Total of people that favorited this listing
Our 8-day yoga surf retreats are more perfect than ever, as we now have 3 inspirational yoga teachers Ieva, Sarah & Mary. Ieva, Sarah & Mary’s diverse approach to yoga, genuine care for every student & passion for living life to the full allow them to offer a unique and inspiring retreat experience for absolutely everyone. Our yoga surf retreats offer an excellent 8-day introduction to all aspects of yoga for beginners and the chance to dive deep into an enriched intermediate or advanced practice. The week is progressive, studying specific sections of the body anatomically and in relation to each Chakra. Each class is carefully crafted by our expert teachers to strengthen, stretch, inspire and relax each student on all levels of their being. The morning classes are 120 minutes of intelligently sequenced creative invigorating Vinyasa Flow. Each session is individually themed to include time for meditation, chanting, music, pranayama, reflection, visualization and relaxation. All teachers offer time for 1-2-1 tuition, fulfilling every student's expectations & requirements. Evening classes are a deep yin or restorative practice to re-balance the body and mind after a day in the sun and surf. Although nothing is obligatory and every guest may do as much or as little as they wish, we offer the chance to practice up to 3.5 hours of inspiring progressive yoga every day.
Villa Mandala, the perfect yoga and surf escape, is located on Banana beach. Mandala is the best accommodation we offer and is our dedicated Yoga Centre where we run Yoga Surf Retreats year round. With large terraces and a pool looking over Banana Point, Villa Mandala incorporates privacy and soulful individuality.
The area immediately surrounding Villa Mandala is not a tropical paradise but the sea views are beautiful and great beaches are in walking distance. It is a distinctly North African beachside location that is susceptible to the constant natural and man made changes that rapidly occur in the developing world. It's part of the experience and it's what makes Villa Mandala a true gem hidden off the beaten track and Banana Village's best kept secret!
Our rooftop wooden yoga shala boasts ocean views stretching more than 180 degrees in front and the foothills of the Atlas mountains behind. It measures 6m by 11m, with wooden flooring and surround glass sliding doors its a naturally light and airy space. Blessed with the first magical light each sunrise and the last rays at each colourful African sunset it is a perfect haven for a deep and unforgettable yoga and meditation practice.
There are several accommodation types in Villa Mandala. The package given on the prices are for certain room types only. Please contact Surf Maroc for the prices of the other accommodation options.
The light room is cool, characterful and stylish with its white finish and dashes of colour. The big windows give epic ocean views and you can watch the perfect sunset from your pillow.
The Emerald room is in the middle of the villa with views over the pool and the Atlantic Ocean. The en-suite Emerald Room has a wholesome feel to help you recharge on your holiday.
Rich in colour, the Scarlet Room has a sumptuous sea view. One wall is made entirely of glass, the wild Atlantic ocean goes as far as the eye can see and with an en-suite bathroom the Scarlet Room is a unique treat.
This master en-suite bedroom is the largest of Mandala's rooms yet the red interiors create an authentically Moroccan and homely feel. It looks out onto Banana beach, Banana point and the lefts of Onze and Douze.
The stunning Garden room is the ideal place for a calm, inspiring and restorative holiday at Mandala. It's big open windows make it light and airy. The organically decorated bathroom has an open, walk-in shower with pebble flooring from the beach and with the bougainvillea blossoming up to the window from the garden below, it's one of our favourite rooms.
Surf Maroc offer an excellent detailed introduction to all aspects of yoga for beginners and the chance to dive deep into an enriched intermediate or advanced practice. The week is progressive, studying specific sections of the body anatomically and in relation to each chakra. Each class is carefully crafted by our expert teachers, to strengthen, stretch, inspire and relax each student on all levels of their being. The morning classes are 90 120 minutes of creative invigorating Vinyasa flow. When the morning classes are 90 minutes, there is an optional 30 minute workshop, posture clinic or further practice at 9.00 a.m. each morning.
Each session includes time for meditation, pranayam, reflection, visualisation, and relaxation. Evening classes are deep yin style or restorative practice to rebalance the body and mind after a day in the surf. Although nothing is obligatory and every guest may do as much or as little as they wish, we offer the chance to practice at least 4 hours of inspiring yoga every day
We have many years of experience teaching yoga to surfers and you will be amazed how much the yoga practice helps you in the surf. For beginners and experienced surfers yoga is an essential practice in developing the mental and physical strength required to surf and keep surfing. Its a sublime combination.
