The Wholeness Journey is about helping others cultivate wholeness in mind/body/spirit/heart in themselves, connecting with God, and service to those in need.
Wholeness Journey brings healing, identity, wholeness & purpose to women, children & families who have been affected by trauma, human trafficking, refugees and ultra impoverished locally & globally by yoga and wellness practices, art therapy, storytelling and empowerment experiences.
We achieve this by offering unique experiences that are a blend of missions/service trip, yoga retreat, and self-development workshops. We incorporate expertise in the fields of personal development, leadership, coaching, facilitating, spiritual growth, wellness modalities and yoga to teach both the team and the local people we serve how to express and celebrate their identity, to heal from their past traumas, and be empowered into their future in all God has called them to be. These experiences create life changing experiences in both the Wholeness Journey participant and the local people we serve.
Who we serve:
The Wholeness Journey partners with non-profit organizations and ministries around the world who are doing incredible work to serve those in need. Since 2016, we have partnered with the women’s ministry of a church of San Pedro, Guatemala that serves impoverished women who are highly susceptible to various forms of abuse & poverty. We currently have an ongoing partnership with an anti-trafficking organization in Pattaya, Thailand that serves men and women coming out of the sex-for-sale industry and is on a mission to rescue, train and equip them for a life of hope and freedom. In Medellin, Colombia we partner with an organization that has created a refuge & home including feeding, housing, restoration, education and microenterprise initiatives, to help provide short and long term assistance for those interested in restoring their lives and creating lasting change for their futures. In San Jose, Costa Rica we have an ongoing partnership with an organization that is transforming lives of impoverished and abused women, children, families and refugees through holistic integrated interventions that disrupt the compounding cyclical challenges of poverty.
The Wholeness Journey comes alongside trusted organizations that are aligned & to add the value we provide to the sustainable work they are already doing on the ground.
Over the course of Wholeness Journeys experiences, our participants uncover more of their own God-given identity & purpose and are empowered to use their story, experiences, and learned curriculum on the trip to lead and be in service to those in need. At the close of our trips, we always take time to teach workshops for how to apply what we’ve learned, and use their sweet spot to activate them into what they’re called to be and do so that they can go home and live purposefully in their everyday lives.
Thailand & Costa Rica 2023!
Do you long to make an impact? Hungry to break out of your day-to-day and connect with yourself, others & God in a deep and powerful way?
This is an invitation to embark on a journey outside of your comfort zone, emerge into a new culture, and receive & give of yourself. You will step into the new leader you are designed to be! To adventure, serve, and experience the beauty of wholeness in mind, body, and spirit… in Thailand & Costa Rica.
Join us on an all women’s Wholeness Journey to Thailand!
Thailand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Nicknamed, “The Land of Smiles,” Thailand boasts pristine beaches, tropical jungles, delicious food, exotic animals, and smiling people, making it one of the top tourist destinations in the world. But behind all Thailand’s natural beauty lies a terrible secret: modern day slavery.
As the Thai economy strengthens and more visitors choose to vacation here, tourism of a different sort flourishes. Human trafficking and sexual tourism continue to grow.
Behind the smiles of many Thai women, men & ladyboys, is the dark reality of their suffering:
The abuse and manipulation of the sex trade causes loss of identity and self worth
The physical, mental and sexual abuse the children, women & men experience can result in spiritual and even physical death
The women of Thailand need to be freed from the bondage of sexual exploitation.
We will be serving with Shear Love International , an organization that rescues women & men from the brothels of Thailand and educates them in becoming independent women & men through life skills, discipleship and beauty school training to live sustainable lives, so they do not need to re-enter the sex-trade. Shear Love International trains people from all walks of life. Whether coming from a background of poverty, abuse, exploitation, or trafficking, they believe all people deserve an education and an opportunity to succeed.
The women & men in Thailand long to know their true worth and value. This is where Wholeness Journey & YOU come in.
Your trip leaders, Jessica Dahl, Hannah Maher and Jenna VanderHaar are trained in leading on the mission/service field and as yoga/wellness instructors. They bring combined experiences from ministry and the beauty, wellness, coaching and self development industries to lead you in this unique combination of mission trip and yoga retreat. You will be using tools such as story-telling, art, and yoga/wellness practices, to love on the vulnerable women of Thailand & Costa Rica.
Your team will:
Host mini-retreats for the local women creating a space for God to bring hope, restoration, and redemption
Be equipped to share about topics such as worth, identity, healing, forgiveness & empowerment through storytelling and vulnerability
Learn to share your unique story, giftings, and wholeness journey with others
Learn to love yourself and fill up your cup with wellness, healing, purposeful and empowerment workshops that you will then know how to give to others.
