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Welcome to La Vida Surf’s yoga and meditation retreat in mystical Morocco. It's a transformative experience for everyone regardless of previous practice. Enjoy a unique week of yoga, meditation, topped with some surf adventures. Immerse in vibrant Moroccan nature and culture and nourish your body with healthy organic meals. Unwind at the boutique Villa Dar Shajara nestled in a UNESCO biosphere reserve overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlas Mountains. La Vida Surf invites you to experience what they are passionate about and have cultivated carefully over years of practice. Discover a perfect platform to reconnect with your body and empower your mind.
At La Vida Surf, they enjoy hosting retreats with attention to detail in small groups of up to 14 participants. You will be accommodated in one of the 7 boutiques and authentically decorated twin, double and triple rooms with 5 bathrooms of which one is en-suite.
Villa Dar Shajara is a traditional Moroccan house - Riad, with a private pool, garden and rooftop terrace, where you can enjoy contemporary comfort and complete privacy along with a chance to experience the authentic life of a local Berber village, known for its warm hospitality and tranquil vibes.
Resting on the hills of a UNESCO biosphere reserve, Villa Dar Shajara is surrounded by thousands of ancient Argan trees from which the villa got its name, Dar Shajara, where “Dar” stands for a house and “Shajara” for a tree.
Witness every sunrise and sunset on the rooftop yoga shala with a stunning 360 view over the Atlas Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Immerse yourself into yoga practice with the rugged mountains and roaring ocean greeting you, with the white sails protecting you from the sun and a light breeze caressing the yoga session.
Take a dip into a refreshing pool, relax under the warm Moroccan sun and laze on a sunbed with a fresh smoothie of the day. Share delightful meals and tales from around the world in a sunny dining hall with a pool and garden view.
Enjoy a cozy moment around the fireplace in the living room, uniquely decorated in traditional Moroccan style. Once the last light disappears over the horizon, explore a magical star map of bright Moroccan sky, and if you are really lucky - see a shooting star.
The Emerald Ensuite is the best room in the boutique Riad retreat. Built out of traditional Moroccan Berber interior with a private bathroom and access to a cozy patio with breakfast table and parasol. The room comes with a double bed and sleeps two.
This is a perfect room for a group of 3 friends or solo travelers willing to share accommodation and make new friends. Comes with 3 single beds, shared bathroom, and patio with breakfast table and parasol.
Boutique designed double room for friends or lovers, decorated with traditional antique Berber fabrics. The room has access to an open patio where stargazing or dinner under the stars is frequently arranged. Lay down on a Moroccan carpet, relaxed from the days surfing, and dream away under the African night sky.
Boutique designed twin room perfect for two friends or solo travelers willing to make a new friend. Comes with 2 single beds, shared large stylish bathroom and patio where you can enjoy a private breakfast or dinner.
La Vida Surf's founders have chosen this location for the outstanding nature and vibrant culture of Morocco, therefore it is natural for them to incorporate the unique combination of these elements into your retreat. With La Vida Surf, you will enjoy both a relaxing wellness retreat and an active vacation, through practicing daily yoga, integrating with nature through surfing and experiencing the highlights of Moroccan culture.
La Vida Surf's yoga and meditation retreats are created for everyone regardless of previous experience. All they ask from you is an interest in self-reflection, transformation and good times. They are not there to tell what you will feel but to provide a platform for self-development, peace of mind and body, as well as the tools necessary for continuing your practice on your own once you return from the retreat.
You will begin your mornings with a gentle flow, Vinyasa, or Hatha yoga class to open your body, mind, and spirit. Each class lasts 75-90 minutes and takes place at the rooftop yoga shala with a stunning view over the mountains and the ocean.
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 your 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. Donating a moment to full relaxation during each day is as important as the active lifestyle. They invite you to release and rejuvenate during the evening classes.
During your retreat, you will be able to integrate with nature through surfing. La Vida Surf coaching and guiding is limited to 3 participants in a group and aimed at beginner surfers, who want to try surfing in a safe and educative environment. With an experienced team of instructors and guides you will learn the basics of surfing and surf conditions, and also get to know how to read the ocean.
Morocco holds some of the best point breaks in the world and provides a perfect setting to get acquainted with surfing and meet new friends from all around the world. We will take you to where the waves break!
Dive into the world of pranayama and breathing work as an additional feature of your retreat. Discover a conscious way of breathing, become aware of its nature, and explore its expansive capacities of focusing and healing. La Vida Surf Nature Retreats will guide you through the whole journey with the air going in and out of your body and mind.
Integrate with nature during a silent walk through the hills and mountains covered with ancient Argan trees and wild plants. Open the senses and allow the elements to forge you.
