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Sahara Desert

Moroccan Odyssey 

9 days of

Nov 3-11th, 2023

Encounter the Mystery

and come to life.

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. 

Join Waking Nomad on a 9 day trip to enchanting Morocco! 


Immerse yourself in soul-stirring experiences, from the rich history of Meknes to the tranquil sands of the Sahara Desert. Come alive through a fusion of mind-body practices, cultural immersion, and awe-inspiring landscapes.

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Enchanting History

Marvel at captivating cities, ancient medinas, and mesmerizing natural wonders. Savor authentic Moroccan cuisine and indulge in a rejuvenating spa experience. From Casablanca to Meknes, Zaida to Merzouga, Fes to the Sahara Desert, this retreat will inspire you to awaken your true essence and embrace your limitless potential.

The Rhythms of the Sahara

Journey to the heart of the Sahara Desert. Climb atop a majestic camel and set off on a once-in-a-lifetime trek across the golden sands, as the desert's timeless beauty unfolds before your eyes. Let the tranquility and vastness of the desert captivate your senses as you ride through the stunning landscapes.  

Beautiful Accomodation

Situated in the heart of the Medina of Meknes, the Riad D'Or — built in 1791 and recently restored — is one of the most beautiful guest houses or 'riads' in Meknes. Its elegantly-furnished, traditional Moroccan rooms are surrounded by patios, terraces, and authentic flourishes. Featuring a large outdoor swimming pool and a rooftop terrace perfect for yoga, with 360-degree views of the city.

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Travel and Transformation

When we step outside of our known environments we have an opportunity to encounter ourselves with a fresh vision.  We can allow the old identities to fall away and make a more authentic home for ourselves within the calm still core of our being.  This trip will open your eyes to new worlds where you will rediscover a connection to wonder and possibility.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Morocco – Journey to Meknes, shake off the travel, connect with your group and a welcome dinner

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The moment you step off the plane at Casablanca Airport, your journey begins. Our enchanting wellness and adventure retreat will revitalize your mind, body, and soul in the heart of this mesmerizing country.

You'll be greeted by our friendly staff and whisked away in a comfortable group transfer for a scenic 3-hour journey to our charming accommodation in Meknes, one of Morocco's four imperial cities. Nestled between the Rif and Middle Atlas mountains, this vibrant city is known for its stunning architecture, rich cultural heritage, and the impressive Bab Mansour gate. Settle in and take some time to relax. Use this time to release whatever is happening back home and set your intentions for the next eight days.

As the sun sets, we'll close out the day with a welcome dinner at the riad. Here, you'll be treated to an array of mouthwatering Moroccan dishes, bursting with flavors that are sure to delight your palate. Dine under the stars and share stories, laughter, and experiences with your fellow travelers, deepening the bonds that will grow throughout the retreat. This is just the beginning of a transformative experience that will leave you feeling recharged, inspired, and truly alive.

Day 2

Discover the enchantment of Meknes with a day of cultural immersion

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Awaken your senses and invigorate your spirit as you embark on a day of exploration and rejuvenation in Meknes. Start your morning with a yoga/embodiment practice that will set the stage for the day. Then you’ll enjoy a nourishing breakfast, fueling your body for the adventures that lie ahead. Step back in time as you venture into the heart of Meknes on a guided tour of the city's enchanting medina. Meknes offers a unique glimpse into local life, remaining relatively undiscovered by tourists. Wander the winding streets, absorb the vibrant atmosphere, and delve into the rich history that permeates every corner of this captivating city.

After soaking in the magic of Meknes, return to the riad to enjoy a delicious lunch, featuring an array of delectable Moroccan dishes. With your appetite satisfied, it's time to allow the day's experiences to deepen your connection with yourself and the world around you. Savor the free time in the afternoon, relax by the pool, explore the riad's surroundings, or share stories with your fellow retreat participants.

As the sun begins to set, we'll whisk you away to a local home, where you'll be warmly welcomed by a Moroccan family for an unforgettable dinner experience. Break bread, share laughter, and immerse yourself in the authentic warmth of Moroccan hospitality. After bidding farewell to your gracious hosts, return to the riad for a night of rest and relaxation, as you reflect on the day's journey and look forward to the transformative experiences that await you during the remainder of your retreat.

