A new location in the dunes for the retreat!

sahara camp erg chebbi

I’ve been running retreats in the Moroccan Sahara deep in the dunes of the Erg Chebbi since 2011. The first thing I noticed when I went to scout for  location were all the other tourists who flew to Morocco, drove 10 hours to the Sahara, jumped on a camel and spent one night in the […]

Sahara Desert Tours in Morocco – Camels and Camping

camel tour desert

You won’t have been in Marrakech for more than half an hour before someone stops you in the street and asks, ‘excuse me, desert excursion?’ If you so much as blink they’ll then show you photos of the camel tour of your dreams, the desert camp, the rolling sand dunes of the Sahara and the […]

A Holiday in Morocco – Travel or Tourism?

morocco tourists on holiday

So you’re planning your holiday in Morocco and you go a Morocco travel guide like the Lonely Planet and learn that: Morocco is the thrill of a hidden alley Morocco is a salty breeze Morocoo is the richness of the desert It seems unlikely many Moroccans would give these answers if they were asked what […]

The Sandiest Yoga Retreat in Morocco

yoga retreat morocco

Most of us in the Western world imagine yoga as something to be done in a studio with polished wooden floors with foam mats spread out and maybe even a wall-length mirror. But of course yoga got along fine for the last 7000 years or so without any of that. But these days when people […]

Can a retreat be without a dogma?

Not a robe to be seen

I created this retreat in part because we couldn’t find anything similar that I could go on. I looked around at the yoga retreats and meditation centre on offer in Morocco and in Europe and they were either way too expensive or else came with the tacit assumption that one would subscribe to their underlying […]

Retreats in Morocco, Lapland and Where Else?

retreat in finland

The retreats in Morocco that we run are all about personal growth. So what kind of example would we set if we weren’t also growing and changing? We began in 2011 with meditation retreats in the Sahara Desert and then starting expanding to include yoga retreats in Morocco with dance workshops, too. Then in 2015 […]

Is it safe to travel to Morocco? Yes..

moroccan terrosits?

Recently the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris have led many travellers and tourists to ask if it’s safe to travel to Morocco now. With the news full of the threat from IS and the refugee crisis pushing nationalist buttons all over Europe, it might not seem like the best moment to visit and Arabic country. […]

Things to do in Morocco?

morocco tourism

You know, you can organisa a great retreat that changes people’s lives, you can have an amazing location, you can make it cheaper than other retreats in Morocco, but if no one hears about it then none of that matters. A large part of my work in running the meditation, yoga and dance retreats in […]

The Joy of Dance on the Sahara Retreat

dance retreat in merzouga, morocco

When most people think of a dance retreat they probably imagine teams of choreographed dancers going through a complicated kinetic routine. Or else everyone dressed up in traditional clothes doing circle dances with their hands on their hips. The dance retreat in Morocco this January is a bit different. Imagine dance as a form of […]

Yoga on the February Retreat with Morgan Palmer Hubbard

yoga retreat in morocco

We’re happy to have Morgan Palmer Hubbard teaching yoga on the Sahara retreat in Morocco this February. We asked him to write a few words for the yoga program and he wrote a little essay which we thought we’d share here! ‘I came to yoga at 19 to help deal with a profound scoliosis that […]

The Strange and Wonderful People Who Come on the Morocco Retreat

retreat people in the desert

From time to time as I go to Rainbow Gatherings and festivals (including the Road Junky Festival of Creativity) I meet people who have been on previous retreats in the Sahara and it’s quite confusing to see them in another context. Over 150 souls have come on the meditation and yoga retreats in Morocco now […]

Summer yoga and meditation retreats in the Sahara?

sahara desert summer

Not a chance. The temperatures reach up to the mid 40’s, it’s Ramadan and so everyone is in a bad mood from fasting all day, and the wind picks up the tiny granules of sand and throws them in your face like a sadistic hair drier intent on removing several layers of skin. We only […]

Where to Do Yoga in Morocco – Retreats and Centers

yoga retreat in morocco sahara desert

While we run our own yoga retreat each winter, usually the full moon after our meditation retreat, people sometimes ask us where they can go to make yoga and find some spiritual vibes the rest of the year. Obviously Morocco is a Muslim country and is a good deal culturally removed from India and there […]

The Yoga Retreat March 2015

yoga retreat in Morocco

The yoga retreat this March was one of the easiest that I’ve organised. The weather in the Sahara was warm even at night, there was no wind and the group that came were so easy-going and gentle that the whole week was like sitting by a river and just watching it flow by contentedly. For […]

Stillness in Mind – A Book on Mindfulness by Simon Cole

mindfulness meditation

How mindfulness migrated from traditional Buddhist meditations to mainstream acceptance in modern psychology is something of a mystery. Having dedicated our intellectual resources to trying to understand the mind, we’ve finally come to the conclusion accepted in Asia for a couple of thousand years that it’s also key to know how to control the mind. […]

The Meditation Retreat January 2015

Not a robe to be seen

This was the largest retreat we’ve ever run and I was a little nervous when I saw all the people get off the bus and just keep getting off, handshakes and hugs in all directions as everyone breathed in their first bit of desert air. Including musicians, teachers and one journalist, we were 36 people […]

The Spirit of Play

playing on the retreat in morocco

The first year I ran the meditation retreat in the Sahara I watched with wonder at the change that came upon everyone as they entered the dunes; we had been walking for about 45 minutes since we left the village and as we climbed the first sandy crest it was as though the years faded […]

What is Meditation?

meditation technique

There’s an old story about a monk in a monastery who asks his guru: ‘Master, what is meditation?’ The guru keeps silent, however, and the monk gets back to his duties working the garden and continues to rise each morning to meditate before dawn though he hasn’t received an answer. The next year he asks […]

How to Travel as a Woman Alone in Morocco

don't dress sexy in morcco

Many women coming to Morocco are understandably nervous about travelling in a country with such a male-dominated culture and ask us whether it’s safe for them to travel alone. Since Easyjet and Ryanair started flying to Morocco things have improved a lot and the tourist police make sure that no one gets hassled too much. […]

How to Haggle and Bargain in Morocco


For many travellers bargaining in Morocco is a total hassle. You see something that you want to buy, you ask how much it is, and you’re asked: how much you give? You have no idea how much the pot/shirt/spices are actually worth and now instead of trying to work out if you can afford it you’re […]