Our surf coaches provide safe, fun, rewarding surf lessons every day of the retreat. Morocco's year round good climate and consistent small to medium sized clean, easy waves mean that it's the perfect place to learn and progress. Our coaches' friendly, dedicated approach will ensure that your progression over the course of the week is beyond what you ever thought possible.
This region is of course a paradise for experienced surfers with every type of point, reef and beach break available. Higher level surfers on the retreat can join our surf camp groups to surf more challenging waves if they wish.
You have never surfed before. Designed as an introduction to surfing, the week will be focused on giving you all you need to know to get going. We'll start on the beach and then move to waist deep water working on board handling and safety, reading ocean conditions, paddling, catching broken waves in the prone position. You'll be up and riding in no time!
You have surfed before, know the basics and are practising getting up in the whitewater. The course will focus on increasing confidence in the waves in order to progress to an efficient stance and increase your wave count. Key points will be paddling into waves and catching waves un-assisted, accelerating your board and the all important pop up.
You are outback progressing to green waves, standing up and turning. The level 3 sessions focus on solidifying the levels 1 and 2 with a view to you progressing beyond the white water. Youll learn about the paddle out and the techniques to make it easier, board control, quicker take offs, weight distribution. Focus is on wave selection and catching and riding those elusive green waves.
Sue has been teaching for 16 years and the discovery of Astanga Vinyasa yoga whilst in Crete at Yoga Plus was a revelation. Combining the wonderful flow of the postures was reminiscent to dance, and she was hooked. She returned to Crete and did a teacher training with Radha and also David Swenson. She has studied Viniyoga and done a teacher training in that also and loved finding out more about the history of yoga and some of the texts, especially Patanjali's Sutras. Her practice has evolved to a more Vinyasa flow base and she was inspired by attending classes with Julie Martin at Brahmani Yoga.
Surf Maroc is located in the Agadir region of southern Morocco. Taghazout is a unique gem on Moroccos Atlantic coast. Conveniently located 40 min from Agadir international airport its a short hop ( 2-4 hrs) from most central European cities. Its the closest place for any European surfer to get year round warm water, perfect waves and a unique cultural experience.
There are an abundance of restaurants and cafes in Taghazout, including our own ocean front Auberge restaurant and Mouja Cafe. There are plenty of grocery shops selling fruit, vegetable and other essentials. There is a well-stocked pharmacy and four surf shops. There are also lots of internet cafes with ADSL connection.
There are a few surf shops in Taghazout. They now stock a fair bit of hardware: leashes, wax, deckgrip etc. The surf board and clothing selection is also growing. Most of the shops offer board repairs, they are often great value and of good quality.
Indulge in delicious, nutritious vegetarian food, so you can enjoy maximum energy and vitality throughout your stay. Using only the finest and freshest local produce, our talented chefs, make each day of the retreat a 'taste sensation'.
After every morning yoga class, quench your thirst with cleansing smoothies, freshly squeezed orange juice, special herbal teas & freshly brewed Moroccan coffee. Enjoy hot bread fresh from the village bakery, local honey, jams, yoghurts, eggs, crepes, dried fruits, nuts and a rainbow platter of seasonal fruits. Sit back, relax & take time over a sun-filled breakfast banquet beside the pool. The perfect way to ease into each day!
At sunset, our fantastic local chefs, create an irresistible array of traditional and contemporary Moroccan & international dishes. From tapas by the pool, to aromatic tagines, subtly spiced cous cous, vegetarian delights and divine desserts. A star lit mouthwatering feast is guaranteed to delight every palette.
A meal out on Thursday night (chefs night off) is not included in the price. We do a great BBQ on the rooftop of our Auberge, thats 130dh / approximately 9 GBP for eat as much as you like starlit feast, transport to and from the villa, live music, and fun! Agadir restaurants would be more than this. Local restaurants a bit less.
Massage and hammam (spa treatments)
Day trips to Essaouira, Agadir and the local souqs
All activities are easily arranged during your stay upon request.
Morocco is served by direct flights from the UK and other major European airports, with flight times to Agadir between 2-4 hours. Guests travelling from the US can connect either in Casablanca or at a European airport as there are no direct flights to Agadir. From Agadir airport its a 45 minute drive south east along the coast road. Road transfers from Marrakech can be easily arranged and the new motorway has dramatically cut the journey times down to 2 -3 hours and cost approx 80 GBP for 4 people. Please contact us if you would like us to arrange a transfer or would like a quote.
Air Ninja - great site to see who fly where internationally. Flights leave the UK from London Stansted (STN) London (LGW), Manchester (MAN), Bristol (BRS),