My Retreat Model
Travel with a Purpose: Small Group Tours + Cultural Travel Experiences
My retreats are much more than just a vacation. If you’re looking for something deeper, more adventurous, and more purposeful, you’ve come to the right place.
Together, we will have awesome adventures while also learning to build resilience. We will explore what it means to be a good traveler and take time each day to care for our bodies and minds.
Cultural immersion is the centerpiece of my trips while daily movement and mindfulness sessions create the container to process our travels and build community.
I fell in love with the Middle East and North Africa when I moved to Turkey 15 years ago and have been obsessed with sharing it ever since. I hope to empower you to see a part of the world you might not otherwise see and share practices that help you feel composed, connected, and inspired.
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.
I wrote a blog post about mindful travel that you can read here.
“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 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 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, gain an intimate understanding of history, culture, and humanity, and leave feeling connected, grounded, and inspired.
If you are an adventurous, curious traveler, I’d love for you to check out my upcoming cultural retreats and reach out to connect!
I wrote a blog post about Mindful Middle East Travel that you can read here.
“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 is donated to support the nonprofits we interacted with.
Morocco Art & Culture Retreat: March 23- April 2, 2023
Throughout our 10-days and 11-nights together, you will enjoy exclusive, off-the-beaten path tours to discover the creative heartbeat of Morocco.
This trip begins at Maison28, in the heart of the Marrakech medina, and then winds down south through ancient cultures and kasbahs, and culminates under the stars in the Sahara Desert.
During our trip, we will visit and learn from local artisans and stewards of Morocco’s famous craft culture. You will enjoy private tours, opportunities to learn and deeply connect with Moroccan culture, and hands-on creative workshops.
This retreat will benefit the female artisans and entrepreneurs we visit during the trip.
Turkey Culture & Resilience Retreat: Fall 2023
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 Cappadocia and will be re-launched soon!
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