Morocco Art and Culture Retreat

Marrakesh, Morocco

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Nicole Griffin Wellness
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Mar 23 - Apr 2, 2023
Group size: 5 - 7
Morocco Art and Culture Retreat
Marrakesh, Morocco

Nicole Griffin Wellness
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Mar 23 - Apr 2, 2023
Group size: 5 - 7

About this trip

This retreat will be a special and intimate experience lead by Nicole Griffin and hosted by Maison28 Marrakech. Throughout our 10-days and 11-nights together, you will enjoy exclusive, off-the-beaten path tours to discover the creative heartbeat of Morocco.


This trip begins at Maison28, in the heart of the Marrakech medina, and then winds down south through ancient cultures and kasbahs, and culminates under the stars in the Sahara Desert.


During our trip, we will visit and learn from local artisans and stewards of Morocco's famous craft culture. You will enjoy private tours, opportunities to learn and deeply connect with Moroccan culture, and hands-on creative workshops.


We will be in Morocco during the holy month of Ramadan, which offers a unique and intimate opportunity to experience Moroccan Islamic traditions firsthand. 


If you are a creative, curious, and adventurous traveler looking for a special and highly-curated experience, you are in the right place.


While this is not a yoga retreat, there will be mindfulness elements infused to nourish our bodies and souls as we explore and expand (see more below).


Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is not required for this trip, but you will need to comply with Moroccan entry requirements (currently, you must provide proof of vaccination or negative PCR test within 72 hours to enter the country, but this is subject to change with time).


Please contact Nicole if you have any questions or would like to chat!


Website: https://nicolegriffinwellness.com/
Email: nicole@nicolegriffinwellness.com
IG: @nicolegriffinwellness
Phone: 510-250-7242

Activities

  • A guided tour of historic sites in Marrakesh + a private historical photo tour 
  • Traditional Iftar dinner (breaking of the fast during Ramadan)
  • Evening Ramadan celebration at the Koutobia Mosque
  • Private visit with a women's weavers collective in the Atlas Mountains
  • A guided hike in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and a home-cooked tagine lunch
  • Exclusive souq (market) tour that focuses on meeting Moroccan artisans
  • Artisan-led painted wood (zouak) workshop
  • Traditional Moroccan hammam/massage
  • Guided tour of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO Heritage Site and traditional kasbah
  • Exclusive tour and lunch at the historic Kasbah des Caids
  • Visit traditional pottery artists at Tamegroute
  • Private concert with Daraa Tribes, a fusion of ancestral tribal music and Saharan Blues at Kasbah Aitisfoul
  • One night spent in a luxury tent in a private camp in the Sahara Desert
  • Traditional Moroccan music around the campfire in the Sahara
  • Sunset camel ride in the Sahara Desert
  • Sunrise over the dunes with coffee in the Sahara
  • Carpet shopping in the traditional weaving town of Tazenakht

Cultural Immersion and Mindful Travel

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 artisans.  A portion of the proceeds of this retreat will be donated to benefit the artists we interact with.  


Nicole has a BA in Art History with a concentration in Islamic Art History as well as an International MBA. She lived in Morocco during grad school while she was studying Arabic and fell in love with the country.  Nicole is passionate about creating opportunities for Americans to experience the beauty and wonder of the Islamic world while offering support throughout the journey. On her retreats, meaningful cultural immersion and mindful travel are emphasized. Nicole is also a board-certified health and wellness coach and a trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness instructor. 

Wellness = Travel

Nicole’s retreats are designed to infuse a sense of purpose, belonging, community, and mindfulness. They are based on the belief that travel expands our minds and hearts, sharpens our perspective, deconditions our prejudices, and catalyzes our growth.


According to a poll done by Booking.com, 79% of travelers reported that travel helps their mental and emotional wellbeing more than other types of self-care.


The National Wellness Institute defines wellness as “an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.”


