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Hidden away from Marrakech and located in a traditional Moroccan Berber village right in the desert overlooking the majestic Atlas Mountains you’ll find our retreat center that will provide a wonderful environment for your yoga practice and redefine your idea of relaxation. A multitude of corridors and courtyard paths lead to authentically-furnished, comfortable and spacious rooms. You’ll enjoy pools, secret terraces, charming gardens and a myriad of secluded corners in which to relax, restore and recharge. After sunset, enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine in the restaurant or on a terrace, with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and distant lights of Marrakech as your backdrop.
The rooms at the center are spacious and very cozy. They are built in a traditional Berber style using fortified clay(pisé) and eucalyptus tree, featuring hand-woven textiles created by our resident textile master on the premises. Most of the rooms have their own fireplace.
With two pools (one of them heated) and a wealth of beautiful aromas, the stunning gardens are yours to enjoy. Mazy paths lined with banana palms and orange trees lead you around the beautiful gardens. Roses, hibiscus and orange blossom bring an intoxicating delicate aroma and add splashes of color to the garden walls. The terrace is showered in sunlight and offers stunning views of the Atlas Mountains. It’s also home to the the first of the two pools – perfect for cooling off with a quick dip, or stretching your legs with a relaxing swim.
The program includes 2 classes a day, typically a morning class from 07.30-09.00, and an evening asana class followed by an optional meditation self-practice.
The vibrant city of Marrakech is only a 30-minute drive from our center and on one of the days you will have an opportunity to take the complimentary shuttle minibus to the city center and spend late morning and early afternoon exploring the colorful markets and return to the retreat center before the evening class.
Later that week, we will also dedicate a day to an optional trip to the majestic Atlas Mountains with the local guide. The trip to Atlas Mountains will include a 2-hour transfer each way and a 4-4.5 hour walk up in the mountains and will incur an extra fee which will depend on the number of guests joining.
On that day, we only have the led morning yoga class and an optional evening self practice. You can also choose to skip the trip and relax at the retreat center instead.
Elena Mironov is a Zürich-based international yoga and meditation teacher, author, and composer. Over the past 16 years, she has led over 60 yoga and meditation retreats in Europe, Africa, Asia, Iceland, and Central America. She released a yoga DVD that has received brilliant reviews by leading yoga publications like Yoga Journal Deutschland, OM Yoga Magazine UK, Wellbeing, and Australian Yoga Life. Her classes are characterized by playfulness, uplifting, and warmth and are focused on safe alignment, breath initiated movement, and the experience of flow.
Yoga Alliance RYT 300 (Yoga)
Karina is an inspirational yoga and dance teacher with over 12 years experience of teaching movement, Yoga Alliance qualifications at a 300-hour level as well as a degree from Amsterdam School of the Arts in Dance, specializing in dance pedagogy and contemporary dance. Karina is also a bodyworker, currently focusing on her therapeutic massage education program to enhance her skills and knowledge further. Her passion for movement, the body, and teaching emerges in yoga, dance, and exploration of the body through therapeutic massage.
The location of the retreat is near Marrakech. It is located 30 minutes from Marrakech city and airport.
Morocco’s cultural influences make for extremely diverse cuisine and we will be enjoying a rich palette of flavours in the vegetarian meals that we will be served throughout the retreat. Breakfast will be served right after yoga, lunch is a rich salad buffet by the pool and 3-course dinner will be offered at a cosy restaurant at our center.
Enjoy the view of the Atlas Mountains from the terrace
Explore the desert
Relax in the garden
Take a dip in the swimming pools
Tour the city of Marrakech
Visit the markets of Marrakech
A visit to the hammam is a Moroccan tradition, and you may notice signs for the hammams within the medina of Marrakech. Our hammam pool and steam bath is for guests only, giving you the space and privacy in which to relax. The massage and beauty therapist at our center will also be on hand to provide a range of exfoliation and massage treatments using authentic Moroccan skincare products that contain indigenous herbs, fruits and oils.
You will need to fly to Marrakesh Menara Airport. The center is 30-minute drive from the airport. Sparkling Yoga can help organize your transport to and from the airport. It would be best to arrive on the 8th of April during the day or in the evening and leave in the morning or after lunch on the 15th (unless you prefer to give yourself more time to explore Morocco on your own before or after the retreat).
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