Yoga in the Desert of Marocco with Manuela Peverelli
An Arabic proverb says: "The Desert cleanses the Soul."
For those who book the entire retreat, our Marocco round trip will start in the vibrant city of Marrakesh, where we will lodge in a Riad at the heart of the medina. Our local, German speaking tour guide will be leading us through the colorful and vivid paths and aisles of Marrakesh.
Our journey will continue with a private bus on the 3rd day through the Atlas mountains towards the South of Marocco (on well developed roads). This impressive ride will take us over the 2260 meter high Tizi-n-Tichka pass to Kasbha Ait Ben Haddou, a village built in traditional Berber architecture, which has often served as movie setting and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Towards the evening we will reach our hotel in Ouarzazate.
On the next day, we will continue on the road of the 1000 Kasbahs into the imposing Todra canyon, and finally into the Oasis of Merzouga, on the border of the desert. There we will take time to settle in and meet the second part of our group for the Sahara trip.
The next day, after a walk through the oasis, a traditional lunch will be served at the family Oussidi’s private house followed by the visit to the local children aid project. In the afternoon by camel we will trek to our camp in the dunes of Erg Chebbi. During the five days in the desert we will lodge in comfortable Berber tents, practice Yoga twice a day with Asanas, Meditation and Pranayama and soak in the beauties of this vast and calming surrounding. Fortunately, during our time there, a fullmoon will take place, which you might experience as bright as unlike everywhere else.
This yoga and cultural journey can be booked either as a 12-day round trip or as 8-day Sahara trip:
12- day Marocco round trip from Monday, March 11th, to Friday, March 22nd, 2019
8-day Sahara trip from Thursday, March 14th, to Friday, March 22nd, 2019
Manuela Peverelli teaches yoga since 2008. Her attitude and approach towards life is influenced by Tantric, Vedic and Buddhist studies and practices. She acknowledges human beings with all their uniqueness as an art work of the Universe. She intends to search for the macroscopic, wider perspective of life expressing itself rather than staying limited in the narrative view of the I-consciousness.
An education in Ayurvedic psychology at the European Ayurveda Academy in 2013 has enriched her background in Western psychiatric nursery.
Manuela’s teaching is dynamic and powerful, but at the same time a journey to the inner stillness as a refuge in this hectic and demanding world. For her, the techniques of Yoga are simply tools to create more harmony within the body and mind for recognizing the essence of the true Self.
Manuela currently lives and teaches in Zurich, but for her own studies and practice periods she spends the Winter months in Asia since almost 10 years.
For more information about her approach, please visit her website www.karmacircus.com
Barak Oussidi is the founder of Sahara Yoga. He was born in the oasis of Merzouga and will be our guide from Marrakesh to our departure from Merzouga. With knowledge, heart and humour, he will introduce our group to the traditional culture of the Berber tribes and the magic of Marocco. As a male nurse he is also trained for medical emergencies.
Since 2001, Barak lives in the North of Germany, however, he visits his home country and his extended family several times a year.
To find out more on Barak and the Sahara Yoga team please visit http://www.sahara-yoga.de/unserteam/
In Marrakesh: At the Riad Slitine, an elegant palace at the heart of the medina, formerly belonging to members of Marrakesh’s high society. It offers patios with trees and plants, a roof terrace with deck chairs, jacuzzi, a hamam with whirlpool, and a heated indoor swimming pool. Massages and beauty treatments. WLAN is available in the public areas of the riad. For more information and pictures please go to www.riad-slitine.com
In Ouarzazate: At the Riad Dar Chamaa, quietly located in a palm grove with and magnificient views of the Atlas mountains. Free WI-Fi. www.darchamaa.com
In Merzouga: At Hotel Kanz Erremal in the South East of Marocco, at the base of the desert dunes. Made of adobe mud and hay, the hotel has the structure of a typical kasbah. With swimming pool in front of the dunes. Free Wi-Fi. www.kanzerremal.com
At the Desert Camp: The simple yet lovely, round Berber tents are providing beds and real mattrasses. Bed linens and small towels are offered as well. The number of people per tent will be according to the seize of the group (double and/or tripple occupation).
