Restival Morocco: Unplug at this 5 million-star eco-camp in the Sahara

Restival Morocco: Unplug at this 5 million-star eco-camp in the Sahara

Unplug and reconnect to yourself, others and the earth at Restival. Part rest, part fest, join them in Morocco for wellness activities in the desert.

enthusiasts may have heard about a group of gypsetters
having some down time in the Sahara last year from which a number
of life changing experiences occurred. At Restival, adventurous
spirits completely unplugged from modern society and discovered
their inner spark. Luckily for those who didn’t make it first time
around, it’s back in February 2017 – better but no bigger (they
like to keep things intimate) than before.

The lovechild of a retreat and festival, this visionary event
helps each guest reconnect with oneself, with each other and with
the world around them – somewhat ironically on one of the most
remote places on earth.

Caroline Jones, the founder of Restival says: “We offer
extraordinary experiences in exceptional locations, shaped by the
culture and traditions of indigenous tribes, far from the glare of
modern technology and the stress of modern living. We bring people
together to create their own family – it’s an extraordinary
experience, rarely open to the outside world.”

The six-day retreats running this November bring together tribal
wisdom and wellness expertise in a comfortable, eco-luxe
environment in the Sahara Desert. Luxury white tents, outdoor
lanterns, Berber rugs, open campfires, sumptuous Moroccan cushions
and local, organic food and drink together create a haven of

Restival’s programme of events ranges from art, writing and
music workshops to astronomy, camel riding, storytelling, yoga,
meditation, the art of relationships, gong baths, music, dancing
and mindfulness. It’s held with the generous assistance of Berber
nomads who share their ancient customs and a fascinatingly fresh
perspective on the world. While there’s much on offer, there’s also
no set agenda. Participate at your will, play backgammon or strum
on a guitar all day if you wish. The ultimate goal is for guests to
return home feeling rejuvenated, recalibrated and reconnected to a
whole new world.

In a society that’s marked by hustle, bustle and technological
addictions (yes, we saw you just check your Instagram), this
unique, self-affirming, positive experience is needed now more than

Who needs a luxury resort when you have a five million-star
eco-camp waiting for you?

Register your interest here.

When is it?

The Moroccan Restival is held over five nights and six days,
twice a year. The retreat will take place in February 2017.

How do you get there?

Once booked, you’ll receive a welcome pack detailing everything
you need to know from flight times and visa information to what you
should bring. From Marrakech, the Restival team will transport you
over the Atlas Mountains in a 4×4 convoy to the camp (and

How many people attend Restival?

The camp is a space to relax, somewhere you can choose to
partake in activities with others or spend time alone. To help keep
Restival an intimate experience, there are just 100 tickets
available for each week.

Where do you stay and how much does it cost?

The camp is located in the Sahara desert, near the town of
Merzouga, an eight- hour drive from Marrakech. Here you’ll find
design-conscious, spacious tents with comfy beds and white cotton
linen. Prices start from £1,000 to share a tent with four

There’s an early bird offer on at present – 20 per cent off all

The cost of your ticket includes ALL organic meals, elixirs,
drinks, shared experiences and airport pickups and journey to the
desert. Don’t expect the usual festival backlog around an ATM
machine. There is, however, a Berber pop-up shop selling
traditional items such as Gandoras, Kaftans, scarves, turbans,
rugs, jewellery and tagines.

What do you eat?

Mealtimes are an occasion for Restival-ers to connect. Guests
dine in traditional Berber style, seated on the floor around long
tables in a tent. An organic, locally sourced buffet is designed to
cater to all tastes and achieve maximum nutrition.

What does a typical day look like?

Restival invites guests to do as much or as little as they like.
Practice sunrise yoga, attend an interactive workshop, take a camel
ride at sunset or stargaze to the sound of traditional Berber song.
There’s no timetable; you do what feels best for you.

A regular day may go as follows:

7.00AM Yoga / meditation / gong sound bath 8.30AM Breakfast
9.30AM Workshops 12.30PM Lunch 2.00PM Workshops /meditation /
wellness activities 5.00PM Sunset yoga/ gong sound bath/ sunset
camel ride 7.15PM Dinner 8:45PM Campfire stories / astronomy
10.00PM Berber music, singing and dancing.

What not to miss?

Don’t miss the sunrise yoga, the gong sound bath, sunset camel
ride, campfire stories from old Morocco, astronomy and traditional
Berber music and dance. The Berber Village is home to a real
nomadic tribe, ready to share their time-honoured baking and
weaving skills. Come sundown, Touareg music will serenade the
campfire. Here you’ll find BBC journalist Richard Hamilton sharing
passages from his captivating book, The Last of the Storytellers.
Soak up the Saharan sky as the camp’s astronomer uncovers the
fascinating facts behind our solar system.

How do I book?

Fill out the form at the foot of the page to register
your interest.

Welcome to the trip of a lifetime.

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