Kirtan & Yoga Retreat with Dave Stringer & Emma Warmington in Morocco
Marrakech & Taghazout – 11th to 18th June 2017
Join us for a 7 night magical adventure to North Africa with Souks, Singing and Savasana!
2 nights in the bustling city of Marrakech in an authentic Moroccan Riad. Delicious local food, mint tea and the colors, sights and sounds of Medina souks.
5 nights of luxury accommodation, chanting in the morning, yoga by day in the stunning beachfront yoga shala and kirtan by night on the beach. We’ll have plenty of freetime for visits to the spa, surfing, stand up paddle boarding or relaxing by the pool in the sun on a four poster lounger.
What is Kirtan?
The call and response form of mantra chanting known as Kirtan is a consciousness-transforming practice, directing the singers to vanish into the song as drops merge into the ocean. Participants in kirtans often experience a profound sense of unity, well-being and timelessness. The form is simple: a lead group calls out the melodies. The crowd responds, clapping and dancing as the rhythm builds and accelerates. The mantras quiet the mind, and the music frees the heart. Ecstasy is both the process and the product.
Immerse yourself in the rapture of music. You know what you love. Go there.”
~ The Radiance Sutras
What will the yoga be like?
Breath initiated, spacious, flowing practice of Asana, Pranayama & Meditation in the Heart of Yoga lineage of Mark Whitwell, Desikachar & Krishnamacharya. Everyone is welcome from beginners to seasoned practictioners and individual attention will be given as needed.
Yoga is your direct intimacy with the nurturing power of Life. It is the practical means adapted to personal needs, age, health and all cultures.” ~ Mark Whitwell
Our Schedule for the Week
Arrival Day in Marrakech. Check into a typically gorgeous Riad in the true heartland of the Moroccan capital, Medina. We will all be arriving throughout the day and the hotel will be our meeting point. Gather for dinner in the evening (not included), explore the local area together, have our first chant and spend the night in the hotel.
Breakfast together at the Riad, then transfer to our beachfront home for the next 5 days, the stunning Paradise Plage Resort & Spa. Spend the afternoon exploring this fabulous 3 hectare property, be pampered in the luxury spa, surfing, paddle boarding or rest by the pool. Yoga will be at 4.30pm today then chanting on the beach from 6pm until the sun goes down, group dinner and relaxing under the stars.
Day Three to Six
8.00 – 9.30 Breakfast (included)
9.30 – 10.30 Chanting
10.30 – 12.30 Yoga
12.30 – 6.00 Freetime! Lounge by the pool, read, visit the spa for a range of luxurious treatments, experience a traditional hammam, wander the beach, try paddle boarding, hover boarding, canoeing or enjoy the waves. Surfing lessons and watersports equipment are readily available to hire at the resort.
Lunch is of your own choosing and there are several restaurants at the hotel. Additionally, all rooms have kitchens and there is a small local shop selling fresh produce if you would like to prepare food in your room.
6.00 – 8.00 Chanting as the sun goes down
8.30 Dinner (included)
9.30 – 10.30 Chanting
10.30 – 12.30 Yoga
Transfer to Marrakech and check into our Riad
Explore the magic of the local souk together
Group dinner (not included)
Enjoy our last kirtan together
Breakfast at our Riad, departures.
Included – 2 nights in Medina Riad, Marrakech, 5 nights in Paradise Plage Resort & Spa, 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners at Paradise Plage, 6 yoga sessions, 12 kirtan sessions, round trip transfers from Marrakech to Paradise Plage.
Not included – flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, meals other than specified above, spa treatments & other activities, drinks & snacks.
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Paradise Plage Resort & Spa
Our main location for this retreat is situated off the beaten track on miles of golden sand, approx 2.5 hours south of Marrakech. Paradise Plage Resort & Spa is a magnificent luxury 4+star beachfront property spread over 3 hectares.
Rooms are bright, spacious and beautifully decorated in modern Moroccan style. All have small kitchens and most have their own terrace overlooking the beach.
Facilities at the hotel are fabulous with multiple restaurants, lounges galore, 4 poster day beds by the large outdoor heated swimming pool, surf club with equipment and lessons available, a simply exquisite spa offering a range of delicious treatments including massage in a breezy open shala, a nomadic tent beach restaurant we have reserved for our use on some nights and an outdoor cinema. Our yoga shala is bright and beautiful with glass walls overlooking the beach glass. This place is divine!
King Single/Double Occupancy
Spacious suites with a separate living area and views out across the pool and the ocean. • air-conditioning • living area • kingsize bed • DVD player • television • safe • minibar • Wi-Fi
Prices are per person in GBP and based on room type in Paradise Plage Resort & Spa, Taghazout
Early Bird! Register with deposit paid by 14th April, 2017
If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, let us know and we will assign you a lovely roommate.
- Prestige Suite with 2 bedrooms Twin Share – £950
- Twin Share Premium – £1050
- Prestige Suite with 2 bedrooms King Single Occupancy – £1250
- King Premium Single Occupancy – £1350 (add bedmate for £650)
Full Price. Register after 15th April, 2017
- Prestige Suite with 2 bedrooms Twin Share – £1100
- Twin Share Premium – £1200
- Prestige Suite with 2 bedrooms King Single Occupancy – £1400
- King Premium Single Occupancy – £1500 (add bedmate for £750)
Included in this retreat are 7 delicious breakfasts and 5 vegetarian dinners. Non veg meal options are available for a small additional fee.
On our first and last nights together we will dine together at a local restaurant (not included). Lunch options at Paradise Plage are available at multiple restaurants at your own cost and all rooms have kitchens. There is a small local grocery shop beside the hotel.
Deposit & Payment Information. Terms & Conditions
A non-refundable deposit of £350 is required to secure your place on the retreat with the full balance due for all participants by 5th May 2017.
The retreat is fully non refundable for any cancellations received on or after 6th May 2017. You may transfer the balance (minus non refundable deposit) for your place to a friend. We highly recommend you purchase good travel insurance that will cover you for any losses incurred by unexpected illness, cancellation or curtailment.
Many airlines and low cost carriers fly to Marrakech. Flights from European capitals can be as low as £150 return. Once you land, transfer or taxi to the hotel and we shall meet you there.