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
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.”