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4 Days Cooking and Yoga Retreat in Morocco

  • Om Yoga Center, 2 rue Golfe des Comores, Anfa, 20100 Casablanca, Morocco

Overview

Cooking and Yoga Retreat in Morocco

Om Yoga invites you to join the opportunity to balance your mind and body through energizing yoga and to learn how to prepare delicious moroccan dishes in this yoga and cooking retreat in Casablanca. If you would rather retreat on your own, or with your beloved one, Om Yoga can offer you a special all-inclusive vacation to replenish and recharge. In their little oasis, Om Yoga will do everything for you to have your dream vacation come true. Yoga retreat and cooking is one combination of balancing mind and body in a very fun way.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes and meditation
  • 4 Moroccan dishes cooking sessions
  • Free entry to all world-class yoga classes
  • Tours to exciting surrounding sites
  • 10% discount for massages
  • 3 delicious meals per day
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English, French
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Conveniently located above the studio, your home for the duration of your stay at Om Yoga is a luxurious villa apartment that combines modern living with traditional Moroccan styling and artwork sourced both from the local Medina and from as far as the Himalayas.

Ajna room

Located by the poolside with private bathroom. It has a king-size bed and amazing view of the pool and garden.

Lotus room

Containing a queen bed, two en-suite bathrooms and a private terrace, this room comfortably accommodates for two people, with the possibility to add two single beds in order to accommodate for two more.

Shiva room

Contains a queen bed and a private terrace.

Mandala room

Contains three single beds to comfortably accommodate, two to three people with a shared bathroom.

Nova room

A shared room containing four single beds and a direct access to the showers of the studio.

During the yoga and cooking retreat, you will participate in 4 cooking sessions. You can also enjoy the pool, garden, and private terraces. Eat delicious healthy meals, take part in world-class yoga classes that you like, and have the possibility to enjoy renewing massages treatments with 10% discount included. You will also get a genuine Moroccan experience with a tour to the big Mosquee Hassan II and to Habbous, a traditional souk.

Aerial yoga

Aerial yoga combines traditional mat yoga with postures suspended in soft fabric hammocks. With the help of gravity and the hammocks, we can playfully explore floating, fluid movements and create space in our bodies without compressing our joints and spine. The feeling in the body is exquisite.

Ashtanga 1 - 2

Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915 - 2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures - a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The results are improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

Barre au sol

The barre au sol uses the daily exercises of the dancers by using the “barre” for warm-ups before moving to the “middle” which uses traditional ballet techniques.

Upon practicing the barre au sol, the body has the advantage of support surfaces and gravity plays differently on the force exerted on the muscles and joints. The position of sitting or lying down allows the students to focus attention on the alignment of the body and concentrate on parts that are difficult when done standing up.

Barre yoga

Barre yoga is a recently developed training method that combines exercises from ballet, Pilates and power yoga. The course works the entire body, strengthens the legs and arms and tones the abdominal barrier while developing flexibility and balance.

Bikram yoga

Bikram is a wonderful 90-minute workout that improves fitness, flexibility and balance as well as increasing mental alertness and concentration. Each session consists of 26 postures and two breathing exercises practiced in a heated room. Heat improves circulation, helps eliminate toxins and reduces the risk of injury during stretching. Though it can be challenging, it is open to students of all ages and levels.

The Bikram method was created to help people overcome the increasing stress of modern life and was designed to prevent illness, injury but assist with weight loss and reduce the effects of aging.

Fit flow fly

Fit flow fly was developed from Ashtanga yoga and made famous by Dice and Briohny Smith-Klein. Also called ‘energy yoga’, fit flow fly is a safe way to prepare your body for the challenge of inversions and arm balancing postures.

Pilates

Pilates is a method of exercising that lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in the body in a balanced fashion. All exercises are performed in harmony with breathing, concentration and movement control.

