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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.
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 feature daily morning vinyasa flow yoga and evening restoratives or workshops to raise your spirits and your hearts.
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.
08:30 Group outing to the pulse of the country, Marrakech. Choose your adventure day. The group will have a tour guide to take you to the famous Marjorelle Gardens owned by the late Yves Saint Laurent in horse drawn carriages, you will enjoy lunch in the gardens (on your own) then head to the Ben Youssef Madrasa Islamic College to see an incredible sample of Moroccan architecture. You will walk through the back-alley souks where the artisans of Marrakech are busy at work dying yard, welding metal, cutting leather, and hammering out lanterns. A real insider’s visit to the best shopping the souks has to offer. You will break to do some shopping on your own and meet in the famous Jemaa el Fnaa square
18:45 Amazing dinner on a rooftop overlooking the city. Again dinners are on your own here but you will eat together with the group.
21:30 Return to Essaouira
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.
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.
Laurie has practiced yoga since age 15, having grown up in a yoga family. Since then, yoga has become her healthy addiction. Having completed her 500-hour certification with the wonderful Edward Clark and Elizabeth Connelly, Laurie’s passion lies in blending many styles into a practice that is instructive, creative, and fun. Her masterful adjustments will change your practice. She is familiar with the Iyengar tradition, Vinyasa flow, and Ashtanga Vinyasa.
Karuna DiLibero, E-RYT, AHC has been teaching Yoga for nearly 2 decades and leading international retreats since 2006. Her teachings based on the Ashtanga, Anusara and Therapeutic Yoga traditions and the Advaita Vedanta and Tantric Philosophies.
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.
Daily traditional breakfasts, three delicious dinners at the Riad, and three lunches during the excursions are included in this package. Coffee, tea, and fruit are available in the morning.
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.
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.