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Morocco Yoga Retreat

Ready to enlighten your soul in Morocco? Then become part of the Morocco Spirit and get to know the family. Take not only your yoga knowledge home with you, but also a great experience that will accompany you throughout your life.The Yoga Villa Bab Zouina is located in the Ourika Valley. The Ourika Valley is a little paradise on earth and is located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, three hours by camel from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. This enchanting place, surrounded by olive trees, still lives to the rhythm of nature. The purity of the air, the invigorating smells and the ocher-colored floor, interspersed with different shades of green, offer a wonderful opportunity to invigorate the senses and facilitate contemplation.

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Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Meditation and pranayama lessons
  • Tour of Marrakech and of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Quad tour and cooking class
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Full board

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


14 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Arabic, French, German
Group size: 5-12 participants
Airport transfer included: Marrakesh Menara Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
06:00
Check-out Time:
23:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen

Program

Monday to Friday

  • 06:30 Tea and fruit
  • 07:00 Pranayama - commonly referred to as breath control ("prana" means breath or life energy and "yama" means control). In a different light it also refers to the expansion of our life energy. In this course you will learn different breathing techniques to influence the flow of prana through the body's energy channels. You will also learn how to use pranayama techniques that generate heat (like Surya Bhedi) and cold (like Sheetkari) as therapy for various psychosomatic illnesses.
  • 07:45 Alternating between Shatkarmas and meditation - during the week you will also get an introduction to Shatkarmas and their underlying theory. Shatkarma ("shat" six, "karma" action) is an ancient purification of the body's yoga practices. There are 6 types of Shatkarmas each, which balance our masculine (ida) and feminine (pingla) energies and rid our body of stagnant waste that has accumulated over decades of unhealthy living. In our yoga teacher training you will get an introduction to 3 of these ancient practices. Relax and withdraw into your consciousness. You will learn meditation techniques and their underlying theory. You will receive an introduction to chakra meditations, prana meditations, creative meditations and other techniques that have been used in practice for thousands of years. You also have the opportunity to lead your own meditations.
  • 08:45 Vinyasa yoga - it can be understood by breaking down its roots: "vin" to flow and "yasa", on a good path. In this light, proper vinyasa yoga practice requires a "connected breath". The four elements of mental/visual focus (Dristi), energy locks (Bandha), Ujjai pranayama and asanas must be connected in a flow so that your practice goes beyond a typical training. You are practicing Vinyasa Flows and building a class. You have several options for teaching entire vinyasa classes, along with constructive feedback from your teacher and classmates.
  • 10:15 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Mantra Chanting and meditation - make time every day for mantras and mantra classes by learning the 10 most important mantras in yoga. Singing the literal translations and their spiritual meanings and how you can apply them in your daily life and in your yoga practice. The word "mantra" means Sanskrit roots "man" spirit and "tra" liberation. Mantras are powerful sounds and words that are chanted repeatedly to awaken powerful energies and enter a state of meditation. Vibrations of sound that penetrate every cell of your being and allow your mind to dissolve and rest. Mantras are repetitive sounds that are used to penetrate the depths of the unconscious and adjust the vibration of all aspects of your being. Mantras are vibrated by singing loudly, mentally practicing, or by listening. The experience of how sound vibrations affect your being is Naad yoga.
  • 12:00 Philosophy - discover the origins of yoga by studying the core philosophy and scriptures that have endured through thousands of years of practice. You will get to know the Bhagavad Geeta and the lessons of Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga and Gyana yoga. You will learn about the Yoga Sutra and how you can overcome the different ways of thinking through the 8 limbs of yoga. You get to know the physical, astral and causal body.
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 Anatomy and physiology - delve deep into anatomy and physiology to really understand how yoga affects our bodies. You will examine 5 of the most important physiological systems in the human body: respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, muscles and skeleton. You will also learn how to use yoga asanas, pranayama, shat karmas, and meditation to treat problems that arise in each individual physiological system.
  • 17:00 Adjustments and use of props - you have an hour and a half each day to practice and master the art of adaptation. Every body and soul is different and you will learn to learn different variations to meet the needs of the different students you encounter during the class. We will also practice using different props: blocks, blankets, ropes, pillows, etc.
  • 18:30 Alternating between Yin yoga and Restorative - yoga is about a balance of energies. Much of modern yoga focuses on more intense physical practice, and it is equally important to induce relaxation and calm. In this Yin yoga course we practice and learn restorative yoga techniques as a form of mental and physical therapy. Yin yoga focuses on deeper stretches that target our underlying connective tissue and helps reduce stress.
  • 20:00 Dinner

