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Join this amazing retreat full of daily yoga, mindful meditation practices, and breathing exercises in a fantastic typical Moroccan retreat venue at the foot of the Atlas mountains, near Marrakesh. You will practice different asana sequences and meditation techniques throughout the week and go deeper into these practice as the week evolves. You will also look at the history and benefits of yoga as well as how to develop a home practice.
Tigmi is no ordinary hotel. Meandering corridors and courtyard paths will lead to twenty four authentically furnished and comfortable rooms. You will enjoy plunge pools, secret terraces, charming gardens, and a myriad of quiet corners in which to relax, read, and recharge. With two pools, a number of plunges, and a wealth of beautiful aromas, the stunning gardens at Tigmi are yours to enjoy.
Mazy paths lined with banana palms and citrus trees lead you around the beautiful gardens. Roses, hibiscus and bougainvillea, bring a delicate aroma and add bursts of colour to Tigmi’s garden walls. Bask in the sun, or seek out the shade. The terrace is showered in sunlight and offers stunning views of the Atlas Mountains.
It’s also home to the first of Tigmi’s two pools, perfect for cooling off with a quick dip, or stretching your legs with a relaxing swim. Inside a shady, secluded garden, you will find the second pool; solar heated all year to 26 degrees and surrounded by comfortable divans, it makes for an irresistible sanctuary from the Moroccan heat.
The Berber rooms have handcrafted Berber furnishings over flock wallpaper. With its Intimate and quirky design, they are decorated with locally woven cushions, covers and wall hangings, and stocked with specially made bath, shower, and body products. Located in both the old and new areas of the hotel, many are inter-connected, allowing them to be converted into family suites that sleep four.
In these, as in all the rooms, doors can be secured to keep children safe. The Berber bedrooms in the oldest part of the complex open onto the garden pool. The Berber rooms have and open fireplace in either bedroom or separate sitting room, a luxurious essential shampoo and body products, complimentary mint tea on arrival, complimentary bottle of water in room, daily turn down service, in room safe, and hair dryer.
During this retreat, the schedule can be flexible and adjusted according to students needs and requests.
Bharti Mengarelli has practiced yoga since 2000. She started with Hatha yoga and then in 2004 started practicing Ashtanga yoga with teacher Christos Christophy in London, who continuously inspired her and was able to transmit his passion for yoga as a spiritual practice. Bharti also studied with Eileen Gaultier and Lino Miele and she took courses with internationally known teachers such as Surinder Singh, David Swenson, John Scott, and Matthew Sweeney amongst other international teachers.
She immediately knew yoga would be a long term friend and a source of self-discovering and development. After living in London for several years and working in the corporate world, she felt naturally drawn to yoga as a lifestyle and decided to teach and help people through healing. She trained as a Yoga Alliance certified teacher in India, where she also lived in an ashram for a few winters and where she was able to really deepen her practice, not only with asanas but also studying the scriptures and hoe to live every aspect of Yoga.
Since 2010, she spends several months in India every year, where she teaches English to orphans as a volunteer and continues to deepen her practice through daily asanas, pranayama, and meditation. In 2012, she was also initiated into Reiki in the Usui Tibetan tradition by Rebecca Lemaire, practices that she now incorporates into her daily practice, as well as giving Reiki treatments to others.
Her approach to yoga and Reiki is very holistic and therapeutic, she sees them as tools to improve one's outlook on life and speed up the process of purification towards a clear heart and mind. Bharti currently teaches in London during the winter and one week intensive retreats in Italy and Crete during the summer.
She has also taught in events such as EcoCamp; a music and holistic festival in central Italy, and at Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamsala, India. Bharti's teachings are focused on Hatha yoga followed by pranayama and meditation.
She also promotes Kirtan, which helps open the heart and reconnect to one’s self as well as self-massage and relaxation exercises. During her retreats, she also includes practices such as Trataka, Eyes yoga, Water yoga, and Osho's Nadabrahma meditation.
This retreat will take place at the Tigmi Boutique Hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco. Tigimi is tucked away from the hubbub of Marrakech on the outskirts of a traditional Moroccan Berber village. The red city, as Marrakech is known, is also near from Tigmi.
The joy of the Marrakech region lies in its diversity, where you will revel in the colorful rush of the city souks, be inspired by the breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains, and moved by the gentle and warm hospitality of the Berber people.
The Marrakech region is an area influenced by east and west, by Africa and Europe. Marrakech is two pulsating cities in one, where modern culture sits just the other side of 11th-century walls. And all this endearing commotion is surrounded by quiet Berber villages.
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During this retreat, you will be served three daily delicious mostly vegetarian meals per day. You may also enjoy other meal services at Tigmi for an additional cost. Morocco’s cultural influences make for extremely diverse cuisine and Tigmi delivers a true flavor of Morocco at your convenience. Meals and refreshments are served in Tigmi’s bar and restaurant, but can also be brought to guest's rooms, and anywhere around the hotel.
Mint tea is particularly popular in Morocco, so make some time to enjoy a cup on the terraces or beside the pool. More formal meals, prepared in the newly fitted kitchens by master-chef Brahim, combine the best of Moroccan and French cuisine, and are complemented by a judiciously selected and growing wine list.
Fish comes fresh to the hotel from the Atlantic sea, and seasonal produce is delivered daily. Until midnight, a wide selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks can be ordered from the bar and at any time, anywhere, anything can be provided by prior arrangement.
