Yoga & Female Empowerment in the Warm Heart of Africa
Join us on our tour to Malawi with The Tongole Foundation!
October 26 - November 3, 2017
Willow & Blair and Souljourn Yoga Foundation invite you to take a journey to the "Warm Heart of Africa" from October 26-November 3 for our Malawi Magic Yoga Retreat. Join SJY founder, Jordan Ashley, and Julie Sichlau in the secluded and lush Tongole Lodge deep in the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve for a truly enchanting experience. Wake up to elephants grazing on the river bank and fall asleep under the star clad African sky after a full day of exploration, rest, and of course yoga.
Included in the tuition is a $300 tax deductible donation that will be kickstarting our "Female Empowerment Project."
This will be a collaborative project with the Tongole Foundation and Souljourn Yoga Foundation that will both create sustainable revenue for the women of the communities around Mwalawatongole, Chilimani and Chankhokwe primary schools in Nkhotakota district (especially the "mother helpers" that are already present at the school), encourage more girls to continue to secondary education, and ultimately lead to more female teachers in the schools via resuseable sanitary napkins.
Highlights & Inclusions
Welcome and Farewell Ceremony - Tongole Wilderness Lodge
Sunset Canoe Safari
Morning Canoe Safari
Wilderness Safari - Nkhotakota Game Reserve
Late night Bush Safari – Spot Nocturnal Animals
Visit local market places
Hiking - Kasukusuku Hill
Airport arrivals meet and greet
Private transfers and all transportation
DAY 1: ARRIVE LILONGWE
Greetings to the “Warm Heart of Africa.” Arrive, get picked up from the airport and transported to Latitude 13 where you can settle in, enjoy the spa, or get some rest. We will meet up for a healthy and exotic dinner to connect and start our journey together.
DAY 2: TONGOLE WILDERNESS LODGE | OPENING CEREMONY
Wake up early, get on the road 4 hour drive into the bush to the Nkhotakota Game Reserve to the Tongole Lodge. Have a scrumptious lunch, relax by the pool. Late afternoon yoga andopening ceremony followed a sunset canoe safari. 5-course dinner and wine.
DAY 3: YOGA
Early morning yoga practice followed by breakfast. Begin to slow down and get into the pace of Tongole. Lunch, Tea time. Evening yoga followed by dinner.
DAY 4: MORNING CANOE SAFARI | DAY AT SCHOOL WITH THE LOCAL GIRLS
Wake up and try to catch a peek at wild game on our morning canoe safari. Indulge in a one-hour yoga practice on the riverbank followed by breakfast. Day at school/with girls. Come back for tea time and relax before evening yoga and dinner. Listen to Malawi mythology by the campfire.
DAY 5: A DAY AT THE LAKE
Rise and shine for an early morning yoga practice. Have breakfast and pack your bag for our day at the lake! Swimming, reading, picnic lunch. Stop into the open market or check out local handicrafts before heading back to Tongole. Evening yoga and dinner.
DAY 6: HIKING KASUKUSUKU HILL| NIGHT TIME BUSH SAFARI
Early start as we do some quick stretches followed by a hike up Kasukusuku Hill and see the breathtaking views of the game reserve. Enjoy a well-deserved lavish breakfast. Relax by the pool, find a nook and read. Lunch, teatime, evening yoga and dinner followed by a spooky night-time bush safari to scope out nocturnal wildlife.
DAY 7: DAY AT SCHOOL WITH THE LOCAL GIRLS
Morning yoga. Breakfast. Have the day at school/with girls. Late lunch. Evening yoga and dinner.
DAY 8: WILDERNESS SAFARI | CLOSING CEREMONY
Start the morning with Yoga followed by a Wilderness Safari. Pool, lunch, late afternoon yoga practice and closing ceremony. Special farewell dinner.
DAY 9: DEPART TONGOLE WILDERNESS LODGE
Depart Tongole Wilderness lodge by private group transport back to Lilongwe Airport. Arrival time at Lilongwe to be advised.
About the Charity
The Tongole Foundation was founded due to the sad loss of Vitu Kalanga who was David Cole’s daughter’s boyfriend back in 2006/7. Vitu was traveling home from football training and whilst on that journey the car he was a rear passenger in was involved in a collision and sadly this resulted in his sudden death at the age of just 16.
Vitu’s father Bentry and David Cole then decided to do something in Vitu’s memory but with a difference from the usual.
They decided to create a two-part project:
- A sustainable business, which would create employment and training opportunities in a very deprived part of Malawi.
- A children’s education charity which would support 3 schools initially but with much bigger long term plans.
The business is a Wilderness Lodge which took over two years to physically construct in a wildlife reserve which created over 100 jobs over that period many of whom have children at the 3 schools we are supporting.
At the end of the construction phase we have employed over 30 full time employees which of course has far reaching benefits i.e. 1 employed person directly affects over 20 people!
The Charity was registered in December 2010, Registered Charity Number: 1139568
- Travel Insurance (Compulsory for anyone who travels with Willow & Blair and Souljourn Yoga)
- Single Occupancy: $3850