10 days / 9 nights
18 – 27 November 2018
Marrakesh – Ouarzazate – Merzouga – Sahara Erg Chebbi Dunes – Merzouga – Marrakesh
This Retreat for Women is a life changing journey to connect with our feminine essence, our deepest strength, our authentic presence, as well as with the big mother spirit of the Sahara desert, guided by spiritual coach and yoga teacher Anne Haack. Every big dune has a female name here, being Divine Goddesses for worship and energetic support in the community. Likewise, the ‘Divine Goddess’ retreat is a transformational experience with sacred ceremony, yoga, meditation, earth wisdom, shamanic circles, intuitive coaching, healing and inner journeying + a Full Moon Cacao Ceremony! It´s a place to retreat and recharge – and connect with the true core essence of your being. Just be you, in stillness as in community with a supportive group of women, each unique in their own right to complement each other.
This retreat is a pathway to bring the masculine and feminine energies back into balance, let go off stress and all the masks we have put on for society, allow ourselves to unfold our Divine gifts, reclaim our wild feminine spirit, rebalance our chakras and find peace within, so that we can manifest peace outside!
Individual Healing Sessions are available and recommended to deepen the experience of this retreat.
A journey through the colorful and diverse South of Morocco, from the bustling city of Marrakech with its arabic Souks as in 1001 nights, through the diverse range of the Atlas mountains and palm valleys, to Berber villages and the grand Sahara desert. Witness unforgettable skies, unending space and listen to the audible silence of the dancing dunes. While immersing yourself into an ancient culture that is rich in magic, rituals and serenity.
‘It´s time to become quiet and listen within. Find out where your priorities lie. What you truly love. What is most important to you right now. What you can let go of. Who You are as your authentic Self.’
Our trip takes us from the bustling streets of Marrakech, the red city, to Ouarzazate, the door to the desert and the scenery for many Hollywood movies. Halfway to the desert, just after the high Atlas Mountains, it is surrounded by palm valleys and expansive plateaus. We spend a night in an ancient Kasbah here with it´s own organic garden, so we can nourish ourselves on homemade garden food. From Ouarzazate we continue towards a small village in the Sahara desert, just at the footsteps of the dunes, where we spend two days in a traditional and beautifully designed Berber castle.
Next to our daily programm of yoga, meditation and sacred healing arts we have plenty of time to spend by ourselves, rest at the pool, take a walk in the dunes, read a book or deepen the experience in a private treatment. After our stay here, we journey onwards to the desert camp in the middle of the Sahara, where we spend two nights in original nomad tents, called Biouvac. It´s time to disconnect to re-connect – with yourself. Re-wild yourself in the endless space of the desert, connect with the true essence of yourself – empty what is full, to fill what is empty. No wifi, no cars, no distractions. Just amazing skies, soft sand dunes, silence, camp fires, togetherness, aloneness, all is welcome here.
We are blessed with a FULL MOON this time, which we celebrate with a heart opening and Soul connecting Cacao Ceremony in the heart of the desert!
After the camp nights out, we return back to the village, visiting local musicians of African spirit music on the way, and then take time to integrate. Optionally there is the opportunity to visit a nomad museum, fossil sites, a real nomadic family or the local herbal shop.
However, we encourage everyone to enjoy their free time after the desert camp with doing nothing, to give space for assimilation of all that has started moving on this deep inner exploration.
On the last day we say good-bye to the desert, travel back to Marrakech and end the retreat with a delicious good-bye dinner and sharing round.
• 18.11. Meeting in Marrakesh • 19.11. Trip to Ouarzazate • 20.11. Trip to the Desert Castle • 21.11. Second Night in Desert Castle • 22.11. Trek to Desert Biouvac (Berber Camp) • 23.11. FULL MOON Cacao Ceremony in the Desert • 24.11. Back to Desert Castle • 25.11. Second Night in Desert Castle • 26.11. Back to Marrakech • 27.11. Departure Day •
What Previous Clients Say
“WOW. Everyday was an experience there was no one highlight for me. Travelling in comfort, excellent accommodation, lots of different scenery. Then there was the working through the chakras using a mix of yoga and different meditations and I am really glad that I also experienced the Reiki and massage. And some excellent tunes. Everything was well organised too. All of this is down to Anne and her unique, personable style using a range of different ways to help you to see who the real you is (even if you have to work through a bit to get there!) – SUPER amazing. Of course it helped that I had the chance to spend a week with a group of great people and share this experience. Thanks all x” – Jessica (UK)
“In a word Brilliant.
Great mix of fabulous scenery, yoga (which I actually don’t really like – but this was great) and chakra meditation. Which I think left everyone more in touch with themselves, each other and can’t believe I am about to say this but the universe! Which ain’t bad for a week in the desert. Even had France and England holding a desert chanting version of the Eurovision song contest – which finished an honourable tie. No idea what I’m talking about – well then you will simply have to go and experience it for yourself – its pretty cool.” – Jeannette (UK)
Our retreats are an unconventional experience of mind-body-soul connection, ancient culture, nomad lifestyle and holistic healing arts.
