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7 Days Breathe and Relax Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Tanzania

  • Pole Pole Lodge, Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania

Overview

Refreshing Yoga and Meditation Retreat Tanzania

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.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Exciting sailing excursions with snorkeling
  • Explore the thriving marine life in Mafia Island
  • Transfers to and from the Mafia Airport (MFA)
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 12.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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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:

  • Blue lagoon
  • Chole island (excluding 5 USD village levy)
  • Fishermen island
  • Kua ruins
  • Marimbani sandbank
  • Snorkeling (including snorkel equipment)
  • 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 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.

Nearby places

  • Kilindali - 20 minutes
  • Mafia Airport (MFA) - 30 minutes
Activities
  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Trekking nearby
  • Whale watching nearby
General
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
Services
  • 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’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.

  • 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.

  • 1 daily boat excursion in Chole Bay
  • 6 nights accommodation (with a possibility to extend)
  • 3 meals and early morning tea
  • Bottled water, infusions, and juice
  • Daily yoga, meditation, and pranayama
  • Laundry (two items per person per day)
  • Transfers to and from Mafia Airport (MFA)
  • Any beverages besides mineral water, infusions, and juice
  • Any other activities and equipment, which will be charged at normal rates
  • Marine Park fees (20 USD per person per day)
  • Thai massage and private yoga sessions offered by Leila to be paid cash or online banking payment

Arrival by airplane

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.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Orenda an inquiry.
  • 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."

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  • Review by Ruth Jackson from London, 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"

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  • 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."

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  • Review by a traveler from USA
    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."

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  • 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."

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  • 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."

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  • 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!"

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  • 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!"

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  • 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."

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  • 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."

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Menorca, Spain

Orenda is a boutique company specialized in organizing holistic retreats in Mediterranean and East African regions. They offer yoga, several techniques for self-empowerment, and inner healing.

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7 days / 6 nights

Special discounts

Accompanying guests not participating in the retreat are eligible for a special discount of 10% per person.

 

Departure:
Thursday March 9, 2017
(7 days / 6 nights)

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