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8 Days of Tranquility: Yoga & Meditation Retreat with La Vida Surf in Mystical Morocco

Taghazout, La Vida Surf

La Vida Surf - Yoga, Nature & Surf Retreats in Morocco

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Morocco.

Welcome to La Vida Surf’s relaxing yet active retreats filled with qualitative content and transformative experiences. Enjoy their unique program of yoga, surf, conscious hikes, meditations, and restorative bodywork workshops. They offer comfortable accommodation at their luxurious villa Dar Shajara overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Atlas Mountains. Their kitchen serves two meals per day preparing tasty healthy organic food.

Meet the instructors

Aleksi & Bingen
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Highlights

  • Daily guided meditation
  • Internal martial arts classes
  • Sunrise and sunset yoga classes
  • Pranayama and breath holding workshops
  • Guided conscious hiking in the Atlas Mountains
  • Smoothie and juice bar, homemade healthy snacks
  • 7 nights boutique accommodation in traditional Moroccan Riad
  • Daily nutritious and healthy meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Danish, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 17
Airport transfer included: Agadir–Al Massira Airport
Airport transfer available:
Marrakesh Menara Airport (US$125 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Hidden on the top of a calm mountain, Villa Dar Shajara is a traditional Moroccan Riad with a touch of contemporary comfort and luxury. 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. Have a look inside of Villa Dar Shajara.

Providing an outstanding comfort and privacy, 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. The living room brings you in a cozy ambience around the fireplace and allows to share a still silent moment during morning and evening meditations. The 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.

Program

Program

La Vida Surf's 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 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, harmonizing between activity and relaxation we become the alchemists of our own bodies.

La Vida Surf has chosen this beautiful location for its unique nature, therefore it is natural for you 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 they will provide you the tools necessary for continuing your practice on your own once you return from the retreat. Take a look a close look at their program and pictures, and dive into what you are about to experience in mystical Morocco with La Vida Surf.

The yoga classes

You begin your mornings with a dynamic Vinyasa, Ashtanga flow or internal martial arts class. Each class lasts 60-75 minutes and takes place on the open shala with stunning views over both the mountain and the ocean, or out in nature embraced by the elements. You will also have a chance to join La Vida Surf's founder's 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.

The evening classes are designed to calm down and restore our body and mind after an active and vibrating day. You engage in a calm Hatha, Yin or Restorative yoga practice including relaxation and meditation. La Vida Surf also offers 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. They invite you to release and rejuvenate during the evening classes.

Pranayama and breath holding workshop

You will also be able to dive into the world of pranayama and breath holding 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. La Vida Surf will guide you through the whole journey with the air going in and out of your body and mind.

Conscious hikes

Integrate with nature during your guided conscious hikes through hills and mountains covered with Argan trees and wild plants. Did you know that we are surrounded by numerous natural remedies? Let La Vida Surf bring you to the mountains and their 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. 

Sample daily schedule

  • 09:00 Dynamic flow yoga and movement class
  • 10:30 Healthy nutritious brunch
  • 12:00 Pranayama and breath holding workshop
  • 14:00 Free time for exploration, conscious hikes and meditations, surf classes, and other activities
  • 17:30 Restorative yoga and movement practice
  • 19:00 Organic tasty dinner
  • 20:15 Evening prayer

Instructors

Aleksi Koskelin

Bingen Esturo

Retreat location

La Vida Surf was founded in the midst of wild nature for its guests and inhabitants to be able to feel and work with the powers of nature and her elements. Our Villa Dar Shajara is located in one of Morocco’s most unique areas, resting on the foothills of the Atlas Mountains with a spectacular view over both mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The Villa is surrounded by thousands of ancient Argan trees and situated in the area declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Offering complete privacy, the Villa is situated only 45 minutes from Agadir International Airport and only 4.5 kilometers from the fishing village of Taghazout and famous world-class surf spots.

Unique features

Activities

  • Camel riding
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking
  • Shopping
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Trail running
  • Wave boarding

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Honesty bar
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Pet friendly
  • Patio

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

Food

At La Vida Surf, they know that what they eat plays a big role in who and what they are. Therefore, they eat healthy, fresh and organic food handpicked from the nearby region. Their chefs prepare healthy and nutritious meals a day taking into consideration allergies and diets.

La Vida Surf's retreats mainly consist of delicious vegetarian meals, with an exception of fish when the ocean provides. They serve you seven healthy brunches and six nutritious dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Paleo diet
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

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 at beautiful Hammam, visiting a female cooperative producing Argan oil, being able to follow the whole production chain and purchase your own Argan and other essential oils and health products.

Visiting Paradise Valley and Imouzzer waterfalls, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, visiting the biggest market 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.

Other activities

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 of which one is the Moroccan female champion. The beaches are right here at our feet and it takes only 5 minutes by car to have a dip in the ocean.

Through our partners, you can visit the beaches and mountains on the back of beautiful well-trained horses. 

Many of our guests like to combine their wellness holiday with a relaxing experience at the local Hammam and massage house. Allow yourself to be taken care of, washed, soaked with Argan oil followed by a relaxing or tonifying massage. Enjoy an evening in the beautiful berber village of Taghazout. 

Excursions

We love to explore this country of mysteries and therefore also enjoy bringing our guests along on an adventure. Morocco is huge and holds several natural sights worth mentioning.

Paradise Valley natural pools, Sous Massa National Park famous for bird watching, the arch at Mirleft, the valleys of the Atlas mountains or a cultural trip to the ancient city of Essaouira. We can cater for several of these and more. Join the adventure!

Treatments and TCM consultations at La Vida Surf

These are available when our founder and doctor is present in the Villa and can be inquired per email or upon arrival. You can book a one on one session with Aleksi and receive a treatment of acupuncture and TCM. The treatments cost 70 EUR per session and last usually 2 hours.

HAMMAM AND MASSAGE

Hammam stands for a local spa where you can enjoy the luxury of being cleaned in a traditional Moroccan way, where we are regular visitors. Allow yourself to be treated by the skillful personnel of beautiful mountain hammam.

Here you can choose between several massages all from restorative relaxing to tonyfying and energizing massages. It is a custom in Morocco to enjoy tee in-between the massage and the hammam and our hosts will make sure you enjoy this local hammam experience to its fullest. Prices vary between 25 EUR and 50 EUR.

What's included

  • 7 nights boutique accommodation in traditional Moroccan Riad
  • 6 morning Dynamic Flow classes
  • 6 evening Restorative classes
  • Yoga equipment
  • Daily guided meditation
  • Pranayama & Breathing Holding classes
  • Guided conscious hiking
  • 7 healthy nutritious brunches
  • 6 organic tasty dinners
  • Free access to all Villa's facilities
  • Daily cleaning service and towels
  • Agadir Al Massira Airport transfers
  • Agadir bus stop transfers

What's not included

  • Afternoon healthy snacks, smoothies and fresh juices
  • Surf coaching and guiding
  • Hammam and massage treatments
  • Horse back and camel riding
  • Excursion to Paradise Valley
  • Acupuncture and TCM treatments

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

La Vida Surf is located 45 minutes drive from our nearest local Agadir Al Massira Airport (AGA) 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.

Arrival by bus

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.

Airport: Agadir–Al Massira Airport Airport transfer included: Agadir–Al Massira Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Marrakesh Menara Airport Airport transfer available: Marrakesh Menara Airport (US$125 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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