About Lamu Yoga Festival
Yoga, Wellness and Fun
We are bringing you the fourth annual Lamu Yoga Festival March 8-12, 2017. Activities will be centered in charming Shela village, but will encompass Manda Island and Lamu Old Town, so the whole area is abuzz with yoga.
A variety of yoga classes and meditations — for all levels — will be offered over four days at 10 unique venues and studios. From early-bird yoga on the beach to meditation under the moon, the festival offers something for everyone, including new experiences for long-time practitioners.
Highlights include a dhow sail, workshops, fun competitions, and a grand finale beach party with Lamu drummers and acrobats.
Is your partner not into yoga? Bring them along to enjoy the myriad other activities Lamu has to offer. Check out our partner program!
We’re World Famous
The Lamu Yoga Festival is featured as Number 1 out of “5 Yoga Festivals Worth Traveling the World For.” That’s right, just ahead of festivals in San Francisco and New York City.
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No Cars, No Stress
Lamu is an island on the coast of Kenya, rich in culture, tradition and natural beauty. It boasts a tropical climate, miles of pristine beaches and many options for accommodations for 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 so 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 the dunes, swimming, sailing, tanning, fishing — and, of course, outdoor yoga.
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, you can choose to donate 500 KHS (less than the price of one yoga class in Nairobi) during registration.
Our yoga venues for the Lamu Yoga Festival include Banana House, Fatuma’s Tower, Jua House, Palm Garden–Peponi, Kijani Hotel, Msafini Hotel, Pumbao House, Mkunguni(Shella), La Marelle house, Diamond Beach Village, The Majlis Resort, Beach Tower, Gallery Baraka–Lamu Town, the amazing Shela beach and bazaar.
Four daily flights from Nairobi and two daily flights from Malindi serve Lamu. You can book flights on JamboJet, AirKenya, SafariLink and East African Safaris. Transfers from Manda Airport are included with your festival package. Catching a bus from Mombasa to Malindi or Lamu is a cheaper option.
Where to Stay
There are many wonderful accommodation in Shela, Lamu and Manda to suit all budgets. Sponsor hotels for the festival are:
- Peponi Hotel (Shela)
- The Majlis Resort (Manda)
- Banana House (Shela) FULL!
- Fatuma’s Tower (Shela)
- Garden House (Shela)
- Palm House (Shela) FULL!
- Kijani Hotel (Shela) FULL!
- Waridi House (Shela) FULL!
- Jaha House (Shela) FULL!
- Habibti House (Shela) FULL!
- Jasmin House (Shela) FULL!
- Subira House (Lamu)
- La Marelle (Manda) FULL!
- Msafini Hotel (Shela)
- Jannataan (Shela)
- Stop Over (Shela)
- Bahari Guesthouse (Shela)
- The Moon Houses (Shela) FULL!
- Baobab House (Manda)
- Beach Tower (Manda)
- Ras Firdaws (Shella)