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8 Days Yoga Retreat in Zanzibar

  • Coconut Tree no. 5, 09255 Zanzibar, Tanzania

Overview

Yoga Holiday in Zanzibar

Come and experience the tranquility and serenity through Yoga in Zanzibar with pristine white beaches, turquoise blue ocean, riveting palm trees, and breathtaking sunsets. Yoga Zanzibar invites you to take the time and space to reconnect your true self and your playfulness. We offer you a relaxing yet joyful journey towards discovering your inner self. Allow yourself to escape for 8 days in the comforting and calming surroundings of Zanzibar. Delve into the simplicity of the local Zanzibar lifestyle and indulge your senses in the vibrant colors, ambiance, and mystical atmosphere. Experience the moonlit beaches under the stars and the African drum rhythm around a beach fire. Come and leave your yogi footprints in Zanzibar.

Highlights

  • Dhow sailing cruise
  • Experience exotic Zanzibar
  • Daily morning and sunset yoga sessions
  • Pranayama breathing techniques
  • Enjoy idyllic Zanzibar beach
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Flame Tree Cottages is a small beach hotel with an aura of tranquility and a feeling of spaciousness with its lush tropical garden lined with coconut palms, frangipani, and banana trees. Short steps at the front lead to the beach and to the turquoise blue of the Indian Ocean.

The Zanzibar Yoga Retreats are hosted at the Flame Tree Cottages which is a hotel visited by tourists of all kinds, not only yoga practitioners. It is situated in Nungwi, the northern tip of the island, which boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Zanzibar. It faces west for perfect sighting of the setting sun. To watch the sunset with the traditional fishing dhows sailing out to the fishing ground or coming back with their catch in the foreground is magical.

Flame Tree Cottages has individually styled cottages with spacious rooms and large verandas. All rooms have en-suire facilities, air conditioners, ceiling fans, and a refrigerator. Some cottages have a sitting room.

Relax in a hammock with a good book or sunbathe in the area facing the turquoise blue ocean and white beach, or just lounge around the swimming pool in the garden. The tropical garden has a mixture of coconut palms, casuarinas trees, frangipani trees, banana trees, as well as flowerbeds full of colorful plants set amidst the lawns. %The garden view rooms enjoy a country atmosphere with a bird song. An in-house dhow (traditional wooden boat) takes people for fishing, snorkeling, and sunset sails. For trips to Mnemba Island, a picnic lunch is provided. Hammocks and loungers are distributed in the sun bathing area and in the garden around the swimming pool.

The yoga retreat holiday consists of morning and sunset yoga classes. The duration of a yoga session is 1 hour and 30 minutes. It also includes a yoga booklet which contains yoga topics which we informally discuss to deepen our understanding of yoga. You can spend the rest of the day either relaxing, getting massaged, strolling barefoot on the beach, swimming, diving, snorkeling or taking a Dhow sailing cruise.

Dynamic Hatha based on Ashtanga & Vinyasa Flow

The yoga classes are vibrant and include pranayama (breathing techniques), sun and moon salutations, as well as a dynamic flowing sequence of asanas (postures) bringing awareness into mindfulness and energy flow, followed by relaxation and a short meditation. The classes are suitable for all levels and variations given accordingly. Yoga groups are small which allows personal attention and adjustment. There will be no yoga on Saturdays.

Outdoor sea view yoga studio

Morning yoga sessions will take place in Under-the-Tree yoga studio with a beautiful sea view. Sunset yoga, on the other hand, takes place on the rooftop overlooking the ocean with the most spectacular sunsets.

Pranayama (breathing techniques)

Yoga is defined as a union between the soul and the body. As such, the breath is seen as the fundamental link between our physical and mental aspects. Yogic breathing exercises or pranayama teaches one how to re-energize the body and control the mind by regulating the flow of Prana (life force). We will practice Ujjayi Breathing (victorious breath), Kapalabhati (cleansing breath), and Analoma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing).

