YOGA RETREAT TO KENYA
Give yourself a week to deepen your yoga practice on all levels. Physically, energetically, theoretically and spiritually, under the guidance of Hanna Backman. Our yoga shala for the week is placed on the land of Kinondo Kwetu –Kenyas leading beach boutique hotel. We will enjoy the fantastic nature, lovley food, daily morning and evening yoga, meditations and satsangs, but you will also have lots of free time for other activities and the possibility of exploring the nature and culture around. A nourishing week is waiting!
DIVE INTO PRACTICE & RELAXATION. Join Little Peaces founder, Hanna Backman for a week to deepen your yoga and meditation-practice, rest and relax in the beautiful surroundings of Kinondo Kwetu. It is wonderful to commit to a week of daily yoga and meditation and yet have time to explore the beauty of Kenya. The daily practices will frame the days, and in between, you with bathe in the beauty of the land of Kinondo Kwetu and its surroundings. The fact that Kenya has very little time difference to central Europe makes this a perfect destination since jetlag will not be affecting us so much.
Originally the home of a Swedish couple, Ida and Filip Andersson is now turned into an exclusive, yet personal private beach hotel. Kinondo Kwetu is ”a home away from home” with 16 acres of beach paradise, surrounded by sacred land, holy forest, and stunning views of the Kenyas coast. A small hotel, with only 20 rooms, no keys and no room numbers. The staff will know your name and any special needs the day you enter. This makes it the perfect destination for a balance of rest and relaxation, exploration and restoration. The kindness of the staff of Kindono Kwetu will melt with the kindness the yoga practice brings. The hotel has, apart from a beautiful white sandy beach, two pool areas, a tennis court, a horse stable and plenty of
A DAY AT OUR RETREAT
The days will unfold with optional morning meditation at 06.30, a short tea-break, followed by a short intro of the days theme, and yoga asanas between 07.00–09.00 (We might end earlier some days).
Breakfast is abundant with fresh fruits, yoghurt, nuts and a wide selection of cooked side orders. The day leaves plenty of time to either relax and reflect or to enjoy the offerings of both Kinondo Kwetu and its surroundings. From snorkeling trips to tennis, safari to horseback riding or just day dream on the beach, there is plenty to inspire all the senses.
The three-course lunch is included and will be served at different locations on the land. The hotel presents some lovley surprises such as complimentary fruit-drinks or afternoon tea, included. Supboards, snorkelling gear and the tennis court is included for you to enjoy. In the afternoon we will meet up for Satsang (theory/philosophical talk) and another session of softyoga such as yin, pranayama or meditation. You will all recieve a note book if you want to deepen your week by jounaling or recieve deepening questions.
Often we pretty much go right from the evening practice to the spot where the three-course dinner is served. Perhaps time for a quick shower to freshen up. Kinondo Kwetu is offering "barefoot luxury", meaning you don´t have to bring a fancy dress or nice shoes.
Hanna is the founder of Little Peace Yoga, awarded Swedens best yogastudio on 2018. She is appreciated for her way of bringing yoga philosophy into her classes and you can hear her in several podcasts. She offers a deeper perspective than just physical yoga. She teaches asanas, pranayama, kriyas, meditation and theory in an accessible and kind way and her practices can be both physically/mentally challenging and still/meditative.
A KIND HEADS-UP. This week might seem like a vacation, which for some, means to drink alcohol and do a little what we feel like in the moment. We kindly ask you to only apply if your intent is to join the YOGA RETREAT. To give yourself days to devote to the depth of the practice is a real treat, and your priority is attending the practices and learn more, day by day. Your practice, and the group, requires you to show up, even on the days when motivation is less. It is from that place we develop. We expect you to refrain from alcohol daytime, since a prerequisite for a spiritual practice is to be clear and present. For most yoga practioners, this is natural, yet we feel compelled to clarify it.
If that sounds reasonable–we look forward to welcoming you on this journey. Yay!
DATE: NOVEMBER 30th – DEC 7th
LOCATION: KINONDO KWETU BOUTIQUE BEACH LODGE, KENYA.
YOGATEACHER: HANNA BACKMAN
PRICE: 3500 registration fee. Covers 12 yogaclasses & 7 satsangs.
