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Kenya: Marine Conservation Seva Yoga Retreat

Join us for a rewarding retreat combining guided yoga with selfless service in beautiful Watamu, Kenya, a coastal haven for ecotourism.

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Overview

  • Combine a guided yoga retreat with seva (selfless service) in the tranquil coastal village of Watamu, Kenya for a rewarding experience.
  • Work with local artists and researchers to support marine conservation.
  • Enjoy regular outings to experience the coral reefs, dolphins, and sea turtles found in Watamu’s wonderful marine protected area

Join Dani Pogachefsky, a certified yoga instructor and ayurvedic yoga therapist on this yoga retreat and selfless service project in the coastal community of Watamu, Kenya. In Watamu you’ll be met by resident zoologist Steve Trott of the Watamu Marine Association, a non-profit organization that runs sustainable tourism projects, community based waste management and recycling enterprises, and marine conservation and research programs.

In between daily yoga sessions, you will have the opportunity to work as a volunteer in support of Watamu Marine Association’s local partners, including artists, women’s groups, and students. Help conserve the East African marine environment through this exciting and fulfilling seva yoga retreat.

Trip Dates & Cost

2017: October 15–24. $4,790 per person* Group size limit: 12. There is a 5-day optional trip extension to visit the Masai Mara (Oct 24–28); please inquire for details.

2018: September 17–26. $4,790 per person.* Group size limit: 12.

* Trip prices do not include international airfare. There is a single supplement fee of $695. Click here for our full expedition terms and conditions.

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Naturalist

Dani Pogachefsky is a certified yoga instructor, Ayurvedic yoga therapist, massage therapist, and Tibetan singing bowl healer who has honed her skills through formal training and extensive travel. Dani's soulful teaching style is a unique combination of innovative flows and anatomically informed sequencing, incorporating mantra, sound, pranayama, and energetic alignment. She pulls from her training in various styles, including Vinyasa, Sivananda, Prana Kriya, and more.


Steve Trott is a marine zoologist and the projects development manager at Watamu Marine Association in Kenya, an organization that promotes sustainable tourism, community based waste management, and marine conservation. Steve’s current focus is on finding innovative solutions to the growing marine debris problem while providing financial benefit to coastal communities in Africa.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi
Arrive to Nairobi and transfer to the Fairview Hotel to spend the night.

Day 2: Nairobi
In the morning we will visit the elephant orphanage and giraffe sanctuary of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust as well as the Ocean Sole workshops.

Day 3: Nairobi - Malindi
Fly to Malindi and transfer to the beachside town of Watamu—we will stay at either the Lonno Lodge or Watamu Treehouse Lodge. Enjoy afternoon yoga and an orientation.

Days 4–9: Watamu | Daily guided yoga practice & volunteer service projects

Six full days will be spent in Watamu enjoying morning and afternoon guided yoga practice combined with activities including visits with community projects, snorkeling, dolphin viewing, a sunset mangrove tour, an artist workshop, beach clean up, and free time.

Day 10: Malindi - Nairobi - Fly home or continue on optional trip extension
Take an afternoon flight back to Nairobi, arriving in time for dinner nearby. Transfer back to the airport to catch your international departure to continue on our optional extension to the Masai Mara.

Accommodations

Participants will stay in comfortable, double-occupancy accommodations in Nairobi and in the idyllic seaside town of Watamu. In Nairobi we will stay at the tranquil and highly-rated Fairview Hotel. In Watamu we will stay at either the Lonno Lodge or Watamu Treehouse Lodge.

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