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6 Days New Year Walking and Yoga Holiday in Morocco

  • Marrakech, Morocco

Overview

Yoga and Walking Holiday in Morocco

As recommended in Marie Claire Magazine, this special new year walking and yoga holiday offers mountain walks from the door, full and generous board, two daily yoga classes, and large en-suite bedrooms with terraces in an eco-friendly Kasbah / castle. Walking and yoga are natural partners, and where better to hike than Morocco's spectacular Atlas mountains, with some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found. This part of Morocco sees average day-time highs of around 20 degrees Celsius at this time of year; warm enough to soak up some sunshine, but not too hot for a good walk!

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 4 guided magnificent Atlas Mountains walks
  • Morning Hatha yoga, evening gentle yoga and meditation
  • Free time to enjoy the panoramic views and do extra activities
  • A special Gala dinner on New Year's eve
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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The Kasbah and swimming pool are surrounded by five hectares of spectacular mature gardens and ringed by the mountains. Trees include olives, almonds, figs and pomegranates. Satvada has reserved rooms near the yoga studio with terraces looking straight out into this spectacular mountain landscape. All rooms are large, comfortable and en-suite, with a private balcony overlooking the valleys and mountains or the beautifully kept gardens.

Accommodation is comfortable and spacious, with a rustic feel, befitting the setting. The rooms are lovingly designed with traditional Moroccan materials: cedar and eucalyptus wood, red sandstone, hand-made clay tiles, locally-made furniture with Berber motifs. The rooms can be configured as either twin (two single beds) or double.

Environmentally friendly

The owners designed and constructed the Kasbah with the environment forefront in mind. The stone used to build the walls were sourced from the local riverbed, as it was washed down by storms. Solar panels were installed to soak up the year-round Moroccan sun and now provide hot water and under-floor heating.

The Kasbah has its own well with water descending from the surrounding mountains. The formal sections of the gardens - which have rose and other flower beds - are watered by efficient, drip-feed irrigation.

The yoga

Each morning, an active Hatha yoga class will stretch and enliven the body in preparation for our walk. The evening's yoga and meditation class will be a far softer, reflective combination of gentle yoga and meditation: the perfect wind-down after the day's activities! Despite two daily 75-minute yoga classes and a guided walk each day, rest assured all-important down-time is scheduled in! All classes will be taught by Jodie, one of Satvadas most experienced teachers.

The walking

All walks will start and end at the Kasbah. Over the course of the five days, our guide will take us through surrounding villages, olive groves and through the foothills of the atlas mountains. The hiking is suitable for most levels of fitness and can be adapted to the requirements of the group.

This active trip includes five guided mountain walks, straight from the door. Walks are led by a local guide who is very familiar with the landscape and terrain. The walks will be different each day and are classified as easy/moderate; suitable for anyone who is reasonably active. At the half way point, we will stop for lunch, whilst enjoying magnificent views stretching out to the high Atlas and to Marrakech.

New years eve celebrations

On new years eve we will see in the new year in style. A special gala dinner will be served whilst being entertained by local musicians to create an authentic and unique atmosphere.

Typical daily schedule

  • 07:30 Coffee, tea, fruit
  • 07:30 - 08:45 Hatha yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast: fresh juices, tea/coffee, muesli, breads
  • 10:15 - 13:00 Walking in the surrounding mountains and villages
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Afternoon tea
  • 17:30 - 18:45 Gentle yoga and meditation
  • 19:30 Three-course evening dinner

Jodie Merrick

Jodie Merrick completed her Yoga Alliance 200-hour teacher training certificate in 2006, and has since studied yoga all over the world, with highly regarded teachers such as Seane Corn and Shiva Rea. Jodie teaches with enormous energy and enthusiasm, as well as with brilliant technical attention to alignment and safety. She encourages her students to find their highest potential, regardless of their age or ability.

Our venue is a wonderful, eco-friendly Kasbah / castle, 35 minutes' drive from Marrakech, nestling in the foothills of the stunning Atlas Mountains. This recently-built Kasbah - modelled in the style of an ancient Berber castle - sits on a hill-top, with panoramic mountain views stretching far and wide. From the outset, it was designed and built with the environment at the forefront.

Activities
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Mountain walking / trekking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
General
  • Balcony
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Tour assistance

Breakfast and lunch is served vegetarian by default. Guest will be able to choose between vegetarian and non-vegetarian for the evening meals. The food served at the Kasbah is grown organically in the gardens, where possible.

