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5 Days Breathe and Relax Yoga and Meditation Retreat Tanzania

Adventure Yoga and Meditation Retreat Africa

Tanzania is the perfect spot for a relaxing and balancing retreat, it is an intimate tropical paradise. Experience the heart of Mafia Island Marine Park in this regenerating yoga retreat and get back in touch with the elements of nature and its simplicity. After a few days enjoying yoga, empty beaches with gently swaying coconut palm trees, sailing, and other adventures, you will surely feel more relaxed and grounded.

Retreat highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Daily sailing excursions in Chole Bay with snorkeling
  • Enjoy the unique and diverse marine life in Mafia Island
  • Refreshing infusions, tea, juices, and bottled water
  • Transfers to and from the Mafia Airport (MFA)
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 luscious meals daily

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The accommodation options at the Pole Pole Lodge are on single, double, and shared family room basis. Pole Pole is located in the Chole bay area, near Utende village on the southeast coast of the Mafia Island Marine Park. It lies on the beach, within a tropical garden, overlooking a spectacular view of the Mafia archipelago and the Indian Ocean.

Seven bungalow suites are subtly blended into a surrounding tropical landscape. The verandas overlook Chole bay's infinite palette of blues and with breathtaking views of surrounding islands. Twin and double bungalows are furnished with carved and antique pieces. The large private verandas are provided with handcrafted wooden furniture.

Each unit is self-contained with a spacious and comfortable bathroom. Two bungalows are family type with two rooms separated by the bathroom and a small corridor for privacy. Pole Pole's fundamental philosophy is founded on natural rhythms, harmony with its surroundings, and the soothing ebb and flow of the ocean, and as such, is quintessentially made for yoga. This venue is considered as one of the most exclusive eco-lodges in the world.

It is renowned for its great cuisine, unpretentious and laid-back atmosphere, and warm but discrete hospitality. Pole Pole is perfect for those looking for relaxation after a safari and for the ocean-lovers who just cant get enough of diving, sailing, islets, and sandbanks.

Orenda Pole Pole Mafia Island Yoga Retreat Program

In Swahili, pumzi means breath and pumzika means relax. In other words, the root of relaxation is breath. Through this retreat, you will have daily yoga, meditation, and pranayama classes. You will get to experience diving and snorkeling with whale sharks and have daily sailing excursions in Chole Bay to visit Chole island, Kua ruins, Blue lagoon, Marimbani sandbank, and Fishermen island.

Enjoy three delicious meals daily while overlooking the Indian ocean and explore the unique and diverse marine life in Mafia Island Marine Park. Relax with re-balancing massage treatments while experiencing the warmhearted Swahili culture. This retreat is for anyone interested in disconnecting from their daily routine, regaining balance, reconnecting with nature, looking for a digital detox, discovering the rich Swahili culture, and exploring marine life.

This retreat accommodates any level of yogic experience and is designed for anyone looking to unwind and take a breather from life’s stress. Through gentle yoga flow, pranayama, and meditation, you will enter a natural rhythm of regeneration and balance, much like the lunar pattern of Mafia’s tides. The daily yoga practice during the retreat will develop and refine your inner awareness, with a focus on letting go through both movement and stillness.

The retreat's tranquil environment, complemented by healthy meals designed to nourish your being, will put you in the perfect space for attuning your mind and body’s needs. The schedule encourages personal time for exploring Mafia’s underwater wonders, or indulging in one of the therapeutic Thai massages.

Orenda intends to enable exploration, balance, and re-connection with yourself. In harmony with the elements of nature. During your free time, private consultations, personalized yoga sessions, and sublime Thai massages are available.Various activities can also be arranged, such as diving, snorkeling, sandbank picnics, and sun-downer sailing trips. Mafia island’s beauty yields up a wealth of options to explore.

Included excursions

There is one daily boat excursion in Chole Bay for this retreat and can comprise any one of the following, depending on tides, weather, and availability:

  • Blue lagoon
  • Chole island (excluding 5 USD village levy)
  • Fishermen island
  • Kua ruins
  • Marimbani sandbank
  • Sunset cruise


Leila El Krekshi
Leila is a qualified classical Hatha yoga teacher and Thai massage therapist. Leila has practiced meditation yoga, dance, and Capoeira for more than 15 years. She uses yoga, meditation, and rhythmic movement to take individuals through a personal journey of self-discovery, creativity, and inner and outer connection with the elements. Her focus is on prana vital energy and integrating breath with movement for conscious practice.

Retreat location

The retreat will be held in Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania. It is an intimate tropical paradise and is the perfect spot for a relaxing and balancing retreat. In harmony with the elements of nature, the place provides a sacred space to slow down, calm the mind, and lighten your heart by being in the moment.

The warm, safe waters of the inland bays and lagoons are a paradise for both expert and beginner scuba divers as well as those simply wishing to snorkel. Mafia Island Marine Park was established as the first marine park in Tanzania and covers a surface of 821 square kilometers.

Mafia island has so far escaped the invasion of mass tourism as building has been restricted to few tourist lodges. The lodges are like bush resorts in that everything is quiet, thus offering the perfect alternative safari experience. Major tourist activities are scuba diving, snorkeling, beach and offshore island excursions.

Nearby places

  • Kilindali - 20 minutes
  • Mafia Airport - 30 minutes



  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Trekking nearby
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Whale watching nearby


  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace


  • Free bottled water
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Tour assistance


The food provided daily consists of three delicious and healthy meals, herbal infusions, bottled water, early morning tea, and juice. Pole Pole’s cuisine is highly praised by international clients, reflects diverse culinary and cultural influences, and combines an Italian touch of class with local flavors and ingredients.

Swahili dinners and tropical fruits and vegetables are enjoyed by guests in the intimate atmosphere of the restaurant. They cater special dietary requirements whenever possible and most of the food served are organically grown and bought on the island to help fishermen and farmers benefit from tourism development. Vegan meals are also available upon request.

Things to do (optional)

  • Boat excursions and picnics in isolated islets, sandbanks, or islands are arranged daily in accordance with the tidal patterns
  • Book private consultations, personalized yoga sessions, and sublime Thai massages with Leila
  • Scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, and the occasional visits to the local villages within The Marine Park
  • Swim and snorkel with the wale sharks - in addition to the wonders of its reefs that make it a world-class diving destination, Mafia island hosts also this rare pleasure

Spa treatments

Leila is available for private consultations, personalized yoga sessions, and sublime Thai massages, at an additional extra cost. Also, if you book before September 15, you will have a complimentary 15-minute head and shoulders massage upon arrival.

What's included

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 daily meals
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Bottled water, early morning tea, herbal infusions, and juices
  • Daily sailing excursions in Chole Bay with snorkeling
  • Laundry (two items per person per day)
  • Meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Transfers to and from the Mafia Airport (MFA)

What's not included

  • Any other activity and/or equipment, which will be charged at normal rates
  • Any other beverage beside the bottled water, herbal infusions, early morning tea and juice
  • Marine Park fees (20 USD per person per day)
  • Thai massage and private yoga sessions

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Mafia Airport (MFA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

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