All classes are all-levels and no prior experience is needed. Whether a beginner or a seasoned practitioner, there will be a common ground to practice together. Each class will be curated to the participants attending the retreat and the teacher will be able to provide modifications when needed.
To welcome every day, we will start with a 30-minute meditation practice. You will be instructed on ancient techniques used to promote concentration and allow for a deeper experience. You will learn pranayama (breathing techniques), mantras, hand mudras, and kriyas which all help to calm the mind and prepare you for meditation. You will be guided through a variety of meditations and given space to apply what you have learned.
Your yoga sessions will be Hatha inspired, thoughtfully sequenced and tailored for the moment. The practice is athletic and will build heat with core strengthening that increases energy levels and focus, targeted breath-work and focus on proper alignment and control. Some poses are held longer and other parts of the class will be flow. You will leave feeling rejuvenated, energized and balanced and ready to take on the day adventures. Yoga Mats and Yoga Blocks are at the retreat center for your use but if you prefer to bring your own Yoga Mat and props, please feel free to do so.
The focus will be bringing the body into balance through deep core strengthening exercises, stretching to support greater flexibility, strengthen the peripheral muscles for healthy joint alignment. The teacher will offer modifications and variations to suit each student’s individual needs. Your Pilates practice will create an overall sense of postural improvement and leave you feeling refreshed from the day and ready for a good night sleep and excited for the next day adventure.
What is our destination airport?
Book your destination to Marrakesh Menara International Airport. We recommend you book your flight time to arrive close to 4pm local time so we can arrange transportation to Peacock Pavilions.
What is weather like in September?
Temperatures are very warm in September. The day time averages around 90F . Nights will be warm but pleasant. You still want to bring additional layers to keep you warm just in case. (light jacket, light sweater) A shawl is good to pack and is nice to have on hand for the evening and early morning practice.
Do I need travel insurance?
We highly recommend it.
Do I need a visa?
Not if you have a US passport. If you are in a different country, you will need to review your local laws.
Do I have to share a room?
Yes, all rooms are double occupancy and shared rooms. This a small group of only 10 participants. We will do our best to pair you up with someone you’ll match with. If you are traveling with someone, please let us know so we can pair you both together in the same room.
Do I have to attend all of the classes?
No, all classes are on a volunteer basis. If you feel like sleeping in, reading by the pool, taking some alone time, we encourage you to go at your own pace.
What if my partner/friend doesn’t do yoga or Pilates?
All are welcome. If your partner does not want to participate, there are plenty of other activities or time to chill out on the grounds during the classes. If they change their mind and want to attend a class, first-time participants are welcome to join any of the classes.
What if I am a beginner or have not ever done Pilates or meditation?
Each class will be curated for the participants at the retreat. Classes are all-level and the teacher is very qualified in guiding students from first-timers to the most advanced. If you haven’t tried any of the systems, the teacher will guide you along the way and encourage you and offer plenty of modifications to fit any needs of the participants.
Do I need immunizations?
Always check for the latest updates on CDC recommendations. The website address is www.cdc.gov.
Is there anything special I need to bring?
It’s good to bring warm and cool layers to adjust for the fall weather. If you prefer to bring your own yoga mat or props, we encourage you to bring it.
What if I have a food allergy or dietary restriction?
Please e-mail us and we will work with the retreat center to make any changes.
May I spread my payments out for the trip?
Yes, we will need a $900 deposit at time of sign up to hold your spot. After that you may divide the remaining balance into two payments. The entire balance must be paid in full 45 days prior to the retreat starting on September 15th, 2018.
How do I sign up?
- Click the “registration form” button below and download the PDF to your computer.
- Read and complete the electronic PDF and required signatures.
- Email your completed registration forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Call or email us to make payment arrangements.
A deposit of $900 will be required at time of sign up to hold your reservation. You are welcome to pay the retreat in full if you prefer. You can pay either by PayPal or by personal check. We will send you an official confirmation and welcome email with a terms and conditions sheet, liability waiver and emergency contact form to fill out, sign, and return to us. Please include any additional travel information you may need.
We look forward to sharing this adventure with you.