Monday 9th - SATURDAY 14th March 2020
Treehouse, Watamu, Kenya
Charlie Morgan & Ottilie Wellness
"Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same.
But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it?"
* LIMITED AVAILABILITY *
From breathtaking sunsets, sunrises, tropical blue waters, enchanting full moons and a sky full of stars you feel like you are in space - Africa truly has magic, and that is just the location.
Charlie Morgan and Ottilie Wellness are bursting to offer you this exclusive and limited space yoga retreat. A chance to feel alive, appreciate natural beauty, gain insight and feel connected, feed your body with nutritious fresh food, and explore the wondrous mind-body benefits of yoga in nature, deepening your practice and opening you up to a new way of living deeply.
THE THEME OF THE RETREAT
There is nothing quite like the indescribable beauty of an African sunrise. The sun rises like a flower opening, giving light to the day and our goal for this week is to give you time and space, to open and RISE. The African skies exhibit a wonderful phenomenon that connect to your soul and providing the power of life and endless gratitude.
Also, being a treehouse this location is high - perfect for rising up, being on top and seeing what lies ahead.
• move from a lower position to a higher one; come or go up.
• an upward movement; an instance of rising.
"Alone we stand, together we RISE"
The retreat takes place over six days and five nights from Monday 9th March to Saturday 14th March 2020.
YOUR RETREAT LOCATION - WATAMU TREEHOUSE, KENYA
Watamu Treehouse is a truly unique retreat centre situated on the nicest and quietest part of Watamu Beach – a beautiful stretch of white sand and warm blue water on the Kenya Coast.
Staying at Treehouse is unlike any other Coastal house or hotel. Watamu Treehouse has featured prominently in social media and in local and international press. In 2015 Harper’s Bazaar UK listed Treehouse first in their feature “THE WORLD’S BEST TREEHOUSE HOTELS”. And in 2016, the Telegraph Travel included Treehouse amongst their “BEST HOTELS IN KENYA”. The “Treehouse Effect” of a peaceful restful break combines: beautiful and unique accommodation. Healthy and fresh meals. Yoga and treatments with a view, beach and adventures in nature.
Treehouse is comprised of two separate towers. KASKASI (NORTH) TOWER has three double rooms - each one is self-contained with its own double bed, bedroom, balcony, toilet, and shower. Two of the bedrooms have beautiful 360 degree views of the sea and forest and all of Watamu - including the sunrise, sunset, moonrise, stars, etc. The third bedroom has an incredible view of the forest and sunset. The house also has a kitchen, living/dining room and rooftop lounge area. There are additional sleeping areas.
KUZI (SOUTH) TOWER has 4 bedrooms, and all the rooms have 2 or 3 beds, balcony, bathroom, shower and private dining space. All the bedrooms have incredible sea views, and three of them also have views of the sunset and forest. The house also has a kitchen, two group dining areas, plus lounges and additional sleeping space.
All bedrooms are unique, refreshing and inspiring. Made with all local materials and dalles (recycled glass).
Wifi is installed at Treehouse, it works most of the time, certainly fast enough to stay in touch. However, to get the most from this retreat we recommend you disconnect or to think about minimal usage. Treehouse has a pool and own private path through the forest straight down to the beach, and walking through the natural forest is one of the best parts of the Treehouse experience. Treehouse is not a spa, but the health experience offered is nutrient rich fresh food, regular swimming, walking, yoga, nature, massages and deep sleeps. Be spiritually nurtured by the energy that Ottilie Wellness and Charlie Morgan will offer you.
Watamu Treehouse is a peaceful home for wellbeing on the Kenya Coast where guests can be alive, be strong, be fit, be relaxed, be happy, be present. JUST BE. Existing in harmony with the natural environment, connecting with yoga, meditation, adventures and rest so you can activate your radiant self through body, mind and soul.
"If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa"
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THE FOOD - THE WAY WE EAT
The food offered at Treehouse is healthy fresh and delicious. The menu offered through this retreat will be a mixed of vegetarian & vegan. As you are on the coast in Kenya there is nothing like the freshest seafood on offer. All meals will be tasty and freshly prepared catering for dairy and gluten free. Mostly sugar-free, but there is the treat of the best Italian gelato on the coast. A nice 5km walk all along the beach with the gelateria as the destination is definitely worth it!
