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8 Days Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat in Morocco Desert

  • La Pause, Douar Lmik Laroussiène, Commune Agafy, Marrakech, Morocco

8 Days Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat in Morocco Desert

  • La Pause, Douar Lmik Laroussiène, Commune Agafy, Marrakech, Morocco

Mindfulness Journeys - Meditation and Yoga

There’s a seductive authenticity to this luxury 7 night stay in our Berber desert retreat. It’s also faultlessly stylish and deeply relaxing. Join this intimate group where you will be nourished by the practice of meditation, secret Tibetan yoga and optional running, ancient wisdom traditions shared by Brian Hilliard, a teacher of profound experience. Hosted by Shannon van Staden, all the details will be taken care of. These mindfulness holidays ensure that you leave rejuvenated and refreshed.


  • All levels are welcome
  • Tibetan yoga sessions daily
  • Mindfulness meditation every morning
  • Time for talks and discussions, periods of inner reflection
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation
  • Daily healthy meals
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Your villa or glamping tent is designed to blend into the desert surroundings: simple mud-and-straw adobe walls or cotton canvas conceal sumptuous interiors awash with traditional Berber cushions, a profusion of thick Berber rugs, low tables with fresh roses, hand-sculpted bathrooms and huge, comfortable beds. All villa ensuites have wood stoves and comfortably furnished terraces with sun loungers overlooking vast vistas by day and night — some are on hilltops and others the river canyon. The glamping tents rest on a hilltop with large Bivouac lounging tents set on a little river canyon. Enjoy high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, hot running water, luxury toiletries and bathrobes. Eco-friendly and without electricity, hundreds of lanterns, candles and wood fires light up the nighttime.

Daily schedule

Awaken to the gorgeous desert sunrise with optional running with Brian. Meet up with Brian and Shannon for one hour of Tibetan Yoga to wake up your body and prepare you for the day ahead.

Enjoy a delicious Moroccan breakfast to set you up for your morning meditation talk and practice with Brian Hilliard. In the meditation Bivouac tent, with uninterrupted desert views and thick carpets, you will be guided through the form and practice of meditation with talks, discussions and periods of silence for inner reflection. This is suitable for beginners or experienced meditators.

Then you will enjoy a long fresh, delicious lunch with your retreat companions in private bivouac dining tents or amongst olive trees.

The afternoons are at your leisure to rest, read, write or nap on your terrace or at the pool. Or maybe you’d like to take a ride into the desert, enjoy a round of cross golf or take a walk along the river canyon?

You will conclude your day with the evening practice before a delicious sunset dinner amidst lanterns, candles and campfires under Berber tents. Evenings there will be presentations and special events to deepen understanding and practice.

Mindfulness Holidays Meditation

Your day starts and closes with mindfulness meditation sessions guided by teacher Brian Hilliard. In a traditional Berber tent with thick carpets and rolling desert views you will learn the techniques and practice of sitting and walking meditation. There will be talks, discussions and some silence for inner reflection.

Our ability to perceive and enjoy an amazing display of desert sky resonates deeply with the experience of meditation. Senses are sharpened and clarified, felt newly in an expansive awareness which goes beyond our usual preoccupations. Deep personal experience is adorned with the beauty of sense perceptions. With deep relaxation you will experience the art of letting go. You will learn and understand incredible tools to take home with you. Suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners. See our Free Meditation for more on mindfulness meditation.

Tibetan Yoga

You will start the day joyfully awakening your bodies with one hour of Tibetan yoga. This strengthens and aligns body and mind, and leads to a sense of balance and harmony. This special yoga is suitable for all levels of fitness and ability.

Running with Meditation

For runners and walkers (optional). Running with meditation is an introduction to meditation in movement. Reach the zone easily with practical instructions for combining mindfulness and movement.

The ancient Marrakchi Desert, 45 km from exotic Marrakech, is a haven for modern-day nomads where simple comforts and well-being merge into one. Rugged simplicity is in step with the beautiful severity of a rolling stone desert. It exudes an air of incredible romance in cinematic style. Berber rugs in vivid red, cushions and candles galore are the ingredients that set the cultural style of the ensuite mud villas & glamping tents. Bivouac dining tents are set on a meandering canyon.

