Lamu Yoga Retreats offers its first retreat….

Celebrate life” on the tropical island of Lamu, Kenya.
11th — 14th March 2021

Lamu Island, Kenya’s lead­ing well­ness des­ti­na­tion, is the per­fect place for you to relax, unwind, con­nect with your­self and oth­ers while tun­ing into your deep­est wants and needs.

In this 4‑day immer­sion, you’ll be intro­duced to var­i­ous yoga styles includ­ing vinyasa, Hatha, Yin Yoga, Dance, med­i­ta­tion, breath work, sound heal­ing and per­son­al devel­op­ment.

As we move through the var­i­ous tra­di­tion­al Swahili homes that are host­ing our class­es, you can explore the charm­ing vil­lage of Shela. With its wind­ing, nar­row streets, beau­ti­ful archi­tec­ture and don­keys around every cor­ner, you’ll be sure to fall in love.

Plus, as we’re only min­utes away from the beach we’ll have the oppor­tu­ni­ty for ear­ly-bird yoga on the beach — a firm favorite among local yogis


Thursday 11th of March

Time Activ­i­ty Venue
2.30–4.30 pm Guests arrival & Reg­is­tra­tion Banana House
5.00–7.00 pm Open­ing Cer­e­mo­ny with yoga on the beach Shela Beach
7.30–9.00 pm Swahili Din­ner Banana House

Friday 12th of March

Time Activ­i­ty Venue
6.30–7.30 am Ear­ly Bird Yoga Shela Beach
9.00–11.30 am YOGA & Work­shops Dif­fer­ent Venues
11.30–2.30 pm Lunch, Meet & Relax & Book mas­sage* Own Place
2.30–3.00pm Yoga Nidra Banana House
3.30–4.45 pm YOGA & Work­shops Dif­fer­ent Venues
5.15–7.00 pm Sun­set Sail and Star gaz­ing Shela Jet­ty

Saturday 13th of March

Time Activ­i­ty Venue
6.30–7.30 am Ear­ly Bird Yoga Shela Beach
9.00–11.30 am YOGA & Work­shops Dif­fer­ent Venues
11.30–2.30 pm Lunch, Meet & Relax & Book mas­sage* Own Place
2.30–3.00pm Laugh­ing Med­i­ta­tion Banana House
3.30–6.00 pm YOGA & Work­shops Dif­fer­ent Venues
8.00–10.00 pm Dance, and Star Cel­e­bra­tion Mara Raha Shela

Sunday 14th of March

Time Activ­i­ty Venue
6.30–7.30 am Ear­ly Bird Yoga Clos­ing Cer­e­mo­ny Shela Beach
8.30–11.30 am YOGA & Work­shops Dif­fer­ent Venues
11.30–2.30 pm Lunch, Meet & Relax & Book mas­sage* Own Place
4.00–5.00 pm Bonus Yoga Class Banana House

Please note that the pro­gram might be sub­ject to updates and changes.

*= at your own cost

Max­i­mum avail­able tick­ets for the retreat are 45, divid­ed in three groups of 15 peo­ple for each work­shop to attain per­son­al con­nec­tion and enough space.

Through­out the immer­sion, we’ll intro­duce you to the vibrant Swahili cul­ture that tru­ly makes Lamu spe­cial. You’ll share a tra­di­tion­al­ly cooked Swahili meal, par­take in African dance and have the chance to prac­tice and con­nect with the local com­mu­ni­ty on the mat too.

Through these expe­ri­ences, we want to high­light what makes our cul­tures unique, what we share and how we can all learn and grow from each oth­er.

As we cel­e­brate our life togeth­er we also want to give back to the com­mu­ni­ty that hosts and sup­ports us. That’s why we’ll be work­ing with Pad­Mad Social Enter­prise to pro­vide reusable san­i­tary pads to local schools and women’s groups to ensure all women can enjoy safe and san­i­tary men­stru­a­tion.

Miles of emp­ty sandy beach­es, wind­ing, nar­row streets, vivid cul­ture, fla­vor­some food and a hand­ful of East Africa’s great­est yoga teach­ers await you.


