A Silent, Guided, Sufi, Desert Retreat

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)

27th October: Marrakesh to Agdez
Leaving Marrakech by 4×4, 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.

28th October: Agdez to Erg Lihoudi, Mhamid
Leaving Agdez after breakfast, we drive over the Anti-Atlas to the Erg Lihoudi dunes for lunch at the fixed bivouac camp there. After this break, we continue, partially by 4×4 and later on foot, (with camels to carry our bags) off the beaten track to our own personal remote retreat camp out in the desert.

29th October – 2nd November: Erg Lihoudi
In our retreat camp, 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, and with a local nomad cook, guide, and camel-men to look after us, we make our 5-day silent, guided retreat. 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’, and seeking to open ourselves to the possibility of self-transformation in the miraculous alchemy of retreat.

3rd – 6th November: the Sahara

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 the 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 there.

7th November: Erg Lihoudi, 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.

8th November: Ouarzazate – Marrakesh
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.

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 includes ground transportation, all meals (wholesome vegetarian food) and accommodation (shared), 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.

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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