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10 Days New Year Desert Yoga Retreat in Morocco

  • Origin Hotels, Marrakech - Kasbah Panorama, Merzouga - Nosade Desert Camp, Merzouga


Meditation and Yoga Retreat Morocco

Are you looking for an advanced yoga retreat which dives deep into asana and meditation, benefits you additionally from special chosen workshops, whilst being immersed in the nature’s untouched forms to take advantage of its calming effect? Where else could you expect to do so than in the tranquil deserts of Morocco? NOSADE has designed a package that is providing an extensive yoga holiday of a duration of 10 days for the true yoga-aficionado.


  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Meditation and relaxation sessions
  • Special and intensifying workshops
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Guided tours
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will be accommodated in three different places.

Origin Hotels Marrakech

Founded in 2008 by a Swedish architect, Origin Hotels combines the flavor of local culture, food, and design with the quality and comfort of a modern hotel. Today Origin Hotels contains five riads, traditional Moroccan manor houses with courtyard and terrace. They are all located in the medina of Marrakech, the city of 1001 nights. Each riad has its own atmosphere and character – from an authentic experience and Moroccan décor to a modernized and stylish oasis. But they all provide the special Origin Hotels feeling - a combination of professionalism and being home.

Kasbah Panorama

You are accommodated in a traditional kasbah (hotel) on the only hill there overlooking the Sahara before you head inside the desert and once you return from the desert. The kasbah is family-run, welcoming, and has exceptionally nice rooms with terraces facing the dunes. Kasbah Panorama offers single, double, triple, and family comfortable and traditionally made rooms. Each room has private shower and bathroom. and all of them have panoramic views looking to the mighty golden dunes of Merzouga.

Desert camp

Traditional Berber tents equipped with comfortable beds with mattresses will serve as your housing right in the middle of the desert. The camp furthermore holds a kitchen, a restaurant, toilets, and enough space for your daily yoga practice.

This retreat will take place in Marrakech and Merzouga, Morocco.

  • 9 traditional meals (vegetarian or vegan options upon request)
  • 9 nights' accommodation in riads, kasbah, and Berber tent (single occupancy available upon request)
  • 12 yoga sessions with Anica Herrmann
  • Daily fresh fruits, tea, and water
  • Guided tours to all the must sees in Marrakech
  • Meditation, exploration, and relaxation
  • Special, intensifying workshops

Both types of students, the beginners as well as the advanced, are equally welcome to join. NOSADE's experienced yoga teachers are focusing on your individual needs and level of experience. NOSADE is mainly teaching yoga styles with a focus on bio-mechanical movement and health while practicing skillfully and well aligned. Vinyasa and classical Hatha inspired yoga is part of the spectrum being taught as well as Anusara inspired yoga and Yin yoga. You will get powerful Yang practice in the morning and calming Yin practice with the sunset.

Day 1

Arrival in Marrakech. You will spend the night in the cool calm in one of the beautiful riads. You will enjoy a lovely prepared dinner and will take the time to get to know each other, and share your expectations and wishes for the upcoming days.

Day 2

After enjoying your first yoga lesson on the rooftop overlooking the ancient city and after breakfast, you'll dive into the most famous of Morocco’s imperial cities for a guided tour including lunch in a famous spot with typical Moroccan food. Before you spent another night in the beautiful riad, you will enjoy another yoga session and a dinner with the group there.

Day 3

After an early breakfast, you'll start your trip and head towards Morocco’s most impressive sight - the desert Erg Chebbi with its huge sand dunes. Once arrived at the Kasbah, Nosade's hotel in Merzouga, you will be served with a delicious Berber meal and a comfortable sleep in a familiar surrounding.

Day 4

Starting the day with a morning yoga session facing the impressive dunes of Erg Chebbi, you'll begin your adventure and head right into the desert, accompanied by experienced local guides. You will have lunch together in the camp. Afterwards, you will be able to enjoy yourself. At sunset, you will have a yoga session in the incredible calm and tranquil of the desert in between giant sand dunes and under an unforgettable sky. After dinner, accompanied by traditional live music and a camp fire, you will spend the night in a Berber tent.

