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The charming Usambara, the ecstatic Mambo World Viewpoint, the lively and playfulness of Tanga at Sea and the adventurous Saadani game reserve are asking for extra attention with the heart. The goal is to spend one week walking around without the mind; being in your heart, talking to others from your heart, shining from your heart and to keep your heart open no matter what.
There is a considerable chance that you experience walls around your heart. The heart is protected from an early age, every time your needs were not met by other people. People tend to harden when they feel they come short. Now that you have grown up, you can recognize it is no longer necessary to close to your heart. The meditations and exercises support you in this choice you have. Everything is allowed to be during this spectacular safari which you will be making with friends.
During this retreat you will be staying in simple and medium hotels or guesthouses.
You will be flying today to Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania. Mindful Adventure will pick you up and take you to Babylon Lodge in Marangu. Babylon Lodge is an artistic-looking hotel in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is fully equipped.
In the morning you will start with movement exercises or yoga. Then we take time to get acquainted and start with the heart program in a nice place. Lunch will take place in Marangu and afterwards the group will move to Lushoto in the Usambara Mountains. You will spend your night in the Lawns Hotel. After arrival you will have time to explore the area and have a look at Irente Viewpoint.
You start today with an outdoor morning meditation. Afterwards you can enjoy breakfast. After breakfast the local guide Dennis Munga will join for your first walking day (15 kilometers). After passing a village you will be brought to Magamba rainforest, which is the home country of the black and white Colobus monkey. You will experience a profound heart exercise, eat the delicious Usambara guacamole for lunch and continue this beautiful walk through farmland and forests until you arrive at Papaa Moze Lodge to spend the evening.
After half an hour yoga and later breakfast, your second walking day starts. You will walk today along the farmland, have a meeting with the local Shambaa tribe, will learn about medicinal plants, play with chameleons and enjoy extra of the mountains and the views using little tasks while walking. Somewhere that day after finding a suitable place there will be a special breath meditation with music. You will spend the night at Magumba Hill Lodge.
At your last hiking day you will start in the early morning with rhythmic exercises. After breakfast you will hike through the forests of Shagayu to the village of Sunga where you can sit together with the local people and eat a delicious lunch. Before or after lunch you can have a special dialogue with your inner self at a private place in nature. Later that afternoon you can learn how to make a pot at a local pottery. At the end of the day you will arrive at Mambo View point, which will be the crown on your journey. The view of Tsavo in West Kenya, Kilimanjaro, Mkomazi National Park and the mountains is world class and there is a very big chance to witness a stunning sunset. You will end the day with a drumming performance and lesson. Then you will spend the night at Mambo Cliff Inn.
After your morning meditation at this beautiful viewpoint, the group will be retrieved with landcruisers and leave the mountains to drive to Tanga (2 hours). Tanga is a wonderful, lively town at the Indian Ocean. While strolling through the streets, you will naturally fall in love with the authentic character of the city, created by its streets and buildings, the markets, the merry parades of singing people or men playing a popular game on the street. A walk along the beach is also fine before crawling comfortably under your blanket at the Panori Hotel to rest after a challenging day.
People often have painful messages from their childhood that keeps them from moving freely. What others might think and judge may have blocked you to feel free and to follow spontaneous impulses of the body. You will start your morning with a dance meditation on the beach, which is a pleasure for your heart. What you've learned last days in the program will help you to get free from the old restricting messages.
After this experience you are free to do what you like. There are several options to spend your time: you can lie on the beach and swim, explore the town or choose to visit the Amboni caves. These ten caves are formed 150 million years ago and cover 234 square kilometers. Later today the group will go South to Ushongo Bay. There you will be sleeping at Drifters Lodge. Before dinner you can enjoy a Mindful meditation on the beach.
A trip to Tanzania is not complete without a visit to a National Park with wildlife. The special feature of Saadani is the location by the sea. It is possible to see green turtles, whales and dolphins if you are lucky. In addition, there are wild animals like lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes and more. Ever see elephants play in the sea?They are fond of waves. Please also enjoy an aquatic treasure gamedrive in Saadani National Park.
After a beautiful Mindful finishing touch, you will be brought to Dar Es Salaam to be on time to fly back home.
It is possible to extend this trip with Zanzibar, please contact Mindful Adventure for more information.
This retreat will be held at five different locations around the Kilimanjaro Hills, Usambara Mountains, Tanga (near the seaside), Ushongo Bay and the Saadani National Park.
The package only includes the meals during the 3 days visit to the Usambara Mountains. It is possible to request vegetarian meals, but having fish in the menu is recommended. The food and drinks in Tanzania are very cheap.
Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Mindful Adventure will pick you up from the airport.
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