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Morocco with Sonya Lovell

13-22 November, 2023


Morocco with Sonya Lovell

Imagine narrow alleyways in blushing pink stone, sprawling markets crammed with carpets and spices, calls to prayer piped out from ancient minarets and you have Morocco, the location for this active retreat with speaker, menopause mentor and personal trainer, Sonya Lovell. This trip will take us on an adventurous road trip from Marrakech through the Atlas Mountains and deep into the sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi desert (and for those who opt to extend the trip, to the breezy coastal town of Essaouira). The journey will be an adventure to excite, inspire and remember.

*Please note that there is a fair amount of driving in order to arrive at the magnificent Erg Chebbi desert. We will be transported by private 17-seat minibus to and from the foot of the dunes, then 4x4 jeeps into the desert and to our luxury camp. Driving time will be four to five hours each day for two days to the desert and then back again (for a total of about 10 hours each way), plus stops at some of the most beautiful and significant cultural and natural sites in Morocco, including the Tizi n'Tichka pass, Ait BenHaddou, Ouarzazate, the Skoura Oasis, Boumalme Dades and Todra Gorge. There is of course yet another mode of transportation we must not fail to mention: camels! On our first morning in the desert, we will travel in a camel caravan led by cameleers (anyone not keen to ride may walk alongside). 


  • daily training sessions with Sonya Lovell

  • a six day/five night excursion into the desert, with two nights in a beautiful camp set in the dunes 

  • four nights in a lovely riad in Marrakech

  • visits to important cultural heritage sites and areas of spectacular beauty

  • camel riding, sand boarding

  • a cooking class

  • a lunch and visit with weavers at a wonderful women's rug cooperative

  • delicious local food 

  • an optional four day add-on to the coastal city of Essaouira

Sample day:​

  • ​7am: optional strength and body weight workout

  • 8am: breakfast

  • 9am: depart for the Skoura Oasis, going through the Tizi n'Tichka pass, stopping at the Ksour of Ait BenHaddou and the town of Ouarzazate before arriving at our destination

  • 8:00pm: dinner

The Retreat includes: 

  • Four nights shared (double) accommodation in a riad in Marrakech

  • Two nights shared (double) accommodation in tents with private ensuite bathrooms the Erg Chebbi desert

  • Two night shared (double) accommodation in the Skoura Oasis

  • One night shared (double) accommodation in Agdz

  • all training sessions 

  • all activities and excursions

  • all breakfasts

  • all dinners

  • local transportation

  • transfer from Casablanca airport (CMN) at a pre-determined time on13 November 2023 or from Marrakech airport (RAK) at any time on 13 November 2023

  • transfer to Casablanca airport (CMN) at a pre-determined time on 22 November 2023 or from Marrakech airport (RAK) at any time on 22 November 2023 

The Retreat does not include: 

  • flights

  • transfers from any other locations outside of our predetermined place and time

  • lunches (with the exception of when we're in the desert)

  • alcohol

  • medical insurance and trip cancellation insurance

  • incidentals

  • gratuities

  • optional four day trip extension to Essaouira

Retreat rates:

This cost of this retreat is $4600 CAD. 

Preferred flight details:

When flights become available for booking, we will let you know what is the preferred time of arrival and departure and can help​ with routing advice.

Join this trip

Registration for this trip is currently open. Please fill out this registration form and we will contact you for the deposit. Spots on this trip are limited so please be aware that registering does not guarantee you a place.

Morocco with Sonya Lovell

Sonya Lovell is a Speaker, Podcaster and Personal Trainer. She's also a Breast Cancer survivor who experienced the chaos of an induced menopause, when she was 47. 

Sonya leans heavily into her lived experience of being unsupported, unprepared and seriously under educated through her own menopause to support and educate women navigating their midlife and menopausal transition.

On her podcast, Dear Menopause, Sonya delivers raw, real and relevant conversations with a broad range of women’s health experts as guests alongside interviews with women who are happy to share their peri-menopausal, menopausal and midlife stories. Sonya is a firm believer that knowledge is power and that through the sharing of stories we can not only educate and empower women, but also become advocates so that we can collectively raise our voices and make some noise!

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Morocco with Sonya Lovell
Morocco with Sonya Lovell
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