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The retreat will take place at Tafedna Bay which is on the west coast of Morocco between Essaouira and Agadir. Come and relax in a hammock under the Argan tree or have your morning coffee on the terrace with a breathtaking view of the ocean. Offering incredible sunsets over the Atlantic with camels, donkeys and goats wandering past, you are sure to experience a true Moroccan holiday. It is a well-hidden fishermen's village where you can experience the peaceful landscape of the mountains and the beach itself.
You can easily pamper your body and clear your mind in this magical place. Picture yourself sitting on the beach and meditating with the sound of the sea. Let the soft wind blow all the negative thoughts out of your mind. Taste the local flavors and feed your eyes with thousands of colors. And last but not least: it's all about surfing - the private bay offers you loads of great waves to ride. A couple of right handed points, some long and mellow, some powerful and hollow. Loads of punchy beach breaks along the bay make it a perfect beginners spot. The best part though no crowds. You can surf the best swells for days and its only you and your best buddies.
Set in the heart of the Berber countryside only 400 meters from a pristine beach. Imagine that the sun is shining, waves rolling, wind blowing gently, camels walking by. That's the view from the yoga deck, while you are doing your daily practice.
You can choose your accommodation: ranging from a shared tent to a luxurious private tent or suite. All designed carefully in a Moroccan-Berber style to give you the ultimate local experience. The campsite is completely isolated, so nothing can disturb your meditation and peace.
Daily meditation classes will be offered to stimulate your subconscious mindand boost your creative energies and concentration level. The retreat is available to individuals, couples and groups. Yoga classes are open to all levels, from beginner to experienced. You will practice simply yoga and self healing.
Teaching style and class levels will be fitted to accommodate participants needs. The yoga teacher work in small and intimate sized classes during the retreat to be able to give the best attention to everyone. Yoga teachers are highly-qualified and devoted souls. The groups are joyful, we love to have fun and to be open-minded to exchange thoughts.
Lili Kisteleki & Peter Szamosi will instruct Yoga-Art classes where you will be able to practice silent meditation and learn the method to awake your own inside master. You will experience a deep connection with nature and you will calmyour emotional body to let yourself flow in the space of joy. You will participate in sound therapy and sound healing sessions. You will awake your creative energies and balance your body and mind.
You will be able to use your body as a tool for joy. Surf is a form of active meditation. You will perfect the senses of your own body and clear out your busy mind. The organizer encourage even beginners to experience this adventure. An experienced surfer will give you lessons if you are a beginner. You will be able to enjoy the play of the wavesand feel the profoundness of your body.
Anyhow, if you are not into surfing, no worries, it is a perfect place to meditate on your own, hide from the busy world, clean your mind from bad thoughts. Yoga-Art can offer you plenty of activities if you have a thirst for different kind of adventures.
A trip to souks of Essaouira will be included in this retreat.
Sivananda Yoga teacher Zsuzsi Erdos will instruct the classes in Hatha Yoga, Roots Yoga and stretch-in techniques. Zsuzsi is a firedance performer, contemporary dance choreographer and yoga teacher who travelled the world and studied under recognized masters and thaught throughout India, Bali, Australia and several Europian counties. She will assist you in improving your concentration, to move into deeper dimensions of meditation and to drive your energy in specific directions.
Lili is an artist of life. She was introduced to the world of spirituality at a very young age. She was raised in an international yoga community in the forests of Hungary. Her father is a recognized yoga teacher and writer of several spiritual books based on the real origins of humanity. Throughout her childhood she received teachings from the internationally recognized professor and yoga guru, Raj Swami Purna Acarya Mahamandaliswara.
Peter is engaged in the world of active meditation. He developed his consciousness experiencing activities in nature such extreme sports, then he opened the gate of the mental and spiritual world through the forms of rhythm and music. He is a certified teacher for recreational activities, and he successfully passed his knowledge in the past 15 years. He is also a vinyl record collector and master of music. He has played music and has been working in the industry for the past 20 years organizing events around the world.
Tafedna Bay is located on the west coast of Morocco between Essaouira and Agadir. It is a well-hidden fishermen's village where you can experience the peaceful landscape of the mountains and the beach itself.
The camp is situated 40 minutes from Essaouira, directly on the beach. All the buildings and facilities were constructed from locally sourced natural building materials, including rocks from the valley, limestone, natural pigment, hand-made fabric from goat and camel fur, hay, mud bricks, and local Argan wood.
It is also a perfect spot to ride the waves. No crowd, just you and your board. After riding you can sit around the fire on the beach and finish the day with contemplating, smiling, with cheerful thoughts or you can have a few drinks enjoying the sunset from the terrace bar.
Healthy, organic food is a part of the retreat experience. All the products used by the restaurant are sourced locally and used to create our fusion of Moroccan, French and South-East Asian cuisine. Yoga-Art work directly with the fishermen and locals to establish a restaurant that provides a gastronomical experience while supporting the local community.
Exploring the fishermen's community
Exploring the nearby cities: Essaouira and Agadir
Pampering yourself on the terrace
Shopping in the souks
Visiting an Argan oil workshop
Visiting hidden surf spots
Please book your flight to arrive at one of the following airports:
Marrakech Menara airport (RAK)- 238 kilometers
Agadir airport- 165 kilometers
Essaouira airport- 54 kilometers
"I had the pleasure of working on myself with the teachers or trainers of Yoga-Art. I am not exactly an expert in yoga (or consciousness for that matter), but I could tell that they were all experienced - and moreover interesting - people in their own fields. They have different approaches for reaching the same goal: experiencing the world on a different level. Some of this ways were more, some of them less useful for me - but the beauty of the whole concept is that they werent trying to tell me how to achieve this peace, but offering options for me to find my own way. As someone who cant be bothered to join in on anything rigorous, I would truly recommend it to anyone whos either a born-and-raised free spirit, or who would really like to be one!"
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"I was simply looking for some kind of exotic vacation when I found Yoga-Art but I came back from a complete spiritual cleansing. I attended some yoga classes before, but the 6 days I spent at the retreat really helped me progress. As a holiday it was a mind blowingly fulfilling, but the takeaway was even better: a relaxed body and soul and the willingness to incorporate it (and yoga) into my life from now on."
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"To sum it up, great yoga experience and the most comfortable, visually pleasing, peaceful accommodation ever! Nice bonus: I got to activate my artistic side as well. Virtual high-five to the crew."
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"Yoga Art was a far cry from a surf camp: its a spiritual getaway to rebuild yourself in every possible way: mentally, physically, emotionally. And when you are becoming One with the universe, you probably want to become one with the ocean as well. Go with the flow and feel the waves. It worked well for me and my travelling buddies were not complaining either. If you are a surfer aching for a higher level experience, look no further. Although I did the retreat as a beginner surfer with little experience in yoga, it worked perfectly for me as well."
November 20, edited
"I would gladly recommend it! Ive considered their instructors more of teachers, which tells a lot. They really focus on spirituality, not just on body exercise (which doesn't mean they ignore it, but just that they really taking it to another level). Its not just an active holiday, but a full reinvention of yourself. They really focus on mindfulness, which in my experience not necessarily something thats true for most of every yoga holiday."
October 13, edited
"Luxury and yoga rarely go together, so Yoga-Art is absolutely filling a gap! At least for me it was a perfect combination. I really appreciated the comfort, and the option of not giving up on anything I would want in a holiday, but still having the purpose of practising yoga. I was more than happy with the classes and lectures and the accommodation as well.The one week program was filled with so many different activities. Everybody from the party I was going with found their own ways to enjoy it (spiritual-journey fanatics were as delighted as my friend, who never tried yoga before but was looking for a artist-y getaway). So to sum it up, absolutely no complaints whatsoever. After that Im absolutely convinced that yoga-holidays are the best way to escape from the world for a while."
September 10, edited
"Ive just tried this and I love it! Its a well-proportioned mixture in every sense. the other guests and the teachers at the retreat were all coming from different backgrounds, different levels and nationality. Loved the vibe of this we are all one, and we are all open mentality that came from it. Made for a great little community.It was just as diverse activity-wise; visual stimulation for the mind, music for relaxation, dance as a form of active meditation, yoga for soul-searching and consciousness, while I didnt have to miss out on taking advantage of the location. I got to do the touristy stuff as well - Marrakesh, Atlas Mountain. Somehow, it all came together and complement each other. Props to the hosts for coming up with this combo!"
January 15, edited