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.
2014 - 2015 Upcoming Seva Safari Trips
SOUTH AFRICA - Be the Light
March 3rd - 11th, 2015
Journey to Cape Town, South Africa joining Leah Cullis and Jessica Micheletti for AYP’s ground-breaking expansion. You will empower local youth leaders to generate skill-building experiences and employment opportunities to share the transformative power of yoga. This experience of service will change your life, create lifetime friendships and soul-shaking happiness. This trip will leave you inspired to share your unique gifts, your yoga, and your love across the globe!
KENYA - Breaking Ground & Forging Pathways: Africa Yoga Project Yoga Teacher Training
April 2nd - 13th, 2015
Earn your 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate while contributing to the African Yoga Projects mission of educating youth in East Africa. Experience exponential personal growth, practice and learn alongside new AYP teachers, emerging leaders and other powerful people from around the world. Witness this energy first hand in Nairobi, Kenya - April 2015.
KENYA - Love All, Serve All: A journey into the true heart of a yogi
May 14th - 23rd, 2015
Come play in a new paradigm of yoga called Sridaiva, learning the “bow spring” in fun and energizing new poses, and apply this alignment to heal injuries and be free in your body. We’ll study yoga’s philosophies and Sanskrit in relationship to our lives today. Learn alongside fellow Africa Yoga Project teachers and students and on the safari portion of this trip, experience the wildlife of Kenya at Lake Naivasha.
KENYA - Bring Your Yoga to Life
June 18th - 27th, 2015
Come to Kenya and immerse yourself in the joy of service. Join Tryphena Chia the African Yoga Project in Nairobi, Kenya where you will find greatness of action in a place of beauty and wonder. You will be immersed into physical service work and will help the teachers and AYP continue to offer free classes to the bright and energetic faces that show up every day.
KENYA - All Generations: Re-define Family Seva Safari
July 16th - 25th, 2015
Africa Yoga Project will be hosting its third Re-define Family Seva Safari July 2015. Be part of a sustainable community project driven by the needs of amazing people in another part of our world. This adventure will be an excellent opportunity for families to experience, connect and work with other families to open doors in a new culture.
KENYA - Skill in Action: On the Mat and In the World
July 31st - August 10th, 2015
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.
TANZANIA - Kilimanjaro: Expand Your Vision
Aug 22nd - 31st, 2015
Expand your vision and PLAY BIG! Join Africa Yoga Project on a 10-day journey that draws you into the world of international service and takes you on a climb to the top of one of the world’s most amazing mountains.
UGANDA - Yoga and Adventure
September 17th - 26th, 2015
An awesome adventure awaits in September! Come to Uganda and join the African Yoga Project - life on the Nile safari. Following the river from Jinja to Murchison Falls National Park. Enjoy sunset boat cruises, stand up paddle boarding, silent meditation on the nile, close ups with wildlife, community yoga classes taught by local teachers, and a sustainable service project with the local community in Kampala.
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.
2015 Seva Safaris Participants
March - South Africa
April - Kenya
Abby Burke | Alyssa Pizarro | Caroline Okumu | 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
May - Kenya
June - Kenya
July - Kenya
August - Kenya
August - Tanzania
October - Kenya
October / November - Kenya
Future Seva Safaris
David Allard | Jessica & Brandon Jacobs | Jenna Hilgenberg | Jooin Im | Marissa Tingle | Miranda Adler | Michelle Sweezey | Patrick Sabatini | Robin Lowery | Robyn Freeman | Sarah Fiorelli | Shannon Moller
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.