La Vida Surf offers sailing, yoga and surf retreats that allow the elements to forge you while cultivating ecology and environmental awareness.
Yoga Retreats (1)
Aleksi considers himself extremely fortunate to have studied under numerous dedicated teachers from a variety of disciplines. He graduated as a therapist at the Neijing institute within TCM in 2008, as a professional contemporary dancer at DDSKS. He has practiced Hatha yoga since 2004 and thought movement classes parallel to working at his clinic in Copenhagen and Helsinki while working as a performer. He founded La Vida Surf in order to live and practice in nature and offer the experience to friends and guests. Nature and her elements are the most honest teachers he's had.
Sharon is a Dutch certified yoga teacher and movement enthusiast who did her yoga teacher training at Balanzs in 2018. Making a transition from working as a manager of a famous yoga studio in Amsterdam, she has been teaching yoga ever since. Her classes are diverse and with a touch of humour; she loves to work with a theme in her classes. “This is my way of teaching more then just a pose, connecting your emotions to poses. The energy flows, where your intention goes.”
from Morocco, March 2020
"Good vibes only! "
This place is just magic! The people, the food, the villa between the argan trees was just amazing. Aleksi and his team are just charming people, who r here for your well being and happiness. I enjoyed my stay a lot and could really relaxe. The yoga, the movement meditation, the breath workshop, the food, the swimming pool just what you need. The food is a celebration every day, morning & evening - just epic!!!! Thank you very much for hosting me, I ll return definitely one day again :)
Georgia Hasegan Brighton
from United Kingdom, March 2020
"Fab experience with fab people"
The peace & harmony of the place , the quality of the food , the staff and .....everything
from Germany, February 2020
"Amazing yoga retreat in beautiful surroundings !"
The team is really very friendly and welcoming and has done everything to make my stay as pleasant as possible. The Riad is very well maintained and the rooms/bathrooms were always very clean. The food was simply incredible - on request also gluten-free! All in all, the program and the facilities correspond to the description.
The yoga classes took place on the roof top - a wonderful place with a view of the sea and the mountains. Sharon is a very authentic and experienced teacher, who has always been attentive to individual needs. I have been practicing yoga for several years and in different countries and loved the yoga classes with Sharon! The retreat is very suitable for beginners as well as for advanced yogis. The breathing workshops with Aleksi and the movement class were also a very inspiring experience.
A very relaxing week, in wonderful surroundings and with adorable people (and of course the dog Tao!). After a long stressful time the week was very good to relax, come down and let go. I will certainly come back!
from France, February 2020
"An oxygen bubble in Paradise"
When I arrived, it was like time stood still.
This week in La Vida Surf was simply amazing, by the quality and accuracy of the classes, the magnificent setting surrounded by nature and the explosion of flavor of food.
It's like everything is aligned at the right time for me: spiritually, emotionally and physically.
Thank you sooooo much to the whole team, specially Aleksi, Sharon and Narina; and the all group that was present this week.
And thank you for bringing us back to basics through the body and your philosophy of life. I hope come back some day :)
from Germany, February 2020
"An amazing week i will never forget..."
If you are looking for a time-out, this is the place.
I spent 8 nights at La Vida and from the very first moment on the staff and everyone else staying there made it feel like home. I had quite a chaotic start (having lost my whole wallet) - but all the people there where so supportive, loving, caring and great that i cannot thank them enough.
There is so much i could say, but to sum it up: The food was absolutely incredible - fresh, healty, always different. The yoga classes held by Sharon were always a treat for the body and mind. The breathing classes with Aleksi where something i had never experienced before and opened up my horizon. In those few days all the other travellers staying there became kind of a little family and it made me feel so lucky.
Thank you for everything! You have created an absolute special place there and i am definately coming back :-)
Lots of Love,
Sabrina from Germany xxx
from Denmark, January 2020
"Amazing place in the mountains full of possibilities "
I liked the riad with the beautiful colors, the poolarea, the rooftop, the view over the mountains and the sea, the friendly staff and the variety in the movement practice from flow yoga, yin and meditation to breathwork, dance, martial arts and contact improvisation. I loved the silence, but still with easy acces to Taghazout. The schedule was very convenient with lot's of scheduled activities but still plenty of free time. A lovely, lovely place that fills you up with joy, inspiration and peace!
