MOROCCO, Sahara Desert
Submerge yourself in the peaceful detoxifying environment of Sahara desert and deepen your yoga and meditation practice, dreaming like in 1001 nights in the loving care of the Berber culture this spring 2019!
Give your self time and space to relax , balance and recharge your body, mind and soul from the stressors of a long winter and discover a healthier and happier YOU.
Whether you are new to yoga or deepening your existing practice, enjoy the restorative power of the serene landscapes of the desert as you relax in the endless silence while dromedary riding, meditate during breathtaking sunsets and watch the beauty of starry night skies.
Let us bring out the treasures of your inner self through this magical experience in Morocco. The journey begins in the charming Marrakesh, passing through the mountains of the High Atlas and Anti-Atlas to Quarzazate, the Kasbahs Strait, through the impressive Draa Valley with its many palm oases, to a multi-day desert stay in Chegaga in a private comfort camp and silent dromedary trekking. Then, we travel to the 4 stars Hotel Chez le Pacha in M´Hamid by dromedary where you can relax at the pool, enjoy the spa and Hamman and treat your self with a massage. In the last night , we will experience live Berber music too! We finish in Marrakesh with free time to explore the night life of the mystical city, do some shopping in the famous Souks and eating traditional cuisine.
With daily yoga, pranayama, traditional and dynamic meditations including walking meditation and desert dancing, thai massage, uplifting awareness workshops and a healthy Moroccan vegetarian diet, you’ll feel inspired, renewed, refreshed, and rejuvenated!
So grab your mat and join us for an unforgettable yoga detox holiday retreat!
THIS RETREAT WILL HELP YOU TO…
Cleanse, rest, rejuvenate, balance and nourish your body , mind and soul.
Learn how to let go of the stress and tap into the inner rhythm of enjoyment, increasing your sense of happiness.
Align your true nature to increase your self-esteem, strength and confidence which will improve all aspects of your personal and professional life.
Develop inspiring and new living routines which will enhance your daily life with positivity and excitement to overcome any challenge in life and expand meaningful relationships.
Discover the yogi and somatic tools through unforgettable experiences in the Sahara Desert and Marrakesh.
Go home feeling inspired to life each day from your happier and healthier YOU!
On our first and last day, we will travel to Marrakesh where we will stay one night in a beautiful Riad (large traditional Moroccan house). You will have free time to explore the famous and colourful Souks and the oriental streets of the Medina -market area- and enjoy eating traditional cuisine.
On our private comfort desert camp, tents will be provided and equipped with comfortable beds, showers and toilets. Our Berber team on board will take care of us with great hospitality and traditional folk Moroccan music!
Before our last day in Marrakesh, we will stay and relax at Hotel Chez le Pacha, a traditional desert hotel with charm and all comfort. You can choose between 10 African lodges, 16 privilege rooms, and 4 suites. All of them are large and beautifully decorated bedrooms. The outdoor vista includes a refreshing swimming pool, restaurant- cafe and many cozy places to just sit-back, read, relax, enjoy the Moroccan sun, listen to the singing birds and enjoy amongst the palm trees, which will delight lovers of nature! During the warm evenings we will share dinner under the stars.
Airport transfer on arrival
All transfers to the accommodations and rides according to the program.
Stay 4 nights full board in the exclusive luxury desert camp (Les Hommes Bleus)
Stay 1 nights half pension -breakfast and dinner- in the hotel Chez le Pacha. Single room (privilege room) OR double room (African lodge)
Stay 1 night in a Riad in Marrakesh breakfast included.
Stay 1 night in a hotel in Agdz breakfast included.
Full board on travel days
2 yoga & pranayama classes per day at the desert camp and the Hotel Chez le Pacha by qualified yoga teacher. On the way to the desert preperations yoga
Daily guided sunset meditation. From dance meditation, to sound healing and mindfulness sessions. Find the best that suits you!
Delicious traditional vegetarian meals.
Herbal teas and water available at all times.
Sightseeing according to the program by a experienced and multilingual professional local tour guide.
Dromedary riding at the desert camp
1 relaxing day at the Hotel with pool (spa session, sauna Hamman and massage optional)
Open fire ceremony
Farewell dinner with Berber live music
An introduction to gratitude journaling and daily reflections.
Free time to unwind, explore, connect with yourself, tune to nature and the others.
Experience Morocco and get to know its beautiful culture.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Last night in Marrakesh after travelling back from the Sahara (approx. 8 hours) can be booked additionally
Yoga mat (it is possible to get one in Marrakesh or Zagora)
Laundry, gratuities and items of personal nature.
