This fitness course will cover all the basic parts of our signature fitness philosophy but will also be a rollercoaster of outdoor experiences that will leave you feeling energised, inspired and with a new confidence in your body's ability. The schedule is packed with workshops, movement classes and adventurous training.
You will feel your body changing and will learn the basic tools to transform your training, eating and attitude when you return home.
You will be able gain real confidence in the core skill areas of boxing, kettle bells and wild running, you will have more opportunity to use your new-found energy with extra fun activities and will really see and feel the difference in your body.
This course is predominantly group activities although the trainers are around to talk with at any stage. The group size is a maximum of 16 people and the classes will often be split into 2 or 3 to ensure that we can give individualised attention. Exact therapies and skills on offer will vary between courses depending on the team.
Itinerary / Schedule
A stretch on the beach and a swim in Watamu's crystal waters to ease your muscles after your journey. Personalised assessment by one of our experts looking at your posture and your movement patterns. Discussion of your goals for the course. Relaxation massage.
An introductory talk covering the core concepts of our fitness philosophy and explaining how you will be training for maximum physical and health benefits. Sundowners on the panoramic roof at sunset, overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Early morning boxing session in our open-air Dojo, learning technique and getting sweaty!
Wild Movement workshop, followed by 'Wild' running skills on the white sands of Watamu. Posture and movement workshop, to improve flexibility and help loosen key joints.
Late afternoon primal skills circuits - pushing, lunging, twisting, throwing.
Run or walk through the countryside, past local villages (and many waving children!) ending at the Mida creek - Wild Eating workshop, learning what our bodies have evolved to eat: you will find these foods as part of our Wild Menu.
Snorkeling to the marine park opposite Baraka House teaming with fish life and coral. Circuits on the beach, working in pairs to help challenge each other.
A second early morning boxing session, developing skills further and revving up your system. Introduction to kettle bell training and pole work. Wild Metabolism workshop, learning the best ways to maintain energy and get lean.
Afternoon off to go shopping in Malindi. Dinner at a nearby open-air restaurant, under the stars. Then a chance to go out on the town if desired!
A lie-in today! Then the morning off to spend at leisure relaxing on the beach, swimming across the bay, or for the more energetic a wind-surfing less(extra). A short sea swim to assess skills and extra swimming tips for those who need it. Walk through palm forest and mangroves to do a running speed skills session.
Return in the early evening for a talk from the local expert working for Watamu Turtle Conservation.
Sunrise flexibility session on the roof.
A long morning swim across Mida Creek, arriving on the far side of the creek in time for a delicious and well earned picnic lunch on a sand island. Motor boat back to Baraka House.
'Hunter-gatherer' obstacle course on the beach as the sun sets. Dinner is a delicious barbecue of local food on the beach with traditional African dancers.
An interval training session in a coconut clearing inland. Further kettlebell skills training in small groups on the beach. Short cooking lesson from our Head Chef William before lunch. Afternoon posture and movement workshops, continuing previous learning on flexibility and opening up key joints. Circuits in the jungle!
Third boxing session, more technique plus an intense workout. Re-assessments and individual time with the trainer to discuss your personal development.
Final kettle bell session a chance to get tough! Float with the tide through mangroves in a tidal inlet.Drinks on the roof top terrace whilst the sun sets over the forest a chance to reflect on all your achievements.
Early morning Aquathlon using the bays: running and swimming. Deep tissue massage with essential oils. Final talk with discussion. Departure.
Arrive at Watamu, head to the white sandy beach and swim in the crystal waters to ease your muscles after the journey.
Lunch of orange glazed calamari, served with butter beans, cherry tomato and mint salad.
Afternoon personal assessment with our fitness coach to look at your movement patterns and posture and talk through your goals for the course.
Sunset mobilisation on the beach to loosen joints and discover lost body movement!
Supper on the roof under the stars. Oysters, ginger chicken and lime patties and crunchy salads after a brief introduction talk about the basic principles behind our fitness philosophy.
Wake up with the sun, a warm breeze and cup of ginger tea.
‘Awaken your faculties’ in our open air jungle hut. This session works on enlivening your perception of balance, responsiveness, and co-ordination.
Breakfast of freshly made juice, seasonal fruits, coconut pancakes, and eggs of your choice.
Float through a secret magical mangrove channel twitching with bird life. We’ll give you some swim tips and introduce you to breathing techniques which allow deep relaxation and increased confidence under water.
Workshop on Wild Eating that covers the biological and evolutionary logic behind the food that we serve you and the behavioural aspects of eating.
