Festival activities will be centered in the charming village of Shela, but will encompass Manda Island and Lamu Old Town, so the whole area will be abuzz. A variety of yoga classes and meditations — for all levels — will be offered over four days at 12 unique venues and studios. From early-bird yoga on the beach to meditation under the moon, both festivals will offer something for everyone, from experienced practitioners, newbies, to the curious souls and everything in between.
Highlights for both festivals include a dhow sail, Swahili diner and a grand finale beach dinner and party.
Lamu is an island on the north coast of Kenya, rich in culture, tradition and natural beauty. It boasts a tropical climate, miles of empty beaches and many options for accommodations to suit all budgets. Lamu Old Town, the oldest Swahili settlement in East Africa, is a UNESCO heritage site.
Besides the history and nature, what else makes Lamu magical? We don’t have cars, just plenty of donkeys and boats. Without the stress and rush of modern life, it’s easy to feel a million miles away.
The simple and delicious Swahili cuisine is part of the reason Lamu is known as Kenya’s health and wellness destination. We eat plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood daily, and so will you.
We also spend lots of time enjoying the unspoiled beauty of our island. Jogging or walking on the beach, hiking in the dunes, swimming, sailing, tanning, fishing — and, of course, outdoor yoga.
There are many wonderful accommodations in Shela, Lamu and Manda to suit all budgets. Sponsor hotels for the festival are listed on the Lamu Yoga Festival website. Your accommodation is included in your festival ticket package.
Lamu Festival has a group of outreach partners and they strive to ensure that the festival has a sustainable and positive impact on the island. Here is an example of one of the programmes they run in alignment with the festival:
Safari Doctors improves access to healthcare for remote and marginalised communities in Lamu County. Every month, the dedicated team sets sail under a full moon on a dhow boat loaded with medicines. They travel to isolated villages, setting up mobile clinics and offering health services to communities who struggle to access them. This year, the team has reached over 4,200 patients across 17 villages! Children are being kept up to date with their vaccinations and skin conditions and communicable diseases have significantly dropped. To support the wellbeing of the wider Lamu community, drop by their offices at Shela Sea Suq or visit: www.safaridoctors.org to find out how you can #JoinTheJourney and make a difference.
The Festival also believes that yoga should be accessible to everyone. They are proud to support free community yoga classes. Every week, Africa Yoga Project teacher Paska Atim John teaches local adults and children in Lamu Town and Shela.
The Festival organisers have set up a variety of ticket package options. All include accommodation and festival participation, and some include extras such as airport transfers. Check out and book your tickets here.
You will have to fly into Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.
Five daily flights from Nairobi, two daily flights from Malindi and one flight from Mombasa serve Lamu. You can book flights on Fly540, Fly-Sax, Skywards, AirKenya and SafariLink. Transfers from Manda Airport are included in your festival package. Catching a bus from Mombasa or Malindi to Lamu is a cheaper option.