Do you want a chance to press the pause button on an overwhelmingly fast and stressful life? How about having abundant time to relax, air out your brain, and allow the rhythms of nature to soothe your soul?
Tanzania is the perfect place to experience the magic of primordial earth-based practices that you can integrate into your daily life back home and heal aspects of yourself, and by connection, your relationships.
Embark on a Personal Journey in East Africa
Discover Medicine for your Soul
3-12 December 2017
Imagine immersing yourself in the stunning landscapes of East Africa, teeming with wildlife. Imagine spending time with the indigenous Maasai people – the original masters of natural healing practices. Your heart begins to dance as you feel the spirit of the people, and you literally feel the earth breathe.
An African wildlife safari has always been a healing experience for many people. The Healing Safari is special in that it marries a traditional African safari with a health and wellness retreat.
Wake up in your gorgeous, eco-luxury lodge to the sounds of a chorus of birds and lions roaring in the distance. The natural light awakens you, you feel alive.
Your days begin with a guided meditation, opening your eyes to view Mt. Kilimanjaro smiling at you. Practice yoga, tailored to your level, with giraffes moving in the distance, inspiring you to flow at your natural pace.
Learn some secrets, timeless wisdom, of the Maasai that help you simplify your life as you uncover its profound meaning. Enjoy delicious meals made with love by East African chefs crafted with local ingredients. All while journeying from the mountains, to the Serengeti plains and to the forested highlands, home to herds of elephants.
Would you like a chance to be able to press the pause button on your super hectic schedule and…breathe. Would you truly like time for yourself, to reflect and have peace? What about waking up feeling deeply rested, and alive?
Do you have a sense that your heart needs some gentle warming up? To be surrounded by amazingly compassionate and caring people?
Would you like some inspiration on how to enrich your relationships? How to solve family problems?
Have you been saying for a long time now that you want to meditate? practice yoga on a regular basis?
And…have you always dreamed of going on a safari in Africa?
Excited? We thought so!
Now here’s our promise to you:
On a Healing Safari to Soul-Soothing Tanzania you will:
- Understand the power of ancient African wisdom to truly transform your life and make it more meaningful, calmer and richer.
- Experience earth-based healing practices emanating from nature’s primordial rhythms that you can integrate into your daily life back home.
- Develop a regular yoga & meditation practice guided by the heart.
- Liberate aspects of yourself, your heart and soul, that will help heal your own life and by connection, your relationships in your extended family.
- Meet new soul sisters and brothers who may become life-long friends after sharing such a magical experience together.
- Be infused with stunningly beautiful and serene scenes that you can pull up in your mind’s eye even when you are out of Africa.
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Awe-inspiring wildlife re-connects you to the Universe
The word safari is a Swahili word that literally means ‘a journey.’ What makes a Healing Safari above and beyond a traditional African safari is that as you embark on an external journey through the wilds of Tanzania, you are being gently guided on an internal exploration of your own heart and soul.
Being immersed inside of the massive wildebeest and zebra migration, where you literally feel the earth vibrate, gently nudges you out of any feelings of ‘stuckness’ and your soul soars freely.
Nurture a Yoga & Meditation Practice
Have you been telling yourself for a while that you want to be more consistent with meditating and practicing yoga? Are you seeking a way to include meditation and yoga in your life that fits your schedule and ability?
Great news! The daily meditation and yoga we practice in absolutely gorgeous settings on this retreat is for all levels of experience. Dr. Tanya will show you how to develop a regular home yoga & meditation practice guided by the heart. You will be introduced to Maasai Yoga & Meditation that takes its cues from the land and wildlife inhabited by the Maasai so you learn how to “talk to your own nature”. By the end of the Healing Safari, you will have established a regular meditation and yoga practice at a pace and level that is customized specifically for you.
Eco-luxury accommodations giving you experiences of three profoundly different landscapes
You begin the Healing Safari at a lodge in between Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru where you can feel the comforting energy of this land, home to the indigenous Maasai people. You then travel to the Serengeti, on the plains of the wide-open savannah. You finish the Healing Safari in a highland forest, a cooler, moister environment. As you move through each climate, you can enjoy how your body-mind adjusts to each setting and you tap into new sources of energy you may not know you had!
Spending your days ‘in the bush’, in luxury accommodation, resting in the womb of Mother Nature; waking to the sounds of an abundance of birds, elephants walking behind your tent, and the roar of lions in the distance, you find yourself getting in synch with the enlivening rhythms of nature.
Learn secrets of healing wisdom from the beautiful Maasai people
Many East African safaris include short visits to cultural homesteads to meet members of the indigenous Maasai tribe. On the Healing Safari, you have the unique opportunity to be guided by a Maasai traditional healer himself and an author of a book on Maasai ancient wisdom traditions! You have the chance to dive deeply into some secrets of Maasai wisdom for health and happiness that you can integrate into your life back home.
