Thursday 8th – Thursday 15th March 2018
Thursday 8th March
We will meet in Marrakech for the Sahara Retreat opening dinner and enjoy the buzz of the city while getting to know everyone in the group.
Friday 9th March
Following breakfast you will get the morning and early part of the afternoon to explore the many sights of Marrakech including the Souks, the Square. the Mosque, Saadian Tombs, Majorelle Gardens and the Manara Gardens. We will have the first workshop late afternoon and again in the evening after dinner.
Saturday 10th March
We will begin the journey to Merzouga. Our journey through the Atlas Mountains will be in 4×4’s and/or comfortable buses. There will be plenty of time for sightseeing along the way; stopping off at the best viewpoints, you will begin to get a flavour of the way of life for the people that live and work in the mountains and the desert.
We will reach our hotel early evening and enjoy the luxury and meals that the hotel offers.
Sunday 11th March
Following breakfast and a dip in the pool we will begin our camel trek to our camp in the desert. We will get settled in to the camp and the first desert workshop will be in the afternoon.
Monday 12th March
Morning, afternoon and evening workshops.
Tuesday 13th March
Morning, afternoon and evening workshops.
Wednesday 14th March
We will depart camp early morning in 4×4’s and return to the hotel for breakfast and showers before beginning the journey back to Marrakech. Today’s journey will include the Valley of Roses, Fossils and Dades Valley. We will stay in a hotel in Ouarzazate and have our final workshop by the pool after dinner.
Thursday 15th March
In the morning we will visit the very entertaining Cinema Museum before travelling back through the Atlas Mountains and to the airport.
Throughout the Sahara Retreat, you will get the opportunity to take part in a range of workshops. Previous retreats have included Laughter Yoga, Mandalas, Breathe Work, Board Breaking, Meditation and Firewalking.
The Sahara Retreat will have many of these activities available to you and much more. We like to keep it all a surprise but rest assured you will have lot’s of new experiences and opportunities to connect with your trueself. You will get a chance to unwind, relax and recharge. And laughter will be in abundance.
You will get plenty of time to savour the sunrises, sunsets and the wonderful sights and sounds of the desert.
All but 4 of the workshops will be led by International Firewalking Master, Stephen Brown. This leaves 4 peer-led workshop slots available and we will be choosing whichever we feel fits best with the programme we have planned. If you have a skill you want to share, you can apply to lead a workshop. Anyone that leads a workshop will be eligible to a reduced rate for the retreat. If you fancy it, pop us an email and let’s see if it will work. You will need to provide us with your CV, details of qualifications and experience and references. What could you add to the mix?
All meals are provided from Thursday evening until Thursday lunch excluding lunch on Friday. We will do our best to cater for any special dietary requirements. Get in touch before you book to make sure we can cater for you.
You will be responsible for your own drinks bill when we are eating in restaurants and cafes. Expect to pay about £1 for 2 litres of drinking water when we are our camp in the desert.
How do I get to the camp?
Fly into Marrakech and we will look after you from there. When we reach the desert you will have a choice of travelling by camel or on foot for the last section to the camp (1 hour). Transport from Marrakech and back again is included in the cost, your flight is not.
Will I be safe?
Absolutely. The camp is safe and secure (local guides stay with us). When you book and again, when you arrive we will give you information on all matters related to safety and well being (spiders and the sun). We do recommend bringing a personal first aid kit as we are in a remote area and you need to have some responsibility for your health and well being. You MUST have your own travel insurance.
What about snakes and scorpions?
This is not an issue at this time of year and we will advise further on this when you reach camp but it is simple things like looking under your blankets before going to bed and tipping your shoes over before putting them on. By being reasonably cautious and following the advice given, the risk is really low. Reptiles are less active in the winter.
Is there water?
Yes, there is water but there is no running water and there are no showers. Yip! You read that right, you will have to manage for a few days without the luxury of a shower, but sure, we will all be in the same boat (so to speak).
You will need to buy drinking water at the camp which is about £1 for 2 litres.
Are there toilets?
Oh yes! Just outside the camp are cabins and the toilets are in those.
What are the tents like?
The tents have beds and bedding in them. They are basic and comfortable. Tents have beds for 2 – 6 people and if you are travelling with friends we can make sure you have a private tent. The lone travellers will have to share for definite, single occupancy is not an option.
What should I wear?
Again, we will send a list of what to bring when you book. As a heads up, during the day it will get to about 25° but it will be cooler at night. You MUST wear modest clothing (shoulder, belly and thighs must be covered) and then you can add layers in the evening. Good walking shoes or sandals with thick soles, so that you can also walk on stones. A large cotton turban, the Moroccan Shesh (easily bought in Morocco). You also need very good and highly protective sun screen with a hydrating cream.
How much does it cost?
The Sahara Retreat costs £950 and includes transport from Marrakech and back again, accommodation and meals. If you volunteer to lead a workshop or activity for the group then your place will only cost £790. Refer to workshop section of this page if you are interested in applying to lead a workshop – we will only pick 4 and they will be the 4 that best suit this retreat.
In addition to the retreat you will receive three 1 hour coaching sessions with Stephen Brown. That’s one session via telephone or skype the month before you go, one while on the retreat and one during April 2018.
A deposit of £100 will secure your place on the Sahara Retreat and payment plans are available for the remainder. All those who confirm their place before 1st July 2017 will receive a discount of £100.
Remember, you need to sort your own flights and a night in Marrakech before and after the retreat. We can book the extra nights for you and then you will get to spend more time with everyone else on the retreat.
For me, a highlight of the Sahara Retreat was the feeling of being in the desert, detached from the rest of the work with a feeling of “nothing at stake”Ruth Daly
My time in the Sahara was a perfect way to unplug from the business of life and work and reconnect with what is important to meRicky Linton
During this retreat there was the buzz of travelling and a succession of amazing workshops that gradually made me feel empowered again.Marion Escartefigues