Kenya Yoga Retreat
This is a journey for down-to-earth people, curious about yoga as a medium for transformation, open to an immersive cultural experience, and interested in creating connections.
Your home for 12 days will provide you with plenty of time to really unwind from the fast pace of your life, enjoy long days and nights, and deepen your relationship with yourself and others. Morning yoga and evening gatherings create the container for a beautiful and peaceful retreat.
During your time there, you will reside in an inspirational village, comprised of a women’s center for those trying escape the cycle of poverty and violence, an children’s home for those orphaned by AIDs and HIV, and the newest addition to their campus, the eco-village Tiriji.
You’ll live among these people, who call it their home. You will not just learn about, but experience their lifestyle through sharing in their daily lives. You will take skill-building classes with the residents, such as jewelry-making or weaving classes, for they are empowering themselves in creating new possibilities for their lives. You will work next to them in the organic garden that produces the very food that you will eat. A cooking class will give you something to take home and share with your family. And every time you cook that recipe for the rest of your life, you remember your time in Kenya.
Of course, you’ll have some fun too. You’ll meet and spend some time with the children who live at IPI, playing games, getting to know them. You’ll see elephants, giraffes, zebras, and maybe even lions, on a day and a night safari. Hike through the Kenyan flora, enjoy her nature sounds, and take in the different smells on a half-day hike on Mount Kenya. Try your hand (literally!) at drumming and learn some African dance moves in a lesson. Culminate your journey with an unforgettable farewell ceremony, exchanging gratitude, smiles, and laughter with your hosts, who have become your friends.
- Daily yoga
- Day and night Safaris – experience the changing colors of the African savannah and see its wildlife throughout a full day and night safari
- 1/2 day hike up Mount Kenya – one of the highest mountains in the world, we will not hike all the way to the summit, but will enjoy its majesty wandering in the foothills of her base, connecting to Nature.
- A day in the life of… spend a day with the local women, gathering water, firewood, cooking and helping with whatever else they do.
- Organic Gardening – spend a couple afternoons in the garden, tending the plants that are growing the very food you are eating!
- Play with the kids! – Learn Kenyan games. Teach them American games in a couple days of pure fun and bonding.
- Tour a Tea Plantation – learn about the tea growing process from start to finish and try your hand at harvesting tea leaves
- Jewelry-making workshop – get firsthand experience in Kenyan beading practices and make a souvenir to take home or give as a gift!
- Drumming lessons – try your hand, literally, at Kenyan rhythms. (If you own a drum, bring it!)
- African dance lessons – learn how to move your body in new ways to these new beats.
- Journal Exercises: journaling is entirely optional but highly recommended. We carefully craft an in-country “study guide” with interesting themes for each day, coupled with suggested journal topics that ask you to dive deeper into your experience in a foreign country.
- Group Discussions: In the evenings after dinner, we will gather as a group to discuss the day’s theme, reflections upon it, and any insights we have about the suggested journal topics or our experiences in general. This type of group discussion offers an opportunity to deepen your experience of the adventure and to teach and learn from others in an effort to build cultural bridges and engender appreciation.
Venue HighlightsThe Tiriji Eco-village
Tiriji means "a place of abundance; a place of remembering." And it delivers. This ‘edible’ eco-cultural retreat offers a peaceful setting to center yourself and engage in cultural exchange.
DirectionsThis journey will officially begin at 12pm on August 12th and will end at 12pm on August 24th at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. Participants are encouraged to arrive in Nairobi on or before August 10th to allow a day to get over jetlag.
Getting to Nairobi, Kenya: Please make your own travel arrangements to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). It is wise to plan on arriving a day before our journey together begins so that you have time to adjust to the time difference.