YOGA AND HIKING RETREAT: OFFERING DAILY YOGA, MEDITATION, A TREK TO MOUNT TOUBKAL, EXPLORING THE SOUKS OF MARRAKECH, VISITING ESSAOUIRA, HAMMAM, MASSAGE, GUIDED TOURS, & MUCH MORE!

During this spectacular yoga and hiking retreat in Morocco you can truly experience Morocco. With the secure and safe feeling that everything will be taken care of for you. From the minute you arrive at the airport. Morocco is a North African country with a soul, a sensory experience.  And a world away from Europe despite its geographical proximity.

Our yoga and hiking retreat combines a 3 Day Toubkal Experience with a 5 Day yoga Holiday at the fabulous Quaryati Ecolodge. This traditional Moroccan guest house is situated in a large garden, 30 minutes from Marrakech.

To find out more or book your place...

Please contact Rachel at rb@revealingvajra.com if you would like to ask any questions about this retreat or how to book and pay for your place, she will be more than happy to get back to you!

You can also book and pay securely online here. Payments via Paypal, Credit Card or Bank Transfer

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT ON THIS YOGA RETREAT IN MOROCCO

An Experience of a lifetime climbing this majestic mountain, and afterwards a rewarding yoga holiday near Marrakech.

Our all-inclusive price for this yoga and hiking retreat Morocco includes:

  • 2 nights at the Refuge Toubkal, very simple and shared accommodation
  • Professional guidance during our trek to Mount Toubkal
  • Packed lunches and dinners during our 3 Day Toubkal Experience, prepared by our very own chef!
  • Airport Group Transfers, on the start and end date of the retreat, on specific times
  • Mules to carry our stuff
  • 5 nights at the Quaryati Ecolodge with wonderful views on the High Altas Mountains
  • Transportation to/from day trips to Marrakech and Essaouira
  • 3 healthy meals a day, prepared with local ingredients
  • Drinks all day during our yoga holiday at Quaryati: water, fruit juices, tea, mint tea..
  • Guided tour of the souks of Marrakech
  • Lunch in Marrakech at one of the top 5 restaurants in town
  • Exploring Essaouira, showing you all my favourite hangouts
  • Daily meditation and yoga classes featuring different yoga styles (mats provided, not on the Toubkal days)
  • Use of estate premises at Quaryati (terraces, pool, etc.)
  • 1 full length treatment 50 minute massage
  • 1 typical hamman (steam bath) and scrubbing
  • Welcome gift
  • Taxes
  • A wonderful group of likeminded people around

Not inclusive

  • Flights
  • Soft drinks (during the 3 Day Toubkal Experience)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Lunch in Essaouira, as you might want to depart on your own 🙂
  • Your personal travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag
  • Gear and Equipment (if necessary)
  • Tips

THIS YOGA AND HIKING RETREAT WILL RECHARGE YOU FOR A LONG TIME.

You will get a Kick out of climbing the Highest Mountain in North Africa, Mount Toubkal.
You will never forget your yoga session with a view on the Atlas mountains.
We have an entire team on site, ready for you to assist you anyway you need.
The meals you will have are prepared with care and organic and mostly local ingredients.
Gluten Free and Vegetarian Options are available and Very tasty!
Professional guidance in all yoga and meditation classes.
We see massages as part of the experience, and thus included in your retreat price.
You do not open your wallet for a week.
A wonderful blend of international participants, from all over the globe.

I live in Morocco so you will get more in’s and out’s than on any other yoga holiday out there.

We know people, who know the High Atlas Mountains, Marrakech and Essaouira better than anyone else 🙂

Wow! What an experience! This is not just doing some yoga in a nice place… This is ‘a journey in a journey’. Getting closer to myself, appreciating, and all this in a peaceful environment with a fantastic group of international and unique people. Rachel is amazing. Radiating warmth, joy, peace and power with a good sense of humour. So thankful for this week. Namaste!
Mirella Molenschot, NL – March 2017, Morocco

Your Massively Exciting Schedule

Friday June 16: Essaouira/Marrakech – Imlil – Refuge
Transfers today are organised for you from either Essaouira or Marrakech airport.
Our gathering point today is the Quaryati Ecolodge. You can leave whatever it is you do not need during the 3 day Toubkal Experience at our venue. We will be back here on Sunday afternoon.

We leave for Imlil at 9AM so you need to be there. Ideally, you arrive on Thursday evening already.

From Imlil, we start our very first walk together to the Toubkal refuge. Lunch with a spectacular view first and then off to our Base Camp, where we stay the night before summit day. Dinner and an early night sleep. If you wish, there’s a yoga class to stretch out your weary muscles and prepare for the summit.

Saturday June 17: Yes, we can!
We get up really early to reach for the summit. We should be there after a six hour walk max, take 5 million pictures and selfies and head back to our refuge for dinner and some very well deserved rest.

