A Journey into the Soul

Exclusive Moroccan Nomadic Desert Experience | Boutique Yoga & Ayurvedic Retreat

Morocco

7 – 14 October 2022

Investment

Option 1:  Single occupancy with ensuite £1420.00

Option 2:  Shared occupancy with ensuite £1245.00

Early bird discount of 5% if amount paid in full by 30th June 2022

“Every pilgrimage to the desert is a pilgrimage to self. 

There is no place to hide and so we are found.”

Following the path of ancient tribes, we will embark on a journey into the Sahara to awaken the nomad within. Each night will be spent sleeping under the stars in a luxury Sahara Desert camp to rest, relax and unify with the silence and peace of the natural world.

This is not simply a nomadic trip but also a journey into the Soul. It is a journey into the realm of travellers. The free man is the symbol of the Berbers – their religion speaks in the language of stars and natural wonder. Time in the desert does not exist. There’s no hurry; just peace. Throughout this tour, tensions in the body and spirit will be eased through the discipline of yoga and Ayurvedic treatments, as well as the vibrations and sounds of Tibetan bells and the tranquil yet mesmerising stillness of silence. Walking, exploring, singing, dancing, sipping tea – get ready to be immersed in the culture of liberty!

Yoga By Candlelight Morocco Retreat
Yoga By Candlelight Morocco Retreat
Yoga By Candlelight Morocco Retreat

THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • An exciting, life-enhancing retreat in one of the most energetic places on the planet.
  • Sunrise and sunset yoga on the beautiful desert dunes.
  • Disconnect from your devices and return to the natural rhythm of nature to truly remember who you are.
  • Explore the colourful, vibrant Marrakech medina.
  • Walk through the ancient streets of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Berber Kasbah town of Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Trek through the desert, arriving at your luxury nomad camp by camel.
  • Drive off-road into the secluded and stunning area of Erg Chegaga.
  • Shelter under the stars every night.
  • Enjoy the campfire to the beat of traditional Berber musicians.

Day 1: Marrakech 

Arriving at Marrakech airport, we will be met and escorted to our beautiful Riad in the heart of the ancient Medina. This is a calm oasis where we will prepare for the retreat with a hot hammam and massage, clearing away the first layer of stress and tension, before dinner and time to meet the team. We will wake up the next day invigorated and ready to travel into desert and into the soul.

Day 2: Marrakech – Skoura Valley

After morning yoga and meditation, we will be met at the Riad by our drivers with private 4×4 Landcruisers to take us through the High Atlas Mountains on a stunning journey south into the heart of the desert along the ancient caravan route. We will arrive at the ancient Berber Kasbah town of Ait Ben Haddou, and a half-an-hour drive west of Ouarzazate lies the palm grove of Skoura. Set between the Atlas mountains in the north and Djebel Saghro in the south, it first meets the eye as a large green ribbon making its way between the beige ridges, sometimes white in winter. Once past the oued and within the shade of the palm trees, a true earthly heaven uncovers itself: figs and pomegranates, vine and pumpkins, tomatoes and olives, rosemary and thyme all grow alongside one another, as the water streams gently make their way to each garden, ingeniously separated by hand- made dams that open and close every few hours. One can wander for hours here, protected by the shade of the palms, past century- old kasbahs where we will explore local architecture with a guide.

Day 3: Skoura to Dades Todra Gorges

After morning yoga and meditation, we will visit the Kasbah of Amridihl, a living museum built in the 17th century. We will stop for lunch in a traditional Moroccan restaurant. Our berber team will meet us here, continuing our journey through colourful Berber villages and massive canyons. Our overnight stay will be in Todra. After sunset yoga, we will be served a delicious Moroccan meal and listen to traditional Berber drumming under a huge sky of falling stars.

Day 4: Todra Gorges – Erg Chigaga Dunes

After sunrise yoga and a hearty Moroccan breakfast, we will commence our journey towards the desert. We will skirt around the Jbel Saghro mountains before arriving in the Draa valley near Zagora. We will travel through Tamegroute, famous for its Quranic library which houses manuscripts from ancient periods and famous for its green pottery. There are endless ancient religious ruins that we will encounter, before arriving at the Mhamid village – this will be our last stop before the vast Sahara Desert floods its wonders upon us. We will be staying overnight in the Erg Chigaga Dunes in the luxury of Er Chigaga Lodge, offering Berber-style accommodation. The camps have been designed to maximise your comfort without compromising on the minimalist aspects of Berber culture.

Day 5 & 6: Erg Chigaga Dunes

We will awaken to the stunning sunrise of the Sahara Desert for morning meditation, followed by yoga to begin the day. During our stay in the desert, we will enjoy ample time to process our thoughts and follow any individual practices and inclinations. During the day, you will have the opportunity to spend time walking through the high dunes, take an independent camel trek, relax in the lounge tent or in the hammocks, and even sandboarding! At sunset, we will come together for yoga in the backdrop of scenic dunes before dinner. After morning meditation and yoga on day 6, our camel trekking team will arrive for a half-day trek through the desert, meeting the 4×4 drivers for our return.  

Day 7: Erg Chegaga – Marrakech

After breakfast, we will drive back to the Riad in Marrakech, stopping for lunch and arriving in time for drinks on the terrace before dinner.

Day 8: Marrakech

There will be free time to explore Marrakech before our flight home, wandering the souks, enjoying a farewell hammam and massage, or simply relaxing before our driver arrives for the airport transfer.

Yoga By Candlelight Morocco Retreat

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Full-board accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Camel ride
  • English-speaking drivers and guide
  • Air-conditioned 4×4 vehicles
  • 3 nights in a tented camp in the Chigaga Dunes
  • 4 nights in hand-picked hotels or riads
Yoga By Candlelight Morocco Retreat
Yoga By Candlelight Morocco Retreat

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flight
  • Travel and/or health insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

RECOMMENDED TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

  • Fly to Marrakech (RAK) – there are several airlines that fly to this airport such as Ryanair and BA. I have found these flights both on Skyscanner and TUI.
  • Please ensure that you arrive in Marrakech by 12 PM at the latest on Friday 7 October 2022. 
  • Please ensure that your flight departs any time after 3 PM on Friday 14 October 2022. Let’s try and fly together.

DEPOSIT & PAYMENT

  • A deposit of 50% is required to confirm your space or you can choose to pay the full amount if you wish.
  • The deposit is non-refundable but you may nominate someone else to take your space instead.
  • The balance is due 6 weeks before the retreat and is payable via bank transfer. Details will be provided on booking.
  • Yoga by Candlelight reserves the right to amend or add items to the itinerary as it sees fit.
  • Please note that for this retreat to take place, a minimum of 7 attendees is required.

COVID TERMS

We are closely following the advice of the UK Government in relation to Coronavirus.
Our retreats will only go ahead if the UK Government guidelines allow for retreats in the UK and safe travel overseas.

Please read our full Covid terms here.

TO BOOK

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