Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Travelling Yogis do Tanzania and Zanzibar

If you and your friends are looking for an adventure of a life time this summer then you'll want to check out
what Tomomi Kojima is hosting this August, 2014 in Tanzania, East Africa. Tomomi is a registered yoga teacher at a 500hr level and travels around the world teaching her fire of playful creativity with her insights and enthusiasm to students and yoga teachers through her vinyasa classes. She loves and lives for the moments of change, shifts and possibilities that are characteristic of this style of yoga. She incorporates all creative methods throughout this journey in Tanzania and Zanzibar to help explore your inner fire for life.

The adventure will begin in Moshi, Tanzania where Tomomi, Nelson Mushi (owner of Summit Odyssey Climbing Company) and 20 yogis will climb Mt. Kilmanjaro via the Marangu route.

Nelson with his last group of climbers

Show up with your intentions and personal goals to reach the Summit, "Uhuru Peak" which translates from Kiswahili to English as Freedom Peak. Standing on the "roof top of Africa" is a life changing moment. 

Tomomi will be holding Vinyasa Yoga sessions throughout the entire retreat, climb and all! Your health and safety will be the main priority during the climb therefore Nelson and his team of professional guides and porters will monitor each climber closely to ensure that any signs of altitude sickness are caught right away. 
 Nelson and climbing friends atop Uhuru Peak

As you climb Mt. Kilimanjaro you will be challenged and tested however you do not require formal mountain climbing experience to conquer Mt. Kilimanjaro.  People of all ages have made the summit. (My mother-in-law did it at 58)! One key to reaching the summit is understanding what your porters and guides mean when they say "pole pole" which is slowly in English. This is a phrase that you will hear over and over, for the entire climb. During the climb you will be accommodated in the A frame huts along the Marangu routes. You can view the full climbing itinerary on our yogi itinerary

Each evening Tomomi will lead sessions of personal reflection and will inspire you to be willing to learn how you can create space in your day- to- day life. You will also have the opportunity to revisit your intentions and discuss what may have came up as a challenge during your day.  

Following the climb, the Traveling Yogis will start the next part of the adventure and head out on a four night camping safari. First stop on the itinerary is Tarangire National Park, then to Ngorongoro Crater and the Mighty Serengeti. Camping in the National Parks gives each traveler such a close connection with mother nature. For more details visit the full page ITINERARY.  

Search for the African wildlife, this is an amazing experience, you just never know what is around the next it a tembo (elephant) or a twiga (giraffe) or simba (lion), the excitement is never ending during your game drives through the National Parks.  

It is highly recommended that you secure your space for this retreat before May 15th, 2014. As August is a busy time in Tanzania it is necessary to secure space on the Marangu route and bookings with Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park must be completed a few months in advance to secure accommodation. Another advantage of booking before May is that your airfare will be lower. Do not worry about where you will find the best rate for airfare. I am here to look after all arrangements for you. No matter where in the world you may be joining the two week yoga adventure from, I have access to the best possible rates. 

Camp in the Serengeti under the amazing starlit sky, dance, sing, explore...what ever your heart desires

Half Moon Pose ~ Downward dog ~ Eagle ~ Mountain Pose and so much more along this amazing journey with Tomomi Kojima.

After the Traveling Yogis climb and safari adventure there  is more fun to be had. Tomomi and the yogis will hop on the bush plane to the ancient island of Zanzibar. The unwinding process can begin or not begin, that's up to you and how adventuresome you choose to be ~ this it a journey of self so do as you wish.  Swimming or snorkeling in the Indian Ocean, boat rides to the near by islands and beautiful sunsets are some of the ways you may choose to occupy your time.  Explore Zanzibar during the day or sit on the beach and journal your experience, there are no rules other than having fun on this Traveling Yogis retreat.  Evening yoga classes will be held in the sand with new friends during the three nights in Zanzibar. 

To learn more about the full itinerary please visit TemboTours Traveling Yogis page and contact Amanda Strowbridge at 

To see more photos of Zanzibar check out the video I created during my last trip to the island....VIDEO OF ZANZIBAR.  

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 Contact Amanda to book this exciting yogic journey of self.  Find me on Facebook or via email or via skype amanda.strowbridge

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Moshi and the Rudisha Foundation Party

On January 9th Martha, Moses and I hosted a party for the children in our sponsorship program, Rudisha Foundation.  It was such a wonderful experience, one that will never leave my mind and I'm sure one that the twelve children will never forget.

