MOROCCO YOGA & ART


October 27-November 3, 2019
with Jade Witham

March 8-15, 2020
with Leti Alvarez

October 18-25, 2020
with Sophia Hyder Hock


Discover the magic of Marakesh & the beauty of the Sahara

An 8-day adventure starting in Marrakech where we head south to the ancient Kasbah village of Aït Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We continue into the Sahara desert to our Berber camp, complete with a camel ride, oasis excursion and music under the stars. En route back to Marrakech, we stop at Berber women’s textile co-op to learn about the important work they do in their community. Finally, we return to the bustling city of Marrakech, discovering the souks & crafts throughout the medina. Throughout the trip you’ll enjoy 2x daily yoga, fantastic local cuisine, and cultural education about traditions, artisanship and the Moroccan way of life. The trip ends in Marrakech, or you can choose an optional 3-night add-on to Fes and Chefchaouen.

starting at $1995 per person

Add on available for Fes & Chefchaouen

Trip INCLUDES:

  • Accommodations

    • 7 total nights’ accommodations in boutique riad style guesthouses and 2 nights desert camping permanent structure tents with real beds

  • Transportation

    • Transfers to/from airport on arrival & departure days

    • Private ground transit between Marrakech, Ait Ben Haddou and the Sahara

  • Activities

    • 2x daily yoga + meditation

    • Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Aït Ben Haddou

    • Sahara desert excursion with 2 nights all-inclusive camping complete with camel ride, stargazing, traditional music & food and an oasis outing

    • Marrakech souk tour and hamman spa day

  • Meals

    • Daily breakfast + 6 dinners + 2 lunches

  • Additional

    • Visit to a traditional Berber textile women’s co-op + donation to their organization

    • Dedicated Traverse yoga instructor & host + local guide

    • Traverse representative assisting you from booking to departure

    • Small group trip, max 12 people

    • Optional add-on to Fes & Chefchaouen

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive in Marrakech by 4 p.m. and be transported to your riad style accommodations complete with vibrant mosaics and atrium gardens. Rest up, meet your roommate, and join for our Welcome Dinner to meet your host and guides for the week. We will close out our evening with a grounding post-travel flow & meditation.

Meals: D

Day 2: Ait Ben Haddou

After yoga & breakfast we’ll hit the road early for our Sahara Desert excursion. We’ll arrive at the striking Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage listed city that once had a prominent position in the trans-Saharan trade route.  We’ll enjoy lunch at a locally-owned restaurant before exploring the ancient village together. In the evening, we’ll stay just outside town where we’ll enjoy a grounding flow and a traditional Moroccan dinner. 

Meals: B, D

Day 3: Sahara desert & camel ride

After yoga & breakfast we’ll hop back in our 4x4s for our next destination across the Atlas Mountains. We’ll drive a few hours before lunch then offroad our way into our Berber camp in time for yoga & a sunset camel ride. After settling in, we’ll stretch out with yoga before a delicious desert meal and campfire against a backdrop of stars & traditional Moroccan music. 

Meals: B, D

Day 4: sahara desert & Oasis picnic

After sunrise yoga & breakfast, the day is yours to choose your desert adventure! Stay at camp for R&R or get out and dune surf. Or, you can join for our group excursion to an oasis for a picnic lunch and games! We’ll reconvene in the evening for yoga, dinner and another night of music under the stars.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: berber textile co-op

After yoga & breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to our desert camp and hop back in the 4x4s. We’ll drive a few hours to our community partner, a women’s textile co-op where we’ll learn about crafting traditions that these groups work so hard to preserve while boosting the livelihoods of women throughout the area.  After lunch there we’ll make our way back to Marrakech where we’ll enjoy an evening grounding meditation after dinner. 

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: souks & art in marrakech

After an energizing morning flow & breakfast, we’ll start our explorations of Marrakech’s vibrant souks (markets) and see some of the city’s landmark sites including the Moorish Medersa ben Youssef, the opulent Bahia Palace and the picturesque Jewish Quarter. You’ll see the infamous Jemaa el Fna and have time in the afternoon for your own explorations before evening yoga. Dinner is on your own tonight to choose from the many options Marrakech has to offer! 

Meals: B

Day 7: MARRAKECH hamman & shopping

We’ll follow yoga & breakfast today with a special visit to a hammam, or spa, where you’ll soak in the baths and receive a scrub treatment and have options for massage. The rest of the day is yours for shopping & exploring before evening yoga and our farewell dinner.  

Meals: B, D

Day 8: departure or optional add-on

We will offer extra early yoga this morning before departures to the airport. Or, choose to add on a few days for a self-guided, fully planned Fes & Chefchaouen excursion. If continuing on…

After yoga & breakfast, get an early start and hop the train to Fes, a beautiful, ancient city full of hilly riads, art and architecture. You can pack snacks or get lunch on board before arriving mid-afternoon to our ornate riad located in the medina with panoramic terrace views. You’ll relax with afternoon tea & treats and have time to watch the sunset on the terrace and a chef-prepared 3-course Moroccan dinner.