Saturday

  • 07:00 Tea and fruit
  • 07:30 Training
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 14:30 Lunch
  • 20:00 Dinner

Sunday

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Excursion with the group
  • 14:30 Lunch
  • 20:00 Dinner

Included excursions

Marrakech

You will be picked up from the villa at 09:00 a.m. to start the half-day excursion with a professional city tour. Together you will discover the authentic medina of Marrakech. The old town of the 11th century! You will visit the most popular monuments that Marrakech has in the heart of the old town "Medina". The city guide will explain the history of the city and culture well, including the warm hospitality from the people of Marrakech.

On the way back to the Yoga Villa, the driver will take you to the Anima Garden, the opulent two-artist of the universal artist André Heller. The hectare botanical staging is a magical place of sensuality, wonder, contemplation, joy, healing and inspiration.

High Atlas Mountains

This day trip takes us at 09:00 am from the Yoga Villa towards the south, the beauty and splendor of the Ourika Valley. The drive time to Setti Fatma is usually around an hour, but there is so much to see along the way that you will stop at regular intervals to take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful Ourika Valley.

As you head to the Ourika Valley waterfalls for your first part of the trip from Marrakech, you may want to watch the lush green slopes, Berber villages and rolling hills. Here rivers meander through the valley and there are countless opportunities to take dramatic landscape shots with the camera. We will stop in some of these typical Berber villages so you can immerse yourself in the everyday life of these local peoples.

As you continue the drive through the valley, we approach the more mountainous passes of the Atlas Mountains by going to Setti Fatma. There are several small (and some much larger) waterfalls along the route, and not all of them are full of tourists. Bring hiking shoes as you are walking a short walk through some of the Setti Fatma Cascades (waterfalls). On the day trip there are many cafes and restaurants in some Berber villages where you can enjoy local tagines and various traditional dishes. The hike to the Setti Fatma waterfalls leads through the valley. Then you return to the villa by the same route.

The arrival at the villa is around 4:00 p.m.

Quad tour

The quad tour in Marrakech starts at 09:00 in the morning. After a short 30-minute drive by car to the Palmeraie, you reach the quad base. There you meet the quad guides who help you choose a helmet, protective goggles and a hood. After a short safety instruction, you will be familiarized with your fully automatic ATV. Your quad bike excursion will take you deeper into the Palmeraie, an oasis with thousands of palm trees. After crossing the Tensift River and rough rocky terrain, you reach a Berber village. There you will enjoy a cup of mint tea and homemade crepes with the locals. Then continue the journey back to the base and enjoy the landscape that accompanies you on the way. This quad tour in Marrakech is a completely safe experience. It is supervised by experienced quad bike guides who move the group forward. When it comes to quads, they are constantly checked and the operating company is properly insured.

Cooking workshop

Get to know the simple and healthy cuisine of Morocco. The dish will be announced in Morocco.

Instructors

Daniela Holzer

Dr. Salma Jamai

Lucie Palmer

Simon Gill

Retreat location

The Yoga Villa Bab Zouina is located in the Ourika Valley. The Ourika Valley is a little paradise on earth and is located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, three hours by camel from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. This enchanting place, surrounded by olive trees, still lives to the rhythm of nature. The purity of the air, the invigorating smells and the ocher-colored floor, interspersed with various shades of green, offer a wonderful opportunity to invigorate the senses and facilitate contemplation.

Food

All meals are included in the price of the training. If you have any dietary requirements let Nella-Yoga know when booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Pescatarian
  • Fruitarian
  • Lactose Free
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • All lessons
  • All excursions in the program
  • Full board
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

What's not included

  • Flights

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arriva at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK).

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 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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