Day 3

Travel to Fes for a guided tour, marvel at the history and indulge in the local cuisine

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After morning yoga and breakfast at the riad, board our comfortable transfer and set off for the magical city of Fes, renowned for its mesmerizing blend of ancient architecture, rich heritage, and bustling energy. Led by an expert guide, you'll navigate the labyrinthine streets of the medina, losing yourself in the vibrant sights, sounds, and scents that surround you. Along the way, savor a scrumptious lunch, immersing yourself in the local flavors and culinary traditions of the country.

You’ll return to the riad to enjoy some free time to reflect on the day's experiences, relax by the pool, or connect with your fellow retreat participants.

As evening approaches, venture out to a local restaurant for dinner, tasting an array of mouthwatering Moroccan dishes as you share stories and laughter with newfound friends.

This unforgettable day will leave you with lasting memories and a deeper sense of connection with yourself and the world around you.

Day 4

Journey to Azrou for a hike in the mountains before stopping in Zaida for the night

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After checking out of our riad in Meknes, we'll board our transfer and head towards Azrou, a picturesque town nestled in the mountains. The journey itself will be a scenic one, as we drive through stunning landscapes and take in the natural beauty of Morocco.

Upon arriving in Azrou, we'll embark on a refreshing hike in the hills, surrounded by lush greenery and breathtaking vistas. The crisp mountain air and serene surroundings will provide a perfect opportunity to slow down, connect with nature, and rejuvenate our minds and bodies.

After our hike, we'll continue our journey to Zaida, a peaceful town located at the base of the mountains. Here, we'll check into our riad for the night, a tranquil retreat where we can relax and unwind. As the evening approaches, we'll enjoy a delicious dinner at the riad, under the glittering stars that adorn the night sky, creating a magical ambiance.

Day 5

Unveil the hidden gems of the desert with tours of Rissani and Merzouga

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Begin your day with an enlivening movement practice and a nourishing breakfast, energizing yourself for the thrilling experiences that await. Today, we say goodbye to Zaida and delve into the heart of Rissani and Merzouga, two hidden gems nestled in the vast expanse of the Moroccan desert. We’ll start our exploration in the intriguing town of Rissani, an ancient crossroads of civilizations and a gateway to the Sahara Desert. Led by an expert guide, you'll immerse yourself in the local history, culture, and traditions, marveling at the town's unique charm and allure. Here, satisfy your appetite with a delectable lunch at a local restaurant, indulging in the mouth-watering flavors and culinary delights of the region. With your hunger sated, continue your journey to the enchanting village of Merzouga, where you'll have ample free time to explore, connect with the local community, or simply unwind and soak in the tranquility of the desert.

As the day begins to wane, we’ll head to our next hotel, where you'll have some leisurely free time to relax, connect with fellow retreat participants, and enjoy a delicious dinner on-site, savoring the flavors of Morocco and reflecting on the day's adventures.

Day 6

Take in the rhythms of the Sahara as you travel by camel to your luxury desert oasis

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Begin your day with a rejuvenating yoga session, allowing yourself to find harmony and balance as you prepare for the day's adventures. Afterward, enjoy a hearty breakfast and some leisurely free time to relax, explore, or connect with your fellow retreat participants.

After a delicious lunch at the riad, it's time to bid farewell to your accommodation and embark on a mesmerizing journey to the heart of the Sahara Desert. Climb atop a majestic camel and set off on a once-in-a-lifetime trek across the golden sands, as the desert's timeless beauty unfolds before your eyes. Let the tranquility and vastness of the desert captivate your senses as you ride through the stunning landscapes.

Upon arrival at your high-end camp, check in to your lavish tent and prepare to be swept away by the allure of the desert. As the sun begins to set, gather for a soothing meditation session, allowing the enchanting stillness of the Sahara to deepen your sense of inner peace and presence. Feel the serenity of the desert as you connect with nature and yourself in this unique setting.