Early morning fruit & freshly squeezed juice
A bit later in the morning, a full breakfast including specials like coconut or buckwheat pancakes, coastal coconut beans, avocado toast, quinoa breakfast porridge, home-made muesli and yoghurt, eggs any-style, teas, masala tea, coffee
Lunch delicious and nutritious soup, salads and main courses including whole grains and proteins - and a daily glass of madafu - FRESH coconut water!
Sundowner snacks and smoothie as you enjoy the magic of sunset
Supper again a healthy dinner. Mostly wheat-free, nutrient-rich, very fresh and energizing.
YOGA AT THE TREEHOUSE
Watamu Treehouse is the perfect place for relaxing and energizing yoga. In harmony with the elements, nature is a huge part of this RISE African Yoga Retreat.
The very top floor of Treehouse has a 360-Degree Yoga Room - purpose built for yoga at the highest point in Watamu. Literally salute the sun - hence the retreat theme RISE. You are always surrounded by the sun, the sea, the forest, this is truly a unique offering experienced nowhere else in the world. Other areas you will experience your yoga session during this week could be on the exposed sandbars, in the forest , on paddle boards with the sunrise, sunset , or moonrise - there are endless places to do yoga in nature.
“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” - Vincent van Gogh
YOUR YOGI - CHARLIE MORGAN
Charlie Morgan is an all-round inspiration. She has been practicing yoga for 15 years, coming to it initially from a workout perspective. Following a life-changing trip to the Himalayan Yoga Institute in 2011, Charlie decided to leave her job as an Assistant Buyer for The Disney Store and deepen her knowledge of yoga. In 2012, she became a certified teacher in Bali with The Wise Living Yoga Academy (affiliated to The Yoga Institute of Santacruz, Mumbai, India – the world’s oldest organized yoga institution) and came back to set up her own studio in Somerset, UK. Charlie now teach group classes at various top yoga centres and corporations in and around London and private one-to-ones. Charlie is also currently the yoga instructor for the Harlequins rugby team AND teaches internationally at resorts and co-founder of a Yoga and Photography Retreat company called Soulfood London.
Although her classes are extremely fast-paced at times, Charlie is a perfectionist when it comes to correct body alignment, the synchronisation of movement and breath and the importance of a sumptuous, meditative relaxation. Her classes are down-to-earth, fun, creative and challenging, but at the same time accessible, maintaining the philosophy that ‘yoga is for all’.
Charlie is a also an Ambassador for Notting Hill, Sweaty Betty and the wonderfully Organic and Fair Trade coconut water, Coco Zumi. Who wouldn't want to spend a week with this amazing lady?!
To share the incredible benefit yoga has had on my life, as a practice and as a lifestyle, as far and as wide as
I possibly can… Encouraging people to smile and laugh along the way, opening their minds and hearts, inspiring and empowering them to swallow their fears and fulfil their wildest dreams. I believe that everyone should, and can, live a life they truly love - Charlie Morgan
Amazing! I love Charlie and think she is a wonderful teacher.
I especially loved that it wasn't just 'asana' focussed and while we were given dynamic practices in the mornings, restorative options were offered in the evenings to help balance us out.
The workshop style inviting journalling, introspection and various life assessment skills is just what should be offered on a retreat, as it was a safe space to explore and come to terms with what was, what is and what will be. This kind of work is so important for growth and having the right place to explore it makes it more potent.
Iona - RISE, Kenya 2018
COST OF THE RETREAT
Bed in Twin Room (with shared bathroom): £1,850
Single Occupancy in double room: £2,350
Early bird: £150 off until 30th April 2019 - enter code ‘RISEEARLY’ at checkout
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about deposit and payment options.
No refunds, deposits refunds or cancellations are possible once booking and first payment has been made.
6 days & 5 nights full board accommodation, sundowners & snacks
Daily Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra sessions with Charlie Morgan Yoga
Breakfast, lunch and dinner cooked by Treehouse private Chef
All yoga equipment
Paddle boarding adventure, SUP yoga class & New Moon Mangrove Float
Plenty of chill time
Luxury Goodie Bag
Airport transfers from Malindi airport
Amazing new friends!
Add ons: (Extras below can be booked at an additional cost)
Massages and spa menu
Life Coaching sessions with Charlie Morgan Yoga
Cost excludes: flights, travel insurance, travel vaccinations, personal toiletries, laundry service, tips for staff, individual expenses (gifts) sodas or alcohol, spa treatments, life coaching sessions and extra activities.