Concentration/Meditation

Meditation, like sleep, cannot be taught. It comes by itself in its own time. But if you follow the right steps to begin with, you can speed up your progress considerably. We will practice a short meditation session of 8-10 minutes after each yoga session. Some of the meditations will be guided meditations on the 7 chakras.

Stone Town

The historic charms of Stone Town: the picture-book, palm-fringed beaches, colorful reefs, and the cultural pride that exudes from every beach hut, every temple, and every courtyard continues to lure visitors from around the world. Spend some time wandering about the old palaces, fascinating museums, characterful restaurants and bustling markets of this charming world heritage site. History and culture linger as mystically as the muezzins call in the narrow streets and coral-stone buildings.

Spice Tour

A visit to the spice plantations will dazzle your senses with fresh spices. A unique opportunity to visit the local farms and talk to farmers who will show you the traditional spices and fruits of Zanzibar. It is fun, educational and wonderfully aromatic.

Marisa Van Vuuren

Marisa is the founder of Yoga Zanzibar the one and only yoga alternative in Zanzibar offering yoga retreats throughout the year since 2009. She is a registered yoga teacher with the worldwide Yoga Alliance. She teaches dynamic Hatha based on Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, and Kundalini Yoga, which brings awareness into mindfulness and energy flow. Marisa has been practicing yoga for over 11 years.

She completed her teachers training in India, Vrindavan through the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. She studies and practices Ashtanga Yoga with various Ashtanga Yoga teachers around the world. She did her Kundalini Yoga training with Guru Rattana in Turkey. Marisas vision is to be of service to others through sharing the tools of yoga with her teachings. She is passionate about life, yoga, traveling, the ocean, dancing, playing drums, and painting. She also practices Reiki which brings a holistic approach to her yoga classes.

Zanzibar can be described as both mysterious and romantic. It is also the evocation of exotic, an archipelago nestled in the Indian Ocean which is 37 km off shore from Tanazania. It is a destination that is not only mysterious but legendary as well.

From this remote outpost, at the hub of the monsoon trading routes, history was enacted, journeys of discovery were planned, Sultanate empires were established, and the first medieval global village was founded. Zanzibar retains the imprint of its historic legacy in the tumbling streets of Stone Town, in the Arabic-inflected Swahili language and the rare antiques of the bazaars and markets.

The haloes of idyllic beach that adorn the islands coast and the fragrant spice plantations that blossom in the interior make Zanzibar the ultimate Indian Ocean destination and the jewel in East Africas crown.

Flame Tree Cottages, where in the yoga retreat will take place, is situated on the northwestern side of the Nungwi Peninsula on the north coast of Zanzibar. Nungwi is ideally situated for swimming and diving. You can see the most spectacular sunsets on this side of the island.

Distances

  • Airport and Stone Town, 1 hour and 15 mins
Activities
  • Activities
  • Diving
  • Kayak
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa nearby
  • Swimming pool
General
  • General
  • Bar nearby
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Terrace
Services
  • Services
  • In-room dining

Breakfast will be provided. It is usually served on your own cottage veranda.

Exclusions

Flame Tree Cottages is within a close walk to numerous restaurants and bars. You may choose to eat lunch and dinner there.

There is a spa treatment available at Cinnamon Spa in Stone Town. With a certain package, you will be provided a 1 hour Swedish massage.

  • 7 nights at Flame Tree Cottages Bed & Breakfast
  • 11 x yoga classes: Dynamic Hatha based on Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. Kundalini Yoga available on request (12 x yoga classes are included for yoga retreats without tours)
  • Yoga booklet
  • 1 sunset cruise
  • Spice Tour & Stone Town tour followed by a spa treatment at Cinnamon Spa in Stone Town or an hour of Swedish Massage
  • Depending on the package you choose, any other activity not included in the given itinerary, amenities, or accommodations are to be paid for additionally. For yoga Zanzibar holiday package without any tours or extras you will only enjoy 7 nights at Flame Tree Cottages Bed & Breakfast, 12 x yoga classes (Dynamic Hatha based on Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow) Kundalini Yoga available on request and get a yoga booklet.

