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8 Day Art, Yoga, and Meditation Retreat in Marrakech, Sahara Desert, and Taghazout

Marrakesh, Morocco

Adventurous Yoga and Art Morocco

Discover the magic of Marrakech, the beauty of the Sahara Desert and the artisanship of the Moroccan people. Practice daily yoga, explore the souks, get out in the desert and learn about art and culture. Join and enjoy the natural, cultural, and adventurous experiences that Morocco has to offer!

Meet the instructors

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Angelena, Leti, Jade, & 2 More…
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation with Angelena
  • Explore the souks of Marrakech and excursion to Ait Ben Haddou
  • Visit a traditional Berber textile co-op and Sahara Desert with camel rides
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily tasty meals
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Marrakesh Menara Airport
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Accommodation

For the duration of this yoga and art retreat you will be staying in different boutique guesthouses for 5 nights and camping in the desert for two nights. You will be staying either in double or shared occupancy basis. You will be spending the first night in Marrakech, second night in a village outside the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, third and fourth night you will be camping in a Berber camp in the Sahara Desert, fifth - seventh night you will return to Marrakech. Please note that if you are traveling alone, you will be paired with someone of your own gender.

Program

Morocco Yoga Retreat Dates and Instructors list:

October 18-25, 2020 with Sophia Hyder Hock

April 4-11, 2021 with Jennifer Turner

October 17-24, 2021 with Angelena Stokes-Wickersham

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive in Marrakech by 4 p.m. and be transported to your riad style accommodations complete with vibrant mosaics and atrium gardens. Rest up, meet your roommate, and join the welcome dinner to meet your guides for the week. Angelena will close out our evening with a grounding post-travel flow and meditation.

  • Meals - Dinner

Day 2 - Ait Ben Haddou

After yoga and breakfast, you’ll hit the road early for the Sahara Desert excursion. You’ll arrive at the striking Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city that once had a prominent position in the trans-Saharan trade route. You’ll enjoy lunch at a locally-owned restaurant before exploring the ancient village together. In the evening, you’ll stay just outside town where you’ll enjoy a grounding flow with Angelena and a traditional Moroccan dinner.

  • Meals - Breakfast and dinner

Day 3: Sahara Desert and camel ride

After yoga and breakfast you’ll hop back in the 4x4s to the next destination across the Atlas Mountains. You’ll drive a few hours before lunch then offroad the way into the Berber camp in time for yoga and a sunset camel ride. After settling in, you’ll stretch out with yoga before a delicious dessert meal and campfire against a backdrop of stars and traditional Moroccan music.

  • Meals - Breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Sahara Desert and oasis picnic

After sunrise yoga and breakfast, the day is yours to choose your desert adventure! Stay at camp for R&R or get out and dune surf. Or, you can join the group excursion to an oasis for a picnic lunch and games! The group will reconvene in the evening for yoga, dinner, and another night of music under the stars.

  • Meals - Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Berber textile co-op

After yoga and breakfast, you’ll say goodbye to our desert camp and hop back in the 4x4s. The drive will last a few hours to the community partner, a women’s textile co-op where you’ll learn about crafting traditions that these groups work so hard to preserve while boosting the livelihoods of women throughout the area. After lunch there, the group will make the way back to Marrakech where Angelena will guide us in an evening grounding meditation after dinner.

  • Meals - Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6 - Souks and art in Marrakech

After an energizing morning flow and breakfast, you’ll start your explorations of Marrakech’s vibrant souks (markets) and see some of the city’s landmark sites including the Moorish Medersa ben Youssef, the opulent Bahia Palace and the picturesque Jewish Quarter. You’ll see the infamous Jemaa el Fna and have time in the afternoon for your own explorations before evening yoga. Dinner is on your own tonight to choose from the many options Marrakech has to offer!

  • Meals - Breakfast

Day 7 - Marrakech Hamman and shopping

You’ll follow yoga and breakfast today with a special visit to a hammam, or spa, where you’ll soak in the baths and receive a scrub treatment and have options for massage. The rest of the day is yours for shopping and exploring before evening yoga and the farewell dinner.

  • Meals - Breakfast and dinner

Day 8 - Departure or optional add-on

Angelina will offer extra early yoga this morning before departures to the airport.

  • Meals - Breakfast

Included excursions

  • Explore the landmark sites of city of Marrakech
  • Visit to Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Visit and stay in a Berber camp across the Atlas Mountains in the Sahara Desert
  • Learn traditional crafting at a Berber women's textile co-operative
  • Special visit to a hammam in Marrakech

Instructors

Angelena Stokes-Wickersham

Leti Alvarez

Jade Witham

Sophia Hyder Hock

Jennifer Turner

Retreat location

This camp is based in Marrakech, Sahara Desert, and Taghazout in Morocco.

Food

This camp includes daily breakfast, two lunches, and six dinners. Traditional, healthful meals with accommodations for vegan and vegetarian needs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

One traditional hamman spa experience is included in this package.

What's included

  • 7 total nights’ accommodations in boutique riad style guesthouses (2 nights desert camping permanent structure tents with real beds)
  • Transfers to/from airport
  • Private ground transit between Marrakech, Ait Ben Haddou and the Sahara
  • 2 daily yoga classes with Angelena and meditation
  • Excursion and overnight in Ait Ben Haddon Kasbah (fortress village)
  • Sahara desert excursion with 2 nights all-inclusive camping complete with camel ride, stargazing, traditional music & food and an oasis outing
  • Marrakech souk tour and hamman spa day
  • Daily breakfast, 6 dinners, and 2 lunches
  • Visit to a traditional Berber textile women’s co-op and donation to their organization
  • 1 Traverse guide and 1 local guide 24/7 and dedicated drivers
  • Small group trip, maximum 12 people

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • 5 lunches
  • 1 dinner
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Marrakesh Menara Airport Airport transfer included: Marrakesh Menara Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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