Markets, Magic & Mountains Marrakech, Morocco May 2nd  - 9th, 2020
Markets, Magic & Mountains Marrakech, Morocco May 2nd  - 9th, 2020
Markets, Magic & Mountains Marrakech, Morocco May 2nd  - 9th, 2020
Markets, Magic & Mountains Marrakech, Morocco May 2nd  - 9th, 2020
Markets, Magic & Mountains Marrakech, Morocco May 2nd  - 9th, 2020
Markets, Magic & Mountains Marrakech, Morocco May 2nd  - 9th, 2020
Markets, Magic & Mountains Marrakech, Morocco May 2nd  - 9th, 2020
Markets, Magic & Mountains Marrakech, Morocco May 2nd  - 9th, 2020
Markets, Magic & Mountains Marrakech, Morocco May 2nd  - 9th, 2020
Markets, Magic & Mountains Marrakech, Morocco May 2nd  - 9th, 2020
Markets, Magic & Mountains Marrakech, Morocco May 2nd  - 9th, 2020
Markets, Magic & Mountains Marrakech, Morocco May 2nd  - 9th, 2020
Markets, Magic & Mountains Marrakech, Morocco May 2nd  - 9th, 2020

Markets, Magic & Mountains

Marrakech, Morocco

May 2nd - 9th, 2020
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My vacation with Escape To Shape to Morocco was one of my favorite vacations yet! The Escape To Shape team was a ton of fun, very attentive and knowledgeable, making me feel safe and comfortable in an exotic place. Having traveled much of Europe and other parts of the world, this was a preferable way to experience a country and culture fully. The itinerary was full of experiential cultural activities. The yoga and exercise programs were well woven into the experience as a whole. The accommodations were great and had obviously been given much care and thought. The food was wonderful and true to the culture. There was much laughing and moments of peace and relaxation. All in all, if you are thinking of planning a great vacation with great people and experiences, Escape To Shape is the way to go. I will definitely be joining them on more trips!

-- livetotravel


Wellness

Yoga. Meditation. Fitness Training. Hiking. Hammam.

Nourishment

Delicious local & seasonal cuisine, such as seven vegetable couscous, flavorful tagines & creative soups & vegetables, plus plenty of saffron & cinnamon, mint tea and pistachios. Plus, enjoy a hands-on cooking class so you can impress friends & family back home. Gluten free or vegan? We've got you covered!

Home

Our own private Kasbah. Need we say more? If villa living is your thing, this Escape is for you. Complete with private staff, chef, guides & drivers, this Morocco-meets-Modern villa provides plenty of opportunities for lounging between activities.

Give Back

Join us at a local Berber school to donate supplies & small toys, spreading joy in simple ways, and giving a bit back to the local people of the area.

Unique

Love to shop & be on the cutting edge of fashion? The markets will not disappoint! Nor will all the insider access to designers, artisans and boutiques. Tres chic!


Join ESCAPE TO SHAPE on an exclusive journey to magical Marrakech, Morocco. Experience the vast wonders of this exotic city- a combination of luxurious accommodations in a private desert Kasbah, results driven + fun & sweaty fitness classes, rich Arabic traditions, chaotic marketplaces, hidden treasures of the souks and breathtaking natural beauty- from the desert and the garden of YSL to the majestic Atlas Mountains. Along with the cultural and natural wonders, guests will enjoy an invigorating yet relaxing hammam, meandering through the marketplace, belly-dancing lessons, a camel trek through Berber villages and a cooking class on how to prepare traditional Moroccan cuisine, plus many other cultural surprises.


Includes

  • 7 nights luxury accommodations in an exclusive Moroccan Desert Villa. Each luxurious room is spacious with an en suite bathroom, terrace, air conditioning and deluxe amenities.
  • 3 delicious & healthy meals & snacks reflective of the region & the season provided daily. Meals will be enjoyed in the private villa and in some of Marrakech’s chic restaurants & cafes. Alcohol is available at an extra rate, based upon consumption.
  • ​Yoga & Meditation
  • Fitness Training
  • Morning Power Walks
  • Guided hike and Berber picnic in the Atlas Mountains
  • A guided walking historical tour of the ancient Medina
  • An ‘insider access’ guided shopping tour of the Medina & French Quarter
  • A camel trek through a berber village.
  • A visit to the famed Majorelle Gardens (YSL Gardens)
  • Cooking demonstration focusing on healthy ways to enjoy the foods of the region at home
  • Group hammam experience
  • Free time to relax poolside or enjoy the private villa spa
  • Round trip ground transportation from the Marrakech Menara airport (RAK) to the Villa.
  • Additional Cultural Surprises
  • Tax

Rate

Private Room: $6200
Shared Room: $5000

$2500 non-refundable deposit per person. Please refer to the policies page of our website for our complete cancellation policy.


Accommodations

While in Marrakech guests will stay in an authentic Moroccan desert style home, perfectly situated between the majestic Atlas Mountains and the exotic Medina. The Kasbah-style villa is uniquely decorated with a crisp, modern twist, cleverly combining traditional Moroccan colors, textures and fabrics with a modern play of light and comfort. Each suite is spacious and airy with a private en-suite bathroom, terrace, air conditioning and amenities, decorated in a traditional Moroccan meets modern style- from antique furniture carved out of solid walnut to leather club chairs and carpets from the Middle Atlas region. The expansive property is complete with a heated pool, jacuzzi, a traditional Berber tent, ideal for afternoon tea or post dinner conversation and an exquisite rose garden that splashes color throughout the property. Additionally, the property is host to a variety of unique indoor & outdoor spaces, ideal for inspiring each yoga & fitness class.