Meals: B, D  

DAY 9: FES ARTISANAL SOUK EXPLORATIONS

Today you’ll explore the ancient medinas of Fes with our local guide who will show you the incredible craftsmanship of the town, from tile making and pottery to metal working and textiles. We’ll see the spice souks and tanneries and have time for a stop at a local hamman (spa). You’ll have lots of places to choose from for lunch & dinner, either eat-as-you go street tastings or full-on Moroccan family style meals.

Meals: B 

DAY 10: CHEFCHAOUEN

You’ll head out after breakfast for the “Blue Pearl of Morocco,” the magical blue city nestled in the Rif Mountains. You’ll have the full afternoon to explore the Old City & Medina, do some shopping and snacking, take photos, or rest up in our local riad. 

Meals: B

DAY 11: DEPARTURE FROM TANGIER

After an early breakfast, you’ll head out to the Tangier airport, about 2½ hours from Chefchaouen. Plan your departure flight for after 1:00 p.m.

Meals: B


TRIP PRICE:

$1995 per person, double occupancy

$2595 per person, single occupancy

+$895            Fes & Chefchaoten add-on (3 nights)

TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfare

  • Alcohol & additional meals not specified

  • Additional excursions and activities

  • Required travel insurance

FES & CHEFCHAOUEN ADD-ON:

  • 3 nights’ accommodations in boutique, high-end guesthouses

  • Daily breakfast + 1 dinner + 1 afternoon tea

  • Artisanal tour in Fes to see tile making, pottery, metalworks and tanneries

  • Explore the beautiful, blue-doored charm of Chefchaouen

  • All transfers between cities, including train, private van and taxis

  • Airport transfer to Tangier

  • Self-guided with Traverse support

 

About Your yoga INSTRUCTORS

October 2019  Originally from Austin, Texas -  Jade Witham  moved to Morocco in 2014 and has been discovering the country and its amazing culture ever since. A lover of travel, food and yoga - in no particular order - Jade spends her time making friends all over the world, planning her next travels and expanding her yoga practice. Jade has attended yoga teacher trainings in Morocco and India, which has helped her develop a unique teaching style with emphasis on fun, self-love, body positivity, and curiosity.

October 2019 Originally from Austin, Texas - Jade Witham moved to Morocco in 2014 and has been discovering the country and its amazing culture ever since. A lover of travel, food and yoga - in no particular order - Jade spends her time making friends all over the world, planning her next travels and expanding her yoga practice. Jade has attended yoga teacher trainings in Morocco and India, which has helped her develop a unique teaching style with emphasis on fun, self-love, body positivity, and curiosity.

March 2020 Leti Alvarez  began her yoga journey years ago and has remained deeply committed to living her yoga. She offers empowering, inspiring flows that encourage students to explore and connect with their deeper authentic self. Leti meets students exactly where they are and encourages them to embrace their own unique experiences. Leti loves yoga for all its transformative powers – physical and spiritual - and emphatically knows yoga is her “health insurance.”

March 2020 Leti Alvarez began her yoga journey years ago and has remained deeply committed to living her yoga. She offers empowering, inspiring flows that encourage students to explore and connect with their deeper authentic self. Leti meets students exactly where they are and encourages them to embrace their own unique experiences. Leti loves yoga for all its transformative powers – physical and spiritual - and emphatically knows yoga is her “health insurance.”

October 2020  Sophia Hock has been practicing yoga on the mat for over 20 years, but she found her true calling to be a yoga instructor in 2017 after the passing of her mother. Through this experience, she found solace in taking her practice to a deeper level by learning how to integrate yoga into her daily life on and off the mat through meditation and mindfulness principles. Sophia teaches all levels vinyasa flow classes that inspire people to become aware of their authentic self without judgement.

October 2020 Sophia Hock has been practicing yoga on the mat for over 20 years, but she found her true calling to be a yoga instructor in 2017 after the passing of her mother. Through this experience, she found solace in taking her practice to a deeper level by learning how to integrate yoga into her daily life on and off the mat through meditation and mindfulness principles. Sophia teaches all levels vinyasa flow classes that inspire people to become aware of their authentic self without judgement.


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Deposit
A $250 non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler to secure the booking.

Payment
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Payment Terms
$250 deposit due on booking. 50% remainder due 30 days from initial invoice. Balance due 30 days prior to trip start.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations, less the trip deposit ($250), are refundable up to 90 days before trip start date. Please refer to the full Payment Plan for details.

Travel Insurance
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