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6 Days Summer Mountain Yoga Retreat at Marrakech, Morocco

Morocco Yoga Retreat

At the Mountain Retreat, National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, Deep within the high Atlas Mountains, get ready to experience a yoga retreat like no other. Spend days at the Mountain Retreat practicing yoga, having relaxed evenings, trekking, or doing other activities and excursions. Each yoga class will focus on certain areas which will enable progression without getting overly trained. This retreat a great combination of relaxation, strengthening and fortifying yourself, and exploration of the wonderful surroundings.

Retreat highlights

  • Personalized instruction and care
  • Asana grouped in core series, leg series, and arm and shoulder series
  • Morning and afternoon yoga classes (minimum 2 participants) with pranayama and meditation
  • Perumal's yoga lessons adapt to all level participants, from beginner to advanced students
  • Feel the sense of real wholeness just by listing and watching the spectacular landscape
  • 10 minutes walking distance waterfall
  • Breakfast and dinner included
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, English

Airport transfer included: Menara Airport

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Accommodation

The venue offers guests’ unparalleled views of the surrounding scenery from seventeen comfortable bedrooms nestled amon gardens and terraces. Attentive service is provided by the local Berber team. The venue’s secluded location makes it an ideal place to escape from a world of technology into time long gone. It is a place of peace where one may reflect upon life or choose to find to empty the mind and meditate.

Numerous terraces for yoga as well as a spacious conference room provide ideal settings for in-depth practices. Two hammams as well as a massage table and a private massage area are available on request.

This boutique hotel offers 14 comfortable en-suite rooms, three family rooms including a self-contained house. The delightful garden and large terraces offer unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains. The friendly and knowledgeable local Berber team will make every effort to ensure a stay that is enjoyable and memorable. The venue offers trekking packages as well as day excursions to Marrakech.

Yoga with Perumal Yoga Retreat Morocco Program

The two daily yoga sessions include:

  • Meditation and relaxation
  • Pranayama
  • Preparation
  • Salutation
  • Strength
  • Stretching

The morning starts with tea before 90 minutes of yoga. A hearty and healthy breakfast follows the class. Then there is time to rest, enjoy a hammam or a massage, explore Marrakech or the surrounding areas. You may book one to one sessions, other activities and excursions.

In the evening, after a 90 minutes sunset class, refreshments are served followed by dinner. Relaxed evenings, chatting while overlooking the majestic valley view’s echoing the evening prayers, makes unique and cherished memories. Lessons are adjusted to the group between invigorating and rejuvenating sessions.

On the arrival day, afternoon classes are scheduled as the first lesson. On the departure day, morning classes is the last session. Scheduling depends on arrival and departure times.

The depth of progression into a sequence depends on the individual or group. The yoga lessons will focus on specifics areas. This enables progression without over training. Additional sessions include pranayama and meditation and combining sessions with Vinyasa flow.

Core series

A detoxifying yoga session. Remove the head and limbs of the body and what remains are much of the core muscles. On this session, the focus is placed on the back and abdominal muscles in order to stabilize and activate the core.This series sets the foundation to limb based postures. The uses of deep abdominal breathing exercises along with joint preparations sets are emphasized.

Leg series

Hips, gluteus, hamstrings, quads, and calves are well used. Postures range from lightning and chair, double warrior, warrior one - three, heel raises and various balancing sequences. Most of the persons with lower back issues will benefit greatly, while the others will feel a fluid yet challenging series.

Arm and shoulder series

This series focuses on upper body postures in order to train the shoulders, chest and arms. These postures will range from plank, side plank, single leg plank, and crow to chaturanga along with their variations. There is a strong emphasis on preparation for joints followed by isometric and then isotonic movements synchronized with breath.

Instructors

Perumal Koshy
Mr. Koshy born in New Delhi of South Indian parents began teaching under his Kung-Fu master. After over 10 years of martial arts he began exploring yoga by returning to his roots in Kerala, India. From here a yoga teaching experience grew through London (2001 - 2004), Milan (2006 - 2010) and Marrakech (2010 - Present). His yoga method, recognized by various international yoga journals, lead to him authoring articles for Italian, French and Dutch yoga magazines.

Retreat location

The venue is a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. It is situated 90 minutes from Marrakech, where zen spirit and nature prevails, in the area of Imlil and it transmits a feeling of Tibet while in Morocco.

The venue, is so reminiscent of the Tibetan monasteries that it was chosen by Martin Scorsese as a location for his film Kundun, a movie about the Dalai Lama’s early years, as the venue and the surrounding scenery reflects the Tibetan monastery Dungkar with the serenity of Tibet.

Nearby places

  • Imlil Waterfalls - 10 minutes walking distance
  • Ouirgane - 60 minutes
  • Marrakech's Medina and Souks - 90 minutes

Food

During this yoga retreat, daily breakfast and dinner will be provided. The venue offers healthy and fresh local cuisine with vegetarian options. Juices and herbal teas are provided after the yoga sessions. Water is complementary and comes from the house own spring water fountain.

If you have special dietary requirements please communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

The activities below are available on demand.

Traditional Hammam and Massages

You can rest and relax. Spend 1hour in a Hammam treatment and/or a massage. The Hammam warms up the skin which helps to maximise the detox.

Your body will be then be washed with a black soap, 100% plant based and made from olive oil, ground olive pits and eucalyptus. This has the effect of nourishing, soothing and cleaning the skin. Followed by a scrub, whereby the body is rubbed with a sil spun yarn glove to exfoliate the skin and ro remove impurities. Your skin will be left feeling silky soft. Finally, your body will be enveloped in 'rassoul', a desert mineral softened with rose water. Which will soothe and moisturize your skin.

Visit the local weekend market in Asni

Asni is a large Berber village 30 minutes distance from the venue. Particularly popular on the day when it plays a beautiful and authentic Saturday market where all the inhabitants of the surrounding villages gather to trade wares of all types.

Trekking Tours and Cross Country Bike Adventures

A journey offroad between fields of olive trees and through traditional berber villages, breathtaking views over the lush colourful landscape. We can organize a freshly prepared lunch for you along the road.

Visit Marrakech and its Medina

A day excursion to Marrakech and a guided walk through the Medina. Enjoy Marrakech and go for mint tea at the famous Place Jemaa el-Fna and sightseeing fabulous historical sites in the city. Not to miss are the Palais de la Bahia, the Medersa Ben Youssef, the moorish style 12 kilometers long town wall’s ancient ports build in 1126 (Bab ed-Debbarh and Bab Aguenaou), the Minaret of Koutoubia (Mosque build in 1158), the Ménara and Majorelle Gardens. Visiting Marrakech's new art galleries, enjoying Moroccan handicraft.

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All yoga classes
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Daily pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Evening prayer sessions and sun salutations
  • Postures and asanas grouped in core series, leg series, and arm and shoulder series
  • Airport transfers to and from Marrakech Menara Airport

What's not included

  • Alcohol
  • Flights to Marrakech Airport (RAK)
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

You have to book flights to Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK). Yoga with Perumal will arrange a pick up from Marrakech Menara Airport. Between three to four passengers at a time may be arranged per vehicle or minibus.

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