A Silent, Guided, Sufi, Desert Retreat


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“There is a thread from the heart to the lips where the secret of life is woven.”

“Words tear the thread but in silence the secret speaks.” (Jelaluddin Rumi)

Day 1: Marrakesh to Agdez

Leaving Marrakech by 4×4, we drive for about half a day over the High Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate for lunch and then on to the head of the Dra’a Valley to spend the night near Agdez.

Day 2: Agdez to Bounou/Mhamid

Leaving Agdez after breakfast, we drive over the Anti-Atlas to an ancient kasbah near Mhamid El Ghislane. After this break, we continue by 4×4 to our retreat camp out in the desert.

Days 3 – 7: Retreat camp

We make our 5-day silent, guided retreat in the silence and beauty of the desert, in the shade of scattered trees protecting us from the sun and giving us privacy for our individual work.  We have a local nomad cook, guide, and camel-men to look after us.

During 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’.  We seek to open ourselves to the possibility of self-transformation in the miraculous alchemy of retreat.

Day 8 – 11: the Sahara

After 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.

Then back at the edge of the desert at Bounou, we stay our last night in an ancient kasbah.

Day 12: Bounou/Mhamid – Ouarzazate

Leaving after breakfast, we drive by 4×4 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.

Day 13: Ouarzazate – Marrakesh

We return by road over the mountains to Marrakesh, arriving in the afternoon.

2020 1st – 13th November

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

For more information and to reserve a place (deposit required), please contact Kim directly at: [email protected]

Cost: US$1,200 per person (minimum 5, maximum 10 people in the party)
This cost includes ground transportation, all meals (wholesome vegetarian food) and accommodation (shared accommodation), 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.

Programme subject to minor changes.

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Prices per person

No Days Meals
13 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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