Retreat to Tigmi near Marrakesh, Morocco

Venue

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. 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.

Accommodation

The bedrooms are authentically Moroccan with generous, comfortable beds, cool sheets, hand-woven covers and cushions, large en-suite bathrooms and a traditional seated area.

Many of the bedrooms have fireplaces and private terraces.

There are single, twin and double rooms available. If you are looking for 'mega' luxury, then suites are available. Prices available on request.

Sample Schedule

Join Catherine for a week of revitalising yoga at the luxury yoga retreat Tigmi . A wonderful opportunity for you to relax your mind, rejuvenate your body and reawaken your spirit in a beautiful location near Marrakesh, Morocco. You will enjoy two yoga classes daily which focus on movement, breath and relaxation.

There will be two yoga classes daily with Catherine and one yoga-free day. Classes are mindful and meditative, with an exploratory focus, working to open the body and attune the mind to the breath. All classes are anatomically informed, inspired by the work of Vanda Scaravelli and there will be time for deep, quiet restorative practices including some yoga nidra. The classes will be suitable for all levels and yoga experience.

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 with a log burner for cooler days.

Below is a sample daily schedule.

DAY 1

15:30 .... Arrive at venue

18:00 .... Welcome meeting

19:00 .... Dinner

DAY 2

08:00 - 10:00 .... Yoga

10:00 - 11:00 .... Breakfast

13:00 - 14:00 .... Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 .... Free time to explore the local area, walk, chill-out and relax by the pool or pamper yourself to an on-site massage treatment.

17:00 - 19:00 .... Yoga

19:30 .... Dinner

20:30 .... Free time

DAY 3

08:00 - 10:00 .... Yoga

10:00 - 11:00 .... Breakfast

13:00 - 14:00 .... Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 .... Free time to explore the local area, walk, chill-out and relax by the pool or pamper yourself to an on-site massage treatment.

17:00 - 19:00 .... Yoga

19:30 .... Dinner

20:30 .... Free time

DAY 4

08:00 - 10:00 .... Yoga

10:00 - 11:00 .... Breakfast

13:00 - 14:00 .... Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 .... Free time to explore the local area, walk, chill-out and relax by the pool or pamper yourself to an on-site massage treatment.

17:00 - 19:00 .... Yoga

19:30 .... Dinner

20:30 .... Free time

DAY 5

Day off 

08:30 - 09:30 .... Breakfast

10:00 .... A day to relax and explore the local area, to take time out for an excursion, or simply to chill out and enjoy a relaxing massage.

DAY 6

08:00 - 10:00 .... Yoga

10:00 - 11:00 .... Breakfast

13:00 - 14:00 .... Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 .... Free time to explore the local area, walk, chill-out and relax by the pool or pamper yourself to an on-site massage treatment.

17:00 - 19:00 .... Yoga

19:30 .... Dinner

20:30 .... Free time

DAY 7

08:00 - 10:00 .... Yoga

10:00 - 11:00 .... Breakfast

13:00 - 14:00 .... Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 .... Free time to explore the local area, walk, chill-out and relax by the pool or pamper yourself to an on-site massage treatment.

17:00 - 19:00 .... Yoga

19:30 .... Dinner

20:30 .... Free time

Day 8

08:30 - 09:30 .... Breakfast

12:00 .... Departure

Please note that whilst I will do everything possible to adhere to the programme and details laid out above, some things are outside my control, and therefore I reserve the right to make changes if necessary.

Food

A breakfast of delicious home-made juices, honey, yoghurts, pancakes, cheeses, locally made breads, fresh fruit and cereals will be served after class. There will be a salad buffet lunch.

All evening meals are traditionally North African dishes, with vegetarian meals also wonderfully prepared on request.

Things to do

When you are not practicing yoga, the rest of 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 on the hotel's free mini-bus service.

Tigmi also has its own hammam, 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 various day excursions further afield, arranged by the hotel such as a visit to the Atlas Mountains or coastal Essaouira. Music lovers may have heard of the Festival d'Essaouira which hosts four days and nights of African gnawa music, world music and jazz. For the more energetic, subject to snowfall, skiing can be enjoyed in the small resort of Oukaimeden in the Atlas range.

Testimonials

Claire

I thought the holiday was truly wonderful. The luxurious part certainly lived up to expectations...great food, glorious location, fantastic staff at Tigmi, such comfy beds and the open air yoga terrace was lovely.

Dianna

Great experience from start to finish. Extremely well organised, everything you need for a relaxing week. Stunning venue and food and Catherine Annis is a great teacher. I was new to Scaravelli yoga and yoga retreats and can honestly say I will definitely do this again. Thank you Catherine and Yoga on a Shoestring for putting together such a fabulous week.

Lucy

I have returned home fantastically rested and rejuvenated after a wonderful week at beautiful Tigmi. Tigmi is a very special place, beautiful environment and such friendly and kind staff. The yoga was wonderful, with inspirational and varied classes. Particularly loved the classes held on the yoga terrace. We have been delighted with our experience of Yoga on a Shoestring and would certainly chose to holiday with you again.

Liz

I started yoga this year and fell in love with it so much so I have done two yoga retreats. Yoga on a Shoestring surpassed all my expectations not only with the beautiful Tigmi hotel but for the excellent yoga. I would definitely recommend YOAS.

Jeff

Really good week. A complete rest which is what I (and rest of the group) needed this year. Lovely place. Faultless - good food, chilled atmosphere. Everyone was really looked after - if only lockdown was there! 

Charlotte

A big thank you to Catherine – what an incredible yoga teacher! I’ve woken this morning and the Scaravelli yoga retreat now seems like a colourful dream, the kind that stays with you long after you wake up.

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