Every Friday, La Vida Surf invites you to follow the rhythm of local life, when the most important weekly ritual in Morocco, the Friday prayer, takes place. Take a short magical journey through the long-established Berber villages, with the sacred sounds of prayer wafting from the mosques scattered across the mountains.
From a place of deep gratitude for the surroundings, you will finish the Friday walk with a group meditation in one of the secret spots hidden in the hills.
When La Vida Surf’s founder Aleksi Koskelin is present at the Riad Dar Shajara, you will have an opportunity to take part in classes and workshops composed out of elements from his background as a yogi, therapist of TCM, martial artist and professional contemporary dancer.
During this day, you will be able to explore your understanding of movement, both internal and external. You will learn how to nurture your body as a whole complex structure - mental, physical, and spiritual. By coordinating your practice, harmonizing between activity and relaxation, you become the alchemist of your own bodies.
Immerse into Moroccan culture and experience its daily lifestyle during a trip to a local market, souk. Every Wednesday, a vibrant hustle and bustle take place in one of the neighboring Berber villages.
You will dive into a rich Moroccan world of flavors and smells - pyramids of spices, mountains of dates, towers of vegetables, and much more. La Vida Surf Nature Retreats invites you to finish your day by joining a traditional Moroccan dining ritual with the team and listen to the stories and tales about ancient Berber civilization.
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.
La Vida Surf was founded in the midst of wild nature, a UNESCO biosphere reserve, for the guests and inhabitants to be able to feel and work with the powers of nature and her elements. Most of all, what they invite you to experience is what La Vida Surf team is passionate about and has cultivated carefully within themselves over 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 thousands of ancient Argan trees, magical Atlas Mountains, and of course the roaring Atlantic Ocean.
Villa Dar Shajara is located 4.5 kilometers from the famous surf village of Taghazout and 45 minutes from Agadir Airport reachable by direct flights from major European cities.
At La Vida Surf, you will be served meals with a purpose. You will nourish your body with plant-powered brunches and dinners, alongside with signature lunchtime smoothies of the day. You will eat healthy, fresh, and organic food handpicked from the nearby region and provided by local farmers.
Your menu will consist of delicious vegetarian and vegan meals, inspired by yogic and Moroccan cuisine, with private chefs adapting their recipes to your dietary requirements and allergies. If you follow a pescatarian diet, you will be catered a fresh fish of the day from the local fishermen for one of your dinners.
There are numerous things to do in the region and La Vida Surf team will introduce you to what they are passionate about; nature trips to Paradise Valley and Imouzzer waterfalls, conscious walks and hikes, purifying hammam and massage treatments, visiting one of the biggest markets in Africa Souk El Had, and much more.
One of the highlights of Moroccan culture is the ancient purifying ritual of hammam using a traditional combination of black soap and mineral-rich rhassoul clay. Enrich your wellness holiday by allowing yourself to be taken care of, washed and scrubbed, soaked in Argan oil, followed by a relaxing or tonifying massage or other wellness treatments.
The team loves to explore this country of mysteries and therefore also enjoy bringing their 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 of Mirleft, or the ancient city of Essaouira.
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 the 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.
Agadir–Al Massira Airport
Marrakesh Menara Airport
Transfer available for additional US$145 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Agadir–Al Massira Airport (AGA) or Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). Transfer from and to Agadir–Al Massira Airport is included. La Vida Surf Nature Retreats will pick you up from the airport. There will be an additional cost of 120 EUR for pick up from Marrakesh Menara Airport.
La Vida Surf is located 45 minutes’ drive from the nearest local Agadir Al Massira Airport (AGA) which is served by international airlines operating direct flights on Saturdays from major European cities. La Vida Surf driver will meet you at the airport according to your arrival time with the sign 'La Vida Surf'.
If you arrive at Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK), commuting to Agadir by bus is also very easy and safe, and La Vida Surf will help you along the way to find the right place. Book your ticket with local bus companies CTM or Supratours, and the driver will meet you at the bus station according to your arrival time with the sign 'La Vida Surf'.
La Vida Surf can also arrange private taxi transportation from Marrakech for an affordable additional cost. The driver will meet you at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) or any other location in Marrakech on the requested time with the sign 'La Vida Surf' and bring you directly to the villa.
La Vida Surf retreats start each Saturday and they provide free transfers from and to Agadir–Al Massira Airport (AGA), Agadir bus stop, and other locations in Agadir for all Saturday arrivals and departures.
Private taxi service is available for arrivals and departures outside of the retreat start dates upon request for an affordable additional cost. If you are traveling around Morocco before or after the retreat, a private taxi service is also available in any other requested location.
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