Big love for burma - seva project
April 11 - 17, 2018 in Yangon, Myanmar
We are currently accepting donations for our 2018 Seva Project!
Om & Roam is seeking trained, female yoga teachers to be a part of our 3rd Annual Big Love for Burma Seva Project. We are so humbled by this unique opportunity to teach yoga asana at a Theravada Buddhist Nunnery near Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). This project is filled with heart and complete devotion to the selfless power of yoga. We are extremely fortunate to be invited back into this community to share yoga with hundreds of nuns and orphans. Our passion and purpose is to foster self-empowerment, self-respect and body awareness in our sisters in Myanmar (Burma) through yoga. The experience that we share is life transforming for all involved, it is an amazing synergy to witness!
a sacred opportunity
The five-day yoga program is part of the annual meditation retreat held at the nunnery in alignment with Thingyan - the annual New Year water festival celebration. Thingyan is a time for cleansing ceremonies, deep meditation, community, and transition into the new year. The leaders of this nunnery made the progressive decision to incorporate a physical yoga practice into the annual Thingyan retreat. This relationship was born of the intention to provide the nuns and orphans with an outlet for physical activity, self-embodiment, and body awareness.
Our days will consist of teaching yoga asana together for over 4.5 hours a day to hundreds of nuns and orphans, broken up into smaller groups. We are invited to join in the daily meditation schedule observed at the retreat, as well as the new years ceremonies that take place. This is a sacred opportunity to both be in service and deepen your own meditation practice. This is a very unique opportunity and a respectful level of discipline is required. Out of service to the nunnery, we are meant to be flexible and offer as many classes as we can throughout the meditation retreat schedule. We have organized the program with a ‘group’ teaching model - depending on your specific strengths and skills, we will assign you a ‘shift’ time and a rotation of roles. We all hope to be flexible in supporting the yoga class.
Below is a sample of our potential schedule. Please note that things change throughout the retreat, including times and expectations. We practice a great deal of flexibility, and adapt according to how we can best serve the needs of this community. Break times can be for resting, class planning, and are also time used for scheduling various sessions and one-on-ones with retreat leaders. Also note that meals are vegetarian and that fasting is observed during dinner.
5:00 - 6:00am Morning Meditation
6:00 - 6:45am Breakfast (Vegetarian)
7:00 - 8:00am Team Morning Yoga Practice
8:00 - 9:30am Yoga Class #1
10:00 - 11:00am Meditation
11:00 - 12:00pm Lunch (Vegetarian)
12:00 - 2:00pm Break
2:00 - 3:15pm Yoga Class #2
3:30 - 5:00pm Yoga Class #3
5:00 - 6:30pm Break
6:30 - 8:30pm Evening Team Satsang
This is a self-funded trip. Each team member is responsible for purchasing their own airfare and accommodations outside of their time at nunnery. Meals and accommodations are provided for us while we are staying at the nunnery.
Our team will be living at the nunnery with housing and meals provided for us by the women we will be teaching. We will be offering a donation to the nunnery at the close of our stay in an effort to help offset the expense of our accommodations. Our goal is to donate $30 per day/per teacher ($150 per teacher). This is a suggested donation.
In addition, there will be an optional post-retreat trip up country to the amazing ancient city Bagan. This trip will be organized and handled by Negie Zin & Bright Sunrays Travel. Bagan is home to an astounding concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas, and ruins. If you are able to take part in this travel, it is a great place to experience a magical part of Myanmar, as well as integrate and decompress from your time at the nunnery. Be sure to express your interest in your application and we will put you in touch with the trip coordinator.
Join The team
If this project makes your heart sing, we look forward to hearing from you!
To fill out the application, click the button below. Please note that this work is fast approaching!
Please share this opportunity with anyone you feel may be called to become involved. We have have 10 spots for our Big Love for Burma Seva Project this year. We look forward to receiving your application and answering any questions you may have.
*This project is seeking female teachers only*