Vertical Growth Retreat Morocco


Morocco is a land of light and a feast of the senses, and the destination of our first international Vertical Growth Retreat.

As Mercedes Era, Founder & President of BETC Group so eloquently puts it,

“Morocco is much more than a tourist experience. Morocco is an encounter with the essential: The beauty of the landscapes, the palette of smells and flavors, the vibrations of light, the intensity of the culture both rooted in the past and so open to the future and above all the immense heart of the people of Morocco”.


Oct. 22nd - Oct. 30th, 2023


Riad clé de sol

Douar Taht, Aghmat, Aghmat 42000, Morocco (Marrakech area)


Limited to 20 participants


This retreat offers a unique combination of transformative coaching, meditation, yoga, and Essentrics, a full-body workout that will leave you feeling energized and invigorated. Throughout the retreat, you'll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, immerse yourself in the local culture, and explore the stunning Moroccan landscapes.

During the retreat, you’ll stay in beautiful accommodations with authentic Moroccan decor, enjoy healthy and delicious meals, and receive personalized attention from our experienced team of instructors and coaches. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, renewed, and empowered to take on whatever challenges life may bring.

Each day will begin with a guided rejuvenating movement practice to awaken your body and calm your mind. The morning session will also be the introduction of the foundational theme for the day. After this, we will enjoy a delicious breakfast at the riad, made with ingredients sourced from the local organic garden.


Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Presence
Day 3: Acceptance
Day 4: Grace & Grit
Day 5: Contact & Integration
Day 6: Energy Mastery
Day 7: Gratitude & Community
Day 8: Nature & Celebration
Day 9: Power of Intention

This immersive retreat will be a skillful integration of theory, formal practice and experiential learning based on curated themes that will significantly deepen the understanding of who you are and how you experience life.

Our days will begin with clear intention, followed by carefully curated activities, each reinforcing the other to support self-exploration and experiential learning. There will be group and individual sessions with our expert coaches, who will guide you through transformative practices that will help you explore your true nature, as well as identify obstacles that may be getting in the way, whether limiting beliefs, negative thought patterns, or emotional blockages.

The retreat will feature several group excursions specifically chosen to practice and embody the foundational theme of the day. These include exploring the captivating region of Marrakech, with its colorful souks, tranquil gardens, and stunning architecture. You’ll indulge in the rich flavors of Moroccan cuisine, immerse yourself in the local culture, and discover the magic and beauty of this remarkable destination. We will be visiting remote Berber communities, trekking, experiencing local folklore and so much more! There will also be plenty of opportunities to relax by the pool, enjoy massage or hammam experiences to support your integration process.

As the day draws to a close, we will wind down with restorative and meditative practices, allowing you to reflect on the day, connect with your inner self and tap into what is awaiting to be seen.

Join us on this empowering journey of self-discovery, where you’ll learn to embrace your inner strength, unlock hidden potential, and transform your life in unimaginable ways. It’s time to embark on a journey of self-love, growth, and transformation in the captivating Marrakech region. It is time for your hero’s journey.

The hero’s journey, which is our perennial intimate and collective story, describes the journey from an ordinary world to a special world where one faces challenges, receives help, forms allies, experiences transformation, and returns to the ordinary world with a gift. This is the bold intention of our very first Mindsmatter international retreat.

“The hero’s journey always begins with the call. One way or another, a guide must come to say, ‘Look, you’re in Sleepy Land. Wake. Come on a trip. There is a whole aspect of your consciousness, your being, that’s not being touched. So you’re at home here? Well, there’s not enough of you there’. And so it starts.”

— Joseph Campbell

You can reserve your spot by paying a $600, non-refundable deposit, and pay the remainder of the ticket price later in 3 installments. The deposit will count towards your ticket payment, and can be made for ANY available ticket:

EARLY BIRD: Single Occupancy (1 person per room) – $3350

EARLY BIRD: Double Occupancy (2 – 4 people per room) – $2800

Regular Price: Single Occupancy (1 person per room) – $3650 – price effective May 16, 2023

Regular Price: Double Occupancy (2 – 4 people per room) – $3100 – price effective May 16, 2023


Vertical Growth Retreat - Morocco - Carl Lemieux

Carl Lemieux is a sought-out speaker and workshop facilitator. He is also a psychotherapist, an executive coach and seasoned consultant with over 35 years of expertise in strategy, cultural transformation and leadership development.

Carl’s strengths lie in developing the potential of humans as they face increasingly complex lives, by (1) enhancing personal mastery and leadership of others, (2) using neuroscience and well-researched practices to increase focus, (3) deepening levels of connection. He helps people become wiser in their decision-making while they reach greater levels of authenticity and inner peace.

