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5 Days Breathe and Relax Yoga and Meditation Retreat Tanzania

  • Pole Pole Lodge, Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania

5 Days Breathe and Relax Yoga and Meditation Retreat Tanzania

  • Pole Pole Lodge, Mafia Island Marine Park, 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.


  • 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
  • 5 days with instruction
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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

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.

  • 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)
  • 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

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.

Verified reviews

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    Review by Jose Ayuso from Spanish State

    Muy muy buen retiro

    PROS Pros: Todo me gustó, especialmente Leila

    Organizer response: Gracias Jose, fue un placer tenerte aqui y conocerte. Leila

    2017-Jul-28 08:55:58

  • Review by Ruth Jackson from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "From the moment I arrived Leila took such good care of me. I arrived exhausted and stressed and Leila took the time to understand me and then to provide a very personalized retreat aimed at helping me recover and recuperate. I left relaxed and so much happier. The food she makes is delicious especially the smoothies and infusions she makes daily. The sessions had a great mix of meditation, breathing techniques and yoga poses which really helped me recenter and relax. The walk to the beach and yoga on the beach were particularly good. She went at my pace and really understood how I was each day and how to support me. She has also given me great tips and ideas for my every day life, and is very happy to share. She isn't focused on making money, more on giving really good support and care. The farmhouse is a really lovely and relaxing place. It's really beautiful and very rural - being in nature is really great for recovery. The amenities are great - comfy bed, lovely waterfall shower, toiletries and towels provided. The breakfast is great and the pool is perfect. There are so many places to relax, read, chill out around the farmhouse. I'd absolutely recommend Orenda retreats to anyone as Leila will work with where you're at and your goals. I am hoping to go on an organized retreat later in the year with Leila as I found this one so beneficial" website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Tanzania
    10 out of 10

    "The food, the location were just amazing. The location is beautiful, so close to nature and allows you to really relax and forget. The food is delicious and cooked with passion and love. I really enjoyed Leila’s yoga sessions, and the Thai massage. I initially came for three days, never done yoga, had years of stressful life due to my business, and i decided to stay for extra days for more private sessions with Leila in Mafia. She takes time to listen and understand what the issues are and tailor the practice to your needs. This has been eye opening experience for me. I will definitely come back, and will recommend to friends and family." website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I loved every bit of it. Leila and Pole Pole Staff were so welcoming. I enjoyed the mix of yoga and having the flexibility to explore the island and to go on excursions. The marine life is breathtaking. I really liked Leila’s style of teaching, and the combination of asanas, meditation , walking meditation on the beach and the Thai massage was amazing. It was nice mix of holiday and yoga. I was there for 5 days and i wish i could've done a whole week!" website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for making me feel welcome. The food, the location and the service were excellent. I enjoyed Leila's yoga sessions, and the flexibility she gave, her voice is also so relaxing that you end up in such deep sleep during yoga relaxation. The excursions were great and eye opening into the marine life, which makes Mafia so exceptional. You don’t get bored at all. I was even lucky to snorkel with whale sharks! Amazing experience!" website, edited


  • Review by Nick

    "We found La Terre des Bois to be just what we had hoped for in terms of privacy, self-sufficiency, and location for our exploring. We found this place a great sanctuary from the bustle of a rather busy schedule we had prepared. All in all, a fine experience and a beautiful gite. We wish Stef the best of luck in her future endeavors at Le Terres Des Bois."

    Orenda website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I really felt I was able to disconnect from the daily stresses but connect more with myself for few days, and calm my mind. It was really good way to force myself to slow down and be mindful. I enjoyed the garden for reading and loved the view of the garden while doing yoga. What stood out also was the mindfulness meditation and the nasal cleansing."

    Orenda website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "The overall atmosphere was calming and friendly. I enjoyed the natural setting, the amazing outdoor patio for yoga, and the well balanced program with practice and time off the mat. I enjoyed the meditations , and how they moved me towards more meaningful practice in this area. The combination of hike and archaeology was amazing a really nice educational addition. The nutritious food made the retreat whole.I am grateful for spending time with a mother and daughter team who both did so much to make this a personalized, relaxed experience. Anja is most kind and beautiful soul."

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  • Review by a traveler from Tanzania
    10 out of 10

    "This is my second time joining Orenda’s retreat. It was another amazing experience. The food was excellent, cooked with love. The place was beautiful and relaxing. Enjoyed the hike and discovering new cultures. I will surely join again, as it is always been a new discovery to me."

    Orenda website, edited

  • Review by Linda

    "Stef, with your care and calm I have become a better person. Knowing you were on hand allowed me to become more of the person you knew I was."

    Orenda website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "Siamo stati 12 giorni a Marzo 2016.Abbiamo iniziato la nostra avventura con una accoglienza dello Staff (MARINA E MUSSA ) veramente carini e disponibili. Molto bello e accogliente il Bungalows, situato in una spettacolare natura.Ottimo il Cibo e il servizio.Complimenti a tutti. Il Pole Pole fornisce varie escursioni uniche ed emozionanti! Che dire è stato un soggiorno unico e indimenticabile, concludendosi con una cena in spiaggia in un bellissimo cielo stellato !!!! P.S. E'da provare assolutamente il Massaggio Thailandese! Complimenti a Leila. Qualità del sonno - 5 su 5 stelle. Pulizia - 5 su 5 stelle. Servizio - 5 su 5 stelle"

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  • Review by Maya Savelkoul from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "Leila is a great teacher, warm hearted with lots of patience, and she has a great sense of humor when needed."

    Orenda website, edited

  • Review by Yasmeen El Aryani from Finland
    10 out of 10

    "Leila has given me massages on different occasions. The first time when I was pregnant and my back muscles were badly strained and my feet were hurting from the baby weight. Another time was three months after giving birth and again, my neck and shoulders were tense. On every occasion, Leila understood what my body needed without much explaining from my side. When she is doing a massage, she completely immerses herself in it and has the ability to read the body and and the problem areas very well. She combines pressure and stretching and customizes the massage according to personal needs. If I was living in the same town as Leila, I would run for a massage session at every opportunity. Her massages have been the best Ive got."

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  • Review by Sibyl Koebl from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Leila is amazing! Super nice to be around and allows people around her to be themselves and she meets them where they are without trying to resolve their issues, which she does gracefully. Furthermore, there is never a dull moment."

    Orenda website, edited

Birmingham B24 9BJ , United Kingdom

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