Stefania Zen Yoga

SANDS OF SERENITY Yoga Retreat in Morocco

PEACE IN EVERY GRAIN OF SAND

Yoga | Camels | Meditation | Desert | Adventure | Local Food

THE SERENITY OF THE SAHARA DESERT AWAITS YOU

Welcome to the Sands of Serenity Yoga Retreat in Morocco! Here in the vast and enchanting Sahara desert, we’ll explore our inner landscapes as we journey through our inner self. Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, camels and a starry sky, this retreat offers a perfect blend of adventure and transformation.

EMBRACE A NEW ADVENTURE

Do you ever feel stuck in the same old routine, craving something new and exciting? What’s holding you back from embracing adventure? Join us at the Sands of Serenity Yoga Retreat in the vast Sahara desert, where we’ll dive into these questions. With a spirit of curiosity and mindfulness, we’ll open ourselves to new experiences and start an unforgettable journey.

TO FIND SERENITY OF MIND REQUIRES STILLNESS AND SPACE 

At the Sands of Serenity Yoga Retreat in Morocco, we dive deep into the heart of the desert, where every activity is a doorway to adventure and self-discovery. Imagine practicing yoga as the sun rises over endless dunes, traveling by camel across the expansive sands, and sharing meals with local villagers to experience their way of life firsthand. This retreat isn’t just a getaway; it’s a journey into the rhythm and soul of the Sahara desert, carefully crafted to enrich your spirit and connect you deeply with the natural world and its inhabitants.

WHY IS MOROCCO SO SPECIAL?

You may have heard the buzz about Morocco—it’s a hidden treasure on Earth. With its stunning landscapes, from sweeping deserts to vibrant markets, Morocco captivates the soul. The people are genuinely warm and welcoming, sharing their rich culture and traditions with open hearts. And the cuisine? It’s a delightful adventure of flavors that melds centuries of history into every dish.

 

Join us to reconnect with yourself and experience adventure in this sands of serenity desert retreat!

STAY 2 NIGHTS IN mARRAKESH AND 5 IN THE SAHARA DESERT!

Begin your retreat with a vibrant night in Marrakesh, where the city’s rich history and energy immediately captivate you. Then, get ready for a five-night adventure in the Sahara Desert, traveling by camel to truly connect with the spirit of this ancient landscape. Along the way, experience the local way of life, appreciate the precious value of water and resources, and find a deeper connection to the environment. The journey wraps up with another night in Marrakesh, reflecting on the profound insights gained under the vast desert skies.

OUR SERENE ACCOMMODATION INCLUDES:

  • Two nights in Marrakesh hotel Riad Soukaina
  • Accommodation for 5 days in the desert + 3 meals per day
  • Two yoga classes per day

Only 10 spots available

  • Price of the Retreat: 899 USD
  • Early Bird Price: 799 USD (Until Jannuary 31, 2025)

DATE: May 2 – 9, 2025

8 days / 7 nights

lOCATION: Marrakesh, Morocco

Stefania Zen Yoga invites you to embark on a transformative journey in the majestic Sahara Desert. Experience the adventure of traveling by camel and immerse yourself in the local culture. This retreat combines the spirited energy of Marrakesh with the serene expanses of the desert, offering you a chance to connect deeply with the natural world and the essence of the Sahara. The journey begins and concludes in the vibrant city of Marrakesh, framing a truly enlightening experience.

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What’s included?

1. Accommodations:

  • Nights at Riad Soukaina in Marrakech on Day 1 and the final night. 
  • Overnight stays in a tent or under the stars in the Sahara Desert from Day 3 to Day 6.

 

2. Yoga Sessions:

  • Multiple yoga sessions with Stefania, including morning and evening classes. 

 

3. Transportation:

  • Taxi rides from Marrakech to M’Hamid El Ghizlane and back.
  • All transport required for activities included in the itinerary. 

 

4. Meals and Breaks:

  • A lunch and stretching break during the taxi ride to M’Hamid El Ghizlane.

 

5. Guided Activities:

  • Guided walking and camel trekking excursions at the pace of the caravan.
  • Exploration of nomadic traditions. 

 

6. Cultural Experiences:

  • Evenings by the fire with the team of nomadic guides.
  • Opportunity to learn about and engage with local traditions and lifestyle. 

 

7. Miscellaneous:

  • Support from a team of nomadic guides throughout the Sahara Desert experience.
  • All necessary equipment for camping and trekking.

What’s not included?

  • Airfare 

  • Arrival and departure to the hotel

  • Personal island transportation outside of scheduled activities 

  • Personal wellness sessions (massage, spa treatments, etc..) 

who is stefania zen yoga?

