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8 Days Morocco Yoga Retreat

  • Mogadar, Essaouira, Morocco

Overview

Mesmerized 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.

Highlights

  • Morning Vinyasa Flow class, Afternoon Restoratives & Workshops
  • Painting workshop and traditional Moroccan 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
  • 3 dinners and 3 lunches
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • 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 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.

Day 1

  • Arrival and settle-in
  • 15:00 Riad check-in
  • 17:00 Grounding circle and opening stretch
  • 18:30 Henna designs on hands and feet with Moroccan cookies and mint tea
  • 20:00 Dinner together as a group

Day 2

  • 07:30 Coffee, tea, and fruit available
  • 08:30 Vinyasa hips and hamstrings
  • 10:15 Breakfast
  • 11:30 Group outing to explore the Ramparts, the souks, and the Medina
  • 13:00 Lunch together at a local fromagerie outside of town (lunch included in package). Painting session with a local artist at cheese farm
  • 18:30 Gentle yoga at the riad followed by dinner on your own

Day 3

  • 07:30 Coffee, tea, and fruit available
  • 08:30 Vinyasa get twisted
  • 10:15 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Countryside spa day. Enjoy a traditional Hammam black soap body scrub with eucalyptus followed by a body mask made from local plants and herbs. A one hour relaxing massage with argan oil to follow. A lovely BBQ lunch will be enjoyed poolside at the Country Club, all included.
  • 18:00 Gentle flow
  • 20:30 Dinner together as a group at the riad
  • Please note half the group will enjoy the cooking class on this day and come to the spa on Day Five as to optimize space and our time.

Day 4

  • 07:30 Coffee, tea, and fruit available
  • 08:30 Vinyasa arm balances
  • 10:15 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Traditional Moroccan cuisine cooking class and market tour with lunch of our labors
  • 18:30 Specialty afternoon workshop followed by a dinner on your own
  • Please note half the group will enjoy the Countryside Spa on this day and come to the cooking class on Day Three as to optimize space and our time.

Day 5

07:30 Breakfast

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

Day 6

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

Day 7

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

Day 8

  • Departure day
  • 07:30 Coffee, tea, and breakfast available
  • This itinerary is subject to adjustments, changes in times, locations, or activities as the retreats leaders and hosts see fit. Any change will be an upgrade in services or location making for an even more amazing experience for the group and guests!

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 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.

  • Laurie Greene

    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.

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.

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

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 3 delicious dinners at the Riad
  • 7 nights acommodation in a massive seaside Castle turned Riad
  • A free day to explore as you wish
  • Camel ride along the secluded coastline with Mogador island as your backdrop
  • Cooking class of traditional dishes with a trip to the spice market (lunch included)
  • Daily traditional breakfast on the rooftop with seaviews
  • Grounding circle with mint tea and cookies
  • Group adventure into the bustling city of Marrakech to explore the pulse of the country
  • Henna designs on hands and feet
  • Local taxes
  • Morning vinyasa flow class, afternoon restoratives and workshops
  • Painting workshop with a local artist at a local fromagerie (delicious lunch included)
  • Spa day at a traditional hamman with body scrub of local ingredients and massage with argan oil (BBQ lunch included)
  • 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.
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    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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    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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Departure:
Saturday March 18, 2017
(8 days / 7 nights)

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