THANK YOU LAMU YOGA LOVERS!
In 2014 we organised our first Lamu Yoga Festival, born out of a passion for Yoga and Lamu Island, and the urge to spread the knowledge of Yoga in East Africa. We can look back to seven incredible festivals, grown into the no 1 worldwide worth traveling for Yoga Festival in the world. 5 days of celebration, more than 35 teachers, 175 classes and workshops, the experience of the Swahili culture and its so friendly and welcoming inhabitants of Lamu. Participants literally traveled from all over the world and Lamu has become known as the wellness destination of East Africa. A true success beyond any expectation. We feel immense gratitude for the flow of life and we realise that our goals have been reached by far. Then Covid kicked in. It became a time of reflection, of practicing what we learned throughout the years of yoga and meditation, in resilience, in living in the present moment because the future is uncertain. We’d like to thank EVERYBODY for those last seven amazing years, all participants, all teachers, all Lamu inhabitants, sponsors, partners, and of course our entire team. It is time for a change. We will not organize a big festival anymore, but we will offer smaller retreats with a focus on Connection, Celebrating Unity in Diversity, and Community.
Lamu yoga is rebranding… offering its first retreat…
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.
Women’s Wisdom Retreat
November 16th-21st, 2021
In this 6‑day immersion, you’ll be guided into women’s wisdom; a mix of African, Asian and Western wisdom connecting with oneself and the women around us, bodywork, yoga, breath work, sound healing and personal development. During the retreat we will dive deep into ourselves, knowledge and experiences, while meeting women from all different backgrounds and cultures and exploring and learning from each other. You will be hosted at the most luxurious houses in Shela: Dhow House, Kasbah and Banana house, all beautifully decorated Swahili houses with lots of space, gardens, pools and rooftops. Most of the classes and workshops will take place at these venues as well.
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 five days at 12 unique venues and studios. From early-bird yoga on the beach to meditation under the moon, the festival offers something for everyone, from experienced practitioners, newbies, to the curious souls and everything in between.
Highlights include a Beach opening ceremony, Swahili dinner, Dhow sail and Final bonfire.
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 Frederic Otieno 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.
Daily flights from Nairobi, Malindi and Mombasa serve Lamu. You can book flights on:
Transfer by boat from Manda Airport can be arranged by your accommodation. Catching a bus from Mombasa or Malindi to Lamu is a cheaper option.