Kenya Retreat!

Nairobi, Kenya

Mary Horne
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Feb 15 - 22, 2024
Group size: 1 - 17
Kenya Retreat!
Nairobi, Kenya

Mary Horne
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13 reviews

Feb 15 - 22, 2024
Group size: 1 - 17

About this trip

I am thrilled to invite you to join me on an epic retreat and service trip to Nairobi, Kenya!

Founded in 1997, Growth Through Learning (GTL) is an organization that supports education and development in East Africa by  providing full secondary education scholarships for exceptional young  women in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania who would otherwise be unable to  afford an education beyond primary school.  GTL encourages cross-cultural exchange of information and ideas, especially promoting  women’s empowerment in East Africa.

On this retreat, not only will we visit with scholars of one of the GTL schools and visit with some alumnae, we will also embark on a full once-in-a-lifetime yoga retreat with daily yoga practices, amazing tours of local farms and forests and a add-on 2 night visit to the famous Maasai Mara.


This trip was truly birthed out of a desire I have to make a lasting impact through my work not just on my immediate community, but on a greater scope. GTL is an organization that immediately spoke to my heart and the more I have learned about the work they do, the more I feel confident this trip is the right one at the right time.

On our retreat, we will visit with some of the scholars and alumnae of GTL to help motivate, inspire and connect with them.

I will also be donating a large portion of the proceeds of this trip to GTL, so your money is not just going to your experience, but each of your bookings will provide a young girl with books, housing and schooling for a semester at GTL.


I, sadly, can not attend the retreat, but how can I still help GTL?

While I would love for you to join the retreat, you can absolutely still make an impact by donating directly to GTL via their website, They make it so simple to choose your donation amount and see EXACTLY where your donation is going!

I've never been on a yoga retreat, can I still join?

Absolutely!!! My retreats are always all levels and an amazing opportunity to deepen you practice from wherever you are now. We will practice many different modalities of yoga including Vinyasa, restorative, myofascial release, meditation and more!

Do I need any vaccinations to travel to Kenya?

Please speak to your doctor for guidance related to your specific health conditions.

Do I need a visa?

Yes. You will need to apply for a Category 2 Tourism Visa within 3 months of travel. The cost is $51 USD. I am happy to help you with all of this when the time comes!

What is the weather like in February?

February is dry season in Kenya with temperatures ranging from 72-82 degrees F.

What is the official language of Kenya?

Swahili! English is also an official language, and we will always be with local guides to be sure we can communicate on our adventures!

What’s included

  • On Land Transport
    Once you land at NBO, all transportation will be organized for you throughout the entire stay
  • 7 Night Accomodation
    We will be staying in a newly renovated house with a beautiful garden, pool deck and ensuite bedrooms
  • Meals
    All meals at the house will be provided for you, with dietary restrictions in mind
  • Trip to Karoti
    A visit to the Karoti school to meet with the students of the school and see first hand the incredible work of GTL
  • Game Drive at NNF
    An early morning extensive game drive to Nairobi National Forest
  • Kiambetu Farm
    A tea growing experience at Kiambetu Farm
  • Karura Forest
    Yoga and lunch at Karura Forest and time to shop for African artifacts and gifts at Maasai Market
  • Daily Yoga
    Daily yoga and meditation onsite at our shared house
  • Air Transportation
    Flights to and from NBO, arriving on 2/15, departing 2/22 (or 2/24)
  • Off Site Meals
    Meals enjoyed while visting off site adventures
  • 2 Night Maasai Mara
    ADD-ON OPTION! 2 nights at the famous Maasai Mara National Game Reserve for a true safari experience!

Available Packages

Single Room
only 3 left


Great option for a solo traveler wanting a private room.

All rooms have private ensuite baths.

Deposit: $500
Twin Room
only 1 left


Best option for a solo traveler comfortable sharing a room with someone I will, with good judgement, pair you with.

All rooms have private ensuite baths.

Deposit: $500
Double Room
7 left


Best option for 2 travelers traveling together who are comfortable sharing a bed.

All rooms have private ensuite baths.


Deposit: $500

Available options


8 Day Kenya Retreat


Arrive Nairobi from New York. Evening yoga practice to stretch out the flight.

DAY 2, FRIDAY 2/16

Morning yoga and breakfast followed by a leisurely day to relax, get massages and

wade off the jetlag. Lunch and dinner at the hotel.


Morning yoga and breakfast followed by a visit to Elephant Orphanage.

Lunch at Karen Blixen Gardens then return to the hotel for evening yoga and dinner.

DAY 4, SUNDAY 2/18

Morning yoga and breakfast followed by a drive to Karoti Girls School for the GTL project visit followed by lunch either at the school or by private arrangements. Dinner at the hotel

DAY 5, MONDAY 2/19

Early morning visit to Nairobi National Park for an extensive game drive. Return to the hotel for rest, yoga, massages and dinner.


Early morning walk at Karura forest followed by brunch at The River Café within Karura Forest. Afterwards visit to the Maasai Market to buy gifts and African artifacts. Return to the hotel for an evening yoga session.


