8 Days Yoga & Culture Retreat with Nicole Griffin, Ourika Morocco

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17-24 October 2020  -  Ourika, Morocco

 

Contact :

Nicole Griffin : nicolealana7@gmail.com

Karim Zein :

Morocco: +212-660-96.00.28 | WhatsApp: +41-79.336.48.48 | marhaba@bab-zouina.com | www.bab-zouina.com

 

About this trip

Spend 8 days and 7 nights in the stunning Ourika Valley, about 45 minutes south of Marrakesh. We will stay in a beautiful retreat center that offers striking mountain views, an expertly landscaped garden, and a fully-equipped yoga studio. 

Eat delicious homemade Moroccan food, drink as much mint tea as you'd like, relax, renew, and immerse yourself in Morocco's beauty and hospitality. 

Throughout your stay, you will enjoy daily yoga classes (appropriate and accessible for all levels of experience), carefully curated cultural activities, and opportunities to interact in meaningful ways with the diverse people of Morocco.

Activities

  • A private cooking class at the Amal Women's Center
  • A guided hike in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and a home cooked picnic lunch
  • A sunrise hot air balloon ride over local Berber villages
  • A guided tour of historic sites in Marrakesh
  • A second trip to Marrakesh that includes free time for shopping
  • Two private concerts at our retreat center, featuring traditional Moroccan music
  • Visits to a local saffron farm and a local market
  • Visits to the beautiful Anima Gardens and the Yves Saint Laurent Majorelle Gardens
  • A traditional bread making lesson
  • A visit to the local hamam
  • Tea at the world famous La Mamounia Hotel
  • Drinks at the stunning, five star property, Kasbah Tamadot
  • A visit to a local school to learn about the region's development association

Yoga

We will have 1-2 yoga sessions each day.  Our morning sessions will include vinyasa yoga and short meditations and our evening sessions will include yin and restorative yoga.  While a basic level of yoga is very helpful, all yoga sessions are appropriate for all levels of experience. 

Our retreat center has a fully stocked indoor yoga space, with props, mats, and beautiful views of the property.  They also offer an outdoor yoga terrace.

Meaningful Cultural Immersion

In attending this retreat you will benefit the local economy of Morocco in many meaningful ways.  We are intentionally including opportunities to support local communities and non-profits.  A portion of the proceeds of this retreat will be donated to benefit these organizations. 

Nicole lived in Morocco during grad school while she was studying Arabic and fell in love with the country.  On her retreats, meaningful cultural immersion is the centerpiece while yoga provides the container  to process the trip.

Sahara Desert Extension Trip

You will  have the option of adding on a Sahara Desert extension trip for an additional 5 days.  Sleeping under the crystal clear night sky, watching the sunrise over the dunes, riding camels and learning about local Bedouin cultures is an experience not to be missed! 

See all the details and book here: Sahara Desert Extension Trip

 

Cancellation Policy & Payment

We are not able to provide refunds for any reason.  Please plan to purchase trip insurance to protect against any unforeseen circumstances.

Early bird pricing  lasts through February 14, 2020.  Prices go up on February 15, 2020.

*The itinerary and daily schedules may change slightly.  Please inquire about payment plans as we are happy to make them available.

 

What’s included

  • Accommodations
  • Daily Yoga Sessions
  • Most Meals

Excluding one dinner out in Marrakesh

  • All Activities
  • Airport Transfer

Plan to fly in and out of Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK)

  • All Entrance Fees
  • Daily Transportation
  • Local Guides
  • Two Private Concerts

of Gnawa and Diqqa traditional music

  • A Hot Air Balloon Ride

A sunrise adventure over local Berber villages

  • A Charitable Donation

To the local charities we interact with during our trip

Available Packages

Double Room with Shared Bathroom

$1895

Deposit: $568

 

Double Room w Private Bath in Courtyard

$2095

Deposit: $628

 

Double Room with Ensuite Bath

$2195

Deposit: $658

 

Single Room with Shared Bathroom

$2495

Deposit: $748

 

Single Room with Ensuite Bath

$2695

Deposit: $808

 

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrivals + Welcome Dinner

-Arrivals to Marrakesh Airport 

-Transfer to retreat property outside of Marrakesh (45 minute drive)  

-Plan to land by 3:30 pm in order to arrive in time for dinner

6:30 pm - Welcome dinner and restorative yoga practice to follow.

