Deva SoulJourneys
Yoga. Art. Adventure.

"SoulJourney" -
taking a deep dive into Self through reflection, journaling, and creative expression;
being challenged and nurtured by the healing power of nature;
cultivating lasting bonds with others through sacred & shared experience


Upcoming 2022 Deva SoulJourney Dates:
TBD

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What exactly is a Deva SoulJourney?

A time to go within...to shut off your phone...to log off social media and....

connect and build trust, share your story, take risks, and 

create lifelong friendships with the other members of your all-Summer Search group. 

 

A time to be so present in the now there is nowhere else to be but here.

A time to remember who you are and rekindle who you want to be.

 

Fear, anticipation, hope & excitement are common feelings.

 

Going away from home for the first time can feel scary.

Let us support you. Your voice will be heard. 

We specialize in working with youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth.

We put intentional effort into staffing our SoulJourneys with instructors

who are members of the BIPOC and LGBTQ+  communities.

We will spend four days at a base camp retreat at Shanti Community in Madrid, New Mexico. 

During this time we will engage in daily outdoor yoga for anyBody,

intentional workshops on self-expression and identity,

and spend time prepping and learning the skills we need to thrive

during our backcountry wilderness expedition.

 

Out on the trail for two weeks after our base camp retreat, we will start each day with nature-based yoga, hike a few miles with our backpacks to beautiful & inspiring settings, learn to cook delicious & nourishing food with limited supplies, participate in experiential & creative workshops on topics that matter (like who we are and what we want to build and achieve in this life), 

laugh....a lot , and close each day with a sacred share circle. 

We close each Deva SoulJourney back at our base camp retreat, taking intentional time to process and integrate our time together before everyone flies back to their home state.

(All participants fly in/out of Albuquerque, NM.)

Each year, Deva invites past participants and Summer Search alumna back to work as interns, instructors, program administrators and coordinators.

As a matter of fact, our core leadership team is comprised of  three SS Alumna and Deva SoulJourney participants! Interested in becoming an intern? Email Maddie today!

 

Learn more about our mission here.

 

Year after year, Summer Search Deva SoulJourney participants reflect on their experience and offer advice to next year's participants. 

 

This is what a few of them have to say:

"...enjoy the little moments you have, cause it will go by so quickly..."

- Myeta, Boston SS

"Enjoy your SoulJourney! This is an amazing experience and opportunity...allow yourself to be open...there will be a lot of tears and a lot of being there for each other. Don't give up on yourself!"

- Gabriella, Boston SS

"You will meet girls you wish were your neighbors...just enjoy the trip...be silly, and always tie your hiking boots tight."

- Joanna, Bay Area SS 

Don't be scared, be strong, be fearless. Be open, be vulnerable, cry, ugly cry, hard cry. Be empowered, be enlightened...always pick yourself back up, never underestimate yourself. Give yourself time, breathe, take breaks. Most of all, be patient, be calm, and be loving. You are capable to do anything if you put your mind and your to it."  

- Leydi, Bay Area SS

 

" The best piece of advice that will keep you sane? Have fun and stay positive!"

- Jessica, Boston SS

"Be open to your feelings. If you allow yourself to this you will create quick and easy bonds. This journey is going to be filled with crying and that is okay. If you open yourself you will find out new things about yourself...it is okay to let yourself feel."

- Miriam, Boston SS

"Be positive and have an open-mindset...you might want to go home in the beginning, but at the end, you will never want to leave."

- Lorra, NY SS

"Dear next group,

Be patient.

Be open.

Be responsible.

Don't be rude.

Be accepting.

Get along with everyone.

Don't allow issues to escalate. 

Be yourself."

- Lesly, Bay Area SS

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HAVE A QUESTION?

E-mail Shakya with questions or needs at shakya.devasouljourneys@gmail.com