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7 Days Luxury Yoga and Cookery Retreat in Morocco

  • Essaouira Lodge, R207, Essaouira, Morocco

Overview

Yoga, Cooking, and Detox Retreat in Morocco

The retreat in Essaouira is about being close to nature in a quiet luxurious place with time to explore daily yoga practices combined with healthy eating through juicing and nourishing cooking classes, swimming, and massages to give you peace, serenity, and a feeling of rejuvenation.

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga and meditation classes
  • 2 cooking classes in Moroccan health eating
  • Guided shopping tour in the souk of Essaouira
  • Daily breakfasts, 4 dinners at the hotel and 2 dinners at the restaurant
  • Water, tea, and fruit juices available all day
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be staying in Residence Essaouira Lodge. The main villa features a large indoor dining area, communal seating lounge and many spaces to sit, read, relax, and enjoy the Moroccan sun. It houses 4 large beautifully decorated bedroom suites with a lounge and kitchen. Each villa has its own private gardens and swimming pool. The outdoor vista includes a refreshing swimming pool with lounging spaces for sun bathing. During the warm evenings we will share dinner under the stars. The hotel's accommodation is a large gardened estate in the countryside made up of villas with their own gardens and terraces. They are traditionally built and furnished in the local style but to a high specification.

With a mix of traditional features and contemporary design, rooms are tastefully furnished throughout with all that you could need to be comfortable, unpack, and make yourself at home. The rooms come complete with 100% cotton sheets and mosquito netting as well as 100% cotton towels and pool towels. The accommodation is based on single occupancy; solo travellers will be accommodated in a double room with their own bathroom. If group sizes reach 4 persons then the group will have their own swimming pool.

Deepened yoga practice

Youll be led through two daily yoga classes within the gardens during warm weather with one of our resident yoga teachers, including meditation sessions and breathing techniques.. The morning yoga asana and pranayama (yogic breathing) classes will be catered to your specific body needs and will range from Hatha to Ashtanga that will surely awaken and energize you. Whether you are new to yoga, experienced yoga practitioner, or deepening your existing practice, you will learn to move with a stronger awareness of your mind, body and spirit connection, as well as strength and balance after the retreat.

Cleanse and detoxify

Submerge yourself in a peaceful detoxifying environment away from wifi and indulge in Hammams, healthy eating and daily yoga sessions. Cleanse and relax in Morocco on a yoga holiday with a weeks emphasis on detoxing from the stresses and strains of life back home. Each day you can enjoy inspirational, delicious, and extremely healthy food from the abundance of locally produced fruit and vegetables of which Morocco is famous for. After 7 days at this magical oasis, youll feel renewed, refreshed, and rejuvenated. Youll have limited access to wifi during the week so you can keep in touch but you wont be distracted. The week also focuses on skin exfoliation through the Gommage body scrub facilities available at the lodge. Exfoliation is only now being discovered to have great benefits for the body.

Cooking classes

During this yoga and detox holiday you will get the chance to learn how to make your own healthy Moroccan dishes by taking part in cooking workshops. You will be personally introduced to methods on how to create delicious versions of dishes that may sound familiar but have never tasted so good such as prawn and parsley soup, couscous salad, and lentil dal or you can also make some of the Moroccan classic dishes with fish. Youll go home with a new relationship to food and the desire to eat healthily.

Schedule

Day 1 (Saturday)

  • Arrival at the airport between 15:30 - 19:00 for your free airport transfer
  • Dinner at the hotel

Day 2 (Sunday)

  • 08:00 Morning yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Cooking class and lunch
  • 17:30 Afternoon yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner at the hotel

Day 3 (Monday)

  • 08:00 Morning yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 13:30 Medina tour / shopping
  • 17:30 Afternoon yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner at the hotel

Day 4 (Tuesday)

  • 08:00 Morning yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Free time
  • 17:30 Afternoon yoga
  • 19:00 Medina dining

Day 5 (Wednesday)

  • 08:00 Morning yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Cooking class and lunch
  • 17:30 Afternoon yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner at the hotel

Day 6 (Thursday)

  • 08:00 Morning yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Free time
  • 17:30 Afternoon yoga
  • 19:00 Medina dining

Day 7 (Friday)

  • Breakfast (depending on departure time)
  • Depart for a flight between 15:30 - 19:00 for the free airport transfer

A guided shopping tour in Essaouira in the relaxing souks (market) and walk orientation of the Medina (walled town) is included in the price.

