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Retreat Report: Day 5 in Morocco

I woke up this morning feeling the full effects of hiking for 12 hours yesterday. My quads and calves are tender to the touch and all I want is a foam roller. I’m leading a restorative yoga class in a private garden (Le Jardin Secret) for anyone who is able to make it out of bed.

We enjoy breakfast on the terrace at El Fenn and then head to meet one of Morocco’s most well-known, high-end fashion designers, Amine Bendriouich, at his boutique which is filled with his collection as well as curious elements from Marrakech’s past, chandeliers from La Momounia, and more. Following this, we go to the studio of Hassan Hajjaj.

We have lunch at a local place in the Medina and have the rest of the afternoon to wander. The Medina is lively and so large it’s almost like a maze. You could find almost anything you wanted here, including local foods, beautiful Moroccan rugs, and colorful tiles and ceramics. It would take days to explore it all.

It’s our final night and we’re celebrating with sunset drinks followed by a moonlit dinner on the rooftop of El Fenn.  It was so amazing to see how the entire group really came together on the mountain and to look back on the accomplishment we all shared. Lots of feelings of achievement, laughter, and smiles carried us through the night. Following dinner, when we return to our rooms, one final gift to commemorate the trip is waiting for us: beautiful Bouchra Boudoua pottery. I love having little pieces like this that serve as reminders of experiences and memories I will never forget. This was such a memorable trip and memorable group of people to share it with.

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Photos: Will Mayer