SEVA SAFARI: SOUTH AFRICA | Be the Light
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” - Ghandi
Africa Yoga Project is headed to South Africa! Journey to Cape Town, joining Leah Cullis and Jessica Micheletti to be a part of AYP’s expansion. Together with AYPs Board of Directors, Leah and Jessica have designed an experience that will move beyond borders and expand the powerful work of Africa Yoga Project! Leah and Jessica have been teaching yoga together since 2007 and are committed to impacting the world through messages of empowerment and love. Leah is a certified holistic health coach and nationally recognized yoga teacher and leader in Baptiste Yoga. Jessica is a dedicated philanthropist and peace activist, committed to creating teachers and leaders in Norther California.
You will empower local youth leaders to generate skill-building experiences and employment opportunities to share the transformative power of yoga. You will be immersed in partnership with the Earthchild Project, who’s mission is to create meaningful and sustainable change by providing practical skills in how to live a holistic, balanced lifestyle with a focus on self-awareness, health and the environment. Earthchild Project aims to nurture and develop a new generation of conscious, confident and responsible earth children.
See Cape Town in a unique way by creating opportunities for South African youth to discover the transformative power and possibility of yoga and community. We will support these youth in discovering and delivering the real results and magic of yoga whether you are a yoga teacher or a yoga student there is a role and purpose for you!
Contribute to a community and witness the impact you will make
Immerse yourself in the culture and wonder of Cape Town and South Africa
Share your unique gifts and talents
Practice yoga: asana, meditation, and service
Reflect daily on how these experiences impact us on a personal and global level
Make an instant difference in the lives of South African youth
Go on safari, taste incredible South African wines, and hike Table Mountain
Tuesday, March 3
All participants will arrive in Cape Town by 4:00 pm on Tuesday. We will arrange to have you picked up at Cape Town International Airport and then take you to the guesthouse to relax and settle in. You will meet the rest of the group at orientation, which begins at 6pm sharp. If you arrive a day early you can organize a visit to one of Cape Town’s many sites. Camp’s Bay, Robben Island Museum, and V&A Market on the Warf are all popular stops to visit.
Wednesday, March 4
Today, we will jump on our mats. Jessica will lead a practice designed to ground you, open your heart and sweat off your jet lag. Afterwards, we will head into the city and connect with Earthchild Project where you will experience the impact of Africa Yoga Project in the community. Our project celebrates the mission and vision of the AYP in South Africa, with its goal of sustainability. In the evening, we will return to the guesthouse for dinner and fun activities.
Thursday, March 5
Today, we'll practice yoga first thing with Leah. After practice, we'll have breakfast and then head out to join Earthchild Project and discover the unique role they play in the community. It’s full-on community outreach day! Get ready to dive in! In the evening we will return home to share our experiences over dinner.
Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8
Friday morning will begin with yoga for grounding and centering followed by breakfast and a fun site-seeing activity in Cape Town. After lunch, we’ll begin the weekend yoga training for the Earthchild Project staff and teen teachers! From Friday afternoon until Sunday evening after dinner we will be 100% in training. Each morning we begin the day with yoga practice, followed with discussion and teachings. This course curriculum includes an exploration of vinyasa yoga, as well as sequencing and practice teaching. We will work side by side with local students. In the evenings we will reflect on the experiences of the day, individually and as a group, through the evening sessions.
Monday, March 9
We’ll kick off the morning with breakfast followed by a hike up Table Mountain. At the top we’ll enjoy spectacular views and a yoga practice overlooking the city of Cape Town. Once down we’ll pack up our things, share lunch and then hit the road for our safari destination. We’ll have the chance to enjoy beautiful South African countryside while we travel to the park. Once we arrive we’ll settle into our new home for the next two nights. We’ll meet and share about our experiences this far and enjoy our first dinner outside the city, surrounded by South African nature.
Tuesday, March 10
Safari Time! We will gather at dawn for a vehicle-based game drive. The morning is often the best time to experience Africa's landscape and wildlife. We will return for lunch followed by some down time and an inspired yoga practice in the beautiful safari landscape. We'll head out at sunset for another sublime game drive and close the evening with a team meeting and dinner to share stories of the day.
Wednesday, March 11
Today, we wake up with a sunrise yoga session to enjoy our one last morning together in gorgeous South Africa. After practice we’ll have breakfast and head back to Cape Town. One in Cape Town we’ll complete our time together with our final celebratory lunch and closing ceremony before saying goodbye. We will arrange for you to be dropped off at the airport in time for you flight home.
INVESTMENTThe financial commitment for March Seva Safari is:
- Deposit = $500 per person (required payment to reserve spot)
- Program Fee = $1,750 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
- Covers: Service projects we will be working on and the continued work of Africa Yoga Project.
- These funds are tax-deductible
Jessica Micheletti has been teaching yoga, leading international yoga retreats and creating leaders for 7 years. She is passionate about sharing the transformative power of yoga, being of service, and believes in miracles.
Leah Cullis is a yoga teacher, holistic health coach and Leader Teacher Faculty member at the Baptiste Yoga Institute. She is passionate about sharing yoga and wellness with the world. She's committed to loving big and living a vibrant life.