New Year Yoga Holiday in Central Marrakech, Morocco

This retreat in short

New Year is our favourite time of year in Marrakech, when day-time winter sun contrasts with crisp, cool evenings and the aroma of wood fires mingles with the call to prayer and the hum of music from Jemaa el Fna square. We'd love you to join us in a beautiful, quiet, trusted Riad not far from the main square, for a very special start to the year. There will be a healthy balance of relaxation and planned activity: twice-daily courtyard yoga, delivered in a mindful, accessible way; two guided walks (one in central Marrakech, one in the Atlas mountains on New Year's Day); and wonderful home cooking in one of our favourite Riads, renowned for its evocative atmosphere, amazing cuisine and warm welcome. 

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Availability: 3 rooms in main venue. 2 rooms in nearby Road. 

Key information

  • Date: Dec 29, 2017 - Jan 3, 2018
  • Teacher: Sarah Nunn

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Getting there

Arrivals

Unless you have booked to stay extra nights, arrivals by 4pm on December 29, 2017.

The trip will officially start on this evening, with our first evening meal.

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 airline 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.

Why this retreat?

In a nutshell



Marrakech at New Year offers a tempting tonic from post-Christmas blues and grey skies at home. Temperatures average 20 degrees during the day, with an often dazzling quality of light.

If you have time off over New Year and would like to do something special and different, we'd love you to join our Marrakech New Year yoga escape, based at a beautiful Riad in the heart of Marrakech's ancient medina.

Like all the best Riads (traditional Moroccan townhouse), our trusted host venue, which we have used for many years, is an oasis of calm in the midst of the busy medina, yet is a modest eight minutes' walk from the hustle and colour of the main square.

During this five-night, six-day retreat, you'll enjoy a guided tour of the old Marrakech medina, allowing a good orientation for further exploration or shopping! Twice daily yoga and meditation classes will be taught in the atmospheric courtyard. 

New Year's Eve will bring a guided walk (and lunch) in the nearby fabulous Atlas mountains, followed by a long, late, lovingly prepared dinner, with a half-bottle of bubbly wine included.

Our beautiful main Riad

Bedrooms
Owned by a French couple who are themselves yoga practitioners, the Riad has just six lovely rooms, all of which are en-suite and traditionally furnished. The bedrooms can be described as comfortable rather than luxurious.

In addition to the lovely central countryard, where we enjoy our yoga practice, the Riad's relaxed communal areas include a library with roaring fire and roof terrace, perfect for soaking up winter sun.

Despite being in the heart of the Marrakech medina, once the door is closed, the bustle and rush of the souks feel miles away, and you know you've found a true city centre retreat.

Daily meals are lovingly prepared from scratch by the Riad's own chefs, who learned their craft from their own mothers and grandparents. Food is vegetarian, plentiful and fabulous, with a good balance of fresh, healthy vegetables and local produce, mixed with a sprinkling of home-made cakes and puddings. Think orange or apple cake for afternoon tea and chocolate pudding or fresh local oranges for evening dessert.

Courtyard yoga and meditation

Yoga in the courtyard
The daily morning yoga class will be dynamic (but accessible) hatha flow, suitable for all levels - from complete beginners, to experienced students. 

The evening session will be much slower and more meditative: a combination of gentle movement, meditation and deep relaxation. Both sessions are 90 minutes' long. 

The Riad countryard is a wonderfully atmospheric setting for our practice sessions, with a central plunge pool fringed by trees and plants, and lit by candles in the evening. 

Our New Year teacher


Sarah Nunn
Our lovely teacher, Sarah Nunn, has a naturally mindful, sensitive and inclusive approach to teaching yoga. Her love of yoga and meditation shine through and she has a natural talent for putting students at ease and guiding them through postures to their own level.

Sarah teaches an accessible vinyasa flow for the morning sessions and a stress-busting blend of restorative, yin yoga and mindfulness meditation for the evening classes.

Sarah is currently studying to be a Yoga Therapist, and her sensitive approach to teaching reflects this training.



Treatments

For a real treat, head to the modern yet atmospheric Le Bain Bleu, five minutes' walk away from our guest Riads, for a hammam, massage, pedicure, facial, or combination of these!

We have long been enjoying treatments here, and recommended this lovely place to guests. The hammam - traditional Moroccan bathing experience - is a must for any visit to Marrakech.

Advanced booking is absolutely necessary at this busy time of year - we recommend contacting Le Bain Bleu directly, to secure a treatment slot. When booking a slot, please bear in mind the retreat schedule, and that New Year's Eve and New Year's Day may be busy with retreat activities.

The cost of treatments are not included in the cost of your retreat.

Fast facts

Prices


Shared occupancy of twin room:

 - Early bird price: £799 per person
 - Standard price: £899 per person

Shared occupancy of double room:

 - Early bird price: £799 per person
 - Standard price: £899 per person

Single occupancy double room

 - Early bird price: £1149*
 - Standard price: £1199

* Early bird: book before August 31, 2017

Additional accommodation

Due to the popularity of this retreat, we have secured additional accommodation in a lovely self-contained Riad a minute's walk from the main venue. This lovely Riad, with roof terrace, lounge and en-suite rooms, will accommodate solo travellers in just three double rooms.

Single occupancy of double room (ensuite)

- Early bird price: £899*
- Standard price: £999

Getting there


Arrivals:

Unless you have booked to stay extra nights, arrivals by 4pm on December 29, 2017. 

The trip will officially start on this evening, with our first evening meal. 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 airline that fly to Marrakech (RAK) airport. We recommend BA, EasyJet and RyanAir. We recommend using a consolidator such as www.skyscanner.net to obtain the best priced flight.

Suitability


Anyone seeking an exciting, relaxing and rejuvenating way to spend New Year. Beginners to yoga are very welcome, and the yoga classes will suitable for all levels.

What's included


  • Five nights' comfortable, characterful en-suite accommodation
  • Two daily 90-minute yoga classes
  • Generous daily brunch
  • Five evening vegetarian meals, including a special New Year dinner
  • Two-hour walk in the amazing Atlas mountains, scheduled for New Year's Eve. Followed by lunch at Auberge Chez Momo (not included - allow 20-25 Euros).
  • Three-hour guided tour of the famous Marrakech medina
  • Afternoon tea and cake
  • Fruit, tea and coffee before morning yoga

What's not included


  • Flights
  • Transfers to/from venue*
  • Additional food / drink

*Transfers: 15 Euros per way - paid direct to the Riad upon checkout.

A typical day

  • 8:30am Morning coffee, fruit
  • 9:00-10:30am Minful Vinyasa Flow Yoga
  • 11:30am Brunch
  • 12:30pm -- Free time --*
  • 4:00pm Afternoon tea
  • 5:00-6.30pm Meditation and Gentle Yoga
  • 7:30pm Dinner
* free time for massage, guided walks and exploring central marrakech