Meet the Team
SADHVI SIDDHALI SHREE
Stopping Traffic marks the feature film debut of Sadhvi Siddhali Shree, an international activist for social change, speaker and author (31 Days to a Changed You, Shine Through Wisdom). Shree is passionate about social movements, particularly those focused on gender equality, non-violence, human rights and youth.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Shree, 33, earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University, Long Beach, and is a U.S. Army Iraq-war veteran.
Shree was the first North American Jain monk, taking her vows in 2008 and helping establish the Siddhayatan Tirth Spiritual Retreat that same year in Windom, Texas (near Dallas), where she now resides, serving as the ashram’s Spiritual Director.
At the age of 29, Sadhvi Anubhuti decided to lead a purposeful and meaningful life by becoming a Jain monk and dedicating herself to serving those in need. Her mission is to help alleviate some of the pain and suffering of those seeking happiness, freedom, non-violence, social justice, healing and soul-awakening.
Upon learning about slavery and human trafficking, Anubhuti saw the critical need to act. Through the guidance of her spiritual teacher, H.H. Acharya Shree Yogeesh, she focuses her efforts and skills on working in practical ways to eradicate mental, emotional and, most importantly, physical slavery in her lifetime.