Qi Gong

Qi Gong is pronounced “chee koong” and means “vital energy drive.” Developed by Dr. Toshihiko Yayama, surgeon and oncologist, Qi Gong is a method that combines mental and physical relaxation to revitalize internal organs. According to its practitioners, Qi Gong is a path of personal development, a welcome source of well-being and rejuvenation.

Vinyasa and hot Vinyasa

Vinyasa yoga consists of various sequences of postures. Postures are combined to create a dynamic flow, with focus placed on synchronizing the movement and breathing. Vinyasa develops strength and flexibility, and provides a considerable cardiovascular benefit and increased fitness level to all practitioners.

Yin yoga

Yin yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is suitable for everyone and is practiced mostly on the floor. It consists of twenty postures each held for up to several minutes, during which time the focus is on breathing and meditation.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra or "yogi sleep" is a sleep-like state which yogis report to experience during their meditations. Yoga Nidra, lucid sleeping is Nidraong the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.

Yoga class schedule

Monday

  • 10:00 Pilates (60 minutes)
  • 12:30 Barre au sol (60 minutes)
  • 18:00 Yin yoga (60 minutes)
  • 19:15 Bikram yoga (90 minutes)
  • 19:30 Astanga alignment (60 minutes)
  • -Tuesday
  • 10:00 Barre yoga (60 minutes)
  • 12:30 Bikram yoga (90 minutes) - Aerial yoga (60 minutes)
  • 18:00 Barre au sol (60 minutes)
  • 19:15 Hot Vinyasa (75 minutes) - Fit fly flow (90 minutes)
  • 20:30 Bikram yoga (90 minutes)
  • -Wednesday
  • 10:00 Yin yoga (60 minutes)
  • 12:30 Pilates (60 minutes)
  • 17:30 Nidra (30 minutes)
  • 18:00 Vinyasa (60 minutes) - Prenatal (60 minutes)
  • 19:15 Bikram yoga (90 minutes)
  • 19:30 Aerial yoga (60 minutes)

Thursday

  • 10:00 Hatha yoga (60 minutes)
  • 12:30 Hot yoga (60 minutes) - Aerial yoga (60 minutes)
  • 18:00 Pilates (60 minutes)
  • 18:30 Aerial yoga (60 minutes)
  • 19:15 Ashtanga (90 minutes)
  • 19:30 Capoiera (60 minutes)
  • 20:30 Vinyasa (60 minutes)

Friday

  • 17:30 Hatha yoga (60 minutes)
  • 18:00 Barre au sol (60 minutes)
  • 19:00 Hot Vinyasa (90 minutes)

Saturday

  • 10:00 Qi gong (90 minutes)
  • 10:30 Pilates (60 minutes)
  • 11:30 Bikram yoga (90 minutes) - Aerial yoga (60 minutes)
  • -Sunday
  • 10:00 Yin yoga (60 minutes)
  • 11:00 Vinyasa (60 minutes)
  • 11:30 Bikram yoga (90 minutes)
  • 17:00 Nidra (45 minutes) - Aerial yoga (60 minutes)
  • 18:00 Ashtanga (90 minutes)

The Om Yoga Center is close to the major tourist attractions and must-see sights, yet provides a welcome oasis from the bustle of the busy Casablanca streets. Tucked away in the winding idyllic palm tree-lined streets of Anfa, this stunning white Mediterranean style villa provides a relaxing and luxurious environment to call home for the duration of your stay.

The Om Yoga Center is located 100 meters from the beach and just two kilometers away from the city. Surrounded by a lush green garden, the retreat contains a spacious modern studio that overlooks a beautiful pool and outdoor recreation area in which to relax and unwind under the Moroccan sun. The main salon is fitted with lush comfortable lounges to enjoy a refreshing herbal tea and chat with fellow practitioners and teachers alike after a class or an invigorating massage.

Nearby places

  • Beach, 100 meters
  • Casablanca, 2 kilometers
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Pilates
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa nearby
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming nearby
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Bar nearby
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Local market
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance

You will be served delicious meals three times per day.