Accomodation: 1680€ payed to Kinondo Kwetu no later than 2 weeks before arrival.
7 nights accomodation in a beautiful shared double room
Breakfast, 3-course lunch and 3-course dinner.
One 11 o´clock fruit drink
Mineral water, tea, coffee and snacks.
Two daily yoga classes and one satsang.
Non-motorised water sports like canoeing, snorkeling gear, sunchairs, the tennis court, limited laundry, sauna, gym, 2 pools.
Flight and road transfer to/from Mombasa or Ukunda. (Plane ticket between 6.000 sek–12.000 sek.)
Pick-up from Mombasa Airport 30€. (App a 1.5 hour drive)
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. (No alcohol daytime)
Additional activities such as safari, horseback-riding, padidiving, kitesurfing, deep water fishing and beauty treatments.
Single room is available for an additional 770 € for 7 nights.
HOW TO BOOK
1. REGISTER HERE
When register you pay 3.500 sek to ensure you have a spot and cover the cost for yoga classes + administration. If you are Swedish your Friskvårdsbidrag covers this.
You do that HERE
2. BOOK YOUR HOTEL PACKAGE 1.680 €
E-mail Kinondo Kwetu and let them know you will be part of little Peaces retreat and get your bill.
(We advice you to pay it all at once to get todays rate in Euro, but you can pay 10% now and the rest no later than Nov 15 th).
3. BOOK YOUR FLIGHT
HOW TO GET HERE
Plenty of flights go to Mombasa or Nairobi, often via Doha or Addis Abeba.
Closest International Airport is Mombasa International Airport (MOI) which is a 1,5 hour drive from Kinondo Kwetu.
OUR FLIGHT RECOMMENDATION
We recommend Ethiopian Airlines leaving from Stockholm Friday Nov 29th at 21.00.
Ethiopian has new Dream Liner airplanes and high comfort rates. It is a 7.5 hour directflight over night from Stockholm to Addis Abeba. Then 2 hour flight Addis to Mombasa where you arrive 11 am local time. The shuttle from the hotel should take you to the hotel ready for a late lunch. With almost no time difference you arrive at Kinondo Kwetu at app 13.30.
Flight home leaves Mombasa 18.40, on the last day of the retreat, so plenty of time for morning yoga, breakfast and a dip in the ocean before we go. Flight leaves Addis 23.30 and we arrive in Sweden 05.40 local time, so here, we have also been flying over night with only 2 hour time difference. Very convenient.
Of course, you can prolong your stay and arrange to stay longer at Kinondo Kwetu or anywhere else, to suit your desire. There are plenty of hotels and safari lodges around.
This will be a once in a life time experience where we will enjoy the yoga in
an amazing spot. But in case of things not going as planned please read this:
Little Peace Yoga is only responsible for the yoga and administration.
You arrange the trip, transfer and booking yourself, although we have made it quite easy for you.
The registration fee of 3.500 SEK means you have committed to pay for the retreat
and the registration fee is non-frefundable should you decide to cancel your trip.
You can pay your whole hotel package at once, but shall you prefer, Kinondo Kwetu offers you
to pay 10% after registring, and the rest before Sept 1st. If cancelling, the refund on your accommodation
and flight will be according to the cancellation policy of Kinondo Kwetu and/or the kind of flight you have booked.
Kinondo Kwetus booking policy is here: https://www.kinondo-kwetu.com/policies
A good travel insurance will cover most costs, so look over your status there. Most home insurances have travel insurance included.
However – in case of not getting enough participants so the retreatweek can not be realized, (10 people)
you will get fully refunded on your registration fee of 3.500 sek.
The teacher will not accept participnts to drink alcohol during the day or be under the influence in class.
We expect you to be interested in the opportunity to go deeper into the yogapractice and be present at the teachings,
unless ofcourse, you are not well.
If you book for the sake of seeing Kenya and have a party week by the beach, we kindly ask you to look for another
organizer. The yoga is prioritized. You will have about 1.5 hours practice before breakfast, then you will have about 7 hours off
untill the afternoon, where there will be a satsang for app 1 hour and a softer practice for about 1 hour.