Koom Retreat and Training Center is a sustainable farm with the mission to teach Shaolin martial arts and meditation, and promote cultural exchange in Morocco.
After living for 20 years in California working for real estate financing firms then opening fine dining restaurants, Hicham's (aka Sham) path led him to meet and learn from live masters from the Sufi, Taoist, and Hindu tradition in Morocco, the United States, China, and Europe. Sham teaches styles of internal martial arts such as Xing Yi, Shaolin, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi. He decided to share his knowledge with people seeking to visit Morocco while enriching their practices in a two-acre sustainable farm.
Master Khalid was born in 1971 in Marrakech. He has taught Kototama, Qi Gong, Chakra yoga, Aikido, and Kyosho (art of self-defense). He was fortunate to have teachers who received their teaching directly from the source. He started Aikido at a very young age, 13 years old, and was able to draw all the secrets of this discipline to become today an Elkidoka with verified aptitudes. He is today a recognized aîkidoka with tested powers and skills. At the source of Aikido, there is Kototama, an art form which Master Khalid was able to discover inochi therapy and create his own art Aikishendo.
Master Carlo is a disciple of Nakazono.
from United Kingdom, September 2019
"Life changing experience - found my inner warrior again!"
Such an awesome time at Koom! I haven't done martial arts for 10 years, though studied kick boxing and Judo and hold a 1st Dan in ITF Taekwon Do. Still I was a little nervous at 51, female and travelling alone. No worries though, Cham made the experience very easy, whatsapping answering all questions and being there outside the airport to pick me up when I arrived. Koom is idyllic. Out in the countryside with the mountains as backdrop. The place used to be a religious centre and you feel the focused vibe when you walk through the gates. The rooms are around a central courtyard full of fig trees, lavender and rosemary and has a central fountain, Meditation type music was playing, blue sky, sunshine - wow! Dinner was served and was healthy and plentiful. Then we went up to the roof top and Cham taught me some Shaoilin basics as the sun went down. Next day early breakfast is followed by an 8am run through the olive trees and a thorough stretch. I'm a Pilates teacher and sports therapist by trade so was impressed with the diligence of the warm up. Training is done in 3 x 1.5 to 2 hour sessions daily & was tailored to the needs of the group (which ranged widely but everyone was accommodated). We covered Sanda, Xing Yi, Shaolin basics, Qi Gong and Chen style Tai Chi. We also did power training and power stretching. There's a spring water pool, washing machines and line, meditation room. meditation classes, massage classes..I could go on! Left feeling I got my fire back. Book this!
from United Kingdom, May 2019
"An amazing life changing experience "
I learned so many things in just a week of being at Koom. The experience was very unique and very catered to the individual. I really enjoyed staying on the farm and enjoying the local produce and food was fresh and very good.
This was my 2nd time doing any form of martial arts and the workouts and they were very much a push but not so far that you were uncomfortable but Cham will adjust the workout to your pace.
An overall very amazing experience. Would definitely go again!
from Netherlands, March 2019
"My time at Koom"
Everyone there is welcoming you with great warmth, the school has a beautiful ancient ambience which brings you directly to a 1001 night feeling. The trees and animals, the fountain, it all adds to the feeling of taking good care of yourself. The food is truly amazing, the schedule has a great variety and Hicham has a lot of joyful motivation to work with you. He has interesting views about life that you can discuss with him and he is open for feedback. The family is very kind and you can learn a lot about Sufism and Moroccan culture.
from Netherlands, March 2019
I have learned so much this week on Internal and external martial arts. I feel fitter and with the fresh air and lovely food presented every meal I feel more healthy after the full week of training and Koom Retreat. It was a wonderfull spiritual experience.
from United States, February 2019
"perfect oasis between mountains, desert & Marrakech"
I had the most amazing time in Hishams Martial Arts Camp! Everyone at the Koom Retreat Center is so nice trying to make you have the best time and taking good care of you. The room was nice and clean and Hishams mum is probably the best Maroccain Cook you could imagine - healthy delicious and divers food every day!
Programm wise it was also the perfect balance between exhausting sporty exercices taking you to the limits, more relaxing meditation, some cultural classes and free time in between and after the schedule!
Thanks for everything!
from Ireland, February 2019
"Peaceful retreat on beautiful farm "
I wanted to get away for new year but also to train as I have an upcoming Amature fight. Hicham works you hard which I wanted but also plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the farm. Lots of rooftops to soak up the sun on. Within a few days I was so relaxed and de-stressed. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming and I even picked up a bit of French and Arabic. There's also a little village about 30 minute walk away and Marrakesh is about 30 mins in a taxi (€10). Would return for sure - such a beautiful and peaceful place.
from Germany, January 2019
Koom Retreat is a place to unwind.
Stillness is the word here. Settle down and just be there for some days. Minimalism is a key word. The beautiful gardens and the epic sunrise and sunsets will be all the entertainment you need alongside the full day program. Prepare yourself to be confronted with a juxtaposition between your routine and learning you really do not need much.