Do you feel like you have failed in some of your relationships? Are you hard on yourself? Are you anxious about the well-being of your children in this day and age? By getting out of your own personal stories and having the opportunity to be with the beautiful Maasai people, you will learn powerful and healthier ways to see these hurtful stories so you can transform them with love. You will learn generations old techniques the Maasai use to “neutralize’ bad ‘karma’ within the family line that will enable you to better understand why your own relationships may not have worked out so well and how to do things differently in your future.
Abundant time to relax and rejuvenate in the most nurturing of natural environments
A wonderful aspect of being on an African safari is that you have ample time to be with ‘me, myself, and I”. In the yoga and meditation sessions and on the game drives, are all moments when it is just you, in nature, and you can experience truly priceless ‘me time’.
We will guide you how to use nature’s healing power and how you can tap into it every day when you return home. And, there is ample time to relax, reflect and ‘air out your brain’ and see what ideas start to emerge from your heart and soul about how to make some changes in your life that bring you more joy and wellbeing.
Experience the power of African ancient wisdom traditions
Have you been trying out all kinds of things over the years to try to be healthier, lose weight, quit bad habits, or solve family problems? Thought you knew everything about natural health but….feel like you may still be missing something that could truly help you and your family?
While there certainly are benefits to all the ‘alternative’ healing modalities available these days, traditional African healing is considered one of the most powerful and transformative. Maasai healing wisdom and techniques essentially ‘re-boots’ your operating system. You will be introduced to the concepts of initiation and rites of passage and how these can be modified for ‘Western’ culture to help you move through your life with more joy and fulfillment. And you will learn how to create daily rituals that give rhythm to your day which we practice on the Healing Safari. You learn about African practices for illness prevention, conflict resolution, and fulfilling your purpose in life that you can use for years and years to come.
Embarking on a Healing Safari is an optimal way to be introduced to the power of African ancient wisdom traditions.
Day 1-3: Maasailand
Welcome to Tanzania! Karibu Tanzania!
You are warmly greeted at Kilimanjaro International Airport and driven into the bush towards Maasai Lodge – Africa Amini, nestled in-between Mt Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft.) and Mt. Meru (14,997 ft). This is where you immerse yourself for the first three days in Tanzania, a special place where you immediately come to rest and reflect. In the middle of the wilderness of the Maasai steppe, you will stay in the comforts of a traditional bungalow, complete with all the modern-day essentials.
We will spend our days practicing yoga and meditation in the most peaceful and stunning of settings; nature walks with Maasai guides and learning about the traditions and stories from the people of this land.
This is the best place to get to know the rituals and practices of the Maasai people, traditions that have kept them strong, beautiful and proud for centuries. There is a pool over-looking the savannah and a sauna and massage room. Meals are made with love, combining indigenous foods with modern recipes. Most dietary sensitivities can be catered for on the Healing Safari.
From your bed, you may see the sunrise over Mt. Kilimanjaro in the morning, and late afternoon walks upon the earth allow you to feel the pulse of this land. The primordial African bush is one of the most profound ways to re-connect with nature in its purest form. A place where your mind, body and spirit find grounding, and you can truly relax.
Day 4-6: The Serengeti Ecosystem and the Great Migration
You are transferred to the West Kilimanjaro airstrip for your flight into the Serengeti. Here you stay at the stunning Chaka Camp, a luxury tented-camp offering an authentic and intimate bush experience in the middle of the Serengeti wilderness. Complete with a full-sized bed with cotton sheets and duvet, a warm-water shower, and sumptuous meals, this is the “true Africa” experience, the one you have been dreaming about.
In the Serengeti, you have a chance to see elephants, lions, cheetahs and leopards and truly immerse yourself into primordial natural rhythms. In early December, after the short rains of November, the wildebeest head down from Kenya and back into the rejuvenated Serengeti.
This Great Migration is rated as one of the world’s most spectacular natural events – every year over a million wildebeest and zebra and antelope migrate across rivers and plains. Being immersed inside of this mass movement stirs your heart and liberates your soul.
During your stay, you experience yoga and meditation sessions overlooking the savannah, the healing power of storytelling around the campfire, African-style. Dr. Tanya teaches about understanding your mind-body constitution and the dynamics of your relationships within your extended family and your ‘tribe’, while Ole Sululu illuminates the parallels between what you see on the game drives and our human society, the sacred masculine and the sacred feminine from an indigenous African perspective.
Day 7-10: Highland Forest and Ngorongoro Conservation Area
You depart the Serengeti ecosystem by road and travel towards the Ngorongoro Crater. The views along the way are simply spectacular as you gaze out at the changing landscape, from the plains of the savannah to the rugged highlands. You are travelling the Rift Valley of East Africa, a place where the remains of some of our earliest ancestors are found.
