Where exactly is the retreat hosted?
Dar Azahra, Chaiibat, 13 km from Marrakech, Morocco. This is a beautiful, lovingly restored boutique Dar within easy access to Marrakech and the airport.
What's unique about this location?
It's a calm, safe and peaceful compound in a small village close enough to Marrakech to be able to plunge in to vibrant Moroccan life on afternoon trips to the Medina and souk There's a beautiful walled garden where children can wander safely. Our host, Linda, is a former school teacher from New Zealand who has made Morocco her home. She has put together an incredible team, amongst them an extraordinary chef, Fatima, and loving, attentive child carers. This is a bespoke and boutique retreat for a small group of mums and children (maximum 7 plus kids). We pride ourselves on giving a lot of personal attention and catering to individual needs. The retreat will give you a cultural experience beyond anything you would find at a luxury, 5-star resort and provides an immersion into Moroccan village life without having to give up on any Western comforts.
What is the accommodation like?
Newly converted country house. Each room has high quality mattresses, soft white linen imported from Europe and an ensuite bathroom. We dine inside at night and outside under umbrellas during the day. Yoga is on the rooftop with view of the Atlas mountains. There is a sumptuous on-site hammam and massage room. The gardens are lush with well tended to plants, roses and palm trees. There is a swimming pool for use in warmer weather.
What are the closest airports?
Marrakech airport is roughly a 30 minute drive away.
What age group of children is this retreat ideal for?
The childcare team are particularly good with babies and toddlers. For any older children we put together an age-relevant programme, adding some kids yoga and craft activities. The connection between the Moroccan child carers and the visiting mums and children is very heart-centred and the mums always feel very safe leaving their children in their hands. Moroccans love children and it's a very child-friendly place to visit.
Is it safe to travel to Morocco?
As most tourists who visit Morocco and ex-pats who live here will confirm, the country feels safe and peaceful. The economy is stable and it is Africa's 5th largest relying on agriculture, phosphates and tourism. Morocco is also stable politically with a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, Prime Minister and multi-party system. King Mohammed VI is moderate and respected by the people. Security is well organised and there are no extremist groups or any with violent aims in the country. We believe that at this time it is even more important people travel to Muslim countries like Morocco so that we keep promoting the dialogue and understanding between cultures.
How much is the retreat and what does it include?
1399 Euros including accommodation, all meals, yoga, childcare, hammam spa and massage, airport transfers and 1 excursion with tour of the Medina.
What's not included?
Flights to and from Marrakech.
Carpets, clothes, jewellery or anything else you barter for in the market. Any snacks, drinks or food you purchase off-site on trips.
Sally Goldfinger - Our Morocco Yoga Teacher
Sally Goldfinger is a full time Yoga teacher based in Morocco and an experienced Yogi with more than 10 years of experience. Sally specialises in Ayurveda Holistic Wellness and works professionally with clients from all over the world. Sally blends in Ayurveda holistic philosophy into her daily life, her Retreats and her Yoga classes. Her energy is calm, grounding, patient and kind. Sally's teaching style is gentle with focus on stress release through movements (sun salutations), yoga poses and gentle meditation. She is able to adapt her classes to all levels, no matter age or experience and we are thrilled to have Sally teach at our Morocco retreats in 2019.
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