Morocco is every traveler's dream. This gateway to sub-Saharan Africa is a country of rich diversity and warm hospitality mixing centuries-old tradition with a firm view towards the future. We will begin in Marrakech and explore the labyrinth medinas, excellent restaurants, and visits with local artisans. We will be dazzled by the snake charmers as we imbibe the ubiquitous fresh-pressed mint tea and take in everyday life in this bustling city. From Marrakech will be driven to the nearby Stone Desert where we will sleep in comfortable desert tents. We will take in the expansive night sky, enjoy camel trekking and a yoga practice overlooking the vast sand dunes. Another short drive will take us to the spectacular Atlas Mountains, North Africa’s highest mountain range, where we will stay in an exquisite Kasbah surrounded by green fields and groves of olives, lemon, and orange trees while gazing at the nearby snowy mountain peaks. Day trips will take us to nearby mountain villages. Our hotels are chosen for their level of service, location, and exquisite design. Our retreat will be led by an expert guide to ensure we experience a unique vantage point of this most incredible of countries.
A $1000 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip. The final balance payment is due July 7, 2023. If ... you cancel prior to the final balance due date we will refund any payments you have made so far, minus the $1000 non-refundable deposit. We will send you an invoice to complete your payment in advance of the final balance date. If you do not complete payment on your own, the card on file will be automatically charged on the final balance date. If you register for the trip after the final balance date, the full amount is due upon sign up. All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable after July 7, 2023. International Yoga must strictly adhere to its cancellation policy to offset costs incurred prior to the commencement of retreat.expand
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Born in Tafilalet oasis, a Kasbah in southern Morocco, El Mehdi Mehdioui was born into a family of craftsmen. After completing his education in mathematics & physics at Rabat University, he became a licensed insider through the Moroccan tourism and craft ministry and has been helping travelers discover the beauty of Marrakech ever since. He has been a guide for many interesting guests including well-known designers, politicians, and artists from all over the globe. El Mehdi is proud to educate you on the rich history of Morocco while showing you the emerging modern aspects of this beautiful African Nation and connecting you with the skilled artisans of the region.
Amal Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of underserved women through restaurant training and job placement. Amal's ultimate goal is personal transformation through the development of job and life skills for their trainees to eventually achieve economic and social stability. Amal helps their graduates find jobs in restaurants, hotels, riads, or private homes that will allow them to become financially independent. Amal is a self-sustained social entity that strives to make positive changes in women's lives in Morocco.
Given the complexity and extremely limited number of spaces at our handpicked luxury accommodations, we strongly suggest placing your deposits as soon as possible.
You will book your international ticket into and out of Marrakesh (airport code: RAK).
There are no group airfares, as we will have people joining us from all over the US, with some arriving early, some arriving late, some using miles, etc. We are happy to provide guidance and review any itineraries you find. Please contact us before purchasing flights, and as always, travel insurance is strongly recommended.
American citizen visitors to Morocco do not need a visa if they are traveling as a tourist with a valid U.S. passport. You will be issued a visa upon arrival, which is valid for up to 90 days.
We get hundreds of travelers each year who go on retreat alone. If you are traveling without a friend or partner, but prefer to share your room, we will do our best to match you with another traveler of the same gender. If for some reason, we are not able to match you with a roommate, a single supplement will apply.
If you prefer to have your own private room, a single supplement will apply.
Yes, please bring your own mat in addition to blocks and a strap if you use props during your practice.
Yes, private airport transfers are included in the price of your trip. Note if you arrive early and decide to stay at an alternate location other than our group hotel, you will be responsible for coordinating and paying for your own transportation directly with the hotel where you will be staying.
Attendance varies from trip to trip, but 12 to 18 attendees is a general average for Morocco. Space is limited for this particular trip.
We will be staying at gorgeous luxury hotels chosen for their gorgeous design, location and quality of service. We've used them all for groups in the past to rave reviews. Please contact us at [email protected] for details!
Yes, all levels are welcome. You will find that wherever you are in your practice you will get just what you need out of the yoga classes on this retreat. International Yoga works only with experienced and extremely qualified teachers, which ensures that everyone's yoga needs will be met.
Yes. As all payments to International Yoga are non-refundable, the purchase of travel insurance is strongly recommended to ensure you are covered should any unexpected event arise. A personal, political, environmental, health or weather-related incident or pre-existing medical condition may prevent or interrupt your travels. Should you elect to not purchase travel insurance, note that you will be assuming 100% of any costs incurred for trip cancellation or trip interruption.
There are a broad variety of policies and providers for you to choose from. Be sure to understand the fine print of the policy you select to ensure you know exactly what is and isn't covered, especially if you are concerned you may need to cancel for COVID-19 / pandemic-related reasons which most carriers would cover only under a "Cancel for Any Reason" tier of coverage. IMPORTANT: in order to guarantee maximum coverage, most travel insurance providers require that you obtain a policy within 5-10 days of placing your initial deposit. Although International Yoga cannot advise on specific policies or providers, you may find this guide helpful.
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