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Hidden away from Marrakech and located in a traditional Moroccan Berber village right in the desert overlooking the majestic Atlas Mountains you’ll find our retreat centre that will provide a wonderful environment for your yoga practice and redefine your idea of relaxation. A multitude of corridors and courtyard paths lead to authentically-furnished, comfortable and spacious rooms. You’ll enjoy pools, secret terraces, charming gardens and a myriad of secluded corners in which to relax, restore and recharge. After sunset, enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine in the restaurant or on a terrace, with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and distant lights of Marrakech as your backdrop. This retreat is designed for experienced yogis and yoga teachers.
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The rooms at the center are spacious and very cozy. They are built in a traditional Berber style using fortified clay(pisé) and eucalyptus tree, featuring hand-woven textiles created by our resident textile master on the premises. Most of the rooms have their own fireplace.
With two pools (one of them heated) and a wealth of beautiful aromas, the stunning gardens are yours to enjoy. Mazy paths lined with banana palms and orange trees lead you around the beautiful gardens. Roses, hibiscus and orange blossom bring an intoxicating delicate aroma and add splashes of color to the garden walls. The terrace is showered in sunlight and offers stunning views of the Atlas Mountains. It’s also home to the the first of the two pools – perfect for cooling off with a quick dip, or stretching your legs with a relaxing swim.
07.30-09.00 Morning yoga practice
10:00-12:00 Time for rest, nap, pool, walks in the desert, spa treatments
12:00-12:30 Guided meditation or pranayama practice
12:30-14.00 Lunch buffet
14:00-17.30 Time for rest, nap, pool, walks in the desert, spa treatments
17.30-19.00 Evening yoga and/or meditation practice
19.00-19.30 Optional non-guided meditation by the fireplace in the yoga shala
The vibrant city of Marrakech is only a 30-minute drive from our center and on one of the days you will have an opportunity to take the complimentary shuttle minibus to the city center and spend late morning and early afternoon exploring the colorful markets and return to the retreat center before the evening class.
Later that week, we will also dedicate a day to an optional trip to the majestic Atlas Mountains with the local guide. The trip to Atlas Mountains will include a 2-hour transfer each way and a 4-4.5 hour walk up in the mountains and will incur an extra fee which will depend on the number of guests joining.
On that day, we only have the led morning yoga class and an optional evening self practice. You can also choose to skip the trip and relax at the retreat center instead.
Lauren is a certified and experienced yoga teacher and fascial stretch therapist. In addition to teaching over 1500 classes in the U.S. and internationally in Canada, France, and Denmark, she practices yoga daily, finding new challenges and inspiration in every session. Lauren helps her students develop by encouraging them to strengthen their ability to focus, staying in each moment with awareness. Her students learn that proficiency in yoga is not based merely on increased flexibility and strength, but in using the practice to reach beyond their individual selves to embrace community.
The location of the retreat is near Marrakech. It is located 30 minutes from Marrakech city and airport.
Morocco’s cultural influences make for extremely diverse cuisine and we will be enjoying a rich palette of flavors in the vegetarian meals that we will be served throughout the retreat. Breakfast will be served right after yoga, lunch is a rich salad buffet by the pool and 3-course dinner will be offered at a cozy restaurant at our center.
Enjoy the view of the Atlas Mountains from the terrace
Explore the desert
Relax in the garden
Take a dip in the swimming pools
Tour the city of Marrakech
Visit the markets of Marrakech
A visit to the hammam (public bathhouse) is a Moroccan tradition, and you may notice signs for the hammams within the medina of Marrakech. The hammam pool and steam bath is for guests only, giving you the space and privacy in which to relax.
The resident beauty therapist will also be on hand to provide a range of exfoliation and massage treatments using authentic Moroccan skincare products that contain indigenous herbs, fruits and oils.
You will need to fly to Marrakesh Menara Airport. Transfers can be organised beforehand with the organizer.
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