Lunch of prawns with lime aioli, chickpea salad with fresh coriander and an avocado and red pepper salad.
Combo on the wide empty white beach of Watamu. Combos are key sessions that include many natural movements like climbing, jumping, balancing, swimming and throwing… and they get your blood pumping.
Beach supper under the stars of Cajun kingfish, tomato and lentil dhal salad, and wild greens with local tribal dancers for entertainment.
Sunrise barefoot running skills in a coconut clearing. Re-learn the basics of our most fundamental human movement pattern.
Breakfast spinach frittata and seasonal fruits.
Relaxing massage in our Hush Hut using organic essential oils.
Workshop on Wild Living. Here we explore why both rest and intense activity are so important for your body – your physiology, biomechanics and your mental state.
Lunch of grilled snapper fillets with fennel & onion salad, nut koftas and delicious fresh salads.
Warm up games on the beach. We choose games that are immediately engaging and get you moving with agility and purpose like no other workout can. They are not competitive and they are not contrived!
A wild fighting session using boxing and kicking techniques. We focus on elasticity, rhythm and efficient transfer of body weight. The session is challenging but skilful.
Evening breathing and mobilisation on the roof as the sun goes down on the nearby Arabuko Sokoke Forest.
Supper of seared beef with bean mash, sautéed mushrooms and toasted sesame carrot salad.
- An initial 15 minute assessment with our trainers that records performance parameters including body composition, specific movement patterns and running.
- A 15 minute follow up explanation and guidance through the individualised exercises prescribed as a result of this assessment
- A 15 minute reassessment at the end of the course
- An information CD to take away with before and after footage of your movement patterns, posture and running plus photos and information on workouts you will learn on the course
- 2 - 3 training sessions per day
- 5 workshops covering movement, metabolism & nutrition
- 2 massages
- 3 group sessions of stretching/ flexibility
- 1 full day and 1 morning off
- Small group swimming tips session
- Regular barefoot running instruction and drills
- All food, transport and accommodation
How to get there
Baraka House is situated in Watamu along the north coast of Kenya. Our nearest airports are Malindi (25 minutes drive away) and Mombasa (3 hours drive away). Both are approximately 1 hour's flight from Nairobi where most international flights fly into. For the recommended early day arrival flights, we will arrange the transfers and there will be a small charge of £20. In addition to the recommended flights you can fly from Nairobi in to and return from Malindi and we will also arrange transfers for these Malindi flights at no extra charge for early day arrivals. If you decide to book flights to and from Mombasa other than the flights recommended, we will be able to organise taxis for you, which will cost approximately £60 each way. Taxi’s from and to Malindi after the recommended early day arrival will be £15 each way.
Outbound: Fly 540- Depart Nairobi 09:40 Arrive Malindi 10:55 (on the first day of the course)
Return: Fly 540- Depart Malindi 12:25 Arrive Nairobi 13:40 (on the last day of the course)
Outbound: Kenya Airways- Depart Nairobi 09:30 Arrive Mombasa 10:30 (on the first day of the course)
Return: Kenya Airways- Depart Mombasa 20:10 Arrive Nairobi 21:10 (on the last day of the course)
For Your Convenience
If you like we can book your flights to and from Mombasa or Malindi and we can also advise on insurance, thereby delivering the whole package in one.
Please note that exact therapies and skills on offer will vary between courses depending on the team. Have a look at which team members will be running your course.
Email us if you are a Kenya or African Resident and want to know about our special resident and regional rates.
N.B. For Kenya courses we highly recommend arriving a day before the course starts to fully rest and recover from your flight.
For courses in Kenya you can choose to stay in one of three different houses - Baraka House, Forest View House or Siena House.
Baraka House is our hub, where all of the meals, workshops and many of the activities are held. It is an elegant and peaceful retreat that blends into the natural environment, with two panoramic rooftops and comfortable communal areas. It is has five villa-style rooms and each room has a balcony with magnificent views of the Indian Ocean. The deserted beach is found at the bottom of Baraka’s garden and an indigenous forest stretches back from the house.
Forest View House is 300m walk inland from Baraka House. It is airy and spacious with boutique features from local artists. Each bedroom has its own unique feel and access to a balcony overlooking the tree tops. It shares a swimming pool with Siena House.
Siena House is next door to Forest View House. It feels like a 'cottage' and its two bedrooms are small but adequate. It has lovely communal areas - a living room and outdoor veranda area by the pool.
