The 2023 service trip with the Yoga Medicine® Seva Foundation will take place in New Delhi, India. This is a unique and rewarding opportunity to help trafficked women and children have a second chance at a happy life. Each trip is different, and you may have a chance to share your skills depending on what is needed on the trip. The most important aspect of the visits is that you come with an open mind and an open heart.
Participants should consider this a service-oriented trip rather than a retreat or yoga training. Our intention is that this will be a personal growth and learning experience to understand the truest meaning of selfless service.
About Our Partners
Her Future Coalition (formerly named Made By Survivors) founded by Sarah Symons, is an American 501c3 NGO that operates on the ground in India to provide jobs, education and shelters to over 1,000 survivors of slavery, child marriage and other human rights abuses in India, Nepal, Cambodia and Thailand. Her Future Coalition trains survivors, creating jobs in respected professions with high wages that develop sustainability for the rescued women.
Their most successful program is jewelry! Traditionally, metalsmithing was a male-only profession. The survivors are breaking gender barriers, earning livable wages and uplifting their families and communities through this vocational education and rehabilitation program.
Her Future Coalition (HFC) is the U.S. fiscal parent to the Rescue Foundation (RF), a registered non-profit, grass-root NGO involved in rescue, rehabilitation and repatriation of victims of human trafficking who are typically trafficked from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and subjected to commercial sexual exploitation in India. These young victims have been robbed of their human rights as they are physically and mentally tortured by coercive sexual activities. RF ensures survivors regain their human rights by rescuing and rehabilitating women and children.
Her Future Coalition (HFC) and the Rescue Foundation (RF) have many projects throughout India. In 2018, Yoga Medicine®’s sponsorship co-funded to the construction of a new shelter 45 miles outside New Delhi. Located near a Red Light District, it housed over 100 women and girls within days of its opening. We choose this project because the RF is in direct need of help. These newly rescued victims will need health checks, food, clothing and most of all, the mental rehabilitation for a bright future.
By sponsoring a new shelter operated by two reputable non-profits, Yoga Medicine® and the fundraising team have a unique opportunity to help this shelter grow and prosper from the ground up. Our donations will go to health checks, vocational education, food and shelter, clothing, basic math and reading education, rescue missions and more.
Service Trip Structure
The Anticipated Itinerary
Day 1 – attendees arrive at the hotel, welcome dinner
Day 2 – morning asana, trauma lecture, introductions from the partners Her Future Coalition and Rescue Foundation, evening asana
Day 3 – morning asana, TBD
Day 4 – morning asana, TBD
Day 5 – morning asana, TBD
Day 6 – morning asana, TBD
Day 7 – morning asana, TBD
Day 8 – morning asana, breakfast, departures.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on Day 2-7.
The top 20 fundraisers that raise a minimum of $5,000 by November 15, 2022 will have the opportunity to join the Seva Trip. This excursion takes place in New Delhi, India, which includes the following: 3 meals a day, lodging, and transportation during the trip. Here are some other essential details:
- A maximum of 20 spaces available to maintain an intimate setting.
- Recommended read: This Is No Ordinary Joy, by Sarah Symons
- Join our fundraising team on Crowdrise and earn the chance to travel with us in 2023.
- All donations that are submitted through CrowdRise are tax-exempt, trip costs are not tax-exempt.
- All attendees must have travel insurance and submit proof 30 days before arrival to India.
- All attendees must have a valid Visa to enter India and submit this documentation at least 30 days prior to travel.
- All attendees must pay for and coordinate their own travel (airfare and airport transfers).
Meet Your Service Trip Leaders
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm not a Yoga Teacher or involved in Yoga Medicine®'s programs, but I want to join this project. Will I be eligible to go on the trip?
Yes, of course! Our top 20 donors who raise $5K or more are invited on our 2023 trip.
When do I have to raise the $5K by in order to be eligible?
November 15th, 2022 is the fundraising deadline for participants seeking to join the Seva Service Trip in 2023.
If I raise $10K, can I bring my daughter/son/husband/BFF?
Who do I contact for more information and specific questions?
Please contact Amanda, the Seva Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have additional questions: