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10 Days Yoga Retreat in Marrakech and Sahara Desert

  • Medina of Marrakech - Merzouga Sahara Desert, Morocco

Overview

Sahara Desert & Marrakech Yoga Retreat

Are you looking for an advanced yoga retreat diving deep into asana and meditation, benefitting from special chosen and changing workshops whilst being immersed in natures 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 an extensive yoga holiday package of 12 days for the true yoga-aficionado. You get to spend twelve days traveling from the vibrant city of Marrakesh to the remote tranquility of Erg Chebbi in search of yourself, inner peace, and relaxation.

Highlights

  • 12 yoga sessions
  • Meditation, exploration, and relaxation
  • Carefully selected intensifying workshops
  • Guided tour at Marakech and Sahara Desert
  • Experience Berber culture and nomadic lifestyle
  • Airport transfers to and from Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK)
  • Full board Berber and Morrocan meals
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English, German
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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

NOSADE is teaching yoga with a focus on anatomical aligned movement and health aspects while advancing the today’s practice of asanas. They consider yoga as a form of self empowerment, as a way to maintain quality of life and health through movement and self-responsibility. Their teaching styles range from Anusara, Hatha, and Vinyasa (Power) Flow to Restorative yoga and Yin yoga.

In the group retreats and individual yoga trips they are deepening your understanding of movement patterns. With a focus on biomechanics, posture, and alignment, they connect the breath, healthy living, strength, and mobility with classic yoga philosophies as well as modern interpretations of yoga. NOSADE considers teaching yoga as form of educating and empowering people in how to live a skillful, pain free and aware life determined by continuous movement. They encourage learning from all the great traditions and knowledge of the past, while also embracing the opportunities of empowerment, self-reliance, and self-care that are available to you in the 21st century, unlike any other time in human history. Yoga classes are taught in English and German.

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.

Activities
  • Camel riding/rental
  • Cooking classes
  • Stargazing
General
  • Garden
  • Terrace
Services
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Currency exchange nearby
  • Local market

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.

  • 9 nights accommodations in Riad or Berber tent
  • 12 yoga sessions
  • Airport transfers
  • Berber cooking class
  • Full board Berber and Moroccon cuisine
  • Fresh fruits, tea and water available all day
  • Ground transportation from Marrakech to Sahara Desert
  • Guided tour around Marrakech and Sahara Desert
  • 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.

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

NOSADE specializes in Morocco yoga retreats, such as desert yoga holidays in the stunning surrounding of Sahara Desert, Marrakech yoga short breaks, and surf yoga retreats.

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