The food we serve in Kenya is mostly sourced organically and locally. All fish and seafood is sourced directly from local fishermen. Our water is Kenyan mineral water, our coconuts and cashew nuts come from the surrounding trees (if the monkeys don't get there first) and our salt is sea salt that has not been refined. Prepare to have your taste-buds dazzled!
The menu provided on the course has been adapted to follow our wild eating principles. We can also provide a personalized menu for vegetarians or those with specific allergies. See a sample menu below:
Breakfast: Choice of eggs, Tropical fruits, vegetables & salad.
Lunch: Red Snapper Ceviche marinated in spicy lime and coconut on cucumber salad accompanied with a big crunchy green salad with chopped green beans.
Dinner: Grilled jumbo prawns, Stir fried veg, Teriyaki Sauce, Big green salad and a Nut roast.
All visitors travelling to Kenya must obtain a visa (unless you come from South Africa in which case you don't need a visa). This costs US$50 and can be obtained via a travel agent (e.g. Trailfinders or Thames Consular services 02074944957) or the Kenya High Commission (Tel: 020 7636 2371/5). You can also get a visa on arrival at JK Airport in Nairobi which is a reasonably quick and efficient service (US$50 or £30 sterling) and you also need a minimum of two blank pages in your passport.
For visitors to Kenya from UK no immunisations are required by law, however, it is a good idea to take precautions. Yellow fever is mandatory if returning to the USA, Australia and some European countries (consult your GP for more information).
Kenya is a malarial affected area so we advise you consult your GP in regardsing anti-malarial measures.
Vaccines generally recommended for Kenya are: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Yellow fever, and Rabies.
Please consult your GP for information on all of the above. A good website for travel health info is: www.mdtravelhealth.com
It is mandatory for all our clients to have adequate travel insurance which covers the duration of their holiday. Insurance packages can be found at most high street travel agents or by searching online.
Heat - It is hot in December, January, February and March, but Baraka House is angled to catch the Kaskasi Monsoon's breezes.
Rain - It rains in May, June and some of July, occasionally continuing sporadically into August and September.
Winds - Strong winds come with the Kaskasi monsoon between late May and late September.
Seaweed - You can find patches of seaweed on the beach between May and October.
Dolphin season - Dolphins are often present between November and April or when the sea is calm.
The electricity supply in Kenya is 220/240volts, 50HZ. Sockets are usually three pin square (same as in the UK). It is advisable to ensure that appliances such as video or battery chargers operating on other voltages have a built-in adaptor.
Post Office / Parcel Delivery
There is a post office in Watamu open from: 9am - 12am & 2pm - 5pm on weekdays. If you need to DHL anything to the UK there is also a Securicor office in Watamu.
This holiday is a retreat run by a team of experts built around a very simple premise: to eat and move naturally, in ways that we once did but have long since forgotten as we hunch over our keyboards and bolt down a working lunch...By the end of my two weeks I didn’t just feel better, I felt transformed – I can honestly say it’s one of the best holidays I have ever taken.
An experience that exceeded all my expectations. I achieved so much that I would never have believed possible and have consequently made small but significant changes to my diet and lifestyle that have made me thinner and fitter than I was when I was 20!
The coaches were amazing, fun, educated, experienced and athletes in their own right and my fellow travellers are great too. The food was fantastic and the staff were delightful.
Check out their website, you really do get what they promise. Worth every penny, I am ready to go again...
Finally I discover fitness that is fun, natural and wild! I could never stick to anything at the gym because I found it so boring and saw little results. They taught me how to play and before I knew it my body became a leaner, stronger, more toned version of its previous self.
An incredible life changing experience, phenomenal coaches & training who helped me realise a far better way of training, got me fit in two weeks & created a complete paradigm change in my mind on health & fitness.
This is my 2nd visit and I can honestly say that it is a fantastic holiday! If you are prepared top put in some hard work and enjoy and relax in the most beautiful of locations then this is the holiday for you. Becoming a wild one really does release you from your normal state and enables you to achieve your potential and embrace what life has to offer.
Coming from a very low level of fitness, I was apprehensive in the beginning. I had no need to fear. The coaches are all super encouraging and are very happy to help you scale the certain activities that you struggle with early on for a maximum end result. The start of my new, fitter, lift starts here!
I arrived with an injury that had been affecting my lifestyle & exercise for years. Within 2 weeks, coaches had me moving properly and pain free! I leave feeling so much fitter & stronger with a newborn excitement for my future. I am extremely grateful to this holiday for setting me free from my limitations & pain!
