Cost from £875
About Kasbah du Toubkal
Kasbah du Toubkal is perched on a great rock outcrop above the village of Imlil in the High Atlas mountains. Just 90 minutes from Marrakech, the Kasbah is set within the Toubkal National Park below the towering flanks of Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. It is a place of outstanding natural beauty, peace and seclusion.
The Kasbah has panoramic views of the mountains, valleys and waterfalls and is reached by a short walk (15 min) or mule ride from the village of Imlil. There are daily guided walks and the Kasbah has its own traditional Hammam. The Hamman is free to be enjoyed after yoga or a walk and is DIY in contrast to the Hammam at Tigmi where you are bathed and scrubbed by a therapist.
Tigmi, situated 24km south of Marrakesh, is set within a magical desert landscape. On the brow of the Berber hamlet of Tagadert, its labyrinth of narrow alleyways and flat-roofed village houses has a timeless, biblical feel.
'Tigmi', meaning 'my house' in the local Berber dialect, was built in 1840 for the local judge. As with many North African dwellings, the interior is all; a step inside, and the peaceful beauty of Tigmi is revealed. The first impression is of a lovely garden laid to lawns and paths, with banana palms, citrus and olive trees and a swimming pool with soft, jade-coloured water. The scents and colours of orange blossom and roses assail the senses. Fifteen tortoises live in this garden, adding to the unhurried feel of this tranquil oasis.
There are two swimming pools, one of which is heated to 26 degrees throughout the year, and one natural unheated and no chlorine. There are sun-loungers around the pool and shaded areas in the gardens, furnished with comfortable divans for those of you who prefer to laze around out of the sun.
The daily programme
The first three nights will be spent at the Kasbah, where there will be two yoga classes each day and a guided walk. In the morning there will be a 90 minute practice to include meditation and pranayama this will be followed by breakfast. A guided walk will be on offer each afternoon and and also a gentle yoga session before dinner. The outside yoga space at the Kasbah takes in the mountain views while enjoying the fresh and pure mountain air.
The last four nights will be at Tigmi where there will be two yoga classes daily with one yoga free day. Each morning there will be a yoga class that includes meditation and pranayama practices. There will be a second yoga class in the afternoon. The classes will be suitable for all levels and experience. The yoga space is a covered roof terrace with stunning views of Marrakesh across the plains.
The meals at the Kasbah and Tigmi are all included and include a breakfast of delicious homemade juices, honey, yoghurts, pancakes, cheeses, locally made breads, fresh fruit and cereals will be served after class. There will be lunch and all evening meals are traditionally North African dishes, with wonderful vegetarian meals also prepared on request.
For booking and complete information please visit www.yogaonashoestring.co.uk