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Adventures in Balance

Yoga + Pilates + Adventure Retreat
September 15th – 21st, 2018

Lying on the crossroads of Europe and Africa, Morocco beckons you to a world where the exotic becomes commonplace. Join certified Yoga & Pilates Instructor, Rebecca Schefstrom and retreat coordinator, Carolyn Perry, on a magical 6 night /7-day retreat at the boutique hotel of Peacock Pavilions, peacefully nestled in an olive grove just outside of Marrakech.

There’s something very powerful about unplugging from your day to day life and gifting yourself time to be free. Time to strengthen your practice and experience new adventures. Cultivating a daily practice creates the strength, grace and balance which helps guide you through your journey and in your life back home. Travelling and experiencing exotic locations awakens a greater potential as you replace familiar routines with new adventures. We will explore the tools that will help you infuse your daily life with inspiration, energy and balance.

We will start each morning with a mediation, to take space and center ourselves. Followed by a 90-minute all-levels yoga practice that will leave you feeling energized and ready for the daily adventure. In the evening, we finish with a one-hour Pilates practice to reset the body, strengthen the core and do some restorative stretching. The alchemy of meditation, yoga, Pilates, healthy meals combined with spectacular views, and serene grounds will support and nourish your soul, far beyond the week you spend with us. You will come home with a glow that will last for a long time with unforgettable memories.

Get ready for some major adventures on this retreat. First adventure will be a half day guided tour of the Medina (Inner walled city) of Marrakech, where we will explore historical sights, shop in the colorful souks and taste our way through the winding stalls. There will be a full day trip to the Atlas Mountains including time to explore the Berber villages. Upon arrival, we will have a short walk up to the beautiful hotel Kasbah Toubkal for lunch on the terrace with breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains.

After lunch, the hotel will provide a guide to take us on a moderate level 2-hour hike through rustic Berber villages and maybe even do a little shopping along the way! For those who need more assistance on the hike, mule rides will be available upon request. We have planned a day for you to experience the famous Hamman scrub and massage at the Les Bains Marrakech. A day trip has been planned to visit the lovely Jardin Majorelle Gardens and Yves Saints Laurent Museum followed up with a very special dinner tucked hidden in the heart of the Medina.

As if we didn’t have enough adventures planned, we are adding one more full-day trip to the ultra-laid-back and enchanting coastal city of Essaouira. This is a photographer’s dream to photograph the vibrant blue and white inner walled city. Beyond the colorful medina a vast beach stretching for miles with an option to experience a camel ride caravan on the beach will be a memory to have for a lifetime. We have planned lots of extras at the Pavilion, including a pool party with lunch, a Champagne brunch, and a henna party with cocktails and appetizers party by the pool. Our meals at the Peacock Pavilion’s will feature delicious, healthy, farm-to-fork meals in a beautiful Arabian tent decorated different each day. We can accommodate most special dietary requests with prior notice.

Please join us for an unforgettable Moroccan Retreat! September 15th – 21st, 2018

Peacock Pavilions

When American Maryam Montague and family decided to settle in Marrakech in 2006 her architect husband Chris Redecke spent almost 4 years creating Peacock Pavilions. The owner’s passion for textiles and design means that Moroccan touches throughout this oasis have been artfully mixed with eclectic finds around the globe. Everywhere you turn there is something fascinating to look at. Modern ethnic glamour is the theme at Peacock Pavilions. This luxury oasis is located 20 minutes outside of Marrakech on 8.5 acres of land nestled in its own private olive grove with a breathtaking view of the Atlas Mountains. This stylish and eco-friendly retreat has been featured in publications around the world including Travel & Leisure, NY Times, LA Décor, National Geographic, and numerous travel guides.

Each guest room is stunning and exquisite in its own unique design, featuring gorgeous fireplaces, private bathrooms, and a private terrace to relax and relish in your experience. There are 2 guest pavilions available with 6 double occupancy rooms. Each pavilion has a domed salon, fireplace, kitchen, dining area and patio, making for a wonderful space to relax, read, or meet your travel companions.

At the heart of the property is a beautiful 800 sq. ft. pool, an inviting place to cool off when the weather permits. Chic umbrellas are the perfect spot to sunbathe and relax. Hidden away in the Olive grove is the outdoor cinema, featuring a huge screen, amazing surround sound, deck chair seating and a fire-pit to warm up on those cool evenings. It is a memorable spot to watch classics like Casablanca under the stars. Meditation, yoga, and Pilates classes are held in an open-air space equipped with mats and yoga blocks.

Highlights From Our 2017 Retreat

“Rebecca and Carolyn curated an international excursion that is the perfect balance of rest, adventure and yoga practice. From well appointed hotels to exciting restaurants and guided tours through the Souk, we returned rested and awe struck by the beauty and people of Morocco.”

Dining Experience -Cuisine

At Peacock Pavilions they prepare food the old fashion way – made from scratch. They provide a daily, fixed menu that relies on local, fresh ingredients, some form their own organic gardens, or local markets. We can accommodate vegetarian, vegan and other dietary restrictions upon request.

Early Morning: Coffee, Tea, & Fruit

Breakfast includes fresh bread, muffins with homemade jams, eggs, yoghurt & fruit, fresh squeezed juices and coffee and tea. Food is served outside, weather permitted either on the terrace with the black tiled table that offers a chic place to enjoy the stunning view.

