SAHARA DESERT HEALING RETREAT in MOROCCO
10 Days / 9 Nights
When: September 29th to October 8th 2016
*Minimum of 6 places must be confirmed by August 31st for the retreat to go ahead.
Arrival Airport: Marrakech Menara
10 Days of Non-ordinary Travel; from Marrakech to the mighty Draa Valley with its kasbahs, to the soft Saharan dunes and the gentle local hospitality of the desert.
Immerse yourself in diverse landscapes and rich culture.
Open yourself up to the mountains, to the desert, to new experiences, to transformation and to healing, through simple peace, splendid nature and by reconnecting with your adventurous courageous soul...
Marrakech - High Atlas - Draa Valley - Sahara Desert - Ouarzazate - Oasis Fint - Marrakech
You will be:
~ Visiting local Kasbahs.
~ Walking through the desert to oases and ancient sites.
~ Taking time to relax by the pool.
~ Eating the best of freshly prepared dishes.
~ Listening to great music and conversation.
~ Taking the most amazing photos.
~ Immersing yourself in healing sounds.
~ Learning about ancient ways to promote self-healing of body, mind and soul.
~ Accompanied by an experienced travel guide and artist; Karima, who lives for sharing the often unseen beauty of Morocco.
~ Offered transformative classes, workshops and/or private treatments by healing arts practitioner, teacher and musician, Rebecca, who loves to share her knowledge in a joyful, supportive and open-hearted way.
~ Embraced by Mother Nature and the vast and inspiring Sahara Desert, who is waiting to sing you her songs...
~ Returning home with new stories, new horizons, new friends, and new tools to help you be a better functioning person, a new understanding of yourself as a vibrant, energetic being and a new sense of mindfulness to take with you on the ever continuing journey of life.
Day 1: Marrakech Arrival
Arrival in Marrakech Menara Airport. We will be there to meet you.
You will be transferred to your accommodation in the old Medina.
Depending on your arrival time, a guided medina tour can be arranged, with the rest of the day free to explore.
In Marrakech you will be staying in Bed and Breakfast accommodation.
Day 2: The Journey begins: Marrakech - High Atlas - Agdz - Tamnougalt
After a relaxed breakfast and a briefing, we depart for the High Atlas Mountains and the Draa Valley.
We will be transferred to the CTM office for the 11.15 am bus which will take us on a comfy ride with excellent views from Marrakech, across the mountains, through a multitude of Berber villages and ever changing landscapes to the town of Agdz.
*There are comfort stops and time to eat some local foods on the way on this 5 hour journey.
There will be a break in Agdz to explore and then a short taxi ride to your accommodation with full board.
Accommodation for Day 2 is in a restored Kasbah in the old Ksar of Tamnougalt: a busy town and nomadic trading post some 500 years ago, with an extensive central oasis full of fruits and vegetables.
Day 3: Heading South: Tamnougalt - Zagora - Dar Sidi Bounou
TaiChi and QiGong before breakfast. Rebecca will be leading these gentle movement classes before breakfast for those who wish to take part. This is a fantastic way to wake up and start the day balanced, flowing and energized and no previous experience is necessary.
After breakfast there will be a relaxing morning walk in the oasis gardens, a guided tour of the Ksar of Tamnougalt and possibly a look inside a caravanserai if it is in good enough condition.
Lunch will be at the Kasbah Hotel and afterwards the journey to the Sahara will continue by taxi.
We will be travelling south through Zagora and Tagounite, to arrive in Bounou by the late afternoon.
Your desert accommodation for the next few days is Dar Sidi Bounou, just 4 km from M´hamid el Ghizlane.
Day 4: Guided Walking Tour of Bounou Kasbah
TaiChi and QiGong before breakfast.
After breakfast we'll go on a walking tour with Boudi, to explore his native village of Bounou Kasbah AND you will be treated to lunch with a local family in the Kasbah; a great opportunity to experience the famous local hospitality.
In the afternoon, we return to Dar Sidi Bounou where there will be a soothing sound healing session with Rebecca.
In the evening: dinner, and free time for relaxing, impromptu music and conversation, or simply having an early night...
Day 5: Guided Desert Walk with Idir
TaiChi and QiGong before breakfast.
After breakfast the guys from Dar Sidi Bounou will pack up a picnic and water for us to take on a walk in the desert.
Firstly, we visit Idir´s house in Erg Gabi, to see his wife making traditional Berber Pizza on hot stones in a mud oven. You will of course get to eat some, along with the welcome tea.
The walk takes you across varied landscapes, once fed by the Draa River, sadly now mostly dry, but with interesting archaeological finds and sculptured remnants of an ancient civilisation.
You will have the chance to do desert sound healing on this walk. Rebecca will be sharing some powerful vocal and movement techniques for self-healing and connecting to the energy of heaven and earth.
In the late afternoon, back to our retreat base for a welcome shower and dinner.
Day 6: Off to the Desert with the Camels
Tai Chi and QiGong before breakfast with Rebecca.
After breakfast the camels will be waiting outside for us and they will take us across the dunes to M´hamid el Ghizlane.
A picnic lunch there, and then 4x4´s will transport us to our desert camp at Erg Essamar.
The evening will be in a peaceful setting, surrounded by a few Tamarisk trees and soft dunes, with a wonderful sunset and a star studded sky to follow.
Dinner will be served accompanied by local traditional desert music.
There will be a night-time starlight sound healing to bring us all sweet dreams.
Traditional Nomadic tents will be our accommodation for the next two nights.
Day 7: A day in the dunes
A day of rest, contemplation and being in the moment.
Private appointments with Rebecca are available today.
Day 8: Final day at Dar Sidi Bounou.
Option to get up for the desert sunrise.
TaiChi and QiGong with Rebecca before breakfast.
After breakfast, pack up the gear and the waiting 4x4´s will take you back to DSB for a welcome shower and coffee.
The evening will be relaxed, local music and a henna party for the ladies.
We will take a moment to reflect on our journey before bed with a sharing circle and a very special sound healing of gratitude and blessings will be sung by Rebecca in the Language of Light.
Day 9: Walk in the oasis.
Early start with a 06.00 am bus departure at the gate.*
Hugs and goodbyes all round and off to Ouarzazate to arrive around 11.30 am.
From there we will take local transport to Oasis Fint, just in time for lunch and a relaxing afternoon around the pool and/or a walk in the oasis.
*Anyone wishing to end their tour at this point can take the bus all the way to Marrakech, arriving around 16.00h.
Option to attend an Energy Healing Workshop with Rebecca this evening.
Day 10: More hugs and goodbyes...
Breakfast and a wander around the oasis in the morning, and departure for Ouarzazate.
From there we will take the bus to Marrakech over the High Atlas Mountains. Arrival around 16.00h.
If you have evening flights you will be transferred to the airport.
If you have flights the following day or wish to stay on longer, accommodation and transfers will be organised.***
*Price per person € 800
*We have chosen to use local transport (i.e. CTM buses and grands taxis) whenever possible, instead of 4x4 touristic transport, to reduce the overall costs (and because we also know this will bring you to a more authentic Moroccan experience).
9 Days of Accommodation.
Food and water.
All guided tours (outside Marrakech.)
All classes, workshops and group sound healing.
Not included in overall price:
Flights, Insurance, Tips, Drinks.
Dinner in Marrakech on your arrival day. Guided Medina Tour in Marrakech.
Private appointments/consultations/healing with Rebecca.
***Your last night in Marrakech or any extensions of your trip.
There are only 10 places available on this trip. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Can be all women or mixed.