Malabar Retreats Launches Tibetan Soul in Africa Intimate, life enhancing retreats in Mozambique and Zimbabwe introducing Lu Jong

Transformational retreats of Lu Jong (Tibetan Healing Yoga) are being offered in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, with two exclusive trips planned for 2019 by Bibi Schofield, founder of Malabar Retreats and Dominique Caubel, one of Europe’s leading teachers of Lu Jong.

With guided meditation, deep tissue energy balancing massage and an extraordinary immersion in nature, Malabar Retreats offers guests a way to experience Lu Jong – a form of Tibetan yoga little known in the West-in some of the most beautiful and private settings in Africa.

A combination of instruction, practice, body-work massage, delicious food and the opportunity to experience authentic Africa, away from a safari model, Malabar offers guests a unique and exhilarating experience. “You can expect a week of rigour, learning and laughter, deep reflection, transformational massage treatments in unstinting luxury benefitting a bygone era” commented a previous guest.

Malabar Retreats in Zimbabwe combine four days of a bush experience overlooking the magical Zambezi river with three days at a private residence in Harare.  In Mozambique, the five day retreat is based on a beautiful, remote and pristine beach overlooking the Bazaruto archipelago, just south of Vilanculos. 

What is Tibetan Yoga?

Tibetan Healing Yoga known as Lu Jong is thought to be 8.000 years old.   Lu Jong was developed by Tibetan monks and practiced for millennia, handed down from master to pupil.  Recently brought to the West by renowned master, Tulku Lobsang, this exotic and deeply effective ancient practice is still rare.  Lu Jong reinforces physical strength and flexibility, boosts the immune system and sharpens the senses. It balances the elements and humours, the foundation of the physical body, and invigorates the body’s more subtle vital wind or energy. This allows the Lung/Qi to flow freely and harmoniously, breaking down the blockages that create susceptibility to illness. We are improved on a physical, mental and energetic level.

The result is a beautiful, efficient and systematic practice that improves our well being in all dimensions.  Using breath and awareness, it develops a quiet mind, a true meditation in movement, which is ever more relevant in today’s busy and stressful lifestyle.

Lu Jong is thoroughly beneficial for health and happiness, brings inner calm and generates a glow from the inside out. Daily practice can really change lives and the results are profound. This ancient and life changing yoga is a discerning and transformational choice.

Lu Jong can be practiced by people of all ages and abilities and the benefits are felt immediately.

What to expect?

Bibi offers a personal and low profile approach, hosting not more than twelve people at a time, to ensure that each guest receives proper attention and guidance. 

Malabar Retreats combines the teaching and practice of Lu Jong with a variety of body work treatments. The afternoons may include game drives to watch local wildlife, birdwatching, thrilling boat rides and breath-taking sunsets.  Meals are convivial and the food delicious.  All are skilfully prepared by Bibi’s own team, some of whom have worked with her husband’s family for over forty years.  Unlike at many health retreats, coffee, chocolate and alcohol are allowed albeit in moderation. 

The majesty of Africa provides the backdrop to the retreats. Bibi’s husband, Kenneth, is a native Zimbabwean and an invaluable guide to the bush.  He introduces guests to the subtleties and complexities of the surrounding nature. They can expect astounding encounters with hippo and elephant, but also a deeper connection with the indigenous bird life, the nuances of native plants, and the history and context of the region.  In Mozambique guests will enjoy yoga and meditation on some of Africa’s most exotic beaches and frequent boat trips to spot playful dolphins and pink flamingos.

The team behind Malabar Retreats

Dominique Caubel
Dominique is one of the leading practitioners of Tibetan Healing yoga in Europe. Born in the Commores, on a small island off the African coast, Dominique is of Franco-Indian descent His interests began with martial arts and he holds a black belt in Kung Fu and T’ai Chi. Inspired by his work with energy but seeking a non-combative expression of this power, he began to study Tibetan Yogas, most recently Lu Jong (Tibetan Healing Yoga) in the tradition of renowned Master Tulku Lobsang.  His professional accomplishments in the field of martial arts and yoga were also complemented over the last 20 years with a bodywork practice combining Chinese, Tibetan and Ayurvedic techniques together with Reiki and Karuna energy work.  He is based in the South of France and leads the international Malabar Retreats.
Bibi Morelli Schofield
Bibi spent 15 years working in business and as a banking lawyer in London, Madrid and Milan.   After marrying her Zimbabwean husband, Kenneth, she spent a decade living and working in and around Zimbabwe and Mozambique, in largely undeveloped environments, rich in nature and tranquillity. Kenneth’s knowledge and subtle appreciation of the indigenous environment revealed to her an appreciation of an undiscovered world, which triggered the beginning of a fundamental shift in her values. A few years later, after meeting Dominique Caubel and experiencing the Lu Jong practice and his profound bodywork, her priorities began to evolve. and crystallised into a new direction – to bring the benefits of Lu Jong to a wider audience.  This shaped the mission of Malabar Retreats.
Malabar retreats was born of a shared vision – a love of Africa and a belief in the beneficial effects of the combined elements of Lu Jong, transformational massage, meditation, digital detox, silence and the deep immersion into nature which Africa permits.
2019 Retreats
Mozambique: 27th July – 2th August 2019 (5 days/6 nights), full details here
Cost: $1,900 (approx. £1,500) per person, based on 2 people sharing a double (full board, all main activities)

Zimbabwe: 9 – 17th November 2019  (7 days/ 8 nights), full details here
Cost: $4,000 (approx. £3,070) per person, based on 2 people sharing a double (full board, all main activities)