SEVA SAFARI, THE SERVICE TRIP OF A LIFETIME
Seva is the Sanskrit word for “selfless service” and safari is the Swahili word for “journey or trip”. On a Seva Safari trip with Africa Yoga Project, that is exactly what you will be getting – a selfless service journey. It is a trip that will change your life and the lives you touch forever.Any one of our Seva Safari trips will leave you with a deeper understanding of your purpose and how you are being for others. Our team works with you to ensure the experience begins the moment you register! Seva Safari promises to reignite the way you see the world around you, energize the relationships in your life, and inspire a greater enthusiasm for being of service. If you have ever wanted to go on an international adventure to explore, learn and connect, while contributing to the development of sustainable projects that positively impact others, then this is the program for you.Our trips are driven first and foremost by the needs of the local community. Each trip is a new adventure. Through daily yoga practice, working closing with the Africa Yoga Project team and personal development, this trip has proven time and time again to be the journey of a lifetime.
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2015-2016 Upcoming Seva Safari Trips
KENYA - LOVE. TEACH. SERVE.
October 8th - 17th, 2015
Come experience and explore Nairobi, Kenya with the African Yoga Project and like-minded, adventurous peers. You will push the limits of your teaching abilities, discovering your New Edge. Be service in action with AYP - promoting peace and possibility.
KENYA - LOCAL TO GLOBAL
October 29th - November 7th, 2015
Join Cristina and Dan Houston for a “local-to-global” adventure to experience the Africa Yoga Project’s work and impact first-hand. You will have the opportunity serve, lead and be led by engaging in local community projects in Nairobi with In-Powered by One Significant Act, a Texas-based yoga charity. Then, following our service initiative, you will cap off this amazing experience by taking a 3-day Safari in beautiful Amboseli National Park.
KENYA - Yoga for the Special Child Training
Nov 29 - Dec 8, 2015
Learn comprehensive theory and practice of Yoga therapy for babies and children with learning and/or developmental disabilities from Sonia Sumar. This 7-day training course will teach the medical contraindications to certain asanas. Yoga is for everyone.
KENYA - Africa Yoga Project 200 Hour Teacher Training
March 23 - April 3, 2016
Assisting Team: March 22 - April 3, 2016
Africa Yoga Project's annual 12-day yoga teacher training and service trip. Earn your 200 hour yoga teacher training in Kenya while contributing to our mission of educating youth from East Africa through teacher training. Practice and learn shoulder to shoulder, side by side with new Africa Yoga Project teachers, emerging leaders and other powerful people from around the world.
KENYA - Skill in Action: On the Mat and In the World
Aug. 1st - Aug. 10th 2016
Michelle Johnson and Irene Auma will lead this Seva Safari focused on social justice, service and karma yoga. Guided by the wisdom in the Bhagavad Gita when Krishna offers to Arjuna that 'Yoga is Skill in Action," we will explore our dharma, duty to serve, how we serve and we will put this exploration into practice through a community project focused on social justice in Nairobi, Kenya. Learn how your practice can make a difference in our world on and off the mat. Our service trip will conclude with a trip to Lake Naivasha to witness the amazing wildlife that Kenya has to offer.
2015 - 2016 Seva Safari Participants
March - South Africa
April - Kenya
Abby Burke | Alyssa Pizarro | Chelsea McNabb | Christin Harrison | Cynthia Whitman | Hanna Von hafenbradl | Jack Boken | Javier Gonzalez | | Jo Gumbley | Laura Papenhagen | Omniya Baghdadi | Renee Canzoneri | Samantha Griggs | Shivani Naidoo | Stephanie Deetsch | Suzie Newcome
July - Kenya
Karen Torrone (Trip Leader) | Alder Family | Rachel & Sutton Delong | Adrian Gheorghiu | Adriana Gheorghiu | Jennifer D'Orazio | Tania Lutz | Dawn Rizzo | Kiera Rommel | Nicole & Madelyn Scariano | Schweppe Family | Kerry Sullivan
August - Kenya
August - Tanzania
October - Kenya
October / November - Kenya
Christina & Dan Houston (Trip Leaders) | Julie Baldwin | Sasha Blake | Steph Cantu | Allen Clutter | Valerie Jalufka | Jill Krisl | Dinah Lin | Margaret McLean | Gayatri Parikh | Kendra Penry-Clutter | Nolane & Julien Vanvoren | Marijke Vela | Corrina Young |
Future Seva Safaris
| Miranda Adler | David Allard | Tryphena Chia | Hing Chiu | Jennifer Collins | Robyn Freeman | Sarah Fiorelli | Simon Fraser | Jenna Hilgenberg | Jooin Im | Jessica & Brandon Jacobs | Heather Kasey | Robin Lowery | Shannon Moller | Patrick Sabatini | Michelle Sweezey | Marissa Tingle |
See what past Seva Safari participants have to say about their experience...
"Seva Safari was a trip of a lifetime. I created connections while in Kenya that will last a lifetime. Attending the Seva was the most powerful and incredible experience I have ever had. I conquered fears, created connections and came back home lit up, inspired and ready for anything. I learned the value of self acceptance. To embrace and love myself as I would another. Working with all of the different cultures was so powerful and life-changing. I haven't laughed that hard since I was in college."
- Julie Kiddoo, Seva Safari 2014
- Daryn Jackson, Seva Safari 2014
“The Seva Safari Trip is guaranteed to change your life; way of being; and over-all perspective. The combination of yoga practices, daily sharing and reflecting with Africa Yoga Project teachers and students, and the daily challenges and tasks, encourage penetrating transformation that inspires overall connection and openness. This trip gives you a taste of authentic Kenyan cultures, while taking you into the heart of what Africa Yoga Project is all about.” – Lauren Mackenzie, Seva Safari July 2011.