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

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 […]

Buying Argane Oil in Morocco – Is it Real?

pure argane oil in Morocco

Of all the things to buy when travelling in Morocco, argane oil would seem to be one of the best value. You might have seen tiny bottles of argane oil for sale in cosmetics store in Europe for 30 or 40 euros as it becomes yet another hyped item to restore youth, vitality, eliminate wrinkles […]

Who Comes on the Retreats?

music on the retreat

When I made the first Sahara Retreat I thought it would be a bunch of hardcore travellers sitting around the fire trading outlandish stories from the road. When the first group turned up I discovered that while some people had been around the world and had some tales up their sleeves, most people were in […]

How to Travel Safely in Morocco

Moroccan in Marrakech

Moroccans are famous for being argumentative, persistent and solicitous and many first-time travellers in Morocco can feel a bit overwhelmed when they arrive to Marrakech and someone tries to charge them 10 euros just for showing them the way to the hotel! It’s important to understand, however, that the young guy who hassle you in […]

Why Being Loved is More Important Than Being Liked

Anyone interested in understanding the subtleties of human identity and love could do worse than read the novels of Jonathan Franzen. He also gave  a commencement address at his old college a couple of years ago that struck a powerful chord in our changing times. He begins by observing how the word ‘sexy’ is ubiquitiously linked to […]

The Next Time Someone Asks “How Are You?” Reply With a Dance!

dance how are you

When someone asks ‘How are you?’ you know they’re not expecting an honest answer. Which is why when you learn a foreign language it’s the first phrase you learn along with ‘Fine, thanks!’ It would be strange, after all, to meet an acquaintance in the street who began to tell you in detail about a […]

Yoga in the West

yoga retreats in the modern world

These days yoga has been pretty much stripped of most of its Eastern mystique. The average dating profile is likely to list yoga among their interests along with R&B, Louis Vitton and Rihanna. Yoga is another feel-good therapy along with Pilates and aerobics. When Westerners first came to India in sizeable numbers in the 30’s […]

Where I Got the Idea to Make the Sahara Retreat

traveller caravan

In 2010 I was feeling pretty excited because looming on the horizon was the Road Junky Film Festival – a hybrid event where we were going to show short films about travel and also have travellers come in to give motivating speeches and tell stories about their journeys around the world. We worked for 5 […]

Why a Dance Retreat?

Moonlight dance retreat

If you’re wondering why the next retreat on the beach in Cyprus will have a focus on dance rather than yoga, the answer is simple. I’ve always loved dancing. I spent 5 winters in Goa back in the 90’s and once a week or so I would go down to the beach to dance all […]

The Effect of Tourism in the Sahara

sahara house in morocco

Everyone likes to think they’re a traveller rather than a tourist. Indeed, Road Junky was set up on that premise in the spirit of  travel writer, Paul Theroux’s quote: ‘Travellers don’t know where they’re going. Tourists don’t know where they’ve been.’ But without speaking Arabic or Berber what kind of impression can we have of […]

The Sahara Retreat in French, German, Spanish and Italian

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It’s one thing to offer something of value, it’s another thing for people to find it. A friend on the last retreat pointed out to me that people tend to search in Google in their own language first, even if they will also search in English. So it was a total no-brainer that the retreat […]

How Rainbow Gatherings Trained Me to Run Retreats

rainbow gathering retreats

For the last 6 years or so I’ve been going to Rainbow Gatherings – autonomous, free-spirited gatherings in nature for a month at a time without electric, alcohol, commerce or anyone in charge. The ‘Rainbow Family’ welcomed me whole-heartedly and whether there were 50 people gathered or 2000, it was always worthwhile tracking down the gatherings […]

Where to Make a Summer Retreat on the Beach?

beach camp

I’ve been looking for a good location for summer meditation retreats or dance retreats for some time now but the trouble is there are just too many people in the world. Just about every little secluded beach has been discovered and developed, or else it’s national park land and we can’t get permission to camp […]