Join this intimate group where you will be nourished by the practice of meditation, secret Tibetan yoga, and optional running in Morocco! There’s a seductive authenticity to this luxury stay in the Berber desert retreat. It’s also faultlessly stylish and deeply relaxing. The ancient Marrakchi Desert, 45 kilometers from exotic Marrakech, is a haven for modern-day nomads where simple comforts and well-being merge into one.
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You will stay in glamping tents or mud villas. 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 en-suite mud villas and glamping tents. Bivouac dining tents are set on a meandering canyon.
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 en-suites have wood stoves and comfortably furnished terraces with sun loungers overlooking vast vistas by day and night and 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, the place has hundreds of lanterns, candles, and wood fires that light up the nighttime.
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.
Your ability to perceive and enjoy an amazing display of desert sky resonates deeply with the experience of meditation. Senses are sharpened, clarified, and felt newly in an expansive awareness which goes beyond your 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. This program is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners.
You will start the day joyfully awakening your bodies with one hour of Tibetan yoga. This strengthens and aligns your body and mind, which leads to a sense of balance and harmony. This special yoga is suitable for all levels of fitness and ability.
This is for runners and walkers. Running with meditation is an introduction to meditation in movement. Reach the zone easily with practical instructions for combining mindfulness and movement. The retreat was timed to begin two weeks before the London Marathon. This is an ideal time to harness the extra energy runners feel during a pre-marathon taper period.
Awaken to the gorgeous desert sunrise with optional running with Brian. Then, 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 your 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 among olive trees. The afternoons are at your leisure to rest, read, write, or nap on your terrace or at the pool. If you’d like to take a ride into the desert, you may enjoy a round of cross golfing or take a walk along the river canyon. You will then gently close your day with the evening practice before a delicious sunset dinner amidst lanterns, candles, and campfires under Berber tents.
Shannon van Staden
Shannon van Staden believes in making mindfulness accessible to everyone. Her passion and expertise for meditation and yoga allows a gentle introduction to an ultimately life-changing experience within a space of love and gentleness.
Brian carefully and expertly guides beginners and experienced meditators through all the steps of mindfulness meditation. He provides lots of opportunities for you to build on strengths and let go of weaknesses, while inviting you to engage in solitary connection with yourself, and warm and friendly group interaction. At 18, Brian got life-changing teachings from the great Tibetan master Chőgyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Following many advanced seminaries and years of training, Brian completed the traditional Tibetan three-year retreat, and has studied and taught mindfulness for over 35 years.
The retreat will be held in Marrakchi Desert, Morocco.
The price of the package includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. After your optional morning run or walk followed by 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, and 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 tantalization 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 colorful 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 as a perfect starting point for adventures into the desert wilderness. Feel the freedom of the wide open spaces below the Atlas mountains. You can go horse, donkey, or camel riding, and maybe even try cross-golfing.
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. Browse the chic boutique for homemade olive oil, Moroccan blankets and teapots, slippers, essential oils, and more.
Please book your flight to arrive at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Retreats - Mindfulness and Yoga will pick you up from the airport.