'Grounding while Moving' Yoga Retreat Morocco
This retreat offers you the unique opportunity to ground and come home to yourself, while moving on the mat and right across the magical country of Morocco!
Enjoying the sun, thuja forest, and the beach while staying at a beautiful resort in the hills of Essaouira, you can to take in the silence and open up to your yoga practice. While staying close to the beach we get to take our practice off the mat and spend an afternoon cleaning the beach from plastic that washes ashore.
When it is time to leave the waves behind, we travel to Aït Benhaddou, a unique UNESCO site that breathtaking in its simplicity and beauty.
The journey continues into the Sahara where we will stay two nights in traditional Nomadic tents in the sand dunes of Chegaga. The stillness, beauty, and connection with the elements will complete our journey leaving you grounded and inspired.
Throughout the retreat, Irina Verwer offers you daily yoga and meditation classes that fit your surroundings and the time of the day: from activating, strong and playful to gentle, restorative and introspective. Irina weaves myths through her classes, inspiring you to look deeper inside yourself and, by doing so, finding what your heart yearns for.
You’ll be offered little gems of Ayurvedic wisdom that will help you to take even better care of yourself - expect practical advice and insights. In a supportive way, Irina will invite you to take your practice off your mat and explore how you can make choices that have a positive impact on your environment.
The entire week you will enjoy tasty and nourishing meals and have free time to enjoy a walk on the beach or in the desert, visit a hammam, finally read that book, connect with your fellow wonderful yogi(ni)s, or explore the Moroccan culture in one of the lovely villages nearby.
You’ll leave feeling restored and nourished, connected to a new culture in a country that allows you to connect to all the elements nature has to offer again.
YOGA RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS
Yoga Style: Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin yoga
Stay 4 nights close to the beach in a beautiful resort
Stay 1 night in Aït Benhaddou, a world UNESCO site
Stay 2 nights in the desert in comfortable, traditional nomadic tents, sleeping under the stars
Travel through the Atlas Mountains
Experience Morocco and the hospitality of Moroccan people while learning about their beautiful culture
Take part in a cleaning the beach one afternoon
Practice with a senior teacher
Deepen your practice on all levels
Relax deeply enjoying the sun, beach, and desert
Delicious vegetarian meals
DATES: 10 - 17 November 2018
TEACHER: Irina Verwer
LOCATION: Essaouira, Ait Benhaddou & Chegaga, Sahara Desert
4 Nights accommodation at Essaouira Resort
1 Night accommodation in Aït Benhaddou
2 Nights accommodation at the Desert Camp
Tasty and nourishing meals
Water, tea, and snacks
Transport from Essaouira to Aït Benhaddou
Transport from Aït Benhaddou to the Desert Camp
Transport from the Desert Camp to Marrakech, drop off no earlier than 17:00 hrs on 17 November
19 hours of Yoga
4 hours of meditation
NB: early drop off in Marrakech is not possible. Please keep this in mind when booking your flight. We strongly recommend flying 18 November from Marrakech.
Double Room: €1447 (early bird: € 1197)
Single Room: €1847 (early bird: €1597)
NB: single room is only available at Essaouira Lodge and Aït Benhaddou, all tents in the desert camp are shared by 2 people.
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT:
Early bird discount of €250,- is available for the first 8 registrations with a full payment before 30 August 2018 only. To make use of the early bird discount please enter EARLYBIRD as the discount code.
Irina’s journey into yoga began on a grey and cloudy day in an even greyer city, many years ago. As she stepped on the mat that first time, she knew she had found her path. She fell in love with the practice and it quickly became a way of life.
That’s when she knew she wanted to share this love for yoga with others. She traveled the world to study with amazing teachers and completed several in-depth teacher trainings in hatha, vinyasa, Anusara, restorative and yin yoga.
Through the years, she created a unique style of teaching that’s diverse, intense yet gentle at the same time. Most importantly: her love for yoga and life is tangible in each class she teaches.
Besides being an inspiring yoga teacher, Irina is a gifted holistic coach as well. She incorporates her knowledge of Ayurveda, Tantra, myths, and philosophy in her classes and coaching sessions - and by doing so, she always manages to inspire those around her to take better care of themselves.
Irina teaches online at Ekhart Yoga and writes for several yoga magazines, such as the Dutch and French ‘Yoga Magazine’. She has written two well-received yogic cookbooks: ‘Kopstand in de Keuken’ (Headstand in the Kitchen, only available in Dutch) and ‘With a Pinch of Yoga’.
Booking a single room gets you a single room in Essaouira and Aït Benhaddou, the two nights in the desert camp you will share a spacious double tent with single beds.
The first 4 nights of the retreat you will stay in a beautiful retreat center at the heart of a thuja forest, nestled in the hills of Essaouira only a short shuttle ride away from the beach. Sheltered from the wind, the location is ideal for enjoying mild temperatures
Staying in a beautiful villa with 3 bedrooms, you can book a double or single room, each room has its own bathroom.
Next, you will spend one night in Aït Benhaddou in a beautiful boutique hotel that once was built as a traditional family home. Enjoying a panoramic view of the Ksar of Aït Benhaddou while practicing yoga on the roof terrace. Single rooms are available.
From Aït Benhaddou we travel to the Moroccan Sahara where we will stay in traditional nomadic tents in the largest sand dunes around Chegaga. All tents are furnished with single beds and traditional Moroccan decoration. Every night we gather around the campfire, listen told old, mythical stories and traditional music, while taking in the magic of the desert.