We invite you to take some time away from your busy schedules and join us on a journey of discovery. Our retreat is a blend of yoga and mindfulness practice that will help you to build strength and flexibility of mind and body. Get introduced to new habits that will have a lasting positive impact on your life.
Yoga and Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the experience of being open and aware in the present moment, bringing a sense of compassion, curiosity and playfulness to our lives. Mindfulness meditation is the practice of training the mind so we are able to be mindful in our everyday activities.
Yoga in Sanskrit means ‘union’, the union of body, mind and spirit. Our yoga sessions are a playful mix of Vinyasa Flow with restorative elements. It will build strength, flexibility and help you to relax and deepen your self awareness.
Our beautiful Yoga Shala is the perfect place for meditation and yoga practice. Set in its own grounds with mature trees, flowers and an abundance of birdlife making it easy to relax, unwind and connect with nature. This connection with nature is an important part of our week and makes The Gambia an ideal location for this retreat.
With a small group our aim is to create a supportive, friendly and informal atmosphere. The programme is designed around you. Our retreat is suitable for beginners who have never tried yoga or mindfulness, as well as those who have some experience.
Jo Heath, Meditation & Mindfulness
Jo is a senior leader in the public sector working in the environmental field for over 25 years. A qualified lecturer, Jo has been involved in developing and supporting people through coaching and mentoring throughout her career. Mindfulness has had a huge influence on her own life and she is excited to be able to share her experience with others. Jo has been a mindfulness practitioner for over 5 years and is a certified mindfulness teacher.
For more information about mindfulness and meditation contact Jo
Linda Veråsdal, Yoga
Linda is the founder and team leader at Ethical Travel Portal, a tour operator that specialises in crafting personalised holidays to various destinations around the Globe. One of her main destinations and her home for several months of the year is Footsteps in The Gambia. Linda has been practicing yoga for over seven years and is a certified Hatha Vinyasa Flow teacher from Himalayan Yoga Bliss in Darjeeling, India. Linda teaches a playful Vinyasa Flow with elements of restorative yoga.
For more information about the yoga and signing up contact Linda
Fixed Departure: 09 – 12 Dec 2019
GBP 295 on Twin Share —> local rate GBP 250
GBP 75 Single Surcharge
Day 1: Arrival the Lodge
Welcome to Gunjur and our Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat at Footsteps Eco-Lodge! Make your way to Gunjur in Gambia’s South Kombo coastal region, your home for the next seven days. Arrive at your own time.
We start at 17:00 with our first yoga session and an introduction to mindfulness.
Afterwards enjoy a welcome dinner.
- Including introduction yoga & mindfulness, welcome dinner and accommodation
Day 2: Yoga and Beach Walk with Mindfullness
Wake up to birdsong and enjoy a coffee or tea with some fruit before heading to the yoga shala for our first formal morning session with sumptuous breakfast to follow. Rise and Shine!
In the afternoon, we invite you to enjoy a one and half hour beach walk south to Sankule Beach and Gunjur Fishing Village. We will practice yoga and mindfulness on the way.
We stay for sunset, before we will be picked up and transfer back to Footsteps where dinner is waiting for us.
- Including breakfast, beachwalk with lunch, yoga and mindfulness sessions, dinner and accommodation
Day 3: Morning on Alahin River, yoga & mindfulness
Today we get up a bit earlier, enjoy some snacks and a cup of tea before we drive to Kartong and the riverside. Here we will enjoy a couple of hours on the river, while the sun is rising. We stop on the shore for morning rise and shine yoga. Afterwards, transfer back to Footsteps.
Spend the day to enjoy yourself with a massage, walk in the forrest or in the village…
In the late afternoon, it is time for our mindfulness before our last evening arrives with a delicious dinner.
- Including breakfast, river trip, yoga and mindfulness, dinner, accommodation
Day 4: Departure
Your final day is here! We will have a shorter yoga and mindfullness session in the morning to wrap it all up.
Time to wrap up, say goodbye to your new friends and get ready for your departure back home.
- Including breakfast