Morocco

October 29th - Nov 5th.
Bijou Room: £900
First and Ground Floor Rooms: £950

The price includes 7 nights accommodation, full board, trips, guided walks, transfers, qigong and meditation

The Venue

You'll find us in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco - a beautifully calm and peaceful oasis in North Africa. We'll be enjoying the hospitality of the Amazighe (Berbers) team who look after us with their amazing food and great hospitality. We're offering a week of Deep Listening and a week of Qigong and Meditation.

What happens on the Deep Listening Meditation and Qigong week?

This week will focus on slowing down of body and mind. Finding our way into stillness and uncovering peace. We'll do that with a combination of meditation, qigong, walking in nature, and lots of time to rest, rest, rest. Deep Listening is the practice of checking in with our own experience in this very moment. Very simple, but often overlooked when the mind finds itself called into action to judge, compare, comment on and control the experience that's arising.

There will be a number of meditation periods each day. You're welcome to join some or all of them. We'll have discussions around some central themes such as: the usefulness of roles, time, dealing with overwhelm and whatever else turns up on the day.

We'll also move through a qigong sequence called Shibashi Part One and we'll practise it most days. It has been adapted by the Holistic Tai Chi Qigong Academy to focus on the therapeutic benefits of these gentle and flowing movements in a safe and inclusive manner. The beauty of qigong is that by its very nature it helps to increase vagal tone (important for resilience), slows us down and helps us to ground into the body. We use our breath and our body to work together which is great for those who like some movement with their meditation. We'll practise outside weather allowing.

There will be plenty of time for lounging around, reading books, enjoying the weather (whatever it brings!) and walking. We've included a couple of trips in the week too. And this wouldn't be Serenity Retreat if we didn't tell you that nothing is compulsory.

We'll have a day of silence and periods of silence every afternoon. This week is all about slowing down, finding the wisdom within, gentle movement and lots and lots of relaxation.

What's Included

  • Solo ensuite accommodation
  • All meals
  • Transfers to and from the airport on Tuesday
  • Trip to a local women's argan oil cooperative
  • Trip to a local market
  • An evening discussion with a local Amazighe - the best way to learn about another culture - ask a local directly!
  • An evening of traditional music with local musicians (tbc)
  • Three walks of about 4 miles with a local guide. One to a local village, one to the nearby dam and one into the Atlas mountains.
  • All teaching and meditations

What's Not Included

  • Flights to and from Marrakech Menara Airport
  • Holiday insurance
  • Souvenirs!

Getting There

Direct flights are from Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Manchester with Easyjet, Ryanair, British Airways and WizzAir.

The transfer takes about an hour and ten minutes from the airport. We'll meet all flights, but some may be grouped together. The maximum waiting time will be an hour.

Food

Bread is a huge part of the Moroccan food-scape. It's baked freshly every day outdoor in little mini ovens on the premises. Think more pitta style bread than loaf type bread. There are gluten-free alternatives available.

Breakfast: eggs, yoghurt, lots of bread (!), butter, jam, a special local peanut butter with honey (amlou) and Moroccan mint tea.
Lunch: normally a delicious fresh salad and bread
Dinner: three courses! Normally soup for starter, then there are meat, vegetarian and vegan options. There may be grilled meat, meat or vegetable tagine, meat or vegetable pasta dishes, meat or vegetable couscous, other traditional and freshly cooked Moroccan dinners and always a dessert.

I'm afraid that owing to the way that the kitchen runs we are unable to cater for any diets other than vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free.

Things To Bear In Mind

  • You'll need to bring your own black tea - it's strangely quite hard to find, as the Moroccans drink mint tea using green tea (mint tea is freely available!)
  • The rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis.
  • A kettle and mug is provided in the room. Milk is available from the kitchen. If your preference is for something other, please bring it with you.
  • This is an alcohol-free retreat
  • You'll need to bring your own decaf tea or coffee...
  • Rather than having salt and pepper, the custom is to offer salt and cumin at the table. Pepper is available.
  • Mattresses throughout Morocco are firm to very firm. Please be mindful of this.
  • The last half hour of the drive to the retreat is on windy roads. If you suffer from car sickness, bring something to combat this with you.
  • If you come out on the trip to the market or for lunch by the river, be mindful of the fact that people will always be trying to sell you things! I'm hoping that we'll have Mohammed with us (the centre manager) for our market trip and hopefully he'll be able to quell some of the tide ;)

Kim’s Serenity Retreat in Morocco was such an amazing opportunity to reconnect to yourself, having the time and space (alongside a glorious setting and delicious food) to think (or not think) and feel. It was exactly what I needed to unwind and re-balance.

- Sabina

The Morocco retreat was a beautiful, peaceful place with a perfect mix of activities, all optional of course, balanced with plenty of relaxing sunshine time.
Wonderful to get away from daily life and feel safe.

- Amanda

I can't recommend the Morocco retreat highly enough. Kim has found the perfect place - beautiful, serene, excellent food and accommodation and the whole place to ourselves in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. It was truly magical and everything was organised just perfectly.

- Tracy

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