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Experience oases, desert, and yoga. Be amazed by the breathtaking landscape of the Atlas mountains on the way to the Sahara! Gain unique insight into the everyday life of nomads. Experience cultural diversity. Dream of 1001 nights. Relax with yoga in the absolute silence of the desert.
Transfer from the airport to the charming Riad in the Medina. A first yoga class on the roof terrace. An evening stroll through the fascinating old town takes you into the magical atmosphere on the famous square Djamm el Fna, where you immerse yourself with a dinner in the aromatic charm of the city.
Leave Marrakesh in the morning by air-conditioned minibus, crossing the High Atlas Mountains. The impressive tour takes you through the 2280 meter high Tizi-n-Tichka Pass and through a mountain landscape to the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. This traditionally built Berber village has become known as the backdrop for many movies today. From here you will continue from Riyadh to Ouarzazate where you will eat together after a yoga session in Palmenbewachsenden Garden.
Arrive at the Todra Gorge on the road of a thousand kasbahs. After a short, refreshing walk through the palm tree paradise you will strengthen yourselves in a typical lunch before continuing the trip to Merzouga. In the early evening, you will arrive at the awaiting dunes of Erg Chebbi. You will end the day in the touching silence and vastness of the landscape. Dinner and overnight in the kasbah overlooking the dunes.
A day off - ideal for arrivals, rest, yoga, dune hiking and reading in the pool, garden or any other available activity that brings you joy.
After the morning yoga, you will take a tour of the oasis, and will be hosted by the family Oussidi with a traditional Berber meal in their home. Afterwards you will visit the Childrens Charity in Merzouga. In the afternoon, ride camels to camp in the dunes, ending the day with a colorful sunset. At the campfire you will enjoy a night sky studded with millions of stars.
Camel trekking in the desert with overnight stays in selected camps. Between the daily yoga classes you will enjoy the peace and the silence, the emptiness and vastness of the Sahara.
In the morning you will go back to Merzouga. In the kasbah you will have the morning at leisure. In the afternoon you will visit the touching musical performance of the Gnawa, descendants of former black slaves, as part of an aid project. Dinner and overnight stay at the Kasbah.
After the morning yoga, take the journey through the magical road of 1000 kasbahs back to Ouarzazate. Dinner and overnight at the Riad.
On the drive back to Marrakesh you can marvel at the impressive panorama of the Atlas Mountains again. In the early afternoon we reach the pearl of the south: Marrakesh. Time to relax in an authentic hammam. Overnight in Riyadh.
Start your day with a morning yoga class. After breakfast, you will go in search of clues to the most famous sights of the city: Koutoubia Mosque (exterior), the Bahia Palace and the Majorelle Gardens, and the Yves Saint Laurent monument. There remains plenty of time for shopping in the souk and the artisan district. Overnight in Riyadh.
Today would be one last time to buy gifts for yourselves and for those at home, and to say goodbye in peace to Marrakesh. Transfer to the airport.
M'barek is born and raised in Merzouga, on the edge of the Moroccan Sahara. He is closely connected with the local Berber culture. In addition to his academic training, he has enjoyed high school in Morocco while he was still working as a travel companion. He has gathered a wealth of experience, such as in the field of camel trekking, bivouacking, horse travel, imperial city tours, and historical tours.
Since 2001, M'barek lives in Germany, where he has completed a nurse aide training. He is interested in his work in heart surgery wards, especially for preventative health measures. He even practiced Reiki and yoga as a preventative measures. M'barek has excellent knowledge of German along with a German citizenship. He has a large network in the whole of Morocco and impressive organizational skills.
After some turbulent years with fashion and film jobs, Judith found yoga studio in Rio de Janeiro studio. This experience brought her back to Europe to study what she really wanted to learn: yoga. In 2003, she followed the classic Sivananda Hatha yoga training, a study of religion and visual anthropology, a shiatsu training, and finally in 2012 the Jivamukti teacher training.
Since then, she lives and teaches in Munich, where she also works as a screenwriter. In her yoga classes she is, above all, concerned with the question of creating a space for ones own experiences - because far from all theories and ideas of the age-old practices, one can only experience it directly. Yoga is objective and at the same time shows one how to actively shape ones body and inner state, perception, and ultimately ones life. And to that end, she believes that it must be fun, feel incredibly good to thereby bring people closer to ones actual potential.
Inga Rader is an Iyengar yoga teacher, tour guide, hiking guide, and occupational therapist. She conducts seminars and workshops on the topics "yoga" and "nature experience" at home and abroad. Her first contact with yoga was for a longer stay in Nepal in 2000. Training to be an Iyengar yoga teacher at the Iyengar Yoga Institute Rhein-Ahr, she aspires to convey the holistic and beneficial effects of yoga and to bring them closer to nature.
Annette is a social anthropologist and has for many years researched healing rituals in different parts of Africa, including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, and Ghana. Since 2006, she deals extensively with the Gnawa in Morocco. In 2009, she published a book entitled "The Power of Music". She organizes trips to Morocco from the perspective of intercultural exchange and the spiritual self-discovery. For her full-time job, she is a professor of social medicine at the University Zittau / Grlitz, and lecturer in philosophy at the University of Cooperative Education in Gera.
Ten years ago, Annette has gone through yoga teacher training at Sivananda Yoga in the Bahamas. Since then, she also teaches yoga in different settings and gives workshops on the themes of body-oriented self-awareness and yoga, and sound meridian tapping. Furthermore, Annette practices Aikido, meditation, and Chi Gong.
Bianca is a nurse on a cardiac surgical monitoring ward and a yoga teacher. She lives in southern Bavaria on the edge of the Alps, near Munich. Since childhood, she is very connected to nature, and loves foreign cultures and travel. In October 2012 at a desert trek, she learned about fascinating Morocco and its culture. She finds that desert yoga and the silence of the desert cleans the soul.
In 2005, after a serious operation, Bianca turned to yoga, and was then certified to be an international Kundalini yoga teacher, trained by Yogi Bhajan. Regular teaching and training in recognized schools of yoga are an integral part of their own yoga practice. Here, countless positive experiences encouraged Bianca to embody their inner knowledge and share this knowledge as a yoga teacher with others.
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All meals are provided, except lunches. However, lunches in desert camps are provided.
"The only unfortunate thing with the Sahara Yoga Retreat is, that there are so many rich, beautiful, and precious moments that I truly do not know how to bring it into a short review. First - we were a quite small group which developed a great dynamic - including the yoga teacher and our organizers Barak and his assistant Ayla. I felt totally cared for and - very important to me - I was able to relax from the very first minute ... in this case on a beautiful riad roof terrace in the medina of Marrakesh. We saw a lot on this trip - from busy Marrakesh to the beautiful Atlas and the beginning of the Sahara. Dromedars, yoga, healthy food, Barak's family, Berber tradition, great nature and Barak also provided some interesting facts about country and culture during the bus transfers. The combination of being cared for, having a great yoga teacher with an eye on each of us and the hypnotic Sahara surroundings triggered some development in me and my travel companions. I think we all took more than a slight tan home with us. This vacation was a pure oasis for me. Also I would like to underline that Barak and his team have a good eye when it comes to quality. I would do it again in a heartbeat and I most probably will go back there this year or next."
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