10 Days Sahara Desert Yoga Retreat in Morocco

10 Days Sahara Desert Yoga Retreat in Morocco

  • Medina of Marrakech - Merzouga Sahara Desert, Morocco

Sahara Desert & Marrakech Yoga Retreat

Imagine yoga overlooking the magical, ancient city of Marrakech! Imagine yoga in the middle of a huge palm grove of the Drâa-Valley! Imagine the tranquility and vastness of the Sahara desert! Imagine finding relaxation and a path to yourself in Morocco’s most beautiful and most inspiring sights. The ideal package for both the beginner and the advanced student of yoga wanting to experience something unique: Yoga overlooking Morocco’s famous imperial city Marrakech & yoga in the stunning surrounding of Morocco’s Sahara desert. You will spend 10 days traveling from the vibrant city of Marrakech, passing the Drâa-Valley, to the remote tranquility of Erg Chebbi in search of inspiration, inner peace and relaxation. You will get the chance to dive deep into asana and meditation whilst being immersed in the nature’s untouched forms to take advantage of its calming effects.

Highlights

  • Unforgettable nights under the stars of the Sahara sky, giant sand dunes, desert hiking, traditional live music, Berber culture & nomad life
  • 12 yoga sessions (energizing, all levels practices in the morning and a relaxing, gentle practice in the evenings) with as well as morning meditation
  • Guided tours to all the must sees in Marrakech and stops on the way through the High Atlas, Aït Ben Haddou, Boumalne Dades, Draa Valley and Erg Chebbi – the large sea of sand dunes
  • 9 nights accomondation in a of one of our beautiful Partner Riads or Berber tent (single / double / twin accommodation is subject to surcharges)
  • Lovely prepared, healthy traditional Moroccan cuisine (breakfast & dinner – meat as well as vegetarian or vegan options
  • Airport transfers & transports throughout the country during the stay
  • 6 days with instruction
  • German, English
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Marrakech

You will be staying right in the middle of the Medina, Marrakechs old part of the city, in a carefully chosen, Riad. Riad means garden, a traditional Moroccan house built around an inner courtyard or garden. Cool and comfortable, beautiful and absolutely quiet though right in the center, you can, relax, unwind, enjoy the sun and a glass of Moroccan tea any time of the day. Daily yoga practice held at the inner courtyard or on the rooftop overlooking Marrakech.

Merzouga

Merzouga is a small village in the south east of Morocco and the gate to the desert. You will stay in a traditional Kasbah (hotel) on the only hill there overlooking the Sahara Desert before heading inside the desert and upon returning from the desert. The Kasbah is family run business. The rooms are exceptionally nice with terraces facing the dunes.

Desert camp

The desert camp located right in the middle of the desert. Traditional Berber tents are equipped with comfortable beds with mattresses, kitchen, a restaurant, toilets and ample space for daily yoga practice.

Please note that single bedrooms are subject to surcharges.

You will enjoy yoga sessions overlooking ancient cities and in the middle of the desert, experience nights under the stars of the Sahara sky. You will learn to cook couscous prepared by Berber women for their guests at the camp fire and later eat it accompanied by the beat of traditional drums. You will experience Berber culture and nomad life. NOSADE is offering 2 special workshops within this retreat to deepen your spiritual experiences as well as your yoga practice and understanding.

Schedule

Day 1

Arrival in Marrakech. Spend the night in the cool calm in one of our beautiful Partner Riads. We will enjoy a lovely prepared dinner and will take the time to get to know each other, share our 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, we 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 the sunset yoga session and a dinner with the group there on the Riad's rooftop.

Day 3

After an early breakfast, we travel by bus through the High Atlas mountains to Merzouga, a town and oasis right on the edge of Erg Chebbi, one of South Morocco’s two famous sand deserts. We will have certain stops on the way; the landscape is highly enjoyable all way long. Once arrived in Merzouga we will enjoy a traditional dinner and spend the night in a charming, family ran Kasbah overseeing the dunes.

Day 4

Starting the day with a morning yoga session facing the impressive dunes of Erg Chebbi, we begin our adventure and head right into the desert, accompanied by experienced local guides. We will have lunch together in the camp. After you will be able to enjoy yourself. At sunset we 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.