Afternoons are free to do as you wish - read, sunbathe, rest or simply lounge by the huge outdoor swimming pool, with its amazing mountain views. If you are still wanting a little adventure, the hotel is able to organise a range of activities and trips. Many guest have previously enjoyed the following additional activities, which can be booked at additional cost with the venue directly:

Horse riding into the atlas mountains

Trips to local Berber villages

Visits and guides to Marrakech

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 4 guided mountain walks
  • 2 yoga classes daily
  • A special Gala dinner on new year's eve
  • Full board meals
  • Free time to enjoy the panoramic views and do extra activities
  • Vivifying morning Hatha yoga, evening gentle yoga and meditation
  • Additional food / drink consumed during your stay
  • Transfer to and from the venue
  • Flights

Arrival by airplane

Satvada Retreats recommend Easyjet or British Airways. Ryanair is also an option. Direct flying time from London-Marrakech is 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Nearby places

  • Marrakech - 35 minutes
For information about the booking conditions, please send Satvada Retreats an inquiry.
  • Review by Emma Swift
    10 out of 10

    "Having already been on a Marrakesh New Year trip with Satvada Retreats in January 2014, I thought I'd know what to expect on a summer retreat to Essouria in June 2016. I was not disappointed and my expectations were excelled once more. I can't quite put my finger on what is different, but I'll do my best. Satvada Retreats put alot of consideration into the retreat - their excellent choice of exquisite surroundings with amazing local food alongside providing expert yoga and mindfulness tuition is their talent. I love their nurturing plan for each day which allows you the freedom to personalize your holiday with a massage, or a trip or two out or just continue to relax. Looking forward to the next one!"

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  • Review by Tamsin Aitken
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you to Satvada for such a wonderful New Year's yoga/hiking holiday in the Atlas Mountains. I had an absolutely wonderful time on the retreat - it was a beautiful venue, I made amazing new friends and got to enjoy incredible yoga/hiking. I feel like a new person! I'm looking forward to hopefully enjoying another trip with you this year; I can't recommend you enough :-)"

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  • Review by Tamsin Aitken from Canterbury, Kent
    10 out of 10

    "I had a fab time on the Yoga retreat. Location, weather, food and classes were all excellent.The only minor thing was the fact the studio was not that big, I think they should have had a few less people to make it more comfortable. Rooms were large with a lovely balcony. Staff very friendly and wanted to please. I would recommend this holiday to friends. Thank you to Satvada for such a wonderful New Year's yoga/hiking holiday in the Atlas Mountains. I had an absolutely wonderful time on the retreat - it was a beautiful venue, I made amazing new friends and got to enjoy incredible yoga/hiking... I feel like a new person! I'm looking forward to hopefully enjoying another trip with you this year; I can't recommend you enough :-)."

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  • Review by Gill from Cambrdidgeshire, UK
    10 out of 10

    "The mindfulness and yoga weekend far exceeded my expectations. The food and company were great, with the group (tutors and attendees alike) gelling and very relaxed in each other's company. Overall there was a great balance of relaxed atmosphere and a nicely spread schedule of practice, free time, and delicious food! It has also been great that the relaxed feelings, and mindfulness, have spilled into the beginning of the week, and being back at work. Thank you all for such a lovely weekend; I am already considering joining future retreats."

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  • Review by Samantha from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Our Marrakech Wellbeing Weekend exceeded all expectations. The Riad was perfect - a wonderful atmosphere for yoga. We have been so well looked after - the meals were healthy, varied and out of this world. In the space of a few days, I have achieved so much with my yoga practice and felt so relaxed. Marrakech is beautiful. Thank you for hosting an amazing weekend."

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  • Review by Gill from Cambridgeshire, UK
    10 out of 10

    "The Suffolk Art of Relaxation weekend far exceeded my expectations. The food and company were great, with the group (tutors and attendees alike) gelling and very relaxed in each other's company. Overall there was a great balance of relaxed atmosphere and a nicely spread schedule of practice, free time, and delicious food! It has also been great that the relaxed feelings, and mindfulness, have spilled into the beginning of the week, and being back at work. Thank you all for such a lovely weekend; I am already considering joining future retreats."

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  • Review by Fran Bradshaw from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "If you are looking for the perfect yoga break, Satvada's Croatian retreat fits the bill. Yoga and meditation twice a day just meters from the beach, in a glorious, peaceful setting. Daily walks through the olive groves - along the picturesque coastline or in the hills to the monastery - offer the opportunity to discover the beauty of the Island and the friendliness of the people. The villa is lovely and several rooms have a wonderful sea view. The food is a mouthwatering vegetarian gourmet treat! You will never be hungry! We loved it so much that we've booked another break with Satvada."