With the evening stretching out before you, enjoy some free time to explore the camp, stargaze, or simply share stories and laughter with your fellow travelers. As night falls, indulge in a sumptuous dinner under the starlit sky, savoring the delicious flavors and unforgettable moments that make this journey truly magical. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of the Sahara Desert, surrounded by its beauty and tranquility, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

This day will be a highlight of your Moroccan adventure, allowing you to experience the unique beauty and serenity of the Sahara Desert, and connect with yourself and nature in a truly special way.

Day 7

Journey from Sahara to Meknes, savoring the sights, the sounds, and the soul-filling experiences

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Awaken your senses with a sacred sunrise yoga and meditation session, allowing the tranquility of the desert to deepen your practice and bring balance to your mind, body, and soul. As you align with the energy of the Moroccan sands, indulge in a hearty breakfast and bid farewell to the desert camp, carrying cherished memories of your time in the Sahara.

From here, board your comfortable transfer and embark on a picturesque journey back to Meknes, a city that seamlessly blends history and modernity. Along the way, we will stop to move our bodies and take in the views. You'll also be treated to a delectable lunch, ensuring that you arrive at your destination revitalized and ready to explore.

Upon arrival in Meknes, check into your elegant property and give yourself permission to reset.  Later, enjoy a group meal, savoring the flavors of Moroccan cuisine. As the night sets in you will be guided through a soul nourishing yoga nidra practice in preparation for a peaceful night's rest.

Day 8

One last day of serenity, self-care, and celebration

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Begin your day with a morning meditation allowing the guided breathing to awaken your senses and restore balance to your body and mind. Reflect on your journey and appreciate the growth and self-discovery you have experienced throughout the retreat.

From here, enjoy a delicious breakfast, nourishing your body for a day of relaxation and bliss. With your appetite satisfied, treat yourself to some well-deserved pampering with a selection of spa treatments designed to nurture your body and spirit. Let the skilled hands of experienced therapists melt away any remaining tension, leaving you feeling deeply relaxed and refreshed.

Alternatively, you can choose to relax by the pool or enjoy some quiet time reading a book under the beautiful Moroccan sun, allowing yourself to fully soak in the serenity of the moment.

As the sun begins to set, gather with your group for a farewell dinner at the hotel. Share stories, laughter, and memories of your transformative journey and relish in the company of your fellow retreat participants.

Day 9

Today marks a soulful farewell and the beginning of new adventures...

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As your wellness retreat comes to a close, take a moment to embrace the transformative experiences and cherished memories you have created together. Begin your day with a final group session and closing circle.

Enjoy one last breakfast, savoring the flavors and nourishment of a delicious meal. Reflect on the lessons learned, the memories made, and the intentions set during your retreat, as you carry the warmth and wisdom of your experience with you into the next chapter of your adventure.

Check out of your accommodation and board your group transfer to Casablanca Airport, where you'll bid a fond farewell to the magical landscapes of Morocco.

Safe travels and be well!  Know that you have embarked on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and rejuvenation during your time in Morocco, and that you are now ready to carry these experiences with you into your future adventures. May your journey ahead be filled with joy, fulfillment, and continued well-being.

What's Included: 

  • 3 nights at Riad D’Or in Meknes

  • 1 night at Hotel Meteorites Boulajoul

  • 1 night at Kasbah Mohayut in Merzouga

  • 1 night at Paradis du Sahara in the Sahara Desert

  • 2 nights at Château Roslane in Meknes

  • Double occupancy in accommodations

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

  • Private ground transportation via Mercedes Sprinter with WiFi & water

  • English-speaking group assistant

  • Privatized yoga space with mats

  • Daily wellness sessions with Bob & Thomasina

  • All activities listed in itinerary

  • City guides in Meknes & Fes

  • Camel trek

  • Hammam OR massage

  • Local taxes and fees

  • Tips for included meals

Not Included: 

  • Flights

  • Beverages other than tea & water

  • Snacks & incidentals

  • Tips and gratuities for guides, drivers & hotels

  • Hotel services such as room service or laundry

  • Personal expenses not stipulated

  • Optional add-ons

  • Travel insurance

Cost: $3,274
(Private room upgrades available)
Easy payment options!

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