The Wild is Calling

Echoes of Eden offers the intentional traveller unforgettable journeys for body and soul.

Echoes of Eden

Echoes of Eden is a retreat on the banks of the Malewa River in central Kenya where sacred space is intentionally cultivated. Experience deep peace as beauty and Divine Love tend gently to your body, mind and soul. As you seek wholeness for yourself and our world, you will learn to walk in peace across your inner and outer landscapes.

Experience the Magic

Immerse yourself in the beauty of land, sea and sky. Bask in the pure air and unmatched sunlight of equatorial Africa. Plant trees and participate in prayers for the earth as you join hands with members of the local community through the non-profit Eden Thriving. Just below, you’ll find more reasons why Echoes of Eden is a truly magical base for your soulful travel experiences.

Cross-Cultural Staff

On site at Echoes of Eden, as well as on our pilgrimages, you will be guided by experienced staff who are dedicated to crafting a soulful experience that will rejuvenate your body, mind and soul.

Wilderness Location

Nestled in the midst of an indigenous forest along the Malewa River, Echoes of Eden is set in primal African wilderness that will awaken your wild and beautiful soul.

Soulful Activities

Activities at Eden are designed to awaken all your senses so that you can whole-heartedly receive the wondrous gifts life has to offer. Special attention is given to opening the heart.

Sacred Space

Eden has been synonymous with sacred space, a metaphor for home and the Divine Womb of all life. Experience Love’s presence in the healing embrace of land, water and sky. Remember that you too are a sacred sanctuary of Divine presence.

Healing Community

Opportunities to share your sacred journey with a community of kindred souls is always available at Echoes of Eden. Meet new friends and make connections across cultural and spiritual traditions.

Natural Rebalance

Immerse yourself in the soothing sounds of chirping birds, rustling leaves, and flowing rivers – a true retreat to nature’s embrace. Naturally rebalance your energies and harmonise body, mind and spirit.

May you travel in an awakened way, gathered wisely into your inner ground; that you may not waste the invitations which wait along the way to transform you.

– John O’Donohue

Meet Echoes of Eden Founder and Guide

Miriam Cochrane Smith

I love the outdoors, hiking, poetry and the contemplative life. I spent my childhood in Central and Eastern Africa where I gained a deep need to live close to nature, as well as profound respect for the wisdom of the divine feminine. The longings these ancient landscapes evoke awakens the soul, cleanses the mind, opens the heart and rejuvenates the body. After 20 years of service in a variety of community development programs across Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Kenya, my husband, Kevin, and I built Echoes of Eden along the banks of the Malewa River in Naivasha, Kenya. Currently I serve as Founding Director of Eden Thriving, a nonprofit dedicated to cultivating thriving lives and flourishing landscapes by addressing the environmental roots of poverty.

What other travellers say

I have been on many trips and vacations but it was not until this trip that I really felt the meaning of a pilgrimage.  For me it was a journey out into the world that became a journey inward.  I was changed. 


The landscape in Kenya spoke to me. I feel like I shed a skin and I’m returning to a more attuned relationship with the natural world that I had as a child.


I had lived in Africa before for 2 years, but these 10 days were really special, especially encountering the people and their culture.


This was such a different experience from going to the UK where I have direct lineage. The richness of experiences offered opened my heart.


There is this new Oneness in me that I’d never experienced this deeply before.


Seeing the majesty of the landscapes and dignity of the people made me willing to me more of who I am, while recognising that I and my culture are only a small piece of the world.


Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common queries about Echoes of Eden Retreat Center and Experiences.

We understand that different experiences and activities are right for different people. After you enquire about a particular experience, we will work with you to set the itinerary and activities that best serve you.

Indulge in fresh, farm to market meals all made from scratch. Our menu caters to different dietary needs, offering a range of flavors and dishes.

Choose from custom-built accommodations that immerse you in nature yet provide every luxury. We offer cozy cabins, luxury safari tents, and rustic lodges surrounded by forest and riverfront ensuring your utmost privacy and relaxation.

Yes! All our accommodations are equipped with wifi connectivity.

We cannot accommodate pets because of the wildlife that frequents the area and health requirements.