Morning yoga and breakfast followed by a drive to Kiambetu Farm to experience a tea growing experience. Return to the hotel and prepare for dinner at Nairobi Street kitchen.


Easy morning with yoga, breakfast, and lunch . Evening drop off at the airport for a flight back home or prepare to travel to Maasai Mara for 2 night safari experience.

Your Organizer

Mary Horne
13 reviews
Mary Horne is a 700+ hour RYT based in NYC. Coming from a background as both a professional dancer and a personal trainer, Mary approaches teaching yoga with both expressive artistry as well as precise functional alignment. Leading retreats has become a passion as it allows for people to break out of their routines and day to day lives to gain a greater perspective and awareness of themselves while simultaneously immersing in a new culture, with new like-minded people. While not teaching yoga, you can find Mary loving all the excitement NYC has to offer, or lounging on a beach taking in the slower, simpler moments.


Tulum was absolutely amazing. I particularly loved watching the sun rise and set and hearing the sound of the ocean during our practices. Mary is such a warm and kind teacher and does a great job balancing practices that focus on strength, rest, release, and mindfulness. It is always wonderful spending time with Mary and the incredible group of yogis she brings together!
By Lauren A for Tulum Winter Getaway on Feb 24, 2023
The Tulum Winter Getaway with Mary was wonderful, I highly recommend! Mary started the day providing us with an insightful journal prompt and a vinyasa flow class that was both invigorating and relaxing. I really love how Mary's classes involve both stretching and strengthening the body, and focusing the mind. She offers challenging movements in the practice, and the option to meet yourself where you are that day, which I love. I ended up feeling balanced and refreshed from each of the classes, which is ideal! The location at Amansala was lovely - ocean view open-air classes, nothing compares! You can find on the retreat a multitude of people, so you'll find someone to match your interests during the free time - e.g., shopping, visiting cultural sites, catching up, reading or napping on the beach, dining out, solo time - it's laid back. In the afternoons, Mary taught classes that complemented the morning classes, and went deeper into aspects of yoga I really enjoy and you can't get as often in NYC, such as myofascial release, longer meditations, and restorative yoga. I stayed in a nice triple room with 2 lovely roommates, 1 I had met on another retreat with Mary, 1 I had not, and it was comfortable and relaxing to fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean. Oh, how can I forget to mention, the food was incredible - fresh, balanced, ¡deliciosa! The complementary massage and Temazcal ceremonies were lovely as well. Tulum is a busy tourist location, so you can expect to see a number of other Americans also on yoga retreats and other vacations. The staff at Amansala were very welcoming and it's no problem if you don't speak Spanish in Tulum. Definitely recommend!!
By Molly A for Tulum Winter Getaway on Feb 18, 2023
Spending the week in Zion with Mary was absolutely magical! As always, Mary curated the best experience that balanced adventure and relaxation and brought together an incredible group of people. So thankful for Mary's practice and retreats and can't wait for the next one.
By Lauren A for Zion Yoga Retreat! on Aug 21, 2022
Mary and Courtney's Catskill Spring Retreat was an utterly transformative experience! It was one of the most incredible trips I have ever had, and I urge everyone to sign up for this remarkable retreat! Everything was well-organized, the yoga sessions truly amazing, and such lovely accommodations and hospitality at the Hasbrouck House. Deeply healing, soul-reviving, and truly memorable, this was the retreat of a life-time and much needed for true personal growth from such gentle and skillful instructors. Your consciousness will expand in ways you never thought possible after this retreat! Mary and Courtney are AMAZING, and incredibly perceptive to the needs of all the attendees. I am absolutely hoping to go again next year and hope to carry their lessons with me all year.
By Zeah V for Catskills Spring Retreat '22 on May 24, 2022
To put words to the experience we had at Mary's Catskills Yoga Retreat 2021, feels impossible but I will try. If you want a short review- JUST GO ON THIS TRIP. (you can stop reading now, for those that need more, please continue) Mary is absolutely nothing short of magic. Her teaching skills are top notch and ability to connect to each student is inspiring and deep. Our saying for the retreat was that "It's not a yoga thing, it's a Mary thing" because her intuition and way of teaching yoga is incredible. Her cues are spot on and her adjustments are so helpful- Beginners to experts, alike, can benefit greatly from her class. Mary's bright, inviting demeanor made it easy to take this trip solo or with a group. The yoga was intense, as well as soft and gentle, as if Mary knew what we needed and when. In addition to the wonderful yoga practices, we enjoyed hikes, camp fires, animals and delicious meals cooked with love and attention from a skilled private chef, all on a gorgeous property. The coffee was strong, the conversations energized, and the memories spun. I cannot wait to join the next retreat, and I am grateful to Mary and her teachings for quite literally altering my life in the most magical, profound, and lucky way. I'm honored to know her and to have had this experience.
By Theresa M for Weekend Yoga Escape on Sep 22, 2021
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Mary is the best yoga teacher I have ever taken. She incorporates reflection and next level yoga into every practice. I had the most wonderful time on her retreat to Tulum, I could not recommend her trips more. If you’re thinking of taking one of her trips, sign up now!!
By Alexis S on 03 May, 2023