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BENEATH THE BAOBABS

Beneath the Baobabs is a magical East African destination event space located at the end of the creek on the Kilifi coast of Kenya. We are also home to the acclaimed 3 day Beneath the Baobabs Festival (formerly Kilifi New Year).

Within a spectacular natural setting we have infrastructure to host up to 10,000 people and a mission to provide a safe platform fostering creativity, environmental sustainability, consciousness, community and freedom of expression, while showcasing East African music, art and culture.

Our three-day Beneath the Baobabs Festival is is the first ‘Carbon Neutral Festival in Africa’ and bans all single-use plastics.

Beneath the Baobabs, home to all artists and creatives, is a one of a kind secluded event space, with secret orange and lemon groves, hundreds of square meters of overhanging decks under the shade of a two-thousand year old majestic Baobab tree, and our now iconic Main Stage. Built with passion and care for the natural environment from the outset and a Leave No Trace approach to all events, Beneath the Baobabs is ready to safely host up to 10,000 people with up to 5 unique stages, bars and all the infrastructure required for a successful event.

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PARTY WITH US

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RE-IMAGINE YOUR EVENT

BRING YOUR OWN EVENT TO LIFE BENEATH THE BAOBABS

PARTNER WITH US!

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WE WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH YOU LET’S GROW TOGETHER!

EVENT PRODUCTION

WE’VE GROWN A WORLD CLASS CREW & PRODUCTION TEAM
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WE WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH YOU LET’S GROW TOGETHER!

EVENT PRODUCTION

WE’VE GROWN A WORLD CLASS CREW & PRODUCTION TEAM
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WILDEST DREAM AND WE’LL MAKE IT HAPPEN

OUR VALUES

We are a proudly Kenyan destination event site, uniting people of all backgrounds by providing a safe platform fostering creativity, environmental sustainability and consciousness, community, and freedom of expression, while showcasing East African music, art and culture.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is one of transformation and inspiration, through uniting people of all backgrounds, by providing a safe platform, even for the most marginalised of communities, to enjoy established and emerging East African Music, Art, Performance and Wellness, whilst learning how to live more consciously and sustainably.

WE ARE CALLING YOU

Intrepid explorers and festival goers – be among the first to discover new cultures, experiences and sounds.

WE ARE CALLING YOU

Intrepid explorers and festival goers – be among the first to discover new cultures, experiences and sounds.

The New Year Revival 2022

We have been working hard to bring back our legendary New Year’s Eve party to Kilifi and are excited to announce this long-awaited comeback to ring in 2022 with a memorable bang. Presenting: The New Year Revival 2022 at Beneath … Read More

Festival Lineup | The New Year Revival 2022

  Here it is, our new year festival lineup! The New Year Revival will feature 40+ acts across 2 stages, 2 days and 2 nights. This year we have called on our BTB veterans alongside an exciting selection of some … Read More

Accommodation in Kilifi | The New Year Revival 2022

Once your New Year Revival ticket is sorted it’s time to think about your accommodation in Kilifi. Here are the three options for your ultimate festival experience:   On-Site General Camping at BTB Every New Year Revival festival ticket includes … Read More

Billy Sadia: Afrobeat Yoga | Kisima Festival 2021

Billy Sadia is a freelance Yoga Teacher and a professional Dancer/Choreographer since 2010 to date. With both Sarakasi Trust & Wapi Wapi Crew Billy, has travelled the world as a performer and as a choreographer won awards like Orange Beat … Read More

The Healer’s Area | Kisima Festival 2021

  Welcome to the Kisima Festival Healer’s Area – sometimes you just need that extra one-on-one attention and our incredible experts are available to cater to your needs. All sessions in this area require advanced booking at the main ticket … Read More

Raj: Healing Sessions | Kisima Festival 2021

  Raj is a holistic medium trained as a master healer. He uses Plant Essences, NLP techniques, Divination tools and Visualisation meditation in shifting your approach to your challenges.   Raj’s Kisima Offering: Healing Session Please book a private appointment … Read More

Ammar Hassanali: Physiotherapy | Kisima Festival 2021

  Ammar is a Doctor in Physical Therapy with 8 years of independent clinical experience. His main forte is towards pain and management of musculoskeletal conditions. He combines a variety of treatment approaches to give me the best possible outcome/result … Read More

Hildah Lumadi: Fire Dancing, Kids & Adults Aerial Hoop | Kisima Festival 2021

  Hildah Lumadi is an aerial hoop and fire dancing trainer/performer. She started as an acrobat at Sarakasi Done in 2006, then trained in aerials in 2010 when she taught and performed in various places before joining Shakti Studios in … Read More

Cece Kabbia: Pole Acrobatics | Kisima Festival 2021

  Celonia Kabbia aka yogagirlkenya started practicing yoga six years ago and pole dancing consistently three months ago. She has been teaching yoga for three years now and seeing client growth makes her so happy. She joined Shakti Studios, Nairobi … Read More

