• Ourika, Morocco

Learn Vedic Meditation & Rounding in Morocco

*There is an early-registration discount of $200 for the first 10 people to register and leave a deposit.

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Join renowned meditation teacher Light Watkins on a magical 7-day Moroccan adventure blending cultural treats, a deeply restful and soul-enriching meditation training, and an escape into the unknown.

We'll converge onto the Atlas Mountains to our spacious Casbah hideaway. Lofted high in the hills, this quiet retreat offers a 360-degree view of the world below and the horizons beyond. Take your time, unwind at your leisure, feel the soft pulse of serenity wherever your heart leads you.

For new meditators, you will receive Light’s comprehensive Vedic meditation training, and if you already practice VM or TM, Light will teach you “Rounding," which is an advanced meditation technique that will elevate your current practice to a new level.

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Then we’ll go to the heart of ancient Marrakech where a carnival of vibrant sights and sounds waits to immerse us in its effusive and eclectic vibe. Meander and explore away from the mainstream with our cultural guide Charaf and see the city through the eyes of a Morocco native. Charaf lives and breathes Marrakech, so you can pitch him all the questions the guidebooks don’t answer.

From Morocco’s Berber origins to its thriving cultural scene, you’ll discover a juicy slice of Moroccan culture as its heart beats today and its history comes vividly to life before your eyes. Cameras at the ready!

Then your Atlas Mountain hiking adventures begin. Feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your back as you discover enchanted forests and awe-inspiring stonescapes. Explore the salt productions at Taouririte, take in the bio-aromatic gardens at Douar Al Haddad, and tuck into a hearty lunch in a local Berber home. These proud people call themselves Imazighen, meaning "free people" and you’ll receive the warmest of welcomes to their North African homeland.

If you’re looking for the ultimate Here & Now experience, nothing beats Marrakech, mountains and Morocco-style mindfulness at the beginning of summer!

Here's how your 7-day adventure looks:

  • Receive comprehensive Vedic Meditation and Rounding instruction

  • Meet up with local artists in residence & try your hand at pottery

  • Immerse yourself in the historic medina and haggle your way to the main square

  • Soak up the flavor and fragrance of exotic spice markets and souks

  • Feed your soul with enlightening meditation instruction and daily yin yoga

  • Enjoy exploring and relaxing in a landscape to die for

  • Treat your taste buds with wholesome Moroccan cuisine, locally sourced & lovingly prepared

  • Hike through the stunning Atlas Mountains & enjoy a homemade meal in a Berber home

The retreat also includes:

  • Airport transfers to the retreat center

  • Accommodation for 7 days and 6 nights

  • All vegetarian meals (caffeine and alcohol-free)

  • Daily yin yoga (suitable for all levels)

  • Plenty of rest and relaxation

  • Daily knowledge talks

  • A hummam spa treatment

  • Exploration of local street markets and historic sites

What's Not Included:

  • Flights

  • Airport arrival and departure taxes

  • Additional nights accommodation

Retreat Add Ons:

  • Art tours (optional)

  • Hot air balloons (optional)

*There is an early-registration discount of $200 for the first 10 people to register and leave a deposit.

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Light Watkins

Light Watkins has been operating in the meditation space since 1998, first as a practitioner, then as an apprentice to his Vedic Meditation teacher, and finally as a teacher himself. He's currently living home-free from a carry-on bag while traveling the world and giving talks on happiness, mindfulness, inspiration, and meditation, as well as leading popular meditation trainings and retreats. 

His passion is to teach people simple tools for increasing happiness. To date, Light has taught meditation to thousands through his live courses, books, and online trainings. He's taught at Apple, Soho House, Summit, and several tech start-ups around the U.S. His first book, The Inner Gym (L&G), is a 30-day "inner workout" for strengthening happiness, and his most recent book, Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying (Penguin), is a straight-talk how-to book that teaches busy professionals how to enjoy meditation. 

Light contributes to multiple wellness blogs and writes a popular daily email called Light's Daily Dose of Inspiration. Light's TEDx talk has garnered a half million views, and he is the founder of The Shine Movement, a global pop-up inspirational variety show on a mission to share the stories of regular people who are making a difference in the world.

*There is an early-registration discount of $200 for the first 10 people to register and leave a deposit.