Days 5 - 7

The following days are spent in our 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: It will be an unforgettable experience.

Day 8

After the night back in the charming Kasbah in Merzouga we 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 our way. In Marrakech we will spend the final two nights back in one of our amazing traditional Moroccan housings.

Day 9

On the penultimate day of our trip you are free to enjoy diving into the souks of the medina – or any other preferred activity – for a last goodbye. You will enjoy your final sunset yoga session overseeing Marrakech and a splendid farewell dinner in the group.

Day 10

Departure

  • Stay in Merzouga village
  • Visit Erg Chebbi - large seas of dunes formed by wind-blown sand
  • See the traditional mud brick city at At Benhaddou
  • Visit Marrakech's greatest sights: Jemaa el-Fnaa, Koutoubia Mosque, Majorelle Garden, Menara Gardens, Bahia Palace, the souks, all the narrow streets hiding all kinds of treasures and handicrafts
  • Pass the High Atlas
  • Gaia Ceccarelli

    Movement and body as an instrument to create harmony have always been an integral part of her life. Gaia studied classical, modern and contemporary dance for 16 years. Inspired by Vinyasa Yoga her teaching style emphasizes body awareness and alignment, focussing the attention on cultivating sensibilty, honesty and concentration on the mat and in life. When teaching, Gaia’s focus is to guide students towards having the confidence and understanding to develop a self-practice and to personally experience the transformative power of yoga.

  • Katrin Witt

    For over 10 years you can find nomad heart Katrin regularly on the mat. In the yoga practice, she found peace and strength from the very beginning – serenity and gratitude followed. The desire being able to pass that to others has initiated her doing a yoga teacher training in 2013 in India at the Ashiyana Yoga Centre and aroused her interest in yoga and holistic life approaches. Additionally it is Katrin’s heartfelt concern to integrate yoga into a normal life, to practice with fun and joy and to submit no overlying strict dogmas.

This holiday adventure starts at Medina, Marrakech. On the way to Sahara desert, you will transit for a night at Merzouga village before heading to desert. You get to experience sleeping in traditional Berber tents for 5 nights and the vastness of the desert during the day. After that, you will transit at Merzouga for a night before heading back to Marrakech.

You will be served full board Berber and Morrocan inspired meals. Vegan or vegetarian meals are upon request. Please email NOSADE on your preferred nutritional style and also about any food intolerance.

Nosade is offering vegetarian as well as vegan meal options. Please inform them upfront about your preferred nutritional style and also about any food intolerance.

  • Drinking a Berber whiskey
  • Gazing at the beautiful traditional mud brick city at At Benhaddou
  • Diving into the souks of Medina
  • Explore Sahara Desert on the back of a dromedary or hiking
  • Visit a nomad family
  • Learn to cook couscous with a Berber woman
  • Romantic candlelight dinner under the unforgettable desert sky
  • Be amazed at the large seas of dunes formed by wind-blown sand at Erg Chebbi

Optional tours

Additional tours can be arranged upon request, on your own expense. Please email NOSADE for further information.

Spa treatments can be arranged in Marrakech, individually and upon request.

  • Berber cooking class
  • 12 yoga sessions and morning meditations
  • Guided tour around Marrakech and Sahara Desert
  • Ground transportation from Marrakech to Sahara Desert
  • Traditional Moroccan breakfast & dinner cuisine(meat as well as vegetarian or vegan options)
  • 9 nights accommodations in Riad or Berber tent
  • Fresh fruits, tea and water available all day
  • 9 nights accommodations in Riad or Berber tent
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional tour
  • Flight ticket
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

You have to book flights to Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK). Transfer from and to Marrakech Menara (RAK) airport is included in your package. NOSADE will arrange for your airport transfer once you submitted your flight details via email.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.

Marrakech, Merzouga, and Taghazoute, Morocco

NOSADE specializes in group YOGA RETREATS & individual YOGA HOLIDAYS all over Morocco

  • Availability: The Yoga Retreats of this organizer are available 84% of the time.
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10 days / 9 nights

Departure:
Sunday January 28, 2018
(10 days / 9 nights)

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