International Retreats

Morocco April 20-30, 2023

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Trekking the Atlas Mountains to Riding Camels

for women who wander

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Morocco with Peace through Yoga Foundation.  Trek the Atlas Mountains, ride camels in the Sahara, experience glamping in desert tents, explore the markets in Marrakech, deepen your yoga practice and much more!  An intoxicating country that is mystical, ancient, challenging and exotic.

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Itinerary

Day 1
Thursday, April 20 - Your Hometown to Marrakesh

Depart your hometown for the overnight flight to Marrakesh, Morocco.

Day 2
Friday, April 21 - Marrakesh, Morocco

Arrive to Marrakech International Airport and transfer to your hotel.
Welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant. (D)

Overnight at the Riad Slitine and Spa.

Day 3
Saturday, April 22 - Marrakesh

After breakfast and a gentle yoga class, you will meet the city guide to begin exploring Marrakech, the red city. The walking tour includes the Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace and Dar Si Said Museum. You will also walk in the Medina’s alleyways to immerse yourself in the vibrant souks, marketplaces that display the traditional Moroccan handicraft. You will be amazed with the skills of the artisans as well as the number of items piled in a tiny space. The visit ends at the famous Jamma El Fna square. The afternoon is free for your own exploration with an optional cookery class.

Overnight at the Riad Slitine and Spa. (B/L/-)

Day 4
Sunday, April 23 - Marrakech to Imlil

Leave the hustle and bustle of Marrakech and head south along the Haouze plain to the majesty of the High Atlas Mountains. An hour and a half transfer takes you to the village of Amsakrou in the remote Imnanen Valley. A steady uphill hike from the valley to a mountain pass, approximately 6500 feet, will then take you down to the village of Aguersioual where you will enjoy a picnic lunch. After a rest in the shade, follow the valley to Imlil, the starting point for the Toubkal expeditions. Approximately 1.5 hour drive / 3 hour walk. (B/L/D)
Overnight at Dar Imlil

Day 5
Monday, April 24 - Imlil to Sidi Chamharouch

After a morning yoga class, you will hike up the valley to the holy site of Sidi Chamharouch. Following the mule path along the mountain stream, you pass the village of Aremd built on a glacier moraine. The scenery becomes more alpine as you progress towards the junction of two valleys and where the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch is located. Famous for its location and spiritual nature, Sidi Chamharouch attracts many Moroccans seeking a cure from the evil eye and asking for fertility. There is also a refreshment stop for hikers on the way to Toubkal base camp. After a picnic lunch, you trace your way back down to Imlil. An approximately 5 hour walk. In the afternoon, visit a local women’s cooperative. (B/L/D)
Overnight at Dar Imlil

Day 6
Tuesday, April 25 - Imlil – Tizi Oussem - Ouirgane

After breakfast, trek up to the pass of Tizi Mzik 2489m, which holds some of the oldest juniper trees in the Toubkal National Park. Follow a zigzag mule path to the village of Tizi Oussem in the upper Azaden valley. You will notice the green cultivated terraces dominating the mud-built houses showing the great work of the Berbers. After a picnic lunch in the shade of the walnut trees, you will meet the vehicle and transfer to Ouirgane at the bottom of the valley. An approximate 4.5 hour walk. (B/L/D)
Overnight at the La Bergerie

Day 7
Wednesday, April 26 - Ouirgane – Agafay

After a leisure morning and yoga class, you will drive to Agafay, the so- called desert of Marrakech, a mineral desert that stretches for 20 km at the foot of the Atlas Mountains with climatic conditions close to the Sahara. There are no sand dunes but a stony relief with soft breathtaking landscapes and snowy peaks in the background scenery. On the way, you can hike along the olive groves of Ait Zitoune to Tachbibte on the edge of Lala Takerkouste Lake. Arrive to Agafay mid-afternoon. Optional star gazing activity in the evening. Approximately 1.5 hour drive and 2 hour walk. Our accommodations consist of 18 luxury tents giving a splendid overview of the desert, each with inside king size bed, living room and separate bathroom. (B/L/D)
Overnight at the deluxe Inara Camp