Sunday June 18: Refuge – Imlil – Marrakech
We take it easy and descent, having lots of Toubkalish vibes all day long.
The end of our 3 Day Toubkal Experience is when we reach Imlil again. Some will leave the group, others will hang around for lunch and join us for a wonderful 5 day yoga holiday near Marrakech.

Monday June 19:Reeeelax
A day to relax, to sun and to rest by the pool. Enjoy a wonderful massage and a hammam, all included in your retreat price of course, you deserved it! We will have a very gentle yoga class in the morning and yin yoga in the afternoon.

Tuesday June 20: The Pink City
How can you go to Morocco and not see the vibrant city of Marrakech? Our professional guide will show you around and introduce you to the magic of Kech… After a rejuvenating yoga class and breakfast, we dive into the city!
After all these days of typical Moroccan cuisine, which is wonderful, but you might want a little change now. So, for lunch, we will take you to one of the coolest French restaurants in the new town of Marrakech.

Wednesday June 21: Chillaxing in Sweira
Excited already to show you around in my very own home town: Essaouira!
It’s a 3 hour drive but totally worth it. With some luck, we will do yoga on the beach. There will be no other details of this day, let me surprise you! No obligation to join us, you can stay around the pool as well, whatever makes you happy!

Thursday June 22: Contemplate and Relax
Be as active or chilled out as you wish to be. Not too many activities planned today besides two relaxing yoga classes.

Friday June 23: Departure Time
After breakfast, we close our all inclusive program.

Location

We will sleep at two locations during this trip.

The first one is at 3207 meters, where we find the Refuge Toubkal, or Neltner shelter.
It’s a shelter, what can we say? 🙂 Bunkbeds on the one hand side, awesome views and friendly staff on the other side. Oddly as it may sound now, we are quite convinced that you will like it here!

Our second home away from home is Quaryati.  Located about 30 minutes outside of Marrakech. Close enough and far enough as Marrakech is lush but it can be extremely busy too. It features a spa centre with hammam, and has an outdoor swimming pool with breathtaking views of the High Atlas Mountains.

Rooms are not luxurious but they offer everything you need during a yoga holiday.
On site, you can go for a walk, take a bike or find the peace and tranquility that this place offers.

3 Day Toubkal Experience: Good to know

Do I need to be (super) fit?

The ascent of Jbel Toubkal (4167m), North Africa’s highest mountain, is achievable in June without specialist climbing skills. Most people who are reasonably fit and determined can achieve this goal. Slowly, step by step.
If you have not walked at heights of 4000m before do not be surprised at the slow pace, which is certainly the best way to get to the top no matter how fit you are. It’s not a race and we will keep a very close eye on you that things are safe for everyone involved.

How about comfort and luxury during the trek?

During our 3 Day Toubkal Experience, we will sleep at the Refuge Toubkal for 2 nights. This is the only possibility and it’s not luxurious, … at all. Think of it as a communal bunkhouse sleeping platform.

What should I bring?

Not too much! Luggage is transported on mules but this doesn’t mean you should bring 5 suitcases…
Before departure, we will send you more information of course about all practicalities.

Most important things:

  • Walking boots or good trainers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Day rucksack /backpack
  • Rain clothes
  • Water bottle or camel back (preferred)You can leave the clothes for the 5 day yoga holiday at Quaryati, where we will start our Toubkal Experience.

It’s Ramadan, how will this effect our trip?

Personally, we believe Ramadan is a wonderful time to be in Morocco. Ramadan is a time for contemplation, a time to retreat, be very conscious about our eating habits and reflect. Having this in mind, we can’t think of a better time to organise a retreat!

As the locals, and our guides will follow the strict rules of Ramadan, things might be a bit slower then usual. Or, we have to take some more rest here and there. During Ramadan, the medina of Marrakech is a very interesting place to visit. Hardly anyone there during the day!

Morocco in June, will it be too hot?

Morocco in June could be warm to very hot. However, during our 3 Day Toubkal Experience, we will be at an altitude of 3000 meter and higher, so temperatures should be ideal to climb. Not as warm as in the rest of the country.

During the yoga holiday, we are outside of the medina and still quite near to the High Atlas Mountains so also here, temperatures are really nice. We can only say that the past two years, June was absolutely lush!

Great Food!

This wouldn’t be a Revealing Vajra Experience if there’s wasn’t extra attention for the things we would eat…

As I live in Morocco, I have asked many people about their Toubkal experience and one thing that kept coming back was the quality of the food during the Toubkal treks. Consequently, we’ll just bring our own food!

Karima Maruan, our chef for many of the Moroccan yoga retreats, will prepare our lunches and dinners. This way, we’ll be boosted with super foods and fly up that mountain!

Don’t expect a three course meal now! What you can expect is healthy, vegan and delicious fresh and good food.

