Morocco Yoga & Culture Retreat

Ourika, Morocco

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Nicole Griffin Wellness
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Oct 16 - 23, 2021
Group size: 8 - 14
Morocco Yoga & Culture Retreat
Ourika, Morocco

Nicole Griffin Wellness
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Oct 16 - 23, 2021
Group size: 8 - 14

About this trip

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.  

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 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 market
  • Visits to the beautiful Anima Gardens and the Yves Saint Laurent Majorelle Gardens
  • A traditional bread making lesson
  • A visit to the local hamam
  • Tea at the world-famous La Mamounia Hotel
  • Drinks at the stunning, five-star property, Kasbah Tamadot
  • A visit to a local school to learn about the region's development association

Yoga

We will have 1-2 yoga sessions each day.  Our morning sessions will include vinyasa yoga and short meditations and our evening sessions will include yin and restorative yoga.  While a basic level of yoga is very helpful, all yoga 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

Cancellation Policy & Payment

We are not able to provide refunds for any reason.  Trip insurance is required to protect against any unforeseen circumstances.  If the trip is canceled due to COVID-19, deposits will be refunded. 


To secure your spot, place a 30% deposit; final payments will be due by August 15, 2021. Upon booking, please send proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to Nicole. 


*The itinerary and daily schedules may change slightly.  Please inquire about payment plans as we are happy to make them available.   

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 Gnawa 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
only 2 left
$2395
Deposit: $718
Double Room with Ensuite Bath
only 2 left
$2595
Deposit: $778
Single Room with Shared Bathroom
5 left
$2995
Deposit: $899
Single Room with Ensuite Bath
4 left
$3195
Deposit: $958


Itinerary

Day 1
Arrivals + Welcome Dinner

-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
I believe that developing skills to remain calm & centered empower us to step outside of our comfort zone & welcome adventure & 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 & studied abroad in Turkey, Morocco, Jordan, & Lebanon and work at Calm as a behavioral health coach.

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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