“Ooooh….Morocco!! What is it that makes people ooh and aah at its very mention? Morocco is, in a word, seductive. A place for the senses. A place of sublime beauty — of every kind. The geographic beauty of the Sahara, the Atlas Mountains, and of seaside villages. The architectural beauty of humble hillside towns and opulent, majestic palaces. The refined beauty of cosmopolitan interior and fashion design found in Marrakech and the simple loveliness of a bauble found in a Berber market. The luscious plentitude of Moroccan food, and the sparkle of its storytelling tradition. Its stunning musical traditions — as varied as notes in a scale — and its art, both traditional and contemporary. But most of all, the beauty of Morocco is its people, who welcome us to the place of their birth with a warm, generous smile and deep pride in their culture.
You are invited to join Ann on her fourth trip to Morocco to experience its monumental sites as well as lesser-known highlights off the beaten path collected by Ann over the years. We will stay in a majestic Kasbah in the Atlas Mountains, North Africa’s highest mountain range, and share a meal in the village home of a Berber family. We will unleash our creative spirits in Marrakech with a visit to the former home of renowned designer Yves St Laurent, and a day of wandering the city’s labyrinthine walkways brimming with hidden gardens, picturesque cafés, and one-of-a-kind galleries, boutiques, and markets. We’ll sleep in the lap of tented luxury beneath a canopy of desert stars, and attend a private performance of Sufi music held in the salon of a 16th-century riad. And more. Much more. Plus yoga every day (sometimes twice!), luxury accommodations, 5-star service, expert guides, and a friendly group of like-minded travelers. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Join us?
A $1000 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit is required to secure your participation in this retreat. The ... final balance payment is due by December 7, 2023, and all payments are non-refundable after this date. If you do not complete your payment by the due date, the card on file will be automatically charged unless you advise us in advance of that date in writing that you are canceling. As provided in our Terms and Conditions all payments are final and non-refundable/non-transferable after December 7, 2023.expand
20 + years
Vinyasa, Iyengar, chanting, and meditation
You, yoga, art, and life
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.
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International Yoga strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance. A personal, political, environmental, health or weather-related incident may arise that can prevent or interrupt your travels. Note that if you elect to not purchase travel insurance you will be assuming 100% of any costs associated with the cancellation/ interruption of your retreat.
As International Yoga cannot advise on specific travel insurance plans, we recommend the reputable travel insurance aggregator InsureMyTrip. They will provide personalized support in selecting a travel insurance provider and policy that works best for your specific needs. Note that most travel insurance providers require that you purchase coverage within 7 to 10 days of your initial booking.