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
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?
Where to Do Yoga in Morocco – Retreats and Centers
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
Stillness in Mind – A Book on Mindfulness by Simon Cole
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
What is Meditation?
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
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
Buying Argane Oil in Morocco – Is it Real?
Who Comes on the Retreats?
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
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!
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
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
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?
The Effect of Tourism in the Sahara
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 […]