Yoga meets Morocco – with Beach Extension Option

Yoga meets Morocco – Reconnecting with yourself on your own feet through hiking and yoga in the Happy Valley – this trip guarantees moments of happiness!

We will immerse ourselves in an original and authentic Morocco, which will provide us with all we need to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The Happy Valley – Ait Bouguemez – is a mountain valley in the north of the Atlas Mountains. It has been named the “Happy Valley” because of its fertility. Which region would be more suitable for hiking and yoga enthusiasts to find the way back to one’s own self than a lush valley? Let’s immerse ourselves in a world full of color and life. If you want to experience the original and authentic Morocco, you will find it in the valley of Ait Bouguemez.  

In daily stages, which are even easy for inexperienced hikers to manage, we will walk on old, well-trodden donkey paths to farmed high alpine pastures, across boulder fields to the barren Izourar Lake, and past Berber villages in which it seems as if time has frozen.  We will take our breaks in the shade of knobby trees, and under the Moroccan sun, we will enjoy life with all our senses. 

Small granaries made of rammed clay sit enthroned on the hills. In the valleys, fruit trees and iris are growing. Streams babble across meadows, and in the evening, the nightingales compete in their singing while deep tranquility envelops the mountains. 

We will immerse ourselves in the Berber way of life. We will learn about their daily life and allow ourselves to be enchanted by their hospitality. In a cooking class, we will try regional delicacies. We will enjoy mint tea in traditional tea ceremonies – as is custom in Morocco. What would be a better match with yoga than that?

Yoga meets Morocco

“With yoga, the chaos of conflicting thoughts can be soothed.”
B.K.S Iyengar

Tentative itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival

Individual arrival in Marrakesh or flight from Germany. If you have booked air travel with us, a Moroccan, German-speaking guide will pick you up at Marrakesh airport and will take you by bus to the Riad in the old town of Marrakesh. A Riad is a traditional Moroccan mansion with a very individualistic character. The rooms of a Riad always face the courtyard. As soon as you leave the Riad and venture into the streets, you will find yourself in the middle of bustling life in the pink city of Marrakesh.

In the evening there will be a shared meal of all particpants to get to know each other. 

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Day 2 – Marrakesh – Agouti 

In the early morning, we will greet the new day with our first sun salutation in Marrakesh and a little morning meditation. After breakfast, our journey to the High Atlas starts. Today, we have many miles of traveling ahead of us – but the terrific views are worth it. After about two and a half hours on the road, we will reach the Ouzoud Falls. These waterfalls are one of the most magnificent natural wonders of Morocco, which also makes them a huge magnet for tourism. The view of the more than 30 foot cascading waterfalls will make up for the teeming mass of people there. With a bit of luck, we will be blessed with a rainbow on top of the waterfalls. In the vicinity, there is always a small population of very inquisitive and friendly Barbary apes. Later, we will stop at Azilal for lunch, and in the afternoon, we will complete the rest of the trip to Ait M’Hamed in our minibus. From there, we will enter the valley of Ait Bouguemez, the “Happy Valley.”  Total travel time: about 5.5 hours. Depending on our time of arrival, we will take walk around the little village as a group, drink our first cup of tea, and check into our accommodation. 

On the roof terrace of our first accommodation, the Flilou guest house, we will enjoy a soothing yoga lesson with a magnificent view before dinner. 

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Day 3 – Agouti – Ibaqalliwn/Rbat

We will start our day with another gentle Yoga Asanas, breathing exercises, conscious perception, and thereby, we will immerse ourselves in  the peace and calm of the valley. 

After breakfast, our hiking adventure begins. Today, we will meet our mules and their guides, who will from now on accompany us on our tour and will take care of our luggage. Apple trees, plantations, and walnut trees will be our main impressions on today’s hike. We will walk up the river through green fields, stretching into the fertile high plateau. Our first stop at lunchtime will be in the green region of Tabant, where our cook will be waiting with our lunch under some walnut trees. In the afternoon, we will continue to follow the river to our destination. 

