“Our starting point was Fez, undoubtedly Morocco’s greatest jewel.” –The Caliph’s House, Tahir Shah
Known as the “gem” of Morocco, the Imperial city of Fez, a UNESCO world heritage site, is widely considered to be the spiritual, culinary, musical and intellectual soul of Morocco. It’s also the world’s most ancient, fully-functioning, car-free walled city. Magical and mysterious, the old Fez medina is marked by a labyrinth of 9,400 meandering alleyways that spark the imagination and reveal hidden charms at every turn. A feast for the senses, Fez embodies the aromas, flavors, sights and sounds of an entire nation. It’s a place where life moves to the rhythm of centuries old traditions- a true rarity in today’s fast paced world.
“The retreat in Fez, Morocco, was an exotic and magical experience. We practiced yoga, ate like royalty, and were transported back to a distant time. Fez and the surrounding countryside were enchanting. I feel very grateful for this wonderful experience.” -Nancy T.
“This was a fantastic retreat with so much love, energy and a week filled with Moroccan food and cooking adventures, well designed yoga and meditation practices. I was dazzled and thrilled by Morocco, made wonderful friends and came away energized and enthralled.” -Julie T.
We’re thrilled to be returning to Fez once again for an unforgettable week of exploration and expansion experienced through the holistic framework of yoga. Our time together will be anchored by morning meditation and yoga followed by excursions to some of the most sacred and compelling cultural sites and culinary destinations in and around Fez. From ancient ruins and pilgrimage villages to bustling souks and serene mountaintops, this magic carpet ride of an adventure is sure to inspire and delight. Ample time for relaxation is woven into our itinerary each day so as to create a harmonious balance between activity and repose.
* All classes and activities are optional. Our program is designed to meet you where you’re at physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We encourage you to participate in a way that best suits your body, mind and spirit. Practitioners of all levels are welcome, including those with no prior yoga experience.
** We’ve opened this retreat to 8 guests only so as to maintain an intimate setting in which each participant receives individual attention.
Named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of “The best Hotels in Fez,” our B&B is an historic, 200 year old dar (literally meaning “house of peace” in Arabic) that’s been meticulously restored to it’s original beauty. It’s a perfect mix of traditional and contemporary design + modern comforts featuring hand-painted cedar ceilings, intricate plaster carvings, vividly colored stained glass windows and minutely detailed tile work. Centrally located in the heart of old Fez, our outstanding location is an oasis within the hustle and bustle of the medina that allows you to be near it all, but tucked away enough to enjoy a peaceful respite when naptime beckons. View map here.
Boasting a stylishly appointed inner courtyard with painted cedarwood doors and mosaic fountain, our home-away-from-home has a laid back vibe and spacious feel that’s enhanced by lots of natural light and plants throughout. Within the walled garden you’ll find a plunge pool while the stunning rooftop terrace spans three levels with 360° views of the medina and surrounding hills. There are two salons in which to lounge and a large dining room where breakfast is served each morning. Honor bars in the dining room and on the terrace are there for your convenience should you wish to enjoy a sip while watching the sunset.
There are four bedrooms and one suite, all with modern, en-suite bathrooms. Three rooms have balconies overlooking the lush garden while the others overlook the light filled central courtyard and salon. Attention to detail is highlighted and each guestroom is totally unique, well appointed and super comfy. Beds and bathrooms are outfitted with luxe linens. Complimentary Wifi is available in the courtyard salon.
*Please note: there is no handicap access for this retreat venue. As an historic building with no elevator, guests are required to reach their rooms via stairs. Staff is available to transport guest’s luggage to and from their rooms.
Daily yoga classes are designed to support students in exploring and deepening their practice. Sessions can range from slow, deep stretching and therapeutic, to more challenging, vinyasa flow style classes. Morning meditations offer participants an opportunity to experience a range of techniques emphasizing simple methods that can be integrated into daily life.
Certified yoga instructor, Thai yoga massage therapist and CYR founder, Kim Wolff, will lead our daily yoga and meditation classes, providing gentle guidance and focused support while allowing space for each student to find their own connection to the practice. Soulful and playful by nature, Kim’s class sessions are based on classical Hatha yoga philosophy, postures, breathwork and the principles of Ayurveda. Organic aromatherapy is used as a therapeutic tool to assist with the process of healing and transformation. The experience is one that is intuitive, fluid and dynamic- designed to empower you in evolving your practice to the next level. To read testimonials from Kim’s students, click here.
Fez is the Culinary capital of Morocco, it’s vibrant souks overflowing with a stunning array of incredibly fresh food of all variety- the very definition of local and seasonal. Restaurants showcase the best in both traditional and contemporary cuisine with influences from Africa, Arabia, France and Spain. Street stalls tempt with myriad offerings from freshly made goat cheese to warm and fragrant flatbread, succulent olives, and all manner of sweet treats. We’ll feast on traditional Fassi favorites prepared by the chef at our B&B, learn how to make a classic Moroccan meal during our cooking school excursion, dine out in some of the top restaurants in Fez, tour the souks and indulge in a sumptuous lunch in the pilgrimage village of Moulay Idriss.
