Walking & Yoga holiday in the Atlas mountains, Morocco


Our sought-after Atlas Walking & Yoga holidays are highly recommended by Marie Claire Magazine and independent travel review website, Queen of Retreats. You'll stay in a eco-friendly Berber castle in the Atlas mountains, and enjoy a schedule of daily guided hikes from the door; full (generous) board; and two daily mindful yoga classes. En-suite bedrooms have private terraces and superb mountain views.

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Getting there

Mon 24 April 2017
  • London Gatwick to Marrakech
  • Airline: EasyJet
  • Dep: 06:30
  • Flight: EZY8893
Sat 29 April 2017
  • Marrakech to London Gatwick
  • Airline: EasyJet
  • Dep: 10:45
  • Flight: EZY8894

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Getting there

Tue 21 February 2017
  • London Gatwick to Marrakech
  • Airline: EasyJet
  • Dep: Awaiting schedule
  • Flight: Awaiting schedule
Sun 26 February 2017
  • Marrakech to London Gatwick
  • Airline: EasyJet
  • Dep: Awaiting schedule
  • Flight: Awaiting schedule

We normally will arrange transfers on your behalf (unless you request otherwise). If you are on the recommended flights. The venue provides a complimentary transfer free of charge.

If you catch an alternative flight, transfers can still be arranged. However, the cost is 240MAD per car per way. This cost is shared between the number of people travelling.

Why this retreat?

In a nutshell



We have been running our unique and highly-praised Yoga and Walking escapes to Morocco's Atlas mountains for the past four years, after falling in love with the quality of light, sweeping panoramas and warmth of the people here.

Hosted by a wonderful, eco-friendly Kasbah (castle) only 40 minutes from Marrakech, yet surrounded by mountains, this trip aims to strike a rejuvenating balance between al fresco activity, and rest.

Daily moderate three-hour guided walks will take place after the morning yoga class, and are guided by a friendly local with extensive knowledge of the terrain. There will be an option on one day to take an all-day walk, which includes a packed lunch. All walks are guided straight from the door.

Where possible, yoga will be al fresco, on the large terrace overlooking the pool, surrounded by mountains. Classes are tailored for all levels, including complete beginners and those with an already-established practice.

Afternoons are your own, to swim in the hotel's large outdoor pool, rest, read, or plan more activities, until the evening yoga session before dinner! Our wish is to create an environment where there is no pressure to join in, yet plenty of opportunity to do so, with the combination of walking and yoga acting as a powerful tonic to revive body and soul.

The flavour of this break will be enhanced by a friendly, small-group feel, with a maximum of 12 guests. Our Yoga and Walking Escapes attract a high proportion of solo travellers, so please rest assured that, if you are considering coming alone, you will be in good company, with plenty of opportunity to socialise at mealtimes, and during walks, as well as enjoy time alone.

The venue

The gardens of the kasbah.
Our very special, recently-built Kasbah (modelled in the style of an ancient Berber castle), is a true retreat. Siting on its own hill-top, the venue is surrounded with panoramic mountain views.

From the outset, it was designed and built with the environment at the forefront, and is surrounded by five hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens, ripe with olives, almonds, figs and pomegranates.

Accommodation is comfortable and spacious, with a rustic feel, befitting the setting. Rooms (all en-suite) are designed with traditional Moroccan materials: cedar and eucalyptus wood, red sandstone, hand-made clay tiles, locally-made furniture with Berber motifs. Rooms can be described as comfortable rather than luxurious. Each has views of either the gardens of the valley below.

Yoga and meditation are practiced in either the dedicated yoga room or, weather permitting on the room terrace, where the amazing views can during the yoga and meditation practice.

Daily Yoga and meditation

Each morning, an active (though accessible) flowing yoga class will stretch and enliven the body in preparation for our guided walk.

Our teachers, lead the flowing yoga sessions in a fun, approachable way, blending traditional active postures with an emphasis on mudras, mantras, and visual meditations.

The evening's yoga and meditation class will be a far softer, reflective combination of gentle yoga, guided relaxation and meditation: the perfect wind-down after the day's activities!

In line with our ethos, yoga is taught as in a mindful, non-competitive, inclusive way, with complete beginners always very welcome.


The walking

All walks will start and end at the Kasbah. Over the course of the five days, our guide will take us through surrounding villages, olive groves and through the foothills of the Atlas mountains.

The hiking, which can be described as moderate, can be adapted to the requirements of the group. Please note that the terrain can be steep and reasonably challenging at times.  

Walks are led by an experienced and friendly local guide who is very familiar with the landscape and terrain. The walks will be different each day and are classified as moderate; suitable for most people who are reasonably active.

The food

Delicious, home cooked food.
Food, where possible is locally sourced and seasonal. On this retreat, we offer vegetarian in the morning and a selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals in the evening. 

Breakfast is a mixture of a buffet selection of breads, cereals, fruits, teas and coffees and a choice of a la carte items that are freshly prepared. 

Lunch is typically served buffet style - a selection of salads and vegetarian tagines are served, and eaten ( weather permitting ), al-fresco.

Each afternoon, tea, coffee and cake is served. This is a particular favourite for many of the guests! The delicious cakes are made on-site.

Dinner is served a la carte - guests are asked to choose from a daily menu, which is then served after the evening class.  

All meals are typically Moroccan; the venue uses trusted local cooks whose training and influence has been handed down through the generations. 

Our teachers

Our teachers are chosen for their love of yoga and their fun yet accessible and mindful style of teaching. Whilst each teacher is individual and their style of teaching reflects this, they always teach with flair and compassion.

All classes are suitable for both beginners and more advance practitioners alike. For further information on the teacher for each respective retreat date, please see our meet the team page. 

Fast facts

Prices


Twin/double room (shared)
- Standard: £849 per person*

Single room (solo occupancy)
- Standard: £995 per person*

Suitability


This holiday is suitable for guests with reasonable fitness and looking for an active holiday.

What's included?


  • Breakfast on each morning of the retreat.
  • Lunch ( excluding arrival/departure day)
  • Dinner (excluding departure day)
  • Two daily, 75-minute yoga classes
  • Daily 2 - 3 hour walk
  • Optional 6 hour walk
  • Spacious twin/double, or single occupancy accommodation with private terraces

What's not included

  • Flights*
  • Transfers**
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional foods / drinks
  • Travel insurance

* We recommend booking early through BA, EasyJet or Ryanair.

** We normally arrange the transfers on your behalf. This is paid directly to the venue. The cost of the transfer is:

The venue offers free transfers for guests on the recommended flight.

240MAD per way per car if you do not join the group transfers.

A typical day

On this trip, our days will look like this:

  • 7.00am: coffee, tea, fruit
  • 7.30-8.45am: hatha yoga
  • 9am: breakfast! Fresh juices, tea/coffee, muesli, breads
  • 10.15am-1pm: walking in the surrounding mountains and villages
  • 1.15pm: lunch
  • 4:00pm: Afternoon tea
  • 5.30-6.45pm: gentle yoga and meditation
  • 7.30pm: three-course evening dinner*


*Breakfast and lunch is served vegetarian by default.

Guest will be able to choose between vegetarian and non-vegetarian for the evening meals.

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