Morocco Mindful Travel + Yoga Retreat

Ourika, Morocco

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Nicole Griffin Wellness
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Sep 5 - 11, 2024
Group size: 5 - 9
Morocco Mindful Travel + Yoga Retreat
Ourika, Morocco

Nicole Griffin Wellness
  • Email address verified
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10 reviews

Sep 5 - 11, 2024
Group size: 5 - 9

About this trip


Embark on an unforgettable journey and immerse yourself in the art of mindful travel as we seamlessly blend daily adventures with the restorative power of gentle yoga. 


This exclusive retreat provides the perfect sanctuary to rejuvenate your body and mind, surrounded by like-minded travelers seeking adventure and restoration. 


Immerse yourself in beautiful landscapes, connect with diverse cultures, and experience the harmonious synergy of travel and mindful restoration. 


Discover Explore & Restore: Gentle Yoga for Mindful Travelers, a proprietary practice exclusively offered through Nicole Griffin's retreats. The transformative magic of the Explore & Restore practice gently guides you towards inner peace, enhanced self-awareness, and a deeper connection to your surroundings. 


This unique approach creates an inspiring and nurturing environment, allowing you to cultivate mindfulness, reduce stress, and release tension, leaving you feeling grounded and revitalized. 

As the mastermind behind the Explore & Restore technique, Nicole combines her extensive expertise as a yoga and mindfulness teacher and intrepid traveler to craft intentional and transformative retreats. 


With a deep care for curating meaningful travel adventures and her unique blend of mindfulness, cultural immersion, and wellness, Nicole has developed an unparalleled experience that nurtures both body and soul, offering travelers an enriching and life-changing experience like no other.  Step into your truest self, one mindful adventure at a time, with Nicole's unparalleled and exclusive retreats.  


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

Website: https://nicolegriffinwellness.com/ 

Email: nicole@nicolegriffinwellness.com 

IG: @nicolegriffinwellness 


Activities

  • Evening walk in the local village + visit Douar Sbiti Association to learn about the region surrounding the retreat center
  • Visit to Andre Heller's famous Anima Gardens
  • Visit to Le Safran Paradis, a local saffron farm with a mindfulness garden
  • Guided tour of Marrakech historic sites with a professional guide
  • Exclusive private tour of an Amazigh women's weaving studio (or "loom room") tucked away in the Atlas Mountains 
  • Guided hike and carpet shopping in Imlil, a beautiful mountain village in the Atlas
  • Private concert of African kora music at Bab Zouina
  • Pottery making class + tour of a traditional pottery village
  • Moroccan cooking class + dinner at Ourika Organic Kitchen
  • Optional hot air balloon ride
  • One free day to rest or explore on your own

Sahara Desert Extension Trip

You will  have the option of adding on a Sahara Desert extension trip for an additional 4 nights. 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

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 support local charities.  


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 intentional 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.   


Read more here: Why Mindful Travel Matters (by Nicole)

Travel is Wellness

Nicole’s retreats are designed to infuse a sense of purpose, intention, and community. They are based on the belief that travel expands our minds and hearts, sharpens our perspective, de-conditions 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 and connection 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 (by Nicole)

Daily Mindfulness + Nervous System Care

Nicole's  has developed her proprietary Explore and Restore practice over the course of 15 years of immersive travel in the MENA region + 10 years of teaching yoga + 5 years of leading retreats.


We will come together intentionally as a group each morning to center and create space for deep and meaningful cultural immersions.


Our evening restorative practices are designed to help us digest and integrate our travel experiences  and to support our bodies, minds, and nervous systems as we travel. 


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 intentional breathing and mindfulness practices. 


No experience is required, these practices are designed to be accessible for everyone.

Social Impact

$200 per booking will go to support the following charities:

  • Douar Sbiti Association – Douar Sbiti is the village surrounding Bab Zouina, our retreat center. The association oversees sustainable development initiatives, which include access to drinking water, opportunities for local children to receive education, and economic opportunities for women and girls.
  • Education for All - Very few girls from rural communities in Morocco get the opportunity to continue their education after primary school. In fact, in rural areas, up to 83% of women are illiterate. To help tackle this, EFA, a Moroccan NGO, is building and running girls’ boarding houses near secondary schools, so girls from rural families can continue their education.

Payments & Cancellation Policy

To secure your spot, place a $995 deposit; final payments will be due by July 5, 2024.   


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

  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Delicious Daily Meals
  • Daily Yoga Sessions
    Mindful morning movement and restorative evening sessions
  • All Activities
    Including cultural and historical tours and exclusive artisan visits
  • All Entry Fees
  • Airport Transfers
  • Daily Transportation
  • Professional Guides
  • Charitable Donations
  • Tips
  • Private Concert
    Senegalese Kora Music

What’s not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
    (required)
  • Alcohol
  • Hot AIr Balloon Ride
    (you can add this on!)

Available Packages

Double or Twin Room (Shared Bathroom)
Available until July 5, 2024
$2,995
Deposit: $995
Double or Twin Room (Private Bathroom)
Available until July 5, 2024
$3,395
Deposit: $995
Single Room (Shared Bathroom)
Available until July 5, 2024
$3,695
Deposit: $995
Single (Private Bathroom)
Available until July 5, 2024
$3,995
Deposit: $995

Available options



Itinerary

Day One
Arrivals + Welcome Dinner

Thursday Sept. 5th

Arrivals and transfers to Bab Zouina

Opening circle + welcome dinner

Restorative yoga session

Your Organizer


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Nicole Griffin Wellness
10 reviews
Explore the world alongside Nicole Griffin, a masterful restorative yoga teacher and seasoned retreat leader. With a passion for mindful travel, she expertly fuses cultural immersion + restorative practices, crafting journeys that nourish body + soul. Let Nicole guide you through mindful retreats that transcend the ordinary, inviting you to connect, discover, and expand amidst breathtaking landscapes. With 15 years of experience, she brings mindfulness to every adventure, ensuring your travels are as transformative as they are inspiring

