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 - 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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Grace and Glory: Kenya

January 14 - January 23, 2016

Kick off your new year in Kenya with Allie Nunzi. Join this Seva Safari and experience the works of AYP first hand while expanding your leadership skills with a community service project in an African village followed by an African Safari that is not to be missed!

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KENYA - Re-Define Family: An All Generations Seva Safari

July 14th - July 23rd 2016

Africa Yoga Project is excited to announce our summer service trip, Re-Define Family: An All Generations Seva Safari, a 10 day service adventure that will open up the hearts and minds of your family and reinvigorate the connection that you have to one another and to this world. This trip is an amazing opportunity for you to travel together to experience serving internationally.

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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.  

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2015 - 2016 Seva Safari 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.