Day 5 to 7

The following two days are spent in the desert yoga camp. Berber cuisine accompanies exciting days of yoga practice, exploration, relaxation, and spiritual experiences. Whether exploring the desert, visiting a nomad family, learn how to cook Cous-Cous (Imanse) with a Berber woman, having romantic dinners under the unforgettable desert sky, or finding yourself in fully enjoying the tranquility and quietness, here you can let it come true. The one certainty is that it will be an unforgettable experience.

Day 8

After the night back in the charming Kasbah in Merzouga, you'll take the bus to Agdz in the famous Drâa-Valley. You will enjoy a sunset yoga class and spend the night in a wonderful Eco-Lodge right in the middle of a huge palm grove. After a very special sunset yoga session you will enjoy a delicious dinner together in the group.

Day 9

After an early breakfast, you will take the bus back to Marrakech, enjoying lunch at Aït Benhaddou, a fortified city or Ksar, and UNESCO world heritage along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech on your way. In Marrakech, you will spend the final night back in Nosade's amazing traditional Moroccan housing, the riad.

You will enjoy your final sunset yoga session overseeing Marrakech and a splendid farewell dinner in the group.

Day 10


Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Marrakech Menara International Airport (RAK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. NOSADE will pick you up from the airport.

Group size

Maximum 10 persons.

Seasonal information

Traveling to the desert is recommendable between mid September and mid of May. From November to February, the temperatures in the daytime are around 20 degrees and thus pleasant for most western travelers. The nights can be very cold in these months and temperatures can go below five degrees Celsius. You are recommended therefore to pack warm clothes especially for the desert nights between November and February. Bring a down jacket, a warm wool hat, and wool socks. A scarf additionally helps to keep you warm at night and protect you from the sun during the daytime. Bring eventually even a hot-water bottle, when you tend to struggle with getting warm by yourself at night. A flashlight and sturdy footwear is advantageous. Traveling with a backpack is recommended, since you will be changing venues quite a few times on a desert tour.

In September and October as well as in April and May it can get quite hot in the day already which means temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius. The desert nights in this time are at around very pleasant 15 to 20 degrees. For the day, definitely bring a sun cream with a high protection factor and a scarf or hat that is protecting you from the sun.

In March, you have to be prepared for strong desert winds from time to time. During a sandstorm, it is recommendable to stay in a fixed desert camp as the wind can cause great and unpleasant sand stirs.

Dressing information

As a conservative and Muslim people, Moroccans generally frown upon revealing outfits. This does not just apply to women, but also to men. Cover at least your shoulders and don’t wear shorts. Beach outfits are inappropriate anywhere but at the beach.

What to bring

Please bring warm clothing for the night when going on a desert trip or retreat between November and February. A warm wool hat helps as well as wool socks. A scarf helps keeping warm at night and protecting from the sun in the day. Bring eventually even a hot-water bottle, when you tend to struggle with getting warm by yourself. A flashlight, a hairdryer, and a travel towel are advantageous. Sturdy footwear (sneakers are adequate) is a must.

Travel assistance

You can reach Merzouga, the door to the desert, by rental car or bus (CTM and Supratours operating overnight buses from Fez and a one day bus ride from Marrakech straight to Merzouga). Personal transfer can be arranged upon request. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact for recommendations, required tips or arrangements.

Passport / visa

Travelers from most Western countries (EU, North America, and Australia) only require a valid passport for a stay of up to 90 days. Additional information can be found at the consulate websites of your specific country of origin. German travelers do not need a visa for visits up to 90 days.


There are no mandatory vaccinations for entering Morocco. The German Foreign Ministry recommends hepatitis A and, for longer stays in the region, hepatitis B, typhoid, and rabies immunization.

Medical information

Travelers should only consume bottled water and avoid swimming or bathing in bodies of standing water. Mosquito protection is recommended for stays at oases and near rivers or lakes. Medical care in Morocco is generally adequate, but does not comply with Western standards, particularly so in rural areas.

Local expenses / money information

Most banks exchange USD, GBP, CHF, and EUR for MAD. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to NOSADE, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

This retreat includes guided tours to all the must sees in Marrakech, such as the High Atlas, Aït Ben Haddou, Boumalne Dades, the Drâa Valley, and Erg Chebbi - the large sea of sand dunes, in the total cost.

