Do your New Year’s resolutions include…
Doing more yoga?
Learning to meditate?
Spending more time as a family?
If any of these tick your boxes then the team at Roro Retreats will be able to provide your kind of holiday. The brainchild of two single working mums, the idea behind Roro Retreats was born to combine a passion for active yoga holidays that fully accommodate the whole family.
Roro currently have two yoga retreats available in 2017. The first running from 27th May -3rd June, situated with an ocean view in Finca, Southern Spain (near Malaga). It features both family yoga and parent only classes, with on-site supervised activities for the kids meaning you can fully zone out during your own time.
Last September I was lucky enough to travel to Morocco to check out their second venture in the stunning Altas Mountains (2017 dates will be 1-8th October). After my flight to Marrakech, a 90 minute drive and a hilarious donkey ride, I arrived at the Kasbah Du Toubkal, perched on a mountain top with 360 degree views of snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and ancient Berber villages. My first impressions were that this was a truly magical setting and the perfect place to unwind after the madness that was fashion week and it did not disappoint! The retreat offers a true oasis of calm for any budding or more experienced yogi.
The Kasbah is beautifully traditional with jewel coloured rugs and scattered cushions creating cosy dining rooms, opening out to large sun terraces and enchanting enclosed wild flower gardens, not to mention the log burning fires to keep you cosy when the sun goes down. Bedrooms are simple but homely with lovely added softening touches such as a hot water bottles being ready and waiting in your bed every evening.
After being introduced to Tara, our yoga & meditation guru for the week, we sat down to a delicious traditional Moroccan lunch (vegan, veggie, meat eaters, even the fussiest of kids are all easily catered for) and of course the intensely sweet mint tea Morocco is famous for. The food continued to wow us throughout the week, I always looked forward to the vibrantly coloured salads, homemade warm barley bread and healthy puddings to satisfy my sweet tooth.
Our daily schedule consisted of a light breakfast followed by a three hour yoga and meditation session. Brunch was eaten early so that the rest of the afternoon was free to take advantage of the inclusive mountain trekking guide, or a spot of shopping in the local town where there are lots of treasures were to be found! A two hour afternoon yoga session wound us all down for the evening, followed by a hearty candlelit dinner with the group.
Tara was a fantastically experienced teacher and although our group consisted of a mix of complete beginners to teacher training level, it was small enough that she could look after everyone and their personal needs to ensure every member of the group made the progress they hoping for during their stay. The combination of the stunning location, expert team and family/group focus design of the stay, truly made the retreat one to remember, the perfect place to unwind mind and body.
For more information, prices and early bird discounts go to www.rororetreats.com
By Hannah Hughes