Samantha Warner - Founder of Ottilie Wellness & Kate Blockley - Managing Director
Kate, is based in the UK and Sam, is now based in Los Angeles, California
“We are both keen travellers who love nothing more than a new adventure and we know a beautiful and inspiring location when we see one!
Approachable, friendly and a true tribe, we are balance driven girls invested in inspiring others to take care of their wellbeing. Mind, body and soul. Our passion is to provide a safe space where women feel able to discover their true, authentic self. You are our top priority and we will be sure to provide you with everything you may need on this retreat. One of the greatest compliments we regularly receive is that our attention to detail is flawless. We really hope you think so too!”
The aim of an Ottilie Retreat is to collaborate with inspirational yoga teachers, caterers with a passion for delicious and healthy food and introduce people to incredible locations. Feeding the mind, body and soul through every detail on this transformational retreat. Alongside this, Ottilie want to provide space to connect, away from the pulls of daily life, giving you a chance for self-care, to feel inspired and most of all know that you have the power to RISE.
Sam & Kate want your stay to be a life-changing experience you share with similar souls.
" …all of the qualities that the activities, fine dining, indulgent massages and aesthetic beauty that The Treehouse and Watamu had to offer, was only magnified by the shining lights that are Sam and Charlie. Their hospitality and desire to ensure we all left this retreat with a relaxed mind, a looked after body, and a new outlook and vision of our own was so authentic and heartfelt.
Organising a wellbeing retreat is no easy task but Sam did it from the depths of her heart and every detail was seeped in thought - from the ‘goodie bags’ awaiting our arrival on the beds, to the special birthday celebration I was surprised with, and her genuine interest to make each and every guest comfortable, thought of, and cared for on a personal level."
Iona - Rise Yoga Retreat, March 2018
Click here to read Iona’s full review of the RISE retreat
Picture credit by Katie Knight-Admas of Samantha Warner - Founder of Ottilie Wellness
Arrival Monday 9th March 2020
Welcome drink on arrival, lunch (provided at additional cost if required), time to settle in, explore, relax
Yoga Practice & Opening
Relaxing / Bed
Tuesday 10th - Friday 13th March
Tea & fruit / energy snack
Daily Morning Vinyasa Flow Practice
Freetime or Excursion (spa treatments, time to relax, take a nap - excursion timetable TBC'd)
Freetime or Excursion (TBC'd)
Daily Evening Restorative Yin Yoga Practice
Saturday 14th March
Tea & fruit / energy snack
Yoga Practice & Closing
*There will be an opportunity to book excursions and spa treatments at an additional cost - details and plans can be organised once your booking confirmation has been received.
“Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth” - Roman Payne
HOW TO GET THERE
Although being in Treehouse feels as if you have stepping into a dream, is it still very accessible.
From the International airport, Nairobi, you can access Treehouse via a simple 1 hour flight to Malindi Airport and then a 25 minute taxi ride.
You can fly to Malindi with Fly540, FlySax or Air Kenya. (last 2 from Nairobi Wilson Airport not international) However, this is a 30 minute taxi ride from Nairobi International airport.
Or you can fly into Mombassa - all the airlines above plus Kenya Airways and Qatar have flights. Transfer can be arranged from Mombassa to Treehouse, however please note this is a 2 1/2 hour drive by taxi at at your own costs.
You can do one way Malindi and one way Mombassa by buying one way tickets - there is no price advantage of buying a round trip.
Ottilie Wellness do not offer an international flight package with this retreat. So it is the clients responsibility to get themselves to Malindi airport and transfer to Treehouse can be provided.
The retreat will official begin at 6pm on Monday 9th March 2020.
We want you to enjoy this week to the fullest life changing experience you can, therefore, it is up to you, whether you want to join for walks or take a nap, sit by the pool, swim in the ocean or read a good book. We recommend that you attend all the yoga classes to get the most from the week but if you feel your body needs a break we respect this. The RISE 2020 African Yoga Retreat is time for you, your self-care and chance to embrace the richness life has to offer.
This retreat is for all levels of yoga, including beginners.
If you have any further questions about the retreat please contact Sam, +1 727 206 4126 or Kate, +44 (0)7957 546781 or email email@example.com
Full details of what to bring, forms for dietary requirements, emergency contact details and booking treatments will be sent nearer the time after you have made your booking.
All clients booking must have necessary immunisations and travel insurance. A copy of your insurance must be supplied to Ottilie Wellness two weeks prior to retreat date.
We hope you can RISE with us on this amazing adventure!
“It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream”
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