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 Upcoming Seva Safari Trips

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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.  

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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.

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2015-2016 Seva Safaris Participants

March - South Africa

Brianne Butler | Jackie Stein | Janice Cotto | Joel Strehle | Marie and Mike Anderson | Michelle Sweezey | Rachel Dolan 

April - Kenya

Abby BurkeAlyssa Pizarro | Chelsea McNabbChristin Harrison | Cynthia Whitman | Hanna Von hafenbradlJack Boken | Javier Gonzalez | | Jo GumbleyLaura PapenhagenOmniya Baghdadi | Renee Canzoneri | Samantha Griggs | Shivani Naidoo | Stephanie Deetsch | Suzie Newcome

July - Kenya

Karen Torrone (Trip Leader)Alder Family | Rachel & Sutton DelongAdrian GheorghiuAdriana Gheorghiu | Jennifer D'Orazio | Tania LutzDawn RizzoKiera Rommel | Nicole & Madelyn Scariano | Schweppe Family Kerry Sullivan

August - Kenya

Michelle Johnson (Trip Leader) | Mary Beth Bardin | Jessica Charles | Jeff Herrick | Moronike Laleye |  Maggie McDowell | Ellese Nickles Beth Schultz 

August - Tanzania

John Fortin (Trip Leader) | Audra Herman | Cathy Hott | Oz Idlibi 

October - Kenya

Shelley Lowther (Trip Leader) | Christy Samuelson | Corrie Crane | Hannah GradyKady Warble | Mary Gavin

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 AllardTryphena Chia | Hing Chiu | Jennifer CollinsRobyn 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


"In addition to making lifelong connections with passionate new yogi friends from around the globe, I came home with renewed vision personally, professionally, and as a yoga teacher. The way AYP does team and community gave me a clear direction for how to move forward with the studio I own here in the States. My experience was invaluable, and I can't wait to go back!
I learned more about trust and compassion in 2 weeks with the Maasai and the AYP team than in years of therapy. I should have started with AYP years ago! These new relationships and friendships have reframed the way I see my own life here in the States, and I'm so thankful to bring just a taste of the totally uninhibited joy and enthusiasm from the AYP team home."
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.