overview

Location: Marrakech, Morocco

This is the most perfect combo of modern city and exotic desert, with invigorating yoga, special shopping, incredible eats, sunset cocktails, five-star spa and more! First, we will spend time in Marrakech in the heart of the medina. Our chic riad, after detailed renovations, resembles a building of the 19th century. Its nicely decorated spaces, with cool patios, clinking fountains and sunsets at the terrace makes it a perfect and stunning location for our special retreat. Then, we head to the famous Sahara Desert for a special 3-day, 2-night experience in this exquisite location under the stars. We will practice yoga at sunset with special music, camel rides and delicious meals. Then, we head back to Marrakech to ‘de-sand’ and spend a little more time at the famous Majorelle Gardens and extra shopping moments!

accommodations

Our stunning riad in Marrakech is a design dream with spacious rooms filled with tiles, colorful rugs and some with private balconies or a charming tea corner. Each room has a private bath. We can enjoy a variety of common areas from the scenic terrace to the indoor pool. There is a sunny patio and a rooftop terrace with umbrellas and sun beds. The location is just a 10-minute walk from the famous Jamaa El Fna Square. The air-conditioned guest rooms are decorated with antique objects brought back from foreign countries. The baths are large (some with tubs) and have super plush towels. We will practice invigorating yoga twice per day either on the sunny terrace or in the courtyard patio. The place will be JUST us yogis, so we can practice anywhere we wish! We will be here the first 4 nights and last 2 nights.

Then, we head to the Sahara Desert. Our luxurious tents include plush bedding, wall-to-wall rugs, solar powered lighting and hot water (and yes, bathrooms!) Although it is sunny and hot in the day, the nights cool off and we will be comfortable in our special deluxe accommodations. Here we will practice yoga at sunset (one for the books, that’s for sure!) There is drumming and music at night and heavenly meals. For those more adventurous we can try sand boarding and there is even biking in the dunes. Or, you can just chill in the hammocks and enjoy this majestic location.

food and dining

Each morning in we will indulge in a heavenly breakfast that we can enjoy in our private dining room or by the pool in Marrakech. In the Sahara, our breakfasts will be under beautiful, bright skies. Moroccan breakfasts are filled with fresh breads, fruits, eggs, yogurt, delicious pastries and mint tea. Two special dinners will be included in Marrakech. Typical menus contain popular dishes such as tajine or couscous, soft cheese briouats, kefta with cilantro and lemon, and smooth garbanzo bean and eggplant creams. Carefully chosen spices and nuts provide the delicious final touch. On our final evening we will enjoy ourselves in the vibrant city taking in all of the wonderful sights, sounds and flavors at an exciting, trendy and delicious local restaurant. One lunch is included on our glamorous spa day in Marrakech and cocktails and nibbly bits one evening at a chic and stunning hotel terrace. All dinners are included in the Sahara and served under the stars! Fresh bread is baked on site and we will enjoy all of the traditional flavors and dishes. Following dinner, we will enjoy music by the fire. Cold drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic are always available.

activities

YOGA: Enjoy twice daily invigorating vinyasa flow from either the airy patio or on our private sunny terrace in Marrakech. In the Sahara, we will practice in our private camp and then meditation and yin in the afternoon. You will be inspired by both locations! Your host and instructor, Shari will guide you through daily strengthening and invigorating vinyasa and core lessons in the morning and late afternoon. All of our yoga holidays are open to all-levels, but some yoga experience is recommended to fully enjoy the practice.

DESIGN + SHOPPING: We are so thrilled to bring Marlène Pauly from Coco Morocco to our retreat for our exclusive shopping tours. Prior to the retreat, we will send you a list to choose the type of shopping needs you have: clothing, rugs, furniture, jewelry, etc. Marlène is an expert in all things Moroccan and will create a plan for the group (each shopping tour is 3 persons max). She will help us find exactly what we need and want for our own personal style. For those wanting their own individual shopping, our Red Carpet Experience, we will offer this as an extra option. This is perfect for those in need of a major style change or design upgrade. With this option, Marlène will contact you prior to the retreat to discover a little more about you and your personal needs. Our shopping will take place in Marrakech as we explore everything from art to rugs, lamps to leather poufs.

