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Join Eat.Pray.Move in magical Marrakesh as you explore the luxurious side of Morocco. Luxurious spas, day trips, and wellness await you! This retreat is part of Eat.Pray.Move gives back initiative, where they will donate at least 10% of profits to a humanitarian partner in the community where each retreat is held. Their partner in Marrakesh is Project Soar who works with underprivileged communities and young women to empower with design, clean-up projects, and creative ventures.
You will be staying in a spacious bedroom based on double occupancy. Breathtakingly beautiful and luxuriously designed, the living quarters where you will stay during the retreat features gorgeous fireplaces and glamorous bathrooms in each room. Each bedroom also has its own private terrace - just the right place to enjoy a minty tea or a zingy cocktail!
The entire pavilion property has been decorated with care and loaded with art, special fabrics, and exotic good stuff from all around the world. A swanky place to relax, the salon / great room has a stunning lacy plasterwork that took weeks to complete. There is also seating and dining areas for intimate discussions and cozy meals. A spiral staircase leads to a catwalk high in the air, where you can sit on vintage embroideries and admire the view.
Not only is this place gorgeous, but it's also eco-friendly. Observing "green" building and gardening techniques, you will feel good about the organic bounty served to your plate, and the hot water you use heated by the solar panels. Spend some free time at the lovely, inviting pool and patio, or join for a henna.
Peacock Pavilions is owned by Maryam and her husband Chris, both recently featured on HGTV's House Hunters International. Chris is an architect, and Maryam is a freelance photographer, travel and lifestyle writer, and the author of the award winning blog, My Marrakesh and book, Marrakesh By Design. Both make a perfect team in putting this amazing estate together. Each guest will receive of Maryam Montague's Marrakesh by Design book.
Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, restorative, and more vigorous Vinyasa flow and Ashtanga styles.
Style and class levels will be determined and molded to fit participating students' needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size, students will be able to get personalized attention and comfort to deeply explore their practice. Depending on each retreat location, classes will be held in a dedicated indoor yoga space and some also offer outdoor options as well for you to use if the weather is agreeable.
Eat.Pray.Move will feature Julian Hyzler from Easel&Lens to combine a look at creative focus with art projects in sketching and "ifonography" (smartphone photography) throughout the week. Yoga and meditation classes will be held daily to prepare your bodies and minds to find the calm in the chaos of the sensory-overload that is Morocco and then these art projects will help you find news ways of seeing - both yoga and art working together to find focus in the many layers of smells, sites, and sounds that abound in exotic Marrakesh.
No previous art or yoga background is required to participate in this retreat. All levels are welcome and participation is voluntary. Projects and classes will be offered as a completely exploratory, unintimidating, and personal experience.
Guests will not only enjoy the grounds of Peacock Pavilions, the outdoor areas including a lovely pool, patio, private terraces, and covered yoga platform, but the retreat also includes some amazing day-trips to the surrounding sites. A guided shopping day in Marrakesh will lead guests through an introduction to souks.
A full day will be spent exploring the nearby Atlas Mountains with a base at the Kasbah Tamadot Hotel with a traditional mule trek to the nearby village of Asni followed by time at the beautiful grounds of this five-star location overlooking the vistas with a cooking demo and tasting menu dinner. An afternoon will be spent at the luxurious La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakesh enjoying the pools and an afternoon tea.
One day, you will visit Yves St. Laurent's famous Jardin Majorelle and berber museum. The final full day entails a trip to the famous Bains de Marrakesh, a luxurious spa facility, where guests can be pampered to their heart's content with a full program of various treatments. What better way to wrap up a week of yoga than a day of pure relaxation.
Erin has studied various types of yoga disciplines since 1998, concentrating on the Ashtanga discipline since 2008. She received her teacher certification in Florence, Italy and has continued her education with various specialty certifications throughout the years. She now combines powerful movements with more anatomical-based core Vinyasa flow and restorative movement in her personal practice and teaching style.
From his home base in Italy, Julian leads many art retreats each year. Julian is the founder of Easel and Lens, where he leads painting and photography courses around the world and online. You will be sure to stay entertained with Julian’s witty banter and knowledgeable, artistic anecdotes during your retreat.
This fantastic yoga retreat will take place at the fabulous Peacock Pavilions Boutique Hotel. Located in Marrakesh on eight and a half acres of land, including five acres of olive grove, this stylish and eco-friendly abode has been featured in worldwide publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Elle Decor, Travel+Leisure and more.
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Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily either hosted at Peacock Pavilions or out and about in town. Some even come with a side dish of belly-dancing! Plus, there is a wine-tasting, a cocktail reception, and even a meal at the night market. The cuisine is simple, delicious, and Moroccan, using fresh ingredients from the on-site organic gardens or local markets. Selection may include tempting dishes and libations like stuffed dates, almond couscous, vegetable terrine, avocado dip, leek tarts, mint tea, pomegranate martini, rose water, and more. Selection is seasonal, and you will surely love and appreciate each bite.
Spa day at the famous Bains de Marrakesh is included in the price. The trip will be held on the final full day where guests can be pampered to their heart's content with a full program of various treatments. What better way to wrap up a week of yoga than a day of pure relaxation!
Please book your flight to arrive at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). From there, airport transfer will be provided. This service is included in the price.
You may also reach the retreat center by train. The nearest train station is Marrakesh. From there, Eat.Pray.Move Yoga Holiday Retreats will arrange a transfer to the villa for you. This also is included in the price.