Creativity and Yoga Retreat

Near Marrakesh, Morocco

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Atlas Mountains, Exotic gardens, Creative workshops

Overview

Standing before the soaring Atlas Mountains, surrounded by 16 acres of gardens and fragrant olive groves, discover the Creativity and Yoga Retreat this October. An exclusive estate situated South of Marrakech, the thick, monastic walls ought to seem intimidating but after catching a few glimpses of the mesmerising views far and wide, a delightful raise of reassurance is delivered.

Rooted in Moroccan culture and tradition, the subtlety is brilliantly blended into the interior of the estate. From pleasant warmth bouncing off the walls to the exotic plantations and flourishing blooms in the gardens. Azaren will introduce a space of modernity, infected by Moroccan energy to guests. No distraction too large or small, worries and stress will fade into a puddle of forgotten at the doorway. Exchange fast-pace with go-slow and let this be an opportunity to take a well-deserved screen-break, to focus on connecting with nature and true self, uncovering goals and dreams.

The dramatic backdrop will boast a modest and meditative aura, ideal for spending a moment of stillness alone, focusing on breathing or simply embracing the outdoors. Mornings will begin with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, carried out outside by the pool carved from cool stone, greeting the rising sun. As the ethereal lights sweep across the water, moods will improve and spirits uplifted, alleviating tension, stress and anxiety.

In the evening, time will be dedicated to reflection and introspection through Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra, before retreating to the sophisticated suites of the estate for a smooth night’s sleep.

A creative writing workshop will help guests align with purpose, goals and dreams through understanding the importance of “making it right in the mind.” In the digital age, where the traditional pen and paper concept seems devoid, we will demonstrate the validity of writing down goals, desires and dreams to gather a clearer path towards achieving these objectives. Connecting guests to the earth when the world might as well be coming undone, a magic clay workshop will turn off a higher level of thinking, letting go and giving in to the unpredictability of it. A one of a kind cooking healthy Moroccon workshop will be also part of this programme.

Opportunities to unwind with a book outside in the hushed surrounds or exploring the expansive fields encircling the estate are aplenty and encouraged. This exclusive programme designed by Balance Holidays also includes a traditional massage or Hammam to allow guests to experience a little extra beauty and mystery of Morocco. Satisfy the curious taste buds with healthy meals prepared daily on site using organic ingredients, sourced from local producers. A stroll and exclusive dinner in Marrakech is also included as part of this programme.

Azaren will prove to be an under-the-radar escape, complete with ravishing views of unspoilt Moroccan beauty and sumptuous comfort. Most importantly, classes, activities and workshops will transform perspectives and help guests feel lighter, balanced and happier after this short break.

What's included

  • Morning Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga classes
  • Evening Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra sessions
  • Clay workshop
  • Mandala painting
  • Creative writing workshop
  • One massage or Hammam
  • Daily healthy meals
  • Historical garden walk and traditional dinner in Marrakech
  • Accommodation
  • Toiletries
  • Yoga Mats
  • Wi-Fi

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Venue

Step inside the airy spaces of Azaren to discover a sumptuous situation, designed to provide each guest with maximum comfort and minimal interference to the integrity of Azaren and Marrakech. Each suite and villa carries a unique and individual character expressed through the theme of colour. Vibrancy and vigour are two familiar features of Morocco. These elements have been generously integrated into each suite to demonstrate the bouncy cheerfulness of Moroccan culture as a gesture of warm welcome.

Room Types

The Purple Suite

The purple wonder is an echoing theme in the Purple Suite at Azaren. Sleek design with contemporary features and amenities provide a comfortable situation for guests throughout their stay. The highlight in this suite is the bathroom with an elegant, solo-standing soaking tub facing out towards the stunning views of pristine greenery. The rule here is to not offer any limitations on luxury or personal reconnection. Basic toiletries and a set of pool towels that coordinate the colour of the suite are included to help easy recognition.

