Morocco

Yoga Retreat at Peacock Pavilions in Morocco

with Savonn Wyland and Kari Kemper

May 10-17, 2025

Join us for a retreat week (8 days, 7 nights) that blends yoga, wellness, and Moroccan culture into an empowering experience. Nestled in an olive grove, this artisanal boutique hotel offers luxurious accommodations and immersive activities. We will enjoy exclusive use of the property, take a group excursion to the Atlas Mountains, and enjoy a spa day for ultimate relaxation. Optional activities include cooking classes, camel rides, and cultural entertainment. Join us for a soulful journey to discover new places, enhance your well-being, and connect with a community of fellow yoga-loving travelers.

Location and Amenities

Located in a private olive grove about 30 minutes outside of Marrakech, Peacock Pavilions is a unique alternative to a traditional riad. We will have exclusive use of the whole property for our retreat week. The property features a pool, outdoor gym, outdoor cinema, yoga pavilion, terraces, and a special dining tent. Surrounded by hundreds of rose bushes, the Main Pavilion is home to several of the shared spaces, including a main reception area under a domed ceiling with seating and a fireplace, a small library of design books and guide books for guest borrowing, the owners’ curated collection of Moroccan goods for purchase, and an arcaded terrace with tiled tables where breakfasts and lunches are served.

Retreat Highlights​

Curated Yoga Classes Taught by Savonn and Kari. Join Savonn and Kari for curated yoga classes, with up to 2 classes a day (morning and late afternoon) offered in a variety of styles, such as Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, and Yin. All classes are optional and will be taught by either Savonn or Kari in a dedicated open air tented yoga space equipped with mats, yoga blocks, bolsters, and straps.

Healthy Gourmet Meals. At Peacock Pavilions, dining is a celebration of Moroccan culture, offering meals made from scratch with local, fresh ingredients. Moroccan cuisine is known for its flavorful and healthy dishes, featuring fresh ingredients like fruits, vegetables, and aromatic spices that are not only delicious but also nutritious. Meals are generally enjoyed by day on the terrace and by night in a special dining tent.

Insiders Guided Marrakech Medina Tour. Experience the heart of Marrakech with a local. We will have a guided historic and shopping tour of the Marrakech Medina, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Group Excursion to the Atlas Mountains. A day trip to the Atlas Mountains. This outing includes some easy hiking, a lunch that lets you savor traditional Moroccan cuisine amidst breathtaking natural beauty, and a visit to a Berber village.

Spa Treatment Day at a Special Hammam in Marrakech. Indulge in a Spa Treatment Day at a special Hammam in Marrakech, offering a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation. This experience combines traditional Moroccan Hammam rituals with modern spa treatments, providing an oasis of calm within the bustling city.

Optional Activities and Excursions

Moroccan Cooking Class. Hands-on approach to learning how to prepare traditional dishes like tagines and Moroccan bread, coupled with a Moroccan Mint Tea experience under the guidance of experienced chefs.

Camel Rides. Adventure to the Agafay Desert where captivating views of the Atlas Mountains provide an idyllic backdrop for an unforgettable excursion, including a camel ride through the desert and community lunch at a local luxury campsite.

Visit the Jardin Majorelle, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, and the Pierre Bergé Museum of Berber Arts.

  • Jardin Majorelle is an enchanting garden created by French painter Jacques Majorelle over forty years and features a vibrant array of plants and rare species brought back from his travels.
  • The Musée Yves Saint Laurent, near Jardin Majorelle, celebrates the work of the legendary fashion designer. This museum is dedicated entirely to Saint Laurent’s work, showcasing a significant part of his collection and legacy to Marrakech, a city that deeply influenced him​.
  • The Pierre Bergé Museum of Berber Arts is located within the same complex. It offers a deep dive into the rich culture and history of the Berbers, Morocco’s oldest inhabitants. The museum displays over 600 objects ranging from textiles to jewelry, highlighting the Berbers’ creativity and cultural pride​.

Moroccan Wine Tasting. Learn about and taste Moroccan wines with the owner of the Peacock Pavilions. The Moroccan wine tasting at Peacock Pavilions involves a selection of wines, presented in a casual, educational setting. You will participate in tasting and scoring the wines, complemented by canapés, culminating in the revelation of the most favored wines.

Motorcycle Sidecar Tour of Marrakech. For a unique exploration of Marrakech, consider a sidecar motorcycle tour of 1.5 or 3 hours that accommodates 1-2 people per sidecar. The tours allow you to experience the city’s less frequented neighborhoods, showcasing the vibrant life and hidden gems of Marrakech from a local’s perspective​.

Artisan Workshops. Take a woodworking, pottery, or metalwork workshop at Ateliers d’ Ailleurs. These workshops are well-regarded for offering hands-on experience in traditional Moroccan crafts. Participants often appreciate the unique opportunity to learn directly from skilled artisans, gaining insight into the techniques and cultural significance of their crafts.

