Myanmar (Burma) Yoga Seva Project

April 11 - 18, 2019 in Yangon, Myanmar

 

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Om & Roam is seeking trained, female yoga teachers to be a part of our 3rd Annual Myanmar (Burma) Yoga Seva Project.  We are so humbled by this unique opportunity to teach yoga asana at a Theravada Buddhist Nunnery in the Yangon region. 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!  

 
 
 Trip Leader, Carly, leading  Balasana  (child's pose) at the nunnery in 2016

Trip Leader, Carly, leading Balasana (child's pose) at the nunnery in 2016

a sacred opportunity 

The seven-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, body awareness, and self-embodiment.

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 program is unique and a respectful level of discipline is required.   Out of service to the nunnery, we are meant to be flexible. We commit to offering as many yoga classes as requested 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.  


Daily Schedule

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 check-ins. Also note that meals are vegetarian and that fasting is observed during dinner. (Fasting through dinner is not required by our team, but is an option available) 

 

  • 5:00 - 6:00am         Morning Meditation
  • 6:00 - 6:45am         Breakfast (Vegetarian)
  • 7:00 - 8:00am         Team Morning Meeting / Practice
  • 8:00 - 8:45am         Yoga Class #1                                                                                                                 
  • 9:00 - 9:45am         Yoga Class #2
  • 10:00 - 11:00am       Meditation
  • 11:00 - 12:00pm       Lunch (Vegetarian)
  • 12:00 - 2:00pm       Break
  • 2:00 - 3:15pm          Yoga Class #3
  • 3:30 - 5:00pm         Yoga Class #4
  • 5:00 - 6:30pm         Break
  • 6:30pm                    Evening Team Satsang                                                                                                                                        
     

 

 


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COST

This is a self-funded trip. Each team member is responsible for purchasing their own airfare, travel insurance, and accommodations outside of their time at nunnery. Meals and accommodations are provided for us while we are staying at the nunnery. 

There is a $150 non-refundable deposit for each team member. This deposit serves to help fund project expenses; shuttles, supplies, etc.

donation offering

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 have each teacher donate a minimum $150 per teacher (~$22 per day/per teacher).  Anyone who is able to donate more is of course welcome to do so. 

Questions?

Contact Project Leader / Om&Roam Creative Director, Carly Gaffey: carly@omandroam.com


Testimonials:

The perfect balance of reciprocity unfolded in real time in Burma and reminded me of the importance and beauty of both giving and receiving. My body, mind and spirit were nurtured in a way I have never experienced before.
— Julie Rocho-Levine, 2017 Team
Taking part in the Seva project for me was like a kind of homecoming, the nuns, the meditations and the innocent energies all very special.
The week was a lot more energy demanding that I had ever expected but it also gave me so much in return.
Working with these amazing women and girls was a truly enlightening and humbling experience and I feel incredibly grateful for having been offered the opportunity.
Sharing space and practice with the other Seva volunteers was also very special, lasting friendships were born.
We all supported one another so naturally and, as a collective really lifted one another up in so many ways.
— Katy Odale-Cox, Om & Roam Ambassador, 2017 Team
This experience changed the way that I see the world. I cannot encourage you enough to enter wholeheartedly into this project. It is one of service to a community that cherishes the yoga that is offered, and that can also offer you so much. It is the most intriguing and soul-awakening experience I have had. It has taught me to put into practice wisdom that I had been thinking about a lot, but it is only in living it, experiencing and feeling it, not through thinking it, that real change happens, and this opportunity provides an opportunity to do just those things.
— Fay Crowther, Om & Roam Ambassador, 2017 Team
First timer on this type of “project/retreat”. This was the most satisfying experience in my 58 years of being alive... Marni [team leader] is truly Devine, Wendy’s [team leader] energy and personality is inspiring, Carly, you just keep us all going, going, and going... I enjoy everyone, felt it was a well balanced group of special ladies. The post nunnery communications/support transcends, there’s so much love and community in these exchanges...
— Toni Tang, 2017 Team

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Join the Team

If this project makes your heart sing, we look forward to hearing from you!

We will begin accepting applications for the 2019 team in Fall'18. Please fill out the form below to let us know you are interested, and we will be sure to send you the application when the times come! 

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Please share this opportunity with anyone you feel may be called to become involved! 

*Reminder: This project is seeking female teachers only*