* Important: For all trips our conditions of participation apply.
Travel terms and conditions: Since we practice yoga intensively, the renunciation of meat, fish and alcohol should be self-evident.
The trips are private events and participation is at your own risk and on own responsability. Insurance (against accident, illness, theft, etc.) must be taken out by the participants themselves.
The Hotel Chez le Pacha and our private desert camp are the perfect places to relax. There are plenty of lounge areas to catch up on some reading, write in your journal and enjoy the sun. The use of the spa, quad bikes & buggies is also available (optional and at your own cost).
(times may vary, you will be given a weekly schedule upon arrival)
6:30 – 7:00 Morning Meditation
7:00 – 8:30 Morning Yoga & Pranayama
8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
09:30 – 10:00 Break / Karma Yoga
10:00 – 12.00 Rest & Explore/ Dromedary riding to our private spot for lunch
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 17:00 Rest & Explore / Back to the camp by dromedary
17:00 – 18.30 Restorative Yoga / Workshop
18.30 - 19.00 Sunset meditation
19:00 – 20:00 Dinner
22:00 – Lights out
(times may vary, you will be given a weekly schedule upon arrival)
ITINERARY | 11.04.2020 - 18.04.2020
Day 1: 11.04.2020
Arrive in Marrakesh. Free time to explore the city and enjoy traditional cuisine. Stay in a Riad
Day 2: 12.04.2020
Breakfast in Riad. 1st Half way travel (approx 4h) to the breathtaking Atlas Mountains. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 3: 13.04.2020
2nd half way travel. Welcome fire ceremony at our private desert camp. Dinner under the stars as in in 1001 Nights.
Day 4- 6: 14.04.2019 - 16.04.2020
Stay in the camp with daily practice of yoga, pranayama, silent walking meditation, dromedary riding, desert dance meditation, workshops, fire…
Day 7 : 17.04.2020
Sunrise meditation, yoga & breakfast in the desert and travel to the charming hotel Chez le Pacha in M’hamid by dromedary.
Relax at the swimming pool and simply take it easy taking a massage or in a Hammam. Yoga in the evening “closing ceremony” and farewell dinner with traditional berber life music.
Rest and explore the surroundings.
Day 8: 18.04.2020
Back over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. We will arrive late in the evening after a long travel.
We strongly advice to stay at least one night in Marrakesh and experience the busy streets and the oriental market of the mystical city at night time.
We can reserve the extranight for you email@example.com, or you want to be flexible.
·If you wish to stay longer in the desert or in Marrakesh, please contact us to firstname.lastname@example.org to book it extra at your own cost.
Travel time: 11.04.2020 - 18.04.2020
ABOUT THE TEACHER
Discovering yoga while training as a professional dancer, using it in her career in dance theatre and as a way of staying injury-free whilst developing deep body strength, Carmen Mar’s yoga adventures have taken her to Thailand and India to learn yoga, meditation and the study of Thai Massage.
She now runs retreats in various locations around Europe as well as teaching events and classes throughout Düsseldorf and abroad including traditional hatha, vinyasa flow, ashtanga, nada yoga, restorative and dance meditation classes.
With a background in dance, Carmen Mar yoga teaching combines the thorough understanding of alignment, adjustments and anatomy with the joy of balance and movement. Her classes empower to improve the prana or vital energy, breath control, strength, mobility, coordination and flexibility and they are always revitalising and inspirational. Her unique and supportive style of teaching and her keen sense of humour leave the students with a smile on their face and softness within body and mind and elevate their ability to stay present, channel their inner strength and feel bliss.
Carmen Mar continues her professional development by studying with acclaimed gurus including Usha Devi (CH), Mani Raman (IN), Parveen Nair (TH) Jules Febre and Gurmuk Kaur (USA).
YOGA, PRANAYAMA & MEDITATION
Every morning at sunrise, you will be led through a daily guided morning meditation overlooking the breathtaking landscape of the desert. In the evening we will explore different types of meditation to find the best that suits you from guided visualisation to dynamic meditation to mindfulness. Your daily yoga asana & pranayama classes will be adapted to your specific body needs. Explore a combination of yin and yan sessions. Enjoy the sweet and sweaty dynamic practice in the yang classes (Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha flow) and much more restorative and passive in the yin classes.The goal is simple, to BE PRESENT AND HAPPY! Benefits of both yoga practices are:
Calm and balances the mind and body
Stress and anxiety reduction
Increase circulation and improves flexibility
Greater joint mobility
Meridian stimulation brings balance to the organs