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8 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat Morocco

  • Ondaroot Essaouira, Morocco

Overview

Yoga and Surf Retreat Morocco

The OndaRoot Yoga and Surf Retreat Morocco is based in a calm fishermen's village not far away from Essaouira. Experience the balancing effect of yoga and surfing and enjoy life to the fullest. Freedom, consciousness and ease in a relaxed and amicable atmosphere. Beaches for miles, tranquility, tasty food and oriental charm are waiting for you. You can choose between different packages including yoga and / or surfing or kitesurfing. Additionally, you have the opportunity to redefine your goals or reduce stress in your daily life with a professional systemic coach. OndaRoot emphasizes personal service and always puts quality over quantity. Therefore, the retreat is limited to 10 participants.

Highlights

  • Yoga lessons in small groups
  • Personal support and attendance by Leila and Cri
  • Surf and kite course are available
  • Relaxed and cozy atmosphere
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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You will stay in a high standard apartment or double room just a few steps away from the beach. The apartments offer space for two to four persons and consist of a double bedroom (double bed or twin single beds) and a spacious living room with kitchen, as well as a bathroom. Some have a fireplace.

For the ones travelling alone we have double rooms for single occupancy with either landscape or sea-view. There is also the possibility to share an apartment if there is another guest who wants to share.

The apartment hotel disposes of a swimming pool and two sun terraces with deck chairs which can also be used by the guests staying in doubles rooms.

Die "boutique-style" hotels are managed by their European owners and combine Moroccan charm with European comfort.

Yoga session

You will practice yoga in small groups (maximum of 10 participants) for individual and personal assistance. The main focus is to meet the needs of every single participant and to create the ideal setting for beginners as well as advanced yogis and yoginis. The classes focus on releasing stress, strengthening your week points and - of course - letting the energy flow.

You will experience the benefits of Hatha yoga in a cozy atmosphere with individual adjustments. The sessions will take place in a beautiful rooftop yoga loft with natural wooden floor and a window front for an amazing view on the beach.

Surfing session (optional and can be booked onsite)

OndaRoot wants you to get the most out of your surf course. This is why you are offered measure-made surf lessons with personal and professional coaching plus extensive theory lessons including a detailed video analysis - for more fun and faster progress.

In the small groups of maximum 5 persons per teacher, you experience fast learning in a friendly and personal atmosphere. OndaRoot always puts quality over quantity - not only in the surf courses. Further, they time the surf lessons according to the best surfing conditions of the day unlike many other surf schools, which always go out at the same time regardless of the conditions.

The surf instructors are experienced and know the surf spots like the back of their hand. They will make sure you are safe and support you wherever they can - for your unforgettable surfing experience.

Program schedule

Saturday

  • 15:00 Arrival
  • 20:00 Dinner

Sunday until Tuesday

  • 08:00 Breakfast followed by optional surf or kite courses and other activities in between sessions
  • 18:00 Yoga lesson
  • 20:00 Dinner

Wednesday

  • 08:00 Breakfast followed by excursion time to Essaouira

Thursday until Friday

  • 08:00 Breakfast followed by optional surf or kite courses and other activities in between sessions
  • 18:00 Yoga lesson
  • 20:00 Dinner

Saturday

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Check out

Leila Hajikhanian

Many years ago, Leila found yoga to be her source of energy and health. Since 2007, she hosts and teaches in retreats all over the world. She believes that the practice of yoga with its manifold aspects (asanas, pranayama, a mindful way of experiencing and treating the environment, meditation, health-conscious nutrition etcetera) is a wonderful way to attain health and happiness.

Leila's teaching style is strongly influenced by the yoga tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga yoga). In a well-structured and precise way, she will show you how to energize and balance your body as well as your mind and soul. Leila focuses on individual and careful support to reach a correctly aligned posture. She aims on establishing a sustainable, safe and delightful practice, leading towards a more balanced and joyful life.

Leila starts a yoga session with mindfulness meditation and energy exercises to loosen up blockades. Afterwards, a series of dynamic sun salutations will prepare you for a variation of strengthening as well as stretching asanas (postures). Finally, relaxing techniques will give you calmness and serenity.

Qualifications

  • Yoga teacher (Hatha yoga - Iyengar yoga / Ashtanga yoga)
  • Systemic coach / consultant for burn out prevention
  • Mindfulness trainer (Thich Nhat Hanh and Jon Kabat-Zinn)
  • Master of International Business Management

Cri Anderle

Travelling in and with nature has been a major part of his life. As "being in the moment" got more and more important to him, he got into yoga and is teaching since 2007. To Cri, yoga has been the logical evolution from the outer to the inner journey.

Classic Hatha yoga combined with Qi Gong and structures of Vinyasa flow yoga build the basis of his yoga classes. He had teacher trainings in Australia, Sri Lanka and Austria and teaches at retreats in Spain, Morocco and Austria. Cri invites you to find your inner self by embracing the journey as the destination.