OTHER EXCURSIONS/ACTIVITIES: In Marrakech, our holiday includes an incredible day at the famous La Mamounia Palace for access to the pools and fitness pavilion followed by lunch in one of two locations. We will explore the famous Majorelle Gardens and newly opened Yves Saint Laurent museum. Cocktails at sunset one evening on the roof of the ultra-chic, El Fenn. In the Sahara, we will take a camel ride at sunset and those more adventurous, there is sand boarding or biking.

Travel Details

Pricing

  • $3,710 - SHARED SUITE/ EN SUITE BATH
  • $4,175 - SINGLE ROOM/ EN SUITE BATH

Check In

4:00 PM

Check Out

10:00 AM

Directions

We will provide taxi service for pick-up from Marrakech (RAK) airport or center of Marrakech on April 7. Please arrange arrivals on April 7 by 5pm (our first activity is Welcome Dinner and Orientation). Transport via taxi to Marrakech airport on April 15 is included. Our riad will help arrange all transportation needs upon check-out. We can happily accommodate any schedule, just ask. Additional shuttle fees may apply. Options provided for hotels and travel assistance in Marrakech, if you wish to extend your stay. Packing lists will be sent prior. Explicit transportation details will be provided one week before your departure to ensure a smooth pick-up!

Terms and Conditions

Upon booking, there is a $875 USD non-refundable deposit. Final payment is due via bank transfer 45 days prior to retreat. Our full policy is online.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

accommodations 6 nights, gorgeous & private riad in Marrakech, 2-nights lux tents in Sahara
alcohol Included ONLY in the Sahara
yoga Twice daily vinyasa & core yoga
meals Daily Breakfast/Brunch, 4 dinners, one spa lunch
transfers To/from Marrakech airport, day of & departures days only
taxes
gift bag Something special for our guests
workshops Private Shopping excursion in Marrakech, Spa Day, Garden & Museums
group excursion Shopping excursion, spa day to 5-star palace, Yves St. Laurent gardens and museum
airfare
tips Gratuities not included, Recommended for staff

Testimonials for Shari Hochberg

From the moment we walked outside the Marrakesh airport, I knew this trip was going to be magical. Shari welcomed us with the biggest hug and smile and it was then I knew. Fate drew me to her! She is the most wonderful, kind hearted soul you will meet in this life. She set up gorgeous accommodations in Essaouira to start our Moroccan adventure. The riad is off the sea, with the most amazing rooftop terrace for views. We had breakfast here after yoga each morning, and boy did we need the yummy amlou and croissants after Shari’s power yoga!! We shopped with a personal shopper, navigating us through the souks, teaching us the tricks of bartering. It was divine!!! Shari also set up a wonderful camel ride on the beach. What I love about this kind soul is she only works with locals that treat animals kindly. We took a private transfer to this ranch where there were gorgeous horses and camels. Our guide had been working with camels for over 15 years. This was truly a special day. In Marrakesh she arranged for our group to have the entire riad to ourselves!! We all felt so well taken care for the entire time. I am on the plane leaving this beautiful country and I am already plotting on how to get back. Thank you Sole Yoga Holidays for knowing exactly what clients need and want for a lovely yoga vacation!
D. Neiman

The magical Morocco trip was truly life-changing. From start to finish, Shari planned out a one of a kind experience including fresh, amazing food; a unique, personal shopping experience and high-quality, personalized yoga. I tend to become overwhelmed with shopping however I felt so empowered and excited! I credit this empowerment to Marlene for her expertise and Shari for organizing the shopping experience with Coco Morocco. I now have a beautiful rug for my home that will remind me of this trip! I’m someone who is very critical of yoga instructors and Shari is one of the best. She’s knowledgeable of the body, and demonstrates a genuine interest in every person. As someone whose job includes giving to others on a daily basis, it was wonderful to have someone personally invest in my health and strength. I became so strong (mentally and physically) in just a week thanks to Shari! I also went on this trip with one of my best friends. Not only did I deepen a beautiful friendship with my travel buddy but I gained a new friendship as well! I’m already scheming when I can go on another Sole Yoga Holiday retreat with my friend, her husband and my boyfriend. Sole Yoga Holidays is unlike any other yoga retreat out there. Shari creates customized, adventure based experiences that are personalized and enrich your soul.
B. Theodore

