Wholeness Journeys are happening!
I am thrilled to share with you about the momentum I felt coming off of our March Wholeness Journey Trip in Guatemala! This was my biggest prayer leading up to the March trip:
“God, let me feel your momentum coming off this trip. I hope, God, that it’s not just a one-time-thing.
If this is something you really want me to pursue, let there be other people want to BUILD this with me!”
And THAT, my friends, totally happened!
I have been working with one of my Wholeness Journey sisters, Anna Murphy, to build our first MissionaryYogi Retreat & Missions Trip in Asheville. The goal is this trip is to bring together women passionate about both yoga and ministry — and yoga AS ministry. And my Wholeness Journey co-founder, Jessica Dahl, and I are planning our NEXT Wholeness Journey to Thailand this October!
It looks like our vision of “sharing the love of God and the wholeness available in Christ through the practice of yoga” is the premise for a movement! But before I get ahead of myself, let me share with you more about the Wholeness Journey Guatemala trip:
We had 14 women ages 21-40 come down to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and join us for our very first yoga retreat/missions trip: “Wholeness Journey.” It was AH-MAZING. I loved every minute of it. It was like ALL THE THINGS I LOVE in one place at one time: Jesus-focused yoga, new friends, adventure, creating experiences for people, teaching and training, Beauty for Ashes style women’s retreat activities, and amazing food. (That’s a lot of things I love!)
We studied what the Bible says about the wholeness and abundance God has for us, we hosted a women’s retreat for 50 Guatemalan women from a local church, and we practiced yoga as a form of worship — connecting with God and honoring Him in a physical way. It was SO cool how God wove it all together so seamlessly: what we taught in our small group sessions, the Lord would echo in the meditations on our yoga mats, and then the team would share with the Guatemalan women what they were learning!
The Guatemalan ladies LOVED our time together. Their leader thanked us saying,
“The work that you did was truly an expression of God’s love for us. Your girls were angels sent from Heaven!” In fact, we heard that one 17 year-old girl who had walked away from the church and her faith attended our retreat, simply because she heard there were Americans in town. She had been in conflict with her family for several months about the bad choices she was making about drinking, boys, and partying. After the retreat, she told her Mom she was sorry! She changed her mind about God and wanted to come back to church, because “she wanted to grow up and be like the girls she met from America at the retreat.” Isn’t that so great?! (If only some of us had had cool yoga-practicing, Jesus-loving role models at 17! Haha.)
As we wrapped up the trip, one Wholeness Journey participant shared,
“I’m leaving with an extreme sense of comfort — that I don’t have to go to battle alone. The Lord is on my side and I can make real friendships, not just surface level ones. And there’s been so many great insights I have learned from the Bible this week! I hear God saying, ‘The answers are in there, what are you doing?’ My Bible has been sitting on my shelf collecting dust. I’m gonna dust it off and read it!”
I left SO encouraged and motivated to keep things going!
I’ll be honest, re-entry back into America slowed me down, but God has been so faithful to connect me with women who share the same dream of yoga as ministry — and it’s HAPPENING! I am FINALLY feeling that same momentum that I felt at the end of March 🙂
And now we are open for applications to our Thailand Wholeness Journey in October! It’s going to be epic.
And if you or someone you know is passionate about connecting with other missionary yogis — join us in Asheville in July! Only a few spots left!
God is on the move and yogis are partnering with Jesus as He redeems the practice of yoga. Yes and Amen! …and Namaste 🙂
My Wholeness Journey Guatemala Sistas
Taking the PLUNGE!
This was in a ‘releasing our fears’ exercise where we went CLIFF JUMPING.
Pursuing this dream is a little scary… but I am jumping in!