There are several courses in the Marrakech area some of which have been designed by the best course builders in the world.
There are horse riding opportunities in the area. Some are close to Tigmi and others further afield. These cater for all levels of rider.
There is a beautiful lake situated in the foothills of the high Atlas Mountains where you can enjoy a traditional Berber meal in one of the restaurants on the shore.
Over a million people live in Marrakech and Djemaa-el-Fna, the main square, is always alive with acrobats, snake charmers, dancers, and musicians. You may buy a water to quench your thirst or an ancient Berber potion to improve your relationship or if shopping is your thing, then you may go north into the souks, where a labyrinth of covered market streets is teeming with lively sellers and lost shoppers. Bartering on price over a mint tea is not uncommon.
And if you get good at the haggle, you may grab a bargain on shoes, bags, lamps, rugs, silk, cotton, pottery, and plates. If you prefer your prices fixed and your shopping a little more boutique, then leave the charms of the old city for the new town, where you will find casinos, art galleries, and plenty of places to enjoy dinner and drinks. Alternatively, you may head back to the main square after sunset as many food stalls open, turning Djemaa el-Fna it into a massive open-air restaurant.
The Atlas Mountains offer walkers and hikers of all levels the opportunity to see the Morocco’s countryside at is wildest. Tours can be arranged by the Tigmi team for half- and full-day trips. Walking around Tagadert and nearby villages, there are many interesting walks of varying distances that can be taken in every direction from Tigmi. From a walk around and to the ancient Kasbah in Oumnass to the wide open terrain leading towards the foothills of the high Atlas Mountains.
One spa treatment is included in this retreat. You may also enjoy other spa services at Tigmi local spa for an additional cost.
The Antioxidant massage uses camellia seeds, apricot, evening primrose oils and orange, mandarin grapefruit, citrus, and fennel sweet essential oils. The price for this massage is 300 DH for 30 minutes.
The energizing massage uses grape seeds, coconut, sunflower oils and tea tree, patchouli, ylang-ylang, rose geranium, and orange essential oils. The price for this massage is 400 DH for 45 minutes.
The fitness massage uses grape seeds, coconut oil and rosewood, rose geranium, grapefruit, and lemongrass essential oils. The price for this massage is 300 DH for 30 minutes.
The manicure uses hands massage with relaxing oil and nails varnished. The price for this treatment is 220 DH.
The Moroccan facial is a skin cleaning with rose flower water or neroli flower water skin restore exfoliation with Argan oil, orange peels, seaweed oil, and cinnamon for dry, normal skin; or skin soft exfoliation with sea clay with rose for oily skins. You will finish with a facial skin mask boost with euphoria honey, camellia seed and evening primrose oils, rosewood, lemon, and grapefruit essential oils. The price for this facial is 350 DH for 40 minutes.
The natural hand care is a hand exfoliation using either natural rhassoul clay or locally grown wheat with olive oil. The price for this treatment is 220 DH.
The natural feet care is a pedicure feet exfoliation using either natural rhassoul clay or locally grown wheat with olive oil. The price for this treatment is 220 DH.
This massage uses grape seeds, coconut, Argan oils and lavender, marjoram, mandarin, geranium, and essential oils. The price for this massage is 400 DH for 45 minutes.
The sensual massage for women uses Argan grape seeds, coconut oils, ylang-ylang, orange cedar wood, and jasmine essential oils. The price for this massage is 400 DH for 45 minutes.
The Thai massage uses hot essential oils to massage head, neck, shoulders, back, legs, and feet. The price for this massage is 800 DH for 90 minutes.
The tonic massage for men uses Argan grape seeds, coconut oil and vetiver, black-peppers, tea tree, rosewood, and grapefruit essential oils. The price for this massage is 400 DH for 45 minutes.
The traditional facial care is 100% natural and chemicals free passed down through generations. The price for this facial is 350 DH for 40 minutes.
You may book your flight to arrive at Marrakech-Menara Airport (RAK).
You may take a taxi from Marrakech-Menara Airport (RAK) to Tigmi for approximately 250 DH.
"Bharti is such an inspiration. I learned so much from her, for my practice as well as my life. The venue was perfect, right by the sea with great food. We got to do yoga overlooking the Mediterranean and the mountains. The meditation classes were really life-changing, thanks to Bhartis experiences in India. I would recommend going on a retreat with her without any hesitation."
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"Excellent retreat especially the meditation and chanting. The yoga level was perfect. Loved practicing in nature and the flexibility of the teacher to adapt to needs and different levels of students was great. The yoga was gentle and not forceful so I benefited greatly. The teacher was great at helping us experiment with meditation and chanting!"
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"The retreat allowed me to reconnect with what I love. I left feeling grounded and peaceful and nourished. I appreciated Valentina's down to earth approach and found her encouragement and attention to detail during the classes helped me progress and I was so happy to feel my body getting stronger and more supple as the week went on. The perfect balance of yoga, meditation and Reiki sessions combined with free time to read, swim, walk or rest. I finished the retreat stronger both physically and mentally."
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"It was great to learn from someone with wide experience, not only good technically but also with passion and heart. A perfect break for your body and mind, to listen to yourself, to continue with new energy and to find the necessary calm to make changes in your life."
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