Malawi Magic: Yoga & Female Empowerment in the Warm Heart of Africa

4 reviews
Oct 26 - Nov 3, 2017
Group size: 8-10
Malawi Magic: Yoga & Female Empowerment in the Warm Heart of Africa

4 reviews

Deposit: $500
Oct 26 - Nov 3, 2017
Group size: 8-10

About this trip

Willow & Blair and Souljourn Yoga Foundation invite you to take a journey to the "Warm Heart of Africa" from October 26-November 3 for our Malawi Magic Yoga Retreat. Join SJY founder, Jordan Ashley, and Julie Sichlau in the secluded and lush Tongole Lodge deep in the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve for a truly enchanting experience. Wake up to elephants grazing on the river bank and fall asleep under the star clad African sky after a full day of exploration, rest, and of course yoga. 

Included in the tuition is a $300 tax deductible donation that will be kickstarting our "Female Empowerment Project."

This will be a collaborative project with the Tongole Foundation and Souljourn Yoga Foundation that will both create sustainable revenue for the women of the communities around Mwalawatongole, Chilimani and Chankhokwe primary schools in Nkhotakota district (especially the "mother helpers" that are already present at the school), encourage more girls to continue to secondary education, and ultimately lead to more female teachers in the schools via resuseable sanitary napkins. 

The Tongole Foundation is a UK registered charity aiding families in Malawi. They work specifically with local communities surrounding the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. Many people in the district, just like the rest of the country, live in extreme poverty – on less than a dollar a day. Tongole focuses their work on the areas of Education & Conservation in an effort to improve the standards of living for as many people as possible The Tongole Foundation was founded by Bentry Kalanga, David Cole and David Gridley in memory of Bentry’s 16 year old son Vitu, who was tragically killed in a car accident.

What’s included

Daily Yoga

Daily Meditation

Welcome and Farewell Ceremony - Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Sunset Canoe Safari

Morning Canoe Safari 

Wilderness Safari - Nkhotakota Game Reserve

Late night Bush Safari – Spot Nocturnal Animals

Visit local market places

Hiking - Kasukusuku Hill

Lake Activities

1 night Latitude 13

7 nights Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Welcome Dinner at Latitude 13

All meals at Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Airport arrivals meet and greet

Private transfers and all transportation

Not included



Travel Insurance (Compulsory for anyone who travels with Willow & Blair and Souljourn Yoga)


Greetings to the “Warm Heart of Africa.” Arrive, get picked up from the airport and transported to Latitude 13 where you can settle in, enjoy the spa, or get some rest. We will meet up for a healthy and exotic dinner to connect and start our journey together.

Your Organizer

Jordan Ashley
4 reviews
Founder of Souljourn Yoga Foundation (, a non-profit dedicated to raising money for girls education in developing countries through global yoga retreats and local events.


Dear Jordan and SoulJourn Yoga team, What an adventure. Prema Peru was an action packed and exciting journey. Most of all spending time with the girls of Sacred Valley Project was the most memorable especially shopping in the markets, learning their culture and making them smile! I wish we could have spent more time with the high school girls however because this visit was planned during the weekday they were doing their studies. I also think the flow of events would be smoother if we did not do sit downs for lunch. This took a lot of time out of the days where there were activities planned. A solution could be to grab food quickly somewhere or bag lunches. My most favorite meals were at Sacha Munay, Cola de Mono & Sunday we are at an incredible local spot in Cusco that was delicious! The activities were wonderful from ziplining to hot baths to Machu Picchu! The beginning of the trip was good paced and relaxing with plenty of time to enjoy yoga classes and gong bathes. This helped to acclimate to the elevation as well. I found that there were too many activities which made it confusing to know what was going on or what to pack in the middle of the week. Highly recommend to stress lots and lots of bug spray when in the jungle. Many people were eaten alive! We also had one man down during the mountain biking which was scary and thankful he is OK. However would be best to include travel insurance into the price based off the activity levels instead of making it an option. Overall I rate 10 out of 10! Incredible experience to give back to the girls and to experience Peru. Loved Sergio our guide, Che Che our driver, and Raoul ! They were wonderful. Maybe good idea to recommend to bring money for tipping them as well. Thank you again! Wonderful time!
Truly an epic adventure. In the Andes, every day brings ever more breathtaking landscapes, but we also had the special opportunity to meet and interact with the people of this amazing country, especially the girls of the Sacred Valley Project who are getting the education they so richly deserve.
A wonderful experience with amazing people. I had the time of my life and can't wait for the next one. Souljourn is an awesome foundation and their retreats combined with the trip to girls home and education in Nicaragua made it truly unbelievable :)