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Yoga, nature & local experiences

7 day retreat with multiple dates from Nov 2020 - May 2021

A yoga retreat out of the ordinary combined with nature and local experiences.

Welcome to The Gambia and a week filled with experiences! Each day, wake up and refresh your body with a lovely yoga session, before embracing what the day will bring. During the week you will get to know the local village, enjoy a peaceful river cruise on Alahein river in a dugout canoe, learn to cook a local dish and walk the beaches!

Lisa Colby
Yoga, nature & local experiences
Lisa Colby
Linda Veråsdal

Your teacher

Linda holds a Yoga certificate from Himalayan Yoga Bliss, Darjeeling, India. Her yoga style is playful Vinyassa Flow with restorative elements.

Linda spends half her year in Gambia with her partner David and she is the founder of Ethical Travel Portal and The Cotton Trail Gambia.

Itinerary of the week

Day 1

Arrival in The Gambia

Welcome to The Gambia! Pick up at the airport and transfer to the lodge. In the bush, and by the sea. Here you will spend the next week doing yoga out in the nature and get to know the local culture.

Get settled in. In the afternoon we will do a short yoga introduction, to get you started!

Dinner and overnight.

Day 2

Grab some tea and fruit in the morning, before we move over to the yoga shala to get the day going and your body moving!

After a lovely fresh breakfast, our local expert Serani will take you on a walk to Gunjur village. Here you will experience the daily life in a local village, visit the market, see the school and meet people enjoying their chat while watching life pass by...

Return to Footsteps around lunch time and spend the rest of the day at own leisure.

Day 3

Rise & Shine Yoga on the Beach

This morning we get up before sunrise, grab our tea and fruit and walk down to the beach as it slowly is getting lighter. We will do our yoga flow on the beach, as the sun is rising.

After the yoga, there is time for a swim or simply enjoy the sound of the waves before we slowly start walking back to the lodge for a late breakfast.

Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Day 4

Yoga in the Morning & Cook like a Local

Good morning, Sunshine! After tea and fruit we meet at the yoga shala for today’s yoga flow.

After breakfast, you will learn how to cook a local dish. Join Mary in to the village and the market to buy the ingredients needed for today’s cooking. Back at the lodge, take part in the cooking process which will end with a delicious lunch.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

Day 5

Yoga in the morning & Beach Walk in the Afternoon

We start the day with a lovely yoga session in the Shala…

Rest of the day is at own leisure. Maybe you want to have a massage, or pedicure?

Day 6

River Sun Rise Cruise & Yoga

Today we get up early and drive to Kartong riverside where a crushing trip on the river is waiting. This is with a dugout canoe, no engine, and very peaceful as the birds wake up…

We will end our trip at a lodge by the river where we will do a short yoga sessions before breakfast is served by the riverside.

We return to the lodge in the late morning. Spend the rest of your day at own leisure.

Day 7

Yoga in the Morning

Enjoy your morning tea and fruit, before we meet for our final yoga session at the shala. Today we are finishing off our yoga week, and hopefully you have some good tools to bring with you in life.

Spend the rest of the day as you wish.

Day 8

Departure from The Gambia

According to your flight, transfer to the airport for your departure. We hope you had a great time this week, and that we see you soon!


Price per person
(based on 2 people sharing a room):
Single supplement:
Non-participating partner:


  • 30th Nov - 7th Dec 2020
  • 4th - 11th Jan 2021
  • 1st - 8th Feb 2021
  • 29th March - 5th April 2021
  • 3rd - 10th May 2021


  • 7 nights accommodation, including breakfast, at the award winning Footsteps Eco-lodge
  • 7 yoga sessions
  • 4 excursions:
    • Local walk with Sarani
    • Cooking with Mary
    • River boat cruise on Alahein River
    • Beach walk and transfer back to the lodge
  • Transfers to and from the airport


  • Meals, other than those mentioned
  • Drinks

N.B. There are no food or drink restrictions as part of the course as the lodge serves locally sourced healthy food and can cater for all dietary needs.

Your next steps to Footsteps...

Why not take 2 minutes to register your interest for this trip via our 'Dream now, Travel later' offer? There’s no commitment to book and if you let us know a few details, we'll keep an eye on flights for you. You can also claim a free excursion, tailored to your interests.

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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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