Morocco Yoga & Culture Retreat

Ourika, Morocco

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Nicole Griffin Wellness
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Oct 15 - 22, 2022
Group size: 8 - 15
Morocco Yoga & Culture Retreat
Ourika, Morocco

Nicole Griffin Wellness
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$NaN
Oct 15 - 22, 2022
Group size: 8 - 15

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.  

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

Early bird pricing is in effect now through May 15, 2022! Prices will rise by $200 on May 16, 2022.


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 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
4 left
$2,595
Deposit: $778
Double Room with Ensuite Bath
5 left
$2,795
Deposit: $838
Single Room with Shared Bathroom
6 left
$3,095
Deposit: $928
Single Room with Ensuite Bath
4 left
$3,295
Deposit: $988
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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 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.

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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