New Year Yoga Holiday in Central Marrakech, Morocco

If you have some time off over the New Year period and are looking for a different way to spend it, we may have the answer! We'd love you to join us in a beautiful Riad in central Marrakech, for a special start to the New Year. We have planned a balance of relaxation and activity: twice-daily courtyard yoga; two guided walks (one in Marrakech, one in the mountains); wonderful home cooking; New Year's Eve in the Atlas mountains!

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Are you looking for a retreat over the new year period? Our Yoga and Walking in the Atlas mountain retreat has a few rooms remaining. 

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

Our Riad's courtyard where we practice yoga


Do you have time off over New Year and would like to do something rather special? We'd love you to join our Morocco New Year yoga escape at our beautiful Riad in the heart of the Marrakech medina, an eight-minute walk from the famous Jeema el Fna square.

Like all the best Riads (traditional Moroccan townhouse), our host venue is an oasis of calm in the midst of the busy Marrakech medina.

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! Daily yoga and meditation classes will be taught in the atmospheric courtyard. 

On New Year's Eve, we'll head out to the the nearby stunning Atlas mountains to enjoy a guided hike, where we will explore the surrounding foothills and local villages. We will then spend an evening - including a New Year's Eve yoga class - at a Moroccan Kasbah (castle), to see in the New Year with style. 

The venue

With just six lovely rooms (which are en-suite, and traditionally furnished, and can be described as comfortable rather than luxurious), our host Riad has been designed around a quiet central courtyard the setting for our two daily yoga classes.

The Riad's communal areas include a library with roaring fire and roof terrace, perfect for soaking up rays - at this time of year, Winter day-time temperatures average around 20 degrees. Nights are cool, and add to the romance of Marrakech at New Year, as night-time fires are lit in the city's Riads.

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.

The yoga and meditation

Yoga in the courtyard
The daily morning yoga class will be dynamic (but mindful) 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 twice-daily yoga sessions, with a central plunge pool fringed by trees and plants. 

New Year celebrations

On New Year's eve, we will enjoy a walk in the nearby Atlas mountains, followed by a New Year dinner (accompanied by local musicians!) at a traditionally-built Kasbah (castle), 35 minutes' drive from Marrakech. The walk and New Year dinner is included in the cost of the trip.

We will also join a special (optional) New Year's Eve yoga practice overlooking the glorious Atlas mountains.

Massages and treatments


Massages, traditional hammam and other treatments are available at nearby Le Bain Bleu - a lovely western-standard spa a few minutes' walk away from our host Riad. It is recommended that you book treatments well in advance of New Year, as this is one of the city's busiest periods.

Our teacher


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

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 1st August 2016

Getting there


Arrivals:

Unless you have booked to stay extra nights, arrivals by 4pm on December 29, 2016. 

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, 2017.

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.

Suitability


Anyone seeking an exciting, relaxing and rejuvenating way to spend New Year 2016/2017. Beginners to yoga are very welcome, and the yoga classes will suitable for all levels.

What's included


  • Five nights' luxury accommodation
  • Two daily 90-minute yoga classes
  • Generous daily brunch
  • Five evening vegetarian meals, including a special New Year dinner
  • Half-day walk in the amazing nearby Atlas mountains.
  • Half-day 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
  • 9:00am Meditation & Yoga
  • 11:30am Brunch
  • 12:30pm -- Free time --*
  • 4:00pm Afternoon tea
  • 5:00pm Yoga
  • 7:30pm Dinner
* free time for massage, guided walks and exploring central marrakech