Reviews

This retreat was beyond amazing. Nicole has curated a trip that lets people see the ins and outs of Morocco while teaching practice to regulate your nervous system! We met so many wonderful people with such inspiring stories (and delicious food)! Our group of travelers were hilarious, open minded, and kind hearted humans that I couldn’t be more grateful to have met! From Marrakech to the Sahara, sunrise to sunset, our drivers, hosts, tour guides, photographers etc. everything and everyone were perfect! Thank you so much Nicole! ♥️✌🏼
By Haley D for Morocco Mindful Travel + Art Retreat on Nov 18, 2023
Nicole hosted an amazing trip through Marrakesh and the Sahara desert. Everything was organized and planned out very thoughtfully. Taking this trip with someone who knows the area and the people of Morocco made for a unique experience and brought us to many hidden gems of Morocco. In addition, I always felt extremely safe and at ease amidst a language and culture I knew nothing about, thanks to Nicole and her network of people to guide us. I have already recommended that many of my friends book the same trip!
By Kristonn C for Morocco Art and Culture Retreat on Jun 04, 2023
Nicole has created a WONDERFUL retreat itinerary rich with attention to detail and an understanding of the broad sweep of a cohesive experience. She does all this in her soft spoken manner, never intrusive but steadfast in the understanding of what makes a great experience for travelers who are meeting for the first time embarking on a wild ride of smells, colors, tastes, sensations and moving experiences. Nicole's understanding of the nervous system and how this aspect of the body MUST be attended to, especially when out of a person's comfort zone, is what sets her apart as a retreat leader. Her directional flow of the retreat itinerary meets the amp-ed up energy of the body that comes with long travel days and the excitement of landing at the destination. Nicole expertly meets the traveler "where they are at" with rich professionally guided experiences through the ancient Marrakesh Medina to the calming long days of driving towards the desert with stops at various places of interest. She does this in a way that I never felt hurried or shuffled along, ticking off this and that. By the time we arrived at the desert, the collective group energy was relaxed, cohesive and ready for the expansion the Sahara desert offers. Bravo! Nicole anticipated needs from her travelling "go bag" with all manner of medicinal helps to having snacks always at hand, just in case, she had us covered with her sweet and generous smile. Nicole responded to almost every question with a variation of, "sure, let me see what I can do to help you with that." This infectious attitude made our particular group excited to rise to any and all occasions to support each other. Lover of all things beautiful, entranced by the magic of Moroccan arts and the skill of the artisans, Nicole's obvious love of this magnificent country will seep into the very marrow of your bones. Say Yes! to Morocco with Nicole. 
By Tina R for Morocco Art and Culture Retreat on May 09, 2023
I have been fortunate to enjoy some wonderful travels so far in my life. This time with Nicole in Morocco is now the shining star at the top of travel memories. I had been curious about Morocco for years, and now I know exactly why I was so drawn. I didn’t think I wanted to plan all the details or navigate my way independently. Finding this supported small group with Nicole was so meant to be! Nicole pulls together all the people, places, and authentic cultural experiences that will show you why she loves Morocco so much. This carefully curated journey really showcased the artisans and craftspeople who help make Morocco the beautiful magical place that it is. And meeting with local women who are creating their own unique paths in this country was especially inspiring. There may be some truth to stereotypes about challenges you encounter in Morocco, but I promise you that the beauty, and kindness, and hospitality you can find far outshines any of that. And with Nicole and her support team managing so many details you will feel so well taken care of. Nicole also weaved in her very kind, wise mindfulness and centering practices to help us hold the full days. All of your senses will be overflowing with the wonder of Morocco!
By Susan F for Morocco Art and Culture Retreat on Apr 15, 2023
I cannot recommend Nicole and this retreat enough. Morocco is an aesthetically beautiful place and the vibe is so different than where I am from in the United States (KCMO). This retreat was a reminder of the expansiveness of the world and that there are so many different ways to pace oneself. Nicole is a thoughtful group leader. There is not one detail that is left unconsidered. She knows the region, the language, and the cultural norms to help one feel at ease. There is enough activity to keep one engaged and enough down time to keep one rested. I will continue to recommend this retreat to everyone. It was an experience that I will hold dear for my entire life. Thank you Nicole!
By Sharese Y for Morocco Art and Culture Retreat on Apr 11, 2023
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Nicole hosted an amazing trip through Marrakesh and the Sahara desert. Everything was organized and planned out very thoughtfully. Taking this trip with someone who knows the area and the people of Morocco made for a unique experience and brought us to many hidden gems of Morocco. In addition, I always felt extremely safe and at ease amidst a language and culture I knew nothing about, thanks to Nicole and her network of people to guide us through the trip. I have already recommended that many of my friends book the same trip!
By Kristonn C on 04 Jun, 2023
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I traveled with Nicole to Morocco for a Yoga and Culture Retreat. Words cannot do this experience justice! It was an incredible, exciting and varied trip, always returning to the peaceful oasis of Bab Zouina. Nicole planned a series of amazing visits and locations for us to enjoy. Her breadth of knowledge and love for the art, culture, enviroment, and the Moroccan people shined in the passion that she put into planning this retreat. Her love for Morocco is inspriring and it's contagious! That love spread to me after experiencing the country and all that it has to offer through this once-in-a-lifetime trip. I cannot wait to return to visit my new Moroccan family! I highly recommend Nicole and her retreats.
By Laurie P on 02 Dec, 2022
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
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