Elemental, sensuous and still. Need a digital detox at the foot of the majestic Atlas mountains in the glorious Moroccan countryside? Without compromising on Berber style, Moorish architecture and mouth watering Moroccan food, the Morocco Countryside retreat is a unique blend of yoga, meditation, sound healing and optional running.
Enjoy vast views of the snowy Atlas Mountains and acres of beautiful country gardens. Meditate and practice yoga in our panoramic glass tented space, or at the fireside inside the Kasbah. Lounge at one of two pools, one heated and the other cold and refreshing. Enjoy a steamy hammam scrub in the spa. It's sensory delight and ultra relaxing.
Your one week mindfulness retreat Morocco will reset your life and give you profound tools to take home with you.
Your stylish ensuite room is nestled amongst beautiful rose and fruit gardens. Most rooms enjoy views of the deep blue sky and the Atlas mountains. Snuggle into high thread Egyptian cotton sheets. Luxury toiletries and fluffy bath towels await you with stylish simplicity. Enjoy sunny terraces with comfortable loungers set amongst soft grasses, lavender and ancient gurgling irrigation systems.
After morning yoga we will enjoy an amazing Moroccan breakfast with freshly baked breads, crepes and eggs tajine. Lunches and dinners are traditional North African dishes with the best of Moroccan cuisine. They're lovingly prepared with vegetables and fruits harvested from the gardens. We will accommodate all your dietary needs. Dine under olive trees on Berber carpets and cushions, under a Berber tent, or inside one of the Kasbah’s dining areas. You will rediscover balance and happiness through a well-nourished self with greater life-force energy.
Acquire the tools needed to de-stress
Gain greater peace and relaxation
Learn how to mix meditation with daily life
Learn to let go of what is unimportant
Cultivate greater kindness
You will learn the techniques and practice of sitting and walking meditation under the guidance of Brian. Talks, discussions and some periods of silence for inner reflection make the experience complete. Relax and experience the art of letting go.
The meditation sessions are suitable for beginners, as well as advanced practitioners. See The Mindfulness Journal for more on meditation.
Practice Yin and Hatha Yoga styles
Strengthen and align body and mind
Gain confidence in natural balance and harmony
Access and work with deep emotions through working with the body
This yoga is suitable for all levels of fitness and ability.
The extraordinary beautiful sounds of crystal bowls set the stage for sound healing and well-being. The benefits of a sound journey with crystal bowls are numerous, including: stress and pain reduction, deep relaxation, self awareness and creativity. Read more about sound healing here.
For runners and walkers (optional). Running with meditation is an introduction to meditation in movement. Reach the zone easily with practical instructions for combining mindfulness and movement. See our post: Running with Meditation and a great article by one of our participants.
Spend the rest of your day lazing Moroccan country style — choose a terrace or daybed under the ancient olive trees, or cool off in one of the tranquil swimming pools (one heated). You’ll find your ideal spots to relax, hide away or peacefully snooze. You can play a game of pétanque with a fellow retreatant. The Kasbah is also a perfect starting point for walks in the countryside or to the nearby Berber village. Feel the freedom of the wide open spaces below the Atlas mountains.
The Kasbah hosts an exquisite spa with Moroccan hammam for a nice steam, scrub or massage with essential oils and aromatic plants. Finish by relaxing on a lounger with a mint tea at the fire place or on the sunny terrace.
7:00 Awaken to the gorgeous Atlas sunrise.
7:30 Start the day with Hatha yoga with Shannon.
9:00 Enjoy the fabulous Moroccan breakfast.
10:30 Explore meditation with Brian. You will be guided through the form and practice of meditation with talks, discussions and periods of silence for inner reflection.
12:00 The afternoons are at your leisure. After lunch, rest, read, write, nap on a terrace or swim in one of the pools (heated or cool). Or maybe you'd like to play pétanque, take a walk, or treat your self to a scrub or massage at the spa?
17:00 Relax into meditation with Brian.
18:00 Gently wind down with Yin yoga and Sound healing to close the day.
19:30 Enjoy a delicious candle lit dinner under the Berber tent, or in the Kasbah with cosy fireplaces, candles and lanterns.
"Brian Hilliard and Shannon van Staden are leaders in their field when it comes to mindfulness and meditation. Brian is an expert guide - soft spirited, practical, full of empathy, tips and appreciation for the challenges of modern life. Shannon stylishly holds the space and ensures everything runs smoothly. Together they are a dream team on the wellness scene."
– DAISY FINER, Spa and Health Writer
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