The Master Suite

Carrying all essential components of a master suite bedroom, the Master Suite at Azaren will ease guests into a trance of tranquillity. In a carefully chosen soft turquoise hue, this suite is a gentle reminder of the endless possibilities waiting outside. With direct access to the exotic gardens through a set of tall doors, feel enticed to kick off the duvet sheets and begin each day rejuvenated and restored as one with the outdoors. Toiletries included.

The Coral Suite

A soft hum of coral paired against whitewashed walls. The Coral Suite is a bold but brave, bathed in a ruddy glow, a warm display in Moroccan style. Lime and khaki adds an air of intimacy and an uncanny similarity to the exterior of Azaren’s exotic gardens. Semi-high ceilings will cause minimal disturbance to a night of restful sleep. Wake determined and refreshed, ready to embrace the new day with direct access to the gardens through a set of tall glass doors or sit outside on the private porch relaxing with a book. Basic toiletries and a set of pool towels that coordinate the colour of the suite are included to help easy recognition.

The Blue Suite

Moody with a swig of suave, the tall glass doors, a direct gateway to the exotic gardens, will pull in natural light to tune down the mood into a soft mellow whine. In the intimate spaces of the Blue Suite, oak brown upholstered seats add contrast as a kind resemblance to broody nature waiting outside. A private outdoor shower is connected to the bathroom, joined through a set of sliding glass doors. Basic toiletries and a set of pool towels that coordinate the colour of the suite are included to help easy recognition.

The Saffron Villa

Inspired by the spice, the aesthetic of the Saffron Villa follows that precise colour theme. The underlying idea is to grant a space of warmth, welcoming and familiarity to Moroccan culture. Saffron is a common spice used within traditional dishes and recipes in Morocco, recognised by its vivid style and threads. Hues of dark purple and oak brown are displayed through the choice of furniture to make the spaces feel cosy and charming. A private outdoor porch, with lounger to provide maximum exposure to the outdoors, is accessible through a set of tall glass doors. An outdoor shower is connected to the bathroom, walled to grant privacy. Basic toiletries and a set of pool towels that coordinate the colour of the suite are included to help easy recognition.

The Turquoise Villa

Whimsical mixed with laidback glory, the Turquoise Villa will draw guests into a state of tranquillity, calm and peace at the doorsteps. With its own private porch at the back, indulge in utmost relaxation and privacy away from pinging phones and dirty laundry. Turquoise décor and furniture has been chosen to atone the bland white ceilings and walls. The vast walk-in bathroom and shower will make the room feel bright and airy, extending a connection with the outdoors. Basic toiletries and a set of pool towels that coordinate the colour of the suite are included to help easy recognition.

The Red Villa

Sophistication and show-stopping charm, replace the dreary moods of everyday life back at home with those in the Red Villa at Azaren. Bringing in an intense appeal to the room, florid swathes put against powdered white walls and ceiling will send guests into an embrace of warm welcoming. The marbled wall and floor bathroom has a wide window capturing the perfect view of the Atlas Mountains standing tall and humble not so far away. Direct access to the outdoors and exotic gardens can be made through the open doorway. Basic toiletries and a set of pool towels that coordinate the colour of the suite are included to help easy recognition.

The Lavender Villa

Bold, effervescent vibrancy is no stranger in Morocco. In the Lavender Villa, these elements are triumphantly integrated to provide a space of comfort and luxury. An outdoor porch is directly accessible through the tall glass doors, overlooking the exotic gardens of Azaren and not so far away, the spectacular Atlas Mountains. A private outdoor shower is connected to the bathroom and walled to guarantee discretion without limiting connection with the outdoors. Basic toiletries and a set of pool towels that coordinate the colour of the suite are included to help easy recognition.