  • Exploring the French area
  • Juice bar
  • Massages
  • Visit to Morocco Mall
  • Visit to Casablanca, the Medina, The Habbous, and the Big Mosquee Hassan II
  • Visit to the beach

Get 10% discount when you book a massage service during this retreat.

  • 1 tour of the big Mosquee Hassan II
  • 1 tour of the Habbous, traditional souk
  • 3 meals per day
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 4 Moroccan dishes cooking sessions
  • 10% discount on massages
  • Unlimited access to yoga classes
  • Airport transfer

Arrival by airplane

You need to fly to Casablanca Mohammed V Airport (CMN). From there, Om Yoga Casablanca can arrange the transfer to the retreat center for 50 EUR (the return).

For information about the booking conditions, please send Om Yoga Casablanca an inquiry.
  • Review by Sarah Leggett from UK

    "Om Yoga Casablanca and it was truly amazing! We stayed onsite and Lily, Nabil, Gabe,Camilla and everyone else welcomed us into the family which was a wonderful experience. We could pick and choose which classes to do each day and it was so lovely practising yoga with a view of the pool! The classes were in French but once they knew we were English speaking, they did most classes in both languages. The yoga instruction was awesome and we have learnt so much about our practise. We are both vegetarian and the 3 meals a day were absolutely delicious and served outside by the pool. We had time to discover a little bit of Casablanca and Nabil and his family guided us as to what to see and helped us plan our trips. Very sad to leave but definitely going back!"

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  • Review by Melanie from Geneva, Switzerland
    9 out of 10

    "A retreat in Om Yoga Casablanca is not a traditional retreat in the sense that you can choose your course among what they are proposing in their school. My stay there was lovely. The school is hold by a very nice family, that will help you if you have questions, or if you wanna go somewhere for a visit. You will eat an incredible home made food and cooked by an amazing woman and the villa where the yoga studio is located is simply stunning. The yoga courses proposed are diversed which allow you to discover new type of yoga. The yoga teachers are incredible, each of them on their own way, which makes the classes even better as they are always different. I am very satisfied with my stay and I would highly recommend this place for a retreat. "

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  • Review by Willemijn from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "It has been almost two weeks since my stay at Om Yoga Casablanca and I still think of it a lot. I completely agree with Sarah's review. The Scally's are a very welcoming and inspiring family. The yoga classes are diverse and the teachers know what they are doing. The food was just lovely and, even though it was grey and sometimes rainy, there are plenty of things to do in Casablanca when not practicing yoga. I had a wonderful time with these wonderful people at this wonderful place! Good vibes."

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  • Review by Sarah
    10 out of 10

    "I have just returned from one of the best holidays I have ever had, and I had to write a review about my experience at Om Yoga Casablanca. I stayed at the retreat for 7 days sharing a room with two of the yoga teachers Shamika and Emily who were just lovely to be around and truly enhanced my stay with their positive energy. The retreat itself is run by Nabil and Lily and their beautiful family, who made me feel so very welcome. They are all very caring, open, affectionate, and great company. The classes themselves were excellent and I was able to try many different types of yoga that I had not done before, like Yin, Vinyasa, and Aerial yoga as well as those that are familiar to me like Hatha and also Pilates. I was a bit apprehensive before going about doing yoga as I had not practiced for a long time and I have had problems with my joints. But the teachers are excellent at keeping you safe in your practice whilst at the same time encouraging you to achieve your potential in the classes, and the culture is very supportive. I can honestly say my body feels so much better after my week there, and I will definitely continue with my yoga practice now I am at home. The food is amazing all freshly prepared with fresh locally produced and traditional dishes and special diets are accommodated too. A highlight for me was the cooking class from the lovely ladies that looked after us so well, learning how to make lentils and the traditional tagine. Nabil and Lily also helped us get the most out of sightseeing for the time we were not doing yoga at the retreat. Myself and my other amazing retreat mate managed to experience so much of Casablanca and even the medina in Rabat. All in all I feel very nourished, physically and emotionally. Om Yoga Casablanca is a wonderful place run by wonderful people that attracts wonderful guests. I cant wait for my next trip there. Thank you so much everyone for making my trip so special."