My Yoga  journey began nearly two decades ago, sparked by a personal quest for relief from scoliosis-induced back pain. Originally from Kyiv, I transitioned from administrative roles to working on film sets before settling in Paris in 2015 where I began teaching corporate yoga to alleviate tension and back pain among office colleagues.

Having deepened  my knowledge in Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga through studies in Rishikesh in 2022, further I had an opportunity to expand my expertise to include teaching Anatomy and Sequencing at a teacher training school in India. Now based in Sri Lanka, I am happy to welcome practitioners of all levels to join on a transformative journey, exploring the profound connection between mind and body through yoga. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or new to yoga, experience the joy of fostering overall well-being under my guidance.

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Sands of serenity schedule

DAY 1 – May 2 Arrival in Marrakech and overnight stay at Riad Soukaina Yoga session with Stefania

DAY 2 – May 3 Morning session with Stefania Taxi ride from Marrakech to M’Hamid El Ghizlane (7 hours drive – a lunch and stretching break is planned on the way) Arrival in M’Hamid, meeting with the team of nomadic guides, and departure for a first evening by the fire on the outskirts of the village Yoga session

DAY 3 to 6 – May 4, 5, 6, 7, ARE THE DAYS OF WALKING AND YOGA PRACTICE Yoga classes – morning and evening Walking, camel trekking at the pace of the caravan (average of 2 hours of walking per day) Exploration of nomadic traditions Evening by the fire and overnight in a tent or under the stars

DAY 6 – May 8 End of the trek, walk back to the village of M’Hamid Taxi ride back to Marrakech Rest and overnight stay at Riad Soukaina in Marrakech

DAY 7 -May 9 Return home

retreat pricing

desert package

899 USD / person
  • Accommodation at hotel in Marrakesh
  • Stay in the Desert
  • 2 Yoga Sessions Per Day
  • Transport to the desert and back to hotel
  • Guided Activities
  • Cultural Experiences

TESTIMONIALS FROM STUDENTS

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FAQ's

How do I travel to Morocco?

It’s most convenient to fly directly to Marrakesh Menara Airport, which is well-connected by flights from many European cities, often with stops in major airline hubs. 

Check out these sites to help you find the right flight: Kayak / Skyscanner. Marrakesh Menara Airport is conveniently located just a short drive from the city center, making it easy to get to your final destination.

Check out these sites to help you find the right flight: Kayak / Skyscanner.  We are a about three hour drive from the airport, depending on the time of day and the amount of traffic.

European citizens generally do not require a visa to enter Morocco for tourist stays of up to 90 days. It’s important to ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of entry. Always check the latest travel guidelines from official sources or the Moroccan consulate before traveling, as visa policies can change.

 Check this link for more information on the countries that need visa: https://embassies.net/morocco-visa-exemption

In May, the climate in Marrakesh and the Sahara Desert is generally warm and inviting, making it a great time to visit:

  • Marrakesh: Expect daytime temperatures to range from the mid-70s to mid-80s °F (around 24-30°C), with cooler evenings that can drop to about 60°F (16°C). The weather is mostly sunny, making it ideal for exploring the city and its surroundings.

  • Sahara Desert: The desert experiences larger temperature swings. Daytime temperatures can soar to around 95°F (35°C) or higher, while nights are significantly cooler. Visitors should prepare for daytime heat and bring layers for the cooler evenings.

For a trip to Marrakesh and the Sahara Desert in May, you’ll want to pack a mix of clothing to accommodate warm days and cooler evenings. Here’s a suggested packing list:

  1. Lightweight, Breathable Clothing: Pack light cotton or linen clothing that covers your arms and legs to protect you from the sun and adhere to local customs, especially when visiting mosques or religious sites.

  2. Layering Options: Include a few items for layering, such as long-sleeve shirts, a lightweight sweater or fleece, and a jacket for cooler evenings and nights, particularly in the desert.

  3. Comfortable Footwear: Bring comfortable walking shoes for exploring cities like Marrakesh. For the Sahara Desert, closed-toe shoes or sturdy sandals suitable for sand and possibly rocky terrain are essential.

  4. Sun Protection: Don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and a high SPF sunscreen to protect against the sun’s rays, which can be especially intense in the desert.

  5. Scarf or Shawl: A scarf or shawl is versatile for both sun protection during the day and warmth at night. It can also be used for modesty in more conservative areas.

  6. Backpack or Day Bag: A small backpack or day bag will be useful for carrying water, snacks, camera, and other essentials during day trips or excursions.

  7. Swimwear: If your accommodation has a pool or if you plan to visit a hammam (traditional bathhouse), bring swimwear.

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