FULL Schedule | Kisima Festival October 2021

  Here it is – 4 entire days of goodness for your mind, body and soul at Kisima Festival 2021 at Beneath the Baobabs, Kilifi. Explore the scheduled sessions from practical physical lessons to healing practices to educational presentations and … Read More

Meet Your Kisima Practitioners | Kisima Festival 2021

  We have gathered some of the top wellness experts in Kenya and East Africa, trainers and healers for the inaugural Kisima Festival in Kilifi this October. From yoga instructors to Swahili coastal history and culture scholars, breathwork practitioners to … Read More

Accommodation at Kisima Festival October 2021 | Kilifi Accommodation

  Here are your best Kilifi accommodation options. Here’s where to rest your head after spending your days learning, healing and celebrating at Kisima Festival – including on-site camping and exclusive discounts from our accommodation partners all over Kilifi town! … Read More

Erin Tyburski: Vinyasa Flow & Power Yoga | Kisima Festival 2021

  Erin has been practicing yoga for 18 years and teaching for 4. She completed her yoga teacher training in Bali, Indonesia with Yandara Yoga Institute and her classes draw inspiration from vinyasa, power and restorative yoga. Originally from California, … Read More

Vincent Oloo: Transformational Breath | Kisima Festival 2021

  Vincent Oloo is Internationally certified Transformational Breath®️ senior trainer. His main goal is to change lives one conscious breath at a time. His work supports physical, mental/emotional and spiritual integration. He is also certified NLP master, life coach and … Read More

Paula Arranz Canales: Feminine Cycle, Women’s Circles | Kisima Festival 2021

  More than 4 years ago Paula began her journey of self-knowledge, personal and spiritual growth, where she connected with the feminine and divine wisdom, (re)connected with her true self, and with her passion to share and learn with women. … Read More

Neha Erasmus: Science & Spirituality | Kisima Festival 2021

  Born in London, raised in Nairobi and of Indian origin, Neha began her journey into spiritual philosophy in 2007 when she wrote her Master’s thesis on Indian philosophy as an alternative to human rights. Since then she has studied Vedantic thought, yoga philosophy and mystic wisdom from around the world … Read More

Sapna Chandaria: Divine Feminine, Reclaiming Your Power Over Money | Kisima Festival 2021

  Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Sapna is a conscious entrepreneur, intuitive energy expert and transformational coach who has been practising healing arts for over 20 years with a focus on the discovery of soul purpose and alignment. She draws from … Read More

Edgar Kimathi: Mindfulness for Children, Sacred Masculine | Kisima Festival 2021

  Edgar has been practicing the Vipassana meditation technique for the last 13 years. Vipassana is an insight meditation practice that allows one to develop an understanding of the nature of mind and body through personal experience. He has undergone … Read More

Narissa Allibhai: Pranayama, Sound & Chakra Healing | Kisima Festival 2021

  Sound healer, travel blogger, backpacker, meditator on rocks, giver of loving hugs, simple soul of love. Also known as Child of the Earth, Narissa practices sound healing with the Tibetan singing bowls, a form of Nada Yoga that she … Read More

Morris Kalama: Hatha Yoga, Swedish Massage | Kisima Festival 2021

  Morris’ Kisima Offering: Hatha Yoga Morris is a Coast favourite and has taught at Watamu Treehouse among other venues and events. His pace is strong and steady, incorporating Thai yoga massage adjustments in the practice to enhance the experience. … Read More

Lisa Kibutu: Swahili Culture and History | Kisima Festival 2021

With a background in Anthropology, Lisa is a Cultural Entrepreneur and Arts & Culture Strategist, with 28 years of experience in the fashion industry and the arts. After living in Canada and  the U.S.A. for over 20 years, Lisa now … Read More

Ulla Makena: Ancestral Connections, Earth Healing & Meditation | Kisima Festival 2021

  Makena is a writer, poet, visual artist, musician and filmmaker. She offers her works as a way for herself and others to find healing in expression and being. She deeply believes that it is in witnessing who we are … Read More

Andrea Hartley: Aerial Silks and Hula Hoop | Kisima Festival 2021

  Andrea graduated from Louisiana State University Honors College in 2014 with a BA in International Studies concentrated in Africa and a double minor in Business Administration and Psychology. Andrea trained in Aerial Arts at LSU’s School of Theatre 2013-2014 … Read More

Manka Bajaj: Yoga Nidra, Conscious Dance, Embodiment | Kisima Festival 2021

  Manka is a Yogi turned Life Coach, trained in Integrated Coaching from South Africa. She brings a unique and embodied approach to mental health, combining somatic, breathwork and mindfulness practices to provide a safe release for emotions and stress … Read More

Fionah Mukuriah: Self Optimization Process, Art of Emotions | Kisima Festival 2021

  Fionah is a holistic wellness advocate and is currently practising as a counselling psychologist. She founded Lotasi in 2020 with the aim of supporting individuals on their path to wholeness of being. Lotasi is a loose Swahili-fication of the … Read More

