November 17–21, 2021
Lamu Yoga 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. Inspired by Lamu, chairlady Monika Fauth started Lamu Yoga, a community based organization that hosted the Lamu Yoga festival on the pristine Muslim Island. Lamu Yoga is now rebranding to Lamu Furaha, Furaha meaning Happiness in Swahili
Women’s Wisdom Retreat by Lamu Furaha
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.