A JOURNEY THROUGH THE SENSES - YOGA AND SOUND
7th - 12th May 2020
22nd - 27th October 2020
With Luna Anderson Yoga and Rachael Welford
JOIN US ON THIS BEAUTIFUL TRIP FOR £849
After such an enriching experience on our first two retreats here, Rachael and I are so excited to hold space for you twice in 2020. Morocco and indeed Marrakesh has a special place in our hearts and I hope the city and surrounding area catches your heart the way it has ours.
Join us in a space that promises to help you relax; ignite the senses and reconnect your mind, body and soul through yoga and sound.
This retreat was born out of our own similar desires to escape the pressures of city living for a few days. To switch off and reboot, away from the constant pressures that modern day living has slowly come to encroach on us.
This retreat comes from a need to step away from a constant ‘switched on’ lifestyle that for many of us dulls our senses and the ability to truly stay present in our experiences. It’s hard to tune into the subtle energies and that little voice inside when it’s blurred out by constant alarms, flashing screens and never ending to do lists. We would love for you to join us; to drop back into the simplicity of life. Leave your phone, your to do list, your inbox and reconnect to the world around you. Let your senses guide you for five days as you tune in to your true wants and needs.
Each day we will be themed around a particular sense that we aim to heighten through our daily Yoga and meditation practices. We will offer traditional Ayurvedic detoxification techniques that help us to cleanse the particular sense and start the day with a clearer mind set. With Morocco as our beautiful backdrop we have a few surprises along the way that we hope will add to our theme in a pleasurable way.
Each morning we will start the day with an Ayurvedic cleansing practice and meditation, followed by a 75-90 minute vinyasa flow. The morning sessions will offer a more 'dynamic' practice. A chance to detoxify our bodies and our minds.
Most nights we will have a second Yoga practice that will be Yin, a deeply introverted practice that works with the fascial tissues of the body and the subtle body respectfully, helping us to create a very nurturing and calming environment for the evening ahead.
While we will create space to workshop certain elements of a physical Yoga practice together, time has also been left in the schedule for 121 bookings. This is an opportunity to really advance your Yoga practice in a way that suits your body and to work on any particular 'goal' you have or questions you are looking to answer. You can enquire with Luna via email before the retreat or during our time in Marrakech.
Rachael has become a dear friend having met through mutual friends at events (and Spring time picnics in London Fields!) I am so thrilled to have her join us in Morocco to guide us through her unique sound healing experiences.
Rachael will be leading our morning meditation sessions and there is also the opportunity to book in with her for private Reiki or EFT tapping sessions too. More information on her therapies and indeed where you can catch her in London beforehand can be found on her website. https://www.welfordwellbeing.com
She is an advocate for changing the stigma surrounding mental health and works closely with those dealing with anxiety and stress related disorders. Her energy is infectious and I cant wait for you to meet this magic woman!
Morocco's rich history, vibrant colours and amazing scenery certainly helps to heighten the senses. The wild and rugged landscapes of the Atlas mountains that surround the bustling city of Marrakesh, as well as the unpredictable nature of the fiery Sahara desert, are a draw for many visitors. Nature is abundant here in all forms. It's hard to escape the magical pull that it holds.
Located twenty minutes outside of the Marrakesh Medina, lies the beautiful Villa Magtafa. Set as part of a small collection of luxury villas, the Domaine de l'Akhdar. Villa Magtafa is the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful holiday to recharge, and to roam around the grounds as if it were your own home. Arnaud and his team have paid particular attention to creating a beautiful space that honour Morocco's colourful heritage whilst keeping the space modern and light. Onsite chef and staff allow for a very easy and relaxing stay.
There are three different bedding options to choose from set between the two Villas that will host us. Villa Magtafa and Villa Kalliste - a short walk away. You can choose between a triple, double or single occupancy room at varying prices to suit your budget. Please note that the rooms will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. All rooms have their own en suite bathroom. They are spacious and light with beautiful views of the gardens and surrounding space. More information regarding the rooms and pricings can be found below.
We understand that while socialising and making new friends on retreat is important, so too is your own space and downtime. Villa Magtafa has plenty of room for you to find you own quiet space to nestle in whenever you need.
About an hour's drive away from Villa Magtafa and nestled into the rugged desert landscape is La Pause, a beautiful desert oasis and our home for the first night of the retreat. There is a real magic in the air at this peaceful space that cannot quite be described and should be felt for oneself. It is a special haven in which to retreat away for a night under the stars.
We will arrive early afternoon so we have plenty time to enjoy the space. You can go for walks, meet or ride the dromedary (one humped camels), lounge by the oasis pool, enjoy a specially prepared lunch or chill in the many shaded lounge areas, before we congregate for our opening ceremony.
We will be spending the night in luxury tents. The tents are very sturdy and come fully equipped with comfy beds, linen, storage trunks, cushioning and a private bathroom. Each tent has its own patio and lounge chairs where you can soak up the desert sun.
