New as of 2018, Wild Studio Yoga 4-night retreats will take place in one of the most spiritual locations on earth. Perched on the edge of the Chyulu Hills, you’ll enjoy sunrise and sunset meditation/yoga with views across the wildlife-filled plains to Mt Kilimanjaro’s snowcapped peak. Few places bring the elemental energies of earth, wood, fire, sky and water together so beautifully.
Staying at the highly-acclaimed, Ol Donyo, an exclusive lodge with strong conservation credentials to match. You’ll enjoy the finest luxury in terms of accommodation, guiding, service and cuisine. Their seven glass-fronted suites are built into the rock, each with private plunge pools and rooftop star beds. Your retreat program will include sunrise yoga, enriching workshops, sunset meditation and/or restorative yoga practice.
As well as days spent exploring vast areas of natural habitat, and the usual safari activities, your experience will include wellness-adapted walking, horse riding, cycling and wildlife drives – silent walking safaris being a perfect example. Relaxation and pampering will be encouraged, with plenty of time for in-room massages and chilling by the pool. Being immersed in this raw wilderness will awaken all your senses, and you’ll reach a deeper sense of calm and relaxation by practicing meditation and yoga outdoors. As you slow down to nature’s pace, your appreciation and connection to the wildlife and landscapes will be heightened, and encounters with the mighty tuskers, the biggest elephants in the world, which this area is famed for, will be all the more mind-blowing.
Stop press: There are currently two Wild Studio Yoga retreats planned, starting 30 November and 4 December 2018. They will be conducted by yoga teacher and conservationist Binita Shah. Non-yoga-participating partners are also welcome and can enjoy any of the lodge activities and can dip into or out of any of the activities the yoga group will be doing. Extension packages to Mara Plains Camp and Mara Expedition Camp are also available, either before or after the two retreat dates. As with the Wild Studio Yoga retreats, there is no single supplement.