Marvelous Morocco & 9 Great Wellness Retreats to Explore in 2024

Have you always wanted to travel to Morocco? With its vast stretches of desert and beaches, jagged mountains, rich history and cultural diversity, it has quickly grown to become the top travel destination to Africa for travelers around the world.

It’s the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and has become an increasingly popular choice for runnerscyclists, surfersMMA students and retreat goers everywhere. And if you are looking for your next active retreat or adventure to Morocco–we can’t think of a better choice. Here are 9 great trips coming your way in 2024, you’ll definitely want to check out.

Marrakech and Agafay Desert Retreat in Morocco

Experience yoga and mindfulness like never before on this Desert Yoga Retreat.

Morocco is a land of contrasts and endless possibilities. Breathtaking landscapes, bustling souks, labyrinthine medinas, there is something new to discover around every corner. This trip is an invitation to step away from the mundane of the everyday and experience the beauty of the unknown. You'll enjoy plenty of adventures along with daily yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices.

Venture off the beaten path, and immerse yourself in the beauty of Morocco.

Dates: October 23 to October 28, 2024

Draa Desert Dash: A Running Expedition in Morocco

Morocco is a country that draws you in, from the vibrant markets filled with fragrant scents of spices to the striking deserts, there is just so much to see in this incredible North African country.

Embark on a unique running journey through this enchanting landscape, where vast plains stretch alongside breathtaking dune ergs.

This isn't a race, but a genuine test of endurance, tailored to suit varying fitness levels.

Nestled within Morocco's Sahara desert is the Draa River valley, a place of unparalleled beauty characterized by endless plains and majestic dunes tracing the path of this ancient waterway.

The "Draa Running Expedition" promises an unforgettable voyage, revealing the soul of these unique lands to those that want to try a different kind of running challenge.

Dates: November 10 to November 16, 2024

Surf and Yoga Experience in Tamraght, Morocco

Head to Tamraght, a charming Berber village, 20 minutes’ drive from Agadir and just 3km from the famous surfer town Taghazout for this Yoga & Surfing Retreat. This is the perfect place to spend a relaxed surf holiday in Morocco. It’s less crowded than Taghazout with just as many quality surf spots across a long 10km stretch of beach!

Your days will begin with a big breakfast before heading out to surf.  In the evenings you’ll get to practice yoga at the beach facing the beautiful sunset or on the yoga terrace. And after that you’ll be able to enjoy traditional Moroccan dinners with great family vibes.

Dates: Flexible Departures

2 Weeks of Martial Arts, Detox & Getting Leaner in Morocco

On this 2-Week Martial Arts and Detox Retreat, you will learn Shaolin kung fu basics, basic punching, and kicking, Chi kung (all include healing Chi kung) and Tai Chi, one or two Xing Yi Forms fist form, Chinese kickboxing with two-person sparring. You’ll also be taught Basic Arabic, Sufism, Calligraphy, medicinal herb studies, and massage. 

This is a perfect getaway for people of all ages and levels. Your  training plan will vary based on your needs and no previous kung fu experience is needed. 

Dates: Flexible Departures

Cycling Holiday in Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Climb the Tizi n’Tichka pass, enjoy lunch with a view of UNESCO world heritage site Ait Benhaddou and ride across the Agafay desert on this incredible Atlas Mountains Cycling Tour.

This tour offers an authentic experience for guests to discover the unique blend of Arab, Berber& European cultures that shape the heart of Morocco. Enjoy great hospitality, expert guides, and delicious Moroccan food.

Dates: September and October 2024 Departures

Yoga, Culture and Mindfulness Retreat in Marrakech, Morocco

Join this Yoga & Meditation Retreat to the awe-inspiring land of Morocco. 

You will be staying in a stunning Riad just outside of the Medina in colorful Marrakech. Marrakech is vibrant, full of life, and bound to ignite your sense of wonder. The Riad offers a perfect oasis of tranquility and even has its own hammam and spa. Throughout the retreat enjoy daily yoga, mindfulness practices, and excursions to excite your sense of wanderlust. You will explore the colorful souks, visit the Atlas Mountains, ride camels, visit a local Berber village, and enjoy a day trip to the Afagay desert for a final night under the stars.

Dates: November 3 to November 8, 2024

Align + Awaken Yoga Retreat in Marrakech, Morocco

This Yoga & Wellness Retreat will combine yoga with somatic bodywork. Soma exploration involves witnessing and experiencing the entirety of one’s organism. Much of our human experience has been carved into fragments of the whole self, where you’ve compartmentalized our being into the thinking vs. feeling self, conscious vs. unconscious self, physical vs. spiritual self. Somatic play aims to return you to a state of wholeness.

Alongside ALIGNment-based hatha/vinyasa yoga classes, somatic workshops are offered to explore a return to wholeness via sensory entry points, including touch, breath, movement/gesture, and sound. Activities such as self-massage with oils, breath practices, and meditations to bring one into the present moment, movement exercises to encourage embodied awareness, and use of sound as a means of release and restoration from the habitual grips held in the body.

Each participant will also have the opportunity to receive up to two individual somatic coaching and bodywork sessions, as a means to AWAKEN to one’s deep yearnings and desires, notice how beliefs and emotions are held in the body, and learn tailored practices to implement upon one’s return home. The essence of Align + Awaken is to leave an impression of what it would be like to be wholly present in the moment and to one’s life unfolding.

Note 10% of the retreat fees will be used to help local women in the area and assists them with creative ventures.

Dates: Sept 8 to Sept 13, 2024

Yoga + Mountains + Spa in Marrakech, Morocco

The Relaxing Yoga & Spa Retreat takes place 24km south of Marrakesh at the edge of the Berber hamlet of Tagadert.

The resort, built in 1840 for a local judge, as with many North African dwellings, includes a lovely garden with lawns and pathways with banana palms, citrus and olive trees and a swimming pool with soft, jade-colored water. The scents and colors of orange blossom and roses assail the senses throughout. And, best of all, fifteen tortoises live in the garden, adding to the unhurried feel of this tranquil oasis.

Enjoy a week away from the hustle and bustle of life. Enjoy a view of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and distant lights of Marrakech as your backdrop. Go shopping in local markets in Marrakech anytime you want for amazing local wares. Ride a camel, eat healthy food, practice lots of yoga and enjoy a week with friends old and new.

Dates: November 2 to November 9, 2024

Nourish and Recharge Body, Mind and Spirit: A Yoga Retreat in Marrakech

This Yoga Retreat is a real chance to escape the everyday stresses and strains of modern life and spend a week of self-care in beautiful surroundings. Renew, restore and rebalance!

Classes are held every morning and afternoon on the glorious rooftop shala, bathed in birdsong with views of the Atlas Mountains. Enjoy a combination of dynamic flow, restorative and yoga nidra that will provide you with the opportunity to dive into the subtle but rich experiences of self-inquiry and deep rest. 

You’ll also have plenty of time between classes to relax or explore and there are no formal classes on Wednesday to give you a chance to explore further afield, or just to make maximum use of the spa and swimming pools!

Dates: June 15 to June 22, 2024

In the End

It’s hard not to get drawn in by all that Morocco has to offer. Whether you are looking to spend relaxing days practicing yoga or your weeks surfing epic waves near Taghazout or cycling through the Atlas Mountains–Morocco has a little something for everyone.

And if you're still not sure where to start, or if you need help planning your trip or if you are looking for alternate dates and locations, please don't hesitate to get in touch.  We'd be happy to help you find the perfect trip for your needs...And if you want to see more great trip suggestions, visit us today at Activ Retreats.


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