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8 Day Yoga and Flamenco Retreat in Bab Zouina, Ourika Valley
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Bab Zouina, Route de l'Ourika, Douar Sbiti, Ourika Valley, Al Haouz, Marrakesh-Safi, Morocco

Yoga Retreat in Morocco

The activities at Bab Zouina are focused on the search for a balance of the human being. Bab Zouina offers well-being and relaxation stays and essentially organizes workshops. Beautiful walking tours can be done daily in the surrounding countryside. For this retreat, Bab Zouina will emphasis the flamenco as they feel it is a good and interesting combination, the dance and the voice of flamenco versus the postures and the breathing in the yoga.

Meet the instructors

Rosario & Karim
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Highlights

  • Morning Iyengar yoga sessions
  • Flamenco courses with dancing, singing, and percussion
  • 1-day tour in Marrakesh during the retreat
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Arabic, French, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
Airport transfer included: Marrakesh Menara Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

The workshop will take place at Bab Zouina, a beautiful traditional Moroccan villa situated in the Ourika valley (30 kilometers from Marrakesh) in a magnificent property surrounded by olive trees. Far from urban stress, Bab Zouina has kept an authentic and serene spirit, respectful of the environment; the main house is ecologically built with cut stone and the new buildings with natural mud bricks. The material used is entirely traditional: tadellakt on the wall, zellij on the floor, and cedar and acacia for the woodwork.

The estate is full of terraces and peaceful places to recharge your batteries. The botanical and aromatic gardens surrounding the property give the place a poetic charm and invite to a gentle meditation. The amazing Swedish artist and landscape designer, Catharina von Unge, conceived and designed the ornamental garden surrounding the property. She managed to combine British aesthetic taste with rusticity and simplicity of the place. With the Mexican corner and its incredible varieties of cactuses, Catharina dares to hint at the Majorelle garden by Yves Saint Laurent and the neighboring garden by André Heller.

The guest rooms are spacious and authentic with carpets, cushions, traditional crafts, and a bed futon according to Berber tradition. A pool of natural water is also available.

Program

As an authentic expression of sincere joy and profound sadness, Flamenco was born after the Middle Ages in Andalusia, the rich crossroads of Islamic, Christian, and Jewish cultures. Thanks to the nomadic gypsies, Flamenco has forged strong links with the traditions of the Balkans as well as India, the cradle of various civilizations.

Flamenco combines dancing, singing, and percussion in a classic style that has continuously evolved over the centuries. It is the pure expression of an organic folk rhythm. The steps of the dancers echo the clapping of the hands and the percussion; the movements of the body in circles respond to the singer’s voice and the plucking of the guitar. You do not dance Flamenco; you live it with your whole soul and your entire body.

The yoga sessions will be based on yoga Iyengar given by Karim as the instructor. It focuses on alignment, relaxation, and restorative asanas. Depending on the level of students, you will also proceed with some pranayama exercises (breathing).

This introductory course is designed for beginners as well as for those who already have training in Flamenco. This course will take place according to the following schedule:

Saturday, October 24, 2020 (arrival)

  • According to scheduled arrival: Welcome to Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) and transfer to Bab Zouina in Ourika
  • 20:30 Dinner

Sunday, October 25 - Friday, October 30, 2020

  • 08:30-09:30 Morning yoga session (breathing and postures)
  • 09:30-10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00-14:00 Flamenco workshop (dance)
  • 14:30-15:30 Lunch
  • 15:30-17:30 Free time
  • 17:30-20:30 Flamenco course (percussion, vocals, and improvisation)
  • 21:00 Dinner

Saturday, October 31, 2020 (departure)

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • According to schedule: Departure to Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK)

Note

A one-day tour in Marrakesh will be organized during the week.

Included excursions

Besides yoga, you will also enjoy a one-day tour in Marrakesh during the retreat.

Instructors

Rosario Peinado

Karim Zein

Retreat location

The Ourika valley in Morocco is full of cultural, recreational, and 'nature' activities. Depending on the desires of the participants, activities will be offered on an optional basis: visit a saffron plantation or a botanical garden, visit the Berber souk, hike in the Atlas, enjoy the local hammam, enjoy bread making with the women of the village, etc.

Distances

  • Marrakesh, 30 kilometers

Unique features

Activities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Child care
  • Conference room
  • Currency exchange
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance
  • Tour assistance

Food

All on-site meals, as well as fruits and Moroccan tea at any time, are available. Meals are cooked with fresh and local products according to Moroccan and Berber recipes. Each meal is a culinary experience in itself.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Bread making with the women of the village
  • Enjoying the local hammam
  • Hiking in the Atlas
  • Visiting a saffron plantation or a botanical garden
  • Visiting the Berber souk

What's included

  • Yoga sessions
  • Flamenco courses
  • A visit to Marrakesh
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Any on-site meals
  • Fruits and Moroccan tea at any time
  • Transfers to and from Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK)

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Marrakesh

  • Take the P 2017 road (Ourika road) south of Marrakesh for 29 kilometers.
  • Then, 400 meters after the Anima garden, take the sand road on the right for 2.6 kilometers following the signs.

GPS

  • 31°23’27.5″N, 7°50’26.2″W
Airport: Marrakesh Menara Airport Airport transfer included: Marrakesh 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 30 days before arrival.
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