Lamu Yoga Retreat | 2023
Join us for a 10-day adventure in Kenya where you'll stretch under palm trees, sail on traditional Swahili dhows, and relax poolside on the island of Lamu. Along the way, you'll get to meet the women of Zawadisha, gaze at the stars, and be wowed by the wildlife.
Dates: July 16th through the 25th, 2023
Dates for Change Makers Cycling add-on: July 19th - 25th
Cost: $2,499 for those who commit to fundraising a minimum of $500 of tax-deductible donations to Zawadisha or $2,999 with no fundraising; you can reserve your spot here for a non-refundable deposit of $250.
Cost for add-on: If you are joining us on the cycling trip and would like to add this on to your Itinerary, the cost is $1,750 if you are fundraising and $2,250 if you are not fundraising.
- Four days of yoga with certified instructors
- One wildlife game drive
- Activities with Zawadisha
- Two dhow sailing trips
- One massage
- One sound healing session
- Accommodation in shared rooms, including Kivuli Camp in the Tsavo Conservancy and the Banana House and Wellness Center in Lamu
- All in-country transportation including train and flights
- All meals except for two lunches and two dinners in Lamu (so that you can explore the island yourself)
Zen level: ALL-TIME HIGH
Impact: HUGE, but in a good way as this is a fundraiser for Zawadisha; all proceeds benefit our micro-lending program in Kenya that you will get to see IRL
Read this: Please note that airfare is not included. You will need to purchase that separately. The payment you make today is to reserve your spot. You will be invoiced for the remaining payments once your participation is confirmed. COVID-19 vaccines and travel insurance are required. We are committed to creating a safe space for all participants and as such have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, intimidation, and/or verbal/physical abuse.
DAY 1 | July 16th: Evening orientation in Nairobi with Monica, our head of operations in Kenya, and hotel stay
DAY 2 | July 17th: Train to Maungu to meet the women of Zawadisha, afternoon activities with Zawadisha and evening sundowner, lodging at Kivuli Camp in the Tsavo Conservancy
DAY 3 | July 18th: Morning game drive and afternoon activities with the women of Zawadisha, lodging at Kivuli Camp in the Tsavo Conservancy
DAY 4 | July 19th: Train to Mombasa and beachfront hotel stay
DAY 5 | July 20th: Meet up with the cycling team at the Mombasa Airport and fly to Lamu for the beginning of our stay at the Banana House and Wellness Center
DAY 6 | July 21st: Morning yoga + afternoon free time (this can be spending time at the pool, walking through the carless streets of Lamu, enjoying a coffee, sunning on the beach)
DAY 7 | July 22nd: Morning yoga + afternoon free time + sunset dhow sail
DAY 8 | July 23rd: Morning yoga + afternoon free time
DAY 9 | July 24th: Morning yoga + afternoon free time + dinner dhow sail
DAY 10 | July 25th: Depart Lamu for Nairobi
What will our days in Lamu be like? Coffee and tea will be served in the morning before our group vinyasa flow yoga class. We will break for breakfast and then a skill-building workshop will be scheduled before lunch, as well as a guided meditation on the beach. After lunch is your free time to explore the town, relax by the pool, enjoy the spa, or walk to the ocean.
Who is facilitating the yoga? We will be working with professional, certified yoga instructors who reside in Lamu.
How many people are going? Maximum 15 people will be on this trip; it requires six people to run. We will all have a chance to get to know each other before the trip through optional monthly Zoom calls. Anyone regardless of identity is welcome to join us; we will be centering the experiences of women, non-binary, and trans participants.
What will meals be like? Meals will vary from Western dishes, to Swahili dishes such as ugali and Sukuma wiki, to Indian food. All meals will be prepared for you, and we can accommodate dietary needs. It is all healthy and delicious.
What about accommodation at Kivuli Camp? Expect double occupancy, a cozy bed and mosquito net, uninterrupted views of the landscape, and the sounds of wild animals at night.
And at Banana House? Expect double occupancy, a cozy bed and mosquito net, views of the ocean from the property, a private pool and veranda, and daily breakfast.
Who's organizing this trip? Jen Gurecki, the founder of Zawadisha, is organizing this trip in collaboration with the local Zawadisha team.
How do the payment plans work? We will work with you to set up a payment plan. You will need to pay the full amount before the trip starts. You also can pay the full amount at one time if that is more convenient.
What about the donation/fundraising part? We will create a fundraising platform like this one from our 2022 cycling trip that makes it easy for you to raise tax-deductible donations for Zawadisha. If you choose the lower fundraising rate, you are required to fundraise at least $500. We do encourage everyone to fundraise so that we can make the most positive impact in the lives of the women we serve.
What's your refund policy? You can receive a full refund up to six months before the departure of the trip. If you need to cancel within three to five months of the departure, we will provide credit for a future trip. There is no refund provided for cancellations within one month of the departure date. If we are not able to run the trip due to COVID-19 or other circumstances out of our control, we will reschedule the trip for 2024.
Want to learn more before you reserve a spot? Please contact us!