Ajabu House Ashtanga Retreat

Lake Naivasha   |  Next Dates Coming Soon!   

Dive deeper into the heart of yoga. surrender to the silence and the beauty of lake naivasha. Connect with your inner wisdom. 

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Go beyond Asana

The ancient system of yoga has so much more to offer than poses. During this two day retreat we will go beyond asana, diving deeper into the practices of Ashtanga yoga, expanding our understanding of what yoga is, and exploring how we can apply the practices and principles of classical yoga to modern life. Using the Ashtanga tools of asana, pranayama, and meditation, you will have an opportunity to experience yoga in its fullest potential – as the science of being – and connect more deeply with yourself. Guided discussions on yoga philosophy will ground your personal experiences in the intellectual underpinnings of this wisdom practice.

The Experience

Ashtanga is one of the oldest yoga traditions, laid out by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. Ashtanga, meaning eight (ashta) limbs (anga), consists of eight practices that increase our capacity for a meaningful life with less every day suffering. The content of the retreat will be structured to reflect as closely as possible the Ashtanga path of yoga, and include four asana practices, two pranayama and dharana sessions, and two philosophy readings and discussions. We will practice the Ashtanga Vinyasa Half and Full Primary Series for three of the four asana sessions. We welcome both beginners and regular students of Ashtanga - we are all on our own journey! A detailed schedule of the retreat can be found at the bottom of this page. 

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The space

Nestled among old fig trees on the shore of Lake Naivasha, Ajabu House offers a tranquil space to experience yoga and connect with self. We will  practice together on a yoga platform with gorgeous views of the lake and Mount Longonot to the sound of our breath, the waves, birds, and hippos.

Ajabu House is located on Loldia Farm on the northern shores of Lake Naivasha. It has seven unique rooms split among three houses. The property has a tennis court, organic vegetable garden, and plenty of space for walking or finding a quiet spot for sitting in nature. Please visit the Ajabu House webpage http://www.ajabuhouse.com/ to learn about the house's history and see photos of the rooms and grounds.

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The package

We hope to make the Ajabu House Ashtanga Retreat a regular offering to a wider range of budgets, therefore we have done everything we can to keep the price below market. 

  • 23,000-27,000 Ksh* per person sharing

  • 33,000 Ksh per person for a private room

The price varies depending on your room choice (bed type, private or shared bathroom, lake view) and is first come first serve, so book early! The price includes:

  • Room and board for two days: three vegetarian meals plus light snack per day, hot tea available all day

  • All yoga classes and readings

  • Access to a mini yoga library

  • Use of blocks, straps, and eye pillows

  • And other small gestures to make your experience unforgettable

You are responsible for your transportation to Ajabu House, bringing a yoga mat and bolster (or a substitute), and any snacks you may want or need in addition to the above. The retreat commences on Friday afternoon at 3:30 PM, so we recommend you arrive at 2:00 PM to settle in. The retreat ends on Sunday afternoon after a late lunch. Please see the detailed schedule at the bottom of this page. 

Boat rides can be reserved in advance for an additional fee. No alcohol will be provided and is strongly discouraged. We will also ask participants to silence / turn off their phones during the retreat and use them sparingly.

Prices are valid through August 31st, 2018


the yoga teachers

We are first and foremost committed Ashtanga yoga practitioners on our own yoga journey. We are also teachers of Ashtanga Vinyasa in our respective communities, and we are passionate about this practice. We will share what we know from our own lived experience and intellectual study of yoga, but we anticipate learning tremendously from you. Our aim is to build a community, not a following, of yoga practitioners that seek to continually deepen their practice beyond asana. We hope you'll join us in this vision.

If you're ready to reserve your space for this transformative weekend experience, please get in touch with us by emailing AjabuHouseRetreat@gmail.com or by clicking here. We're happy to answer any questions you may have before committing, so don't hesitate to reach out.

Namaste,

Richard & Jessi

Jessi Wolz

Jessi Wolz is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher and "ashtangi" based in Lake Naivasha. She's passionate about living her yoga practice on and off the mat as well as passing on the life changing and healing powers of yoga to others. She completed her yoga teacher training in the Ashtanga tradition with Master Teacher Lalit Kumar in Goa, India. She has also studied Ashtanga with KPJAYI Level 2 Authorized Teachers Stefan Engstrom and Isabella Nitschke in Finland. In 2017, she completed a 40-hour training in trauma-informed yoga with Hala Khouri and Kyra Haglund in California, and currently leads a mind body trauma therapy program for young female survivors of gender-based violence in Kibera.

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Richard Kitoshi is a certified yoga instructor with the Africa Yoga Project. He attended his first yoga teacher training in 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya in the Ashtanga yoga tradition under the tutelage of Sharon Moon, a teacher under the Jois Foundation banner. In 2013, he attended the Africa Yoga Project 200Hr Yoga Teacher Training under the supervision of Kiersten Mooney, Lisa Taylor and Paige Elenson, and completed the level II teacher training under Baron Baptiste in Malindi, Kenya. In 2015, he completed a level I Kundalini teacher training. Richard has also attended the Next Generation Yoga training with an emphasis on children ages 2-7 and 8-13 years under Jodi Komitor, author of the best-selling book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Yoga with Kids.” Richard can currently be found teaching Ashtanga Yoga at the Shine Center and Acacia Studio in Nairobi.


The Schedule

Friday

  • 2:00-3:00 PM: Arrival and settle in

  • 3:30 PM: Opening circle and overview of the weekend

  • 4:30 PM: Asana Practice

  • 7:00 PM: Dinner

Saturday

  • 7:15 AM: Pranayama. Yogic breathing to calm the nervous system, quiet the mind, and balance energy

  • 7:30 AM: Dharana practice. Twenty minutes of seated meditation. We will guide you into the practice, offering an object for your focus such as mantra, breath, or visualization.

  • 8:15 AM: Asana Practice

  • 10:30 AM: Breakfast

  • 12:00 PM: Satsang. Group discussion on yoga philosophy. Discussions will be based on excerpts from books or readings that we will provide.

  • 1:30 PM: Lunch

  • Free time

  • 5:00 PM: Yin yoga

  • 7:00 PM: Dinner

Sunday

  • 7:15 AM: Pranayama

  • 7:30 AM: Dharana

  • 8:15 AM: Asana Practice

  • 10:30 AM: Breakfast

  • 12:00 PM: Satsang and closing circle

  • 1:30 PM: Lunch before departure

The above times are estimates and may change slightly during the retreat.


The light that yoga sheds on life is something special. It is transformative. It does not just change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees.
— B.K.S. Iyengar