October 12-20, 2020
MARRAKECH- SAHARA DESERT YOGA ADVENTURE
Join Souljourn Yoga + Alma Retreats a 7 night/8 day journey of a lifetime! Take in the sights, sounds and colors of Marrekech, through the stunning Atlas Mountains and into Berber Country, landing in the Sahara Desert (hosted by the stunning Camp Adounia), to unwind, and enjoy its dunes full of magical energy. We will be supporting Education For All Morocco, an organization that provides secondary education and boarding houses to Berber girls from the High Atlas Mountains who we will be meeting with and spending time with on and off our mats. Guided by Souljourn Yoga Founder, Jordan Ashley and New York based Yoga Teacher, Jamie Lugo, this adventure-of-a-lifetime will open up your mind and body for the ultimate SOULjourn.
Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech!
Welcome to Morocco!
Retreat starts around 1pm. Airport pickup from RAK airport. Healthy welcome lunch- fresh salads, Moroccan breads and delicious treats. Welcome practice.
Rooftop Dinner taking in the spices, sounds, and tastes of Morocco!
*Optional Add Ons: Hammam + Spa Services | Night at Zam Zam Riad + Spa
Day 2: Full Day Experience in Marrakech!
Pre yoga morning coffee/ tea/ fruit. Morning vinyasa practice. Fuel up with a big Moroccan breakfast!
Guided tour of Medina/ souks - A special half day tour of the Medina with our local guide Hassan. Hassan will collect us from the riad and take us deep into the Medina, explaining history and culture along the way. We will visit historical sites such as the Medrasa Ben Youssef the photographic museum, Dar el Bacha and the Bahia Palace as well as the souks showing us the different areas from leather to the metal souks and of course a stop at a local herb shop. Before returning to the riad, we will visit the famous Jema el Fnaa for the ultimate Medina experience.
Lunch back at the Riad. Evening Yoga. Delicious Moroccan Dinner- Tagine, Spices and all warm Moroccan flavors you can think of!
Night at Zam Zam Riad + Spa
Day 3: Through the Atlas Mountain + Berber Country!
Early breakfast before heading out to the desert. Off to Ait Ben Haddou- Please note this is a big day of driving up and through the breathtaking high atlas mountains and into berber country!
Lunch en route. Arrive Ait Ben Haddou- Settle in and time to explore!
We will arrive at ABH after lunch where we will settle into into our hotel overlooking the stunning Ksar (fortified city) many films were produced here including sections of game of thrones and gladiator. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity for an optional guided tour around this ancient and very important trade post, giving you fascinating history on the ksar. Back for an evening Yoga session with views!
Dinner. Night at DarMouna.
Day 4: Off to the Sahara!
Breakfast overlooking the Ksar before heading off with our drivers through Ourzazate and down the Draa Valley to Zagora, Sahara bound!
Lunch en route. After lunch, we will continuing the route full of plains and Acacia trees, stopping at Tamengroute to see the local pottery, finally entering the Sahara for 1 hour of dune driving before reaching Erg* Birtam and Camp Adounia.
Arrive at Camp Adounia , unwind and enjoy and its dunes full of magical energy starting with our 1st desert practice. Dinner tent style followed by a Drum Circle under the stars
Night at Camp Adounia.
*Erg meaning dune - Erg Birtam is a sacred Saharwai site where a healing plant grows . Our partners in Morocco, Morocco Retreats, were granted this land by the tribal elders as thy try to work with the local community, give back where we can and educate tourists visiting the area.
Day 5: Desert Days + Sunset Camel Ride
Join us in the tent for pre yoga coffee/ tea/ fruit. Morning vinyasa yoga practice. Big Breakfast with dune views!
Time to unwind + explore the magic of the dunes
Lunch. Afternoon Yoga.
*Optional sunset camel ride
Dinner. Drum Circle under the stars
*Optional Add On: Sunset Camel Ride- our camels come to Camp Adounia from 4 hours away. The caravan arrives and we all mount the camels in preparation for our sunset caravan around our stunning dunes.
Night at Camp Adounia
Day 6: Desert Days + Girls Cooperative
Join us in the tent for pre yoga coffee/ tea/ fruit. Morning vinyasa Yoga practice. Big Breakfast with dune views! Time to unwind + explore the magic of the dunes.
Lunch. Cooperative Visit - After lunch, you have the option to go on a cultural tour to the last oaisis town of Mhamid. This is an ancient caravan stop after 4000 km of Sahara desert. With your drivers and guide you will visit the Kasbah museum of Moulay Idriss. This is owned by the local community and they will explain the culture and tribes of the Sahara as well as show you many ancient artifax and tribal adornment. The mud kasbahs themselves and incredible and during this visit you will see daily desert life. After you will visit the old town of Mhamid with its Ksar still full of families. Here we will visit the women's cooperative of Mhamid where the ladies will be embroidering traditional textiles and selling perfumed resins and local potions from the Sahara.
Back to Camp Adounia for evening yoga. Dinner. Drum Circle under the stars.
Night at Camp Adounia
Day 7: Back to Marrakech!
Final breakfast in the desert before we load the 4 x 4s for our BIG drive back to Marrakech. Lunch en route.
Arrive back to Zam Zam for dinner. Night at Zam Zam Riad + Spa.
Day 8: Day visiting EFA
Morning coffee/ tea/ fruit. Morning practice to energize us for the day with the girls of EFA. Breakfast.
Off to the mountains for day and lunch with girls at EFA. Back to the riad for final yoga practice. Dinner Courtyard style.
Night at Zam Zam Riad + Spa
Day 9: Deparature Day
Last breakfast together as a group before hitting the road onto the next adventure!
Day 10: Departure Day
**Note that your $500 deposit is a nonrefundable to hold your space. Thank you!
*** Please note that we ask you to keep and open mind and a “go with the flow” attitude as we will be in a different country and things sometimes can get delayed or adjusted due to circumstances out of our control. So, embrace the spirit of adventure and enjoy your epic journey that awaits you!
3 nights accommodation at Camp Adounia, Sahara Desert
1 night accommodation at DarMouna, Ait Ben Haddou
Roundtrip Airport Transportation, Marrakech Airport (RAK) (group transfers)
All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner and morning snacks (vegan, vegetarian, dairy- free, and gluten free options available)
1-2 yoga classes/ day- vinyasa, restorative + yin
Guided Tour of Marrakech Medina/ Souks
Evening Drum circles + bonfires under the stars
Visit to local cooperative in Sahara Desert
Day with girls of Education for All Morocco
$300 Tax-deductible donation to Education for All Moroccco
Optional Add On Activities:
- Night(s) in Marrakech
- Activities: Massage, Hammam, Spa Treatments, Camel Ride