Day 2

Hiking in the Atlas

7-9 am -  Morning yoga session 

9-10 am - Breakfast

10-11:30 am -  Drive to Imlil for a hike through local Berber villages near the Atlas Mountains.  

The hike will last for several hours and will be of moderate difficulty.  We will share a picnic lunch and stop by the beautiful Kasbah Tamadot for drinks on the way back home.  

After dinner, we will have a gentle restorative yoga session.  

Day 3

Exploring the Ourika Valley

7-9 am:  Morning yoga session 

9-10 am: Breakfast

Day 3 will continue with an exploration of the area surrounding our retreat center.  

We will peruse the local Berber market, visit a saffron farm, and will tour a nearby school.  At the school, we will learn about the local village development association and the work they are doing in the community.  

 A portion of the proceeds of this retreat will be donated to support this school.  

Once back at the retreat center, our day will end with a private concert of traditional Gnawa music.  

Day 4

Marrakech Historical Sites

7-8 am:  Morning yoga session 

8 -9 am: Breakfast

9-10 am: Drive to Marrakesh

10-3 pm: A guided visit of Marrakesh historical sites, including the Bahia Palace, Ben Youssef Madrasa, the Mella (Jewish Quarter), the Koutoubia Mosque, Jemaa al-Fnaa (the main square) and the souqs.  Lunch included at Le Nomad.

3-4 pm:  Tea at the world famous La Mamounia Hotel 

4-6 pm: FREE TIME 

6-8 pm: Dinner together in Marrakesh.  

8-9 pm: Drive back to Ourika

Day 5

Relaxing

7-9 am:  Morning yoga session.

9-10 am: Breakfast

After breakfast, we will take a walk near the property, will visit the famous Anima Gardens, and will enjoy a session at the local hamam spa.

Afterwards, we will return to the property for a bread making workshop.  Throughout the day, we will have plenty of down time to relax and enjoy the property's gardens and pool.

Day 6

Marrakech Excursion

6-7 am: Breakfast

7-8 am: Drive to Marrakech

8-9:30 am: Visit the world famous Yves Saint Laurent Gardens and Museum

9:30-12:00: FREE TIME in the Gueliz district

12:00-2:00:  Amal Women's Center cooking class.  During our cooking lesson, we will have the opportunity to learn about the important work that the Amal Women's Center does to support disadvantaged women in Morocco.  A portion of the proceeds from the retreat will go to benefit this amazing non-profit. 

2:00-6:00 pm: FREE TIME to shop and explore in Marrakesh

6:00-7:00 pm: Return to Ourika

7:00-8:00 pm: Dinner

8-9:30 pm: Restorative yoga practice

Day 7

Farewell Day

5-6 am: Drive to the hot air balloon launch site

6-6:30 am: Breakfast

7-8 am: Hot air balloon ride

After the hot air balloon ride, we will return to the retreat center to relax and enjoy some down time. 

We will end the day with a farewell yoga session + closing circle, dinner and another private concert, this time of traditional Diqqa music.  

Day 8

Depart to Marrakech Airport or to Sahara Extension Trip

After breakfast, guests will be transferred back to the airport or will depart on the Sahara Desert extension trip.

 

Booking pages : - Yoga Retreat

                           - Sahara Desert extension trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type de paiement Acompte
Prestation Prendre contact avec moi
Frais (livraison, etc.) Frais inclus dans le prix
Conditions Non remboursable
Localisation Douar Sbiti Ourika 40000, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Maroc

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