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Join Eat.Pray.Move and enjoy one week in the exotic Marrakesh, while you practice yoga, meet new friends, explore, relax, sweat, experience, and of course eat amazing Moroccan cuisine, pray in mindful contemplation, and move through powerful poses. From daily yoga classes and shopping at souks, to henna parties and camel rides on the beach, the Eat.Pray.Move yoga retreat at Peacock Pavilions is the perfect combination of restoration and exploration for body and soul.
Peacock Pavilions boutique hotel is located in Marrakesh on 8.5 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.
Breathtakingly beautiful and luxuriously designed, the living quarters where guests will stay during the retreat features gorgeous fireplaces and a glamorous bathrooms in each room. Each bedroom also has its own private terrace.
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 plaster work 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'll 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 a henna and cocktail party in the painted tent, or perhaps an outdoor cinema night on the lawn.
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 a freelance photographer, travel and lifestyle writer, and the author of the award winning blog, My Marrakesh. Both make a perfect team in putting this amazing estate together.
Eat.Pray.Move is so excited about this special collaboration and enhancement to their classic Marrakesh retreat. 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.
This retreat is part of Eat.Pray.Move's give back initiative, where Eat.Pray.Move 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. Retreat back and feel the magical ambiance of Morocco while practicing yoga and exploring the unique Moroccan culture and cuisine.
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 includes some amazing day-trips to the surrounding sites. A guided day in Marrakesh will lead guests through an introduction to souks and visits to sites such as Ben Youssef Medrasa.
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 tasting menu lunch.
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.
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.
Certified yoga instructor and Eat.Pray.Move founder, Erin Lewis, will facilitate the classes, helping each student focus on improving their practice and gaining new insights into their bodies and movements. Participation in classes and activities is optional throughout the retreat.
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.
The retreat will be held in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including daily breakfast, and selected lunches and dinners either hosted at Peacock Pavilions or out and about in town. 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 can guarantee to love and appreciate each bite. You'll also be enjoying a chef tasting lunch and wine pairing during one of the day trips, as well as a henna party during lunch, and an evening tea plus snack session in the olive grove one night in the outdoor cinema.
Your final full day entails a trip to the famous Bains de Marrakesh, a luxurious spa facility, where you will be pampered to your heart's content with a full program of various treatments.
Please book your flight to arrive at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Eat.Pray.Move will pick you up from the airport.
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