Morocco Yoga and Culture Retreat

Ourika, Morocco

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Nicole Griffin Wellness
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Oct 15 - 22, 2022
Group size: 6 - 9
Morocco Yoga and Culture Retreat
Ourika, Morocco

Nicole Griffin Wellness
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5 reviews

$NaN
Oct 15 - 22, 2022
Group size: 6 - 9

About this trip

Only 2 more spots left!!


Spend 8 days and 7 nights in the stunning Ourika Valley, about 45 minutes south of Marrakesh. We will stay in a beautiful retreat center that offers striking mountain views, an expertly landscaped garden, and a fully-equipped yoga studio.  Eat delicious homemade Moroccan food, drink as much mint tea as you'd like, relax, renew, and immerse yourself in Morocco's beauty and hospitality.  


Throughout your stay, you will enjoy daily yoga classes (appropriate and accessible for all levels of experience), carefully curated cultural activities, and opportunities to interact in meaningful ways with the diverse people of Morocco.  


Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required to book this trip.  

Please contact me 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 private cooking class at the Amal Women's Center
  • A guided hike in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and a home-cooked picnic lunch
  • A stop at a women's carpet cooperative
  • A sunrise hot air balloon ride over local Amazigh villages
  • A guided tour of historic sites in Marrakesh
  • A second trip to Marrakesh that includes free time for shopping
  • Two private concerts at our retreat center, featuring traditional Moroccan music
  • Visits to a local saffron farm and a local Amazigh market
  • Visits to the beautiful Anima Gardens and the Yves Saint Laurent Majorelle Gardens
  • A traditional bread making lesson
  • A traditional Moroccan hamam (bath) session 
  • Tea at the world-famous La Mamounia Hotel
  • Drinks at the stunning, five-star property, Kasbah Tamadot
  • Lunch and tea at an Education for All Morocco boarding house to learn about girls' education in rural Morocco

Yoga

We will have 1-2 movement sessions each day.  Our morning sessions will include mindful yoga and short meditations and our evening sessions will include yin and restorative yoga.  While a basic level of yoga is very helpful, all movement sessions are appropriate for all levels of experience.  


Our retreat center has a fully stocked indoor yoga space, with props, mats, and beautiful views of the property.  They also offer an outdoor yoga terrace.

Meaningful Cultural Immersion

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 non-profits.  A portion of the proceeds of this retreat will be donated to benefit these organizations.  


Nicole lived in Morocco during grad school while she was studying Arabic and fell in love with the country.  On her retreats, meaningful cultural immersion is the centerpiece while yoga provides the container  to process the trip.

Sahara Desert Extension Trip

You will  have the option of adding on a Sahara Desert extension trip for an additional 5 days.  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

Payments & Cancellation Policy

To secure your spot, place a 30% deposit; final payments will be due by August 15, 2022. 


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.


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 payment plans as we are happy to make them available.   


*The itinerary and daily schedules may change slightly. 

What’s included

  • Accommodations
  • Daily Yoga Sessions
  • Most Meals
    Excluding one dinner out in Marrakesh
  • All Activities
  • Airport Transfer
    Plan to fly in and out of Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK)
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Daily Transportation
  • Local Guides
  • Two Private Concerts
    of Kora and Diqqa traditional music
  • A Hot Air Balloon Ride
    A sunrise adventure over local Amazigh villages
  • A Charitable Donation
    To the local charities we interact with during our trip
  • Airfare
  • Tips
  • Alcohol
  • One Dinner in Marrakesh
  • Drinks at Kasbah Tamadot
  • Travel Insurance

Available Packages

Double Room with Shared Bathroom
Available until September 15, 2022Sold Out
$2,595
Single Room with Shared Bathroom
Available until September 15, 2022only 3 left
$3,095
Single Room with Ensuite Bath
Available until September 15, 2022only 3 left
$3,295


Itinerary

Day 1
Arrivals + Welcome Dinner

Saturday Oct. 15


-Arrivals to Marrakesh Airport 

-Transfer to retreat property outside of Marrakesh (45 minute drive)  

-Plan to land by 3:30 pm in order to arrive in time for dinner


6:30 pm - Welcome dinner and restorative yoga practice to follow.

