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Orenda is delighted to continue their collaboration with Pole Pole lodge to offer holistic yoga getaways on the shores of Mafia Island. Pole Pole’s fundamental philosophy is founded on natural rhythms, harmony with its surrounds, and the soothing ebb and flow of the ocean, and as such, is quintessentially made for yoga. What’s more, Orenda’s founder Leila has lived on the Tanzanian coast, allowing her to absorb its cadence and flavor, and is the perfect person to impart it to you as she guides, teaches, and heals.
Exclusive and yet unpretentious, with a peaceful and private atmosphere, Pole Pole is perfect both for those looking for relaxation after a safari and for the ocean-lovers who just can’t get enough of diving, sailing, islets, and sandbanks. Romantic without the clichés, it is a perfect honeymoon getaway thanks to its special inspired service.
Seven bungalow suites are subtly blended into a surrounding tropical landscape. Their verandas overlook Chole Bay’s infinite palette of blues, at the heart of Mafia Island Marine Park, with breathtaking views of surrounding islands.
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.
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.
A typical day will usually include two yoga sessions, as well as meditation, kriya, pranayama, mandala beach meditation, yogic relaxation, and excursions. All supplemented by delicious healthful food and herbal infusions, plus plenty of scope for your own exploration of the island. The intention of the retreat is to enable exploration, balance, and reconnection with the self. In harmony with the elements of nature, Pole Pole provides a sacred space to slow down, calm the mind, and lighten your heart by being in the moment.
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.
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:
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 in Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania. South of Zanzibar, Mafia Island is part of the five laid back tropical islands which are clustered together in the Indian Ocean, known as the Mafia Archipelago. Part of Tanzania, Mafia Island has so far escaped the invasion of mass tourism that overwhelms its neighbouring Zanzibar island.
The name Mafia is probably derived from the Arabic “morfiyeh”, meaning “group” or “archipelago”, or from the Swahili “mahali pa afya” meaning “a healthy dwelling place”. Its history goes back to the eighth century where it played a key role in the East African trading routes between Kilwa and Zanzibar.
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The food provided daily consists of three delicious and healthy meals, herbal infusions, bottled water, early morning tea, and juice.
Pole’s cuisine, highly praised by their widely international clientele, reflects diverse culinary and cultural influences, combining an Italian touch of class with local flavours and ingredients. Swahili dinners and tropical fruits and vegetables are enjoyed by our guests in the intimate atmosphere of the restaurant. Vegan meals are available upon request.
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.
Please book your flight to arrive at Mafia Airport (MFA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Orenda will pick you up from the airport.
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