New Year Yoga & Mindfulness Retreat, Marrakech, Morocco

Our retreat in short

An exclusive, boutique retreat, for a magically different New Year. This nurturing small group New Year break blends accessible yoga and mindfulness practices with the chance to rest, restore and be pampered at one of all-time favourite venues: a gorgeous, peaceful five-bedroom Riad in the heart of Marrakech, yet surrounded by three gardens. Complete beginners to yoga and/or mindfulness very welcome. In line with our ethos, yet very unusually in the marketplace, this will be a select, small group retreat, with an absolute maximum of ten guests (likely numbers: around eight guests). 

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Getting there

Arrivals

Unless you have booked to stay extra nights, arrivals by 3pm on December 30, 2018 is recommended.

The retreat will officially start on this evening, with our first evening yoga class.

However, there is considerable flexibility in the arrival times.

Departures

We recommend leaving after 11am on January 3, 2018.

Option to stay extra nights at The Riad - arranged directly with the venue.

There are a wide range of airlines that fly to Marrkech ( RAK ) airport. We recommend BA, EasyJet and RyanAir. We recommend using a consolidator such as http://www.skyscanner.net/ to obtain the best priced flight.


Airport transfers are arranged on your behalf and are included in the cost of the retreat.


Why this retreat?

In a nutshell



This boutique four-night retreat blends accessible yoga and mindfulness practices with the chance to rest, restore and be pampered at one of all-time favourite host venues: a magical, peaceful five-bedroom Riad in the heart of Marrakech, yet surrounded by three gardens.

Our intention is to offer a nurturing, small group environment and a thoughtful programme that balances yoga and mindfulness practice sessions with a soul-soothing offering of exceptional food (including, of course, afternoon tea!), warm service and beautiful surroundings. There's is little or no road noise, and the Riad's large roof terrace and courtyard are surrounded by palms and olive trees, flowers and birdsong.

Relax in style
In between twice-daily 90-minute yoga and mindfulness sessions, there is plenty of time to do as much or little as you please. 

Options include taking a massage or hammam at a local spa, exploring the beautiful Majorelle Gardens or Photography museum, or simply soaking up some winter sun on the roof terrace.

We have spent the last ten or so New Years in Marrakech, drawn back again and again by the clear skies, winter sunshine and evocative atmosphere. Whilst we unfortunately cannot guarantee the weather, we are usually blessed with clear skies, warm midday sunshine and temperatures reaching 20 degrees celcius.

Dusk brings the return of the call to prayer, and the distant sounds of celebration from the city's famous main square. Evening also brings a parade of stars, a steep drop in temperature, and the lighting of thousands of fires all over the city: a treat for the senses.

We will see in the New Year with a lovingly prepared and presented gala dinner, washed down (mindfully!) with a glass of bubbly wine!

Our host venue

Bedroom in the host Riad.
We have been running retreats here for seven years. One of our guests recently described this exceptional five-bedroom Riad as a 'like staying in a private palace'. Designed around a palm-tree bedecked courtyard, the little design touches and incredibly peaceful setting make this venue an absolute treat.

Completely restored by a French couple in 2011, it's surrounded on three sides by gardens, with the roof terrace offering a panoramic view of lush vegetation – highly unusual (perhaps unique) in the centre of Marrakech's busy medina.

All five beautifully and individually designed bedrooms are en-suite (showers only) and boast Egyptian cotton linen and distinctly Moroccan touches: Berber rugs, handcrafted furniture and doorways. There is one first-floor suite, available to guests at a supplement.

Another highlight of any retreat here is food: feedback is consistently exceptional, with lovingly cooked and served Moroccan food (vegetarian), always prepared from scratch. Please expect some treats, alongside all the wholesome meals - in the name of balance and love of food, we like to serve afternoon tea, complete with home-baked cake, pudding at dinner time, tea and coffee in the mornings (herbal teas included), and the option to have a glass of wine at dinner time. 

Daily yoga and mindfulness for everyone

Practice in the Riad
Our yoga and mindfulness sessions, held in the lovely central courtyard, will run twice a daily, in the morning and early evening. Ninety minutes in length, the sessions will blend mindful movement with traditional mindfulness practices, and are tailored to all levels – no previous yoga or meditation experience is assumed or needed.

The retreat may appeal to newcomers to either practice, to those interested in practising yoga and mindfulness together, or for those wishing to deepen an established practice.