Day 8
Thursday, April 27 - Agafay – Essaouira

Breakfast at the camp before heading to Essaouira where you will see the first Argan trees, a jewel of this region with its precious oil. Detour to Sidi Kaouki for a camel ride along the Atlantic coast. Visit a women’s cooperative for Argan oil before heading to Essaouira. An approximate 4 hour drive / 1 to 2 hour walk. (B/-/-)
Overnight at the Riad Mimouna

Day 9
Friday, April 28 - Essaouira

This morning you will have a guided tour of Essaouira which is known as an old pirate’s hideout offering a multitude of small squares encircled by Portuguese, Berber and French battlements. The pace of life is more relaxed here, and the whitewashed houses and narrow streets lend a truly Mediterranean air to the city. The afternoon is left for your own exploration with optional activities such as horseback riding, surfing or a cooking class. A yoga class will be offered prior to an evening dinner in local restaurant: Essaouira at O'Bleue Mogador. (B/-/D)
Overnight at the Riad Mimouna

Day 10
Saturday, April 29 - Essaouira - Marrakech

After breakfast, transfer back to Marrakech and check back into the Riad Slitine and Spa. Approximately 3.5 hours. Enjoy time on your own for last minute shopping and exploring. Farewell Dinner at the special Yacout Restaurant. The Yacout, an institution in Marrakech, was among the very first in the medina, more than twenty years ago. A special evening after an unforgettable trip. (B/-/D)
Overnight at the Riad Slitine and Spa

Day 11
Sunday, April 30 - Marrakesh to Your Hometown

After breakfast, transfer to Marrakech airport for the flight home. (B)

Prices per person

$2299

Single Supplement:

$650

Payment Schedule:
$500 per person upon booking
Balance due 90 days prior
to departure
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Package Includes

  • Nine night accommodations in Morocco

  • Welcome and farewell dinners at Moroccan Restaurants

  • Marrakesh – Half day guided walking with entry fees to Bahia Palace,

  • Dar Si Said Museum and Majorelles Gardens

  • Essaouira – Guided orientation tour

  • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners

  • 5 days of trekking/walking

  • 4 yoga classes

  • Mineral/drinking water included with all meals, on all bus rides and

  • Refilling your own bottles during trekking

  • Private cook for picnic lunches

  • One camel ride in Sidi Kaouki

  • Qualified English speaking guide for 10 days

  • Private transportation with A/C

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Not included

  • Soft and alcoholic drinks

  • Meals not mentioned

  • Optional activities, such ATV ride at Agafay Desert (approximately $44 to be paid locally), 1 l/2 to 2 hour ride

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips

  • Trip insurance

Included meals

  • B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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Sally Basset

Ph.D.,E-RYT, Founder of Peace through Yoga and Women for Adventure.  Sally’s passion toward life, creative nature, and spiritual approach have been keys to her success.  She has led groups to over 120 countries as a result of her 30+ year career in the travel industry where she went from flight attendant to CEO.

 

Sally has been teaching yoga for close to two decades, even as a corporate CEO, through her 12-year ownership of two yoga studios before selling the studios in 2014. Sally’s yoga journey has also included teaching yoga basics and philosophy as an adjunct professor at Butler University for seven years and co-founding the Yoga and Spirituality program at Christian Theological Center in Indianapolis, IN.  She is the author of Yoga through Christ—via the Eight Limbs of Yoga.

 

Peace through Yoga Foundation developed and supports two Girls for Success programs, one in the rainforest of Costa Rica and one in the rural area on the island of Dominica.  Sally teaches at Blooming Life Yoga in the village of Zionsville, IN and leads adventure trips around the world.  Her favorite quote is by Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

To book this adventure, please call or email our Travel Manager,

Susie Morwick, at (317) 544-8391
or susie@peacethroughyoga.org

 

Please contact us below to receive an overview of our different accommodation types and the corresponding total rates for the week.

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