Qualifications

  • Yoga teacher (trainings in Sri Lanka and Australia)
  • Master of Sports Science and Management
  • Kitesurf instructor (Austrian Kite Surfing Federation)

OndaRoot Surf, Kite & Yoga Morocco is located in a calm fishermen's village not far away from the coastal town of Essaouira.

Beaches for miles, tranquility, endless seeming space and stunning views of sunsets in the sea are waiting for you.

Besides yoga and surfing there are many other things to see and do. You can decide whether you want to go horse-back riding on the beach, take a camel-trip, stroll around Essaouira's beautiful old-town or just relax on the beach.

Nearby places

  • Agadir, 185 kilometers - 3 hours
  • Essaouira, 20 kilometers - 15 minutes
  • Marrakech, 199 kilometers - 2 hours 30 minutes
Activities
  • Surfing
  • Kitesurfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Camel riding
  • Horse riding
  • Massage nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa nearby
  • Swimming
General
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Sun terrace with deck chairs
  • Swimming pool
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • Organisation of activities, guides, equipment, and transfers
  • Personal and attentive guest service by Leila and Cri before and during your stay

A nourishing breakfast and a two-course dinner are included in the price. The Italian chef and his Moroccan sous-chefs offer Italian as well as Moroccan specialties such as fish wrapped in salt crust (caught in the morning by local fishermen, as fresh as you can get it), various pasta dishes and the typical Tajine. There is a range of vegetarian and vegan options on offer. Enjoy culinary delights, lovingly prepared with high quality ingredients.

Exclusions

Lunch is offered at various small bistros 100 meters from the hotel. They serve a great variety of Moroccan, as well as international dishes for a small price.

  • Book additional surf or kite course
  • Enjoy the traditional Hammam
  • Horseback riding on the beach
  • Pamper yourself with a massage treatment
  • Relax on the beach
  • Take a camel-trip
  • Visit Essaouira's charming Medina, which has been declared a World Heritage Site
  • 5 Hatha yoga coaching in small groups, individual training with yoga instructors Leila and Cri
  • 6 daily serving of a two-course dinner
  • 7 nights in a spacious apartment (double occupancy) or in a double room (single occupancy)
  • 7 daily serving of a generous breakfast
  • Additional surf or kite course
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Essaouira Mogador (ESU). However, most connections are to Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) or Agadir Al Masira Airport (AGA). You can either get a rental car, a shuttle taxi or a bus from there. OndaRoot is happy to organize a shuttle taxi for you. The price from Marrakech or Agadir is approximately 60 EUR.

Distances

  • Agadir Al Masira (AGA), 184 kilometers - 3 hours
  • Essaouira Mogador (ESU), 15 kilometers - 15 minutes
  • Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK), 199 kilometers - 2 hours 30 minutes
For information about the booking conditions, please send OndaRoot Yoga Retreats an inquiry.
  • Review by Tine Seidler from Germany

    "We had a great time. A beautiful location with great yoga sessions, beautiful lodge, delicious breakfast, and wonderful host. The people are nice."

    Facebook website, edited

  • Review by Sashka2015 from Switzerland

    "I spent three weeks in Leilas and Cris house and it was one of my best surf holiday experience so far. The house is located on the northern end of a beautiful bay where you can do the swell check while you eat breakfast. There are dozens of good surf beaches just around the corner. One of them is always working. Cri and Leila are very warmhearted and will always give you the feeling that you are part of the family. They are very uncomplicated and caring. If you want, you can still do your own stuff. The rooms are very clean, with individual and detailed design. The breakfast was well chosen and tasty. I travelled alone, but I always found someone in the house who would join me for a surf. I actually planned to stay for just one week at Onda Root. In the end, I stayed for three weeks. This says everything. I would always come again."

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by Patrick Kull from Switzerland

    "Nice people, great surf spots! I will come here again."

    Facebook website, edited

  • Review by Cecile from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "Beautiful house , relaxing atmosphere, great people, very welcoming, comfortable rooms, great yoga lessons , beautiful Strde, various surf spots, beautiful scenery, just great and I totally recommend!"

    August 2014. Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by Tina from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "So I came to Ondaroot. There are only 4 rooms which makes it very familiar. In the kitchen, and on the sun terrace, I was always prefer the hammocks. Leila and Cri offer a unique service, fully personal and relaxed. Every day yoga was so great because we were few and so were able to practice really hard ... after delicious breakfast and then go (with eggs from the neighbor's chicken and many organic ingredients) to the beach surfing. The ideal place to unwind and come down. I cannot remember that I ever get out as fast as from everyday life here. Thanks to you all!"

    April 2012. Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from US
    10 out of 10

    "We can only recommend this accommodation. Even as a couple the time there was really nice. The owners also always know very well about the surf spots and conditions. Not to forget the very cozy hammocks in the extensive gardens of the beautiful country house are framed."

    June 2014. Trip Advisor website, edited