MOROCCO YOGA RETREAT • MAY 2017
MAGIC IN MOROCCO!
A yoga retreat where simplicity and luxury meet in perfect harmony.
If you are looking for deep peace and relaxation, a strong immersion in yoga, and an exciting touch of the exotic…this retreat is for you! Our seven night Morocco Yoga Retreat takes place at an authentic and beautiful boutique hotel in the red clay countryside, twenty minutes outside Marrakech. This Exotic Yoga Retreat blends the luxury of down-time and the healing power of yoga, with adventure and cultural exploration!
FLOW OF A DAY
MORNINGS begin in perfect peace, with a chorus of birds and a delicious cup of Moroccan tea on the terrace watching the rural Moroccan countryside stir to life. Join in our morning meditation or enjoy a morning swim before convening on the beautiful rooftop studio for a deeply spirited yoga session with Josie Sykes—infusing new perspectives on yoga asana, philosophy and the joy of music and movement. Following yoga we’ll eat a Moroccan breakfast on the terrace, and appreciate the start of a beautiful day ahead!
AFTERNOONS are free to lounge by the pool, have a relaxing massage, a traditional Hammam—or just relax and siesta in the charming nooks found throughout the riad’s intimate gardens and courtyards. You may also choose an adventure: hike in the stunning Atlas Mountains, ride a camel or horse-back ride across the plains, or visit and lunch in a nearby traditional Berber village. For a different pace, take our complimentary shuttle into Marrakech to explore the historic sites and be immersed in the pulsating, chaotic and colorful life within the walls of this ancient Medieval city!
EVENINGS At sunset we re-convene for a relaxing, rejuvenating and inspiring sunset yoga class, followed by a traditional Moroccan meal on the terrace, family-style under the stars.
More than a hundred years old, this boutique riad has perfected an authentic and characteristic atmosphere with all the amenities and comfort of a modern hotel! In the traditional Berber style, two large compounds form the shell of the hotel. Enclosed by mud walls, there are swimming and plunge pools, secret terraces, charming gardens and a myriad of quiet corners in which to relax, read and recharge.
There is a full-service spa and traditional Hammam, two beautiful yoga studio spaces, a shaded rooftop terrace and in indoor sun-lit stucco yoga studio. The restaurant and bar is open all day and overlooks the pool and countryside.
Set on a hill overlooking the Berber hamlet of Tagadert, against a backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and distant lights of Marrakech, this lovely hotel offers pure peace, stark beauty and endless country roads to roam. The riad is entirely private and peaceful—but also offers opportunities for cultural experience with it’s intimate proximity to the local village, accented our our friendly staff, most of whom live in the local village.
Our Exotic Yoga Retreat program is designed for mixed levels, offering modifications for beginners and greater levels of challenge for advanced students. Your teacher on this retreat is Josie Sykes, beloved for her depth of knowledge in yoga, her strong leadership skills and her wise and sweet spirit! Josie leads Vinyasa and Hatha classes with a superb understanding of healthy postural alignment from her extensive background in both yoga and the Feldenkrais postural method. All our Exotic Yoga programs emphasize safety, awareness, intelligence—and the joie di vivre of yoga!
INCLUDED IN YOUR MOROCCO YOGA RETREAT
- 7-nights at an award-winning boutique hotel in the countryside near Marrakech
- Authentically furnished en-suite rooms with daily maid service, hair dryer, bathrobes; AC in most rooms
- All meals; breakfast, lunch & dinners (vegetarian and fish options)
- 2 yoga classes daily (except 1 day off for excursion)
- Morning meditations
- Two salt water pools to swim and lounge in, set in lush gardens and peaceful atmospheres
- Daily shuttles to and from Marrakech so you can shop and explore in this wondrous Moroccan city
EXCLUDED ON YOUR MOROCCO YOGA RETREAT
- Airfare to Morocco
- Spa services: facials, massage and a must-try traditional Hammam
- Add-on excursions: ride a camel, hike in the Atlas mountains, visit Berber villages, horse-back ride
- Food and drinks outside meal times, and all alcoholic beverages
- Roundtrip airport transport (reserve here for $40)
- Gratuities for hotel staff
OUR TRAVEL AGENT WILL BOOK YOUR TRAVEL
For help booking travel, contact our exclusive travel agent, Justin Harrison of Sojourn, NYC. He knows our trips – and will meet or beat any airfare you see online, book hotels with upgrades, arrange transport, offer trip insurance… and can even suggest day tours for your stay prior to or following the retreat.
Shared room: US dollar: $1,795 (shared en-suite room with one queen bed or two twins)
Single room: US dollar: $2,295 (single en-suite room with one queen bed)
First, review our Payment & Cancellation Policy, then click the ‘Book Now’ button above. If you have questions before you book, feel free to contact us by phone (+1) 415-361-3396 (PST).
Yoga holidays inspiring you to see the world differently!