The food was excellent, very nice of personalities in the staff, very good yoga and a great mindful walk! The breathing sessions were also quite interesting, unsettling
from United Kingdom, January 2020
"Good But Not Great"
I loved the location - a traditional Riad in the ‘mountains’, so quiet and peaceful. I enjoyed the yoga/meditation and the breathing technique we learnt was new to me and particularly interesting. I also loved having a dog around the place.
from Italy, December 2019
"Lovely retreat in Morocco "
I had an overall great experience. The yoga instructors were excellent. We had two during the week and I appreciated both of their unique styles.
The accommodations were nice, well kept and cleaned daily. Additionally, the staff was so kind and welcoming which added to the greatly to the overall feeling of the retreat. They even had a special Christmas Eve dinner for us. Being away from home I thought this was a sweet and unique gesture of kindness during the holiday season.
Additionally, food was amazing! Hats off to the chef.
All in all great experience! The staff, yoga, accommodations and food was amazing.
from Belgium, December 2019
We enjoyed our stay there very much with my friend. Everything was perfect : the food was delicious, our Yoga classes with Sharon were a good balance between Vinyasa / Yin / Mediation styles, the location was beautiful in the mountains & with the pool & the rooftop... Aleksi is also a great host, very powerful and interesting. I recommend the place for any people looking for a peaceful stay with great activities.
from United States, December 2019
"A lovely retreat off the beaten track in Morocco "
The welcome of all the staff and the atmosphere with wonderful group of guests was excellent. The food was plentiful and really extraordinary quality. Top marks here!
from Canada, November 2019
"A wonderful retreat for all the senses"
La Vida Surf provided us with eight glorious days of yoga, meditation, and breathing workshops. The instruction and guidance were first rate and led by instructors (Aleksi and Sharon) who were passionate about their practices and genuinely concerned about the well being of the guests. We were new to breath work and Aleksi, who is also our host, made this practice a wonderful and inspiring revelation to ourselves and the other participants. But the yoga and meditation and breath work were only the tip of the iceberg. La Vida Serf is located high up on the mountain overlooking the lovely seaside Village of Taghazout. From the roof deck, where the yoga classes are held, the views are beautiful over the quiet, starkly beautiful landscape along with the ever changing gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. We were led on a beautiful, inspiring hike in the hills and took ourselves for daily walks on paths created by goats and donkeys, meeting the friendly local folk in the local tiny villages that dot the hillsides. The wonderfully healthy and plentiful fresh food served morning and evening was a gourmet's delight. To top it all off, we spent our week with other guests from diverse parts of the world who helped make the week a real pleasure. I must add that the accommodations are beautiful (complete with pool) and truly comfortable and the people working at La Vida Surf, all of them, were wonderfully pleasant, friendly, helpful and welcoming. This place is a treasure.
from Turkey, October 2019
"Not a YOGA retreat more like a dance free form retreat"
The Riad was lovely, thoughtfully decorated with peaceful rooms. the view from the roof terrace was breathtaking, mountains on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.
Johan Van De Kleut
from Netherlands, October 2019
"THE place for your retreat in Morocco!"
I didn't have a yoga experience yet, but it turned out not to be a problem. The lessons Aleksi gave were good for every level.
He has a lot of knowledge of different disciplines and he combined them into a varied workout who suits everyone.
Moreover, he does not judge, he is patient, calm, positive and very friendly.
Breathwork was new to me, and is was an overwhelming, exceptional and interesting experience! Very special and amazing!!
The whole staff is very kind, nice, lovely and very helpfull. I love them all!
The food was ABSOLUTE fantastic, delicious and very tasteful. Everything was made fresh and there was plenty of it.
And it's the best location to see the stars. On the roof you have the best view to count them all...
In short: La Vida Surf is THE location for a fantastic retreat
from Germany, October 2019
"Wonderful stay in this unique place"
We loved the warm atmosphere, the amazing food, the beautiful location in the middle of nowhere (but still not far from places of interest), the variation of yoga classes, the intense breathing sessions with good music and the wonderful vibes with staff and the whole group. Thanks a lot for a really great time!
from United Kingdom, October 2019
Everything was wonderful. The staff are so friendly and welcoming, nothing was too much trouble. They went out of their way to make sure I had an amazing stay. The food was exceptional, homemade nutritious healthy food. I had so much fun with the staff and other guests and had many new experiences. The breathworks was truly amazing. Aleksi and Narina are wonderful hosts and I look forward to returning in the future.
