Ashtanga Yoga Retreat at Villa Warda

September, 2016

This yoga retreat offers restorative and challenging experiences for both mind and body.  The emphasis will be on rejuvenating yourself with daily yoga classes, healthy vegetarian meals, superjuices and an optional detox plan and plenty of space to relax.  You will able to practice yoga, meet new friends, explore, relax and, of course, eat amazing Moroccan cuisine.

Cost £970 per person – 7 nights
* Prices based on shared occupancy.  Single supplement available upon request.

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If you work hard at work and in the family, have a feeling you’re on a conveyor belt and wish to get off for a chance to become human again; if you are tempted by the idea of full-immersion into yoga and meditation in peaceful surroundings in the company of like-minded fellow people, maybe even lose a few pounds while being treated by Allal, our incredible, genius in-house chef, to lush organic super healthy delights and vegetable juices from the villa’s gardens and olive groves lovingly cared for by Ali, our resident gardener.

If you would like to be put back on the path to feeling great with massages, reflexology, herbal and clay body scrubs, hammam baths and saunas and natural beauty treatments, splash in the pool, be mesmerised by the sunset reflecting on the Atlas mountains or contemplate the full splendour of the Milky Way in the crystal clear skies of these semi-remote settings, peacefully stroll the grounds so wonderfully cared for by Yassine our resident guardian, share stories with your fellow travellers by a log fire before retreating to your comfy bed to meet the stillness of the night.

If you would like to dip into the hustle and bustle of Marrakech’s exotic markets, or be accompanied to remote villages untainted by tourism, add some more recipes to your repertoire, keep a diary or just help cleanse your mind with automatic writing, pick up a brush or a pencil, allow the colours and the scents and sensations to invite you back into your Self; if you wish to have a really calm, yet creative time, recharging your batteries by cleansing body and mind, creating space for new ideas to shape your life, with the knowledge that everyone back home and around you will be benefitting when you are stronger, happier, healthier and more real.

If any of this resonates with you, then this retreat is right for you.  Withdraw or explore, detox or enjoy, deepen your yoga and meditation practice or start anew: you’re in control.

Mariella and the whole team wish to ensure that the precious time you are taking out of your daily routine serves your deepest purpose while hopefully providing you with a survival kit of realistic practices for when you get back home.  Mariella is traditionally trained to pass on the teachings of the Astanga system, a rigorous yet invigorating form of yoga which involves the coordination of movement and breath to create healing heat in the body while stilling the mind.  Despite the rigor, the system can be adapted to individual needs, and Mariella takes particular delight in introducing the practice to people who would not consider themselves fit enough, thin enough, flexible or strong enough.  These are all side effects, not prerequisites.

There will be an energetic practice in the morning and a more restorative one with pranayama and meditation later on in the day.  Please get in touch to discuss your needs in the practice, dietary requirements or anything else which would help you join us on this communal adventure for the mind and body.

 Retreat highlights

  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily morning and evening yoga sessions
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast and dinner
  • Freshly prepared super juices with locally sourced fruit and vegetables
  • 7 nights accommodation

Yoga session

Classes are open to all levels and will range from gentle, meditative and Ashtanga styles.  Style and class levels will be determined and tailored to fit participating students’ needs.  With a small intimate retreat class size, students will be able to receive personalised attention to improve their practice.  Classes will be held on large covered terraces.

 

Location

Marrakech is a ancient city in the northwest African nation of Morocco. It is the fourth largest city in the country after Casablanca, Fes and Rabat, and is the capital of the mid-southwestern economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz. It is located to the north of the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Like many Moroccan cities, Marrakech comprises an old fortified city packed with vendors and their stalls (the medina), bordered by modern neighbourhoods.  Marrakech has the largest traditional Berber market in Morocco and the image of the city is closely associated with its souks.

Distances

  • Medina, 20 minutes
  • Airport, 20 minutes

Accommodation
This fantastic yoga retreat will take place at the fabulous Villa Warda.  Located just outside Marrakech in the foothills of the Atlas mountains in Marrakech.

Food
Healthy, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily either hosted at Villa Warda or in town. The cuisine is simple, delicious and Moroccan, using fresh ingredients sourced from our garden or local souks.

What’s included

  • Airport transfers
  • Beverages
  • Daily breakfast at Villa Warda
  • Daily dinner at Villa Warda
  • Tour guide on various day trips
  • Transportation to/from day trips
  • Villa accommodation (spacious bedrooms each with private bathrooms, towels and linen)

What’s not included
Flights are not included in the price.

Transfers
Transfers between airport and villa are included.

Group size
Maximum 10 participants.

Course information
All levels of experience is welcome to join this retreat.  Participation in classes and activities is optional throughout the retreat.

Accommodation request
Single supplement is available upon request.

What to bring
Besides the basic packing and travel needs, there are a few things to think about bringing with you such as swim wear, yoga clothes, personal yoga items, sweat towels for practice, and plug adaptors (European style).

How to get there – Flight Arrivals
The nearest airport is Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK).

Booking conditions – Payment
A non-refundable deposit of £250 is required to hold reserve your place.  The final balance is due 12 weeks before retreat start date.

Cancellation
The initial deposit is non-refundable.  The reservation deposit is transferable to another attendee.  Cancellation requests submitted within 30 days of retreat date, 50% of total amount (less deposit) will be refunded. Within 14 days of your retreat: no refunds given, no exceptions.

We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest, in which case a full refund will be given.  Notification of cancellation will occur at least 1 month prior to retreat start date.  We are not responsible for any personal expenses, e.g. flight  tickets due to changes in itineraries or retreat cancellations.

Accepted payment methods
Bank transfer, Cash