India Retreat Volunteer Trauma-Informed Yoga Retreat: Experience Diwali & the Camel Festival
Jaipur, India | October 26- Nov 7 , 2019
This retreat is open to anyone who wishes to facilitate self-discovery in the truest sense; opening the mind, body and soul through cultural immersion, yoga practice and humanitarianism through volunteering with children inside of one of Jaipur's local "slum schools". We need YOUR help and YOUR OWN UNIQUE LIGHT to help these children and mothers.
Areas of volunteer work will be based on your own life experience and personal interests. From yoga and art, to language skills, you will be free to create your own unique, teacher-student experience with the children of Jaipur. We will work to help you find your special way of connecting to this community. In just one of week of volunteering, you will have a positive impact on a deserving community and develop friendships that will last a lifetime. This year we are planning on creating an out of school field trip series as well as provide uniforms for all 87 children at this special school we have been working with for the past 10 years. We will also introduce non-violent communication and goal setting techniques to a group of women that have limited access to the outside world but we have been in partnership wither the past 5 years. Additionally, through the lens of Trauma- Informed Yoga we will host a series of talks with our volunteers and help you to weave it in to your personal practice or if you are a teacher how to implement this in to your classes. PLEASE CONTACT US WITH QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS HERE!
We will be able to experience the amazing Diwalil, a religious holiday celebrated amongst thousands of locals. We will celebrate in true authentic Indian style at a local family’s house.
Of course no day will be complete without a dose of traditional Indian culture! Look forward to sari shopping in the bustling marketplaces, authentic Indian cooking class and exploring ancient temples, palaces and mausoleums. Please note that all excursions are optional and although we do provide a fun-filled schedule we will always do our best to accommodate your wishes.
Accommodations & Cuisine
We will be staying in a boutique 3-star hotel in Jaipur that has a garden and beautiful 500 year old marble yoga shala. There is a healthy vegetarian restaurant that can accommodate all diet restrictions- providing safe natural produce to ensure that even raw salads are safe. The hotel features a gift shop and small spa so even on days that you feel like being low key there is plenty to do within the hotel grounds. This is an adventurous trip for the open-hearted and your safety is always considered first. We will use our long time trusted local support team and travel with safe drivers. For the long drives we will have large passenger vans or cars taking us. In Jaipur we will be in Rikshaws. Our team has lead hundreds of volunteers and we are sure you will feel like family!
In Pushkar we will be staying in high end tents so that we can connect with the ways of the past and enjoy this sacred city at its finest. During these 3 final days of your stay we encourage a digital detox. There will be wifi only available in the main common area. There is also no alcohol allowed in Pushkar as a sacred place of worship. Pushkar is a unique place that is easily walkable without the usual hassle and bustle of Indian traffic and there are a few beautiful hikes to temples located around which we will enjoy as well as th world famous camel festival where nomads travel for up to a month by foot to attend. This will be the ultimate experience for your body and soul.
Rebecca Bartlett is a yoga teacher trained from Sol Yoga in Frederick, Maryland. As the co-founder of Yogamour. Rebecca operates Yogamour Global which offers yoga-volunteer retreats, fundraising trips and community services locally and globally. She has been taking volunteer groups to Asia for over 7 years. Rebeccah promotes the organization's philosophy of, "yogis for selfless service" with co-founder Geni Donnelly. She continues to serve her global community through the offering of yoga volunteer retreats . While have deepened her own personal practice while living in Chiangmai, Thailand, she continues her seva in supporting the Yogamour Projects in Thailand and India. Beccah expresses infinite gratitude to those teachers who have allowed her to deepen her love of yogic philosophy, which includes teachers such as Seane Corn, Shiva Rae, Sarah Ivanhoe, Faith Hunter, Kathryn Budig, Coby Kozlowski, Rosey Mann and more. She has developed a unique style of playful vinyasa to open your heart and mind while allowing the practice to flow into a style of life. Her ultimate passion is to intertwine her yoga communities with the acts and knowledge of “selfless service.” Rebeccah teaches and offering workshops at Yogamour Yoga & Healing Arts Center in Frederick, MD.
Geni Donnelly ERYT-500, owner of Yogamour Yoga & Healing Arts Center, in Frederick, Maryland. Geni is ERYT 500® certified, YACEP® approved, and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Yogamour. She is a registered Prana Flow® yoga teacher and 500 Hour Advanced Yoga Therapy certified. Further qualifications include Somatic Experiencing Training™ , certification in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for PTSD founded by David Emerson of the Trauma Center of Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts, certification with Street Yoga working with Traumatized and Disadvantage Youth, as well as a Yoga for Cancer (Y4C) Teacher Training with Tari Prinster, Trauma-Informed Yoga Training taught by Kala Khouri with Off The Mat Into the World, and Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness in Prison at the Omega Institute with Kath Meadows.
Having practiced yoga for decades, Geni has been teaching public yoga classes, and trauma sensitive yoga classes for survivors of trauma and marginalized communities since 2009. Teaching to marginalized populations include addiction recovery, incarcerated populations and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. She has led yoga volunteer retreats to the US, Puerto Rico and Asia inviting individuals to take their practice off of the mat through participation in volunteer out-reach programs globally and locally. Geni co-leads Yogamour Trauma-Informed Yoga Training Programs for yoga teachers, educators, clinicians and social workers