☼ How did our retreats emerge out of the Sahara Desert? ☼

AnneHaack_Yoga_Ekapadarajakapotasana_webI rarely give (personal) background about the why´s of my journey and the retreats I lead, but I felt it might be an important part of the Chakra Flow Retreat. After all this retreat didn´t come about in search of an exotic location, but rather through a long string of events (when I was still a DJ on my way to Casablanca and a VJ boyfriend), that lead me almost as if guided to the desert, at a time when I had not the slightest interest in the desert.

MOROCCO:
Morocco is a country rich in magic, rituals and power spots. I´ve been coming here since 2005 and every time felt a strong pull towards the country and a need of coming back.
The Sahara desert is one of these power spots. I’ve had a calling to go there again and again (once I finally set foot in the dunes after years of hopping between cities), as it helped me to see and release karma from past lives. It seemed almost as if my way there was destined to be. The desert has been one of the most revelatory, challenging but also healing places I’ve been to. And it truly has it´s own magic.

This is why I created Desert U Retreat. Because if it unlocks something powerful in me, I believe it can do the same for you! Be it asanas, forgotten memories, unknown strengths, a greater connection to God; the desert enters you and then it does it´s own thing. Almost like Reiki. Desert U = U are the Desert. The desert is your mirror.

Moroccans go there to take a ‘bain du sable’ (a sand bath) every year, as it is said to cure illnesses such as Rheuma, Arthritis and pains in the body. The sand literally sucks the pain out. Why? Because it is mother earth in it’s purest form (no electrical currents, no noise pollution, no nothing) and a combination of all 5 elements: earth, water (there is water underneath the sand if you dig a little), fire (sun), air, space. I´ve tried it several times. The slightest back pain disappears if I just lie on the sand and slide down one of the big dunes.

One of the reasons why I stayed there so often in the village living with the berber, taking daily walks into the dunes to explore how far I could go and still find my way back (quite far actually), is the strong energetic attraction I felt to the dunes. Like a mother the dunes embrace. And although the desert is male as a whole, the dunes are female. Very feminine actually with the soft curves and the warm spirit that takes away your pain. The longer I stayed, the more I would hear the whispers of the Universe. The berber are a tribe that is very unique, highly spiritual and also very wise. The berber are almost like shamans, they are in touch with nature and read their signs intuitively, while at the same time practicing rituals that are very similar to meditation techniques from the yogic scriptures.

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YOGA:
The classes are tailored to your individual needs and level, rather deep than fast and dynamic, even if it will be a flow, of course. All levels welcome. We had total beginners and seasoned practitioners in past retreats and in the end everyone would take something home from it. The power of the chakras lies in showing you exactly what to work on, so that your energy can flow freely to bring lasting peace of mind.
Each day there are specific kriyas and asanas, including pranayama and meditation, for each chakra. The focus is on energy work instead of work out. It’s a great opportunity to shift something, which otherwise is hiding or gets overlooked in regular classes.

MEDITATION:
These are either dynamic, moving the body to release energetic blockages and giving the mind a break, or they are guided using imagery and visualization as tools to unlock the subconsciousness, which communicates through feelings and visions, rather than words and thoughts.

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All these elements together create a powerful trinity, as you can see. A holy trinity so to speak, coupled with a sense of adventure and a great potential to overcome any kind of unknown fear. So if you feel called to join, just get in touch, places are limited to 7.
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April, 8 – 18, 2017 – Easter Chakra Flow, Sahara Desert
YOGA • MEDITATION • CHAKRA HEALING • NOMAD LIFESTYLE
• 10 nights / 11 days

anne@desert-u-retreat.com

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Love to see you in the desert,

Anne

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Golden light, golden dunes, golden vibe, join in!

☼ What is Pizza Berber? ☼

Most of you that came to the retreats have experienced pizza berber in the desert, a special type of calzone style pizza baked in the hot sand under a sparkling fire. But what exactly is it?

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Pizza berber in the making in the desert camp. Not without a Moroccan tea of course.

Pizza berber is made of traditional pizza dough that get prepared over a lengthy period of type. Everything is a bit more slow motion in the desert so the pizza maker takes his time to do every single step of the process. Later he prepares the vegetables, herbs and meat which are cooked and roasted so they form a paste. This paste goes into the filling of the pizza dough, means the whole pizza is closed in dough, the filling is inside, like a calzone, but round as a pizza.

Then the pizza is brought to the fire and gets placed in the sand under the fire, our berber guys in the desert also place a metal covering over it, to increase the heat. Once finished the metal cover gets taken away and the pizza taken out of the sand with two wooden sticks.

Once out of the fire, the not crispy crusty pizza gets scratched free of sand and wood and ashes and is ready to be eaten! Delicous! Crusty & crispy outside, and hot, warm and chewy inside, it really is an experience every single time!

 

Chakra Flow Retreat – Easter 2017 – Discount till 15th of December – BOOK NOW

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Booking for our annual Chakra Flow Retreat is open now! Benefit from the SUPER EARLY BIRD till 15th of October or the EARLY BIRD discount till the 15th of December to reserve your place. This time we explore the desert a little further and stay for 10 nights / 11 days, which leaves more time to explore desert villages, visit the nomads or take some down time meditating on the dunes. An optional 3 nights / 4 days excursion to Essaouira, the arty coastal town, can be added after the Chakra Flow Retreat.

The Chakra Flow is a transformational, spiritual, holistic road trip through the South of Morocco and it´s rich local culture, all the way to the Sahara desert. It is an opportunity to activate your chakras and all of your senses. While Morocco with it´s vibrant colors (including those of the chakras), taste and design awakens you externally, the energy and silence of the desert awakens you from within.

Gain in depth understanding about the 7 main psycho-spiritual energy centres in your body through yoga, meditation, colors, sound, crystals and movement and learn how to work with them in your daily life.

You will come away with new insights to balance, centre and harmonize your body, mind and spirit, a new understanding of yourself and most probably with a new outlook on life!

By spending time in the desert and its silence you´ll connect deeply to your inner wisdom and hear clearly what the next steps on your life path will be.

Individual Healing Session support you further on your journey: Chakra Healing, Reiki, Ayurveda Healing Massage, Kinesiology Muscle Testing and Yoga Therapy.

 

Find all the DETAILS about the Retreat HERE.

SUPER EARLY BIRD discount of 180€ till 15th of October.

EARLY BIRD discount of 90€ till 15th of December.

Places are limited, so reserve your spot soon.

 

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Namasté and Bislama,

see you in the desert

☼ Chakra Flow Retreat: The Desert Is Your Mirror ☼

We are just back from the Desert U Chakra Flow Retreat in the Sahara Desert and it was quite an experience (as always!). Many things happened on the retreat, physically, emotionally and otherwise and the desert showed us again, what a powerful, untouched place on earth it is.

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The desert is a transformative place and not everybody is prepared for it. The more often I come here, the more I get the feeling that the desert irrevocably shows us our shadows, no matter how hard we try to avoid them. There is no light without a shadow and there is no enlightenment without some thorough shadow work. I´ve had a few hard times here, but keep coming back for the good ones. And the more often I come, the more I feel I´m shedding old skin, old traumas, old shadows, old old that doesn´t serve me anymore. It took me a few rounds to see the working behind it all, but it feels like the ripples are smoothening.

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