A Silent, Guided, Desert Retreat in the Sufi Alchemical tradition conducted in the Moroccan Sahara | DESERT MAJESTY

A Silent, Guided, Desert Retreat in the Sufi Alchemical tradition conducted in the Moroccan Sahara - 13 days


October 22:
Leaving Marrakech by 4x4, we drive for about half a day over the High Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate and then on to the head of the Dra'a Valley to spend the night near Agdez.

October 23:
Leaving Agdez after breakfast, we drive over the Anti-Atlas to Erg Lihoudi in the desert dunes, for lunch at the fixed bivouac camp there. After lunch at we continue, partially by 4x4 and finally on foot (with camels to carry our bags), off the beaten track to our own remote retreat camp out in the desert.

October 24 - 28:
In our retreat camp, in the silence and beauty of the desert, with the shade of scattered trees to protect us from the sun and give us privacy for our individual work, and a local nomad cook, guide, and camel-men to look after us, we make our 5-day silent, guided retreat. In the retreat we will work with practices drawn from the world's great spiritual traditions, especially the Sufi tradition, going inwards into the 'treasury of the heart', and seeking to open ourselves to the possibility of self-transformation in the miraculous alchemy of retreat.

October 29 - November 1:
Having completed our formal retreat and coming out of silence, we set off to walk among the dunes for four days, out in the wild beauty of the open desert, with camels to carry our bags, sleeping out each night under the stars and sharing food and fireside with our desert nomad hosts.

Coming out to the edge of the desert back at Erg Lihoudi we stay our last night in the desert in a fixed bivouac/camp at Erg Lihoudi

November 2:
Leaving after breakfast we drive by 4x4 over the Anti-Atlas mountains to spend the last night of our journey together near Ouarzazate, in comfortable lodgings, preparing for ‘re-entry’ to the world.

November 3:
We return over the mountains to Marrakech, arriving in the afternoon.

Retreat Leader: Kim Shams Richardson, an experienced retreat leader and a Representative in the Sufi Order International, regularly leads retreats in the Sinai desert, the Peruvian Andes, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Cost: US$1,200 per person (minimum 5, maximum 10 people in the party)

This includes ground transportation, all meals (wholesome vegetarian food) and accommodation (shared in Erg Lihoudi bivouac and Fint Oasis homestay hotel), and the services of local guides, cook, camel-men and camels. Drinks, airfares, and accommodation/food in Marrakech before and after the retreat are not included.

For more information and to reserve a place (deposit required), please contact Kim Richardson directly at: kim@bernithan.com

Programme subject to minor changes.

Prices per person

No Days Meals
13 Pension:
All inclusive
2 persons
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3 persons
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4 persons
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5 persons
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6 persons
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  • Cost: US$1,200 per person (minimum 5, maximum 10 people in the party)
  • This includes ground transportation, all meals and accommodation (shared in Erg Lihoudi & M'Hamid bivouacs, Dra'a Valley and Fint Oasis hotel), and services of local guides, cook, camel-men and camels.



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