November 1-5, 2017
Yoga Wellness Festival
March 14-18, 2018
Lamu Yoga Festival
Lamu Island with its tropical climate, excellent variety in accommodation to fit your budget, miles of empty beaches and car free sandy roads, is the ideal destination to relax and leave behind life’s stressfulness. The fresh seafood, organic foods and the warm welcome of the Swahili people make it the perfect wellness getaway. Inspired by Lamu, chairlady Monika Fauth started Lamu Yoga, a community based organization that now hosts two annual health and wellness festivals on the pristine Muslim Island. The Lamu Yoga Festival in March and the Lamu Yoga Wellness Festival in November.
Lamu Yoga Wellness Festival
The first annual Lamu Yoga Wellness Festival will be held from 1-5 November 2017. As well as yoga, this festival offers classes, workshops, sessions (group & private) on Ayurveda, meditation, reiki, massage, nutrition and much more, hosted by experienced wellness practitioners.
Lamu Yoga Festival
The fifth annual Lamu Yoga Festival will be held from 14-18 of March 2018. Four days of yoga with over 25 teachers, 150 yoga classes, meditations and workshops will be available in Shela, Lamu town and Manda Island.
Register for these festivals online and join the growing community of Lamu Yoga Lovers!
Yoga, Wellness and Fun
Festival activities will be centered in the charming village of Shela, but will encompass Manda Island and Lamu Old Town, so the whole area will be abuzz. A variety of yoga classes and meditations — for all levels — will be offered over four days at 12 unique venues and studios. From early-bird yoga on the beach to meditation under the moon, both festivals will offer something for everyone, from experienced practitioners, newbies, to the curious souls and everything in between.
Highlights for both festivals include a dhow sail, Swahili diner and a grand finale beach dinner and party.
Is your partner not into yoga? Bring them along to enjoy the myriad of other activities Lamu has to offer. Check out our partner program!
Doing Our Part
We love our local community and ask Lamu Yoga festival participants for their support. If you are able, please bring sanitary pads for the Shela Bright Girls Secondary School, leave your mat in Lamu for our young yoga students at Anidan, or help bring primary health care to some of our most remote villages by donating to Safari Doctors.
We also believe yoga should be accessible to everyone, so we are proud to support free community yoga classes. Every week, Africa Yoga Project teacher Paska Atim John teaches local adults and children in Lamu Town and Shela. To support this community initiative, please choose to donate 500 KHS (less than the price of one yoga class in Nairobi) during registration.
No Cars, No Stress
Lamu is an island on the north coast of Kenya, rich in culture, tradition and natural beauty. It boasts a tropical climate, miles of empty beaches and many options for accommodations to suit all budgets. Lamu Old Town, the oldest Swahili settlement in East Africa, is a UNESCO heritage site.
Besides the history and nature, what else makes Lamu magical? We don’t have cars, just plenty of donkeys and boats. Without the stress and rush of modern life, it’s easy to feel a million miles away.
The simple and delicious Swahili cuisine is part of the reason Lamu is known as Kenya’s health and wellness destination. We eat plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood daily, and so will you.
We also spend lots of time enjoying the unspoiled beauty of our island. Jogging or walking on the beach, hiking in the dunes, swimming, sailing, tanning, fishing — and, of course, outdoor yoga.
Five daily flights from Nairobi, two daily flights from Malindi and one flight from Mombasa serve Lamu. You can book flights on JamboJet, Fly540, SAX, Skywards, AirKenya, SafariLink and East African Safaris. Transfers from Manda Airport are included in your festival package. Catching a bus from Mombasa or Malindi to Lamu is a cheaper option.
Where to Stay
There are many wonderful accommodations in Shela, Lamu and Manda to suit all budgets. Sponsor hotels for the festival are: