Mesmerized in Morocco

October 14 - 20, 2017

Yoga Retreat in Marrakech, Morocco

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About

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Mesmerized in Marrakech with Andrea Manitsas

Your week is filled with yoga twice daily, incredible meals, out of this world shopping, guided city tours inside the Medina,and so much more. Choose to spend your days lounging by the pool, reading in the library, or meditating in the treehouse. There’s also optional  tagine cooking class, spa day at the hammam with argan oil massage, a day trip to the sleepy fishing village of Essaouira to ride camels on the beach, or a trip to the Atlas Mountains. You choose your adventure!

Fellah Luxury Hotel, our home for the week is a stylish country club just outside the city offering gorgeous accommodations, world-class spa, boxing gym, yoga studio, swimming pool, gardens, a few animals and lots of areas for lounging.

 

Our retreat in Morocco will enchant your every sense. From spices galore, shopping the souks, sensual argan oil massages, and morning calls to prayer. Heighten your senses in this charming land.

From the boutiques in the new city to the treasures hidden in the souks, you will find what your heart desires as you peruse the Marrakech marketplace. Traditional rugs, argan oil, handmade baskets, silver, lamps, & much more await.

Includes

This retreat includes :

– 6 nights luxury accommodations at Fellah

– Moroccan breakfast daily

– Opening & Closing Dinners plus one rooftop dinner in the Medina at a favorite spot

– Yoga daily as per itinerary

– Guided tour of Marrakech’s historical sites

– Guided Shopping afternoon through the souks

– Resort taxes & fees


*Airfare, airport transfers, additional meals, and gratuities for staff are not included.

Pricing

PRIVATE superior queen rooms*

These well appointed rooms have 1 queen bed, ensuite bathroom and seating area.

 

Private Queen room $2,215usd;  Shared bed* $1,690usd per person

*Please provide your own bedmate for this option.


SHARED deluxe king rooms*

These well appointed rooms have 1 king bed, additional individual bed for sharing, ensuite bathroom and seating area.

 

Shared room : King bed $1,790usd per person;  Twin bed $1,590usd per person


*No discount codes can be applied to this retreat.

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Itinerary

 Marrakech Yoga Retreat Itinerary

DAY ONE SATURDAY OCTOBER 14, 2017 : arrive & settle

3pm Check in, arrival & settle into accommodations
5:30pm Opening grounding circle & stretch
8pm Group Dinner at Fellah


DAY TWO SUNDAY OCTOBER 15, 2017 : explore marrakech

8am Coffee, tea and fruit available
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:15am Breakfast
12pm Guided Marrakech City Tour w/ Marjorelle Gardens & Ben Youseff Koran School
Free time in the souks for shopping and inspiration
Lunch/Snack OYO
7pm Dinner together in Marrakech

   


DAY THREE MONDAY OCTOBER 16, 2017 : Relax

8am Coffee, tea and fruit available
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:15am Breakfast
Optional boxing workshop, spa services or relaxing by the pool
Optional Day trip to the glorious Atlas Mountains (11am – 9pm Lunch, hike, relax $135usd)
Lunch/Snack OYO
6-7pm Gentle Yoga
Dinner OYO


DAY FOUR TUESDAY OCTOBER 17, 2017 : cook

8am Coffee, tea and fruit available
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:15am Breakfast
Optional Cooking Class w/ lunch (11:30a-4pm $75usd)
Optional boxing workshop, spa services or relaxing by the pool
6-7pm Gentle Yoga
Dinner OYO (Bellydancing and dinner anyone?!)


DAY FIVE WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18, 2017 : Explore

8am Coffee, tea and fruit available
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:15am Breakfast
Optional trip to the coast of Essaouira for camel rides on the beach w/ grilled local sardines lunch;
Explore Essaouira & Shopping on your own; Dinner at Taros Restaurant OYO (11am – 10pm $135usd)
Optional boxing workshop, spa services or relaxing by the pool
Dinner OYO

 


DAY SIX THURSDAY OCTOBER 19, 2017 : Explore

8am Coffee, tea and fruit available
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:15am Breakfast
Free Day to relax or take a guided shopping trip to the Marrakech souks (11:30am – 5pm included)
Lunch/Snack OYO
6-7pm Gentle Yoga
8pm Closing Dinner together at Fellah

 


DAY SEVEN FRIDAY OCTOBER 20, 2017 : departure day

7am Coffee, tea and fruit available
Airport Transfers according to flight times (not included in pack)


*Itinerary is subject to changes and upgrades as necessary during the retreat. We thank you for your flexibility and understanding while traveling as sometimes unexpected changes need to be made.

Stay

Fellah Luxury Hotel

Our luxury accommodations just outside Marrakech at Fellah are the perfect location to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Red City.  They have been featured in countless design and style magazines for their amazing taste and interior design. Swimming pool, animals, gorgeous grounds and gardens, yoga tent, restaurant, Moroccan style lounges, and amazing rooms are all at our disposal during this incredible adventure. 

 

Moroccan interior design is iconic. Fellah Luxury Hotel nails the look with modern furnishings and luxurious finishes. High-end design at every turn. Choose from shared or private suites with ensuite bathrooms, high ceilings, incredible toiletries, and well appointed rooms.  Did we mention the Atlas Mountain views?

After yoga class choose to relax by the pool, take a walk around the grounds, enjoy a spa service, or train with the in-house boxing pro in the ring. It’s your retreat…enjoy!

 

Payments

Deposits of $500usd* are due to secure your space in the retreat

The balance of your retreat (minus your retreat deposit portion) is due 60 days prior to arrival.

You may pay with a credit card using the PayPal links below (4% fee applies) or you may choose a bank wire transfer.


MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT HERE :

Please check availability with us for accommodations before making your $500usd deposit*

Roommates should book together. If you would like to share a room and do not have a roommate we will provide one for you.

You will be directed to Paypal.com





POLICIES


CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations made within 45 days or less of arrival are 100% non refundable. All initial deposits are non-refundable.

CLIENT RESPONSIBILITY

The acceptance of a verbal or written confirmation from YOGA ADVENTURES WORLDWIDE (YAWW) constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions listed herein. Participants are responsible to be adequately insured, therefore Traveler’s Insurance is strongly recommended*. YAWW and its staff assume no responsibility nor liability for any delay, loss, damage, injury or accident with regards to persons or property which may be caused by fault or negligence of any third party vendor. This includes hotels, transportation providers, and local operators participating in part for our services. YAWW shall be held harmless for any expense caused by injury or accident, to any participants as well as any loss or damage of personal items while on our tours. We reserve the right to make any changes to services and itineraries, with or without notice, which may become necessary. YAWW are not to be held responsible for changes in itinerary beyond our control, this includes bad weather or hurricanes; any inconvenience or complication caused by a hurricane’s direct hit, near miss, or significant threat of a hurricane strike. There are no refunds due to flight cancellations or changes, strikes, labor disputes, lockouts, threats or acts of terrorism, acts of war or declared war.

* Worldnomads.com is reliable, flexible travel insurance if you are interested.

By submitting payments toward your retreat you accept these terms and conditions.

If you have any questions regarding the details of this retreat please feel free to contact us to set up a Skype conversation or to receive further info via email.

Travel Tips Guide

GETTING TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT :

There are several options for arriving in Morocco to meet the group :

1.  Fly into Marrakech’s Menara International Airport (RAK). There are many flight daily from major cities worldwide. A driver can be arranged to bring you directly to the Riad from the airport. Travel time is approximately 30-45 minutes.

2.  Flights into Casablanca International Airport (CMN-Mohammed V) are sometimes less expensive than flights directly into Marrakech.  You have two choices for taking public transport :

The simplest would be to take the train (located in the CMN airport) to Marrakech (130 dirham = about £11 or US$17, about 4 hours travel). Then, leave the main entrance to the train station, take a right on Avenue Mohammed VI, and another right when you get to the roundabout (this road is N8) You will pass Hotel Ibis, and find the “”Supratours” bus station (about 60 Dirham each + 5 Dirham per bag = US$8, 3 hours traveling, four daily). Supratours will take you to the center of Essaouira, right in between the Bab Sbaa and Bab Marrakech entrance to the Medina.

Also from the Mohammed V Airport, you can take the hourly train to the Casa Port station (about 40 dirham each, with a train change at the Ain Sebaa train station). From the Casa Port station, walk 1 km towards the “Place Zellaqa”, where you should see the “Compagnie de Transports au Maroc” (CTM) bus station. CTM is the state bus station of Morocco, and has 2 buses daily from Casablanca (130 Dirhams = about US$12, 6-7 hours traveling) to Essaouira.  Alternatively a driver can be arranged to bring you directly to the Riad from the airport. Travel time is approximately 3 hours.

Please check out this link for more on train travel in Morocco.

If you would like us to organize a private car service for you (or try to share with others arriving at a similar time) please forward your flight itinerary and we will coordinate your ride to the Riad in Essarouira directly from the airport. We expect that most retreat participants will be arriving a few days before the retreat and spending time in Marrakech, another location of their choice, or coming directly to Essaouria.  We recommend Chambres d’amis in Marrakech for a stay in the Red City and booking a room with Villa Maroc if you’d like to check out Essaouira before or after.

A private ride from RAK to Fellah hotel is around $100usd one way and from CMN to Fellah Hotel $200usd one way (at the time of writing). If we have others with similar arrivals we can try to pair you together to share the ride and the cost. Please check with us when booking flights.

AIRLINE TICKET TIPS AND TRICKS :

1.  Each time you plan to search for flights you should ‘Clear Browsing Data’ from your device.  Google how to here. This deletes any previous searches from your computer so you get a fresh start with pricing out flights.

2.  There is a sweet spot for buying airline tickets 6 weeks before your trip on a Tuesday.

3.  Huffington Post also has these suggestions that might be helpful.

4.  I use Google Flights to find the best dates and rates for travel. Check it out, you will love it!


WHAT TO WEAR & WHAT TO BRING :
DRESS

Morocco is a progressive Muslim country with much respect and rights for women. You can see everything from full head-to-toe coverage to sheer wraps over bikinis in Morocco but the majority of foreign women wear skirts or capris, comfortable walking shoes, and a modest top. Try to stick with outfits that extend to the knee and cover the shoulders and collar bone. This type of dress will eliminate much of the unwanted attention you may receive based on appearance.

Weather at this time of year is in the mid to high 70s F during the day with mild sunshine. Evenings cool quite quickly so please be prepared with a warmer jacket or shawl. A wrap is always a good idea to have handy. You can expect a bit of rain during this time of year versus the hot and dry summer months so bring a portable umbrella that packs easily just in case.

BRING

Our Riad does NOT provide any yoga props so please bring your own mat (I find that folding mind in quarters and laying it at the bottom of my suitcase flat works quite well). Blocks, straps, and blankets will be improvised or you can bring your own if they are a pertinent part of your practice.

Feel free to bring a journal for capturing your thoughts or any art supplies to stretch your creative muscle in this very artistically inclined city.

Sunglasses, sun hat, good walking shoes, comfortable and appropriate clothing, yoga clothes, a bathing suit, as well as your camera are all good items to have with you.

A Universal Adaptor for plugs is necessary so please plan to bring one along for charging devices.  Morocco has European style 2 prong outlets.

Shopping is at every turn in Morocco so it may be a good idea to pack a collapsable yet sturdy duffle bag at the bottom of your large suitcase (leave space as well for extra goodies you’ll surely pick up!). I usually pack a smaller carry on with all my items for a trip then place it inside my empty larger suitcase to check PLUS the empty duffle bag inside it all (but i LOVE to shop)! If that is too much for you and you find yourself in need of a bag one can be purchased in Morocco to bring back home filled with your new treasures.


CULTURE & MOROCCAN NATIONALS

Overall Morocco is an amazing and most hospitable country therefore women traveling alone should not be afraid, just sensible, respectful, aware, and cautious.

For the most part Moroccans are incredibly open-minded, especially in cities where tourism is common (Marrakesh, Casablanca, Fes, Essaouira, Rabat, Meknes, and Ouarzazate) and you will find it quite easy to have conversations with locals (in souks and hotels) about world politics, the cultural and historical traditions of Morocco and the economy. Moroccans who work in the tourism industry and in the souks tend to be multi-lingual and up to date on world politics. If you are a person who enjoys conversation during your travels you will find the opportunity to discuss many things within the souks and markets while you are shopping and being offered the traditional hospitality of mint tea.

If you are a female traveler in Morocco there is little to worry about as long as you maintain respectful dress and carry yourself appropriately. The popularity of tourism caused the Moroccan economy to undergo a process of liberalization and modernization, consequently altering some societal values. Today, Moroccan women are taking more active roles in the government, law, medicine, warfare, and trade. There is also an increase in university enrollment among the younger generation, ultimately, leading to a more open-minded youth and a greater tolerance for modern ideas and western influences. Consequently, Moroccans are getting more used to seeing females (particularly tourists) visiting cafes and other places that were in the past were primarily frequented by men.

TIPS FOR FEMALE TRAVELERS

Don’t react to catcalls, whistles, or anything else directed at you.

Dress conservatively, no mini skirts, shorts, tank tops or tight shirts.

Enjoy the culture by becoming a participant and dress in a Caftan or Jellabah (the traditional robe worn by local women).

Don’t go out on your own at night if you are not in a major city or area that is well lit.

If asked, let people know you are married and carry a photo of your ‘husband’ with you or buy yourself a modest ring to wear on your wedding finger.

If you feel you are being harassed or followed, walk into a shop or hotel and ask for help.

If you are lost ask directions from a woman or family.

If you feel threatened by someone make a scene by shouting loudly to shame the person.

If you speak French, Spanish, or Arabic it will make it easier to stand up for yourself if you encounter undesirable behavior.

If it is possible, travel in a group of women or with a male. While tourists are welcome all over Morocco, Moroccans are still uncomfortable with the idea of a solo female traveler; with the exception of major cities.

Public displays of affection such as kissing are considered taboo in Morocco and should be reserved for the privacy of your Riad or hotel room.

Praise

“Thank you so much for an epic retreat in Morocco! You really have a sixth sense for beauty, for places, and for knowing what we need. I really appreciate what you all do! An all around amazing experience it was more than i could have hoped for. Thank you all involved in the organization, preparation, and service throughout. I would recommend this trip and Yoga Adventures Worldwide to anyone.”

— Vanessa L.  Miami, FL

“Christina just makes it easy. She understands how busy everyone is and she keeps it simple with e-mails and payments. Plus, on-site they are your friends, companions on the mat and grand organizers. She knows everyone in Morocco, and it’s like visiting friends- like coming home.”

— Gillian K.  New York, NY

“Amazing trip with like-minded individuals who know how to balance serious yoga practice with fun cultural immersion. I can’t think of a better way or excuse to travel to wonderful places! Nina is an approachable, authentic, loving instructor. Well prepared pre-departure and during trip; flexibility in schedule, welcoming and accepting of all participants, warm personalities. Yoga Adventures Worldwide picks delicious restaurants, unique experiences, and all at an affordable price. I felt full, satisfied and eager for the next meal every time.”

— Jackie C.  Portland, ME

“Yoga Adventures Worldwide is a hidden gem. It offers a one of a kind awakening experience, that brings together unique people from around the world. Excellent leadership by all! I feel so taken care of and safe!  You all are amazing.”

— Amanda T.  Philly, PA

“Everything was wonderful! it gave such a good taste of Morocco! Literally did everything i wanted to do. Great ideas and locations for all! I loved the food at the hotel and the recommended restaurants. The cooking class was a great addition. Christina made sure all food preferences and allergies were taken care of. Nina is amazing! I feel incredible mentally, spiritually and physically. My body can totally feel the low lunge. I also loved the meditation. Thank you! 10 stars! Amazing! so stunning- great location! The staff is beyond nice and helpful. Overall great trip and wonderful experience, will be recommending to anyone and everyone!”

— Nora B.  Philly, PA USA