Jo Walden

Jo has been teaching yoga for over 15 years and practicing for over 30 years. She trained with the British Wheel of Yoga and also teaches pregnancy yoga and meditation. She spent 3 months in India studying at the Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation. Her main specialisms are asana and pranayama.

Naima

Naima is the cooking tutor. She grew up in Essaouira and has an extensive knowledge of local Moroccan cuisine and traditional methods of cooking to produce delicious authentic dishes using local spices and ingredients. She is extremely friendly and kind, and will go out of her way to ensure you have a great time exploring the local markets with her and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Maria Fonseca

She has been based in Essaouira for 5 years teaching Yoga. In a structured day by day program she will show you how to energise and balance your body as well as your mind combining a mixture of Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga. Her holistic concept of a healthy lifestyle is based on yoga in all its aspects including yoga postures, breathing exercises and meditation. (Qualification : Yoga Teacher for Hatha Yoga - Ashtanga Yoga).

A peaceful haven welcomes you in the wonderland of the Moroccan countryside. The view of the surrounding gardens, pine forests, and olive trees is a perfect setting to start off your day of yoga and well-being. The Moroccan retreat is in the hillside of Essaouira 15 minutes from the medina.

The property is landscaped with many lawns and gardens which will delight lovers of nature. The surrounding area of Essaouira is an unspoiled community that will delight your senses. Its famous port area is an attraction to both tourists and local shoppers. The medina (market area) will have you feeling as though youve been transported to another time. Whether you are looking for a hand crafted rug, Moroccan lighting, jewelry, leather goods, furniture, food, or local artisan goods, its all waiting for you here.

There are several shuttle buses running each day in to Essaouiras medina if you want a little more hustle and bustle. One of the most enchanting and relaxed towns in Morocco. Essaouira is a vibrant coastal town rich with history and culture and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The mix of whitewashed fishing ports, bright North African technicolor and picture-postcard ramparts has been the inspiration for artists all over the world.

Activities
  • Camel riding/rental nearby
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Massage
  • Hammam body scrub
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa nearby
  • Stargazing
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming
General
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
Services
  • Shop nearby

The retreat is focused around healthy eating, so you can choose to have no bread or diary, instead plenty of fruits and vegetables. You will be pampered with a delicious and cleansing cuisine, including a mixture of different juices of your choosing, All Ingredients are hand-picked with the intention to optimally support your health, ensuring a full spectrum of nutrition. You will absolutely love it and go home with plenty of inspiration to continue to eat clean and make choices in your diet that serve your well-being.

All the food is freshly prepared, vegetarian and seasonally grown in Morocco. For your cooking classes you'll have the chance to produce some Moroccan based healthy dishes alongside traditional Moroccan cooking for when you want to entertain back at home.

Exclusions

  • All lunches except on the days of your two cooking classes. There is a daily lunch buffet available at the Lodge.
  • Experience horse riding, camel trekking, hiking, and surfing nearby
  • Relax in the villa
  • Shop in the souk
  • Sunbathe in the lounges
  • Hammam and massage
  • Swim in the pool

There are treatments available daily at the retreat such as body scrub or oil massage at an additional rate although you have two body scrubs included for the week.

  • 2 cooking classes and lunch located in a countryside kitchen
  • 2 yoga classes daily, an hour and half in the morning and an hour in the late afternoon.
  • 2 body scrubs.
  • 6 nights accommodation at the luxury Essaouira Lodge
  • 6 night's evening meals
  • Assistance in planning activities
  • Beach walk
  • Breakfast daily with available all day juices
  • Daily access to the swimming pool
  • Guided walk and orientation of the Medina (walled town)
  • Host service and Hammam available daily
  • Information on local attractions (horse riding, camel treks, hiking, quad biking, surfing, spa trips, market shopping and more)
  • Meditation session daily

Arrival by airplane

Flights should be arranged for Marrakesh (daily from many European cities) and for Essaouira (flights from London, Paris and Brussels). Flights into Marrakesh should be organized for midafternoon to early evening for the included transfer to Essaouira (2 hours).