from Austria, September 2019
"Go ahead, you'll love it!! "
Spending one week at LA Vida surf retreat was one of the most interesting and inspiring things we did so far. Aleksi is a very knowledgeable, experienced, open minded and friendly person who supports you throughout the week in a very comfort way. We didn't feel any pressure or judgment regarding our rare yoga experience, instead of that he improved our movements and taught us a lot about yoga&meditation as well as our breath, body and mind. The staff is amazing and the chef's talent for cooking maroccean food is delicious! The riat is very well located, lots of space, pool, ocean view, relaxing areas, terrace and tons of sunshine. We both fell in love with Aleksi's dog Tao and all the flair of Marocco. Thanks to Aleksi, his passion for what he does, his wonderful team and all the positive energy and vibes we shared during these days. Sunny & Mikka
from Germany, August 2019
"I am unable to give this retreat a name"
Nothing the whole retreat was a shambles
from Luxembourg, April 2019
"A stress free week🧘🏻♀️"
Doing yoga twice a day definitely inspired me to move more, I loved the 360 yoga a lot, really great for people with closed joints to open them up.
Breathwork - never done it before but was a very interesting experience!
The instructors and staff were super friendly which is always a plus.
And finally also the food, hikes and of course Tao😍
from United Kingdom, March 2019
"Peace, fun, soul restoration"
You can take the timetable as you wish - do everything or nothing. Sit and read on the beautiful roof terrace (with a view of the sea), or go and surf in the Atlantic. Yoga and meditation is all optional and a good blend of physical and mental work. Aleksi is older than his years, wise and a conduit for all kinds of higher knowledge. The feeling at this place is very special. If you want to restore and free your soul from the difficulties of a modern working life and society, La Vida Surf is a great place to do just that.
from United States, February 2019
"Relaxing, inspiring, detox"
Bingen the yoga teacher was INCREDIBLE! What an inspiring and kind human being. He really knows his stuff and guides you into the right positions and poses. There were different levels but Bingen was able to adapt the positions to suit everyones experience. Bingen was the star of the show and La Vida is very lucky to have found him.
The staff at first kept themselves to themselves but towards the end of the trip everyone was a lot more friendly and interactive. Kieran and Jess were so lovely (thank you for the incredible food and cake).
I also want to say that anyone interested in learning to surf, 100% try it here! Fouad the instructor was amazing and I now want to go back and spend a week learning to surf at La Vida.
from United Kingdom, January 2019
"Would definitely recommend"
Such friendly staff who took care of us from morning til night. Experienced and very qualified. No judgments and no tiresome expectations - just good people, good practice, good food and a great holiday! Really hope to make it back there sometime.
from Germany, December 2018
"Just do it"
A week full of powerful and mindful movement, including surfing, yoga and hiking. Excellent training, delicious food, breathtaking surroundings.
from France, March 2020
"Une très belle expérience, très (trop?) au calme"
Une très belle semaine au calme au milieu des montagnes. L’endroit est très agréable, le toit du Ryad sur lequel ont lieu les cours de yoga avec la vue sur les montagnes et le soleil est absolument magique ! La nourriture est vraiment excellente (tout est fait maison, même le pain du matin, tout chaud sorti du four, un bonheur), les salles de bain partagées toujours très propres et spacieuses. Les cours sont de qualité, (gentle flow ou méditation le matin, yin yoga ou yoga nidra le soir), la professeur Sharon est une boule d’énergie toujours très souriante et à l’écoute, les équipements sont à disposition et très corrects (tapis un peu glissants, je vous conseille d’apporter le vôtre si vous en avez un!) . La chambre individuelle est petite mais suffisante et très agréable. En conclusion, j’ai passé une très bonne semaine dans un superbe endroit, je me suis beaucoup reposée, je me suis régalée mais j’aurais aimé bouger un peu plus et faire plus de yoga dynamique !
from Ireland, March 2020
Alles gut organisiert, schöner Ausflug zum Paradise Valley und sehr gute Workshops wurden angeboten. Das Essen war auch sehr gut und abwechslungsreich.
from Spain, December 2019
"RETIRO EN UN LUGAR DE PAZ Y TRANQUILIDAD "
En una montaña lejos del bullicio y rodeada de naturaleza y paz, se sitúa esta villa.
Te reciben y se despiden con una sonrisa acogedora.
Las habitaciones y baños compartidos se encuentran siempre limpios, realizado por un personal amable siempre dispuesto a complacerte.
La comida sana, fresca y elaborada al momento.
Te ofrecen actividades extras como surf o caminatas o te ayudan a encontrar las que buscas.
Fui sola pero no me sentí así en ningún momento.
Recomiendo esa experiencia sobretodo a aquellas mujeres que quieran vivir nuevas aventuras sin compañía.