Lunch: Light and fresh (soups, salads, quiches, etc.) served with cookies and fruit may be served on the terrace or poolside.

Dinner: A delicious 3-courses meals made with authentic Moroccan cuisine with their own personal twist are presented in the exotic Arabian Tent with candlelight and magical presentation.

Peacock Pavilion:  Marrakesh, Morocco

September 15th – 21st, 2018

Early Bird Price by April 1st: $2795 | Regular Price: $2895

  • 7 days 6 luxurious nights at the Peacock Pavilions
  • 3 classes a day – Meditation/Yoga/Pilates Classes Daily
    (with exception to arrival and departure days and all day trip to
    Atlas and Esuarie which will be a combo class in the morning)
  • Roundtrip Airport Transfer
  • Transportation for all Excursions
  • Welcome Reception with Cocktail & Canapés’
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Daily Breakfast, Lunches, Dinner at PP or in town (meals all included)
  • Professionally guided tour of Medina including
    historical sites and shopping tour of the Souks
  • Afternoon trip to Les Bains Marrakech for spa treatments including scrub and massage
  • All day trip to Atlas Mountains and Berber Village, which include lunch & 2-hour hike
  • All day trip to Essaouira with option to experience a camel ride on the beach; lunch will be provided
  • Champagne Brunch
  • Daytrip to the Jardin Majorelle Gardens and Yves St. Laurent Museum
  • Entrance Fees to Sites in Marrakech and outside tips
  • Dinner at a Restaurant in Marrakech
  • Henna with Cocktail & Canapés’ Party by the pool with special surprise!
  • Farewell Dinner

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Gratuity for Peacock Pavilions will be collected on the last day
  • Alcohol with meals
  • Mini Bar in Room
  • Laundry Cleaning
  • Lunch is provided for those who stay at PP on the final “free” day.
    Those traveling into town will need to provide their own lunch.

Things to Bring

Yoga Mat   •   Shawl   •   Layers for cool evenings   •   Jacket   •   Adapters/Converters

Comfortable Shoes   •   Swimsuit   •   Yoga/Pilates clothes

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The Practice

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.

Meditation–

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.

Yoga–

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.

Pilates–

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.

FAQ

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?

    1. Click the “registration form” button below and download the PDF to your computer.
    2. Read and complete the electronic PDF and required signatures.
    3. Email your completed registration forms to rebecca@urban-balance.com.
    4. 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.

Urban Balance

503-343-4787

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Rebecca Perry Schefstrom

Rebecca is a certified yoga and Pilates instructor and brings experience as a meditation leader. She has a natural ability to empower, motivate, and guide her students to achieve their personal wellness and spiritual goals. Rebecca embraces a practical and playful approach to her teaching, ensuring that students and clients feel at ease with her professional and confident manner.

She loves working with all ages, from beginners to the most advanced students.  It has been a dream for many years to combine her love of teaching and travel. Rebecca is beyond excited to be coming back for her second retreat to Morocco.

In 2014 Rebecca founded Urban Balance, a mobile studio that brings yoga, Pilates to the workplace. The classes offered increase employee health & happiness, and aim to create a balance between work and wellness for busy professionals.

Rebecca is certified by Stott Pilates and holds a 200-hour certificate from the Yoga Alliance at the Mount Madonna Center in Watson, CA. She also completed the Forrest Yoga 200-hour teacher training in Santa Monica, CA with Ana Forrest, as well as a one year mentorship program in 2012. She has traveled to many places and has been to India more than a dozen times and is continuously evolving her own personal yoga and Pilates practice. Rebecca loves to teach because the body, mind and spirit are so intricately and beautifully tied together.  Finding ways for her students to find harmony within the body and balance brings her great joy.

She is continuously evolving her own personal yoga and Pilates practice, creating the space within to nourish her dedication to the world as a teacher.  Rebecca strives to embody on of her favorite teacher’s quotes- “Teach to learn”-while learning from her students and her own practice.

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Carolyn Perry

Carolyn’s enthusiasm for travel and learning about ancient cultures cultivated in her young adult life. Reading National Geographic magazine and seeing tribal people on the cover, she found hard to believe tribes existed in modern times.  She knew one day that she would travel to these remote places and document everyday life through her photography.  Carolyn’s love of travel lead her to photograph tribal clans in Papua New Guinea, joined expeditions to Trobriand Islands and Sepik River. Fulfilling her dream of documenting life in these villages.  Carolyn has received recognition for her photography of Papua New Guinea from a National Geographic contest.

Carolyn graduated from the prestigious International Tour Management Institute in San Francisco. For fifteen years, she led many tours to Asia, India, Europe, & the Greek Islands.  She retired in the late 90’ s from tour directing and continued to travel world extensively for her own pleasure photographing the world through her own lens.

Carolyn is now looking forward to working with Urban Balance in planning itineraries and logistics of retreats. Onsite her goal is to make sure each client’s own personal experience during the retreat is everything they’ve dream it to be. When Carolyn is not traveling, or leading a group, she currently is working as a RN in a Portland, OR hospital.  She has lectured to various groups covering all aspects of international travel planning, medical advice and travel photography.  She resides in Portland, Oregon.

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