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.

Booking

Looking for something a little sooner? Our next Walking & Yoga Holiday in the atlas mountains will be over New Year 2018/2019 - click here

Key information

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Getting there

8 March 2019
  • London Gatwick to Marrakech
  • Airline: EasyJet
  • Dep: 07:40
  • Flight: EZY8893
13 March 2019
  • Marrakech to London Gatwick
  • Airline: EasyJet
  • Dep: 12:05
  • Flight: EZY8894

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 five years, after falling in love with the quality of light, sweeping panoramas - perfect for hiking! - 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.

One of our walking groups
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.


Path to the main entrance
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!

View from the terrace
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.

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

Yoga on the Rooftop
Each morning, an active (though accessible) flowing yoga class will stretch and enliven the body in preparation for our guided walk. Various options for any demanding poses will always be given, so that all levels of experience are catered for. 

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

Walking along a mountain path
All walks will start and end at our Kasbah. Over the course of the five days, our guide will take us through surrounding villages, lush olive groves and mountain pathways with superlative views.

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.

Many guests tell us the daily walks, in this spectacular part of the world, are amongst the top highlights of their trip. 

Locally sourced, organic food

Delicious, home cooked food.
Where possible, our meals are locally sourced from the Kasbah gardens, super-fresh and seasonal. We offer a delicious veggie buffet for lunch and a selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals in the evening. 

Breakfast is a mixture of a buffet selection of breads, cereals, fruits, Berber or scrambled eggs, teas and coffees.

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

Anja Brierley Lange
Anja Brierley Lange is an experienced vinyasa flow yoga teacher known for her attentive, fun and creative approach to yoga.

Anja’s classes form a thoughtful combination of dynamic movement, breath and meditative practice, integrating creative sequencing and safe alignment.

She has trained with and is inspired by teachers such as Seane Corn and Shiva Rea. Anja is also an Ayurvedic Practitioner and founder of yogaembodied.com. She is passionate about the ancient science of yoga nidra (deep relaxation), and integrates this healing art in her yoga retreats.

Our teachers are chosen for their love of yoga and accessible, mindful style of teaching. All classes are suitable for both beginners and more advance practitioners alike. For further information on our teachers, please see our meet the team page. 

Fast facts

Prices

Large ensuite twin/double room (shared)

- Early-bird: £899 per person*
- Standard: £999 per person*

Large Single ensuite room (solo occupancy)
- Early-bird: £1099 per person*
- Standard: £1199 per person*

Early-bird:
For March date, early-bird is available until 31 August 2018

Availability:
Additional single rooms added.

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.

** If you are on the recommended flights, the venue will normally arrange transfers on your behalf (unless you request otherwise). The cost of the group transfer is 150MAD per person per way. This is organised by and paid directly to the venue upon departure.

If you catch an alternative flight, transfers can still be arranged. However, the cost is 350MAD per car per way. This cost is shared between the number of people travelling. This is organised by and paid directly to the venue upon departure.

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.

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Video of the scenery

Questions?

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