‘Light of Awareness’ Retreat
Tigmi, Marrakesh, Morocco
Saturday 21st May – Saturday 28th May – 2022
With Brigitte Riley and Rosemary Booker
This could just be the retreat of your dreams, here we have a stunning boutique retreat hotel all to ourselves and set within a magical desert landscape. Tigmi is tucked away from the hubbub of Marrakesh on the outskirts of a traditional Moroccan Berber village and will redefine your idea of relaxation.
Set in the foothills of the atlas mountains and 30 minutes drive from Marrakech, here you will find meandering corridors and courtyard paths lead to twenty-four authentically-furnished, comfortable rooms. You’ll enjoy plunge pools, secret terraces, charming gardens and a myriad of quiet corners in which to read and recharge as well as a fully equipped, traditional, Moroccan spa offering an array of treatments, from a traditional Moroccan Hammam to a relaxing massage, for the days that you want to just sit back and relax.
The first impression of Tigmi 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 also two swimming pools, one of which is heated to 26 degrees throughout the year with sun- beds around the pool as well as plenty of shaded areas in the gardens, that are furnished with comfortable divans for those of you who prefer to lounge around out of the sun.
There are two yoga spaces. A covered roof terrace with stunning views of Marrakesh across the plains and an indoor room that is light and airy (and with a log burner for cooler days).
Yoga will begin at around 8.00 am, there will be an alignment based vinyasa flow class taught by either Rosemary or Brigitte with the other assisting. We will then have a hearty breakfast.
Our second yoga class of the day will be in the late afternoon around 5.00 pm and is for all levels of yogi including beginners. You can expect all aspects of yoga, such as restorative yoga, yin yoga, meditation, satya somatics yoga, technique/therapeutics class, yoga nidra and breath work.
*Yoga basic classes
We are aware that this wonderful yoga holiday may attract couples or friends, whereby one half is a beginner yogi, or would prefer to practice at a more basic level. Whilst the price of the holiday will remain the same to yogi’s and non yogis alike, we are therefore offering ‘yoga basics’ classes every morning which will also begin at 8.00 am. These classes will be taught by Brian Riley (Brigitte’s husband) and are optional.
All meals are prepared in the newly fitted kitchens by master-chef Brahim and combine the best of Moroccan and French cuisine. Seasonal produce is delivered daily, fish can be requested and comes fresh to the hotel from the Atlantic.
Breakfast – This will be served after our morning class and consists of mouth watering homemade juices, honey, yogurts, pancakes, cheeses, locally made flat breads, fresh fruit and cereals.
Lunch – There will be a delicious colourful buffet salad daily..
Dinner – All of our evening meals are traditional vegetarian North African and French dishes. Fish can be requested.
The single, twin and doubles bedrooms are authentically Moroccan with generous, comfortable beds, cool cotton sheets, hand-woven covers and cushions, large bathrooms and a traditional seated area. Many of the bedrooms have fireplaces and private terraces. Intimate and quirky in their design, all rooms are decorated with locally woven cushions, hamd crafted furnishings, covers and wall hangings, and all rooms are stocked with specially made bath, shower and body products.
Double or Twin Suites can also be booked – these have a private courtyard or terrace, separate sitting-room and open fireplace.
Things to do
The day can be spent lazing Moroccan-style: lounging, reading or swimming in one of the two pools, playing backgammon or chess in one of the many gardens and courtyards or popping into Marrakesh using the hotel’s free mini-bus service.
Tigmi also has its own ha-mam, spa treatments and massage therapists on hand.
There are a few bicycles available for the more energetic to explore the local area.
Outside of Tigmi there are local sporting activities such as horse riding and golf. Cultural treats are plentiful with mosques, museums, a visit to the famous square Jemaa el Fna with its acrobats, dancers and magicians, the Majorelle Gardens and the grove of 150,000 palm trees at La Palmeraie. A visit to one of the souks in Marrakesh’s old city is an art form in itself, with busy market stalls and colourful displays of the traders’ wares – local crafts, satins, silks, glittery shoes, leather wares, paintings, spices and food. There are other various day excursions further afield, arranged by the hotel such as a visit to the Atlas Mountains.
- Full board of three meals a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- 2 yoga sessions per day with one day free from yoga mid week for excursions.
- Seven nights accommodation
- Spa treatments
- Airport Transfer (although this can be arranged via the venue)
- Travel Insurance – required to book this yoga retreat.
- Return flights to Marrakech
About your teachers
‘Committed to constantly learning, improving, and evolving’
Rosemary is a Registered Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (Teacher Trainer), she has been guiding students in the art of yoga and lifestyle now for over 12 years. She believes in yoga for life and takes every opportunity to share the tools and practices, that have helped her to positively evolve with others. Rosemary is a friendly, approachable teacher, her host of knowledge shines through, as she seamlessly blends the spiritual and physical. Her classes are inspirational, challenging but at the same time playful, she takes great care in creating a non competitive yoga space for which her contagious enthusiasm uplifts others. She is passionate about offering plenty of hands on adjustments, so that her students leave her sessions feeling re-aligned, strong and joyful on every level. She also specialises in focused breath work which opens the mind to experience clarity and deeper meaning. Rosemary shares her teachings in Northamptonshire, UK, via classes, 1:1’s, specialised workshops, mentoring for yoga teachers, teacher training’s, short courses and retreats in amazing places.
Brigitte has been an established yoga teacher for 17 years. She is a Registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals, which is the highest accolade in professional yoga teaching. She is always evolving her teachings and is particularly recognised for her in-depth anatomy knowledge. Her expertise lies in correcting mis-alignments within the outer physical body, as well as teaching yoga practices that promote therapeutic healing for the inner subtle body. She is also known for her love of fluid creative vinyasa flow, her unique playlists, her inspiring writings, her philosophy on life and her ‘keeping it real’ wisdom. Brigitte’s authenticity, natural warmth, playfulness and heartfelt approach radiate through in to her teachings. Her mission is to encourage students to not only open up their bodies, but also their minds, so that they may discover new levels of healing, opportunity, possibility, creativity, transformation and adventure in order to live the most amazing life possible. Brigitte teaches weekly classes and private’s in the UK, as well as vocational yoga teacher training courses and mentoring for yoga teachers. She also teaches both specialised workshops and yoga retreats nationally and internationally.
Brian’s yoga journey started in 2009 after attending his first class with Brigitte, he discovered that the yoga resonated with him on many levels. In 2012, he decided to embark on his own Yoga teacher training program and was awarded his yoga teacher diploma in December 2014. Brian now teaches weekly classes in Milton Keynes, UK and regularly assists at many of Brigitte’s workshops and teacher training programmes, thus gaining first hand guidance for his own teaching. Brian is a personable, kind and caring individual, he creates a safe space and meets each student at their own level, so that each individual feels supported within their own unique practice. He is passionate about teaching yoga at all levels and places a strong emphasis on holding postures, thus encouraging his students to feel and breathe with a deeper state of awareness. He has a sound understanding of body anatomy and offers excellent alignment cues with lots of encouragement, to enable his pupils to connect more positively with their bodies and minds. Brian is a registered RYT teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals.
Private single room – £1174
Twin sharing room – £852 pp
Double sharing room – £862 pp
Luxury Suites – £1008 pp (These are larger with a private patio and decorated to the highest standard).
We will require a £250 Deposit pp to reserve your place please.
Then the rest of the cost will be taken in 2 payments;
01/11/2020 and 01/03/2021
TIGMI BOUTIQUE RETREAT CENTRE
Douar Tagadert el Kadi
Km 24 Route d’Amizmiz
Region de Marrakech