Please note: in line with our ethos to ensure accessibility, different postural options will always be given, and there is absolutely no need to be able to sit on the floor in a perfect crossed legged position! Please also note: the movement practices will be taught as meditation, and will not be suitable for those looking for a dynamic, strong practice. (Please see our New Year Yoga and Walking retreat if you are seeking a more active break).

There will be a class on the first evening of the retreat, and a class on the final morning. In between, there will be two 90-minute classes a day. Yoga mats and blankets are provided.



Our bedrooms

On this retreat, we are limited to just five lovely bedrooms. All rooms are en-suite and can accommodate up to two people. However, only three rooms can be configured as a twin room, so we recommend booking early. Please see more detail below:

The suite

The suite
The master suite has a double bed and suitable for one or two people. 

This stylish and attractive room is the largest room in the Riad and suitable for those looking for a little extra luxury and comfort. 

Located on the first floor, it overlooks the central courtyard. 

Room 1 - Altar room.

room 1
Room 1 can be configured as either a twin or a double and so suitable for up to two people. 

The rooms balances comfort and style. Located on the first floor, it comes complete with a small veranda which overlooks the central courtyard.  

Room 2 - Toliman Room

Room 2
Room 2  can be configured as either a twin or a double and and so suitable for up to two people.

The rooms balances comfort and style. Located on the first floor, and overlooks the central courtyard.

Room 3 - Elnath Room

Room 3
Room 3 can be configured as either a twin or a double and and so suitable for up to two people.

The rooms balances comfort and style. Located on the first floor, with its own private staircase it comes complete with a small veranda which overlooks the central courtyard.

Room 4 - Hamal Room

Room 4
Room 4 has a double bed and so suitable for one or two people.

The rooms balances comfort and style. Located on the ground floor, it overlooks the central courtyard.


Our teacher

Teacher: Lucia Cockcroft
This retreat will be led by Lucia Cockcroft, Satvada's co-founder, an experienced retreat teacher. Lucia has been practising yoga and mindfulness for 20 years; teaching for ten. Her teachers over the years include some of the most respected names from the international worlds of yoga and mindfulness, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Christina Feldman, John Peacock, Sarah Powers, Norman Blair and Bo Forbes.

Lucia is passionate that yoga and mindfulness, if taught in a certain way, are suitable for everyone, and have enormous positive potential to calm and transform body, mind and perspective.

Fast facts

Prices:

Early bird rate available until July 31. Prices quoted per person

The suite - with double bed: 

Single occupancy: £949 per person

Double occupancy: £749 per person


Room 1, Room 2 and Room 3: 
Single occupancy: £899 per person
Double occupancy: £699 per person
Twin occupancy: £699 per person

Room 4 (ground floor):
Single occupancy: £749 per person
Double occupancy: £649 per person

Standard rate available after July 31. Prices quoted per person

The suite - with double bed:

Single occupancy: £1049 per person
Double occupancy: £849 per person

Room 1, Room 2 and Room 3:
Single occupancy: £999 per person
Double occupancy: £799 per person
Twin occupancy: £799 per person

Room 4 (ground floor):
Single occupancy: £799 per person
Double occupancy: £699 per person

Suitable for:


This retreat may be for you if you are:
  • Looking to go away on retreat, perhaps for the first time, but would prefer a relaxed setting, where there are no very early starts, plenty of free time and where the food is balanced and plentiful!

  • Seeking to take time out for your own wellbeing, in a holistic, nurturing environment

  • Anyone new to mindfulness or meditation looking for a boutique taster weekend, in a special setting

  • Seeking to practice yoga and mindfulness together

  • Are interested in either practice but are new to both, or either

  • Looking for a different way to spend New Year

What's included?


  • Boutique en-suite accommodation

  • Meals: pre-practice fruit/tea, substantial brunch, afternoon tea, three-course evening meal

  • Special meal on new years eve

  • All mindfulness and yoga classes


What's not included?


  • Flights *

  • Travel insurance

  • Any massages or other treatments booked

  • Any wine or alcohol

* Please see details above in the 'getting there' section.

A typical day


On this trip, your days will look something like this:

  • 8.30am-9.00am: coffee, tea, fruit
  • 9.00am-10.30am: yoga and mindfulness practice
  • 10:45pm: generous home cooked brunch
  • 4.00pm:Afternoon tea
  • 5:00pm-6:30pm:yoga and mindfulness practice
  • 7.00pm: Three-course evening dinner

All meals are vegetarian by default. Please be aware that it may not be possible to cater for special diets on this retreat - please contact us.

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Breakfast on the terrace