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8 Days Morocco Yoga Retreat

  • Mogadar, Essaouira, Morocco


Asana Yoga Retreat in Morocco

Join a retreat in the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site city of Essaouira, a relaxed fishing town on the coast of Morocco. It is the perfect location for a yoga retreat in Morocco as it offers a more relaxed medina and some of the best shopping in the country.


  • Daily yoga classes and workshops
  • Daily exploration through the chakras
  • Painting workshop and traditional Tagine cooking class
  • Camel ride along the secluded coastline with Mogador island as backdrop
  • Grounding circle, henna designs, and spa day
  • Group adventure in city of Marrakech
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals daily

Skill level

  • Beginner

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodations at Villa Maroc offer the best location in all of Essaouira for exploring the souks, ramparts, nightlife, and fishing port. Located in the heart of the Medina in the former residence of Mogador notables, this hotel has kept its architectural heritage and friendly premise intact. Villa Maroc has been featured in Vogue, Maison, Elle, and many other publications for its style and charm.

Room styles vary including fireplaces, terraces, and seaviews depending on your choice. Yoga Adventures Worldwide is offering shared double and triple rooms as well as private suites and economy rooms. All accommodations are unique and charming with special details and gorgeous furnishings.

All rooms have private bathrooms en-suite, some with showers, and some with bathtub / shower combo.

This retreat will be an exploration through the chakras with daily morning vinyasa flow yoga and evening restoratives or workshops to raise your spirits and your hearts. Each day you will pair your yoga and activities with an essential oil and the chakra of the day.

The adventures will take you to the streets shopping the souks of the Medina, a pampering spa day with Moroccan beauty treatments, a welcome henna celebration complete with classic mint tea, traditional tagine cooking class, camel rides on the beach, belly dancing, and a day trip to explore Marrakech, the Red City.

Day 1 - October 15, 2016

  • Root chakra / grounding
  • Arrival and settle-in
  • 15:00 Riad check-in
  • 16:00 Grounding circle and opening stretch
  • 17:00 Henna designs on hands and feet with Moroccan cookies and mint tea
  • 19:30 Dinner together as a group

Day 2 - October 15, 2016

  • Sacral chakra / creativity
  • 07:30 Coffee, tea, and fruit available
  • 08:30 Vinyasa hips and hamstrings with Nina
  • 10:15 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Group outing to explore the Ramparts, the souks, and the Medina
  • 13:00 Lunch together at a local fromagerie outside of town (lunch is not included in package)
  • 15:00 Painting session with a local artist at cheese farm
  • 17:30 Gentle yoga at the riad followed by dinner on your own

Day 3 - October 17, 2016

  • Solar plexus chakra / relationship with yourself
  • 07:30 Coffee, tea, and fruit available
  • 08:30 Vinyasa get twisted with Nina
  • 10:15 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Countryside spa day. A one hour relaxing massage with argan oil and bitter orange essence to follow. Lunch on your own but the country club can organize a lovely barbecue for you by their pool to enjoy.
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Gentle flow with Nina
  • 19:30 Dinner together as a group on the town
  • 21:00 Yoga Nidra

Day 4 - October 18, 2016

  • Heart chakra / relationship with others
  • 07:30 Coffee, tea, and fruit available
  • 08:30 Vinyasa backbending with Nina
  • 10:15 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 21:00 Group outing to the pulse of the country, Marrakech. Choose your adventure day.
  • Lunch and dinner on your own but the organizer will have an organized dinner together on a beautiful rooftop.
  • 21:00 Return to Essaouira

Day 5 - October 19, 2016

  • Throat chakra / voice and thyroid
  • 07:30 Coffee, tea, and fruit available
  • 08:30 Vinyasa arm balances with Nina
  • 10:15 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Traditional tagine cooking class with lunch of our labors
  • 18:30 Specialty afternoon workshop with Nina followed by dinner on your own

Day 6 - October 20, 2016

  • Third eye chakra / intuition
  • 07:30 Coffee, tea, and fruit available
  • 08:30 Vinyasa conscious flow with Nina
  • 10:45 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Free time to explore as you wish; lunch on your own. Dinner on your own

Day 7 - October 21, 2016

  • Crown chakra / spirituality
  • 07:30 Coffee, tea, and fruit available
  • 08:30 Vinyasa and inversions with Nina
  • 10:15 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Camel rides on the beach followed by lunch on your own
  • 17:30 Gentle flow evening practice with Nina
  • 19:30 Farewell dinner together as a group

Day 8 - October 22, 2016

  • Departure day
  • 07:30 Coffee, tea, and breakfast available

Group outing to explore the Ramparts, the souks, and the Medina. For Game of Thrones fans, this tour is for you. Camel ride along the secluded coastline with Mogador island as your backdrop is also included in this retreat.

  • Christina Thomas

    Her passion for yoga began nearly 20 years ago in a college Kundalini course. Since then, she has studied and practiced with many well-known masters and aspiring ones. Although she greatly enjoys leading yoga practices she prefers to be on the mat as a student, though being a mother is her greatest yoga practice to date. She is the creator and hostess during these specialty retreats and for those in Tulum throughout the year. She has been planning and hosting retreats for the past four years and traveling on her own since she was five.

  • Nina Endrst

    Nina has been practicing yoga for more than ten years. She grew up watching her mother practice meditation and yoga, which was an experience that made a profound impression and deeply influenced her approach to wellness. Nina completed her 200-hour registered yoga teacher training at New York Yoga, studying under Michael Gilbert. She simply wants to give students what she continues to receive from her teachers, which are love, peace, and the simple things that slowly started to change her life. Her Vinyasa flow classes are playful, thoughtful, and challenging.