After your morning Tibetan yogic exercises you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast Moroccan style. It’s comprised of homemade pancakes, traditional breads, Moroccan tagine eggs, fresh seasonal fruits, orange juice, coffee, green and mint tea. Lunches and dinners are traditional North African dishes combining the best of Moroccan and French cuisine. They are lovingly prepared and beautifully presented in the private nomad dining tent with rolling desert views. Rocket salad, flavored with hand-made cold-pressed virgin olive oil, is picked daily from the garden completing the tantalizing of all your sense perceptions. You will rediscover balance and happiness through a well-nourished self with greater life-force and energy.

Spend the rest of your day lazing Moroccan Berber style — choose a terrace or colourful hammock under the ancient olive trees, or cool off in the tranquil swimming pool. You’ll find your ideal spots to relax, hide away or peacefully snooze. Keen eco-tourism travelers will find this a perfect starting point for adventures into the desert wilderness. Feel the freedom of the wide open spaces below the Atlas mountains. Go horse, donkey or camel riding, or maybe even try cross-golf?

Walks along the red clay river canyon are a must. You will see little turtles sunning themselves on rocks, shyly jumping into the water, or a shepherd and his goats crossing from one hilltop to the next. There is also a traditional Berber hammam for up to two people if you would like to have a nice steam. Browse the chic boutique for homemade olive oil, Moroccan blankets and teapots, slippers, essential oils and more.


  • Guided Shopping Tour to the Marrakech Souks - Spend the day with a knowledgeable shopping guide exploring the souks of exotic Marrakech. Enjoy lunch on the rooftop of a riad with views of the Atlas mountains.
  • Spend a Day at a Spa - Spend a day pampering yourself at a spa — enjoy a traditional hot steamy hammam, full body scrub and massage. Then enjoy a delicious lunch with views of the Atlas Mountains.
  • 5 Tibetan Yoga sessions (once daily) with Brian Hilliard
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation
  • 11 meditation talks, discussions and practice time with Brian (twice daily)
  • Daily breakfasts, lunch and dinners prepared by our chefs
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Optional desert running with Brian
  • Personal sessions with Brian and Shannon
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Camel, horse or donkey rides
  • Desert cross golf
  • Flights
  • Lunch on free day
  • Marrakech guided shopping excursion
  • Marrakech spa treatments
  • Transfers

Arrival by airplane

Easyjet, BA and Ryanair fly direct to Marrakesh from London. For flights from all destinations:

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified reviews

  • Review by Lisa G. from Scotland

    "I liked the relaxed atmosphere, the caring attitude from both of you. A definate feeling of the space being held with love and gentleness. The general ambience also.", edited

  • Review by Kim S. from United Kingdom

    "The ambiance created by the two of you. You both bring unique and special qualities to the experience. A good balance of teaching and demonstration while keeping and holding a relaxed, caring and fun atmosphere.", edited

  • Review by Anina H. from United Kingdom

    "What makes this retreat unique?"

    "The individuals Brian and Shannon taking care of us. Talking us through the process of meditation and mindfulness.", edited

  • Review by Rose O. from United Kingdom

    "What makes this retreat unique?"

    "Just how lovely you, Shannon and Brian are!", edited

  • Review by Mary L. from United Kingdom

    "I really liked the structure of the week. I felt totally safe to hand over all responsibility to you. I loved the gentle development of the disciplines of mindfulness, running and yoga. I enjoyed the breaks in the afternoon."

    "I’ve never been on a retreat before so I can’t compare to others, but for me it’s about the people running it and the way you’ve shared your time and knowledge with us both on the study element but also at meals and in Marrakech. It felt very welcoming and inclusive.", edited


  • Review by Jeremy Lazell from United Kingdom

    "As a travel writer with 20 years experience, my trip with Mindfulness Journeys to Morocco was the best week of my professional life. Gentle and warm, but also highly professional and organised, Brian and Shannon were superb teachers and infectiously generous people: I came away feeling extraordinarily relaxed and refreshed, armed with a set of meditation skills that I still use every day, six months after the trip. It would be no exaggeration to say that the trip changed my life."

