Most yoga retreats in Morocco are only in Marrakech, or surf and yoga deals at the beach cities of Agadir and Essouira. But these towns are very touristic, and barely scratch the surface of what Morocco has to offer. No one has taken people deep into the heart of the country, into the oases amidst the vast deserts and mountains of the south, into Imazighen lands, into the homes of the people.
Not only does Tinghir have stunning views of the desert, oasis (the largest in Morocco), and surrounding mountains, it is centrally located, right in between Ouarzazate and Errichidia on the main southern road, known for the infamous casbahs of Morocco. To get there from Marrakech, we will travel through the Tishka Pass with it's mind blowing views, snow capped peaks and rich red soil, tiny villages tucked along the riverside, almost blending into the rocks. Cutting through the High Atlas Mountains, we will descend into the deserts of the south, where one can marvel at the wide open expanse, once underwater, the evidence of ancient ocean lines in the sediment and sand.
Tinghir has grown a lot in recent years, yet retains it's village charm, with mud houses nestled along the oasis, small family run businesses, friends sharing mint tea in the local cafes, women washing laundry by the river, neighbors chatting on doorsteps, and stretches of green fields worked by hand. It is big enough to have all the modern conveniences, but small enough to where everyone still knows each other's families, like one big extended tribe. The silence of the night sky is still bursting with stars, pink and purple dawns rise with birdsong, and when the call to prayer echoes throughout the oasis at sunset, it is mesmerizing, haunting and soulful. One cannot help but feel completely in tune with nature, place, people, and self. The oasis of Tinghir has this space to breathe, has this peace to offer, has this power to connect you to your center.
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It is home to the Amazigh tradition and values, being close to family and the land, yet embraces a progressive spirit. Here, Islam has bonded communities and is practiced with reverence, not radicalism. I have never witnessed such a genuine fraternity between people anywhere else in my travels. It is not uncommon to be invited into someone's home by simply crossing paths on the street. The curiosity and openness of the people is unparalleled. And the land is hypnotic, immense, and inspiring.
I fell in love with Morocco while living there for two years, when I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in 2010-12. I found it to be a deeply spiritual place, full of opportunity to grow and discover one's authentic self, especially when such a different mirror is held up by the mere experience of being there. I found serenity in my Tinghir home, incredible views and new perspectives, real connection with others, and a life changing trajectory. It is this magic, this love, that I want to share with others.
3 Nights Accommodation in Private Riad in Marrakech Medina
Delicious Vegetarian Meals - 3x Daily
All Ground Transportation
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On this journey, you will have the opportunity to deepen and renew your yoga practice in the heart of Morocco. You will feel the vibrant intoxicating energies of Marrakech shift into calming ethereal energies of the desert oasis in Tinghir. Our yoga program will lead you through all the layers of yourself, guiding you back to your center, your peace, and your heartfelt intentions, so you can move forward in your life with a clear vision of self, and direction.
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