Instructors

 

Savonn Wyland

Co-Owner/Co-Founder of Sellwood Yoga & Senior Instructor

With over 25 years of experience teaching, Savonn has developed a teaching style that is both grounded and inspiring. Her approach to teaching emphasizes skillful and detailed instruction, while also inspiring students to find their own personal expression on the mat. By blending various styles and approaches, she creates a unique and transformative experience for her students. Savonn’s classes, workshops, and retreats are designed to help students deepen their practice, explore their own personal expression, and connect with a supportive community.

Kari Kemper

Yoga Instructor

Kari’s teaching style is dynamic and flowing, with a focus on bringing attention to the breath and encouraging curiosity. She emphasizes proper alignment that is unique to each individual’s body, functional range of motion, and strength with a sense of humor and openness. Kari’s ability to assess the class and adjust sequencing to meet the needs of each student creates an inclusive space for all to practice, fostering playfulness and lightheartedness.

Pricing and Registration

Please click on the “Sign Up” button to the right and make a non-refundable deposit of $500 to reserve your spot. On March 15, 2025, your remaining balance will be charged to the card you use for your deposit. For alternative payment options, please reach out to me at info@savonn.com.

Once we receive your deposit, we will follow up within 24 hours to review your lodging preference and confirm other details about the retreat.

Accommodation Options

Peacock Pavilions features three pavilions and two luxury bungalows, as well as lush outdoor areas, each with a unique Moroccan-inspired modern or tribal decor. Offering tranquil suites with twin or double beds, private bathrooms, and rooftop terraces, all rooms are air-conditioned for your comfort. Each pavilion and bungalow has a unique design and includes amenities like fireplaces, terraces, rose gardens, local art, and stylish seating areas.

Price: Please email info@savonn.com and let me know how many people would be booking with you and which of the accommodations you are most interested in.

Atlas Pavilion: 4 people total in 2 double-occupancy rooms.

  • Draped in bougainvillea, the Atlas Pavilion is a private 1300-square-foot house. There are 2 double-occupancy rooms here: 2 ensuite bedrooms (option of king or 2 twin beds) equipped with fireplaces and air conditioning/heating.

Medina Pavilion: 6 people total in 3 double-occupancy rooms.

  • With its own rose garden, the Medina Pavilion is a private 2,400-square-foot house, decorated in modern global style. There are 3 double-occupancy rooms here: 3 ensuite bedrooms (option of king or 2 twin beds) equipped with air conditioning/heating.

Dawn and Dusk Bungalows: 4 people total in 2 separate bungalows.

  • There is 1 bedroom in each bungalow (option of king or 2 twin beds) with ensuite bathroom and air conditioning/heating.

Retreat price includes:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation at Peacock Pavilions (spacious bedrooms with private bathrooms)
  • Daily yoga classes with up to 2 classes per day
  • Welcoming Night Cocktail Party
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches (4 lunches at Peacock Pavilions and 1 lunch with the Atlas Mountain excursion), and 5 dinners
  • Included Activities: Insiders Guided Marrakech Medina Tour, Spa Treatment Outing to a Special Hammam, and Atlas Mountain excursion with time for hiking, lunch, and visiting a Berber village
  • Use of communal spaces including the pool, lounge areas, outdoor gym, yoga tent, and terraces
  • Transportation to/from all pre-arranged group excursions
  • Group transfer to and from Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) and/or possibly the Marrakech train station to Peacock Pavilions at the start and end of the retreat. We will communicate group transfer information when we know the travel plans of the attendees. We suggest you plan on arriving for group transport to the retreat center by 4pm on May 10. On departure day, our group transport will be mid-morning.

Retreat price does NOT include:

  • Airfare or other travel expenses to and from Morocco
  • Personal, medical, or trip cancellation insurance
  • Optional excursions and add-ons
  • Bodywork and spa treatments outside of the one included Hamman spa experience
  • Additional food, meals, wine, or alcohol outside of what is provided

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We know that life happens and unforeseen situations and circumstances can change and impact your plans. Our cancellation/refund information is listed below. We strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance so that you have more travel-related protection in case you need it. There are no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays, injury, family emergencies, or illness.

Full payment is due by March 15, 2025. The card that you use for your deposit will be charged for your balance on March 15, 2025. If you would like to pay the balance with a different credit card or by check, please make arrangements in advance by emailing info@savonn.com.

  • The $500 deposit is non-refundable.
  • If you have paid in full by February 1, 2025, and need to cancel, we will issue a refund (not including the $500 deposit).
  • If you have paid in full and need to cancel between February 1, 2025, and March 15, 2025, we will issue studio credit that needs to be used within 365 days (not including the $500 deposit).
  • No refunds or credit will be given for cancellations later than March 15, 2025.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to provide additional protection in case of any unexpected situations that may alter your travel plans. You can check out travelinsure.com, insuremytrip.com, or speak with your credit card, airline, or travel company to find suitable options for your needs.

Questions?

If you have questions, please email info@savonn.com or use the form below.