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  • Review by Brian and Anita H. from United Kingdom

    "The location, beautiful surroundings, food, and atmosphere were amazing. The size of the group and dynamics were perfect. The meditation instruction was incredibly helpful, and unfolded nicely at a great pace. We also liked not being connected to the world of digital and phone. Brian and Shannon complement each other very well. This was a lot more intimate than other retreats. There were great discussions, openness and maturity by the whole group."

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  • Review by Becky S. from United Kingdom

    "In the last few years I had completed half marathons, triathlons and two marathons. I was struggling though, instead of flying I was stumbling; I was losing the love for running. Then I came across a briefing in the Sunday Times, how to improve your running through meditation. I had never meditated before, but was open to the idea especially with only 4 weeks to go to the London Marathon. The Morocco retreat was incredible, and I strongly recommend it. From the time of arriving, I instantly fell in love with the place, and at peace, partly because Shannon was there to ensure I was comfortable from day one to the end, but also the setting for the week was beautiful. Surrounded by mountains, spectacular sunrises, delicious food, lovely people and with no contact with reality, it was picture perfect. Then came Brian, in his quiet intellectual, unassuming, gentle manner, working his magical charm through his skilful meditation techniques, he managed to transform and help me find my way and focus again. I could breathe, see clear light and felt completely energised. Truly amazing things can happen when you open your mind to meditation, not to mention the fact that I had the best race of my life in the London Marathon 2016, my running mojo had returned…Thank you Brian and Shannon."

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  • Review by Michael N. from United Kingdom

    "I liked the rigour of physical practice and the discipline of several hours a day meditating with the teaching gradually deepening my practice. The sharing in the group intensified the experiences and liberated my emotions. Brian’s teaching and Shannon’s care for us made the retreat truly unique."

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  • Review by Jo L. from United Kingdom

    "I had come to a time in my life when I needed to spend time for just “me”. As I have spent many years practising Tai Chi and Pilates, and have always wanted to visit Morocco, it seemed perfect. It was an experience I will never forget: meeting Shannon and learning from the true expert Brian in the magical desert of Morocco and it’s ring of Atlas Mountains. By the end of the week I felt fully recharged, lighter in my emotions, and truly ready with bounds of confidence and strength to face the world again. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to switch off and find themself."

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  • Review by Sara from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat was incredible. I was held by both of you from the moment of my first email, through to meeting up with you at the airport, to that first session on the first day. I am ever so grateful. Grateful for your love and your care, your teachings and your taste. Grateful for the conditions you created for me to be held. And you should be really proud. Thank you so very much. What an incredible experience. This trip was precisely what I needed and will likely need again in May or September in Greece."

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  • Review by Jane
    10 out of 10

    "It was unbelievable! In 25 years of travel writing Ive never experienced anything like it. Thank you."

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  • Review by Ralph from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "During my one month retreat Brian patiently watched me drop the mental baggage that I brought in from my wordly life. As my sensitivity increased while opening up, he kindly and skillfully led me to a more confident attitude towards my being."

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  • Review by Olga from Spain
    10 out of 10

    "Brian Hilliard as a teacher is fully present and creates an open space that allowed me to cultivate mindfulness and awareness. He has a kind, clear and precise way of communicating. His powerful and accurate questioning aroused my curiosity and made me explore deeply. His listening nourished me in my personal process of integration. I really appreciate Brians generosity, wisdom, skill and creative approach to interaction. I highly recommend him for one-to-one and group teachings."

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  • Review by Mimi from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "Brian Hilliards teachings are infused with his decades of practice and study of meditation. He is the real deal. Insightful, wise, funny, he shows us how the profound teachings are helpful in navigating our everyday lives. Brian is also a gracious host, providing good food and conversation. Taking a Mindfulness Journey with him is magical."

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