I am planning 2019 as we speak.
If you are interested in joining us for an incredible yoga and hiking retreat in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, please send me an email on rb@revealingvajra.com and you will be the first to know about it.
The schedule below is from the July 2018 Toubkal yoga and hiking retreat.

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

During this spectacular yoga and hiking retreat in Morocco you can truly experience Morocco. We will make sure you are safe and we will take care of everything 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 4 Day Toubkal Experience with a 3 Day yoga Holiday at Quaryati Ecolodge. A wonderful and traditional Moroccan guest house, situated in a large garden, 30 minutes from Marrakech.

 

This retreat is now over for this year..

Please contact Rachel at rb@revealingvajra.com to find out about dates next year or other Revaling Vajra retreats.

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:

  • 3 nights at a charming little riad in the Mountains to acclimatise and recover, before and after Toubkal
  • 1 night at the Refuge Toubkal, very simple and shared accommodation
  • Professional guidance during our trek to Mount Toubkal
  • Lunches and dinners during our Toubkal Experience
  • Airport Group Transfers, on the start and end date of the retreat
  • Mules to carry our stuff
  • 3 nights at the Quaryati Ecolodge with wonderful views on the High Altas Mountains
  • Transportation to/from day trip to Marrakech
  • 3 meals a day, prepared with local ingredients
  • Drinks all day: 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
  • 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
  • Transfers outside of the retreat dates
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Your personal travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag
  • Extra 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 at Quaryati 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 and Marrakech 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

 

Saturday: Marrakech – Imlil 
Transfers today are organised for you from the Marrakech airport to our little mountain riad. No programme, we just have a wonderful homemade dinner together.
You can leave whatever it is that you do not need during the Toubkal Experience here as we will be back here on Tuesday afternoon.

Sunday : Relax
Today is a day to relax and enjoy the High Atlas Mountains. A day to acclimatise, have a first walk together and have lunch with a spectacular view on … Mount Toubkal. An early night to be ready for our trek tomorrow.

Monday : So it begins….
Let the Toubkal journey begin! We start our walking together towards the Toubkal refuge.
Off to Base Camp, where we stay the night before summit day. Dinner and a very early night sleep.

Tuesday : Yes, we can!
We get up really early, 4:30AM, 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 home away from home for a wonderful and nourishing dinner and some very well deserved rest.

Wednesday: Massage please!
After a lovely breakfast and a nice sleep in for some, we head to Marrakech to start our rejuvenating yoga holiday.
Massages and hammams are all planned today, all included of course, as this will be thé perfect thing to do today. If you wish, we will have a very gentle stretching class in the evening.

Thursday: 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.

Friday: Contemplate and Relax
Be as active or as chilled out as you wish to be!
Not too many activities planned today besides two yoga classes. At least one class will have a view on the Atlas Mountains, something to cherish forever.

Satuday: Departure Time
After breakfast, we end our all inclusive program.

 

Location

We will sleep at three locations during this trip.

Our first home is Rachida and Abdu’s Lodge in Imlil. A wonderful new Lodge where tradition meets Western needs. Rachida is famous for being thé best cook in the Atlas Mountains so be prepared to have some seriously good Moroccan food!

Our second home away from home 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!
Luxury level: Zero. Adventure Level: 10+!

Our third 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 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.

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 without specialist climbing skills. Most people who are reasonably fit and determined can achieve this goal. Slowly, step by step but know, yes, it is a bit hard.
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 4 Day Toubkal Experience, we will sleep at the Refuge Toubkal for 1 night. This is the only possibility and it’s not luxurious, … at all. Think of it as a communal bunkhouse sleeping platform. Our Lodge in Imlil is brilliant as it is ran by Rachida, she built the whole thing from scratch and practises her art here, which is cooking. You will feel right at home, no doubt. Quaryati offers everything you can expect from an amazing retreat location.
In all three places, service level is high and the staff is super nice.

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 tracking shoes (trainers are not ok, they don’t protect your ankles and might not have enough grip)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Day rucksack /backpack
  • Rain clothes
  • Water bottle

Morocco in summer, will it be too hot?

Morocco in summer could be warm to very hot. However, during our 4 Day Toubkal Experience, we will be at an altitude of 2000 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 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! Our day in Marrakech could be warm, or even hot but we will adjust the program in order for it to be nice and doable.

Can I do the yoga holiday and leave the trek out?

No, I’m afraid not. The group will have had the Toubkal Experience together and it’s probably all they talk about… Joining a group that has had this experience together might not be the most fun thing to do. My lessons will also focus on restoring, stressing and stretching the muscles after the hiking experience.

Check out the other yoga holidays in Morocco and other countries if you’re up for a week of relaxation and fun!

Can I do the Toubkal Trek and leave the yoga holiday out?

This depends on the number of participants. I would like to keep our group nice and small in order for us all to have a great experience. Walking up a mountain can be challenging with different levels of fitness.
From experience, I know that a group of 8-10 max is ideal.

Just contact me if you are interested in climbing Toubkal.
If you can’t join our group, I can direct you to the coolest guides who can take you up, and down.

Great Food!

This wouldn’t be a Revealing Vajra Experience if there’s wasn’t extra attention for food!

With Rachida as our super chef in Imlil, she will prepare us some awesome lunches and dinners, for us to simply fly up that mountain! Don’t expect Michelin stars now, we are in the middle of the mountains. What you can expect is simple and really good food. We will also have lunch at a place with breathtaking views.

At Quaryati, the standard of our meals will be higher than anywhere else in Morocco. I have brought my own chefs to train the local staff and they can now cater for all and any food allergies and prepare the most delicious things for you.

You will get to taste all the typical Moroccan dishes and it will never taste the same. From zaalouk to harera, from pastilla to couscous: you will love it, even if you have no idea what this means right now 🙂

This retreat is now over for this year..

Please contact Rachel at rb@revealingvajra.com to find out about dates next year or other Revaling Vajra retreats.

YOUR HOST AND TRAVEL GUIDE, RACHEL

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 4 Day Toubkal Experience, full board accommodation, all drinks, transfers, all yoga lessons, 1 excursion, guided tours, walks, one full-length treatment and hamman per person.

1200€ per person for shared accommodation for one week, including 4 Day Toubkal Experience
1350€ per person for private accommodation, except for the 1 night at the Refuge where you share ‘the space’

You can fly into Marrakech.
Transfers are included on the start and end date of the retreat.

On the departure day, 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

One of the best retreats I ever attended. Rachel has a vast knowledge of yoga and all its aspects and made sure that we all got a taste of it. The week was very complete in the amount of activities, yoga and excursion time. I highly recommend Rachel's retreats to anyone wanting a wonderful week, away from the intensity of every day life. To learn new skills, to relax in a beautiful setting with amazing food. Thank you!

Lauretta Zucchetti, Italy - March 2018, Marrakech

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

Why take this trip?

In 1 trip you will ….

Climb the highest point in North Africa, Mount Toubkal !

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

Detox completely from daily life

Meditate and do Yoga

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 good food, all 7 days long