The desert camp is endowed with solar power and fresh drinking water, toilets and an open sky shower in the midst of the dunes are also available. To find rest there are several places in the shade with hammocks and even a Gong for the daily waking call you can find on site. All cooking of the meals will take place on the open fire and will be enjoyed under the open desert sky.
Please note, that in the desert, there is no connection to the internet. For urgent calls a phone-connection is possible (only on a specific dune). For emergencies, Barak, our host, will be available on his mobile phone. All participants will in advance be informed about his number.
Round Trip Program (changes may apply)
Monday, March 11th, 2019:
Individual trip to Marrakesch / meeting point at the airport (time and place will be announced), afterwards transfer to Marrakesh city / check-in at Riad Slitine /round tour to the square Jemaa-el-Fna and the souks / dinner (in Marrakesh we will have lunch and dinner in selected restauants, where the Morrocan cuisine is interpreted in a traditional but modern style)
Tuesday, March 12th, 2019:
Morning yoga at the riad (min. 1.5 hours) / breakfast / sightseeing (souks with artisan’s quarter, Berber pharmacy, Majorelle garden, Bahia palace) / dinner
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019:
Morning yoga at the riad (min.1.5 hours) / breakfast / about noon: check-out from the riad and drive from Marrakesh to Ouarzazate (with snacks at the base of the desert) / visit of the Kasbha Ait Ben Haddou / check-in at the Riad Dar Chamaa in Ouarzazate/ dinner at the riad
Thursday, March 14th, 2019:
breakfast / drive from Ouarzazate to Merzouga incl. lunch and round tour of the Todra gorge / check-in at the Hotel Kanz Erremal in Merzouga/ dinner at the hotel
As from Friday, March 15th, 2019 the program of the Sahara trip applies (see below)
Sahara Trip Program (changes may apply)
Thursday, March 14th, 2019:
Individual trip to Casablanca / 9:40pm (estimated departure): domestic flight to Errachidia (estimated arrival at 10:50pm) / transfer to Merzouga by car (about 1.5 hour) / check-in at the Hotel Kanz Erremal/ snacks
Friday, March 15th, 2019:
Morning yoga (1.5 hours min.) / breakfast / free time (relax at the hotel pool etc.) / late afternoon yoga (1.5 hours min.) / dinner at the hotel
Saturday, March 16th, 2019:
breakfast / round tour through the oasis, traditional Berber lunch with family Oussidi, visit of the children aid project / camel trekking to the desert camp (about 2.5 hours) / possibly short yoga practice / dinner
Sunday, March 17th, to Wednesday, March 20th, 2019:
Daily two extended yoga sessions and three meals at the desert camp. The rest ofthe day will be free.
Thursday, March 21st, 2019 (Full moon):
breakfast / camel trekking back to Merzouga / check-in at the Hotel Kanz Erremal/ late afternoon yoga (1.5 hours min.) / dinner
Friday, March 22nd, 2019:
Early morning check-out and transfer to the airport Errachidia (about 1.5 hour) / 7:45am (estimated departure): domestic flight to Casablanca (estimated arrival at 8:55 am) / individual continuation
To participate in the yoga program, 1-2 years of yoga experience is required. The sessions will be held in German.
Price per person
Euro 1’890.- (Early Bird offer for bookings until September 30, 2018)
Euro 1’990.- (regular price for bookings as from October 1, 2018)
Euro 1’620.- (Early Bird offer for bookings until September 30, 2018)
Euro 1’740.- (regular price for bookings as from October 1, 2018)
A few single rooms are available in the hotels (but not in the desert camp) with extra cost of EUR 500.- (first come, first served).
