Holding the Space - A Retreat in Lamu 8-15 Sep 2022
In collaboration with Qaflah, Namaste is organising its first retreat to the magical island of Lamu. Immerse your senses in a relaxed island with no cars, no traffic and no stress. Slow down on pristine beaches, magnificent sunrises and sunsets. Nurture yourself with a community of like minded people and delicious Swahili cuisine. Interact with the friendly locals, indulge in fun cultural activities and learn about the rich Arab history in Kenya.
Our need to rely on one another is at an all time high. In this retreat we will explore the art of holding the space. To develop a presence that is soothing, comforting and healing while at the same time taking care of ourselves by communicating our feelings, needs and boundaries. This is for anyone who would like to learn how to show up in a more compassionate, effective and embodied ways.
This retreat is based on the ideas of compassion, nonviolent communication and validating one's own experiences.
Location For the first night, you will be staying at Ololo Lodge in Nairobi. The rest of your stay will be at a luxury beachfront villa in Lamu. Dates: 8-15 Sep 2022 Recommended Flights Outbound 7 Sep Option 1: Gulf Air/Kenyan Air BAH 20:05 arriving 5:50 NBO (GF512 or KQ311) Option 2: Emirates 21:30 BAH arriving 23:50 DXB (EK2019) and 2:15 DXB arriving 6:15 NBO (EK721_ Inbound 15 Sep Option 1: Gulf Air/Kenyan Air NBO 17:45 arriving 7:30 BAH (KQ310 or FZ23) Option 2: Emirates 23:30 NBO arriving 5:55 DXB (EK722) DXB 8:30 arriving 8:45 (EK837) Price BD630 per person (shared room) To book Please call 17591565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What your package includes*
Daily morning practice of breathing, meditation and Asana
Afternoon reflection sessions or restorative evening practice as described below
Your accommodation 6 nights at luxury beachfront villa in Lamu and one night in Nairobi at Ololo.
Your stay at Ololo will include airport transfers, breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wi-Fi, swimming pool, full laundry, two game drives per day in Nairobi National Park (NNP), excursions to David Sheldrick’s Wildlife Trust (entry fees payable by guest).
Your transport to and from the airport
Your transport to all the sites as described in the itinerary below
Return domestic flight ticket
Fresh breakfast daily in Lamu
The itinerary** Sep 8. Arrive in Nairobi in the morning.Check in Ololo Safari Lodge in Nairobi National park and enjoy safari in the afternoon.
Sep 9.Early morning last safari game drive. Then we fly to Lamu (flight time 9:40 am). After we settle in our villa, we will watch the sunset from the beach. Opening circle and restorative practice in the evening.
Sep 10. Morning yoga session including breathing and meditation. We will visit Shela village on a walking tour. At 5 pm we will go sailing and watch sunset on a traditional dhow. Afternoon reflective circle.
Sep 11. Morning yoga session including breathing and meditation. 4 pm Walking tour to explore Lamu old town UNESCO World Heritage Site. Evening meditation.
Sep 12. Morning Yoga practice. Today we will also visit Taqwa ruins located in the middle of the mangrove forest and learn the history of Lamu. Evening reflective circle.
Sep 13. Morning Yoga practice. at 4pm we will go to Ubunifu art center to learn about this Lamu local children’s initiative and dance with children. Evening reflective circle.
Sep 14. Morning yoga session on the dhow as we sail to the remote island of Manda Toto. Manda Toto is a small, unspoilt, natural dream island just off Manda, which is one of the three main islands of the Lamu archipelago. We will have a chance to swim in those beautiful waters and BBQ lunch on the dhow.
Sep 15. Time to say goodbye to Lamu. The flight will arrive at JKIA International airport
*Please note that your package does not include Air Fares (Except domestic), meals other than breakfast, tickets/tour guides required during tours,NNP Park Fees ($60 for 24-hour pass), spa and massage treatments and any activities not mentioned ** The itinerary is subject to small changes based on the groups' needs