WHY THIS RETREAT
There aren’t really words to describe how fantastic this week has been. I had no expectations, and yet you exceeded every one of them!—Michelle Rasmussen, Australia
Morocco... a peaceful and inspiring boutique hotel surrounded by nature, 20 minutes outside Marrakech.
MAY 27—June 3, 2017
$1,795 per person ~ Shared $2,295 per person ~ Single
Thank you for this retreat; every minute was worth it! It was such a mind, body and heart opening. . . and so much fun! It's helping make my day-to-day life magical, and I can give so much to others as I have feel so fulfilled inside! Thank you again, and can't wait for the next retreat!— Jennifer Clarke, France
I'm leaving the retreat feeling the happiest and freest I've ever felt!— Naseem Nikoo, Iran
Life changing, eye-opening and deeply inspiring! This retreat 'reset' my life. It was beyond what I envisioned was possible in one week! —Saige Rutherford, USA
My mom and I enjoyed the trip very much...every day was perfect!—Jane Srivastava, Russia
This is, without a doubt, one of the best experiences of my life. I have made connections with people and myself that I never would have expected. Those connections will be in my heart and help me be a better version of myself for the rest of my life.—Brent Vanlyke, Canada
This was my first yoga retreat and I didn't know what to expect... and it blew my mind! I would recommend this experience it to anyone!—Ale de Rienzo, Mexico
Absolutely amazing boat and crew, and food and cleanliness were excellent. I had so much fun! I will definitely do another retreat with you and your company. —Lana Ferguson, USA
This retreat was exactly what I needed... a week long oasis focused on self-care. Gayle did an awesome job of breaking down the poses and focusing on alignment. She built intensity and also relaxation in the practice. I loved her teaching tips for the few teachers on the retreat!—Alia Allison, Yoga Teacher
Thank you for bringing together wonderful people from all walks of life and from around the world! The connection and friendship that we shared has inspired and changed my life.—Chinwe Nwazota
Gayle is an extraordinary teacher who makes everyone feel empowered, strong and special!—Christine Costello, USA
Gayle is everything I needed in a yoga instructor. Someone to push me try new things (headstand, arm balances) while making me feel completely safe. I did old poses with completely new eyes due to her instruction. She was warm and inviting and made me able to have the most amazing experience of my life. I loved the program. I’d do it ten times over! I feel the best I have in my life. Refreshed and ready to take on whatever I have to deal with at home.—Kara Ellis, Canada
Thank you and Gayle for such a life changing experience. I feel so open in my body and mind. I became more devoted to my yoga practice experiencing the various styles of yoga you teach so effortlessly. The amount of hands-on guidance and adjustments helped me develop new appreciation for the postures and new appreciation for my body! —Nicole Hernandez, USA
Everything about this retreat was special. I have the most beautiful memories, new friends and experiences that I will cherish! The retreat combined the perfect blend of yoga, meditation and fun excursions. I also enjoyed the flexibility in our daily schedule... I had time for myself, to re-align and reflect on my life; as well as meet great like-minded people. Meeting Gayle has been a true delight. Her loving and positive energy was very present and made this retreat a real joy for me. I recommend this retreat to anyone looking to 'switch-off', re-balance and have a lot of fun!—Hala Darwazeh, Jordan
Healthy hedonism" set the tone for a playful week of yoga and mindfulness, laughter and connection. Each morning, Gayle guided us through blissful meditation, followed by a combination of vinyasa flow and stretch sequences. She really took the time to tailor the class to each of our needs so it felt more like one-on-one tuition a lot of the time. I'll never forget the energy we created as a group or the peace, joy and friendships which blossom there.— Joanne Joseph, Australia
Hands down, the best retreat I've ever been to (and I have been to many)! Perfect combination of leisure, relaxation, cultural immersion, and exceptional food! Gayle's yoga has an incredible depth of knowledge, from her anatomical references, to her deep teachings of asana and pranayama. The best is her acceptance of all levels of practice, respecting each individual's body and level of practice. Can't wait to join another Exotic Yoga Retreat!—Tricia Desvarieux, Haiti
I love the personal attention Gayle gave to her students, providing not only awesome instruction, but reminding us to be ever present and mindful.—Chrissy Coleman, USA
The perfect healing at the right moment! I feel another person since this week... a more comfortable one! I hope to do another retreat soon to feed my curiosity!—Maria Paula, France
Gayle inspired me to try new things and gave me confidence in incorporating touch and adjustments in my classes. It feels great to give and receive authentic touch to connect.—Ina Yeijnen, Yoga Teacher in Holland
Gayle has the unique ability to be kind and caring while pushing your yoga practice to the next level. She creates a flow that is beautiful, feels amazing and challenges you to become stronger. This program will forever be life changing. The experiences I have had this week will be cherished forever.—Julie Cameron, Canada
Gayle very clearly is a remarkable teacher because she transmits the essences of mindfulness and balance in enough dimensions so you actually get it!—Jerry, USA
I love Gayle’s loving style of teaching. I appreciated the emphasis on various breathing techniques and the balance between physical intensity, relaxation and meditation.—Michael Neria, Israel