Services included in both trips:
• accommodation for 8 nights (3 nights in a double room at the Hotel in Merzouga, 5 nights at the desert camp in 2- or 3-bed tents)
• breakfasts and dinners in Merzouga, vegetarian full board at the desert camp
• airport transfer at arrival and departure days (for the recommended flights)
• further transfers and drives according to the program
• Berber lunch with family Oussidi
• 2 camel trekkings
• 24-hour service at the desert camp
• except for March 11th and 14th, on which there is no yoga: daily, extended yoga sessions with Asanas, Meditation and Pranayama (taught in German)
• donation of EUR 15.- per person to the children aid project in Merzouga (find more information under http://www.sahara-yoga.de/kinder-project/)
• local, German speaking tour guide
additionally included in the round trip:
• accommodation in Marrakesh (2 nights in a double room), incl. breakfast
• snacks and beverages in the bus on March 13th
• accommodation in Ouarzazate (1 night in a double room) incl. breakfast and dinner
• guided sightseeing tours, including entrance fees
• all flight cost
• lunches and dinners in Marrakesch
• lunch on March 14th and 15th (bus travel and Merzouga)
• beverages (at the desert camp, water will always be available. On the last day, we will count all empty bottles and divide by the number of participants. 1x1,5 Liter = EURO 1.-)
• tips (voluntary, recommended amount about EUR 80.- for the whole trip)
Arrival / Departure
Recommended flights from/to Zurich:
Monday, March 11th, 2019: Direct flight Zurich-Marrakesh with Swiss LX 8104 at 12:55pm, arrival in Marrakesh at 15:30h.
The meeting point and time at the airport for the transfer to Marrakesh city will be communicated to all participants early in advance.
Thursday, March 14th, 2019: Direct flight Zurich-Casablanca with Royal Air Maroc AT937 at 5:20pm, arrival in Casablanca at 7:40pm. Continuation to Errachidia with Royal Air Maroc AT447 at 9:40pm (estimated time), arrival in Errachidia at 10:50pm (estimated time)
Friday, March 22nd, 2019: Domestic flight Errachidia-Casablanca with Royal Air Maroc AT446 at 7:45am (estimated time), arrival in Casablanca at 8:55am (estimated). Afterwards individual continuation (to Zurich e.g. with Iberia via Madrid: departure in Casablanca at 11:55am, arrival in Zurich at 6:00pm).
If desired, contact our travel expert Selina Diaz at Travelhouse to book your flights: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +41 43 211 75 78
Booking / Further Terms and Notes
For all questions and to book please email Valérie Lutz: email@example.com
Registration deadline is on January 10, 2019.
Your registration will be confirmed and is binding from then on.
Within 10 days a non-refundable deposit of EUR 400.- per person is due.
The reminder is due on January 31, 2019 latest.
A refund of the cost is only possible if the trip has to be canceled due to an insufficient number of participants. This round trip requires a minimum of 10, the Sahara trip of 8 people.
If the teacher is unable to lead the yoga program due to unforeseen circumstances, we reserve the right to replace her with an equivalent one.
According to the circumstances of the weather, the group’s needs/requests and the place, changes in the program or daily schedule may happen.
EU- and Swiss citizens need no tourist visa for Marocco, however, a return ticket has to be presented on request.Your passport must be valid until six months after your travel date.
All participants will receive detailed information on what to bring and what to consider for their stay in the desert camp.
Insurance is your own responsibility. We strongly recommend a travel insurance, health- and accident insurance with sufficient coverage.
The company/the teacher shall not be held liable for any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to persons. The participant waives any claim against the company/the teacher for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.
These trips are organized and accompanied by yoga-to-go Valérie Lutz in cooperation with Sahara Yoga. The company’s General Terms and Conditions apply which will be send (in German) to each participant upon booking.
Yoga-to-go supports the voluntary compensation of CO2emissions caused by airplane flights. With your payment to e.g. the Swiss NPO Myclimate you can compensate the carbon footprint of your flights. Your offset payment will support national and international, high-quality climate protection projects. To find out more please see www.myclimate.org.