Morocco·April 14 - 20 2023
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking vistas of Northern Africa with a luxury + cultural wellness retreat.SOLD OUT
We’ll be staying on a private estate curated for rest, relaxation, exotic meals and exploration of the grounds, but just close enough to the city of Marrakech to have everything in town at our fingertips: shopping in the souks, venturing through the medina, camel treks in the desert and other cultural experiences that can only be had in Morocco. Whether you're hiking in the Atlas Mountains or learning how to cook using Moroccan techniques and spices - you'll have plenty of time to soak up the life-changing experience that an authentic trip to this beautiful north African country offers. *Please note we are currently requiring proof of full COVID vaccination for all retreat guests (including a least one booster) AND Morocco requires a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of landing* - Group Size: 12-16 guests - Luxury Score: 5 (out of 5) - Activity Score: 3 (out of 5) - Active + Walking Tours - Cuisine: Omnivore (Mostly Plant-Based w/ Some Chicken + Fish Offered)
Retreat into exotic luxury into an oasis in the vast and breathtaking desert landscape of Morocco. This beautiful property is about 20 minutes outside of the hectic city center and is nestled in an olive grove with incredible views of the Atlas Mountains. A perfect respite to return to for rest and reflection after a day filled with cultural adventures.
We will head out to a picturesque desert oasis camp about an hour outside of town for an afternoon that will include a guided camel trek and luxury tented lunch set up. A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Meander through Marrkaech’s medinas and souks on a guided tour of the world famous markets and shopping areas that dreams are made of!
Visit the stunning and colorful garden, of Jardin Majorelle in the Gueliz neighborhood of Marrakech. Fountains and spectacular plant life make for some of the best photo backdrops in town. It's considered a “must-do” for first-time visitors to Marrakech.
Spend an afternoon off-site exploring the slower pace in the Atlas Mountains and enjoy a lunch near the foot of the tallest peak in North Africa. Enjoy a picturesque and accessible hike nearby after lunch.
Our meals will be mostly plant-based but with some chicken and fish offered. The cuisine will reflect Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranean influences and combines spices and herbs that have therapeutic value and delicious traditional Moroccan flavors.
The entire property (reserved exclusively for Above Yoga guests) is dripping with eclectic Moroccan style and textiles. One of the owners is a designer and it shows throughout the luxury villa. You will never stay somewhere else this unique again!
One day we'll enjoy a Moroccan style cooking class where we will learn all about Moroccan herbs, spices -- including creating their famous dish "tajine / tagine" and get to taste all the items that we make for an elaborate lunch in a garden setting.
In addition to our owner and Chief Zen Officer Anna, each Above Yoga retreat has one or two additional certified yoga teachers on-site who will lead a portion of the classes and support students in their practice. We find that an opportunity to participate in a variety of classes with various teaching styles adds to our guests’ overall retreat experience.
Anna's # 1 goal is to make every guest feel welcomed and included in all aspects of a retreat. She loves to teach vinyasa flows that are accessible and enjoyable for every level of student, as well as restorative, yin + yang and other slower styles.
Cassie's goal is to help others cultivate strength and space through the breath/body connection. She took her 200 HR training through CorePower Yoga and her 300 HR training through Wild Abundant Life. You can find Cassie teaching mindful strong yoga throughout the Chicago area. She's also passionate about helping with a Prison Yoga program.
Lunch OR Dinner
Evening Yoga or Meditation
Daily yoga and/or meditation practices
Three (3) group lunches
Five (5) group dinners
Unlimited filtered water, coffee and famous Moroccan mint tea.
Guided hike in the Atlas Mountains
Desert camel trek
Tour of the famous souks and markets
Visit to the Jardin Majorelle + Yves Saint Laurent Museum
Moroccan hands-on cooking class
Donation to Project Soar
Roundtrip ground transportation from RAK (Marrakech Airport)
Roundtrip airfare to Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK)
Other meals not listed above
Why travel with Above Yoga? Maybe places like Morocco have always been on your “must-see” list but you aren’t sure where to start for planning a trip there? You could scour Instagram for inspiration, read countless blogs about what to do and how to dress while you’re there, spend hours scrolling through TripAdvisor reviews on hotels - or you could skip all that and have it all planned for you. That’s where we come in! When you join any of our retreats you’ll immediately receive a FAQ documents with suggestions for flights, airports and add-on trips, as well as be added to our private dedicated Facebook group with your fellow travelers where updates and additional information will be added often. Have more burning questions? Our Chief Zen Officer Anna is available any time via email or a phone call. Then a month before our adventure, you’ll receive a detailed itinerary, a suggested packing list and full information about how you’ll be picked up from the airport. From the day you sign up you’ll have constant support and communication for this retreat. Let someone else who has just traveled to this destination (and scouted 7 different retreat properties to pick the best one for you!) handle all the logistics and planning for you.
Choosing to go on retreat in Morocco with Anna from Above Yoga was one of the best decisions I have every made. Everything from transportation to meals to excursions were well planned. All I had to do was show up! No decision-making needed. Her unique destinations also adds to the fun! Can't wait to join her again!
Chelsea, Milwaukee, WI (Coastal Morocco Retreat)
Words cannot describe how incredible this trip was! From the moment I signed up, there was steady and clear communication - I didn't have to worry about a thing. This remained consistent throughout the trip, with a number of wonderful activities planned and plenty of suggestions for activities during free time. Additionally, Anna did an incredible job of coordinating any free time activities someone wanted to take part in. Her coordination and organization throughout the trip allowed for the perfect vacation. (I would also like to add the itinerary provided was excellent! I always knew what activities would be taking place during the day, what items I would need, and the times I would need to be places in order to participate).
Jen, Zurich, Switzerland (Ireland Retreat)
What a wonderful way to explore a country! Honestly a great balance between yoga, which is what we all came for, and exploring the local towns and culture. The included transportation made exploring easy and inexpensive. The meals were nourishing and diverse. I felt very safe the entire trip, excursions and all. Also, as an introvert, I felt I had plenty of moments of free time where I could choose to go on a walk, hang at the pool, or relax on the rooftop to decompress. Overall such a pleasant experience! I look forward to my next retreat!
Ally, Atlanta, GA (Coastal Morocco Retreat)
(The) South of France was my second retreat with Above Yoga. I love how detailed Anna is with her retreats. The pre-trip organization(flight/travel assistance, packing list, weather updates) is top notch. I also love the groups of people she cultivates to join her on trips. Her retreats are a perfect mix for me of yoga, adventure, and tourism!
Katie, Charlotte, NC (France Retreat)
This trip was amazing! I had never been on a yoga retreat or traveled to Europe. From the beginning to end Anna had everything planned out and was extremely organized. She answered all of my questions and made sure all of us were well-prepared for international travel. I could not have asked for a better experience!
Jennifer, Blacksburg, VA (Ireland Retreat)