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7 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Exotic Morocco

Luxury Yoga Retreat Morocco

If you are looking for deep peace and relaxation, a strong immersion in yoga, and an exciting touch of the exotic, this retreat is for you! You will find yourself at an authentic and beautiful location in the red clay countryside, where you will really get to know the Moroccan culture and all the great things it has to offer. This retreat blends the luxury of downtime and the healing power of yoga, with adventure and cultural exploration!

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • Daily morning meditation
  • Beautiful luxurious environment
  • Daily shuttles to and from Marrakech
  • Hiking excursion to the Atlas Mountains
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Airport transportation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 20

Airport transfer included: Menara Airport

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Accommodation

During this retreat, you will have the chance to stay in a single private room or share a double room with a friend. The Riad is historic, charming, spacious and luxurious. Nothing is spared! There is a number of rooms to choose from, please send Exotic Yoga Retreats an inquiry to know more about the options.

Program

Discover or rediscover the joy of yoga with intelligent and creative yoga classes blending Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin yoga traditions. Soulful Vinyasa classes in the morning session are led by Amsterdam based yoga teacher, Josie Sykes. Josie will be there for you in the afternoon sessions too, focusing on alignment, pranayama, and restoratives.

Whether fluid and uplifting or soft and receptive, yoga sessions by Josie are designed for mixed levels, offering modifications for beginners, and greater levels of challenge for advanced students. The yoga programs emphasize safety, awareness, intelligence, and the joie de vivre of yoga!

Flow of the day

Mornings begin in perfect peace, with a chorus of birds and a delicious cup of Moroccan tea on the terrace watching the rural Moroccan countryside stir to life. Since this is a Mediterranean style retreat, you will start yoga mid-morning, so you can have a leisurely morning to have a lie-in, join in the daily-guided meditation, enjoy a morning swim, and a light Moroccan breakfast on the veranda.

You will convene at 09:30 on the beautiful rooftop open-air studio. Josie's spirited Vinyasa yoga is an inspiring way to start each day, infusing new perspectives on yoga asana, philosophy, and the joy of music and movement. Afternoons are free to lounge by the pool, have a relaxing massage or traditional Hammam, or just relax and siesta in the charming nooks found throughout the riad's intimate gardens and courtyards.

For a different pace, take a complimentary shuttle into Marrakech to explore the historic sites and be immersed in the pulsating, chaotic, and colorful life within the walls of this ancient medieval city! %During the evenings at sunset, you will re-convene for a relaxing yoga practice with Josie. Following yoga, enjoy a cocktail on the terrace as you wait for your family style Moroccan dinner under the stars.

Arrival day schedule

  • 13:00 Check-in
  • 18:00 Opening yoga and orientation
  • 19:30 Welcome dinner

Departure day schedule

  • 07:30 Farewell sun salutes
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Check out

Included excursions

The price of this retreat includes daily shuttles to and from Marrakech so you can shop and explore in the wondrous Moroccan city and a hiking excursion to the Atlas Mountains.

Instructors

Josie Sykes
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Vinyasa Yoga)
Josie Sykes is a Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga instructor at the popular Svaha Yoga Studio in Amsterdam. As a teacher of the Feldenkrais Method (the powerful approach to improving life with gentle and mindful movements), Josie has a superb understanding of somatics and healthy postural alignments that energizes her students no matter their yoga level or their physical abilities. Introduced to pranayama breathing by her mother at the age of five, both breathing and meditation are featured strongly in her practice. Josie lovingly supports yoga students to discover the very best in themselves.

Location

This retreat will take place in a peaceful and inspiring boutique hotel surrounded by nature, 20 minutes outside Marrakech, Morocco. The hotel where you will be staying is a pure example of simplicity meeting luxury. More than a hundred years old, the boutique riad has perfected an authentic and characteristic atmosphere with all the amenities and comfort of a modern hotel in the traditional Berber style, with two large compounds form the shell of the hotel. Enclosed by mud walls, there are swimming and plunge pools, secret terraces, charming gardens, and a myriad of quiet corners in which to relax, read, and recharge.

There is a full-service spa and traditional Hammam, two beautiful yoga studio spaces, a shaded rooftop terrace, and in indoor sun-lit stucco yoga studio. The restaurant and bar is open all day and overlooks the pool and countryside.

Set on a hill overlooking the Berber hamlet of Tagadert, against a backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and distant lights of Marrakech, this lovely hotel offers pure peace, stark beauty, and endless country roads to roam. The riad is entirely private and peaceful but also offers opportunities for cultural experience with its intimate proximity to the local village, accented by the friendly staff, most of who live in the local village.

Nearby places

  • Marrakech - 20 minutes

Food

Dine in style, the Moroccan way! The riad owners and their chefs are renowned food connoisseurs. They serve up consistently mouth-watering traditional Moroccan cuisine, with pride and in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Just staying in the riad alone is a foodies tour of Morocco! The price of this retreat includes all meals with meat or vegetarian options

Exclusions

Food and drinks outside of meal times are not included, as well as all alcoholic beverages

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Hike in the stunning Atlas mountains
  • Horseback riding
  • Ride a camel across the plains
  • Visit the Berber villages

Spa treatments

For an additional cost, you may enjoy facials, massages, or a traditional Hammam.

What's included

  • 2 yoga classes daily (except 1 day off for excursion)
  • 6 nights accommodation at an award-winning boutique hotel in the countryside near Marrakech
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off from Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK)
  • All meals
  • Daily shuttles to and from Marrakech
  • 1 hiking excursion to the Atlas Mountains
  • Morning meditations (optional)
  • Two salt water pools to swim and lounge in, set in lush gardens, and peaceful atmospheres

What's not included

  • Add-on excursions
  • Airfare
  • All alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for hotel staff
  • Spa treatments

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Morocco Menara Airport (RAK). Exotic Yoga Retreats will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price. Please arrive before 16:00 on May 28. The airport is very small, friendly, and simple to navigate. A driver will be waiting for you at arrivals with a sign reading: Exotic Yoga Retreats.

Airport: Menara Airport Airport transfer included: Menara Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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