12-18.9 2024 Iyengar Yoga & Insight Meditation Retreat in Morocco

Iyengar Yoga & Insight Meditation Retreat

September 12 6:30 am – September 18 5:00 pm Morocco

With Eyal Shifroni (Yoga) & Lila Kimhi (Dharma and Meditation)



Location: Bab Zouina, near Marrakesh and the Atlas Mountains, Morocco

The retreats in Bab Zouina, already become a tradition, but for September 2024 we offer a special retreat that combines Iyengar Yoga with Insight meditation and study of the Buddhist Dharma.

Lila is a senior Insight Meditation and Buddhist Dharma teacher. Since 2004 She leads Vipassana retreats worldwide and spiritual journeys in remote, spiritual corners of the globe. More about Lila.

Eyal studies and practices Iyengar Yoga for more than 40 years, and Buddhist meditation for the last 20 years.  More about Eyal

We both believe that the combination of Iyengar Yoga and Insight Meditation is very effective for creating a positive transformation of body & mind.

Bab Zouina is a little heaven in which the birds are continuously singing among the trees and the blooming flowers. It has a swimming pool, Hammam (traditional Turkish bath), and a tennis court.

The yoga hall in Bab Zouina has a capacity of 30 students and it is equipped with all the necessary props (chairs, wall-ropes, and so on). Karim, the owner, is a wonderful host and also an Iyengar Yoga practitioner.

On the first day, there will be optional excursions in the surroundings of Bab Zouina and, after the retreat, an optional 3-day trek in the Atlas Mountains.

Dates & Schedule

  • Arrival: September 11, Evening
  • Retreat Days: September 12-18 on the 18th we’ll finish around 5 pm
  • Departure: September 18, evening (or September 19)

On the first day (12th) we’ll start with a morning practice of meditation and asanas, from 06:30 to 9:30, and have an introductory talk at 20:00. The rest of the day is free, with (optional) excursions to Marrakesh and to nearby sites (Anima Gardens, Berber Market, camel rides, and so on), or leisure time at the pool, Hammam or massage.

In order to allow for increased silence and concentration we’ll observe Nobel Silence from the evening of the 12th and until the evening of the 17th. We’ll also lock our phones in a safe and avoid any kind of distracting stimuli. In addition, It is recommended to avoid reading and writing. We will be available for emergency calls (more details, later). During those 5 days, the schedule will be quite intense combining yoga and meditation sessions as well as talks about yoga and Buddhism.

On the 18th the program will continue, but we’ll allow talking and do some sessions in which we’ll get to know each other and share our experience. We’ll also have some free time for the pool, Hamam and leisure.

If you want to extend your stay, you can book a Riad (a traditional guest house) in Marrakesh. Karim can organize a guided tour of the city.

The planned daily schedule is as follows (we’ll be flexible with this and we may change the timings as the retreat proceeds):

  • 06:30 – 08:00 – Meditation & Pranayama
  • 08:00 – Tea/coffee & local dried fruits
  • 08:30 – 10:30 – Asanas
  • 10:30 – Brunch
  • 11:45 –  Meditation instructions
  • 12:30  – Walking Meditation
  • 13:00 – Meditation in the hall
  • 13:30 – Rest
  •  15:30 – Meditation in the hall
  • 16:00 – Walking Meditation
  • 16:30 – Talk about the Dharma
  • 17:15 – Short break
  • 17:30 – 19:30 – Asanas
  • 20:00 – Dinner
  • 21:00 – Talk about the Dharma/Meditation


Price per participant (in euros)
Triple room               1,330 
Double room, shared bathroom               1,610 
Double room, private bathroom               1,730 
Single room, shared bathroom               1,850 
Single room, private bathroom               1,970 

The above price includes:

  • Accommodation (7 or 8 nights) & meals in Bab Zouina
  • Yoga & meditation classes
  • Transfers from and to the airport.

Karim will organize the excursions, the Hammam, and the massage (these are not included in the price, but are very affordable).

Important Notes

  1. The price doesn’t include flights, travel insurance, and a visa to Morocco (in case you need it).
  2. We will try as much as possible to keep prices as announced, but in case of severe inflation, we may have to revise them.
  3. Participants who will depart on the 19th due to their flight schedule can have an extra night in Bab Zouina, (included in the package).

Registration is done by paying a non-refundable sum of 250 € to Karimzein.karim@gmail.com. Balance is due late July 2024.

Trek (Optional)

The price of the (optional) 3-day trek (September 19-21) in the Atlas Mountains will range between 350 € and 450 € depending on the number of participants. The full amount is due by late July. More details about the trek will be sent to the registrants at a later time.