LAMU YOGA is rebranding to LAMU FURAHA, and offering its first retreat….

Women’s Wisdom Retreat” on the tropical island of Lamu, Kenya.
20th — 25th September 2021
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.

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