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Discover the magic of Marrakech, the beauty of the Sahara Desert and the artisanship of the Moroccan people. Practice daily yoga with Gigi Mao, explore the souks, get out in the desert and learn about art and culture. Finish your journey with three-day surfing lessons in Taghazout with instructor and complete equipment. Join and enjoy the natural, cultural, and adventurous experiences that Morocco has to offer!
For the duration of this yoga, art, and surf camp you will be staying in different boutique guesthouses for nine nights and camping in the desert for two nights. You will be staying either in double or shared occupancy basis. You will be spending the first two nights in Marrakech, third night in a village outside the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, fourth and fifth night you will be camping in a Berber camp in the Sahara Desert, sixth and seventh night you will return to Marrakech and finally, the last four nights you will spend in Taghazout. Please note that if you are traveling alone, you will be paired with someone of your own gender.
Arrive in Marrakech by 4:00 p.m. and be transported to your riad-style accommodations complete with vibrant mosaics and atrium gardens. Rest up, meet your roommate, and join for your welcome dinner to meet your guides for the week. Gigi will close out your evening with a grounding post-travel flow and meditation.
After an energizing morning flow and breakfast, you will start your explorations of Marrakech’s vibrant souks (markets) and see some of the city’s landmark sites including the Moorish Medersa ben Youssef, the opulent Bahia Palace and the picturesque Jewish Quarter. You’ll see the infamous Jemaa el Fna and have time in the afternoon for your own explorations before evening dinner and yoga.
After yoga and breakfast you will hit the road early for your Sahara Desert excursion. You will arrive at the striking Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage listed city that once had a prominent position in the trans-Saharan trade route. You’ll have the whole afternoon for exploring its shops, cafes, and walking streets. You will stay just outside the village in the evening where you will enjoy a grounding flow with Gigi and a spectacular Moroccan dinner.
After yoga and breakfast, you will hop back in the van for your next destination across the Atlas Mountains. You will arrive at the dunes around mid-day (with plenty of stops for photos & food!) and will ride camels the rest of the way in to your Berber camp. After settling in, you will stretch out with yoga before a delicious desert meal and campfire against a backdrop of stars and traditional Moroccan music.
After sunrise yoga and breakfast, the day is yours to choose your desert adventure! Stay at camp for rest and rehabilitation or get out and hike or dune surf. Or, you can join for your group trek to an oasis where you will learn to make a meal in a sand oven! You will reconvene in the evening for yoga, dinner, and another night of music under the stars.
After yoga and breakfast, you will say goodbye to your desert camp and hop back on camels to your vehicles. From there, you will head to Traverse Journeys community partner, a women’s textile co-op where you will learn about crafting traditions that these groups work so hard to preserve while boosting the livelihoods of women throughout the country. After lunch, you will make your way back to Marrakech where Gigi will guide you in an evening grounding yoga before dinner.
You will follow yoga and breakfast today with a special visit to a hammam, or spa, where you’ll soak in the baths and receive a scrub treatment and have options for massage. The rest of the day is yours for shopping and exploring before evening yoga and your farewell to Marrakech dinner.
Gigi will offer extra early yoga this morning before your transfer in the morning to the beach, where your surfing will begin! Upon arrival you’ll meet your local surf instructors and will have time to check out the beach. Enjoy a fresh, healthy dinner in the evening.
It’s time for your yoga and surf routine to begin! Each morning, you’ll start out with a healthy breakfast, then your surf instructor will take you to the best surf spots depending on the conditions and water. No matter what your level - beginning, intermediate, or advanced - the instructors will match your needs so that you can learn and improve!
In the afternoon, you’ll have time to enjoy the beach on your own or join for several excursions including the Paradise Valley natural pools nearby souk explorations. Finish off the day with the sunset and a fresh cooked dinner.
After breakfast, you’ll receive a transfer to the Agadir airport for your journey home.
This camp is based in Marrakech, Sahara Desert, and Taghazout in Morocco.
This camp includes daily breakfast and dinner. It also includes four lunches. Fresh and healthy meals will be served to the guests.
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