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  • Review by Melissa from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I just left only a few hours ago from Om yoga Casablanca and I am already posting this review for a very special reason ... it was great! I had a lovely week with Nabil and his outstanding yoga teachers. My room was lovely, the teachers were outstanding, the food was delicious, and everyone was so very helpful, warm and welcoming.The other retreat attendees were pleasant ... everyone had an excellent time. I especially cannot thank Camilla and Shamika enough for their warmth, understanding, nurturing hugs, and sisterhood ... all around an excellent experience!"

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  • Review by Miriam from Cologne, Germany
    9 out of 10

    "My stay at Om Yoga Casablanca was extremely pleasant. I met very gentle people - employees as well as guests were very friendly.I liked sitting around the big table with everybody for the meals and chatting. The meals were so delicious, made with so much love and traditionally Moroccan. I learned a lot during cooking class, especially how to treat couscous in the right way. This class is held in French, so knowing a basic vocabulary is very helpful.The yoga classes were always good, they offer a lot of different styles, and all teachers were very skilled. The classes are usually held in French, but the teachers will adjust and announce in English additionally if you can't follow. There are around 6 classes per day to choose from and guests can participate in any of them, most without previous notice.The location is very nice, clean, and safe. It's a nice 10 minute walk to the ocean with lots of nice cafes or to the nearby shopping mall.I would recommend staying at Om Yoga Casablanca!"

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  • Review by Ingrid from Stockholm, Sweden
    9 out of 10

    "We were very happy with our stay at Om Yoga Casablanca. The staff was so friendly and the food, homemade Morrocan cuisine was amazing. We could take any of the yoga classes at any time. They had all kinds of yoga, including different types of hot yoga as well as aerial yoga. The retreat has their own swimming pool but the beach was only a couple of minutes walk away. Would definitely go back again and can give this yoga retreat my warmest recommendations."

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  • Review by Andrew from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I had a fantastic time at the villa and I really enjoyed everything they had to offer. I enjoyed all the yoga classes Om Yoga Casablanca offered, as their schedule was varied both in styles of yoga and times of the day the classes were held too. All the teachers were very clear, thoughtful, and took great care in their classes.The hosting at the Villa was very nice and warm, with nice food, clean rooms and also the option of a pool to relax when needed. This was also supported by the fact the location of the villa was also within walking distance to the beach if I wanted a different scenery, and also the staff / teachers gave me good advice of any touristic sites to visit in Casablanca. In all honesty I have only 1 regret, which is that I should have stayed longer than a week as I had such a great time at Om Yoga Casablanca and reconnected with my yoga practice. For sure I will return there in the future, and I again would like to extend my thanks to all at Om Yoga Casablanca."

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  • Review by Pascaline, IJsselstein, The Netherlands
    9 out of 10

    "Just got back from Om Yoga Casablanca and I am very satisfied with my visit. The room next to the pool was very complete. Every day the room was cleaned. What especially I liked is that we could try all kinds of yoga. Om Yoga is a yoga school with a regular schedule, and you can tap in any class you like. For instance aerial yoga is something I never did before. The food - breakfast - lunch - dinner is very healthy Moroccan food. Very tasty, nicely cooked with a lot of love and attention. Lily and Nabil are very welcoming and kind to the guests. Highly recommended place to stay"

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  • Review by Noor from Madrid, Spain
    9 out of 10

