ATLAS & SAHARA “MEET YOURSELF” MEDITATION RETREAT
Trek Atlas has joined with award winning therapist Tasneem & her team at Positive Healing Therapy to offer a unique and empowering meditation retreat in the beautiful Atlas Mountains, and Sahara Desert.
The retreat covers the Meet Yourself Therapy and Meet Yourself Meditation courses, which are approved and accredited worldwide by IICT (International Institute of Complementary Therapists).
“WHO AM I REALLY?” This is the fundamental question that this retreat seeks to address.
We recognise that you are not the voice inside your head, nor your thoughts and emotions, that most people identify as ‘self’. These are merely distractions and, to gain freedom from these and find who you really are, you must connect with your authentic ‘Real self’ – a beautiful soul that resides at the core of your being.
The retreat is led by a team of professionals, headed by Tasneem, an award winning Energy Healer and Teacher with over 20 years of experience. There will be daily talks, Q & A, Meet Yourself Meditation and Energy Healing sessions.
Our stay in the Atlas Mountains is a haven of serenity and awe-inspiring beauty, which provides space to rebalance and realign our minds, bodies and souls, away from the hustle and bustle of life. Nature is the greatest healer, and there will be daily nature walks and meditation amid nature, to promote self-healing and a sense of connection to something greater than ourselves.
We will also spend 4 days touring the Moroccan Sahara, with its famous sand dunes, often depicted in films. Witness the awesome beauty of this huge desert; spend 1 night in a traditional nomad camp and experience Healing Meditation under the full moon; optional camel trek (at sunset and sunrise); or try a therapeutic sand bath. We will have our own transport and guide throughout.
The retreat runs for 9 days/ 8 nights from 6 - 14 March 2020.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
• A choice of two 9 day courses: Meet Yourself Therapy and Meet Yourself Meditation. Both will run side by side, so it is possible to book on either one (or both). Details at www.positivehealingtherapy.com/meet-yourself-therapy
• Transfer from Marrakech airport to Aremd, the highest village in the Atlas below Toubkal, still largely traditional with narrow alleyways and mainly traffic free.
• 5 nights’ accommodation in a typical Berber guest house including all meals. These are typically Moroccan but special diets are catered for.
• 4 day (3 nights) tour of Sahara desert. (see detailed itinerary below).
• 3 nights’ half board accommodation in Berber guesthouses in the desert, including 1 night at a nomad camp.
• Camel trek in the desert to Erg Chebbi sand dunes (or by 4X4) , and moonlight meditation
• The option to use the village hammam.
• The option to learn about and make the typical Berber cuisine (tagine, couscous)
• The option to learn about and experience Berber customs (eg henna)
• An English speaking guide to explain about the Berber way of life
• Transfer back to Marrakech airport at the end of the retreat.
WHAT IS EXCLUDED?
• Flights to Marrakech
• Lunches during the Sahara desert tour.
• Travel insurance
• Bottled water
• Gratuities (optional)
THE “MEET YOURSELF” JOURNEY
Day 1 : Drive from Marrakech airport to Aremd village. Lunch in hotel followed by free time. Dinner, followed by Introduction to Meet Yourself Therapy/ Meet Yourself Meditation MYT/MYM.
Day 2 : Breakfast, followed by MYT/MYM Course level 1. Lunch, followed by free time and optional activities (hiking, hamam, nature walk, etc.). Dinner followed by Q & A.
Day 3 : We drive from Marrakech over the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2600m), to Ouarzatate, passing traditional Berber villages and valleys. The twisting Tizi n Tichka pass through the High Atlas, is full of sheer drops, acute bends and dramatic scenery. Ourzatate is the gateway to the desert, and we will stop here for lunch. After lunch we drive to M’Goun Valley (Valley of Roses). Then along the Dades Valley, with stunning panoramic views, to Boumalne, near Dades Gorge, for our overnight stop.
Day 4 : After breakfast we explore Dades Gorge, and Boumalne (where the nomads hold their weekly market). Our drive continues along the Dades Valley, through Tinerhir where we will visit the spectacular Todra Gorge, and perhaps meet nomads coming to water their animals. We stop for lunch near Tinejdad and then head for Erfoud – famous for its fossils and minerals. Then onwards to the Erg Chebbi dunes. We arrive late afternoon in Merzouga on the edge of the dunes. Here we meet our camels for the first time and get to know them. (Those who prefer to drive, can continue by 4X4.) We ride into the dunes at sunset, to our campsite at Erg Chebbi with the Nomads, where we will enjoy mint tea, followed by a traditional Moroccan evening meal. Tonight will be the full moon, and we will have our Meditation session (MYM) in the dunes under the full moon, harnessing its powerful energy. Level 2 of MYT/MYM
Day 5 : We leave at 6am to enjoy a sunrise camel ride (or 4X4 drive) across the dunes back to Merzouga. In the hotel in Merzouga we will shower and have breakfast. After breakfast we travel by 4X4 across the desert to Zagora - passing through Alnif, Tazzarine, Nkob, Draa Valley, to Agdz where we spend the night. On the way we pass through small villages and oases, and stop for lunch.
Day 6 : We return to Aremd via the Draa Valley, Mount Agdz, Tichka pass, Tahanaout, Asni - stopping on the way to visit the World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, the scene of many films, including Lawrence of Arabia. There will be stops on the way, including for lunch. We arrive in Aremd in the evening.
Day 7 : Breakfast, followed by MYT level 3. After lunch, free time and optional activities (hiking, hamam, nature walk, etc.). After Dinner, Q & A.
Day 8 : Breakfast, followed by free day. Optional activities and tours. Dinner. Q and A.
Day 9 : Breakfast. Leave for Marrakech airport.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS:
The “Meet Yourself” Meditation retreat was the most uplifting vacation I’ve had. The service from Tasneem and the MYT team was warm, friendly and caring –they made every effort to accommodate our whims – not easy with a varied group of 8!
The meditation sessions were conducted in beautiful natural surroundings, amidst walnut trees, mountains and waterfalls, ideal for connecting with nature and promoting inner peace.
The daily seminars and group discussions were truly eye-opening, helping me to realise, on a deeper level, what it means to be a human – and how to establish more nurturing and compassionate relationships with my own self and with others.
Our experienced local guide, Ahmed, was entertaining and informative – and took us on some wonderful treks, culminating in mint tea with his Berber friends. His knowledge of the local area is amazing.
I feel I have gained so much from going on this retreat in terms of personal development, making like-minded friends, and general enjoyment. Please keep doing this retreat, I would love to go again! (A. Hassan)
“Meet Yourself” Meditation – a life changing retreat!!!
I booked this retreat mainly as a getaway, craving some peace and “me time”. I was looking forward to the treks in the mountains, and meditation, but didn’t really understand much about energy healing.
The Berber guesthouse we stayed in had spectacular views of Mount Toubkal, and Ahmed, our local guide, took us on treks with breathtaking scenery.
But what has really changed my life is the Meet Yourself Therapy (Meditation) programme – it is phenomenal! I’m amazed and impressed at how it’s helping me to overcome my anxieties (and nicotine cravings!), and to access the love and inner happiness I’ve been seeking. Tasneem and her MYT team, and Ahmed, go out of their way to make everyone feel valued. The MYT team were always happy to give me extra individual time, until I understood and was confident to practise what I had learned. I know the therapy is helping because I feel a lot better than I normally do after getting back from a one week break. I’ve already felt it heal some of the painful areas around my joints. A very worthwhile trip! (Najam Shah)