 


Sample Itinerary & Menu

Sample Days At Escape To Shape: Marrakech

Please note all activities are optional

DAY 1

7:00 - 10:00 am - Breakfast Available At Your Leisure

6:45 am-8:00am - Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation (with optional time to journal)

9:00 am – Fitness Training 

11:00 am - Depart for Medina- excursion includes a bit of shopping, lunch & private guided historical tour. Discover the history, architecture & culture.

6:00 pm -  Restorative Yoga and Meditation

8:00 pm - Dinner

DAY 2

7:00-10:00 am - Breakfast Available At Your Leisure

6:45 am - 8:00am - Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation (with optional time to journal)

9:00 am - Power Walk & Local School Visit

1:00 pm - Lunch

2:30 pm - Camel Trek through local Berber village

5:00 pm - Restorative Yoga and Meditation

6:00 pm - Cooking demonstration 

8:00 pm - Dinner

SAMPLE MENU

DAY 1

Breakfast

Egg fritatta with zucchini 

Home made muslei with dried fruits & home made cashew nut milk

Fresh fruits

Fresh juice

Coffee & tea

Lunch

Gazpacho

Salad of grilled chicken, chickpea & almonds with olive oli, lemon & herbs 

Fresh figs & honey

Mid-afternoon Snack -  hummus with carrot & celery sticks 

Dinner

Harira

Trout tagine & couscous

Lemon sorbet

DAY 2

Breakfast

Scambled eggs with spinach

Raw oatmeal with almond mil & mixed berries

Fresh fruits

Fresh juice

Coffee & tea

Lunch

Moroccan eggplant & tomato salad

Salad Nicoise 

Sliced oranges with cinnamon 

Mid-afternoon Snack- Banana & cashew nut smoothie

Dinner

Steamed artichoke

Chicken, oilve & preserved lemon tagine  

Gazelle's Horn (almond pastery) 

Chocolate mouse 'shots'   


Teachers

Elizabeth Rossa

Elizabeth Rossa is the founder/director of SHRIYOGA, once upon a time known as the celebrated Tribeca studio voted “Best Next Generation of Yoga” by New York Magazine in 2005. Since departing its original space at 443 Greenwich Street in 2009, Shriyoga has operated as an underground laboratory of genuine yoga, meditation and Self-Inquiry practices in the private home lofts of some of our most dedicated students. It continues to be a remarkable experiment in community and sharing! Originally certified to teach yoga 18 years ago by notable master teachers, Erich Schiffman and Max Strom, Elizabeth remains as dedicated to her on-going studies as she is to teaching. Her principal teachers are the incomparable meditation/tantric philosophy master, Sally Kempton and the wildly brilliant yoga/philosophy master Richard Freeman. Elizabeth credits Sally Kempton as her primary influence and mentor of 15 years, and honors her teachings, along with Richard Freeman’s, as the foundation of what she offers in her classes. She respectfully acknowledges each of them, along with teacher, Mary Taylor (one of the yoga world’s genuine gems) for giving her the model of what it means to teach with the highest of integrity in the now Information Age when the subject of truth is a matter of great debate. Further training and certification credentials include Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor’s month-long Ashtanga Teacher Training at their Yoga Workshop and subsequent, yearly advanced intensives; Two year-long “ Transformative Journey” courses with Sally Kempton, including her 2007 Meditation Teacher Training; Kundalini Yoga with Guru Singh as taught by Yogi Bhajan at Yoga West, LA; Reiki Mastership through Wendy Miner of Memorial Sloane-Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Center; extensive silent retreat experience and Self-Inquiry practice with Adyashanti and most currently, Tibetan Buddhist philosophical study with Robert Thurman and Iyengar yoga with Genny Kapuler. With immense gratitude she bows to Ram Dass as the teacher who opened the gates to an ever-unfolding devotional love. His teachings of his direct experience with Neem Karoli Baba intimately shifted Elizabeth’s perspective of what it is “to be here now” and more acutely to be “still here.” As a contemporary teacher of yoga, meditation and Self-Inquiry practices, Elizabeth holds space “to study” our embodiment. She offers a fresh perspective, which allows the ancient and esoteric to become contemporary and real. Students are encouraged to cultivate curiosity as they pause, breathe and sense into the internal cues of Life coursing through them in order to align even within a rigorous practice. Yoga as a healing art is revealed. Primarily committed to Shriyoga’s NYC laboratory classes and private lessons, Elizabeth has also taught retreats with Sally Kempton at the Mount Madonna Center and Kripalu, on Ram Dass’ December 2010 retreat in Maui and has assisted Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor at both their Yoga Workshop in Boulder and at the Menla Mountain Retreat in upstate NY. The locations of her other international retreats and workshops have included Tokyo, Luang Prabang, Tulum, Sicily, Morocco, Costa Rica, Italy and Bangkok. She has also offered her expertise as part of the teacher training faculty of Sonic Yoga in NYC, the faculty of the Open Center in NYC and as a past guest presenter at Kripalu. She is looking forward to new collaborations in 2020 including an on-line mentorship/study of the Yoga Sutra, and the worldwide release of original mantra music through the collective, Laboratory of the Self!

Erica Gragg

Yoga Teacher/Fitness Trainer/Curator

Erica is an acclaimed yoga teacher, known for teaching a strong, yet playful Vinyasa flow practice. She is largely inspired by the journey of yoga, the subtle to the grand discoveries each individual makes through their practice, inviting students to have fun while experiencing their body in a whole new way through each unique practice. With classes always set to music, from tribal, to lounge to classic rock songs, students are able to find their own personal rhythm and expression through each asana. Additionally, Erica is co-founder and co-owner of Escape To Shape, which she created to fill a gap in the travel & wellness market- combining her two passions into one unique, memorable and results-driven holiday. Erica contributes to AFAR, Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Charlotte's Book and Well + Good, amongst others, as a Travel & Wellness Expert.