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Arrive by 3:30pm May 12th – We will be meeting at the airport then taking a long drive over the atlas mountains to sleep the night in Ben Et Haiddou, before heading the rest of the way to the Sahara.
Marrakech Menara International Airport.
Book from JFK or Fly Through London/Other Major European cities, Madrid, Lisbon, Barcelona.
Departure is up to you, we suggest flights after 11am to have a relaxing morning but we will be 20 minutes from the airport. Transfers back are included between 9am-12pm back to Marrakech or the Airport, but you are welcome to depart later if you prefer.
May 12th – Meet at RAK by 3:00pm for departure to Ben Haddou
May 13th – Sahara Camp
May 14th – Sahara Camp
May 15th – Sahara Camp
May 16th – Marrakech – The Source
May 17th – Marrakech -The Source
May 18th – Departure
6 nights accommodation
All Classes w/ David
Transportation in 4×4 vehicles to the desert and back
All meals except for lunches on the road and while at the Source
Market Tour & Cooking Class in Marrakech
What is not included?
lunches on the road
lunch at the source (one lunch is a cooking class that is included)
hammam or spa treatments
Transportation back to the airport from the Source ( people will go at different times )
What is the weather like, seasons temperature?
Average is in the 70’s in Marrakech and up to 90 + in the desert
How long is the drive to the desert?
It’s a long trip! Going to the desert we will stay the night in a beautiful town halfway. On the way back, we’ll make a lot of stops, however it will take most of the day to get home. Part of the drive is over and through the Atlas Mountains, which does get windy. We will be going in 4x4s.
Optional activities and costs
Hammam & Massage at the Source (last two days)
Are there bathrooms / showers in the desert?
The tents have en-suite bathrooms with eco toilet, mirrors, toiletries, and hot and cold hammam washing with towels.
Is there a power source in the desert?
Yes, however we encourage you to disconnect while in the desert!
How active is this retreat?
We won’t be doing any huge hikes but we will be on the road and moving around quite a bit. We will most likely ride camels into the desert however there is an option to take the 4×4 straight to camp. The conditions may be intense in the desert.
We will be staying at Camp Adounia in the Sahara and The Source just outside Marrakech
What is the food like?
We will be eating typical Moroccan food with a healthy twist.
Food & Dietary Restrictions:
We can accommodate most dietary restrictions, however the more specific ones may have less offerings in the desert.
Wi-fi/Cell Service/Electricity: Wifi in Marrakech, but not in the desert! In Morocco the power sockets are of type C and E. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Currency/Cash/CC: Moroccan dirham
Visa & Vaccines: Passport needed valid to 6 months after departure date.
Language Spoken at Destination: Arabic,English and French.
Yes, YOGASCAPES requires each trip member to purchase individual travel insurance for their trip. We suggest that you include “cancel for any reason” with your policy in case you need to make any last minute adjustments as we will be unable to refund you within 60 days. You must purchase travel insurance that includes medical coverage.
What should I pack? Here is our general retreat packing list and our tips on packing for flights. For this retreat in particular, don’t forget to pack:
Special Items to Pack:
Sun protection including hat
Sarong or cover (optional)
Please bring your own mat & props (if needed)
4. Cancellation policy
If you wish to cancel your retreat you must notify YOGASCAPES in writing. Once we’ve received your notice, cancellation will take effect subject to the following:
If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to your departure date, any payments made will be refunded minus your deposit.
If cancellation takes place between 30-60 days prior to your departure, 50% of the trip price will be forfeited.
If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to your departure date, 100% of the trip price will be forfeited.
Important: If you do not submit full payment 60 days before the retreat, and do not cancel your registration or respond to our communication, YOGASCAPES retains the right to charge the remaining balance due to the credit card provided and release your spot. Any amount forfeited, which has not then been paid to YOGASCAPES by you, will be recovered from you by YOGASCAPES as a debt due and payable. Consider travel insurance to protect the costs of your trip in the case of injury, illness or inability to attend for other reasons.
5. Changes/Trip Cancellations
YOGASCAPES reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary by our team, trip leaders, teachers or partners. In the rare case of a cancellation on the part of YOGASCAPES we will offer a transfer to another trip or a full refund of your funds. YOGASCAPES is not responsible for any expenses or damages incurred as a result of trip cancellation including preparation costs, airline tickets, travel documents or other expenses. YOGASCAPES reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure in the event that there are too few people booked in which case you will be given a full refund of any and all payments made to YOGASCAPES. You will not be entitled to claim any additional amounts or seek any compensation for any injury, loss, expenses or damage (either direct or consequential) or for any loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation (including but not limited to visa, passport and vaccination charges, or departure, gear purchases, airport and airline taxes).
Final balances are due 60 days before the departure date of the trip. If final payments are not received by 60 days prior to departure, YOGASCAPES reserves the right to cancel your reservation and accept new reservations for your space. If you do not think you can pay in time please contact us via email so that we can arrange a payment plan.