Carl is a registered psychologist (OPQ), EMBA and a qualified mindfulness teacher (MBSR). In 2022, he published Vertical Growth.

Carl speaks both English and French, and lives in Montreal.

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Vertical Growth Retreat - Morocco - Bhaskar Goswami

Bhaskar Goswami is an acclaimed speaker and a senior yoga and meditation teacher from Assam, India. He is an embodiment specialist dedicated to helping people access the wisdom of their bodies through mindfulness practices.

Bhaskar is the founder of BODHI, an organization offering genuine wellbeing to people in homes, businesses, schools and special care centers. Bhaskar has published two international albums, Open Yoga and Wisdom Stories and is the author of Wisdom Stories – Book 1.

Bhaskar has a Masters Honors in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham (England) and a 10-year international engineering career. He lives in Montreal (Canada) with his family of three children.

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Vertical Growth Retreat - Morocco - Karima Tidjani

Karima Tidjani is a certified Essentrics Instructor, an event planner and a real estate professional from Rabat, Morocco. She is a world traveler and has lived and worked in France, USA, Switzerland, Morocco and Canada.

Karima has a MBA from the College of Insurance, NY, USA and a degree in higher education pedagogy from UQAM, Montreal, Canada.

Karima has extensive experience as a Business advisor with SME, especially in HR management & event planning. Passionate about dance and self development through the arts, she has organized several cultural & artistic events in Montreal with local and international artists.

Today, her focus is on organizing and offering wellness & transformational holistic retreats in different parts of the world.

Karima lives in Montreal with her family. She speaks English, French and Arabic.


Departure on 21/10/23 from Montreal PET Airport at 9:50pm with Royal Air Maroc

Day 1: Arrival - 22/10/23

Arrival at Casablanca International Airport at 9:30am (local time), transit to your next departure at 11:45am. Arrival at Marrakech Airport at 12:50pm. A bus will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to Riad Clé de Sol (hotel).

Address: Route de l’Ourika 30 km Douar Tahat, Aghmat , 45000 Aghmat, Morocco
Phone: +212 6 61 13 45 50 or +212 5 24 48 57 03 (landline)
**For arrivals at different times, please make your own way to the hotel

For plane reservations (Roundtrip: Montreal-Marrakech), please contact Othmane Cherif, Tam Voyages Montreal : (514) 448 3027
Ticket costs (economy) : approximately $ 965 CDN* (price may vary depending on the time of booking)

Day 2: Presence - 23/10/23

7 AM – 12 PM Morning practices (Meditation, yoga/Essentrics, group coaching, with breakfast and lunch breaks, and then relax and enjoy the facilities (pool, Hamman, Massage, and walks in organic garden)

Day 3: Acceptance - 24/10/23

Morning practices and departure by bus to explore the beautiful valley of Ourika that lies in the first foothills of the high Atlas, a beautiful expanse of luxuriant green, its adobe villages clinging to the mountainsides. Visit the local Berber markets, museum, and argan oil production facility. Visit the village of Setti-Fatma, the starting point of our trekking to the seven waterfalls. It is effortful and the experience is meaningful.

*Note: The trail which leads to the other six waterfalls is slippery and rocky, so proper shoes are required. If you are adept at swimming in mountain cold water, go for it !

Day 4: Grace & Grit - 25/10/23

Morning practices and departure to Imlil, a charming little village located in the heart of the Atlas chain. You will discover a dazzling panorama with stunning views of the Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in Morocco. We will do some hiking where we will explore our endurance.

Day 5: Contact & Integration - 26/10/23

Morning and afternoon practices and coaching and relax time at the Riad

Day 6: Energy Mastery - 27/10/23

Morning practices. After lunch, we will depart to Marrakech to explore the Majorelle Garden. Free time for shopping or sightseeing. In the evening, gathering for a fun celebratory dinner at the luxurious Jad Mahal. Traditional or international cuisine, entertainment with belly dancers.

Day 7: Gratitude & Community - 28/10/23

Morning practices. After lunch, visit the famous Jemaa El Fna with a walk through the narrow, maze-like streets of the medina, lined with colorful shops brimming with rugs, spices, and much more. Spend the rest of the day exploring Marrakech on your own. Gathering in the evening on a rooftop to watch the beautiful sunset and drink a Moroccan mint tea.

Day 8: Nature & Celebration - 29/10/23

Morning practices plus group coaching. After lunch, relax time and then we will take a walk around the community village near the Riad. We will end the day with a community farewell dinner at the Riad.

Day 9: Power of Intention - 30/10/23

Check out and departure from Marrakech Airport at 1:40 pm. Arrival at Casablanca at 2:45 pm. Departure from Casablanca Airport at 4:55 pm. Arrival at Montreal at 7:35 pm.


Facilitated in English. French exchanges are welcomed.