8 Days Iokai Shiatsu Workshop Kata and Meridians with Sasaki Senseï

Ourika, Maroc

Karim Zein
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Apr 18 - 25, 2020
Group size: 10 - 35
8 Days Iokai Shiatsu Workshop Kata and Meridians with Sasaki Senseï
Ourika, Maroc

Karim Zein
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Deposit: €500
Apr 18 - 25, 2020
Group size: 10 - 35

About this trip

This course is intended for beginners as well as those who already have a shiatsu practice and want to deepen their knowledge.

The teaching will be adapted to theparticipants and will be given  with an Eastern approach. Sasaki Senseï willintroduce katas (traditional  sequences) as well as the study of meridians.

Full Description


Founded in the past century by Masunaga Senseï, the Iokai Shiatsu  (shi: fingers and atsu: pressure) is a relatively young Japanese  technique.

Its sources, however, go very far back. Tuina, a traditional Chinese  body technique dating back to about 2700 BC,is considered the mother of  shiatsu. This is why the principles of TraditionalChinese Medicine, Yin  and Yang, the study of the 5 elements and the acupuncture points remain  closely linked to shiatsu.

Through his pragmatic research, MasunagaSenseï codified the use of  meridians and developed a therapeutic approach that became recognised in  Japan, then in the West and in the East.

Shiatsu is traditionally practiced on the floor and fully dressed. It  involves exerting pressure with the fingers, palms, forearms, elbows,  and knees on the energetic meridians of the body, as well as on the main  points (tsubos).

The meridians are the subtle paths for the circulation of vital  energy(the Ki, in Japanese) and form a link between the surface of the  body and the deep organs. Shiatsu also includes a wide variety of gentle  mobilizations of the body joints.

Iokai Shiatsu is an art that is distinguished from a simple manual  technique by the fact that it engages the psychic and physical wholeness  (spirit-body) of the practitioner and the recipient.

The quality of this communication is one of the essential points of  Iokai Shiatsu in which the term “touching life” lies. Sasaki Senseï was  deeply touched by these aspects during his collaboration with Masunaga  Senseï, and it is the heart of this approach that he teaches in Europe.

The number of places is limited to 35 people. The course will be held with a minimum of 10 participants.



  • The ideal location to unplug and enjoy the beauty of nature
  • Drop out of “normal life” for a period
  • A chance to get away and step aside from all the hustle and bustle of city life
  • The ideal place to unplug, slow down that fast pace, and get back in touch with nature


Sasaki Senseï


He is the founder of Iokai Meridian Shiatsu in Europe and the  president of the Association for Iokai Shiatsu Europe(AISE). After his  travels to India and China in order to develop a deep understanding of  Eastern spiritual thinking, he worked for a long time at the Iokai  Center in Tokyo.

He assisted Masunaga Senseï in his practical and theoretical teaching  of shiatsu. In 1981 Sasaki Senseï arrived in Europe to teach Iokai  Shiatsu and continue his research on the spirit and the knowledge of  traditional oriental medicine through shiatsu.

Sasaki Senseï has trained practitioners and teachers in several European countries for more than 35 years.

Daily schedule

It is suggested to be dressed in comfortable clothes for the workshop.

Saturday, 18 April 2020 (arrival)

  • According to schedules Welcome at Marrakesh airport Transfer to Bab Zouina
  • 8:30pm Dinner

Sunday to Friday 19 to 24 April 2020

  • 6:30 – 8am Do In, Ki-Ko, morning exercises
  • 8am – 9am Breakfast
  • 9am – 12:30 Shiatsu workshop and coffee break
  • 13:30 – 4pm Lunch & free time
  • 16pm – 7:30pm Shiatsu workshop and tea break
  • 8pm Dinner

Note : Wednesday 22nd April afternoon is free for  participants to visit Marrakesh (cultural and historical sites as well  as the souk)

Saturday, 25 April 2020 (departure)

  • 8am Breakfast
  • According to schedules Departure to Marrakesh airport

Participants who wish to extend their stay after the workshop can contact us for further details and prices.

What’s Included in This Package


  • Accommodation for 7 nights in a beautiful guesthouse
  • Transfer to and from Marrakesh (free day)
  • Fruits and Moroccan tea at any time
  • Transfer to and from Marrakech airport
  • Meals on the spot in Bab Zouina
  • 6 days of teaching

What’s Not Included in This Package


  • The meals outside Bab Zouina
  • Non-program transport
  • Travel insurance



Bab Zouina is an ode to nature.

The workshop will take place in Bab Zouina, a beautiful traditional  Moroccan villa situated in the Ourika Valley (30 km from Marrakesh) in a  magnificent property surrounded by olive trees.

Far from urban stress, Bab Zouina has kept an authentic and serene spirit, respectful of the environment.

The main house is ecologically built with cut stone and the new  buildings with natural mud bricks. The material used is entirely  traditional: tadellakt on the wall, zellij on the floor and cedar and  acacia for the woodwork.

The estate is full of terraces and peaceful places to recharge your  batteries. The botanical and aromatic gardens surrounding the property  give the place a poetic charm and invite to a gentle meditation.

The amazing Swedish artist and landscape designer, Catharina von  Unge, conceived and designed the ornamental garden surrounding the  property. She managed to combine British aesthetic taste with rusticity  and simplicity of the place.

With the Mexican corner and its incredible varieties of cactuses,  Catharinadares hints at the Majorelle garden by Yves Saint Laurent and  the neighboring garden by André Heller.




All meals are cooked  with fresh local produce. You will be served 3 meals/day - the meals are  prepared with local products and fresh bread is baked daily in a  traditional earth oven. The Moroccan cuisine is a delight in itself. 

Meals are served on low tables (Berber style). Fruits, mineral water, coffee & tea available.

Available Packages

Triple Shared Room
Deposit: €500
Double Shared Room
Deposit: €500
Single Room
Deposit: €500
Deposit: €500

Triple Shared Room
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Karim Zein
As a kid I was born in Beirut, I then studied in Lebanon and Switzerland. After 20 years working in the environment protection and development field (travelling to most Arab countries and some African countries), I have chosen, in 2012, to launch an eco-tourism project in the Ourika valley (30 km away from Marrakesh, Morocco), Bab Zouina (yoga, nature & retreat). I love hiking in the mountains, playing tennis and enjoy travelling & discovering new places and new cultures.