fbpx
Morocco

MOROCCO YOGA RETREAT IN THE DESERT

move

MOVE: Morocco Yoga and Meditation Retreat

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 centre 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. This Morocco yoga retreat invites you to enjoy pools, secret terraces, charming gardens and a myriad of secluded corners in which to relax, restore and recharge inbetween the yoga sessions. After sunset, you'll be savouring traditional Moroccan cuisine in the restaurant or on a terrace, with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and distant lights of Marrakech as your backdrop.

Yoga in the desert is something to be experienced to be comprehended, and we can't wait to have you with us.

Yoga

The yoga classes will be led by two experienced teachers: Elena Mironov and Karina Højgaard.  You can read more about the teachers here.

The programme includes 2-3 classes a day, typically a morning class from 7.30-9.00, a pre-lunch guided meditation or pranayama, an evening asana class followed by an optional meditation self-practice.

 

ROOMS

The rooms at our centre are spacious and very cosy. 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.

yoga vacations

POOLS AND GARDENS

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 colour 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. 

yoga retreat experience

FOOD

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 centre.

TYPICAL DAY

7.30-9.00 morning yoga practice

9.00-10.00 breakfast

10:00-12:00 time for rest, nap, pool, walks in the desert, spa treatments 

12:00-12:30 guided meditation or pranayama practice

12:30-14.00 lunch buffet

14:00-17.30 time for rest, nap, pool, walks in the desert, spa treatments 

17.30-19.00 evening yoga and/or meditation practice

19.00-19.30 optional non-guided meditation by the fireplace in the yoga shala

19.30-21.00 dinner

best yoga retreat location

SPA

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 centre 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.

yoga retreat in Morocco

MARRAKECH AND ATLAS MOUNTAINS

The vibrant city of Marrakech is only a 30-minute drive from our centre and on one of the days you will have an opportunity to take the complimentary shuttle minibus to the city centre and spend late morning and early afternoon exploring the colourful markets and return to the retreat centre 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 centre instead.

 

perfect retreat

WEATHER

You will discover that during the month of February the daytime temperature is sunny and the temperatures can vary. It gets cold at night as we are in the desert, so you will need a variety of clothes from swimsuit to warm sweater to all-weather jacket.  

TRAVEL

The centre is 30-minute drive from the airport. We can help organise your transport to and from the airport. It would be best to arrive on the 16th of February during the day or in the evening and leave in the morning or after lunch on the 23rd (unless you prefer to give yourself more time to explore Morocco on your own before or after the retreat).

QUESTIONS?

Click here to check out our Frequent Questions section or get in touch through the contact form!

 


 

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST RETREATS

This experience exceeded any and all expectations. The mental clarity, energy, friendships, and strength I'm taking home with me are beyond words. Thank you for enriching my life and the lives of so many wonderful individuals.

Sabrina, US. Morocco Yoga and Meditation Retreat for Experienced Practitioners. Feb 2017

Thank you for an absolutely great retreat. Loved it! Elena, you are a good presenter, very skilled, lovable, kind, empathetic. I liked everything about it: the kindness and helpfulness of the staff, having a “personal” driver, the view, the surroundings and the food.

Kristina, Denmark. Morocco Retreat. Sep 2015

I enjoyed the yoga sessions, the sun, being in Morocco, so basically everything! The great great classes and Elena’s great knowledge about yoga. I learned a lot - Thank YOU! Beautiful place and very very nice and helpful staff. Thank you Elena for a wonderful experience.

Sofie, Denmark. Morocco Retreat. Sep 2015

Very well planned and organised throughout. Extremely well taught. Elena’s knowledge, passion, caring - lots of attention, very personal and nice - caring. Completely excellent!! I would love to come back - 10 days would be perfect.

Charlotte, Denmark. Morocco Retreat. Sep 2015

This experience exceeded any and all expectations. The mental clarity, energy, friendships, and strength I'm taking home with me are beyond words. Thank you for enriching my life and the lives of so many wonderful individuals.

Sabrina, US. Morocco Yoga and Meditation Retreat for Experienced Practitioners. Feb 2017

Elena taught me so much, I feel like I have come so far! Staff was wonderful, prompt and thorough. The building here is absolutely beautiful and amazing. So peaceful. I loved this retreat. I overcome my chronic insomnia. It was lovely and well needed.

Thea, US. Morocco Retreat. Sep 2015

I enjoy the diversity very much. Also that you are very good at building up the difficulty. I liked also that we were supposed to read a book on yoga. You instruct everything very well and it is easy to follow. I like your retreats very much and I hope you continue to organise them.

Helle, Denmark. Morocco Retreat. Sep 2015

I enjoyed the diversity of the classes, the breathing techniques, explanations regarding inner organs. Elena’s instructions, kindness, voice, music. Always well prepared! Excellent.

Dorthe, Denmark. Morocco Retreat. Sep 2015