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, this mindfulness retreat morocco will explore mindfulness in stillness and movement through meditation and yoga.
23 – 29 September 2017
28 December 2017 - 3 January 2018
22 - 28 April 2018
28 December 2018 - 3 January 2019
Single ensuite accommodation €1,990 (£1,734)
Shared ensuite accommodation €1,690 (£1,473)
6 nights luxury ensuite accommodation
Daily breakfasts, lunch and dinners prepared by our chefs
5 Meditation talks with Brian
5 Yoga sessions with Gina
Optional desert running/walking with Brian
1 Personal meditation session with Brian or Shannon
1 Hammam steam and scrub treatment
Enjoy vast views of the snowy Atlas Mountains and acres of beautiful country gardens. Meditate and stretch in our panoramic glass tented space, lounge at one of the pools or 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.
"As a travel writer with 20 years experience, my trip with Mindfulness Journeys to Morocco was the best week of my professional life. Gentle and warm, but also highly professional and organised, Brian and Shannon were superb teachers and infectiously generous people: I came away feeling extraordinarily relaxed and refreshed, armed with a set of meditation skills that I still use every day, six months after the trip. It would be no exaggeration to say that the trip changed my life. "
Jeremy Lazell, UK
Your stylish ensuite lodge is designed with floor to ceiling windows to enjoy views of deep blue sky, the Atlas mountains and country gardens. 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 our morning exercise you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast Moroccan style. It’s comprised of homemade pancakes, traditional breads and jams, daily harvested fruits, yoghurt, freshly squeezed orange juice, Moroccan coffee or mint tea. 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. Dine under olive trees on Berber carpets and cushions. You will rediscover balance and happiness through a well-nourished self with greater life-force energy.
"The location, beautiful surroundings, food, and atmosphere were amazing. The size of the group and dynamics were perfect. The meditation instruction was incredibly helpful, and unfolded nicely at a great pace. We also liked not being connected to the world of digital and phone. Brian and Shannon complement each other very well. This was a lot more intimate than other retreats. There were great discussions, openness and maturity by the whole group."
Brian and Anita H., London
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
Your day starts and closes with meditation sessions guided by teacher Brian Hilliard. The practice space is a panoramic glass shala with a traditional Berber tent roof, thick carpets and Atlas views. There you will learn the techniques and practice of sitting and walking meditation. Talks, discussions and some silence for inner reflection make the experience complete.
Relax and experience the art of letting go. Suitable for beginners and 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 your natural balance and harmony
Access and work with deep emotion through working with the body
This yoga is suitable for all levels of fitness and ability.
Gina lives and teaches Yoga in the UK and Europe and practising for over 20 years. She qualified with distinction as a teacher in 2008 and is a member of the Independent Yoga Network in the UK. Her teaching style is grounded in Hatha & Yin Yoga and her flavour focuses on listening to the body and exploring how to find the Yoga practise that is perfect for each person. Described by the prestigious Queen of Retreats for 2016 as the non 'woo woo' girl next door, Gina's style is grounded, clear and very informative. Gina has a solid foundation of Yoga experience along with inspiring teaching that uplifts and nurtures.
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. Here’s what one of our participants has to say:
"In the last few years I had completed half marathons, triathlons and two marathons. I was struggling though, instead of flying I was stumbling; I was losing the love for running. Then I came across a briefing in the Sunday Times, how to improve your running through meditation. I had never meditated before, but was open to the idea especially with only 4 weeks to go to the London Marathon. The Morocco retreat was incredible, and I strongly recommend it. From the time of arriving, I instantly fell in love with the place, and at peace, partly because Shannon was there to ensure I was comfortable from day one to the end, but also the setting for the week was beautiful. Surrounded by mountains, spectacular sunrises, delicious food, lovely people and with no contact with reality, it was picture perfect. Then came Brian, in his quiet intellectual, unassuming, gentle manner, working his magical charm through his skilful meditation techniques, he managed to transform and help me find my way and focus again. I could breathe, see clear light and felt completely energised. Truly amazing things can happen when you open your mind to meditation, not to mention the fact that I had the best race of my life in the London Marathon 2016, my running mojo had returned…Thank you Brian and Shannon."
Becky S., Doctor, Birmingham
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. 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. Enjoy a paddle around beautiful lake Lalla Takerkoust. 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.
“I liked the rigour of physical practice and the discipline of several hours a day meditating with the teaching gradually deepening my practice. The sharing in the group intensified the experiences and liberated my emotions. Brian’s teaching and Shannon’s care for us made the retreat truly unique.”
Michael N., London
The best arrival airport is Marrakech Menara. There are great direct flights on arrival and departure days. We recommend www.skyscanner.com for good deals and best timings. We also recommend arriving and departing around lunchtime. Transfer from Marrakech Airport to the Kasbah where you will enjoy seeing Moroccan village culture on your 50 minute scenic ride. Arrive by 17.00 latest for your welcome drink, to meet us, unpack, unwind and enjoy our introductory talk before dinner together.
7:00 Awaken to the gorgeous Atlas sunrise with optional running or walking with Brian.
8:30 Enjoy a delicious Moroccan breakfast.
9:30 Meditation. You will be guided through the form and practice of meditation with talks, discussions and periods of silence for inner reflection. Suitable for beginners or experienced meditators.
12:00 Fresh and delicious lunch with our retreat companions under the olive trees on Berber rugs and cushions.
13:00 The afternoons are at your leisure. Rest, read, write or nap on a terrace or at one of the pools. 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 Meet up at the shala for yoga practice. We'll enjoy a rich combination of hatha and yin practices with our expert yoga teacher. We gently close our day with evening mindfulness practice.
19:30 Delicious dinner in the Kasbah with cosy fireplaces, candles and lanterns. Some evenings we will have presentations and special events to deepen our understanding and practices.
“I had come to a time in my life when I needed to spend time for just “me”. As I have spent many years practising Tai Chi and Pilates, and have always wanted to visit Morocco, it seemed perfect. It was an experience I will never forget: meeting Shannon and learning from the true expert Brian in the magical desert of Morocco and it’s ring of Atlas Mountains. By the end of the week I felt fully recharged, lighter in my emotions, and truly ready with bounds of confidence and strength to face the world again. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to switch off and find themself.”
Jo L., Make-up Artist, London
"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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