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  • Review by Diana Brown
    10 out of 10

    "Having looked at several yoga retreats, we took 'pot luck' when we booked with Satvada. We couldn't have been luckier - the retreat in Croatia was perfect. Yoga sessions were tailored to suit the experience and ability of all the guests, providing both challenge and relaxation. In spite of not really being 'into' meditation I found these sessions appealing. The silent walk along the coast was delightful; a totally new and enjoyable experience. The venue - a beautiful villa close to the beach - was idyllic; the view from the yoga terrace (of flowers, sea and mountains) provided a stunning backdrop. All our needs were catered for - especially at meal times: local produce, from a garden adjacent to the villa, cooked to perfection. Walks were led by friendly guides; the pool and beach, together with the company of other guests, ensured a memorable holiday. It was all over much too soon."

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  • Review by Sara Vali
    10 out of 10

    "Having spent time looking for a relaxed holiday suitable for a solo traveler, I couldn't be happier that I picked the Croatian retreat. The villa was beautiful and the other guests (of all ages and abilities) were welcoming and friendly. We were all wonderfully looked after - not least in terms of the plentiful and delicious vegetarian food! Some great walks, exploring parts of the island we wouldn't have found on our own, were arranged for us so we didn't have to worry about anything except turning up with the right footwear. The daily yoga sessions were rejuvenating in the mornings, setting us up for the day, and relaxing and meditative in the evenings, ready for dinner and wine or simply a nap by the pool. I liked the teacher's encouraging approach, helping us all go further in our practice, no matter how experienced or new to yoga we were. I've recommended Satvada to friends and am already planning my next holiday with them. I know I'll be well looked after and come home feeling refreshed and with a new enthusiasm for my yoga classes."

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  • Review by a traveller
    10 out of 10

    "Just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for a lovely Wellbeing Weekend in Marrakech. I got so much out of my time there and met some wonderful people. Since returning home, I have kept up my practice and find meditation so much easier to accomplish, which was one of my aims of the weekend. The hosts at the Marrakech Riad were so welcoming and accommodating, and each meal was fresh, delicious and authentic; the experience was as if eating at someone's house; a real privilege."

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  • Review by Jan from Somerset, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I just wanted to write to thank you for a lovely weekend in Suffolk, and also for the lift to the train station. I really feel like I have learned a lot from the past couple of days - from both the yoga and mindfulness classes, and from the other people on retreat. It was also really great to allow myself some time to go for a run, and the massages were wonderful!"

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

    "I can't recommend Satvada enough for the first-time yoga retreater! All my fears about being too inexperienced at yoga to go on a retreat were instantly allayed in the first class. Lucia's teaching style is wonderfully personal so that everybody in the class is looked after and encouraged individually. I felt a deeper connection with my practice developing over the course of the retreat that has left me with more commitment to and enthusiasm for yoga-a great boost for the novice student! Lucia's experience, knowledge and attitude were truly inspiring. The evening meditation sessions were relaxing and energising but also gave us an insight into the benefits of integrating yoga and meditation into daily life to reduce stress and increase wellbeing. All this was accompanied by huge doses of laughter, a great mix of people, delicious food, a stunning Riad and the beauty and hospitality of Morocco. I can't wait for the next one."

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  • Review by Maggi Reid from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I loved the weekend and felt very relaxed driving home. I found the yoga stimulating and, although I have been practicing for a long time, I learnt lots and liked your approach so thank you. The accommodation at Potash barns is great; food, ambiance also lovely! I also think the mindfulness meditation combined with yoga is a great combination, they really compliment each other and Shamash is a great teacher. So it's all good from me and I hope to be able to come to another retreat....abroad if possible!"

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  • Review by Sally and Geof from Chelmsford, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a wonderfully restorative weekend at Potash Barns, Suffolk. It is rare to find a package that more than lives up to its promotional description. Before we arrived we were a little concerned about our suitability for the classes, both in terms of experience and personal fitness. However, we were immediately reassured by the small class. We also really enjoyed the accommodation, our own private lounge, friendly hosts and the walks in lovely peaceful surroundings of the Suffolk countryside. The food did not disappoint and was another highlight. I was impressed by the lengths taken by the hosts to accommodate all the dietary requirements and we loved the great variety of vegetarian dishes; also, time spent just chatting. I am already looking forward to the next weekend."

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Satvada Retreats is a small healthy holiday company that offers a number of yoga breaks in the UK, Europe, and Morocco throughout the year.

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Availability

Arrival: Friday December 30, 2016
Departure: Wednesday January 4, 2017

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