Come Back Home To The
Healing Arms Of Mother Africa

Reclaim Your Natural Path To Health

November 28-December 5, 2020
In Arusha Tanzania

Pamoja Live! is an Opare Institute offering for #ThrivingWhileVegan!

If you've been searching for the secrets to consistently eating better,
looking better and feeling better, mind, body and soul, and you're longing for a nurturing space that honors and affirms who you are...

Join Us For 8 days and 7 nights
to discover the roots of wellness
in Tanzania - our original source of life

  • Discover the keys to creating optimal health and the healing wisdom of the ages that once served all living beings.
  • Get expert advice and support to create a healthy lifestyle you will stick to.
  • Relax and release your stress in a safe and nurturing space and come back to the truth of who you really are.
  • Get centered and grounded through daily yoga and meditation in the natural lakeside setting at the food of the sacred Mt. Meru.
  • Renew and refocus through the power of community and connections.
  • Savor the flavors of healthy vegan food made right and go home with new African inspired recipes.
  • Discover the Africa the media never shows you and take pride in your heritage.
  • Chart a new healthy and vibrant path for yourself.

Have you been stressed out and overwhelmed? Worried that you’ll end up gaining a lot more weight and being really unhealthy? Been trying and trying to stick to your commitment to eat better and take better care of yourself but can’t seem to make it work?

Come Wrap Yourself In The Healing Arms of Mother Africa
And Discover Your Path To Optimal Heath

You don't want to miss it!

The Experience

Be Transformed-Mind Body And Spirit

You’ll feel the difference the moment you step off the plane.

The heaviness of your stress filled life will start to fall away as if it were a thick winter coat you no longer need. You’ll feel it in the fresh mountain air that kisses your cheeks. You’ll soak in the peaceful, warm and welcoming energy of the local people.

You’ve arrived in a place of abundance, of beauty and a way of life that has sustained its people for many, many generations, for hundreds or thousands of years.

Karibu (welcome) to the luxurious Ngare Sero Lodge, your home for the next 8 days and 7 nights. The attentive staff will help you get settled into your sumptuous Garden Room and bring you a glass of fresh juice. Now you can breathe a sigh of relief! In the mountain alpine climate the days will be warm and pleasant and the nights cool. Perfect sleeping weather. Each morning you’ll wake up in paradise!

For the next week it’s all about you! About filling your belly with amazing vegan food, sharing the beauty and culture of Arusha with you, and giving you the keys to creating optimal health.

You’ll start each day with fresh juice and journaling, and an invitation to daily meditation and yoga sessions. It’s an opportunity to listen within, dig deep and get to know yourself in a way that allows you to heal and grow from the inside out. In this place of stillness your deepest insights can be found.

Each day we’ll explore the variety and culture that the Arusha area has to offer, the astounding natural beauty of Mt Meru, the peacefulness of village life, and the busy Arusha Town. You’ll see the strength and resiliency of African people. It’s a chance to gain some perspective on what is really important and how you want to live your life.

You’ll also have plenty of time to chill at the lodge. Relax at the garden spa pool, stroll through the grounds, or chillax with friends on the veranda. As they say, “there’s no hurry in Africa.”

Each evening we’ll have lively discussions and workshops as we explore the Rule Book And User Guide For Healthy Living. You’ll discover the deep and fundamental process for creating Optimal Health for yourself and your family.

I promise you, if you come with an open mind and heart you will be changed. You’ll be nurtured and well fed and inspired. You’ll look at yourself and your life in a new way. You will have embarked on a healing journey that will have lasting impact for you, mind, body, and spirit.

You’ll go home nurtured and renewed with a clear path to your Optimal Health Lifestyle and the endurance to consistently eat better, look better and feel better, mind, body and soul.

Your Hosts

Nana Kwaku and Ama Opare have dedicated their lives to building a plant-based food revolution to stop needless suffering due to chronic disease. Their unparalleled expertise and background is uniquely qualified to guide you in the deep and fundamental process of healing.

Their education programs, Dr. supervised juice fasting, and coaching services give you the power create a healthy vegan or plant-based lifestyle you love.

Ama and Dr. Opare moved to the Arusha area in Northern Tanzania from Atlanta Georgia, USA in July of 2016. They continue to spread the truth about the healing power of of a plant-based diet. 

Helping you reclaim your natural path to health.

Nana Kwaku Opare MD, MPH, CA combines over three decades of experience in standard medicine, nutrition, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, osteopathic manual medicine. and his revolutionary perspectives on health and healing to provide a comprehensive understanding and approach to healing he calls Afrikan Natural Hygiene.

Dr. Opare’s Optimum Fast juice fasting protocol has enabled his patients to quickly reverse their chronic disease and successfully make the transition to a healthier plant-based diet and lifestyle.

