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Yoga & Service Retreat - East Africa

When: March 16th - 23rd (or 26th), 2017
Where: Entusi Retreat, Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

Seva, the Sanskrit word for service, is a part of the tradition of karma yoga. There are many ways on the path to enlightenment, and learning to let go of the ego and give of yourself without any agenda or hope for personal gain is one.

On this Yoga and Service Retreat, participants will practice karma yoga as they volunteer in the service projects of the Paper Fig Foundation and Global Livingston Institute in Uganda. Each day will begin with a yoga asana practice based on listening, absorbing, and acting from a place of compassion. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of the vast savannah, and majestic wildlife of Africa.

Join hosts Emily Weitz and Laurie DeJong on this life-changing karma yoga experience. All levels are welcome. 

Laurie DeJong is CEO of LDJ Productions and founder of The Paper Fig Foundation. Her passion for business combined with her longtime mentorship of women lead to the establishment of PFF. Through a variety of diverse programs, the foundation supports sustainable community development projects and empowerment programs in East Africa. 

Emily Weitz is a yoga teacher educated in the Anusara style who has been teaching in the Hamptons and New York City since completing her training in 2008. She is also a lifelong traveler and loves applying the principles of yoga to the life lessons acquired on the road. For more information, please fallout the form below.




Thursday, March 16th

  • Depart U.S. for Kigali, Rwanda


Friday, March 17th
Kigali, Rwanda

  • Arrive in Kigali, Rwanda
  • Transport to lodging

Accommodations: Hotel des Mille Collines


Saturday, March 18th
Kigali, Rwanda to Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

  • Morning gentle yoga at the hotel
  • Visit to Gahaya Links -
  • Transport to Entusi
  • Approx. 2.5 hour drive including border crossing
  • Welcome Dinner, setting intention for trip and celebrationwith special performance by the Entusi Women’s Association

Accommodations: Entusi Resort and Retreat Center


Sunday, March 19th
Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

  • Morning yoga at Entusi with staff
  • Visit local villages, intro yoga basics and tour the lake
  • Afternoon free
  • Sunset yoga at Entusi with staff

Accommodations: Entusi Resort and Retreat Center


Monday, March 20th
Lake Bunyonyi to Kasese, Uganda
Approx. 5 hour scenic drive along Uganda countryside

  • Arrive at Mweya Safari Lodge
  • 4 PM boat safari on the Kazinga Channel w/ focus/breathing practice
  • Dinner at the lodge
  • Optional evening practice

 Accommodations: Mweya Safari Lodge


Tuesday, March 21st
Kasese, Uganda

  • Service day in Kasese
  • Visit PFF health center and wellness training with staff
  • Visit Women’s Empowerment Group and conduct mini yoga session
  • Dinner at the lodge

Accommodations: Mweya Safari Lodge


Wednesday, March 22nd
Kasese, Uganda

  • Morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Afternoon free
  • Sunset yoga at Mweya
  • Dinner at the lodge

Accommodations: Mweya Safari Lodge


Thursday, March 23rd  
Kasese to Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda,
Approx. 5 hour drive

  • Morning final yoga session at Mweya
  • Transport to Entusi

Accommodations: Entusi Resort and Retreat Center






**additional fees listed below

Friday, March 24th
Lake Bunyonyi to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

  • Option #1: Transport to Kigali to fly out (Approx. 2.5 hour drive)
  • Option #2: Transport to Bwindi for gorilla trekking (Approx. 2 hour drive)

Accommodations: Silverback Lodge


Saturday, March 25th
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Lunch at the Lodge

Accommodations: Silverback Lodge


Sunday, March 26th
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda to Kigali, Rwanda

  • Morning yoga with local community
  • Transport to Kigali (Approx. 3.5 hour drive)
  • Visit to Genocide Memorial
  • Visit to Gahaya Links -
  • Depart for U.S. from Kigali International Airport



Base cost: $3,436*
*Cost includes: All hotels, lodging, game drive, most meals, ground transportation in Africa and all yoga instruction

Optional extension cost: $1,486**
**Cost includes: All hotels, lodging, gorilla trekking, most meals, ground transportation in Africa and all yoga instruction.

Cost does not include: Round trip airfare, visas, shots, malaria pills, alcohol (pay on consumption)

Initial deposit of $1,000 due by 12/21/16 to hold spot.
Trip limited to 10 people.



Hotel des Mille Collines:

Entusi Resort and Retreat Center:

Mweya Safari Lodge:

Silverback Lodge:


For more information, please complete the form below

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