I had a fantastic time and would not hesitate to recommend this holiday to others. It is a beautiful place and the coaches are absolutely first class. It’s been great to be in an environment where all your health and fitness questions can be answered! I had a ball! Plus the banana whip is fabulous.
I came hoping that it would be fun and that I would rediscover my enjoyment of exercise. This has completely been fulfilled, plus I have lost more weight than I ever expected. _ I feel so relaxed now and excited about continuing to progress back home._ Thank you so much for halting my slump!
The course gave me the foundation to start a new & achievable fitness regime taking into account the commitments and pressures of everyday city life. Losing weight was a great feeling and I feel stronger and much better in myself.
Wonderful coaches, beautiful location and such friendly staff. They manages to combine a new life philosophy, a healthy amount of exercise and you still get some rest and recuperation. Perfect for anyone wanting to use their holiday to change their life for the better.
For me, this course has been life changing. It has showed me that I am capable of extraordinary things. _ I feel that I am a confident, stronger, fitter and sparkier person for coming and have every intention of coming back._
Without exaggeration, a life-changing experience for me. _ I have never felt so much energy; no diet or exercise have ever helped me to achieve results in such a short space of time and in such a wonderful environment._ A true philosophy of health and fitness but my biggest praise would have to go to the most amazing and talented coaches who made my experience absolutely unforgettable.
An experience of a lifetime. Everyday I could feel myself becoming stronger, fitter, and healthier. The location is magical. You need to experience it to believe it.
A life-changing experience. More of an investment than a cost.
This is without doubt the best holiday I have been on –_ not only do you get to hang out in a stunning place, eat delicious food, meet great people, do a variety of activities from sailing to sunrise yoga, you also get to feel absolutely great_– with practically one-to-one coaching, motivation and skills training. You are guaranteed to leave this holiday with great memories, a good tan, a much improved physique, enhanced self esteem, and feeling better than you have done for ages. If you take your health and fitness seriously or want to – this is the perfect place to come. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.
A fantastic way to kick start or re-motivate you to undertake a balanced fitness program. The location is magical, the trainers highly professional and the staff and food fantastic. A slice of fitness heaven!
I came to this holiday already fit and expecting a lot, I was not disappointed. They manage to mix the right amount of exercise and rest, mixed with the best food and views in Kenya.
I feel like a new person – not just in terms of fitness & weight loss – but my whole out look on exercise and diet has changed – hopefully for good. An amazing experience. Thanks for all the support & inspiration.
Amazing what one can learn and achieve in 2 weeks time. I feel much fitter after the course and in addition I got a deep understanding of what real fitness is about. Thank you
What I liked most is they focus on education – it’s not a boot camp and is tailored to the individual. You get to learn your personal limits, and how to best operate within them.
They provides the perfect balance for those who are looking to combine a challenging fitness holiday with plenty of rest and relaxation in a stunning location. The sessions are challenging but non-competitive and achieve great results without any need for military style boot camp mentality.
This course has met and exceeded my expectations. All sessions allow you to work to your individual capacity. The exercises are interesting, challenging, and enjoyable. This is a fantastic active-holiday experience that I strongly recommend to all people without reservation.
I have kept up the no-grains rule since I came home, so have been 99% grain-free and potato-free for 2 months now. In that time, I have lost a stone and a half and have had to buy new suits as my trousers were falling off me! But, more than weight-loss,_ I feel a lot better inside for changing my diet: more alert, less bloated, fewer episodes of gnawing hunger pains._
Being a man who did plenty of exercise and ate (I thought) reasonably well before going to Kenya, I never expected such a longer term benefit from my time there. Combining this with the friends you'll make in your group, the nice weather and the relaxation.
A terrific experience that reached beyond all my expectations. I really made some progress on my health and fitness in a very well managed environment. Plenty of thoughts, processes, and techniques to bring back home and use from now on. Cannot recommend it enough.
Initially thinking it'd be a once in a lifetime investment, I have now joined the posse of repeat visitors! The food is fantastic, the enthusiasm of the trainers and staff, the accommodation and setting are all outstanding. Beach holidays are no longer an option anymore for me as you get in a higher quality of relaxation between exercises and as many have stated, you make some wonderful friends._ I defy anyone to come back not feeling fitter, leaner, more relaxed and more alive. Don't procrastinate any longer, get your credit card out, book up._
Really enjoyed the initial and follow up assessments. You rarely have the opportunity to see yourself walk, run, lift, punch, and to be taught to do these everyday movements more efficiently, and actually ‘see’ the difference. Well done guys! Can’t thank you and your team enough.