Re-Define Family: An All Generations Seva Safari
Time flies. We’ve all said it. We are busy people with busy lives moving in a hundred different directions. We have created this Seva Safari to be an opportunity for family and friends to step away from the ordinary and into an extraordinary life changing adventure together. From morning wildlife game drives to afternoon service projects to evening yoga, this Seva Safari will spark the spirit of family fun, adventure and connection.
Something remarkable happens when we come together for the purpose of being of service to one another. Whether it’s sharing a smile or a conversation, building a school or painting a wall, planting a garden or cooking a meal, when our hearts and minds invest in service to others, we discover the gifts we have to give to this world. We invite you to rediscover your gifts through this unique journey of service in the heart of Kenya. On this adventure, we will take you out of the city and into the Abedare Mountains to work with Flying Kites Orphanage. Together we will execute a sustainable community project driven by the needs of the incredible young children at Flying Kites. You will spend several nights at Flying Kites helping the children with homework, connecting over meals, serving and having heaps of fun!!! While in Nairobi you will go to an Africa Yoga Project Outreach and see their teachers in action in their community.
Connection is the unique quality that makes a Seva Safari experience one of a kind. The Africa Yoga Project has established an incredibly inspirational community of Kenyans and people from around the world. To be on a Seva Safari is to become a part of this amazing family. On this trip, you will connect with Kenyan families, your kids will play with Kenyan kids and you will create new friendships that will stay close to your heart forever. You will work side by side with other Africa Yoga Project families building lasting friendships, all while opening the door to new cultures, people and ideas.
Who Should Attend Seva Safari Family?
Seva Safari Family is for adults and children 6 years and older. This trip is open to families at any level of yoga and/or travel experience who seeks to unite family through service, adventure and connection. It is open to all with a desire to engage in physical giving, listening, leadership training, and a cultivation life skills needed for continued personal growth.Rachel DeLong will lead this heart-felt journey that will expand the possibilities of what family truly means!!!
If you have dreamed of going on an international adventure to explore, learn and laugh, while contributing to the development of sustainable projects that positively impact others, then this is the program for you!
Thursday July 14th:
All participants will arrive in Nairobi by 4:00 p.m on Thursday. We will arrange to have you picked up at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. We will then take you to the guesthouse to meet up with the rest of the group. Program orientation begins at 6pm sharp. We will spend the evening connecting as a group and creating our intention for our time serving together. If you arrive a day early there will be optional trips to the giraffe center and elephant orphanage.
Friday July 15th:
Friday we will start off with a morning yoga practice and give you a chance to get on your mat, sweat off your jet lag, and meet a few Africa Yoga Project teachers. After practice, we will travel to an outreach in the city where you will get your first chance to experience the impact of the Africa Yoga Project in the community. In the evening, we will head back to the guesthouse for some more orientation activities, dinner and an evening check-in.
Saturday July 16th:
Saturday morning will be your first yoga class at the AYP Shine Center. This is Africa Yoga Project's largest weekly community class, and it will give you a chance to meet many of the Africa Yoga Project teachers and other members of the Africa Yoga Project's yoga community in Nairobi. After practice, you will have more time to get to know the Africa Yoga Project teachers over lunch. Lunch will be followed by a market place with merchandise made by the AYP teachers and community. Later in the afternoon we will return to the Shine Center for a workshop on Mindfulness, Yoga and Service led by Rachel DeLong and Anthony. In the evening we will return to the guesthouse to share our experiences over dinner and enjoy an evening meeting.
Sunday July 17th – Wednesday July 20th:
From the 17th through the 20th, we will be in full swing of the Family Seva Safari service project. This will be your time to put into action what inspired you and your family/friends to embark on this journey. You will be in full contribution with your group and the Africa Yoga Project community on a service project at a Flying Kites Orphanage in rural Kenya while enjoying the lush beauty of the countryside.
Wednesday July 20th- Friday July 22nd:
The group will travel to our new accommodations on Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley. This will be the opportunity to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and bird wildlife that thrives at Lake Naivasha. We will embark on an adventurous bike safari in Hell’s Gate and enjoy a hike in the park. Upon returning to Lake Naivasha we will gather for a early evening Yin Yoga practice led by Rachel DeLong and then head to dinner. Friday morning we will venture out to take a boat safari to explore Crescent Island for wildlife viewing. We will then journey through the countryside, stopping along the way for lunch, as we head back to Nairobi. We arrive at the guesthouse in the late afternoon to settle back into our rooms and digest the week. We will come together for dinner and an evening check-in to share the experiences of our travels.
Saturday July 23rd:
Saturday morning we will wake up, enjoy a full breakfast and join the Africa Yoga Project community for one more yoga class at the Shine Center. You will have time after practice to enjoy the company of the Africa Yoga Project teachers and students. After we will have a final celebratory lunch together as a team. It is then time to say those last goodbyes before we arrange for you to be dropped off at the airport in time for your flight home.
The financial commitment for the Seva Safari Family is:
- Deposit = $500 per person (required payment to reserve spot)
- Program Fee = $1,750.00 per person (includes deposit)
- Covers: Food, transportation, accommodations, and park fees
- Doesn’t Cover: Airfare or personal items such as gifts and snacks
- This is not tax deductible
- Fundraising Commitment
- $4,000 for participants 18 years and older
- $2,000 for participants under 18 years old
- Covers: Service projects we will be working on and the continued work of Africa Yoga Project.
- These funds are tax-deductible