The children were invited to a party at Martha's house, to celebrate their hard work for 2013 and to also welcome in the New Year and wish them success for 2014.  All of the children did very well in class and passed their grade.  I was very proud to learn that Julieth had placed 3rd out of 37 in her class, her hard work and determination to "catch up" paid off.

Martha, Moses and I are most thankful and very excited that for the school year 2014 we now have 12 children that are being sponsored in our Rudisha Foundation sponsorship program.  We are able to make this possible from donations and sponsorship from friends and family in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Ontario and Capri, Italy. THANK YOU!

The morning of the party Martha and I walked to the market for the food we needed for the party. Fresh beef from the butcher, then to the fruit and veggies stands for pineapple and banana, watermelon, carrots, potatoes and cucumbers, avocado, spinach, a kilo of rice for the pilau and some peanuts. We had our baskets full for the walk home. On the way home we stopped by a duka (store) to pick up the new school supplies for the 2014 school year.  A thank you to my cousin Riley for his donation which allowed us to get them ready for school and buy; notebooks, rulers, pencils with sharpeners, erasers, colored pencils, pens and a toothbrush and toothpaste.

All twelve of the children arrived in time for lunch, an afternoon of playing and then we had a surprise for them. They each received a gift bag of books, puzzles, clothes and new supplies for the 2014 school year. After opening the gifts they played with their new presents and then we took pictures outside in Martha's beautiful garden. For dinner we all enjoyed  Pilau and cake and ice cream for dessert.

The children relaxed with their full tummies and played a bit more and watched a movie on TV. They just loved playing the games on my iPad.  I was very impressed how they all took turns sharing and passing it around for everyone to take their turn.  For many of the children this was the first time meeting and for all it was the first time they had experienced a slumber party of this type. A fantastic time was had by all! It was so special to me, to get to know each child better and see how their opportunity to attend school has made such a positive change in their lives, in just one year.  I hope you enjoy a few photos of the children enjoying the party; Ali, Hasani Rashidi, Athumani and Abida, Noel and Joshua, Nancy and Joel, Elizabeth, Julieth and Lucas.

Zanzibar Pizza and Veggies for lunch

Making new friends and coloring 
Noel, Elizabeth and Julieth

Play time 
Noel, Ali, Joshua, Athumani, Abida 

Having lots of fun.....
Joel, Rashidi, Nancy

.....and lots of smiles


Helping little Ali with the racing game
Hasani, Nancy, Ali, Joel, Rashidi 

She loves this dolly

Picture time in the garden, it took a bit of organizing...

Then it was time for the surprise gift bags, they were  ALL thrilled.....

Gifts all the way from Harbour Breton, NFLD

Then it was time for dinner and dessert....

It was a special, fun time for all!

After dinner we started to get the little ones ready for bed.  The older kids asked to have showers before bed, they stayed up as late as they could playing on my iPad. Lucas wanted to go to bed with the view finder, he just loved looking at the pictures on the slides. In the morning Martha was up early and bathed all of the little ones in the big blue washtub. We all enjoyed a nice breakfast of fresh fruit, fresh mandazis and African Chai before they headed back to their homes. 

Snuggled in for the night...

In bed but not so sleepy...
Athumani and Lucas

Breakfast time...

I want to thank Martha once again for all of the hard work that she does to ensure that all of these children are enrolled into great schools. She does all of the running around to the different schools, some are located up the most dusty and bumpy roads you can imagine. Also once again, thank you to those who have donated so these children are able to attend school.  I started this program with the intention of being able to help two children and it has grown into something much more than that. I pray that we will be able to continue this for many years with your new or continued support. The funds cover costs such as; school fees, food at school, uniform and books and school supplies.

To learn more about how to help us continue their education for years to come you may contact me via email, Facebook, Skype, Twitter or the old fashion way works as well, phone that is!  We are always most thankful for those who are able to give a little to help make a BIG DIFFERENCE. You can also visit our sponsorship page to learn more.   All 12 of the children are now in school for 2014, classes started on January 13th, 2014. - Thank you!

Contact Amanda by email -  or on Facebook and Twitter 
Phone 011. 255. 686. 107. 614 or  902.764.2225  or amanda.strowbridge on Skype