For the final days of the Healing Safari, you stay at the blissful Gibbs Farm, a place that truly brings a sense of well-being and tranquility. Your beautiful cottage may overlook coffee plants, exquisite gardens teaming with flowers, vegetables and herbs. We spend our days on peaceful walks with breath-taking scenery, viewing wildlife and practicing yoga and meditation in this naturally healing environment. There are massages available and you have an opportunity to meet with a laiboni, a traditional spiritual healer in Maasai culture.
We descend into Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera, a magical place, teeming with wildlife. After a day of wildlife viewing, we gather around the fire for happy hour, sharing stories with the community at Gibbs Farm before a delicious meal and time for reflection, journaling and dreamtime.
Our final meal together will be a celebration and closing ritual that honors our beautiful experience of the wildlife, land, people and culture that have helped heal you in the most gentle and profound ways.
- 9 nights accommodation at eco-luxury lodges and camps
- All delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners made with local ingredients
- In-country road transport in safari vehicles, including all airport transfers
- Entrance fees and concession fees for all national parks and wildlife viewing areas
- In-country flight from West Kilimanjaro to the Serengeti
- Expert driver guides, camp staff and security
- All group Yoga & Meditation sessions
- Teachings on traditional Maasai practices for health and wellness by award-winning author Dr. Tanya Pergola and Maasai elder Lekoko Ole Sululu
- Some tips for camp staff
- Flying Doctors Air Ambulance Service for medical emergencies in remote areas
- Donations of supplies for local school
What’s NOT Included
- Long-haul flights from home country into Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Spa services
- Personal phone calls, laundry, some alcohol, souvenir shopping, additional tips
- Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance
- Visa for Tanzania
Dr. Tanya Pergola was called to Africa in 1999. She first went to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, and, after summiting the mountain, she experienced a profound shift in her perspective on life. Having just completed a PhD in Sociology and Social Psychology, she let her mind explore new territory while on wildlife safaris in Tanzania. She was deeply inspired observing the similarities between the way us humans behave and how the lions, elephants and giraffes behave. For the first time in her life, Dr. Tanya felt completely linked in to nature, to the universe. Through her studies in Environmental Sustainability and Development, she knew this primordial landscape, and the indigenous people who lived upon the land, were in danger of disappearing. Fast. She took it upon herself to do something about it.
Dr. Tanya has made it her life’s work to conserve elements of native cultures in Africa that are essential to keeping traditional cultures alive, and can also be useful for modern folks who feel overwhelmed, stressed-out, and generally unwell. She lived in Tanzania for over 7 years and together with her teacher and Co-Director Ole Sululu, founded Terrawatu, a humanitarian organization in Arusha, Tanzania that has been operating since 2001.
Dr. Tanya apprencticed with Maasai traditional healers for over a decade, and in 2016 her book Time is Cows: Timeless Wisdom of the Maasai won a Nautilus Book Award sharing some of the secrets for health and happiness that were imparted to her in Tanzania. Dr. Tanya is passionate about sharing this wisdom she was blessed to receive. She created The Healing Safari in Tanzania to bring to life the teachings she learned during her apprenticeship with African healers, combined with her years of study and teaching traditional Vedic practices – Yoga, Meditation and Ayurvedic Lifestyles – with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Nischala Joy Devi, and other wise elders who she has met over the past 27 years. www.tanyapergola.com
“On a bright Sunday more than a decade ago, I found myself in a primordial forest at the bottom of Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, accompanied by elephants, eagles, and Maasai warriors who have been at home in that remarkable region for many millennia. As I looked at the high canopy of trees surrounding me, their leaves began to shimmer, to sparkle, and an overwhelming sensation came over me. Everything was profoundly alive. And I sensed that I had come to a place on planet earth that could teach me wondrous things…”
– from Time is Cows: Timeless Wisdom of the Maasai by Tanya Pergola, Ph.D.
Lekoko Ole Sululu was born in a traditional Maasai village in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. He spent his childhood herding his father’s cattle, being initiated as a warrior, and learning the medicinal plants and sacred rituals of the Maasai. For over 30 years, he worked as a guide on Mt. Kilimanjaro and leading wildlife and educational safaris with prestigious travel companies in Tanzania. In 2001, he co-founded the humanitarian organization – Terrawatu – with Dr. Tanya Pergola to help give back and support his community in East Africa. Like Dr. Tanya, Sululu is passionate about finding the bridges between the indigenous and modern ways and enjoys navigating between worlds and worldviews.
A respected Maasai elder, Sululu is a traditional healer and herbalist and travels extensively from his home in Arusha, Tanzania throughout Maasailand advising people on how to maintain their traditional culture while developing in new and sustainable ways.