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Welcome to La Vida Surf’s relaxing yet active retreats filled with qualitative content and transformative experiences. Enjoy our unique program of yoga, surf, conscious hikes, meditations, and breathing workshops. La Vida Surf offers comfortable accommodation at our villa Dar Shajara overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Atlas Mountains. Our kitchen serves two meals per day preparing tasty healthy organic food.
Hidden on the top of a calm mountain, Villa Dar Shajara is a traditional Moroccan Riad providing contemporary comfort and homely atmosphere. The area is surrounded by thousands of ancient Argan trees from which the tranquil villa got it’s name - Dar Shajara, where Dar stands for a house and Shajara for a tree.
The villa can accommodate up to 17 guests in 7 twin, double and triple rooms with 5 bathrooms of which one is ensuite. The rooftop terrace with a stunning view over the Atlas Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean turns into a yoga shala for sunrise and sunset practice with white sails protecting you from the sun and allowing a light breeze caresses the yoga session.
Our living room brings you in a cozy ambiance around the fireplace and allows to share a still silent moment during morning and evening meditations. Our spacious dining room and smoothie bar with windows facing the garden and pool invites you to share delighting meals and tales from around the world.
La Vida Surf's retreats are created for everyone regardless of previous experience, all we ask from you is an interest in self-reflection, transformation and good times. We are not here to tell what you will feel but provide a platform for transformation, peace of mind and body to take place. By coordinating our practice, harmonising between activity and relaxation we become the alchemists of our own bodies.
La Vida Surf's founders have chosen this beautiful location for its unique nature, therefore it is natural for us to incorporate it into your daily practice. Our system requires a balance of the elements in order to function well throughout the day.
With La Vida Surf, you will enjoy both a relaxing wellness retreat and an active vacation, and we will provide you the tools necessary for continuing your practice on your own once you return from the retreat. Take a closer look at our program and pictures, and dive into what you are about to experience in mystical Morocco.
You will begin your mornings with a dynamic Vinyasa, Hatha or Internal martial Arts class. Each class lasts 60-75 minutes and takes place at the open yoga shala with stunning views over both the mountain and the ocean. You will also have a chance to join La Vida Surf's founders personal practice during certain mornings as an additional class.
The classes follow a classical yoga protocol including pranayama (breathing), asana (seating or dynamic posture) and savasana (relaxation). Through the conscious coordination of the elements around and within yourself, you will find the balance for beginning a harmonious day.
Your evening classes are designed to calm down and restore our body and mind after an active and vibrating day. You will engage in a calm Hatha, Yin or Restorative yoga practice including relaxation and meditation. We also offer restorative bodywork classes where you will learn how to treat and give an immediate release of tensions to yourself and a friend through simple hands-on techniques. Donating a moment to full relaxation during each day is as important as the active lifestyle. We invite you to release and rejuvenate during the evening classes.
You will be also able to dive into the world of pranayama and breathing work as an additional feature of the retreat, allowing yourself to discover a conscious way of breathing, become aware of its nature and explore its expansive capacities of focusing and healing. We will guide you through the whole journey with the air going in and out of your body and mind.
Integrate with nature during La Vida Surf's guided conscious hikes through the hills and mountains covered with Argan trees and wild plants. Did you know that we are surrounded by numerous natural remedies? Let us bring you to the mountains and our guides will take you through an invigorating journey into the wild during which you can open the senses and allow the elements to forge you. Learn the basics of natural navigation, the local healing plants and connect. Whether you are a mountaineer, boulderer, or a Sunday hiker, the Atlas Mountains will deliver a magical experience.
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.”
La Vida Surf was founded in the midst of wild nature, a UNESCO biosphere reserve, for its guests and inhabitants to be able to feel and work with the powers of nature and her elements. Most of all, what we invite you to experience is what we are passionate about and have cultivated carefully within ourselves over several years of practice.
Morocco is often described as the land of mystery and fascinating culture. You will soon experience what it means to stand on the vibrating grounds of Africa surrounded by world-class surf, thousands of ancient Argan trees, magical Atlas mountains and of course the Atlantic Ocean with miles of sandy beaches right at your feet.
By visiting the famous fishing and surf village of Taghazout which lies only a stone throw away, you will experience true Berber hospitality and culture.
See you soon at La Vida Surf!
At La Vida Surf, they know that what you eat plays a big role in who and what you are. Therefore, you will eat healthy, fresh, and organic food handpicked from the nearby region. The chefs prepare healthy and nutritious meals a day taking into consideration allergies and diets (vegan, vegetarian, etc.). The retreats mainly consist of delicious vegetarian meals, with the exception of fish when the ocean provides. You will enjoy seven healthy brunches and six nutritious dinners.
There are numerous things to do in our region and here are a few activities we recommend: surfing with La Vida Surf, hiking with our guides, horseback riding with our local stable, hammam and massage treatments, visiting a female cooperative producing Argan oil, visiting Paradise Valley and Imouzzer waterfalls, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, visiting one of the biggest markets in Africa Souk El Had. La Vida Surf will introduce you to all these activities and make sure you get to do what you love.
At La Vida Surf, we run our own surf school and guiding service and you will be able to integrate with nature also through surfing with our qualified experienced team of instructors and guides. Under the direction of our instructors, you will learn the basics of surf and surf conditions, understanding nature and the elements. Join our ride and we will take you to where the wave breaks.
We love to explore this country of mysteries and therefore also enjoy bringing our guests along on an adventure. Morocco holds several natural sights worth mentioning, such as Paradise Valley natural pools, Imouzzer waterfalls, Sous Massa National Park, the arch at Mirleft, or the ancient city of Essaouira. La Vida Surf will cater for several of these and more. Join the adventure!
Through our partners, you can visit the beaches and mountains on the back of beautiful well-trained horses, enjoy a sunset ride on a camel and explore stunning coastline landscapes on a quad bike or jet ski.
Learn how to understand and effectively address your individual health needs and empower yourself with a way to unite body, mind, and spirit through receiving a one on one Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment with our founder and doctor Aleksi Koskelin.
TCM, being one of the oldest healing systems on the planet and a foundation for lasting, authentic health, is rooted in unchanging natural laws and will teach you how to live a life of balance, wellness, and harmony.
Many of our guests like to combine their wellness holiday with a relaxing experience at the local hammam and massage house. Hammam stands for a local spa where you can enjoy the luxury of being cleaned in a traditional Moroccan way.
Allow yourself to be taken care of, washed, soaked with Argan oil followed by a relaxing or tonifying massage and enjoy additional wellness treatments delivered by skillful personnel of beautiful mountain Hammam.
Agadir–Al Massira Airport
Marrakesh Menara Airport
Transfer available for additional US$135 per person
La Vida Surf is located 45 minutes drive from our nearest local Agadir Al Massira Airport (AGA) which is served by international airlines operating direct flights from major European cities. We provide free transfers from and to the Airport and offer transportation from other locations upon request.
If you arrive in Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) we will arrange private taxi transportation for an affordable additional cost. La Vida Surf drivers will meet you at the airport and bring you directly to the villa.
Commuting from other locations to Agadir by bus is also very easy and safe, and we will help you along the way to find the right place. Transfers from and to Agadir bus station are included. Book you ticket with local bus companies CTM or Supratours, and our driver will meet you at the bus station according to your arrival time.
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