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.

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Lamu Yoga Retreat

March 17th-20th, 2022

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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.

Getting Here

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.

Lamu Yoga Partners