Delve into how to cultivate, & teach on wholeness, wellness, leadership and beauty….you may facilitate a body movement or nutritional class =)
You will grow in your leadership abilities
Build meaningful relationships with your team and the women we serve
Gain a deeper understanding of who God is and who you are
Enjoy rejuvenating yoga & wellness experiences and fresh, local meals
You’ll be activated in your own gifts, talents, abilities & be empowered to pursue your dreams and purpose back home. *You may even want to quit your 9-5 job & start your own social impact business or non-profit 😉
You will dance a lot, laugh & cry. You will experience freedom & self expression!
Adventure in the natural beauty of Thailand or Costa Rica
We were created as body, mind, emotion, heart and spirit. The exercise of yoga/wellness practices can help us:
Become more connected with our physical body
Increase mental clarity
Lead with your heart
Attune our spiritual ears in meditation and listening prayer to become more sensitive to hearing God’s voice in our lives and be empowered in who we are
Through this unique service trip and personal retreat experience you will delve to new depths of adventure, faith, service and wellness. You’ll step out of your comfort zone, learn to love yourself deeper while you serve women in need, and press into the wholeness, purpose & leader you are created for you as you go back home!
Thailand TRIP DATES: End of SEPT- Beginning of OCT
COST: $2,600 ($300 deposit + $2,300 fundraised)
DEPOSIT: $300 due by June 20th to reserve your spot ( if a situation arises and we are not able to go, the full deposit can go to a future Wholeness Journey).
Includes all costs on the ground: lodging, transportation, food and team supplies.
(Does not include airfare)
Join us on a CO-ED Wholeness Journey to Costa Rica
Costa Rica is an adventurer’s paradise, known for its stunning beaches and beautiful rainforests. Outside of the tourist destinations, however, are large pockets of poverty, family brokenness, and abuse.
During Wholeness Journey Costa Rica, we will partner with Transforma. Transforma serves vulnerable women living in extreme poverty, women who have suffered physical and emotional abuse, women coming out of prostitution, teenage and single mothers and their children, vulnerable elderly women, and undocumented migrant women fleeing political upheaval in neighboring countries. Through their personal and community development programs, Transforma offers an environment for healing, empowerment, and transformation.
Vanessa, the founder of Transforma, has seen a decline in the mental, emotional and physical health of her women throughout this pandemic. As there is a continued struggle for health, safety and connection during these hard times as the country combats the virus. Transforma needs rejuvenation, a renewed hope and health — mind, body & spirit. Enter Wholeness Journey Costa Rica!
We are going to have the unique opportunity to pour into both the women and staff of Transforma — making a lasting impact in the lives of women in need. Transforma believes that when you transform a life, you transform a community.
This time we are taking it to the NEXT LEVEL! We are hosting our first Wholeness Journey CO-ED experience. We will join together for co-ed workshops and then men will dive into workshops together to gain deeper understanding of being empowered as a healthy man and women will have separate workshops on being empowered as healthy women and then we will join forces and learn from one another. On our service days, women will go be in service with the local women of Costa Rica & the men will be in service to the local men of Costa Rica.
We are ready to open up a powerful, refreshing experience together!
Join us and help write a new story in the lives and communities of vulnerable children, women & men in Costa Rica. And your own story for that matter =)
Join us on Wholeness Journey Costa Rica!
COSTA RICA TRIP DATES: November 11th-November 18th 2023
COST: $2,300 ($300 deposit + $2,000 fundraised)
DEPOSIT: $300 due by August 22nd to reserve your spot ( if a situation arises and we are not able to go, the full deposit can go to a future Wholeness Journey).
Includes all costs on the ground: lodging, transportation, food and team supplies.
The Wholeness Journey is about helping others cultivate wholeness in mind/body/spirit, connection with God, and service to those in need. We focus on the themes of identity, healing, wholeness, purpose, and community.
We achieve this by offering unique experiences that are a blend of missions trip, yoga retreat, spiritual journey, and self-development workshops. The unique tools we use are story telling, yoga/wellness, art, and beauty so those who join the experience teach those we serve. Both the participant and the one we are serving both have life changing experiences.
It’s important to be aware that it’s not only about a life changing experience yet it’s how you can take your experience and live purposefully back home.
Can’t go on a Wholeness Journey Trip? There are other ways you can still join our team by prayer and donations below!