The Zanzibar retreat is one of the best experiences I've ever had in my life. Working in the humanitarian field, I was in desperate need of rest and relaxation. Shari was so helpful leading up to the retreat, making sure I had all the info I needed for seamless travel. When I arrived at Casademare, I was truly in paradise. The facilities were absolutely stunning and so comfortable; the staff were so warm and welcoming; the food was out of this world, with delicious fresh and healthy seafood, fruit, etc; the yoga was at the perfect level, with Shari being sensitive to everyone's injuries and abilities (she even helped to fix a tight shoulder and some lower-back issues I was suffering from); and the company was truly inspiring, with great conversation and so much fun and laughter. This was exactly what I needed and, while I will be sad to go, I am re-charged to continue my work and know that I have strengthened my yoga practice and met some kindred spirits who will be friends for life, with memories that will always make me smile.
K. Dalrymple

I knew that I wanted and needed to take some time for myself and away from my hectic schedule. A yoga retreat seemed like the perfect fit. Honestly, I was a bit nervous about embarking on what felt like such a huge trip without personally knowing the yogi who was organizing. But, as soon as I emailed Shari with questions, instinct told me that this was going to be an incredibly revitalizing and just plain fun experience. From that first email to the very end of the retreat, Shari not only put my mind at ease, but offered immediate personal connections, empathy and affirmation. I was a member of this year's Moroccan retreat and every detail of the trip itself was planned to perfection. The people were lovely, the laughs were intense and the adventure was worth every penny. In terms of the yoga practice, I'm still quite new and Shari offered some suggestions that drastically changed my entire flow. She was comfortable guiding all levels of practice and always open to the group needs and desires. I cannot recommend this experience enough. I'll be back for more!
L. Bell

I'm currently in-between jobs and was looking for a getaway to get energised and inspired to start my new job search. The sole yoga Positano retreat was just what I needed and more: a stunning scenery, great group of people with different stories, delicious and healthy food and, of course, an introduction into the wonderful world of yoga. I had no prior experience with yoga before signing up for the retreat, but Shari's practices were able to join the different levels of experience within our group, with attention for everyone's needs and working points. The organisation of the whole week was perfect, but what's more I found that Shari was committed to making sure we all had a great time - with genuine care and infinite patience. ;) Thanks again Shari for the amazing experience!
J. Vanhaeren

Where do I begin? If you are searching for an incredible yoga experience (with SO much personal attention) and a sunny adventure at the same time, look no further. Shari ensures every detail of your retreat is a stress-free, exceed-all-expectations wellness dream. It's a true life-changing experience from start to finish. I had the pleasure of doing her Zanzibar retreat this year and am already searching my calendar to make space for another one of her yoga adventures...I can't recommend it enough. Plus, spoiler alert: you'll make lifelong friendships on top of all.
K. Gruenwald

Just got back from an amazing week in Positano, Italy!!! If you've been thinking about doing a yoga retreat, DO IT!!! Such an amazing experience and I met so many wonderful people. Shari was absolutely amazing and so helpful with any questions/concerns along the way!:) Such a great retreat, thank you so much Shari!!:)
S. Martini

I have been on several of Shari's yoga retreats in Italy including Florence and Positano and enjoyed my experiences tremendously. What I love the most about Sole Yoga Holidays is the balance of arts and culture, yoga, food and fun. The meals were absolutely fabulous as Shari took us to charming places that only locals would know about. She meticulously looks after all her guests and is a pleasure to be around. I met wonderful like-minded women from all over the world and truly enjoyed myself while pushing myself physically. I look forward to going on my next retreat with her in the near future.
L. Eder

I'm two weeks back from my yoga retreat in Portugal with Sole Yoga Holidays. I wish I was back in Lisbon with Shari. This was my second retreat with Shari and Sole Yoga Holidays. I have no complaints. Shari takes the time to plan a retreat that is the perfect combination of yoga and sightseeing. My first retreat was Santorini, Greece in 2016, and by first, I mean first ever. I was a little worried that it would be too bohemian for me, but Shari is so laid back and non-judgmental, that I felt comfortable. No judgment if you drink alcohol, no judgment if you eat meat, or if you are a vegan. Shari encourages you to be who you are and enjoy the time. Shari's spirit attracts like people. Last year I attended with my sister and 2 friends and met the nicest people. This year my sister and I attended "alone". But, you are never alone with Shari. A great group of ladies in Portugal, and we enjoyed our time together. So thank you to Sole and Shari for planning the perfect retreats. Looking forward to next year and being a test pilot in Cinque Terre or another new spot with my sister. Annual sisters' vacation = a yoga retreat with the hospitable Shari! (Let's not mention what a wonderful yoga instructor she is!!!!) I highly recommend Sole to everyone. Be like Nike, JUST DO IT!
T. Bower