Moving in Mandalas Retreat
Time & Location
About the Event
MAY 2021 - UPDATE Due to the current world health situation to help contain the spread of Covid-19, we are rescheduling this retreat to Summer 2022. May we all be well and safe!
Join Maya Pagán and Zainab Zakari for a week of heart expanding yoga, cultural connection, and life-changing adventure in magnificent Morocco!
Follow the cycle of the rising African sun and setting desert moon with daily solar & lunar yoga practices to deepen your connection to body, mind and spirit. We will use the mandala, a sacred geometric shape symbolizing balance, harmony and cosmic wholeness to synthesize each day's discoveries. Practices will include vinyasa flow, restorative yoga and meditation. All levels are welcome. We'll also offer additional workshops off the mat to explore mandalas and chakras in daily living and how to create your own water color chakra oracle deck.
Adventures will include a guided tour of the medina (the old city), a visit to a nearby organic farm for a cooking class led by a local chef, and a day trip to hike and picnic in the Atlas Mountains. There will be shopping in the markets for textiles, spices, baskets and more, visits to hidden gardens, as well as indulging in a hammam, a traditional and unforgettable Moroccan spa experience. Other optional adventures are available as add-ons. Desert camel ride? Local wine tasting? We've taken care of every detail so that you can truly relax and enjoy!
Peacock Pavilions is a lush and peaceful oasis in the Moroccan desert, located just 10 miles outside of bustling Marrakech. Our retreat will have exclusive access to this spectacular eco-friendly, artisanal boutique hotel situated in a secluded and protected olive grove with sweeping views of the Atlas mountains. Designed and built by author, blogger and designer, Maryam Montague, and her architect husband, Chris Redecke, this 8.5 acre luxury estate has been featured in dozens of international magazines, including National Geographic Traveler, Elle Décor, House & Garden, Food & Wine. Recently Forbes Magazine named Peacock Pavilions one of the 8 most beautiful hotels in the world! The entire property has been artfully decorated with Maryam's personal collection of museum quality artifacts and colorful textiles gathered on her world travels. Guest pavilions feature soaring ceilings, majestic fireplaces, and inviting corners to gather for intimate conversation. Elegant bedrooms each feature their own beautiful bathrooms with solar heated showers. Spend your free time roaming through expansive rose gardens, sipping tea on tiled terraces, exercising in the outdoor gym beneath bougainvillea, or lounging by the serene pool and fountains. Breakfast is served en plein air serenaded by a chorus of birdsong, while some dinners will be held in the Arabian dining tent, seated on piles of cushions and handwoven rugs.
Meals feature farm-to-table, authentic Moroccan cuisine, reflecting the unique flavors and spices of North Africa and made daily onsite with local ingredients, some coming directly from the Peacock Pavilion's gardens. Enjoy estate grown olive oil, fresh squeezed orange juice, handmade yogurt and freshly baked bread everyday! The chefs take pride in delighting their guests and are happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions.
Peacock Pavilions supports Project Soar, a non-profit organization established by the hotel owners, to empower local Moroccan girls through art, sports, health and English language education. We are joining with Peacock Pavilion to donate a portion of this retreat's proceeds to Project Soar, to help teenage Moroccan girls understand their value and their rights, and find their voice as young female leaders.
Maya Pagán is a yoga instructor, art teacher and world traveler. She is the author of three published books on creativity and wellness and is committed to making yoga accessible for every BODY. Her classes focus on creating lasting transformation, both physically and spiritually. She is as passionate about movement as she is about stillness, and loves helping her students find the ultimate way to release and let go.
Zainab Zakari has been teaching yoga for over 10 years, including specialized workshops & immersions, as well as designed curriculum and co-led 200-Hour Teacher Trainings. Her flow classes are known for offering multi-layers—from the physical and the mental to the creative and the sacred. She's known for masterfully weaving in humor, poetry, and the modern world to connect with her students wherever they are on their journey. She encourages them to listen and trust their inner guide
- Luxurious, eco-Friendly accommodation (spacious bedrooms, each with private bathroom)
- Exclusive access to Peacock Pavilions’ extensive grounds
- Welcome Gathering and Dinner Party
- Delicious daily breakfast served onsite
- Most lunches and dinners*
- Daily yoga and meditation classes (mats and props provided)
- Chakra exploration workshops (art supplies provided)
- Tour guides on various day trips including a journey into the medina (old city), tour of Marjorelle Gardens, Yves Saint Laurent Museum and hiking in the Atlas Mountains
- Moroccan cooking class at an organic farm
- Traditional hammam spa treatment at Le Bains de Marrakech
- Henna Pool Party Farewell Celebration (with entertainment)
- Transportation to/from day excursions
- Airport transfers on retreat start/end days**
*special dietary restrictions can be accommodated
**airfare not included
- Airfare (low prices and direct flights are easy to find- contact us for suggestions)
- Select meals when traveling outside of Peacock Pavilions
- Personal shopping
- Wine and cocktails outside of planned cocktail gatherings
- Optional add ons, such as: Formal wine tasting, Camel rides
- Costs associated with personal, outside excursions
- Travel Insurance
PRICING & DETAILS
7 days / 6 nights (April 11-17, 2020)
Non-refundable Deposit: $750 (To hold your spot)
Inclusive Retreat Price:$2897 per person if deposit received BEFORE January 15, 2020
Inclusive Retreat Price: $3297 per person if deposit is received AFTER January15, 2020
Remaining balance is due by February 1, 2020
All rooms are shared (double occupancy) and spacious with separate beds and a private bathroom. If traveling alone, we will thoughtfully match you with a roommate.
Group size is sweet and intimate. Space is limited.
To sign up today, visit www.mayamade.com