Light's gradual approach of going through the lessons really helps you understand every aspect of meditation. It was absolutely a priceless gift and I would recommend Light's meditation retreat to anyone and everyone. — Caitlin

Kasbah Bab Ourika

High up in the Atlas Mountains, the enchanting Kasbah Bab Ourika overlooks a breathtaking landscape with 360 degree panoramic views.

From your hilltop lookout at the apex of the Ourika Valley, a feast of natural beauty awaits to melt your heart. Gaze down the river and let the olive groves, oranges and lemons lead your eyes on a colorful dance between the green fields all the way up to snowy mountain peaks dazzling in the sunlight.

The authentic charm of the Kasbah Bab Ourika makes relaxation easy. It’s the perfect setting for a meditation experience. And whether you're relaxing in your uniquely decorated room, or unwinding by the secluded swimming pool, get ready to be warmed by this Moroccan adventure.

*There is an early-registration discount of $200 for the first 10 people to register and leave a deposit.

Things to consider after you book:

  • After making your deposit of $1000, your balance must be paid by May 1st.

  • Someone from my team will be in touch shortly after you make your deposit to help with any questions you might have about booking flights.

  • Don't worry if you're planning to come solo. Most people do, and if you select shared accommodation, we'll thoughtfully match you with an amazing roommate.  

  • We will be encouraging limited cell and internet usage so that you truly have a chance to recharge and reset.

  • There will be no alcohol and limited caffeine available on the retreat.

 

Light makes the mystical journey of meditation so simple and easy to learn. I can say with out hesitation it will change the way you look at the world. — Nick


 

Retreat Cost:

*There is an early-registration discount of $200 for the first 10 people to register and leave a deposit.

 
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NOTE: You only have to leave a $1000 deposit to register, and you’ll have until May 1st to pay your balance. Your Vedic Meditation course is included in the total cost.

Note: If you’ve already completed your VM or TM training, $300 will be deducted from your final balance. And the first 10 people to register will receive the Early Registration discount of $200 (shown above).

 
 

Light explains the process in a way that makes it easy to follow and perform. If you ever wanted to learn meditation or found it too difficult in the past, I encourage you to check out his retreat. — Scott

 

 
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Q & A

How many people will attend this retreat?
We have space for around 25 participants.

What time does the retreat start and end?
We’ll have the opening ceremony at 5pm on Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 and the closing ceremony on the morning of Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Plan to arrive by the early afternoon of the 2nd of June and depart after lunchtime on the 8th. If those times aren’t possible, just do your best.

Who can attend?
Current Transcendental and Vedic Meditators of all levels and anyone who is interested in taking the Vedic Meditation training and becoming a self-sufficient, daily meditator. If you've taken the live VM or TM course prior to the retreat with any qualified teacher, you will receive an additional $300 credit on your retreat balance.

What if I want to meditate, but my friend/spouse does not want to?
This is a Vedic meditation retreat, so while there will be free time to enjoy the location, everyone must participate in the training (if they haven’t already). It’s only two hours of course time per day and everything else is optional. 

Can I arrive a day or two early?
Yes. Email charaf@sunnysideup.travel to help you make arrangements.

How do you assign the rooms?
All of the rooms are uniquely and tastefully decorated, and will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis based on when you make your deposit. Please understand we will do our very best to meet all of your needs, but there are no refunds or discounts if you do not like your assigned room. 

What airport do I fly into?
We recommend flying into Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK), which includes a free airport transfer. Casablanca is the next best option but there is an airport transfer surcharge of about $150 USD each way.

Are transfers included?
From RAK, yes the transfers are included. From other airports, there will be a fee to pick you up.

What can I expect the daily program to look like?
Each participant will engage in their own individually-tailored program and receive instruction in Vedic meditation and the experienced meditators will learn the art of Rounding (which is an advanced meditation technique). Guests can take the retreat at their own pace. However, a day will look something like this:

  • Morning yoga

  • Breakfast

  • Instruction and practice for new meditators

  • Rounding instruction and guidance for existing Vedic Meditators

  • Free time / optional planned group activity (hiking, sightseeing)

  • Lunch

  • Afternoon session for new meditators

  • Free time /optional planned group activity (hiking, markets, relaxing)

  • Optional Rounding

  • Knowledge talks with Light Watkins

  • Dinner

*There is an early-registration discount of $200 for the first 10 people to register and leave a deposit.