Distances

  • Essaouira, 15 kilometer - 15 minutes
For information about the booking conditions, please send Morocco Luxury Yoga, Cooking, & Detox Retreat an inquiry.
  • Review by Lynn
    10 out of 10

    "The accommodation was excellent and very varied so you experience all different kinds of hotels. The rooms in the cave hotel was a stunning experience, I will remember the time of trying out night photography of the stars. You will meet and photograph in many varied situations that will inspire you, landscapes, markets and people in there homes."

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  • Review by Ravi
    9 out of 10

    "We travelled with Hafid our driver from Essaouira on an 8 day tour with our itinerary arranged by Darren. We wanted to see the Cascades, Todra Gorge, and the Dades Valley but we experienced so much more; staying in an oasis village wed never heard of in an old Ksar and visiting a nomad family and a cobbler! The route meant we didnt spend too many hours on the road each day something we were aware of before booking and part of our decision to book with Wheels. Hafid is very patient. Both my wife and I were impressed with his driving skills and each night we arrived he helped with our luggage if the hotel staff were busy. In all the hotels were very good. Bagdad Cafe in Ait Benhaddou was my favourite. Very lovely hosts. Seeing the views of the High Atlas were also breathtaking. I cant recommend the tour enough. Well be back to cover another part of Morocco."

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  • Review by Stuart
    9 out of 10

    "Great day trip into Marrakech today, Hafid was a great host, picking us up from our hotel and giving us exactly what we asked for goats in trees, Argan Oil Co-op and loads more. Really pleased we booked to go with Darren who was professional and helpful and Hafid made for a wonderful day out."

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  • Review by Joy from Europe
    9 out of 10

    "We enjoyed a hassle-free day trip to Marrakech with a perfect itinerary. Every effort was made to ensure we were happy and comfortable by Hafid. We would definitely recommend speaking with Darren next time you are in Morocco."

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  • Review by Pam from Europe
    9 out of 10

    "In February I went on a photographic trip with Darren Lewey to the Atlas mountains. I can recommend this trip for the beautiful mountain scenery, the river valleys with the almond trees in flower and ancient ruins melting back into the earth. The people were very friendly and allowed us to take their pictures. I hope to go on another trip with Darren in the future."

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  • Review by Jacinto from Europe
    9 out of 10

    "Darren and his Moroccan team deliver a very professional, well organized yet exciting tour; taking care of all of us well before we arrived and without them this experience wouldnt have been the same. For each day different sights and activities were proposed, and depending on the weather conditions or our groups interests alternative plans were available in a very easygoing way.We had the privilege to visit wonderful cities, like Ait Ben Haddou (where few movies were partially recorded in, like Gladiator), amazing landscapes (including the Atlas mountains, the dunes, oasis, etc) and the unique possibility to get to know the generous, genuine and happy Moroccan people; visiting their houses, markets, etc learning about their culture and enjoying wonderful stories while drinking tea. We even had a chance to share some hours with a Nomad family in a very remote location in the Atlas, as well as to enjoy a camel trip to a Berber camp in the dunes where we spent the night.The hotels were picturesque, clean and with a good service. We always had good local food, and the van trips didnt feel very long."

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  • Review by Cathy, Janet, & Jean
    10 out of 10

    "We visited some amazing locations (Essaouira Medina and port, Ait Benhaddou, an oasis, the Atlas mountains, Dades valley). Each of the Hotels / riads were carefully chosen by Darren for comfort, location and their warm welcome and the food was always great. Thank you Darren and Naima for a wonderful and memorable week!"

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  • Review by Morris Liss
    10 out of 10

    "Darren expertly navigates the territory in a Land Cruiser and his Moroccan wife knows the culture so you learn quite a bit about Morocco while taking great pictures under blue skies and moderate temperatures (in February)."

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  • Review by Gordon & Carine
    10 out of 10

    "Carine and I would like to say thanks for a wonderful experience, the organisation was excellent, the locations fantastic. Thanks to both you and Naima for a wonderful time and unforgettable holiday."

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  • Review by Teresa & Bobby
    10 out of 10

    "Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for all your hard work in making our first holiday in many years such an enjoyable experience, and one that we shall never forget."

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