Welcome to a place of outstanding natural beauty – the Ourika Valley in Morocco. This stunning retreat centre gazes out to the snow capped Atlas Mountains and has been chosen especially for you offering time to find stillness, connect to your yoga practice, nurture with delicious food and be met with the kind hospitality of the Moroccan culture.
The buildings that make up Bab Zouina are inspired by beautiful traditional earth architecture and the spacious centre has various terraces and peaceful places that are designed to sit and take tea, chat with others or take in the glorious view.
What is Bab Zouina?
Bab Zouina, an enchanting place surrounded by olive trees, lives with the rhythm of nature. For those wanting to take in the beautiful landscape, there are many lounging areas designed with authentic Moroccan materials as well as a cozy fire pit.
Yoga Shalas – Bab Zouina is dedicated to welcoming yoga retreats. There are 2 spacious yoga shalas, fully equipped with mats and all necessary supports including blocks, ropes, belts, blankets, Iyengar chairs, etc. There are also two rooftops where we can practice yoga while facing the magnificent Atlas Mountains — amongst the chirping birds and golden sunlight.
Garden – When walking through the garden, your senses will experience the purity of the air, the invigorating smells, the chanting of birds, and the red soil sprinkled with varied hues of green. The stone trails, framed with thyme and lavender hedges, lead you to browse the lantana bushes, rose trees, agave plants and exotic flowers. During the day, the garden transforms magically with the alternation of light. You can catch both the dazzling sunrise and sunset from the rooftop terraces, while the night reveals a clear starry sky framed by the Atlas Mountains.
The garden owes a lot to the amazing Swedish artist and landscaper, Catharina von Unge. While designing Bab Zouina’s garden, she tastefully combined the British aesthetic with the rusticity and simplicity of the Ourika valley.
Pool, Petanque & Tennis – Besides your yoga sessions, Bab Zouina offers uplifting outdoor activities. The pool is available for those who enjoy swimming & sunbathing. The pétanque pitch provides a nice space for entertainment amongst friends. Whereas the tennis court offers fun competition for experienced players (please bring your own racket and appropriate shoes for clay courts).
And More – Upon request, the wonderful team can organise well-being and cultural activities for you. The well-being activities include hammam, oil massage as well as shiatsu sessions. Cultural activities comprise cooking class, bread making, calligraphy sessions, pottery workshops, hiking, historical tour of Marrakesh, visit of local Berber markets, and more.
Why choose this Yoga & Wellbeing Retreat?
Imagine waking in the morning and taking a deep breath knowing you have a beautiful day ahead of you. After taking a further moment to rest you head out to take some hot Moroccan tea and gather some freshly picked dates for a preyoga snack. The roof terrace beckons for a five minute sunrise meditation and you have time to mindfully wander to the yoga room taking in the vibrant greens of the plants and red clay earth with birds chirping their good morning chorus.
Perhaps the rest of your day is gently filled with a massage or deep scrub and soak in the traditional Moroccan Hammam or a friendly, yet competitive game of tennis on the beautiful red clay tennis courts. For quiet moments you may simply find a hammock and snooze the day away.
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Bab Zouina has several ecological buildings that contain simple, spacious and stylishly created bedrooms including triple, twin/double and single options with either an ensuite or adjacent private bathroom with complimentary towels for your comfort. The buildings are inspired by beautiful traditional earth architecture and are cleverly placed with quiet terraces and peaceful places that allow you to relax anytime of the day.
These rooms have been created to ensure that your stay feels like a private oasis.
Please note: Due to the high demand of this retreat a non-refundable payment of £500 must be placed per person in order to reserve your place.
There are a maximum of 18 spaces available and early booking is highly recommended.
Logistics & Travel
To book please follow these 3 easy steps:
1.Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request your room type.
2.Once they confirm your room pay the deposit direct to Bab Zouina, they will send details.
3.Complete the booking form on my website so I have your details and can send a thank you note!
ARRIVAL + TRAVEL
Arrival is Sunday 8th December and you will be met at the airport for your organised transfer to Bab Zouina. Perhaps a Moroccan tea and then there is time for you to settle before our first group meal that evening. The day is yours to rest or explore before the yoga programme starts on Monday 9th December.
Departure is after our breakfast on Sunday 15th December.
There is so much to see and do in the area, why not add on a few extra days in Marrakech or at Bab Zouina (depending on availability) or head further afield for more adventures.
Morocco is closer than you think!
Reaching Marrakesh is a direct flight from most UK and European airports with a flight time of approximately 3.5 hours from the UK. The transfer is a stress free drive and takes approximately 45 minutes and will be booked via Bab Zouina.
Modern airport, ancient city – Marrakech Menara Airport is more than just an airport, it’s a time machine! When you step outside the modern airport, you’ll enter a city where classical traditions of the arts, crafts, music, and food are as vibrant today as they were centuries ago. A day trip highly recommended and easy from Bab Zouina!
Emma Heald, founder of Em Yoga & Wellbeing, brings 12 years of retreat experience
alongside over 1,000 hours of teaching and facilitating yoga and wellbeing sessions.
Emma’s inspiration for creating retreats comes from her love for creating connection,
bringing forward opportunities for deep rest and her joy for seeing people invest deeply in
themselves. Her yoga teaching is open to different abilities and different approaches offering
an accessible yet playful approach.
Terms and Conditions
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Please note that bookings for this retreat will be handled by Bab Zouina - when booking this retreat you are agreeing to adhere to their terms and conditions. If unsure please contact the team at email@example.com.
Registrations are confirmed when payment of the deposit has been received. In case of cancellation by the participant, the deposit will not be reimbursed. The following conditions apply:
Bab Zouina will provide a voucher equal to the amount retained. This voucher is valid for 12 months from the date it is issued. Participants are strongly encouraged to arrange their own travel, medical and cancellation insurance.
Limited spaces available. A deposit of 500 GBP is required to confirm registration. The balance is due one month prior to the retreat. This deposit is only refundable in case of retreat cancellation. Cancellation policy is available at:
Non refundable deposit by bank transfer
Triple Room + shared bathroom between 2 adjacent rooms
Twin Share/Double room + shared bathroom between 2 adjacent rooms
Twin Share/Double room + bathroom solely for your room. Note may be external to the room.
Single Room + shared bathroom between 2 adjacent rooms. Two available.
Single room + private bathroom. Please note this may be external to the room. Two available.