Summer retreat in Morocco
Yoga and mindfulness retreat, all levels welcome
Join me at this truly unique lodge in a breathtaking location, perched on a mountain side above the banks of the Azzaden River Valley in the High Atlas Mountains. Kasbah Africa offers a rustic, laid-back Berber experience amidst extensive landscaped terraced gardens with abundant fruit and olive trees. This is the perfect spot to unwind, relax, let things settle and enjoy your practice. Kasbah Africa can be reached in just over an hour’s drive from Marrakech.
Each morning will start with some breathing and a short sit before we move into an invigorating, creatively sequenced vinyasa flow practice taught with music and including modifications for all levels.
The late afternoon sessions will be slow, nurturing and calming gentle flow and restorative sessions, closing with a longer seated meditation.
Sessions will include reflections on philosophy, psychology and neuroscience to deepen understanding and inspire discussion.
Mats and props are provided.
The venue consists of eight stone-built suites, all with panoramic mountain and river views. Each suite has 40 square metres of living space and is furnished with hand-crafted walnut furniture with either two large singles or a super king size bed, wood burner, Berber rugs, a sofa and lounge chairs, spacious bathroom and private roof terrace offering spectacular and panoramic views – perfect for star-gazing. Two additional ensuite rooms are available as single rooms in a converted Berber Cottage.
There are shared social spaces and expansive lawn, swimming pool and a berber tent.
Food & drink
All meals are vegetarian, with plenty of choice using fresh local produce. There’s self serve breakfast (fruit) for those who need a bite to eat before practice, a yummy (and substantial) brunch, an afternoon snack and dinner every day.
Alcohol won’t be served with the meals, as I’d like to encourage an inward focus and practice of self awareness. (However, what you do in your own time and space is of course up to you.)
“Thank you so much for such an interesting, enjoyable, exhilarating yet peaceful weekend. I truly loved all of it! So much to take away from one weekend.”Dan
“I really like your approach and find your calming energy radiating around the room just amazing. Your calming voice is very comforting, and yet you remain clear and composed, explaining each new move or next set of instructions so incredibly clearly.”Sylvie
“I couldn't think of anything I would change about the retreat, it was truly a great weekend. Studio was perfect, nice floor, lighting, views. Food was delicious and plentiful.”Jenny
“Asana, breathing, history and philosophy were brilliantly themed through the lessons. It was obvious that everything had been thoroughly prepared but it all still came across with a gentle passion and enthusiasm.”Robert
“Interesting topics which really made practical sense in combination with the yoga sessions. The yoga studio was really wonderful - the views, the peacefulness and the sunsets were beautiful.”Sarah M.
“I've already recommended it to many friends, and would definitely be up for a longer period next time. Sad to come home at the end of it.”Kaye
“I enjoyed the great yoga, lovely people and relaxed and friendly nature of it all. I felt I could really disconnect. Loved everything. Thank you for your wonderful energy - it was a great weekend.”Sarah L.
“I wanted to say what a wonderful time I had and how profoundly grateful I am to you for the lessons I have learnt through your teaching of yoga.”Gemma
“The people i was sharing with were wonderful and made me feel welcomed. The studio has a great view. I loved overlooking the green with animals.”Junko
The nearest airport to Kasbah Africa is Marrakesh, just over an hour’s drive away and served by a number of airlines from London and elsewhere.
I will arrange a group transfer (cost ~£40 per person return, depending on numbers) closer to the time.
It would be great to gather as many of us as possible for the group transfer. If you’re arriving a few days earlier, you could just meet the rest of the group at the airport. Please let me know if you would like to join.
Alternatively of course you can arrange your own transfer.
Booking and payment
A £300 deposit will hold your space with the balance due 8 weeks before the retreat. There will be a maximum of 16 participants and single options are limited, so please book early if you prefer single accommodation.
Ensuite shared twin junior suite £880 pp
Ensuite single room in berber cottage £1,090 pp
Ensuite single bubble tent £1,290
Ensuite single junior suite £1,290 pp
Payments can be made by bank transfer (my preferred option) or cash.
Please read the Terms & Conditions before booking.
Activities and excursions
All who want will head off early one morning for a 5 hour guided circular walk to the Salt Mines and Berber village at Old Marigha – a great, scenic walk with beautiful views (this will be at an extra cost of £8pp for a minimum of 10 people – which I’m sure we’ll get together). We’ll then have a gently moving afternoon practice.
The Kasbah can also help arrange additional local activities including Atlas treks, nature trails, mule treks, cooking courses, and 4×4 trips to remote mountain villages.
Day trips can be organised to Marrakech, Ourika Valley, Agafay Desert, Tin Mal Mosque and the Ouirgane Valley.
All yoga classes
7 nights accommodation
What’s not included
Travel to Morocco and airport transfer
Please arrange appropriate travel insurance for the retreat.
Things to bring
Water bottle for refills
Sunscreen & Sun hat
Adapter for electricals
Simple slip-on shoes
Walking shoes if you’d like to join for the trek
Some cash for massages / excursions