Mohamed Ismat: Kids’ Yoga, Acrobatics | Kisima Festival 2021

  Mohamed is a yoga teacher, circus arts performer and acrobatics instructor.   Mohamed’s Kisima Offerings: Kids’ Acrobatics Where: Kids’ Zone on Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd October.   Kids’ Yoga Where: Kids’ Zone on Saturday 23rd October. … Read More

Michael Akida: Kids’ Tae Kwondo | Kisima Festival 2021

  Michael is a motivated tae kwondo instructor with advanced training in tae kwondo and specialization in physical fitness, self defense etc. In 2010 his journey into tae kwondo began with his coach/Master, Onesmus Safari Ngao. He has traveled with … Read More

Jean Sangale: Clarity Breathwork | Kisima Festival 2021

  After more then 20 years working in Digital Project Management in London, Jean fell passionately in love with Breathwork and became a qualified facilitator. It’s the culmination of a more than 30 year personal journey into the study and … Read More

Tamara Britten: Arm Balances, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga | Kisima Festival 2021

  Tamara is a certified yoga instructor with 600 hours of training with Yoga Alliance in vinyasa flow, aerial, acro, SUP, yin and hatha yoga. Expanding her practice into these various styles have given her the opportunity to experiment, to … Read More

Kevin Mwachiro: Modern Sexuality | Kisima Festival 2021

  Kevin Mwachiro is a writer, journalist, podcaster, and queer activist. Kevin’s first book is, Invisible – Stories from Kenya’s Queer Community. He was part of the editorial team for Boldly Queer – African Perspectives on Same-sex sexuality and gender … Read More

Dr. Thania Paffelholz: Inclusive Society | Kisima Festival 2021

  Thania is internationally renowned for her work on and in support of peace and political change processes worldwide, focusing on mediation and peacebuilding, inclusion and participation, as well as the conditions under which change processes produce sustainable outcomes. In … Read More

Heather Gordon Athie: Wim Hof Method, Yoga | Kisima Festival 2021

  Heather is a certified Level 2 Wim Hof Method (WHM) Instructor, Yoga and meditation teacher, mental resilience trainer and certified nutritional health coach. Pre-pandemic you could find her traveling across Europe, the US and Kenya running retreats and offering … Read More

Laura Sundblad: Prana Vinyasa Yoga | Kisima Festival 2021

  Laura Sundblad is a Nairobi-based Prana Vinyasa yoga teacher. Her practice is influenced by her teachers around the world, including at Shiva Rea’s Samudra School of Living Yoga, at the Jivamukti School and at the Ananda Ashram in New … Read More

Mildred Otieno: Spirituality to Decolonize, African Astrology, Dream Symbolism | Kisima Festival 2021

  Mildred is a spiritualist, cardologer, historian, predictive astrologer, and researcher into the mystical realms, particularly African Traditional Religions (ATRs). Following an 18 year spiritual journey, she now uses her knowledge and gifts to guide, teach, and heal others.   … Read More

Hetal Bid: Thai Yoga Massage | Kisima Festival 2021

  Born and brought up Kenyan, Hetal began practicing yoga and meditation from the age of 13. In 2019, she trained with Yoga Union in Bali, and is a Vinyasa Flow coach. Also in 2019, Hetal rediscovered her love for … Read More

Benny Giuliani: Yin Yang and Restorative Yoga | Kisima Festival 2021

  Benny has been practicing Hatha and Iyengar yoga since she was 15 years old but, finally became a teacher in 2017. Since then she has never looked back and continues training in and teaching yin, restorative and functional vinyasa … Read More

COVID Measures at KISIMA FESTIVAL

KISIMA FESTIVAL is dedicated to your wellness. Now more than ever. This is how KISIMA will help maximize your healing, while minimizing your risk: Vast open air space: Our 50- acre baobab forest provides an oasis of peace, joy, and … Read More

KISIMA CONTRIBUTORS

We are super excited to introduce you to our wonderful group of Kisima teachers, healers and workshop leaders for Mind, Body and Soul.   NEHA ERASMUS is a certified PSYCH-K facilitator, working with individuals & groups for the purpose of … Read More

MIND BODY SOUL AT KISIMA

KISIMA Festival is a 4-day celebration of mind, body, and soul within the tranquil haven of Beneath the Baobabs, Kilifi. We welcome you into our safe space to relax, rejuvenize, and revitalize while connecting to yourself, others, and the natural … Read More

REBRANDING OUR LANDMARK FESTIVAL

The time has come for our new year festival to evolve into much more, welcome to the many faces of Beneath the Baobabs…

COVID – REACTION

Clearly COVID has dictated a great deal of our decisions at Beneath the Baobabs in 2020. Whilst the cancellation of Beneath the Baobabs Festival has been a necessary heartbreak for us all, there has been much to learn from this period.

NEW YEAR’S CANCELLATION

Due to recently increased curfew restrictions as well as various challenges for organizing large-sized events, we have taken the difficult decision not to host any events this New Year Period at Beneath the Baobabs.

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