The Orange Villa

Representing spiritual wealth, Orange is a symbolic colour in Moroccan culture thus enters the Orange Villa. Splashes of orange along the wall, carpet and furniture united with the bright sunlight drawn in from the tall, expansive glass windows and doors adds an alluring aesthetic appeal to the villa. A massive walk in marbled wall and floor shower and bathroom will further brighten the room. A private porch is located outside, complete with patio and seats, offering added opportunities to relax and unwind, soaking in the splendour of outside. Basic toiletries and a set of pool towels that coordinate the colour of the suite are included to help easy recognition.

Shared Spaces

Be in the company of likeminded individuals and uncover the magnificence and brilliance of human connection in the communal spaces of Azaren. A heated swimming pool carved out of cool stone sits outside before the mountains. Other amenities open to guests throughout the stay to further encourage camaraderie include a fully equipped Hammam spa, relaxation room and massage room, tennis court, billiard room, TV room and living room spaces. The high ceilings and tall glass windows and doors will add an air of crisp freshness and convincing comfort to help guests feel welcomed to Azaren in Morocco.

Food and Cuisine

Vibrancy with a myriad of flavours are two distinctive characteristics of Morocco and to no surprise, both elements extend into the kitchens too. Tailored to meet even the most discerning tastes of a diverse group, healthy meals following original recipes will be provided and included as part of this programme. All meals will be prepared in the estate kitchen using locally sourced, organic ingredients and extra virgin olive oil. Please notify us of any dietary requirements or intolerances.

The Ambience

Standing on a quiet stretch in a secluded corner South of Marrakech, Morocco is the Azaren estate. With sweeping views of the Atlas Mountains, the refined grounds and gardens team arty bohemian with relaxed Zen, granting guests a natural detox from the fast-paced city life. Behind the stark, burly stonewalls, the essence of Azaren and Marrakech take their rightful places to create a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. Contemporary style kitted with the vibrancy inspired by the land itself, stress and worries will ebb away after gathering the first glimpses of the estate and the encircling landscapes. Experience undisturbed tranquillity and let the picturesque scenery work their magic to help soothe and heal the body, mind and spirit.

Location

A city of true fascination, Marrakech is a colourfully embellished jewel in the heart of Morocco. Stemmed in rich history, culture and deep traditions, get ready to be lost in the ancient souks, indulging on mint teas or admiring artful pieces in the local museums. A dull moment is not a possibility here in Marrakech with tinkering wares and shiny tile works igniting curiosity at every turn of a corner. The most elegant and entrancing of them all would certainly be heading to a roof top restaurant to admire sundown, setting before the Atlas Mountains. A truly marvellous sight to behold!

Practical Info

How to get there

30km South of Marrakech Menera Airport, Azaren is only a short drive away. Taxis are available outside of the airport and will be able to bring you directly to the estate by providing the below driving directions. Alternatively, the estate will be happy to organise a transfer for you through for their preferred local company. This transfer service will entail a separate fee, not included as part of this programme. If local traffic conditions permit, the total journey time will be no more than 25 minutes.

Driving Directions

– From Marrakech Menera Airport, follow directions towards Ourika and Oukaimden

– Follow road for 30km until you reach a roundabout controlled by traffic lights (this should be the very first roundabout you meet since driving out of Marrakech Menera airport)

– At the roundabout, take the first exit and turn right in the direction towards Tahanaout

– Follow the road for about 1km. The entrance into Azaren is on the right, at the top of the hill. Once close to the destination, please contact the custodian at the entrance on the following number: +212 610595890

Check-in / Check-Out

Our Creativity and Yoga Retreat will begin on 23rdOctober 2019. An arrival and initiation ceremony will take place at 5pm therefore we suggest booking tickets with an arrival time that allows sufficient time for travel from the airport to the estate. As a general rule, guests will be allowed to check-in from 2pm on the day of arrival. On the day of departure, this programme includes activities scheduled until 4pm however you are welcome to depart earlier to suit your personal agenda. Please contact us if you have any further enquiries regarding check-in and check-out.

What to pack

Access to the estate’s swimming pool, spa, relaxation room and massage room and tennis court will be open for access to guests throughout the retreat therefore we suggest bringing some comfortable workout clothes and bathing suits.