Seva Soul: Meditation + Yoga Service Retreat

In Sanskrit, "Seva" means the art of selfless service. With so much happening in the world (and not always the good stuff), it's difficult to travel and not feel affected by it. We are privileged enough to be able to take vacations and trips, and enjoy the comforts of seeing the world; but we know many are not. This is why I wanted to create a retreat that was centered around service and giving back, while at the same time, seeing the world and opening our eyes to the culture all around us. Our retreat takes us to our very own backyard - Arizona!

There are so many hidden gems in the States alone that are worthy of exploration. Arizona is one of them, with her truly deep energy centers and vast rock formations. We'll come together in community, partnering with the Navajo Nation, for:

  • Daily service work with the community, in whatever fashion they need it (building, cleaning, helping in the gardens or schools, etc.)

  • Morning meditations

  • Daily yoga practices, locally or on hikes

  • A day trip to the Grand Canyon

  • Navajo Nation cultural exploration and education (museum, Navajo language, Kinaaldaa ceremony, basket weaving, etc.)

  • Coal Mine Canyon

  • Hikes into the beautiful surrounding mountain-scapes

  • Traditional Sweat Lodge Experience

  • Evening reflections and discussions

A more finalized itinerary, complete with start times and locations, will be provided during the Opening Circle of the Retreat, on the first day. We'll be flying into the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where we'll catch a transfer drive to Tuba City, Arizona (approximately a 3.5-hour drive). Round-trip transport is included as part of your reservation; however, your airfare to and from Phoenix is not. All meals and drinks (primarily vegetarian) are included, as are your simple and humble accommodations. We'll be staying at the local Greyhills Academy Inn, which has been transformed into a hotel from an old, iconic high school academy. Rooms are 2-person double occupancy. You are welcome to room with a friend (simply let me know when you book), or enjoy being paired with someone new, and make a friend! There are single rooms available at a supplemental cost.


The main focus of this trip is providing service work to the Navajo Nation community, in whatever fashion they need it. The logistics and details of that work will be disclosed a few weeks prior to the beginning of this trip, so that the needs of the community can be addressed closer to our visit and in real-time. Expect to offer assistance in the form of physical labor for at least 3 of the 8 days of your stay. Hours of work depend on the need of the community, but they will take up the majority of the working day, with a break for lunch. Physical limitations will absolutely be honored to the extent that you can perform a certain task; but your attendance to the service work is vital, so that we can all come together for the common good at hand. Please refrain from skipping any service work days, or making your way back to the lodge before the end of work. This will ensure that we’re committed to helping where we can, and that we stay together as a group.


It's my true belief that being of service alongside the Navajo Nation will not only open our eyes to the compassionate giving we can give to those around us; but help immerse ourselves into the cultures that are sometimes left long forgotten.


A simple packing list will be emailed out prior to your departure! For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me (aslijepcevic.88@gmail.com). I can't wait to share in this journey together and make a difference!

PRICING:

  • 2-person double occupancy: $1,948 per person

  • Single room occupancy: $2,168 per person

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Accommodations

  • Van transfer to and from the airport to Tuba City, AZ

  • All meals and drinks

  • All activities, yoga and meditation classes, as well as service work with the community

  • Goodie bags upon arrival

WHAT'S EXCLUDED:

  • Round-trip airfare

  • Personal spending money

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR PAYMENT:

A $500 non-refundable security deposit will secure your spot on the trip! This amount also goes towards your final payment amount, which will be due on March 30, 2020.

PAYMENT OPTIONS:

In order to make the trip more accessible to anyone who wants to join, I'm happy to offer a payment structure:

  • Security deposit due at the time of booking

  • For double-occupancy, four (4) installment payments of $487 due on the 30th of each month, respectively (December 30, 2019; January 30, 2020; February 29, 2020; and March 30, 2020). Payments can be sent via PayPal to aslijepcevic.88@gmail.com.

  • For single-occupancy, four (4) installment payments of $542 due on the 30th of each month, respectively (December 30, 2019; January 30, 2020; February 29, 2020; and March 30, 2020). Payments can be sent via PayPal to aslijepcevic.88@gmail.com.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS:

If you must cancel your trip prior to departure, please contact me as soon as possible. Deposits are non-refundable. The remainder of your refund will be determined by the following:

  • 45+ days in advance of retreat start date - Full refund

  • 45-30 days in advance of retreat start date - 50% refund

  • 30 days or under in advance of retreat start date - No refund

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