Ama Opare, BS, MA, MA brings her philosophy of learner directed, hands-on educational experiences and more than 30 years as an educator, curriculum developer, trainer, coach and program director to create a transformative experience where each participant can uncover what works for them. Her Thrive Framework provides patients and clients with a system for creating a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

Ama is the architect of the Opare Institute online courses and social media presence. Through the Food For The Soul blog, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook she teaches the Afrikan Natural Hygiene approach to health and wellness.

Sickness doesn't have to be a part of getting older

Your Room

Garden rooms are nested in the tranquil gardens with the beautiful views of bougainvillea and jacaranda from private verandahs.

Interiors are individually decorated with ethnic fabrics and handmade furniture like study tables and ottoman sofas.

Each room has an en-suite toilet, a bath tub and a dressing room.


100% Vegan

Organic Meals Included

Ama Opare has planned a delicious menu of healthy vegan and raw vegan delicacies featuring local recipes, Ama’s own recipes and flavorful dishes from around the African Continent.

Amazing, satisfying meals and new recipes you can take home to spice up your menus.


Focus On YOU

Create a healthy vegan lifestyle you can stick to.
Take time to be more reflective of what you need to do for yourself.
Discover the THRIVE System and Find What Works For You.

Nutrition Workshops

Get a new or RE-newed sense of assurance about what a healthy plant-based diet and lifestyle is. Learn Nana Kwaku Opare, MD’s Rule Book And User Guide framework for creating optimal health and the Optimum Fast juice fasting method.  

3 Workshops

Group Coaching

Discover the THRIVE System for success in a safe and nurturing space to see the problems or obstacles you struggle with, with new eyes…and get creative with solutions so you can find new ways to make your healthy diet and lifestyle work for you.

3 Group Sessions

Yoga & Meditation

Start and end your day right by nurturing your mind, body and spirit.  Focus on creating a practice you can continue once you get back home. No experience needed.

Daily Sessions

You'll go home with:

  • Greater clarity about what your healthy plant-based diet should look like;
  • Identify what areas you can improve on for creating optimal health;
  • How to use the Optimum Fast juice fasting method to boost your progress;
  • A basic daily yoga and mediation practice you can follow on your own at home;
  • Understand what in your life is getting in the way of your success and why;
  • A personalized plan and strategies to maintain your new commitments to yourself once you get back home.

The THRIVE System-Your Framework For Success

Optional Add-ons (Additional Fee)

Individual Consultations

Dr. Opare will be available for a limited number of private consultations to discuss your personal health issues. 

Private Coaching

Ama Opare will be available for a limited number of private one-on-one coaching sessions to address your lifestyle challenges.

Explore The Local Culture And Sites

See what the Arusha area has to offer. Everything from the small local village to the busy city of Arusha. And for even more adventure, join an optional excursion to explore the lush mountain environment.

Village Tour

Let one of the lodge staff walk you through the lush Wameru villages on the slopes of Mount Meru, show you their homes, local primary and secondary
schools, and a little orphanage in thevicinity of Ngare Sero forest.

Cultural Heritage Center

Visit the amazing Cultural Heritage Center which features one of the best collections of art from all over the continent. It’s like a museum where everything is for sale!

Open Air Market

Explore the bustling scene at the open air market where you can shop for produce, textiles, practice your bargaining skills, listen to the Swahili language and meet the local people. 


Meet Pete and Charlotte O’Neal, former Black Panthers, who have lived in exile for over 40 years. The United African Alliance Community Center is the home they’ve built that also serves as a children’s home, school, guest lodging, and as the first stop for many expats such as the Opare’s. 

Maasai Market

Shop for souvenirs at the Maasai Market. It sells beaded jewelry and trinkets, shuka (the fabric worn by Maasai, paintings, carvings and more. Be prepared for lots of haggling. 

Expat Life

Hear the experiences of a number of US expats (or repats). Learn about why they are here, how their lives have changed, and their recommendations for those thinking of making Tanzania or other African country their home.

Optional Add-ons (Additional Fee)

Coffee Tour

A two hour tour of a neighbouring coffee farm. You will be guided on a beautiful walk around the coffee plantation, learn about coffee processing at the factory and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee with cakes of choice. Return home with some fresh roasted Mount Meru supreme coffee.

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park is situated on the slopes of Mt Meru and is only half an hour drive from the lodge. Large animals including giraffe, hippo, buffalo and elephant can be seen as well as water buck, and suni antelopes. It has the widest floral diversity in Tanzania – from grassland through montane forest to heath and alpine desert as well as both soda and fresh water lakes.