Arrival by airplane

You will be flying into and out of Zanzibar International Airport located in Kisauni.

For 50 USD, the organizer can arrange a one-way airport transfer.

Flame Tree Cotages is about 1 hour 15 minutes away.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga Zanzibar an inquiry.
  • Review by Catriona Laing

    "Spent a fabulous 8 nights at Flame Tree Cottages for the yoga retreat. Very comfortable with attentive and helpful staff. The location was perfect - right on the beach. Food was very tasty with good variety of sea food. The yoga itself was amazing. Maree is very gifted - explained and demonstrated very well and very focuses on the 'why' we do yoga. I loved her soothing and inspiring meditations as well as the brilliant vinyasa flow. I arrived tired and frazzled and left feeling totally rejuvenated. The combination of the yoga, swimming and walking along the beautiful beach was fantastic. Flame Tree has a beauty therapist who will come to you and she wA good. But I would also really recommend the two ladies At Cinamon spa based at Mnarama hotel. Really excellent massage and facial."

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  • Review by Anna Lou
    9 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed my stay in Nungwi with the yoga lessons from Yoga Zanzibar. Maree, the teacher, was really sweet and introduced me to meditation. She also guided me through the different movements with kindness. There were two classes a day : 8:00-9:30 am morning yoga and 5:30-7:00 pm sunset yoga. All the classes were in front of the sea and with new flow every day."

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  • Review by Anna Lou
    9 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed my stay in Nungwi with the yoga lessons from Yoga Zanzibar. Maree, the teacher, was really sweet and introduced me to meditation. She also guided me through the different movements with kindness. There were two classes a day : 8:00-9:30 am morning yoga and 5:30-7:00 pm sunset yoga. All the classes were in front of the sea and with new flow every day."

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  • Review by Anna from New York, USA

    "I had a wonderful time in Zanzibar. Maree Mirkovic was a fabulous yoga teacher and the setting was incredible. Staying at Flame Tree Cottages made it very easy to roll out of bed and head to yoga class. I feel so refreshed and stronger after my holiday - I certainly recommend the retreat!"

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  • Review by Ann

    "Yoga Zanzibar was great ... thank you!!!I did not meet Marissa, but interacted with the visiting instructor (Marie). Marie was amazing, and had some inspiring affirmations that got me through some difficult poses. The yoga sessions were small enough to get personal attention, which I like.After the first few sessions, I could just feel the stress melting away. Also helps that Nungwi is such a beautiful and peaceful place to stay. Some yoga retreats are more inclusive, but nice that Yoga Zanzibar allows you to go off and do your own thing if you like and practice yoga twice a day. I stayed at Flame Tree Cottages which was good for the standard package. It was small and felt personal and authentic to give a true sense of Zanzibar. Their 2 locations on the property are perfect for yoga. Practicing with a view of the Indian Ocean was ideal!I would definitely try another yoga holiday with Yoga Zanzibar and BookYogaRetreats.com. I was skeptical at first, as I had so many questions and had never traveled solo. But this was a great way to start, and I extended my stay 1 day :)"

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  • Review by Holly from Bagamoyo, Tanzania

    "The teacher training with Marisa was amazing. It blew all expectations out of the water. I was a little nervous before coming, but I neednt have been because it was one of the best months I have ever had. The people on the course were amazing. The place we were staying was beautiful. The food was delicious and Marisa is just the most beautiful and inspirational woman ever. The yoga was hard work but great fun. Plus the lectures were interesting. Everything was spot-on. I couldnt have asked for a better experience. I made some friends for life and cannot wait to get back to Zanzibar for more yoga!"

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  • Review by Fawzia

    "I went into the yoga teacher training course at Yoga Zanzibar not really knowing what to expect, but had hoped for an experience that would strengthen my practice. What I received completely exceeded any expectations and resulted in a completely magical experience that has changed my life (for the better) forever."