Breakfast is prepared from scratch each morning and features freshly squeezed orange juice, seasonal fruits, yogurt, local goat cheese and honey, olives, eggs, homemade Moroccan breads, jams, coffee and tea. The olives and olive oil come direct from the Zalagh mountains surrounding Fez, and the olive oil is stone pressed by hand – perfect for dipping with bread. All meals will be delicious, flavorful, fresh and healthy. Vegetarian / Vegan and non-vegetarian options will be offered. So that maximum enjoyment and benefits of the retreat can be experienced by all, we encourage mindful moderation with regards to alcohol consumption and invite you to explore the process and pleasure of partaking within the context of the cultural experience.
*Most dietary needs/restrictions can be accommodated
– 7 days / 6 nights lodging at our boutique B&B in the heart of the Old Fez Medina, a UNESCO world heritage site
– Welcome reception with light-bites & refreshments
– Retreat amenities gift bag curated by Kim
– Daily breakfast prepared each morning in-house at our B&B featuring both continental style offerings and homemade Moroccan specialities
– All lunches + 5 dinners at establishments hand-selected for their superb regional cuisine offerings
– Daily yoga & meditation classes complemented with organic aromatherapy
– Guided tour of the ancient Fez Medina with visits to local artisan workshops, ancient palaces and gardens, the iconic tanneries and more
– Guided tour of the colorful souks with merchant meet & greet
– Cooking class followed by communal meal at renowned Fez cooking school
– Guided day trip to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site
– Gourmet lunch at a private residence in the picturesque pilgrimage village of Moulay Idriss
– Sunset picnic dinner with wine pairing in the scenic mountains of Zalagh overlooking the olive groves
– Relaxing + rejuvenating spa day
– Henna hand painting party
– Celebratory farewell dinner on rooftop overlooking the medina + live music with traditional Sufi musicians
– Bellman fees + tips for luggage handling upon arrival and departure to / from our B&B
– Entrance fees + transportation to and from all excursions
– All taxes
*Airfare and transport to / from B&B not included.
*Schedule is subject to change. Our itinerary is consciously crafted with the intention of providing our guests with an unforgettable, experience of a lifetime. Activities may be altered should unforeseen circumstances arise.
All rooms include en-suite bathrooms, luxe linens, daily housekeeping, bottled mineral water, hair dryers and central heating. Select rooms have air conditioning while others come equipped with fans as noted below. Laundry service is available upon request for a small fee.
Surrounded by a flower filled garden, Guissa is spacious and light and features Moroccan style sofas perfect for lounging. It opens onto a shared balcony with comfy seating, subtle evening lighting, spectacular views of the inner courtyard and easy access to the rooftop terrace. The balcony is shared with the Ftouh room, offering an excellent opportunity for friends or family to take over a whole floor of the Dar. A/C + two twins or one king bed. This room is reserved and no longer available.
Open, airy and calm, this room was designed with simplicity in mind. A handcrafted iron bed and Berber style carpets on the clay tiled floor continue the traditional Moroccan theme of the house but with a modern touch. Lighting is nestled into ancient alcoves, giving a luminous glow to the space. With close access to the rooftop terraces, Ftouh is a perfect sanctuary in which to relax and recharge. It opens onto a balcony that is shared with the Guissa room, offering an excellent opportunity for friends or family to take over a whole floor of the Dar. A/C + two twins or one king bed. This room is reserved and no longer available.
With a stunning, traditionally painted high wooden ceiling, centuries old multi-coloured tiled floor and walls + large cedar windows, Sammarine is both elegant and evocative of another age. Beautifully handcrafted cedar woodwork frames the private mezzanine loft- a lovely place in which to relax, read or journal. From the hand-wrought iron work of the arched windows, guests have a delightful view of the courtyard below. Fan + two twins or one king bed. This room is reserved and no longer available.
This room combines contemporary and traditional design, making it both aesthetically pleasing and stylistically chic. It features an intricately hand painted wooden ceiling and gorgeous tiled floors. The graceful curves and fluid style of the handmade sofa and bed crafted by a master iron forger, are simply beautiful. It’s large cedar windows look down into the central courtyard and salon for great views of detailed plaster and paintwork, making it one of the best places in the Dar to explore the house’s architecture and extraordinary artisanal details. Fan + queen sized bed. This room is reserved and no longer available.
This elegant Messeria (a private apartment traditionally added to the main house to receive important guests), features centuries old painted wood panels and curved arches framing hundred year old doors that open onto the master bedroom. Late morning sun spills in through the stained glass windows onto the walls to spectacular effect. The private balcony overlooks the walled garden and plunge pool. Fan + one queen bed available. This room is reserved and no longer available.
**All prices are in USD and are subject to change. A non-refundable deposit of $750 will secure your spot. Final balance is due 45 days prior to the start date of our retreat (Tuesday, April 6th, 2017). Single occupancy / private rooms are subject to availability and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.
*We like to keep it intimate. Space is very limited and advance registration is highly recommended.