Horseback or Bike Tours

Learn riding with one of our five horses on the lodge grounds or go around the village trails on the green hilly slopes of Mount Meru.

Explore the vast slopes of Mt Meru on a mountain bike. On request only we offer individual Mountainbike tours from 1hr to half day trips. These trips are not suited for beginners.

Ngare Sero Lodge

Set in lush gardens amid forest and crystal clear waters on the slopes of Mount Meru, Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge is a wonderful place to relax and simmer in the immense beauty of East Africa. The Lodge has been adapted from an early colonial farmhouse built in the early 20th century and it is one of the oldest family lodges in Arusha.  Ngare Sero has been providing personal service for its residents since 1974. 

Here you can spend the days amid nature, watching the changing colors of the Kilimanjaro glaciers while sipping drinks on the verandah or hiking in the forest inhabited by colobus and Sykes monkeys as well as hundreds of small animal and bird species.The Lodge is located only 30 minutes (20 km) away from Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha town centre and it is a perfect base while on safari in northern Tanzania.


Relax on the veranda and visit with new friends and old. Maybe Mt. Kilimanjaro will make an appearance.

Explore the lodge grounds

Stroll through the nature trails, take a boat ride on the private lake, see how many of the 200 species of birds you can see, and delight in the monkeys in the trees.

Visit The Garden Spa

Swim laps in the 30 meter pool or just sit back and relax. Massage available (additional charge).

Located in a small forest reserve with a very large biodiversity of flora and fauna beside a spring, Ngare Sero Lodge aims to set an example for environmentally friendly and socially responsible tourism.

Damming the spring has created three small lakes that support a healthy ecosystem of animals and birds. The Lodge generates their own hydro-electricity to power the lodge and the organic trout farm. All drinking water comes direct from the springs, and Ngare-Sero also supplies fresh water to the neighboring schools and villages. They are striving to be carbon neutral by absorbing our carbon production via indigenous tree planting and forest protection.

Ngare Sero supplies are as much as possible locally sourced. Most of the vegetables and salads served to guests come from their organic garden. Ngare Sero Lodge staff employed are from the local community and have had on the job training and improvement of skills. Internships are available to local school graduates to help get better job opportunities.

The Lodge collaborates with the village government and the authorities to protect the forest and its wild inhabitants, the water source and management of water extraction.

Registration Opens Soon!

Single Occupancy

Garden Rooms
$500 Reserves Your Spot
$ 3500
  • 7 Nights Lodging - 1 person
  • 3 Vegan Meals Each Day
  • Nutrition Workshops
  • Group Coaching Sessions
  • Personal Optimal Health Plan
  • Daily Yoga
  • Daily Meditation
  • Excursion To Arusha Town
  • Visit A Local Village
  • Shop At Open Air Market
  • Visit To UAACC
  • Expat Roundtable
Early Bird

Double Occupancy

Garden Room
$1000 Reserves Your 2 Spots
$ 6200 For 2 people
  • 7 Nights Lodging 2 people
  • 3 Vegan Meals Each Day
  • Nutrition Workshops
  • Group Coaching Sessions
  • Personal Optimal Health Plan
  • Daily Yoga
  • Daily Meditation
  • Excursion To Arusha Town
  • Visit A Local Village
  • Shop At Open Air Market
  • Visit To UAACC
  • Expat Roundtable
Early Bird

Does not include the cost of your travel to Arusha Tanzania, Recommended Trip Insurance, or any of the add-on options.

Have Questions? Contact Us

Just send us a message and we’ll happily answer them.

About Tanzania And Arusha

Tanzania is in central east Africa and is bordered by Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique. The eastern coastline is on the Indian Ocean.

Tanzania is known for its vast wilderness areas that are visited by tourist on Safari in hopes of seeing the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino). Kilimanjaro National Park is home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lies the tropical island of Zanzibar, with Arabic influences.

Tanzania is a culturally eclectic and with over 120 ethnic groups and various religious beliefs. It’s extremely rich in age-old cultures and traditions. Swahili is the national language, with many people also speaking tribal languages. The population is well known for being friendly and polite to visitors. 

Arusha is Tanzania’s gateway to the northern circuit of stellar national parks and the starting point for many a safari trips. It’s one of the larger cities and is growing larger all the time. It is home to many foreigners and tourists can often be seen walking through the central city area.

The town offers a wide variety of restaurants, hotels, and shopping areas – and, for the most part, it’s lush and green and enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year, thanks to its altitude (about 1300m) and its location near the foot of Mt Meru.

The wider Arusha area is an agricultural area due to the rich volcanic soil and the precipitation levels. Coffee, bananas, mangos, avocados, tomatoes, cabbage, corn, and potatoes are just some of the crops grown. 

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