Walking & Yoga holiday in the Atlas mountains, Morocco
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If you are on the recommended flights, we will normally arrange transfers on your behalf (unless you request otherwise). The transfers are offered free of charge by the venue.
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
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. Towards the end of the trip there will be an option to take an all-day walk, which includes a packed lunch. All walks are expertly led by local guides, and are enjoyed 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. These trips attract a high proportion of solo travellers, so 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 to enjoy time alone.
The venue: our own Berber castle!
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.
Yoga and meditation are practiced in either the dedicated yoga room or, weather permitting on the roof terrace, where the amazing views can during the yoga and meditation practice.
Daily Yoga and meditation
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.
Daily mountain hikes
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.
Locally sourced, organic food
- 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
- 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
Typically, and depending on weather, 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.