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  • Review by Andrea from Dublin, Ireland

    "Overall, my yoga retreat with Yoga Zanzibar was absolutely amazing! From the moment I got in touch, the owner Marisa was so kind and helpful. Her replies were always efficient and the whole booking process through BookYogaRetreats and through Yoga Zanzibar was very easy and pleasant. Our yoga instructor for the week Marie was absolutely wonderful. Her classes were the most enjoyable I have done and her personality just enhanced the whole experience. I chose the budget option and stayed at family-run casa umoja. The room was very basic and most of the time there was no hot water for a shower but the surroundings and garden were so pleasant, I didn't really mind. It has a very authentic feel to the place and the owner has really taken pride in the garden which is beautiful. However, if you are going for a week of luxury and relaxation I would probably chose the flame tree cottages for accommodation. Nungwi itself is a little too "touristy" and I found walking up and down the beach that I was constantly being asked to buy things / go on trips, etc. I realize this happens in most tourist destinations but I found it quite intense in Nungwi. Other than that the beach was beautiful but the weather was a little cloudy or rainy during my trip which was late August."

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  • Review by Ana Maria from Zurich, Switzerland

    "I was delighted with Yoga Zanzibar. I chose the budget accommodation and this was clean, the staff were very friendly, and all was good. In regards to yoga, the classes were fabulous; the teacher is super professional and the mix of people attending was also very good. The island is safe and picturesque and the local people are friendly. Food is simple but fresh and the entire experience was one to repeat. Very Happy!"

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  • Review by Dimah

    "Philosophy: This aspect of the yoga training was essential to my growth experience and practice. The reading and class discussions were very thought provoking. Anatomy: The anatomy part of the 200-hour training was very informative. It puts into perspective the physiological and biological elements of yoga. My favorite part of the anatomy classes was getting a stronger sense of just how unique every individual's body is. This tied to yogic philosophical notions of universality and oneness, while simultaneously acknowledging individual uniqueness (manifested physically) was so fascinating to me - and highly illuminating."

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  • Review by Antonie from Johannesburg, South Africa

    "We had a wonderful time at the yoga retreat. Toby was a wonderful teacher. I thought that 3 hours of yoga a day would be too much for me, but it was very well structured and was just perfect. I would definitely come back. Our stay at the Flame Tree Cottages was also very pleasant."

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  • Review by Nitzan Geva

    "Hello Yoga Zanzibar! We just wanted to say we had a great time at our yoga lesson with Marisa Van Vuuren. The Flame tree roof top was perfect and the view was outstanding. Thanks again and hope to meet again someday soon!"

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  • Review by Martina from Canada

    "What better way is there to relax and get in touch with inner stillness than with a morning and sunset class with Marisa while breathing in fresh ocean air? Marisa's level of expertise is clear as she offers an easy to follow program with clear intention which is appropriate for all levels of yoga-doers. The retreat was precisely what I needed, and the location could not be better!"

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  • Review by Michela from Penticton, Canada

    "Yoga Zanzibar was an unforgettable experience. Everything was absolutely amazing and Marisa especially made it an extra special time. I will return again for this awesome retreat!"

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  • Review by Monique from Heemstede, the Netherlands

    "I have had a great 10 yoga days at Zanzibar. Leyla, my teacher for the first 5 days, is really great. I liked her prayers and exercises, they were really really nice. She was always on time and prepared. She also challenged the people in a very nice way. I really enjoyed her style. I became more and more flexible and what a marvelous evening at the yoga spot!The second 5 days Marisa took over. I also liked her style of yoga. I would only recommend her to do the prayers at the start and ending of the class in English because nobody is able to understand the message. When I asked she also could not tell me which I really find a pity. Her exercises were different but very challenging and enjoyable.One other minor thing is that we never started on time. When we arrived at the yoga spot nothing was prepared. No mats, etc. which I really liked with Leyla but this is of course very personal.I had a great time and will certainly recommend this to others."

