REAL R & R Retreat **************************** Lamu, Kenya, 12-18 February 2018

REAL R & R Retreat **************************** Lamu, Kenya, 12-18 February 2018
14th November 2017 Liz Griffin


Real R & R Retreat 

Fatuma’s Tower, Lamu, Kenya

12-18th February 2018

Are you a humanitarian, human rights, international legal or development professional working in a challenging environment? Are you in need of some REAL Rest and Recuperation? Would you like to restore your physical and mental balance, rest, rejuvenate and take stock of where you are now and where you aspire to be? How would you like to retreat to a beautiful island with like minded people and dive deep into yoga, meditation and relaxation? If this sounds like just what the doctor ordered then this Real R & R Retreat is for you!

We will retreat to the Indian Ocean and base ourselves in the sleepy fishing village of Shella, Lamu Island, Kenya. Lamu island is an area of stunning natural beauty with warm ocean waters and pristine beaches of golden sand. Lamu is a UNESCO heritage site and it offers the perfect place to relax, kick back, revive and find peace.

Our home for the week is the elegant and peaceful Fatuma’s Tower This beautifully restored historic house has a wonderfully calming Swahili atmosphere. Each room in the house is unique and there are a number of beautiful chill out areas, gardens, a plunge pool and a dedicated yoga studio. During your stay you’ll enjoy an abundance of sweet tropical fruits, farm-fresh produce and home-cooked seafood and vegetarian dishes served in the spacious antique gardens. Our chefs take great care to source everything locally and seafood straight from the ocean is a speciality.

The retreat is led by Liz Griffin. Over the past 20 years Liz has combined her passion for yoga on the mat with international public service off the mat (karma yoga). Liz commenced her career working for humanitarian NGOs during the war in Bosnia in 1993. She then moved into the human rights and international legal field and worked for NGOs, the UN and academic institutions around the world. She has a specialisation in human rights and protection in peacekeeping, conflict and post-conflict environments. Liz has lived and worked in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, India, Kosovo, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, South Africa and Uganda. Liz is a Fellow, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, UK and Extraordinary Professor, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Liz also consults for academic institutions, NGOs and the UN. For more information meet Liz:

Liz became serious about yoga after a harrowing mission to Afghanistan in 2003 where she was investigating gender based violence for a human rights NGO. She trained as a yoga teacher in 2006 and became a senior yoga teacher (the highest “rank” a yoga teacher can attain) in 2014. Liz is passionate about about improving self care by promoting the multiple benefits of yoga, meditation and mindfulness, and research into the effects of working on the real and “digital frontline”. She advocates to change management practices:

Typical Day

08.00-09.30: Yoga and meditation by the beach or in the yoga shala

09.45-10.30: Brunch

10.30-17.00: Free time (massages, going to the beach, boat trips, snorkelling)

17.30-19.00: Yoga, meditation and reflection either by the beach or in the yoga shala

19.00-20.30: Dinner

20.45-22.00: Optional group workshops


The retreat price includes:

* 2 x daily yoga and meditation practices in the morning and evening in the ancient yoga hall at Fatuma’s Tower or on the beach

* Optional daily facilitated group workshops exploring the challenges you face in your work and life and how to care for yourself, even in the most challenging of environments

* 6 nights half board accommodation in one of the uniquely elegant rooms at Fatuma’s Tower

* Wholesome and healthy brunch and dinner made with local fresh produce eaten al fresco in the beautiful garden

* Complimentary afternoon tea and snacks

* Boat transfer to the island of Shella, Lamu, Kenya

* Access to the library, peaceful gardens, plunge pool and the beautiful communal living areas (including the rooftop hammock chill out area and the plunge pool garden)

This retreat does not include:

* Flights
* Any additional food
* Additional Activities (e.g. snorkelling, boat trips and any other tours)
* Massages and spa treatments (available at Fatuma’s Tower)
* Additional private mentorship and/or yoga sessions with Liz

This is a small retreat with limited places so get in touch asap to secure your place!

* 800 EUROs per person (based on sharing a room)
* 1200 EUROs per person (for your own luxury room)


Once you have registered your interest, a 25% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place