Get away from your busy life to the beautiful smiling African coastline for a week in Gambia, West Africa. Take the opportunity to relax and de-stress in the sunny seaside eco-retreat centre set in African forest next to miles of untouched and secluded sandy beaches.
This Yoga holiday is a must for those who want to unwind from a fast paced lifestyle. Sandele is an award-winning eco retreat with numerous awards for responsible tourism in Africa.
Based in southern Gambia, West Africa, Sandele Eco retreat and Learning centre has been awarded ecological prizes due to it's sustainability and responsible tourism contributions. Its a very special place in the way the propieters have set it up, around 6 years ago, after years of exploration, discussion and negotiation. The land where Sandele is situated is registered in the name of the Kartong Village, who sub-let the site to the owners. Sandele supports the Kartong villagers by providing local employment, and after 25 years the site and the buildings on it will revert to the village. By investing in this retreat you are also greatly helping this village.
It's a place you just simply cannot help but relax into. The environment is beautiful, magical and relaxing. The pace of life is appropriately slow. What better place to nourish and deepen your yoga practice, surrounded by natural beauty and so near an unspoilt palm fringed beach. There will be trips to the local village, bird watching and even boogy boards are available during your week to offer a real complement to your asana practice.
From the 2 - 4th February you will be able to witness the local Cultural festival of music and dance taking place in the village of Kartong. A fabulous immersion into Gambian culture and spectacle, with a suberb backdrop of miles of sandy beach and sea.
To the sound of the morning waves, there will be a 2 hour morning practice at 8/8.30am and an evening practice welcoming the setting sun and rising moon at 5/5.30pm. Practising in the setting of the yoga shala on the beach or the palm forest you will be able to feel the Earth's energy, the steady rhythm of the Gambia and connect more deeply to your own unique rhythm. We will work on flowing and dynamic sequences of postures enlivening your physical prowess, there will be a focus on breath and breathing practices and we will also marry the slow rhythm of life in the Gambia in more restorative meditative practice. There will also be guided meditation practice. The Yoga will be open to all abilties.
Yoga sessions will start at 8/8.30am and be more dynamic lasting for about 2 hours.
Yoga sessions in the evening start around 5/5.30 ( or sunset time) and wil be slower and more restorative.
The daytime is free for you to wander on the beach, swim in the sea sunbathe or go for a trip to the river or village nearby.