• 2 x daily yoga, meditation, movement & healing arts workshops anchored in feminine wisdom & spirituality
• Staying in traditional Kasbah´s and ancient Moroccan Riads
• Half-board vegetarian & vegan food (breakfast & dinner)
• Cacao Ceremony in the Sahara desert
• Fire Ceremony
• One group coaching call 2 weeks after the retreat has finished
• 2 nights in nomad tents in the middle of the Sahara desert
• Sandboarding and dune trekking
• Immersion into Berber culture & their connection to the earth
• Traditional desert music concert
• Stay in Ouarzazate, the door to the desert
• Airport transfer
• Souk visit (optional)
• Healing treatments: Kinesiology, Chakra Healing, Intuitive Coaching, Reiki, Ayurveda Healing & Chi Abdominal Massage (optional)
Shared twin accommodations in charming Riads and Kasbahs. Individual rooms are depending on the group size.
Half board (breakfast / dinner), as well as two times lunch in the desert.
Local Moroccan vegetarian cuisine: fruits, vegetables, salads, soups, deserts, variety of local pancakes and sweets are a daily treat.
Food intolerances such as gluten, dairy and sugar will be addressed by the best means possible, if notice has been given before the retreat.
*Drinks are not included
Classes & Sessions
Hatha Vinyasa Flow & Yin Yoga suited to each level incl. Pranayama, Mudras and Bhandas.
Meditation (active and guided) & Shamanic Souljourneys, Movement & Dance, Healing Arts.
Experience in yoga and spiritual practices is welcome, but not necessary. To learn more about the different workshops and classes, click here.
About the Teacher
Anne Haack is an intuitive spiritual coach, holistic healer and yoga and meditation teacher known for her in-depth work with the chakra system and kundalini energy. She has been coming to Morocco since 2005 and guiding groups to the desert since 2013. Anne supports women and men in times of life transformation to create a bridge between the inner and the outer Self.
She has been on the path of self-exploration and yoga for more than 17 years, is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance USA and has a steady meditation practice, which she deepens several months a year in India in the Himalayas. Anne integrates a broad approach into her teachings, such as yoga therapy, bodywork, healing arts, metaphysical science, shamanism, sacred ceremony, music and art. As a Reiki Master she initiates people into the power of healing hands. Furthermore, Anne is the founder of *Mala Magic*, a healing jewellery line, Desert U Retreat in Morocco and JUST DANCE, a conscious dance event in the Himalayas.
“Life is simple. The only one making things complicated is the mind.” – Anne Haack
Giving Back – Karma Yoga
5% of the Retreat will go to a local NGO supporting women and children in the desert. The funds are used to maintain a center for activities that they can do among themselves, without being disturbed by men or their daily household duties, to explore their creativity and talents, as well as to use the place to craft local goods, which then can be sold to visitors and help them sustain their families and an individual income.
From Marrakech airport to the Riad the trasnfer is included, if you arrive on the day of arrival and leave on the day of departure.
Booking Your Flights
There is several European low cost airlines directly flying to Marrakech airport, such as Ryanair. If you don´t find a direct connection from your city, please check www.kayak.co.uk or www.skyscanner.net for direct and connecting flights through angle points such as Milan, Madrid, London, Brussels or Paris. You can book directly or check which airlines they recommend and book on the respective airlines website, which might save you a few Euros.
Google flights is another option. It shows you a map on the right hand side (after typing in your flight). In this map you can see which cities are the cheapest to fly from or too.
Oneway tickets will work better than Go-and-Return, as you can fly with the best offer on each trip. Also see which days around your preferred flight date might be less costly.
Other cities to fly to are Casablanca and Agadir. Casablanca is connected with a very good train to Marrakech (3.5h), Agadir is connected with modern buses to Marrakech (2.5h).
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TO LEARN MORE about healing arts, chakras and crystals from our teacher Anne, click here.
TO READ REVIEWS of past retreats, click here.
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THE FIRST 3 WOMEN TO REGISTER RECEIVE A REIKI HEALING TREATMENT FREE OF CHARGE
Places are limited to 14 Women per retreat
EARLY BIRD ‘Tiniri’ Till 1. May 2018 = 1010€ twin / 1300€ single (250€ off)
EARLY BIRD ‘Tanemirt’ Till 1. July 2018 = 1100€ twin / 1400€ single (150€ off)
NORMAL PRICE Thereafter = 1260€ twin / 1550€ single
*One Karma Yogi position for a talented photographer, videographer and marketing expert is available on this retreat. If you feel called this is you, get in touch!*