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6 Days Walking, Meditation and Yoga Holiday in Morocco

  • Atlas mountains, Morocco

Overview

Walking and Yoga Holiday in Morocco

Walking and yoga are natural partners, and where better to hike than a walking holiday at Morocco's spectacular Atlas mountains, with some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found within a few hours' flight from London. Our daily walk will be enjoyed straight from the door, led by a guide who, as a local, is very familiar with the landscape and terrain. The walks in our walking holiday will be different each day and are classified as easy/moderate; suitable for anyone who is reasonably active. Each morning, a dynamic hatha flow yoga class will stretch and enliven the body in preparation for our walk. The evening's yoga and meditation class will be a gentle, reflective combination of gentle yoga and mindfulness meditation: the perfect wind-down after the day's activities!

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Daily mountain walks
  • Gentle meditation sessions
  • 3 meals a day for each full day of the retreat
  • Superb panoramic mountain views
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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The Kasbah

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 Kasbah and swimming pool are surrounded by five hectares of beautiful mature gardens and ringed by the mountains. Trees include olives, almonds, figs and pomegranates.

En-suite room

Accommodation is comfortable and spacious, with a rustic feel, befitting the setting. Rooms (all en-suite) are lovingly designed with traditional Moroccan materials: cedar and eucalyptus wood, red sandstone, hand-made clay tiles, locally-made furniture with Berber motifs. Rooms also boast under-floor heating and air conditioning.

Daily schedule

07.30 a.m. Coffee, tea, fruit

07.45 a.m. Hatha flow yoga

09.15 a.m. Breakfast- fresh juices, tea/coffee, muesli, breads

10.30 a.m. Walking in the surrounding mountains and villages

01.15 p.m. A light lunch

05.30 p.m. Gentle yoga and meditation

07.30 p.m. Three-course evening dinner - vegetarian, and, where possible, sourced organically from the Kasbah's own gardens.

A wide range excursions can be arranged by the venue at additional cost. Please contact Satvada Retreats for further information.

Clive Fogelman (November and February Retreats)

Clive Fogelman has a creative and open-minded approach to yoga and meditation, influenced by his therapeutic work and sporting background. He encourages people to cultivate intuition within their bodies, mindful that all individuals are different and continually evolving. Yoga classes emphasize linking breath and movement to direct attention inward and become more aware of each moment. Drawing on the parallels between yoga and life, the mat becomes a playground for exploration and transformation. Clive teaches dynamic, flow, restorative and yin yoga offering variations for all levels. His meditation classes include guided visualizations, breathing techniques, poetry and yoga nidra.

Lucia Cockcroft (November retreat)

Lucia Cockcroft is Satvadas co-founder. She has been practicing yoga for 15 years, and teaching for five. She feels strongly that yoga and meditation are for everyone, regardless of age, experience or background.

She has completed teacher training intensives with leading teachers Sarah Powers, Catherine Annis, Fiona Agombar, and the SIvananda school of yoga. Lucia's flowing but alignment/safety-aware teaching style is especially influenced by the Iyengar, Viniyoga, Ashtanga and Scaravelli schools of yoga. She has also studied mindfulness meditation extensively.

Our venue is a wonderful Kasbah (castle), 30 minutes drive from Marrakech, nestling in the foothills of the stunning Atlas Mountains. This recently-built Kasbah is modeled in the style of an ancient Berber castle: it 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.

Distances

  • Marrakech, 30 mins by car
Activities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
General
  • Garden
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Terrace

The food served at The Kasbah is grown organically in the gardens, where possible.

  • Daily mountain walks
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 meals a day for each full day of the retreat
  • Spacious twin/double, or single occupancy accommodation with private terraces
  • Flights and one evening meal are not included. Any alcoholic drinks are at guests' expense.

Driving directions from Marrakech

Take the road in the direction of Tahanaout and Taroudant.

Just after leaving Marrakech, you pass olive groves enclosed by giant fruiting cacti.

You pass through Tahanaout, which is the attractive provincial capital, and then you enter the foot-hills of the mountains.

4 km after Tahanaout you turn left at the signpost to Oukaimeden.

The accommodation, Kasbah Angour is a further 1 km on the left on top of the hill. Look for the castle built from stone.

Arrival by airplane

It is recommended that you fly to Marrakech-Menara Airport (RAK) with BMI (from Heathrow). Alternatively, fly EasyJet (from Gatwick), Ryanair (from Stansted or Luton) or Air Maroc.

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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London, United Kingdom

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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6 days / 5 nights

Departure:
Sunday February 26, 2017
(6 days / 5 nights)

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