What is Mindful Travel?
Mindful travel encompasses how we engage with the places we are visiting and how well we are able to maintain composure within ourselves.
When traveling mindfully, we are curious, open-minded, and intentional with our interactions. We make sustainable choices and spend money in ways that benefit local communities and people. We also seek opportunities to meet people and have conversations so that we can deeply learn about the places we visit.
Additionally, we seek to maintain composure within ourselves while traveling outside of our comfort zone. We do this by incorporating simple mindfulness practices like breath awareness, pausing before responding, building rest into our itineraries and always considering the larger view.
“This retreat exceeded expectations for its combination of culture and yoga. Each day was constructed to accommodate a great deal of activity with yoga to complement. I hope to join Nicole someday again!”Sondra A
Why the Middle East & North Africa?
I have lived and studied abroad in four MENA countries (Turkey, Morocco, Jordan, and Lebanon). Over the years, I have fallen in love with the region and have found it to be consistently hospitable, endlessly fascinating, and strikingly beautiful.
Through my nearly 15 years of travel to the MENA region, I have developed a lot of mindful travel skills and strategies. I feel a kindred connection to this corner of the world and am passionate about sharing it with others.
Why Yoga Retreats in The Middle East & North Africa?
My retreats are an opportunity to really put your yoga in action. Our daily practices serve as a container for the overall travel experience. Here, we learn skills that we can take with us off the mat, building resilience, mindfulness, and intention. Practices include breathwork, guided meditations, movement, and space to rest and integrate.
My yoga retreats are unique and special and tend to attract people who are looking for something a little different. Expect to meet a diverse range of real people, to gain an intimate understanding of history, culture, and humanity, and to leave feeling connected, grounded, and inspired.
If you are an adventurous, curious traveler, I’d love for you to check out my upcoming retreats and reach out to connect!
“The Moroccan retreat with Nicole was the experience of a lifetime. It was well thought out and guided I loved every minute and had so much fun and am so happy I took the opportunity to do it! Would love to do it again.”Elda S
Women’s Empowerment in the Middle East & North Africa
My yoga retreats are designed to give back. Each retreat includes opportunities to engage with local nonprofits that are working to empower women. We might visit a local school or women’s shelter, learn about how refugees are being supported or meet women from rural areas who are pursuing a college education. In addition, at the end of each retreat, a portion of the proceeds are donated to support the nonprofits we interacted with.
Morocco Yoga & Culture Retreat: October 16-23, 2021
Immerse yourself in Morocco’s beauty and hospitality. Enjoy daily cultural activities, yoga sessions, delicious homemade Moroccan food, and opportunities to connect and learn.
Most importantly, give yourself the gift of nourishment and inspiration on the other side of 2020!
Turkey Yoga & Culture Retreat: May 20-28, 2022
Nicole lived in Turkey as an undergraduate while she was studying Islamic Art History and fell in love with the country. Her Turkey yoga retreat has been expertly and thoughtfully curated to showcase Turkey’s rich cultural and geographic diversity.
Our Turkish retreat will be split between Istanbul and the stunning Turquoise Coast.
This yoga retreat will benefit Mor Cati, an organization working to combat violence against women.
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