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7 Days Meaningful Yoga, Meditation and Karma Yoga in Beautiful Arusha, Tanzania

Nyumbani Hostel Arusha, P.O. Box 10147, Arusha, Tanzania.

Heart-Opening Yoga Retreat Tanzania

Join Metta Pilgrims for an exciting and meaningful adventure in beautiful Arusha, Tanzania. Enjoy the healing powers of daily yoga and meditation. Experience the real life of local people and learn their customs and traditions.

Make your trip meaningful by practicing Karma yoga (volunteering, performing acts of kindness, and helping those in need). Karma yoga is selfless service and one of the yogic paths to liberation and happiness.

Meet the instructors

Lola & Ondra
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Highlights

  • Daily morning yoga
  • Meditation, breathwork & sound healing
  • Daily afternoon Dharma talk
  • Karma yoga and activities with local community
  • Craniosacral therapy and Chi massage
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Life coaching session

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Czech, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Kilimanjaro International Airport (US$50 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Participants will be accommodated in a beautiful and clean hostel with a garden. All the rooms have bunk beds and of a quadruple occupancy.

Program

During this retreat, each participant will spend around 10 hours helping children from underprivileged families, working with Tanzanian women and engaging in other Karma yoga activities to support local communities: painting the walls of a local school, cooking, photography, visiting local families, animal rescue, etc.

Sample itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrival to the retreat center
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Welcome ceremony and welcome lunch
  • Orientation, Q&A, short meditation, and relaxing Yin yoga

Day 2 to 6

Morning

Each morning starts with meditation and a gentle morning flow yoga class. Rich and delicious breakfast will offer organically sourced veggies, fruits, nest-run eggs, yoghurt and pastries. Rice can be served for participant on gluten free or vegan diet.

Example of a Karma yoga experience: after breakfast, you will take a 20-minute meditative walk through the local area called Mianzini to the local pre-school. During your walk, you will observe the local life, small market, and the bustling local streets. %Upon arrival, you will work with some of the most amazing kids on the planet. You can play with them, color mandalas, tell them stories, teach them English, Maths, and yoga. Other Karma yoga activities: women empowerment, animal rescue, etc.

Afternoon

After the Karma yoga time, you will return to the retreat center, have tasty healthy lunch, enjoy a short siesta, and then gather for an afternoon program: Yin and Restorative yoga, meditation, Dharma talk, psychology, creative art therapy, etc.

Evening

Most evenings are free from activities and reserved for rest, self-reflection, journaling, and exploration of the local life.

Day 4 (reserved for a trip to Maasai village)

A colorful experience of authentic Maasai life with singing, dancing, Maasai food, and learning about their unique and fascinating culture and traditions. The departure is planned after morning yoga session and breakfast. The trip is offered for a small extra fee. Those who decide not to join, can have a regular Karma yoga session.

Day 7

You will have a morning yoga, meditation, breakfast, and a closing ceremony. After the retreat, days 8 to 12 are open to safari adventures, hiking, and mountain climbing (Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru).

Sample daily schedule (Day 2,3,5,6)

  • 07:30 - 09:00 Morning meditation, yoga flow, movement, stretching, breathwork
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 14:00 Karma yoga, creative art therapy
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Yin and Restorative yoga, meditation, Dharma talk, positive psychology sessions, sharing, art therapy, etc.
  • 17:00 Rest, recreation, personal practice, exploration of Arusha

Please notice: the above schedule may be slightly adjusted to fit the needs of the retreat participants on a given day. Participants also need to be open-minded and flexible as the way people live and work in Tanzania may be very different from your home countries, so it is important to keep that in mind, especially regarding such things as punctuality, accountability, etc.

Included excursions

Instructors

Lola Malaika

Ondra Loucim

Retreat location

About half a million people live in Arusha. Most of them belong to the Waarusha, Wameru, and Maasai ethnicity. Although the town is smaller than Dar es Salaam, you have access to almost everything you need, like shops, ATMs, and restaurants with a variety of cuisines (ltalian, French, Indian, Chinese, Tanzanian, etc.)

Arusha is world famous for its wonderful nature: Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, the Lake Manyara, Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.

In your free time, you can visit the local craft market (also known as “Maasai Market“), hang out at a swimming pool, walk around town, visit other local markets to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables (and with a couple of Swahili words, bargain for them - a must in Tanzania!).

You can also join a cultural tour to visit different tribes and explore their rich and fascinating culture, traditions, mysticism, and everyday life.

Food

The price includes breakfasts and lunches.

  • Arrival day: Lunch only
  • Departure day: Breakfast only

Expect delicious breakfast and even more delicious lunch of Tanzanian as well as Western food. Don‘t worry if you are vegetarian, vegan, plant based or have any allergies – just inform Metta Pilgrims in advance to make sure they will meet your dietary needs.

Why dinner is not included: to avoid monotony, Metta Pilgrims inspire the participants to explore other dining options and enjoy the huge variety of local street food and restaurants.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Various types of excursions can be booked for affordable and fair prices: singing and dancing class, trips to waterfalls and lakes, Maasai markets and villages, hot springs, safari to the National Parks in the Northern Circuit, hiking at Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • Daily morning yoga, meditation, and breathwork
  • Daily afternoon Yin yoga, self-love practices, Buddhist and positive psychology exercises, creative art therapy, Dharma talk
  • Karma yoga and cultural activities with local community
  • Volunteer's fee and donation
  • 1 Craniosacral therapy
  • 1 healing Chi massage
  • 1 life coaching session

What's not included

  • Dinner
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional activities
  • Coaching and therapy
  • Air tickets
  • Insurance
  • Medical care
  • Visa fees
  • Transfer

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer available: Kilimanjaro International Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Sunday February 7, 2021
Departure: Saturday February 13, 2021

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