The Moroccan Soiree 2018:
Step back in time in exotic and enticing Morocco! Spend 3 days exploring the colorful souks and bustling medina of Marrakesh followed by 4 days under the star filled skies in the serene argan fields outside of the sleepy, coastal town of Essaouria. We will dive as deep into this magical culture and into our practice! Yoga, mediation, Thai massage, mantra, ayurveda, commUNITY, amazing foos, sights and sounds, cultural excursions, and potent conversations ….Morocco is intoxicating in it's wonder and we cannot wait to journey with you! The Soiree is an intimate boutique retreat in that there will be only about 10-12 guests.... more time to truly commune with each other and opportunity for individualized attention to your yoga/meditation practice!
We can't wait to Soiree with you!
Cole + Jacq
Accommodation for 7 nights. 3 nights in a traditional riad in Marrakesh and 4 nights at a stunning retreat center far removed from the bustle. Rooms are shared occupancy....a wonderful opportunity to expand and connect. If truly desired, single rooms are available for the 4 nights in Essaouira at a supplemental rate.
All transport included once we have came together at the riad. Any excurisons and activites we take as a group are included in the package price. *You will be resposible for transport to the riad.* As everyone has such different travel plans on when they will come in and leave Morocco, that this is the easiest way to organize it. A private driver from the airport if you would like, should be about $15 each way for singles. You will also take care of any side trips you care to venture on. Note that in Marrakech most everything is walkable...in Essaouria, we will be out from town about 30 miles but will be taking a trip in to explore the village :D
Almost all food will be taken care of. There will be two lunches and one dinner in Marrakesh that will be on you as to give you some autonomy on where you would like to explore. All other meals are included and will be health concious and vegetarian. Vegan options are availble please request along with any other dietary needs in the question section that follows...Get ready for some amazing cuisine! Increbible fresh fruits...(my favorite... figs, cherries, and apricots!) More kinds of olives than you've ever seen, and tangine and cous-cous dishes to drool over....
We will have some group outings as well as some optional excursions in order to allow to have some say in curating your trip.... In Marrakesh we will have more free time as there are so many corners to explore! The following days, we will retreat more inward which we've created to be quite a contrast and welcomed reprieve!
-2 classes daily of a mix of yoga/meditaion/breath work/Thai Massage/learning about ayurveda. You are invited to attend all offerings but more important is to listen to your body throughout the week and move at a pace that is comfortable and spacious to you! There is a massive lesson in honoring into that voice and inner guidance....
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
Flight to/from Marrakesh.
Transport from Airport to meeting point on first day and last and back to day. Many will opt to come early or stay late.... We can assist you with any arrangement you may need support with! We are logistics nerds.. so don't hesitate!
Off-site food, souvenirs, hamams(tradtional saunas/massages) Marrakesh has the most amazing souks(open markets) EVER. There is a method to the madness of bartering.....We will have a lesson over it AND a Moroccan guide to come with us as we learn the fine art of the barter! You will want to bring home some colorful and exotic oddities and treasures!
Any activities you choose to do on your own outside of the retreat schedule.
Travel Insurance (highly recommended. No one plans on having to cancel an epic journey but life happens and insurance can help recoup cost for the retreat and your flight. Don’t always play it safe but in this case... do it.)
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN YOGA MAT. Morocco seems fairly new at hosting yoga retreats and most of the centers I talked with did not provide yoga mats. Plus it's nice to have your own magic carpet;) Many travel mats now can be folded into your luggage!
A BIT ABOUT THAI MASSAGE :
-Thai Yoga Massage has its roots in the ancient systems of Yoga, Buddhism, and Ayurveda. Called the “lazy man’s yoga”, this meditative flow weaves together energy, loving-kindness intention, and mindful techniques to dissolve blockages and alleviate stress. It combines assisted stretching, acupressure, and compression to improve flexibility and balance the body’s energy. A Thai treatment is fully clothed, uses no oil, and is done on a mat on the floor. This bodywork is easily accessible and will make you even more popular with your friends;) We will have a Thai Massage workshop where you will learn to both give and receive a guided treatment... bliss!
A BIT ABOUT AYURVEDA :
-Take charge of your self-care by exploring ancient teachings of Ayurveda!
Ayurveda introduces soild and sustainable approaches to balance your constitution and your life through ritual, food choices, medicinal herbs and spices, mindfulness, yoga asana, pranayama, mantra, and a variety of self-care practices.
Often called "the sister science of yoga", this practice is for anyone interested in deepening their self inquiry. Get inspired by working with the natural rhythms of life! When you learn the tools to live in your flow, you build the foundation for a lifetime of ease and health.
Join us and a small group of seekers to retreat, to rejuvenate, and to explore the exotic landscapes outside and in.... Let's make magic happen... shall we?!?!?