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Why go on retreat?


I am writing this from my balcony, overlooking the Mediterranean sea in Cyprus after a month of bush and beach in the most magical spots in Kenya. Laikipia bought hot days and cool evenings, delicious meal under the stars, yoga, animal flow, wild walks amongst zebra and giraffe, Lamu bought the Yoga Festival and our Karuna Yoga Journeys Getaway along with ocean swims with whale sharks and dolphins, sunsets and sunrises and deep meditation. I can't believe it is mid October 2022 and I am lucky enough to still be on the beach.


Stepping out of my routine and going on retreat allows so much space for new ideas and new beginnings, space for potential, the unexpected, and joy. Space for me to be myself. Space to slow down, connect, pay attention and truly surrender into the beauty of everything I see and do. 


My personal journey as a seeker, a humble warrior, as a shiatsu therapist, yoga teacher, and reiki chaneller is based on this universal and individual search for finding my life’s purpose, freedom, happiness and why I am here.
Yet my daily life can busy, filled with distractions, (facebook, cooking dinners, coffee) and my decisions made through responsibility instead of tuning into my souls calling.


Travel, trainings and retreats encourage me to switch off, not to upload data on my computer or phone. I trust in an emergency I can be reached. I want to be present, to hear the sacred inner voice of my authentic soul, to value myself and my needs. I want to share this profound gift with others.

This is why I am committed to hosting and leading retreats several times each year and of course, I am blessed to spend time with all of those interesting souls who join me. 

20th JAN - 16TH JAN 2023

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Are you living with courage? Are you living with curiosity, playfulness and spontaneity? Are you living a life that is joyful, abundant and nourishing? When we experience the world through the veil of maya (illusion and duality) we lose our connection to Self, our ability to identify what is important to us so we can live our happiest, most fulfilling life.

During this 6-day 5 night retreat we will dive deep into the practices of yoga and explore the 5 elements to reinforce our connection to mother nature

Bhūmi (earth), Jala (water), Agni (fire), Vayu (air/wind), and Akash (aether).


Whether you are a devoted yogi or new to the path this retreat has something for you. More than Yoga, it is a unique blend of wellness and wilderness.

Discover how to nourish yourself physically and mentally through movement, inspiring conversation, prana dense food and tools to express your authentic voice. Lots of simple ideas and tips for you to take away and incorporate into your life so the good feelings exist after we say kwaheri.

This retreat is a modern wellness experience for anyone looking for an unforgettable experience.



Rejuvenating Mornings

Wake at dawn, coffee/tea, Vinyasa or Yin Yoga in various places, delicious local breakfast and fresh fruits and an opportunity freshen up.


Fun and bliss filled Afternoons

Whether we are partaking in a cooking class, or learning how to block print or exploring the desert our afternoon will be a colourful aray of art and culture


Star Filled Nights

Expect fireside heart opening chats and dancing, Yoga Nidra beneath big skies and to roll into bed full of joy and contentment.


Conservation focus

This retreat is in partnership with the cottage Industries of Gujurat. During your stay, you’ll be learning about some of the projects we are  funding, how important every dollar that you spend is.


The yoga

All sessions will be around 75 minutes long and will take place in various locations throughout the retreat. Please bring you yoga mat and any extras you love to practice. Expect fun, creative vinyasa flow with Leyla's signature unique transitions to get you out of your head and into the moment. There will also be gentler, soothing yin yoga for the ultimate juicy stretch. 

Modifications will ensure the classes will be suitable for everyone.

Meditation, chanting and pranayama will be weaved throughout the retreat for the ultimate yoga experience


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