    "I stayed at the Om Yoga Casablanca for a weekend in May and it was a wonderful short 2 days. The residence/studio is absolutely lovely, rather spacious yet so well articulated that it feels warm and home like. The amazing staff made the stay even further enjoyable. I was greeted by Camilla and Jerome who truly proved that it is the people that make the city. The rest of the staff were just as wonderful, with delicious home-prepared meals and a swimming pool.. what more could you need? The yoga and Pilates classes were excellent of course, and I tried hot yoga for the first time. It was really really good! My stay also included a surfing lesson, which perhaps I should have followed through, but I tried it for a few minutes only (now i know surfing is not my thing) which was still very exhilarating. Spending the afternoon by the beach was just as good. The trip to Habous market place (which I liked the best) as well as a tour of the grand mosque were planned by Om Yoga Casablanca and we managed to cover all that in 2 days :) The Retreat was very calming as I happened to arrive during a not so busy time and I loved it. The staff really were the best part, I missed my flight and they were so kind to take me in even though they were fully booked. Warm Casablanca and Om Yoga, I most definitely am coming back soon"

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  • Review by Laura from Heilbronn, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Om Yoga Casablanca is a fabulous place to stay for a retreat. You can join in all studio yoga classes, several times a day with a good variety. In addition they offer different massages and fresh juices, staff is very friendly and welcoming, the villa is in a nice and safe area of Casablanca, beach within a 10-minute walk, food is amazing! The owners Lily and Nabil, a very kind and warmhearted couple, are eager to help you with everything! I can only recommend this place!"

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  • Review by Elaine from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "The genuine warmth, loveliness and hospitality of Lily, Nabil and daughter Camilla from our very first contact with them made our experience a wonderful one in itself - add in a schedule of a brilliantly diverse daily classes (we couldn't resist and averaged 4 a day!), each with highly qualified, fantastic teachers meant that we tried many that we hadn't even considered before - from Aerial and Capoeira to Barre au Sol - alongside excellent Hot Vinyasa, Barre, Bikram, Hatha, Ashtanga, plus, plus. We tried them all and went back for seconds and indeed more as we enjoyed them so much.Our room couldn't have been more perfect and the most delicious, home-cooked seasonal feasts for breakfast, lunch and dinner were irresistible and totally moreish!We loved too that Om Yoga Casablanca is part of the (rather glamorous!) community so we joined in with daily Casablanca life as opposed to being 'tourists'.Casablanca as a city itself far exceeded our expectations of an industrial city and the layers of culture and architecture, modern and ancient hand in hand. Glamour and simplicity in harmony...We will 100% return to Om Yoga Casablanca and indeed are planning our dates already and the only downside of writing a review is we selfishly wish to keep this magical experience for ourselves!"

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  • Review by Chiz from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I had a wonderful time at Om Yoga Casablanca. It really was the perfect retreat - as structured or unstructured as you want. They have an excellent range of classes available (including Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin yoga, Pilates, Qi Gong, Thai Chi and Bikram) with high quality of teaching. I felt very fortunate to be able to sample some forms of yoga I had never previously been exposed to.I must add that Nabil is simply the best Bikram yoga teacher I have ever had. He really brings out the best in his students with a warm, encouraging style. My stay was made even more pleasant by the Om Yoga family that runs the place, and keep all the guests happy and well fed. The meals were fantastic and very healthy. They have done a great job of creating an atmosphere that guests can really feel at home in. I would happily stay there again as it really improved my yoga practice and my state of mind."

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  • Review by Gabriela from Oxford, England
    10 out of 10

    "The center is family run and makes for a wonderful, caring atmosphere. All staff clearly love their job and nothing is too much trouble. The food is delicious. It was always something different every day, fresh, imaginatively prepared and delivered with a smile. The yoga classes are excellent. It may be useful for you to know they are taught in French, though staff are happy to demonstrate or explain in English if you ask. My room was lovely a really comfortable bed, and excellent pillows, which I know is important for some people (including me)! I cant wait to go back again and would be happy to recommend to anyone looking to develop their practice, try new things and have a restorative and nutritious break."

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Casablanca, Morocco

Located 100 meters from the beach, the Om Yoga Retreat is designed to provide the highest standard of practice in a serene environment of growth and healing.

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