Enrich Your Life
AN Immersion Program Made Available through Seva: Service to Self and Others
The goal of our Seva Program is to provide you an opportunity to immerse in learning, community, nature, and a holistic lifestyle.
Seva is a Sanskrit word meaning selfless service or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. In ancient India seva was believed to help one's spiritual growth and at the same time contribute to the improvement of a community.
Each afternoon you engage in seva on the land in conscious service to yourself and others: Your labor improves the farm for the benefit of the residents and others who come for teaching and healing, and it offsets the cost of the daily instruction which is your service to yourself. The low cost of receiving approximately (4) hours of training a day for 5 days is our service to you.
From the Bhagavad Gita on Selfless Service - Sri Krishna to Arjuna: At the beginning of time I declared two paths for the pure heart, the intuitive path of spiritual wisdom and the active path of selfless service. Spiritual wisdom always reveals itself in actions.
St. Francis of Assisi would say that our knowledge is as deep as our action.
“Milk will spoil in a dirty vessel. First the vessel should be cleaned. Likewise, if we want spiritual knowledge to transform us, we should first clean the impurity of selfishness from our mind through selfless service.” - Amma
- June 12th - 30th, 2017 Monday - Friday
- Fees are $175 a week for expert instruction - Open to all levels of practitioners.
- Instruction consists of morning meditation, morning asana/pranayama or afternoon movement, and philosophical discussion of a sacred text (each program we pick a text to translate and discuss. If you have a request, let us know).
- Plus Seva (selfless service) in exchange for accommodations (meals and lodging) and to offset teaching cost.
- Most days allow time for rest, hiking in the area, or a swim at Steel Creek, an access point into the National Buffalo River
Please note, laundry service is not included and can be done by hand or at the laundry mat in town. Also, the telephone in the main house is not for personal use except in the case of emergencies. (The local phone provider does not offer unlimited long distance). You are welcome to give the number to family/friends to be able to easily reach you if necessary.
Example of Texts Discussed During Seva Program
These apply only for trainings at Circle Yoga Shala (not other locations).
- Arrive the night before each training's start date. You will need to notify us if you are traveling the morning of the first day, and will need to be here by 8am.
- Do not GPS our address - write down our directions from our site. It is very easy to find, but mapquest/GPS is not accurate in this area.
- Bring personal hygiene items, medications, epi-pens if needed (bee hives), outdoor shoes for hiking, etc., layered clothing, flip-flops/shower shoes, personal yoga gear, *journal.
- Bring your own linens
- We provide towels, shampoos, soap
- Please notify us of any food allergies, and special requirements within reason.
- Do not bring alcohol or any other substance.
- Do not bring pets.
- For additional info go to The Shala page.