2001, we spent a long weekend at the Farm Sanctuary Hoe Down. We left that weekend inspired to improve our own lives as well as the lives of all sentient beings.
Lara went on to found and run YogaStream studio in Princeton. She created YogaStream, a style of yoga that combines her love of anatomy, creative movement and functional training. She travels the world leading workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats. Lara is also a natural foods chef, and enjoys making tasty treats for her friends and family.
After years as a professional actor, Mark settled down to be a family man. He runs Advantage Testing of Princeton and has done so for the past 19 years - he worked in AT's NYC office for 7 years before that. Thanks to a suggestion from Gene Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary, Mark decided to utilize his skills as an actor and educator and obtained a master's degree in Humane Education from the Institute for Humane Education (IHE). In his spare time he leads workshops for schools and communities in the area.
Olivia is a 16-year old junior at the Pennington school. Having completed the YogaStream 200-hr. teacher training program, she is one of the youngest Yoga Alliance certified teachers in the country. She also loves to act, dance, and play lacrosse. Olivia LOVES animals and enjoys spending time with them and caring for them, as she often does at our nearby rescue shelter, Animal Alliance.
By the time we head to Wales, Jonah will be 14 years old. He has a second degree black belt, so will be our security support for the trip! In his spare time Jonah loves playing basketball (he's a big Duke basketball fan), taking photos, reading, riding any kind of board (surf, snow, waterski, skate...), and hanging out with his buddies.
Lara and Mark began doing charity treks back in the summer of 1999.
We spent three months biking 4,000+ mile coast across the USA to raise awareness and over $25,000 for Parkinson's Disease research. As we finished that adventure, we knew that we would want to do another one in the not-too-distant future. And then we got married, had two beautiful kids, and let our dreams of another adventure charity trek marinate for 15 years!
In 2015, when Olivia and Jonah were respectively 12 and 10 years old, we returned to our nomadic ways and trekked 200+ mile across Northern England, raising another $25,000, this time for the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), an organization that that not only motivates us to be our best selves, but also has the vision and platform to inspire future generations to work together to solve some of the struggles that we face.
In 2017 we dusted off our hiking shoes and spent ten days traversing Scotland, again raising awareness and over $20,000 for IHE. Having the opportunity to combine our love of outdoor family bonding with our passion for sharing information about worthy causes and organizations fills us with gratitude for what we already have and inspiration for future endeavors.
So we are thrilled that in the summer of 2019 we will continue our C2C4C tradition by hiking across Wales. This time we are raising money and awareness for Farm Sanctuary - an organization that opened our eyes almost twenty years ago to the realities around us and the potential to create a new paradigm of peace and compassion.