Renew your spirit in Tanzania's great plains. Experience a week of healing yoga, meditation, safari, and cultural immersion. Your week at Africa Amini Life Maasai lodge will leave you feeling grounded in your body, free in your mind, and light in your soul. Commit to practicing yoga 1-2 times per day, daily meditation and group healing sessions amongst the most beautiful landscape East Africa has to offer. Learn from the Maasai their herbal healing traditions, and join a 3 day safari to the stunning National Parks in Northern Tanzania (Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater). Enjoy meals created from fresh, local and (when possible) organic foods, cultivated from the fertile land of the Kilimanjaro region. We will close out our retreat by taking our personal work "off the mat" to engage mindfully with the community in which we are staying.
We will honor this land where humanity began through ceremony, song, and dance. We will honor our teachers, our ancestors, and all of those who have come before us. We will travel mindfully and tread lightly on this beautiful soil, seeking to learn with all aspects of ourselves.
If you are looking to reset, renew, and restore in one of the most beautiful and healing places on Earth, join us for this incredible adventure. This is not necessarily a fitness retreat, it is a sacred journey of healing; healing from heartbreak, trauma, loss, or just healing from the struggles of modern life. This journey is open to all levels, from beginning practitioners through advanced. This journey is open to all souls! Every person, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, body type, religion, is welcome here. May there never be requirements for health and healing to take place. If you are financially unable to commit to this trip, please reach out, as there may be funding available from outside sources.
*A portion of the proceeds from this trip go to benefit Amani Light , a non profit organization bringing yoga and mindfulness practices to youth in Tanzania, and offering Tanzania yoga retreats to at-risk youth from America.
8 days in East Africa is a splendid amount of time to spend, however, if you would like to extend your journey to include a few days of personalized healing with an herbalist, more countries or a few more stops, we can help you plan and offer advice. Please let us know if you would like to add more days onto your trip for a visit to Zanzibar, a climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro (both in Tanzania), a visit to other local towns or tribes in Moshi or Arusha, trekking to see the Mountain Gorillas (in Rwanda) or just a few more days at Amini Maasai Lodge. Just let us know and we will help to make it happen.
The act of healing necessitates our entire self to be present in each moment, noticing the things that arise; the good and the bad. Traveling in East Africa is in itself an incredibly soulful adventure, but adding on the intentional aspect of healing from some of our deep wounds, and working towards transformation can be very difficult at times. The asana of yoga will not prove to be the biggest challenge on this trip. Going on safari is a beautiful experience, but the drives can be long and not incredibly comfortable on unpaved roads, and often in hot weather. Seeing the divine each day in the earth, the animals, ourselves, however, will simply melt this away if you let it.
Healing also happens when we detach from some of our typical habits. This said, we will encourage very light cell phone use for the duration of your trip. Obviously photography will be a part of the trip, but please be able to refrain from posting pictures (and awaiting your "likes"), engaging in excess online communication, etc.
A deposit of a percentage of the retreat price is required to hold your reservation and is not refundable unless we are able to re-sell your spot at the retreat. The balance is due and must be received 60 days prior to the first day of the retreat.
Marissa reserves the right to cancel this retreat (for full refund) if either a) the minimum group size (5 participants) is not met at least 45 days prior to its start date or b) circumstances beyond its control make travel to the destination infeasible (e.g., weather or political disturbances). Neither of these things are expected to happen, Tanzania is a very safe and stable destination, however it's best to have this clause written just in case.
If you must cancel (please don't)
- up to 61 days prior to departure, you can be refunded 80% of your payments (deposit and payment 1)
- up to 45 days prior, you can be refunded 50% of your payments (deposit and payment 1)
- after 45 days prior to your departure, no refund will be given
Unfortunately, refunds for participants' travel-related expenses are not possible in either case; it is strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance!
Shared Masai hut, two double beds, shared bathroom inside room.
On safari, room will be shared as well with two double beds, shared bathroom inside room
Enjoy your own private space with a queen size bed and private bath. A room with a view! When Kilimanjaro is not covered by the clouds, its beauty is visible from the room. You will also be given single accommodation on safari.
Landing in Africa is quite an experience. Take time to settle into the earth and the spirit of the land.
Guests will arrive at Africa Amini Massai Lodge and get a chance to explore the grounds before meeting other guests and practicing our first round of yoga and meditation. Our Maasai hosts will invite you to your first Maasai "sundowner" where you will experience their traditional song and dance as you watch the sunset over the hills of West Kilimanjaro. A fresh dinner made from traditional whole foods will be served after sundown. You can expect to begin to feel settled and experience full body awareness through our first practice. Shed your layers of stress, travel, and expectation as you relax into awareness of your breath and body.