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  • Review by Rosa from London, UK

    "I had a wonderful time at Flame Tree Cottages. The location was stunning especially for the roof top sunset classes. Leyla was a really inspiring teacher and I enjoyed every one of her classes which she obviously puts a lot of thought and preparation into. As someone with a fairly low/medium standard of practice, I felt that I improved and have been encouraged to do more."

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  • Review by Stephane from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    "My week at Yoga Zanzibar has been fantastic! Marisa, the Yoga teacher has very rich knowledge. Marisa is constantly smiling and attentive. She gave tailored advise, on breathing or on posture. Marisa has also the ability to push the students enabling them to practice 4 hours yoga a day with constant satisfaction. I highly recommend."

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  • Review by Kathrin from Heidelberg, Germany

    "I liked it 100%! Marisa is a very friendly yoga teacher - and her practice was very good. Thanks for everything!"

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  • Review by Patricia from Cairns, Australia

    "Brilliant. I will highly recommend Marisa's great skills and knowledge to everyone I meet. Come to Zanzibar, it is beautiful. Tradition knocks up against modern. Happiest children in the world and most colorful and stylish women."

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  • Review by Anne and Frank from Norway

    "We are a couple from Norway who spent Christmas in Zanzibar. Frank has practiced yoga once a week for three years and Anne have had a break the last year because of back problems which she thinks come from her yoga. We were very nervous when we showed up for the first morning session with Marisa. We thought maybe two times a day would be too hard for us, and maybe Marisa would be pushing us too hard, and Anne was afraid that her back would be hurting again.To our delight, Marisa was very good at finding our level and adjusting her instruction accordingly. Her skill as an instructor was very good, her explanations were very precise and well formulated in addition to her extremely clear way of showing movements and positions. We had booked 6 days in advance and when the time was up we decided to stay on as we had four days more of our holidays in Zanzibar. This we had kept open in case we would like to do something else. But we kept on with the yoga although we moved to another hotel. Actually, we think that the yoga was what made our holiday meaningful. Zanzibar is a very nice place to visit, but being a tourist for more than a week is too much for us. Thus it is the yoga we are telling our friends about when they ask how our holiday has been."Flame Tree Cottages" had a very good human atmosphere and thus was a very suitable place for yoga. The setting where we had the yoga classes was also very suitable. It was peaceful and not too warm. In the morning we met in an open, clean space with a canvas wall against the monsoon. In the afternoon we were on a roof overlooking the Indian Ocean and the sunset. When we opened up our eyes after the final savasana - it was dark. Just perfect timing!Marisa was also very good at making a very nice atmosphere. She took very good care of everybody. PS: Now, two weeks after we came home we are practicing the sequences and movements that we were doing in Zanzibar, every day! Maybe that is the best effect of our yoga holiday at Zanzi Yoga. We have been inspired to keep it up! And Anne's back has never been better!Hugs from Anne and Frank"

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  • Review by Svetlana

    "Hello, Marisa! Your lessons have helped me feel better. Now I continue to practice yoga in Moscow. I really like it! Thank you!"

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  • Review by Lisa from Switzerland

    "Thank you for the wonderful time in late November 2011 - I felt thoroughly strengthened and energized once I left Zanzibar after a week of Yoga and diving. Hope to be back next year!"

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  • Review by Heike from Germany

    "Thank you a lot for that very relaxing, stretching and enriching Yoga Retreat week. I guess I just came for sunshine and some asanas, but what I found was much more: time for myself, careful assistance for my yoga practise and good food ;-) Your style of teaching is really amazing: as powerful as sensitive; as straight as calm and accurate. Thank you very much."

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Zanzibar, Tanzania

Yoga Zanzibar is founded by Marisa van Vuuren. The one and only yoga alternative in Zanzibar, offering yoga retreats throughout the year since 2009.

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Holiday season

 

  • December 21 - January 7

 

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  • Rest of the year

 

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