Vale la pena.
from Austria, July 2019
"Eine Oase der Erholung!"
Wunderschöne location in den Bergen von Taghazout- sehr gepflegtes Riad- sehr authentisch abseits der Massenhotels in Agadir genießt man im Resort La Vida Surf eine sehr persönliche Betreuung. Das Personal, bestehend aus Narina, der Organisatorin, und Mohamed, unserem Koch/ Gärtner, war extrem freundlich und hilfsbereit! Unsere Yogalehrerin , Ruth aus England, sehr kompetent und herzlich.Die Wanderung im Paradise Valley war spitze!
from Germany, June 2019
"Amazing Yoga Retreat in the Hills "
Wow, almost everything was perfect.
Narina was the best Hostess, Mahad an amazing chef who created various vegan meals for us which were all Maroccan style.
Our Yoga teacher Sophie was really attentive to what we needed and taught us a lot about yoga and what comes with it.
Everyone was always in for a good talk or laugh.
The whole building with its pool and rooftop terrace made the yoga retreat a unforgettable experience.
from United States, November 2018
"Au milieu des montagnes, un endroit parfait pour se relaxer"
L'équipe de la Vida surf est très accueillante et très gentille. L'endroit est très relaxant au milieu des montagnes et invite au calme et à la sérénité.C'est magnifique. Un séjour au top avec un programme parfait. De supers randonnées dans des paysages magnifiques. Les pratiques de yoga sur le toit étaient supers, malgré le froid de fin de journée. Super découverte pour le surf !
Je recommande ce lieu et j'y retournerai les yeux fermés.
from United States, November 2018
"Beautiful retreat with amazing people "
+ The flexibility of the retreat programm : if you want to try surfing, it’s very easy to join the others in the surf retreat
+ Ella, the yoga teacher: She really puts a lot of effort into her teaching and the way shes teaching yoga is great!
+ The staff is just amazing! They’re really attentive, super nice and want you to have a good time
+ the rooftop: Star gazing is fantastic here
+ the beautiful surrounding: The retreat is a bit out of the village of taghazout. I enjoyed this a lot as it’s quite and very relaxing. The village is just a nice walk or Berber taxi away.
from Belgium, March 2020
"We loved this Yoga retreat!!"
Our teacher, Aleksi, is such an inspiration! He has a great vibe! I loved his exercises, very different from what I expected on this yoga retreat, but so revealing, fun and great. I would go back immediately. The walk in the nature was also very beautiful and active. Furthermore, the breathing exercise was something amazing and new for me and I think I will use it in my life from now on. Aleksi is so creative and fun, as well as calm and helpful. If you are open to something new and not only to yoga practice, he is the right teacher for you. (Just to explain a bit - because of this corona virus, the other teacher decided to leave, so we were practicing only with Aleksi, but usually there is two of them). Apart from yoga and exercising, food at this yoga retreat was amazing. So fresh, delicious and portions were more than enough. The accommodation was beautiful and the bed was the most comfortable bed in Morocco, for sure. I slept like a baby, waking up with the birds singing. Another added value of this retreat is super cute pet of Aleksi, dog Tao. This yoga retreat was really amazing in every sense, so I definitely recommend it!
from Netherlands, March 2020
"Little hidden paradise in the Atlas mountains."
I feel I'm still glowing from this (way too short) trip. I had an absolutely AMAZING time at this place. The traditional Moroccan villa itself is lovely and very well maintained and cleaned. There are many cosy corners nicely decorated with pillows and carpets to chill and relax. Loved the candles and smell of incense in the evenings. The 2 yoga sessions (sunrise & sunset) given by Sharon at the rooftop terrace (with its serene Atlas mountains surroundings) were fantastic and I also very much valued the breathing workshop with Alexis. Rooftop is also a perfect place for stargazing at night. Food was incredibly delicious and varied daily. I did a Hammam treatment recommended and arranged by La Vida Surf as well which was such a good experience (even with an included pick up and drop of service). Felt like I was completely taken care of the last 4 days and could completely relax. Sharon and Narina, who were the main hosts during my stay, really take hospitality to the next level! Would love to come back here again!
from France, March 2020
I love everything about La Vida - the riad is beautiful and very colourful, doing yoga looking at the ocean and feeling the sun on my face every morning and every night was an incredible sensation, the home-made Moroccan food was super tasty (including fresh bread baked every morning... yum), the staff is very welcoming and accomodating... it's nice also if you're into yoga and want to try surf for the first time, Fouad the surf instructor is very patient!