  • Anica Herrmann

    Anica is the founder of NOSADE. As a yoga teacher, Anica emphasizes particularly on bio-mechanical aspects of healthy movement and its value for both, the body, and the mind. She is trained in yoga Therapeutics and is teaching Anusara yoga.

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During this retreat, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner of exquisite Berber cuisine. NOSADE is offering meat, vegetarian, as well as vegan meal options. Please inform NOSADE upfront about your preferred nutritional style and also about any food intolerance.

  • Admiring architectonic delicacies in the old French colony Casablanca
  • Being awaited by numerous pink Berber villages, an exceptional mountain panorama, and palmeraies. Tafraoute offers twice a day a gorgeous amber-coloured light show
  • Being enchanted in Marrakesh’s Majorelle Garden, maintained by Yves Saint-Laurent
  • Being overwhelmed by the impressive formations of the High Atlas
  • Breathing knightly flair in Aït Benhaddou, a traditional mud brick city on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Being close to heaven within Chefchaouen‘s blue washed walls
  • Being swept away by Cascades D’Ouzoud‘s flash floods
  • Breathing multinational, cosmopolitan flair in Tangier
  • Celebrating the joyous rose harvest on Kalaat M’Gouna Rose Festival close to Ouarzazate
  • Drinking a Berber whiskey
  • Drifting away in the ultimate labyrinth of Fes‘ medina
  • Enjoying the pretty, breezy forfeited Sidi Ifi
  • Enjoying the best dates of your life and breathtaking gorges in Draa Valley
  • Enjoying the colorful labyrinth of Djemaa el Fna in Marrakesh
  • Examining graffiti art in a new way, Asilah offers a rich spectrum for art lovers and a beautiful beach
  • Getting kind of a French Bretagne feeling in Essaouira with its fortress walls, its fishing harbor, and the screaming seagulls
  • Gazing at the beautiful, red mud walls while flowing with Taroudannt‘s mystic maghreb flair
  • Practicing yoga in the absolute tranquility of the desert after spending the night in a Berber tent
  • Revealing the traces of the Romans of Volubilis historic archway and its mosaics
  • Riding on the back of a camel into the sunrise or sunset in the desert of Erg Chebbi
  • Strolling through Marrakesh’s medina, one of Africa’s biggest!
  • Standing in front of Rabat‘s splendid gate, Bab Oudaïa
  • Surfing along the Atlantic coast
  • Walking on top of the dunes in the desert of Erg Chigaga and watching the breathtaking starry sky
  • Walking along the Todra Gorge - right in between its 3000 meters high canyon walls
For information about the booking conditions, please send NOSADE an inquiry.
  • Review by Simon from Antwerp, Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "Skillfully moving! Leaving comfort zones, being open towards changing to keep things the same. That’s what I have been taught on NOSADE’s yoga retreat. I left grounded and focused from an unique travel experience."

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  • Review by Rita from Beirut, Lebanon
    10 out of 10

    "The Sahara and Morocco in it’s purest shape! Endless seas of sand dunes, authentic cultural insights and experiences, and perfect organizational work from NOSADE made this trip not just recommendable, but unforgettable."

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  • Review by Christian and Pero from Berlin, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "We toured all over Morocco with NOSADE and have seen the greatest, loneliest sights while learning so much about the rich culture, about arts, and music. We enjoyed every moment and loved it!"

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  • Review by Melissa from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Anica, I can't thank you enough for ensuring that we all had a wonderful yoga trip. We all really appreciated everything that you did behind the scenes to ensure the trip was effortless for us. Happy Easter! Cheers, Mel."

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  • Review by Josua from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "We’ve spent a super brilliant time, though way too short! Even better than the desert were the guys working with you, and the camels. We enjoyed it very much! Warm greetings again to Youssef and the rest of the crew."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "A friend and I just got back from a 5 day yoga retreat in Marrakech with Nosade. From start to finish, it was everything I had hoped for and more. The trip was very well organised and tailored to suit our preferences.The yoga sessions with our talented instructor Gaia were both energising and relaxing. We had time in between sessions for a guided tour of the old city, to explore and shop in the souks and even to experience a traditional hammam. The food was invariably delicious & fresh with some excellent lunch recommendations from Anica. We had really good company and left feeling like we'd made friends for life. Thank you very much to Anica and Yidir for a great experience. Can't wait to get back and try the Desert tour."