Your Organizer


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Nicole Griffin Wellness
5 reviews
I believe that developing skills to remain calm and centered empowers us to stretch 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 nourish our minds, bodies, and spirits while we explore and discover. 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 & work as a coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Reviews

When doing more adventurous travel, I often struggle to find the right balance of “DO ALL THE THINGS” and “actually, this is vacation and I should rest so I return revitalized.” Luckily, Nicole’s thoughtful planning helps establish that balance for you. Yoga nidra under the stars. Camel rides. Sunrise over the dunes. Respectful and helpful drivers and translators prepared to help you accomplish anything. Nicole has brought everything together for an experience as engaging as it is relaxing. Morocco is a second home for Nicole, and she ensures it feels like one for you as well. Her support ensures you aren’t limited if there’s something off-plan that you want to experience, but you feel like you’ve gotten the full experience even if you do nothing more than what’s on the agenda. Her calming energy means that even when you’re extremely type A, you never worry about what comes next. I am so lucky to have had this experience, and I want to go back immediately. You will too.
By Margaret T for Sahara Desert Extension Trip on 26 Dec, 2022
LS
I can't picture a better way to be introduced to Morocco than Nicole's yoga & culture retreat and Sahara extension. So well organized and thought out that on top of her restorative yoga practice that helps regulate an overworked nervous system, the surroundings and people she partners with to created this seamless retreat added another layer of safety and calming effect that allowed for vulnerability, openness, and healing of some sort. The best part is she thinks and plans for us (with windows of free time of course), a relief for anyone who is looking to leave their busy thinking brain at home during travels. And you can also trust in her to take care of things. Overall, the memories that we created together (planned and not planed) are little treasures that put a smile on my face and make me yearn to go back.
By Liliana S for Morocco Yoga and Culture Retreat on 21 Nov, 2022
I am so blessed to have stumbled upon this trip. All my senses were engaged with new tastes, smells, sounds, sights. New people. Nicole was wonderful. We got to see the real Morocco when we went to the Medina, and the women carpet weavers in the mountains. Each day was exciting. And each day I learned something new. If you are considering a retreat with Nicole I wholeheartedly recommend you go. You will not be sorry. My trip was the trip of a lifetime. Thank you Nicole.
By Rachel R for Morocco Yoga and Culture Retreat on 20 Nov, 2022
This retreat with Nicole was an amazing, magical experience. Honestly life-changing. Nicole curated wonderfully interesting, meaningful experiences for us that gave us an incredibly valuable and moving insight into local culture and traditions. The retreat center (Bab Zouina) was nothing short of heavenly - doing yoga with an amazing group of women on a rooftop overlooking the Atlas mountains watching the sunrise and listening to the sounds of birds singing and roosters crowing was an experience rivaled only by the concerts with local music and dancing around a firepit under a blanket of dazzling stars. Every day of the retreat was a total joy and complete privilege. And Nicole was the perfect group leader, making the experience not only logistically seamless but deeply meaningful in so many ways. I will definitely be doing another retreat with Nicole - hopefully many!
By Leslie S for Morocco Yoga and Culture Retreat on 31 Oct, 2022
Nicole curated a very thoughtful program that included yoga and mindfulness practices to help keep us grounded throughout the week. Our program focused on cultural immersion and included lots of chances to spend time with real people and observe life in Morocco in places that don't make the typical tourist itinerary (like visiting women weavers and a girls' school in the high Atlas Mountains), but Nicole made sure we also hit all the big Marrakech attractions. Bab Zouina provided a really beautiful home base for all of our adventures. It felt like a true retreat away from the bustle of Marrakech, with beautiful grounds, a well-appointed yoga studio, and even a traditional hammam. I already miss the scent of jasmine in the air while walking to my room at night!
By Taylor M for Morocco Yoga and Culture Retreat on 31 Oct, 2022

References

LP
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
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