This retreat will take place in Essaouira, Morocco. Essaouira as a city is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. This Atlantic castle is the home for the week offering many nooks and crannies for escape to the roof to read, enjoy a glass of wine by the fire, or take a spa service in the hammam downstairs.

  • Art classes
  • Camel riding / rental
  • Cooking classes
  • Spa
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Terrace
  • Tour assistance nearby

Daily traditional breakfasts, two delicious dinners at the riad, and one together on the town are included in this package. Coffee, tea, and fruit are available in the morning.

  • Check out the amazing shopping in the Medina
  • Enjoy Essaouria live music
  • Enjoy quiet beach or pool time
  • Explore the souks on your own or in smaller groups
  • Guided city tours to visit Ben Youssef Madrasa Islamic College and the Bahia Palace
  • Take a surf lesson
  • Visit a local argan oil producer

Enjoy traditional hamman with body scrub of local ingredients and 60 minutes massage with argan oil. Please note half the group will enjoy the countryside spa on the third day and come to the cooking class on fifth day or vice versa to optimize space and time.

  • 2 delicious dinners at the Riad and one together on the town
  • 7 nights acommodation in a massive seaside Castle turned Riad
  • A free day to explore as you wish
  • An exploration through the chakras paired with essential oils daily
  • Camel ride along the secluded coastline with Mogador island as your backdrop
  • Grounding circle and henna designs on hands and feet
  • Group adventure into the bustling city of Marrakech to explore the pulse of the country
  • Local taxes
  • Morning vinyasa flow class, afternoon restoratives and workshops
  • Painting workshop with a local artist
  • Spa day : Traditional hamman with body scrub of local ingredients and 60 min. massage with argan oil
  • Traditional breakfast daily on the rooftop with seaviews
  • Traditional Tagine cooking class followed by a meal together
  • Welcome mint tea and cookies
  • Flights
  • Gratuities for services
  • Insurance
  • Optional guided tour

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at either Essaouira-Mogador Airport (ESU), Marrakech’s Menara International Airport (RAK), or Casablanca International Airport (CMN-Mohammed V). Yoga Adventures Worldwide can arrange transfers and potentially pair those arriving at similar times. Please forward along your flights once you have them to see about the possibilities.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga Adventures Worldwide an inquiry.
  • Review by Kelly Anne from Orange County, California
    10 out of 10

    "I could not have imagined a better experience for my first yoga retreat. Christina took absolutely tremendous care of our small group. She was happy to do some light hand holding in the weeks leading up to the retreat, with my being a little nervous and having lots of questions. Christina's restaurant recommendations were amazing, I could write a dozen reviews for the food in Tulum. Tulum is honestly a magical place, with so much charm and rustic elegance. Everyone I met, from the locals to the expatriates, was warm and friendly. The location of the retreat was so stunning. The beach had the whitest sand and the warmest water. Rebecca Jo was our yoga instructor on the retreat. I did not know what to expect when it came to the yoga practice, as there are so many styles and philosophies, and I am used to very vigorous power yoga. Rebecca Jo led us through the most wonderful series of what I will call workshops, as opposed to classes. Her teaching style and the practice she led us through really opened up my body and mind to something totally new. This was honestly the best thing I have ever done for myself, and I cannot wait to attend another Yoga Adventures Worldwide retreat with Christina!"

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  • Review by Oriana C.
    9 out of 10

    "There is no such place as Tulum. Utopia just offers you the best in paradise, an amazing spot right on the beach and close to all the cool bars, restaurants, shops, and great yoga workshops. I have been there twice and long to go back again. Thanks to Christina and her staff. The only thing I would say is that you should not expect top luxury; if you are looking for plush pillows and linen, Utopia is not the place. Although the lack of luxury is more than compensated for by the fact that you are surrounded by the lovely nature of the jungle and the sea. I recommend to bring ear plugs, as the ocean is super noisy at night, it can be intense!"

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  • Review by a traveler from New York City, USA
    9 out of 10

    "This was my first yoga retreat, as well as the first time I committed to sticking with the practice. Nina was the best teacher and spiritual leader and kept her words light and connected. This was one of the best experiences ever; I walked away with a greater and calmer sense of self. I also made friends, who I will be connected to for life! Utopia is an eco-chic home on the beach, which is clean and friendly, with amazing fresh food. I highly recommend this if you need to get away and reconnect with yourself and take a time out from the chaos in life that you no longer need."

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  • Review by Elisabeth R. from Jekyll Island, Georgia
    9 out of 10

    "The yoga and spa retreat at Utopia was life-changing. The staff was super attentive, the massage therapist was amazing, and Luna, our yoga teacher, was such a wonderful spirit. She offered the perfect mix of classes, poses, and postures. The food and variety of fresh juices were delicious. We felt completely safe in Tulum at all hours. We went in July, when the weather is hot; however, the location of Utopia, right on the beach, offers a wonderful breeze. Christine, the owner, has developed a wonderful retreat in this perfect location."

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  • Review by Kim McPherson from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
    10 out of 10

    "One of the best yoga retreats I have ever been on. It was set in luscious surroundings, with an awesome accommodation. The yoga practices were beautiful and the food was amazing! I am ready to book my next retreat. Thank you, Christina, Nancy, and Rebecca Jo. I will be back."

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