Before dinner, we will meet for a soothing yoga session to relax our legs and muscles and to end the day on our roof terrace with gentle asanas.

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Day 4 – Ibaqalliwin/Rbat- Zaouit Oualmzi

At dawn, we will meet on the roof terrace for our morning yoga lesson. We will let the peace and calm affect us and fill up on Prana for today’s stage. 

After breakfast we will start our second hiking day with a light ascent and the crossing of Adazen Pass (2100 m), which is the highest point of our hike. From there, we will have a good view of the second highest mountain of the Atlas Mountains, the peak of M’Goun (4068m). We will have time for a short moment of marveling. From then on, we will hike downhill to the river at Ifrane (which means “caves” in the language of the Berber). There, our cook and his team will be waiting to serve a delicious lunch. We will take a short break here and enjoy our meal. Depending on our fitness, we will have hiked for about four hours in the morning. 

In the afternoon, a light stage will follow with about two hours of hiking through flat areas along the river. Alternatively, you can choose to ride this part of the trip on a mule. The destination of today’s hike is the village of Zaouit Oualmzi – which is the last village in the Ait Bougouemez Valley. 

Our host for the next two nights is an Ecolodge, a little treasure in the middle of the mountains. 

We will have done enough exercise today – therefore we will stretch, relax and meditate with restorative yoga with a nice view of the village. 

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Day 5 – Zaouit Oualmzi

Today our focus will be on yoga and on YOU. No rush today. That’s why we will start with an extensive yoga lesson, sun salutation, Vinyasa Flow and Faszien yoga, in order to get our tired legs back to working. 

In the morning, we will hike to Lake Izourar at the foot of Azourki. We will walk on a high plateau, which is very barren and extensive. It reminds us a bit of steppe landscapes. It is inhabited mostly by nomads with their herds of animals and their tents. In the summer, the lake is often dried up – but because of the fertility of the soil, the region is highly valued by the Ait Atta nomads, who will come here in the summer from the far away Jebel Sagrho mountains across the High Atlas to allow their goats, sheep and camels to graze here. After a picnic at the lake, we will hike back to our fantastic Ecolodge in the afternoon. 

Alternatively, you may spend today relaxing at the Ecolodge, if you so choose. 

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Day 6 – Zaouti Oualmzi – Imlghas

Rested and relaxed, we will start the day with a morning meditation and a yoga lesson on the roof terrace of the Ecolodge – with a view of the village. On our light day hike, we will pass original and authentic villages of the valley, which blend seamlessly into the landscape with their brown houses made of stone and clay. We will then hike to Imghlas through the Valley of Ait Hkim. Our way leads us along hidden paths of farmers, along small rivers, past apple and walnut trees. We will travel deep into the Valle de Ait Bougouemez. In the villages, it is still custom to build houses using traditional clay and stone architecture. Students of architecture from a German university have done projects here and have campaigned for the continued existence of this building tradition.  Our cook will surprise us with a delicious lunch en route. 

Today’s accommodation, the Dar Itrane in Imghlas, is a traditional Inn in a local building and offers us the opportunity to relax in a Hammam after this long day. 

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Day 7 – Imghlas – Agouti

Today, we will take it easy and will reflect upon our impressions at our morning yoga lesson. How am I feeling? What is the impact of nature and the walking on me? Have my thoughts calmed down? Peace and quiet and all the experiences: We will let them enter our yoga practice this morning. “Feel your body and soul” – is today’s motto.  

From our inn, we will go to the Granary of Sidi Moussa. Many legends have been woven around this storage fortress, which is located on a conical mountain peak. It is well preserved and still maintains a small collection of traditional tools on display. Until just a few decades ago, the residents of the valley stored their harvest and family heirlooms in small chambers there. Up there, we will enjoy a magnificent view of the valley. 

From now on, we will walk downhill to our next campsite for the night. On our way, we will meet with a women’s cooperative who expects our visit. These women weave and knot Berber carpets in the traditional way and work with dyes made of plants. We can ask them to explain everything about the colors, the motifs, and their way of weaving. This cooperative is not only their place of work, but also and mainly a meeting point to laugh, talk, and discuss. 