Nicole believes that wellness encompasses our sense of purpose, belonging, and resilience, as well as our values and vision. It represents an integration of mind, body, spirit, and soul. As such, travel has the potential to contribute to our wellness in ways that few other things can.


Read more here: Re-thinking Wellness Travel

Mindful Mornings

Each morning, we will spend about 30-minutes together before heading out for our daily adventures. This time will consist of some gentle mindful movement (example here) as well as breathwork and mindfulness practices. No change of clothes or experience is required! This time is meant for us to come together intentionally as a group and to support our bodies, minds, and nervous systems as we travel.

Social Impact

$200 per booking will go to support the female artisans and entrepreneurs we interact with while in Morocco. We are still finalizing the details which will be shared here once they are ready.

Payments & Cancellation Policy

To secure your spot, place a $995 deposit; final payments will be due by January 21, 2023. 


Please only book double accommodations if you are booking with someone you know since we only have one double room available.


Early Bird Pricing 

Use the code YALLA200 to save $200 on your booking through September 25th, 2022.


Tell a friend! 

Bring a friend and save $100 each with the code HABIBI (please leave me a note in your booking form so I know who you are booking with).


Trip insurance is required to protect against any unforeseen circumstances.  Plan to budget about $200-300 for insurance. Squaremouth is a great resource for comparing different plans.  I highly recommend selecting a plan that has a “cancel for any reason’ upgrade and purchasing travel insurance within 14 days of booking this trip to maximize your coverage options.


Cancellation Policy: Your deposit is non-refundable. The remaining fees are fully refundable (minus any unrecoverable transaction fees) 91 days in advance. Cancellations 61 to 90 days in advance are eligible for a 50% refund of fees above the deposit. Payments made in the 60 days prior to the retreat are non-refundable. If you are able to find a replacement, we will refund your payment less your deposit and any non-recoverable fees. 


This policy exists because we need to ensure that we can meet financial obligations to our venues and in-country partners. This is why trip insurance is so helpful (and required)!

If the trip is canceled due to COVID-19 or other unforeseen circumstances, all payments, minus the deposit will be fully refunded. Deposits are transferrable to a rescheduled trip. 


Please inquire about alternate payment plans as we are happy to make them available.   


*The itinerary and daily schedules may change slightly. 

What’s included

  • Accommodations
  • Most Meals
    Excluding one dinner and one lunch on own in Marrakech
  • Mindful Mornings
  • All Activities
  • Airport Transfers
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Daily Transportation
  • Local Guides
  • A Charitable Donation
  • Tips
  • Water and Snacks
  • Airfare
  • Alcohol
  • Travel Insurance
  • One Dinner in Marrakech
  • One Lunch in Marrakech

Available Packages

Double Accommodations
Available until January 31, 2023only 2 left

Please only book if you are booking with another person you know since we only have one double room available.

$3,995
Deposit: $995
Single Accommodations
Available until January 31, 2023only 3 left
$4,795
Deposit: $995
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Itinerary

Day One
Arrivals + Welcome Dinner

Thursday March 23

Arrivals and transfers to Maison28

Welcome Circle

Dinner at Maison28

Your Organizer


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Nicole Griffin Wellness
I believe that developing skills to remain calm and centered empowers us to step outside of our comfort zone and welcome adventure and expansion. My retreats emphasize meaningful cultural immersion and mindful travel. The practices of yoga and mindfulness provide the ground as we explore how to take our yoga off the mat and into the world. All of my retreats give back to local charities that empower women and girls. I have lived and studied abroad in Turkey, Morocco, Jordan, and Lebanon and work at Calm as a behavioral health coach.

References

This retreat exceeded expectations for its combination of culture and yoga. Each day was constructed to accommodate a great deal of activity with yoga to complement. I hope to join Nicole someday again!
By Sondra A on 06 Jan, 2021
The Moroccan retreat with Nicole was the experience of a lifetime. It was well thought out and guided I loved every minute and had so much fun and am so happy I took the opportunity to do it! Would love to do it again.
By Elda S on 28 Dec, 2020