' Maha Yoga Workshop | Footsteps Eco-lodge Gambia

Maha Yoga

7 day retreat | November 4th - 11th 2019

Christopher Gladwell, yoga

Join Yoga-Master Chris Gladwell to experience Maha Yoga in a beautiful eco-lodge, located within protected forests & 1 km from natural sandy beaches.

Maha Yoga is a classic approach of bringing together body-based practice, mantra, breathwork and meditation. It leads inexorably into states and traits of bliss, awareness and presence as the very nature of who you are. Maha Yogas roots can be found in old texts where it was taught as an accelerated practice for achieving the deep knowledge of yoga - the Yoga Vidya.

The Teacher

Yoga Master Christopher Gladwell is a renowned Yoga practitioner (physical and mental), whose career spans over 4 decades. He combines evolutionary biology, leading edge physical and physio therapeutic practices, psychotherapeutic disciplines, meditation from many traditions, breathwork, shamanic trance based practices and much more.

Chris studied with the Satyananda School of Yoga (12 years) and the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of Krishnamacharya and Sri K Pattabhi Jois (12 years), as well as other systems such as Iyengar yoga, Oki yoga, Vini yoga and Chi Kung. He has studied and explored traditional and new tantra, and for the last nine years has been involved in explorations of the Vajrayana teachings of Tibet.

Other explorations have been with Shamanic traditions mostly rooted in Native American teachings. He co-founded Bristol's Yogasara studio in the city centre and teaches internationally.

The Location

The Eco-lodge is a small Gambian accommodation situated in Gunjur, in the bush and by the beach, where you will find hundreds of birds and some of the most stunning scenery in The Gambia. Located one kilometre from golden sandy beaches and next to the protected Koofung Forest park in the south of Gambia and offering a variety of well-designed accommodations in relaxed and friendly surroundings.

Enjoy comfortable clean rooms, fine Gambian and European food and The Gambia's only fresh filtered pool, an added bonus if you are a photographer or birding enthusiast.

The lodge has a fully equipped and sheltered yoga shala for our dedicated use.

The Maha Yoga Practice

  • Daily practice in somatically-sound, fascially-intelligent body-based practice.
  • Daily practice of deep breathwork, mudra, bandha and pranayama
  • To learn and practice the elemental bija mantras and the mantras that support, direct and hold the energies of Maha Yoga.
  • Daily practice of embodied meditation.
  • Deep relaxation.
  • A background of practical Yoga-Tantra philosophy.
  • Opportunities for a one-to-one session with Christopher

Suggested Schedule

This not a yoga holiday, but a diving deep, embodiment invitation !!

  • 6am-12 noon - Practice
  • Brunch 12pm-4pm - Free time & 1-2-1 appointments with Chris
  • 4pm-7pm - Practice
  • Dinner
  • 8:30pm-10pm - Practice

*Some days we will practice and study in the shala, others in the forest or on the beach. One afternoon we will visit the town and its fascinating markets and have dinner in a traditional Gambian restaurant.



  • 7 nights shared accommodation in beautiful roundhouses or lodges.
  • Single rooms available: supplement
  • 2 nourishing vegetarian meals per day (Brunch & Dinner)
  • Snacks and drinks available & pick fruit from the trees!
  • Early bird rate of if paid in full by 16th August 2019


  • Flight time: 6 hours
  • Cost: - pp
  • No time difference

We recommend you fly with Thomas Cook - for cheap direct flights. Flights operate from Manchester, Birmingham and Gatwick to Banjul airport, The Gambia.

The retreat will start at 5pm on Monday 4th November and finish at 12 noon on Monday 11th November. This allows you to catch the Gatwick-Banjul flight on both those days.

Transfers can be arranged at an additional cost and the lodge is located around 50 minutes drive from Banjul airport.

To Book

Pay deposit & fee now online to secure your place

or contact directly to pay in full
Contact: Katie 07768 845954 / [email protected]

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Other activities

Guided or not?

Most activities going out include a guide. We advise you take a guide with you so you can get the most out of your trip. There are tours you can do without a guide and when in doubt we will gladly advise you.

Like a local?

Most activities going out include a private taxi, though some trips can be done by bush taxi. Depending on the route you can use this local means of transport. If available, the price mentioned includes the bush taxi instead of a private taxi.


Birding and fishing can be prepaid while booking your stay through our website, but all of our activities can also be prepaid after you have booked by contacting David.

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Help & enquiries

Call Dodou in The Gambia:

+220 773 2060

(9 am - 5 pm)

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