Moni­ka is the own­er of Banana House and founder of the Lamu Yoga Fes­ti­val. She has been teach­ing yoga since 2000. Monika’s train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion comes through the Art of Liv­ing. Her cur­rent inspi­ra­tion is to bridge the gap between cul­tures by bring­ing in more wis­dom for women and to estab­lish a Hap­pi­ness cen­ter “Fura­ha, be hap­py & serve”.

Joanne Ball-Burgess

Joanne’s jour­ney towards yoga began with dance. She com­plet­ed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion through Yoga Zanz­ibar. She is cer­ti­fied to teach Vinyasa Flow, Ash­tan­ga-based Flow and Yin Yoga along with Yoga Nidra. She is an intu­itive heal­er and dream inter­preter by nature.


Salim Rollins

Sal­im has main­tained a ded­i­cat­ed yoga prac­tice since 2000. His approach to his per­son­al prac­tice, and facil­i­ta­tion as a teacher, cen­ters around the lib­er­a­tion of pain and suf­fer­ing and a recon­nec­tion with the divine self. He will offer a Syn­er­gy Intu­itive Vinyasa work­shop which is focused on mov­ing through our prac­tice with ease and grace.


Vot­ed one of the top 43 natur­o­path­ic doc­tors world­wide, Dr. Ameet has helped thou­sands of peo­ple around the world heal from dif­fer­ent ail­ments. His best­selling book; Heal Your Body, Cure Your Mind can be pur­chased on as well as a free online course that will help you Heal Your Mind and Body togeth­er with emo­tion­al release tech­niques and holis­tic med­i­cine. 

Nyamwathi is an Expe­ri­enced Inter­na­tion­al­ly Cer­ti­fied Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance) with over 1,000 Hours teach­ing expe­ri­ence.

Vot­ed Kenya’s Top Female Yoga Pro­fes­sion­al by the Indi­an High Com­mis­sion, she’s been prac­tic­ing yoga for 18+ years.

She is a founder of the Kil­i­fi Well­ness Fes­ti­val as well as a cer­ti­fied Mys­tic, KinAes­thet­ic® and Rei­ki® Ther­a­pist with a B.A in Psy­chol­o­gy & Phi­los­o­phy.


In 2018, Mar­cel­la grad­u­at­ed from the Karuna Yoga Jour­ney 200h TT, and YIN YOGA TT 100 hours in 2020. Over the years she has devel­oped an inter­est for sound as a tool for heal­ing. She is now a Gong Prac­ti­tion­er grad­u­ate from Tori­no, Italy, with Jens Zygar. Using a mix of sound heal­ing tools she devel­oped a prac­tice of quan­tum heal­ing and sound.


Kel­ly is trained and qual­i­fied as a Pow­er vinyasa flow yoga teacher with the Africa Yoga Project and has been teach­ing yoga since 2013. He is also an expe­ri­enced Hatha yoga and Sup Yoga(Paddle Board Yoga) teach­ing dai­ly class­es in Lamu. He also facil­i­tate and orga­nizes teacher train­ings in Lamu.

Where to stay:

Be accom­mo­dat­ed at Banana House or Msafi­ni which are the venues for this retreat.
Oth­er accom­mo­da­tion close by are;
Jua House
Moroc­co House
Jaha House
La Joya House

Con­tact us for direct con­tacts to the prop­er­ties.

Ticket Price:

KSH 30,000

Price includes; *All class­es, *Work­shops, *Swahili din­ner, *Sun­set sail, *Dance Par­ty with Joanne, *Sin­glet

Price excludes; *Accom­mo­da­tion, *Meals and *Any­thing else not includ­ed above.

This immer­sion is open to only 45 peo­ple fur­ther divid­ed into 3 groups of 15. This is to allow for social dis­tanc­ing.

Register before tickets sell out.

Please note that due to world­wide trav­el restric­tions the Lamu Yoga Fes­ti­val 2021 is post­poned until 17–21 Novem­ber 2021.

In the mean­time, we’ll be host­ing small­er retreats so you can enjoy well­be­ing on Lamu through­out the year!

Lamu Yoga Retreat Partners