We will also have lunch at places with breathtaking views.

To find out more or book your place...

Please contact Rachel at rb@revealingvajra.com if you would like to ask any questions about this retreat or how to book and pay for your place, she will be more than happy to get back to you!

You can also book and pay securely online here. Payments via Paypal, Credit Card or Bank Transfer

YOUR HOSTS AND TRAVEL GUIDES

For the first part of this amazing yoga and hiking retreat, the 3 Day Toubkal Experience, Revealing Vajra is teaming up with Coco Morocco. Coco Morocco, or the hot webzine on cool Morocco, is an initiative from Marlène Pauly, a Belgian trendspotter who’s been living in Morocco since 2012.

With her on board, we just know things will be organised into perfection as she knows the ins and outs of getting things done in Morocco. From the transfers to what we’ll be munging down, it will be perfectly organised, which is quite a challenge sometimes.

The yoga classes and the 5 day yoga holiday near Marrakech will be organised by myself, Rachel Bonkink. I have been teaching for several years now and I do what I do because it is who I am – it is what I love to do. Traveling the world and inspiring people in anyway I can.

I’m a RYS 600+ trained yoga and meditation teacher with many years of professional teaching and coaching experience.
There’s a strong corporate background and I teach different yoga styles, from traditional Hatha Yoga to Kundalini and Yin yoga. Pranayama (breathing), meditation and yoga philosophy are part of all my lessons.

You will go home after this week, with a mental back pack, filled with incredible memories and practical tools to help you maintain and cultivate Balance in your daily life.

To me, these holidays are so much more than just a getaway.
This retreat can be truly life changing. It will empower you to become a more healthy and happy person.

All levels of yoga are welcome!!!

You can read more about my story here.

I welcome any and all questions or concerns you may have and invite you to email me at: rb@revealingvajra.com or just give me a call or whatsapp message on +32 476 204 121.

Rachel is a great host and teacher. She makes everyone feel at ease and safe. The yoga sessions are suitable for all levels and get you back what you put in. I also enjoyed meeting fascinating and kind people from diverse backgrounds and countries. A wonderful trip!
Nicole Berry, NYC, USA – March 2017, Morocco

WHAT TO DO NEXT? BOOKING THIS “YOGA AND HIKING RETREAT IN MOROCCO”

Prices include the 3 Day Toubkal Experience, full board accommodation, transfers, all yoga lessons, 2 excursions, guided tours, walks, one full-length treatment and hamman per person.

1195€ per person for shared accommodation for one week, including 3 Day Toubkal Experience
1295€ per person for private accommodation, except for the 2 nights at the Refuge where you share ‘the space’
1450€ per person for private accommodation in a suite for one week, except for the 2 nights at the Refuge where you share

Ideally, you arrive on Thursday evening, before dinner, so before 8PM to gently settle in and have a good rest. This night is not included in the retreat price as you might want to sleep in a hotel of your choice in Marrakech.
We start our retreat on the 16th of June.

You can fly to Essaouira or Marrakech.
From both places, transfers are included on the 16th, 18th and 23rd.

On the departure day on the 23rd, take into account a 35 minute drive to the airport and 2 hour waiting time at the airport. Therefore, very early departures are not advised, for your own comfort.

Cancellation Policy

There are no partial refunds for late arrivals or if you need to leave the retreat early.

Refunds depend on the timing of your cancellation:
A 90% refund will be provided on cancellations, up to 60 days prior to the start date of the booked retreat.
A 50% refund will be provided on cancellations between 30-59 days prior to the start date of the booked retreat.
No refunds will be provided on cancellation between 29-0 days prior to the start date of the booked retreat.

Testimonials

What a great retreat in an amazing location! I had such a good time and I wish there was one more week to come! The yoga classes are not too intense, but really creative and very interesting. After a week of practise, I can feel the benefits of daily yoga and meditation. It helped me to create some space and look at my thoughts and emotions from a distance. There is still a lot to sort out, but I feel that I am coming back stronger and with an open mind. Thank you for that!

Ewa Paluszkiewicz, Poland - March 2017, Marrakech

This week has been a totally unique experience to me. I leave taking away so many wonderful things and experiences which will stay with me for the rest of my life. Thank you!

Carole Vinycomb, UK - March 2017, Marrakech

Just Go!
Everything that's promised on the website... and more!
Best experience ever!

Zafanya Vandenberg, NL - March 2017, Marrakech

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Why take this trip?

In 1 trip you will ….

Climb the highest point in North Africa, Mount Toubkal !

Visit the charming town of Marakkech with bustling markets and snake charmers.

Visit Essaouira

Detox completely from daily life

Meditate and do Yoga every day

Experience true Berber life in the small villages surroundings the foothills of the Atlas

Rest and Rejuvenate in an incredible venue near Marrakech

Be with an international group of like minded people

Enjoy incredibly good food, all 7 days long

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