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  • Review by Edward
    10 out of 10

    "Nosade Tours promises to help find a path to yourself in Moroccos most beautiful & inspiring sights. Nosade delivers. I spent two of the best weeks of my life on a Nosade desert retreat. My fellow travelers were experienced yogis who could stand on their heads and put their feet in their mouths. I was a beginner. Nevertheless, the classes and accommodated us all. My Yoga improved exponentially and I loved also the camel rides there and back to the Berber Camp and the treks in the desert. All the travel arrangements were exceptionally well managed and the food excellent."

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  • Review by Donavon from Florida, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This was really the experience of a lifetime. Nosade really provides a personalized one on one cultural experience that you don't get with a lot of tours. Hard for me to pick a stand out moment. Between Yoga in the desert, climbing sand dunes, hand drumming by the fire, riding camels, or seeing shooting stars in the night sky above the sand it's really impossible to pick. In addition to the guides teaching us a lot about Moroccan culture the yoga sessions really taught me a lot about my body, and gave me tools to improve my practice even further here at home."

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  • Review by Charlie from Texas, USA
    10 out of 10

    "A friend and I recently traveled to Morocco, and decided to venture to Merzouga to experience the NOSADE desert tour. Incredibly glad we did! The journey there was scenic and adventurous. The guides and staff at NOSADE greeted us as part of their family and took very good care of us. Riding camels into the desert was a surreal, unforgettable way to get to the campsite. By far, climbing the incredibly high sand dunes was my favorite part... breathtaking. Especially at sunset! We felt that we got a true Moroccan experience, and I wouldn't have changed a thing. Definitely recommend to anyone!"

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  • Review by Terri from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I was expecting a big group of hippy vegan women so you can imagine my pleasure when I realized you are all quite normal with a love for yoga food and the environment! Amanda is an amazing yoga teacher and you compliment her perfectly the experience has left me wanting more and I'm already looking for my next yoga retreat. It was a great experience for me and I'm so glad to have met you, I will cherish the memories for many years to come. I hope you're enjoying the serenity and beauty of the desert, and I've thought a lot about the desert retreat and the more I think about it the more I want to do it. Thank you so much for everything and please pass on my thanks to Yidir and if you're ever in London come and stay with me and don't worry I wouldn't expect you to provide yoga classes. Take very good care of yourself hope to hear from you soon. In the meantime I'm on the hunt for an Anusara yoga teacher here in London!"

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  • Review by Laura from Berlin, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "We toured with NOSADE 3 days through Erg Chebbi, starting in Merzouga. Everything went super smooth, was well organized, safe and we had a caring team of guides. We truly enjoyed the trip through this remarkable country! Special thanks to our tour guide Yidir, who made our trip very special with all his stories about the Berber culture and his great talent for playing the drums for us at the camp fires at night. I can only recommend you guys to book a trip with NOSADE and would for sure do it again."

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  • Review by Simon R from Berlin, Germany
    9 out of 10

    "NOSADE is a holistic experience for body and soul, a breathtaking journey through the spectacular country. The yoga retreat is energetic and well balanced. The treatment was custom made and always genuine. I left grounded and focused from a unique and unforgettable trip."

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  • Review by Nadine M from Berlin, Germany
    8 out of 10

    "Great country, warm people, great yoga in a fabulous surroundings! Unlimited recommendable! We'll definitely be back."

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  • Review by Gaby G from Nuremberg, Germany
    9 out of 10

    "My girlfriend and I have made this beautiful journey together and enjoyed it to the fullest. Yoga in the desert was an unforgettable experience. And also in Marrakech, we had a great time. The team of NOSADE was there to help us in every way."

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Marrakech, Merzouga, and Taghazoute, Morocco

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Arrival: Wednesday December 28, 2016
Departure: Friday January 6, 2017

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