Each tent sleeps between two and three guests. Private tents can be organised at an extra supplement.
While the tents are robust, La Pause also boasts 12 beautifully curated lodges, which are also available to us at an extra cost.
EXCURSIONS AND DOWN TIME
Along with our stay at La Pause we have also organised a half day trip to the Atlas mountains. Our guide, Nourdinne, will take us to the foots of the Atlas mountains where after our hike we will enjoy lunch with a local Berber family.
We have purposefully left downtime on the retreat so you can curate a trip that nourishes what you truly need. Whether that be a day by the pool, lounging around the villa, visiting many of Morocco's historical sites, museums and gardens or taking a trip to the bustling, maze like Medina.
For those yet to experience the full delights of Moroccan cuisine, Villa Magtafa will not disappoint with their delicious offerings for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. We will be treated to beautifully served buffet style of local dishes. If you have any dietary requirements please specify on your confirmation email so we can attend to your needs fully.
A TYPICAL DAY'S SCHEDULE
(SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON PLANNED EXCURSIONS)
07:30-08:15: Meditation, Ayurvedic cleanse for senses
08:15- 08:45: Morning Juice and snack offered
08:45-10:20: Yoga practice
10:30-11:30: Late breakfast
14:30/15:00 : Lunch offered for those staying at the Villa
Between 17:00-19:30: Senses workshop/ Evening Yoga, Sound bath
20:00: Dinner and catch up
WHAT' S INCLUDED
Four nights and five days accommodation at the beautiful Villa Magtafa and
one night stay in the beautiful desert oasis La Pause (5 nights 6 days total)
All Yoga classes, meditations, workshops, Gong baths, opening and closing ceremonies
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
teas, coffee and water, nuts and fruits available throughout the day
Sunset yoga session and Sound Healing ceremony at La Pause desert space
Dinner under the stars at La Pause
Early afternoon Hike in the Atlas Mountains
Transfer to and from La Pause and the Atlas mountains
Use of the Villa pool, and complex pool, tennis courts and grounds
Moroccan tourist tax.
Please note that flights and return transfers to the airport are not included in the cost of the retreat.
There is also the opportunity to enjoy a massage or treatment at the Villa from Sophie, the onsite therapist
Private Yoga sessions, Reiki healing and tapping can also be booked on request from Luna and Rachael
La Pause also offers the opportunity for camel rides and an added cost
PAYMENT AND ARRIVAL DETAILS
Each room in Villa Magtafa and Villa Kalliste beautifully weaves traditional Moroccan handicraft with luxe contemporary style. You can choose from the following to suit your desire and budget:
£1300 - Single
£1100 - Per person (2 ppl sharing a queen size)
Playing with different shades of green, this double bedroom opens onto our beautifully kept garden and the main patio. Generously proportioned bedroom with high vaulted ceiling and French doors on three sides which give the room a bright and breezy feel and allow for ample natural light. With our garden facing bedrooms you can literally roll out of bed and straight in to the refreshing private villa pool.
Akhdar has its own large Moroccan bathroom with a generously sized bathtub. Please note, all bath towels and pool towels are included.
The rooms at villa Kalliste match the size and grandeur of Akhdar. These rooms can also be requested for private or shared occupancy. Both villas offer ample space and privacy, however, if you wish to have a more secluded stay we suggest a room in villa Kalliste is requested upon payment of deposit as villa Magtafa is our main hub for all meals, yoga, workshops, and sound healing.
£1300 – Single
£1100- Per person (2 ppl sharing single beds or queen sized bed)
A soft relaxing gold palette makes this double bedroom cool and cosy. Set off the main living room, this charming bedroom comprises a high vaulted ceiling and three French doors overlooking the garden and the swimming pool. A devotion to local craftsmanship is apparent throughout, ensuring an atmospheric and authentic stay. The bedroom can accommodate either a queen size bed for a couple or single occupancy or two single beds if preferred for those sharing.
Chemaia has its own spacious ensuite. Please note, all bath towels and pool towels are included.
£949 - Per person (2 ppl sharing single beds or queen sized bed)
Located at the back of the villa and overlooking our shaded terrace, this double bedroom has been richly decorated in warm shades of red and gold. The French patio doors to this tranquil room open directly on to the main Yoga and workshop space. The comfy outdoor sofas can also be used for relaxing, reading and chilling out on your down time with lovely views of our lush garden.
Mehaya has its own ensuite with shower.
£849 - Per person (3 ppl sharing single beds)
Nicknamed ‘The Friendship’ room, Amara is a superbly designed triple bedroom at the back of the villa overlooking the shaded terrace and the rose garden. The bedroom, ensuite and wardrobes boast ample space for three friends sharing, or those looking to connect with new likeminded individuals.
Please note, there is a door adjoining Mehaya and Amara which can be opened for large groups retreating together.