For lunch, our cook and his team will indulge us with their culinary arts. This is when we say goodbye to our fantastic team of helpers. 

In the afternoon, we will have some time to relax and sunbathe before we meet a family who will teach us how to cook authentic Moroccan-Berber food. The cooking class will teach us how to prepare regional and local specialties – perhaps we can learn something from the delicate Moroccan cuisine for our own cooking at home. Of course, we will eat our prepared meal for dinner. 

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Day 8 – Agouti – Marrakesh-Essaouira

Every dream must come to an end. After days of nature and hiking, our mind is free. Before we make our way back into the hustle and bustle of the cities, we will treat ourselves to a last view of the mountains. 

We will drive back to Marrakesh from our small Berber valley by minibus, full of unique impressions and unforgettable experiences. We will make our way to Marrakesh via Demnate and the natural bridge of Imí´nÍfri at the foot of the High Atlas and will stop in Marrakesh for a short lunch break. Travel time to Marrakesh: about four hours. In the afternoon, we will drive another 190 km to Essaouira. The landscape is changing in appearance, and with some luck, we will see them on our way – the goats that climb trees. They are trying to reach the Argan fruit on the Argan trees. Travel time: about 2.5 hours. In the late afternoon, we will reach Essaouria and will check into our hotel. There is a shared dinner. 

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Day 9 – Essaouira

Yesterday was very tiresome with many hours spent in the car – that is why we will start the day with a Faszien Yoga lesson which will stretch and expand our limbs. In the morning, we will undertake a little stroll through Mdina, the old town of Essaouira. 

Then we will enjoy the sun of Morocco – maybe at the pool? or at the seaside? Or swimming in the sea? The Atlantic Ocean is calling – come on …

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Day 10 – Essaouira

How nice – a day without any plans. That’s why we will begin our yoga lesson a bit later in the morning. A day on the beach expects us. You can spend it any way you like – reading – relaxing – swimming – or exploring the vicinity. Let your soul drift; that’s our motto here!

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Day 11 – Essaouira – Marrakesh 

Another day with time for ourselves. In the morning, we will have a beautiful extensive yoga lesson. Then we will still have time to go to the swimming pool or the beach, and in the late afternoon, we will drive leisurely back to Marrakesh, where our Riad awaits us. 

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Day 12 – Marrakesh

Today we will get to know the exciting and lively city of Marrakesh. After breakfast, we will set the mood for the day with a sun salutation. Our tour guide will pick us up and guide us on a trip through time. 

Marrakesh – the red city. A UNESCO World Heritage Site with thousands of years of history. A special recommendation is to visit the Sardinian Tombs, Bahia Palace, the Royal Palace, Jemaa-el-fna Square, from which the numerous ramified alleys of the Souk branch off, Kotoubia Mosque, and the Jewish Quarter.

Our tour will end at a central square, leaving all afternoon to yourself. There is enough time to stroll the old town and to buy souvenirs (it is essential to haggle!). Or you might want to visit one of the many many public gardens of Marrakesh. Menara Gardens, André Heller’s Anima Garden, or Jardin Majorelle by Yves Saint Laurent … You can also choose to relax next to the pool. Whatever your heart desires. 

In the evening, we will meet for our final shared dinner in the heart of the old town. 

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Day 13 – Departure

Now it is time to say goodbye to a country full of life and contrast. If you have booked the travel package that includes the flights, we will take you to Marrakesh airport for your flight after breakfast. Alternatively, your trip will end after breakfast with your individually arranged departure from the hotel. 

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(B/L/D) = included meals breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

“Deep satisfaction allows us to experience infinite happiness.”
Patanjali, Yoga-Sutra 2.42.

Important notice: Due to unforeseen circumstances and local events, this itinerary may have to be changed on short notice. 

Price not including flight:

EUR 1659,- per person 
surcharge for single occupancy: EUR 390,- (only applicable for 11 nights; for 1 night obligatory accommodation in double or multi-bed room)