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LARUGA
GLASER

Ashtanga Retreat,
Kenya

15 - 22 March 2025
7 nights / 8 days

About Laruga

Laruga Glaser has been practicing Ashtanga yoga continuously for over 23 years. Starting at the beginning of her 20s, she was immediately drawn to the practice after working with other forms of yoga years prior. After establishing a committed practice she then deepened her studies traveling to Mysore, India annually to practice at KPJAYI where the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois taught and now his grandson, R. Sharath Jois teaches. Laruga has made more than 14 trips to Mysore and is on a mission to continue to learn and grow as a student as well as a teacher. She is one of the few in the world who have been given the distinction of being certified to teach up to Advanced B, which is not easily given and takes many years to earn. Through it all, Laruga teaches as an act of deep sharing and love for what yoga develops in each individual, facilitating space to open, challenge, and inspire those to realize their inherent potential, and has been personally invited all over the world to do so.

More Than Meets the Eye

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YOUR ASHTANGA SAFARI

Laikipia

In the central highlands of Kenya, stretching from Mount Kenya in the east to the Rift Valley in the west is a 2.1 million acres of semi-arid grassland and bush savannah, known as the Laikipia Plateau.

This region serves as a portal to Kenya’s remote and wild Northern Frontier and is a patchwork of cattle ranches, conservancies and tribal lands that have been amalgamated under the umbrella of eco-tourism.

Ranchers and pastoralists encourage the practical co-existence of people, livestock and wildlife. The desire to truly understand the inhabitants of this natural environment is illustrated in the large number of research and community conservation projects within the area.

Straddling the Equator at altitudes of between 5,000 and 8,000 feet, this secluded region attracts considerable animal numbers and is home to the highest number of endangered species in East Africa.

Half of the population of black rhino, Kenya’s second largest elephant population, the fastest growing wild dog populations on the continent and the globally threatened Grevy’s zebra have all found their home in Laikipia. Not to mention a diverse and spectacular array of birdlife.

 

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

 

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a mosaic of grass plains, wooded grassland, Acacia woodland and evergreen thicket extending over 350 square kilometres. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, East Africa’s Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary, is situated at the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya. Ol Pejeta boasts an astounding variety of animals including the Big Five (the endangered black and white rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo & lion). The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains guarantees an unforgettable safari experience.

 

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KENYA SAFARI OF A LIFETIME WITH LARUGA

" "My time in Kenya has been hard to describe as there have been so many impressions that it will probably take not only days but many months to process. All I can say is I’m grateful and forever changed. The beauty of Kenya is not only breathtaking but transformative. We were lucky enough to mix the yoga practice with the exquisite backdrop of the Kenyan wilderness. It was a time we will never forget."."

Laruga, 2022

YOUR ITINERARY

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Your bush studio

Behind the scenes conservation

When you come for a safari at Ol Pejeta, you’re not just visiting – you are leaving a lasting legacy. This isn’t passive conservation, this is get-your-hands-dirty, on the ground conservation.

Help preserve the future of big cats by tracking lions with our rangers, or see if you’ve got what it takes to be a rhino bodyguard.

Follow paw prints through the bush on foot for the most enthralling safari of your lifetime, or get an all-access pass to the wilderness after dark.

*These extra activities are at an extra charge and can be booked directly at the camp on arrival.

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SWEETWATERS SAFARI CAMP

Embrace the awe-inspiring natural beauty of your surroundings, and set the stage for a visit you won’t soon forget. The unparalleled location in Ol Pejeta Conservancy facilitates exploration and discovery of the spectacular wildlife for which this region is famous. Sweetwaters Serena Camp offers a holiday experience unlike any other!

 

Framed by picturesque views of Mount Kenya, the sophisticated safari tented accommodation offers a tranquil respite in the wild, with ensuite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and a private veranda or balcony. The spacious tents combine the traditional ambiance of a safari camp with the comforts of home.

Located in what was once the ranch manager’s house, our elegant restaurant features delicious international cuisine – punctuated by remarkable water hole views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Much of our cuisine is sourced directly from the communities that surround the reserve.

Curated for You

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What's included

What's Excluded

  • Dedicated retreat coordinator pre-during-post trip based in Kenya

  • Airport transfer to your hotel on arrival

  • 1 x night Bed & Breakfast at Four Points Hotel by Sheraton (Nairobi)

  • Vehicle transfer from Four Points Hotel by Sheraton (Nairobi) to Sweetwaters Safari Camp (Ol Pejeta Conservacy, Laikipia)

  • 6 x night full board accommodation at Sweetwaters Safari Camp including two game drives per day (day and night drives)

  • 6 x Ol Pejeta Conservation Fees

  • Daily Ashtanga classes and workshops with Laruga

  • Lululemon yoga mats, Kenyan designed cushions, blankets, blocks and straps for your classes

  • In-camp activities including swimming pool, large grounds for walking, water colour painting.

  • Transfer from Sweetwater Safari Camp (Ol Pejeta) to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on day of departure.

  • AMREF Emergency Evacuation Cover (required by all safari guests)

  • Gift bag

  • Visa

  • International flights

  • Additional Conservation Activities. Details here

  • Bar drinks

  • Spa treatments

  • Any items of a personal nature

  • Gratitudes (suggested at $10-15 USD per day)

  • Other experiences on Ol Pejeta Conservancy (bookable direct with the camp)

  • Dayroom on departure day ($100 USD per person)

  • Internal flight from Nairobi to Ol Pejeta (around 45 mins each way) approximately $500 USD return

PRICING

Herd of Elephants
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