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8 Days Yoga & Surf Retreat Morocco

  • Tafedna Bay

8 Days Yoga & Surf Retreat Morocco

  • Tafedna Bay

Surf and Yoga Retreat in Tafedna Bay

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.


  • Daily surf lessons
  • Trip to the souks of Essaouira
  • Daily meditation and yoga sessions
  • Welcome dinner and gathering party
  • All fresh and organic meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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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.


  • Fine dining restaurant and bar
  • Hot water
  • Private beach
  • Western toilets
  • Surf spots
  • Western toilets
  • Yoga deck

Yoga and meditation class

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.

Surfing class

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.

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.

Cooking classes

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

  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • All fresh and organic meals
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily Moroccan tea and snacks
  • Daily surf lessons
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Plenty of free time with personalized assistance
  • Trip to the souks of Essaouira
  • Welcome dinner and gathering party
  • Airport transfer
  • Flights to Morocco
  • Lunch during excursions
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

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

Verified reviews

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    Review by Anonymous


    CONS Cons: Everything but the environment and hiks ! First of all a yoga retreat is a peaceful places to live, confortable bed, hot shower and toilets near the room, a flat and nice and warm place to do yoga and vegetarian food. We did not get anything of that ! The hut is a mountain hut for eveyone that needs a place to stay so all day long people come, it is not peaceful ! The beds were like if you were sleeping directly on the wood. The chairs were wood logs. So my but and my back that have all ready had to climb the first day 1000 meter with all the weight of my bags had to suffer a week of not having anything confortable ! By the way we were not told that it was going to be that hard to go up the first day ! To start a Yoga retreat maybe not the best ! One picture in the add was a beautiful round wooden floor in the forest to do yoga..never seen that place ! The river I was told to go to wash myself..I'm still dreaming of it and never found it ! The food well first day we were told that if we could eat non vegetarian that would be preferable because it would be easyer for the cook as she cooks for all the people in the hut ! The word retreat is not for this add or maybe if you say hiking retreat for good hikers or fit people willing to live the hard way and eating heavy food 3 times per day ! Conclusion I had to stop after 3 days and do personal stuff.

    PROS Pros: The environment was the best ! It's a really beautiful place.

    2017-Aug-30 08:14:03

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    Review by Susan Wagland from Great Britain

    Not a yoga retreat at all

    CONS Cons: The holiday was not as described in the web page, and written communications were misleading. We spent a very uncomfortable time on this so-called yoga trip and were glad to leave early. Expecting a relaxing yoga and hiking retreat, with organic vegetarian food, we were given rudimentary accommodation and meaty, fatty food, in a location with no space for yoga, or proper yoga teaching. When we objected, the tour operator’s view was that it was an “adventure” and that we were not fit enough for hiking. The tour operator, Lili, requested 100% of the holiday payment up front and imposed a 45 day deadline for a full refund. After the 45 day deadline Lili told us via messaging that the accommodation was a mountain hut, a 2-hour hike from a village, and that we had to carry all our luggage including sleeping bag and yoga mat. We discussed cancelling but decided to go ahead, as cancelling might mean losing our entire holiday payment of 1100 euros for two, plus all the pre-arranged flights and hotel bookings. This walk to the hut was a strenuous 2-hour hike with 1000m of ascent, which most British yoga and hiking holidaymakers could not have achieved while carrying a full rucksack. There were also serious concerns about the transfer and the information provided in advance.

    PROS Pros: meditation sessions Lili's friends were very nice Daniela was lovely but did not offer the yoga teaching we had been promised beautiful place but so difficult getting there and being there that we could not enjoy it

    Organizer response: We are really sad to hear such an unfair judgment. In our hiking retreat it was clearly mentioned that guests has to climb 2-3 hours on arrival. Susan arrived with her dauther. Since the first time they both had a negative impact which was very hard for the group in a place where we have breathtaking views and peace. Susan's dauther arrived with a serious ankle injury which made her unable to walk and participate in yoga. Her accident happened 3 month before the retreat.This is a yoga and hiking retreat and it should had been the responsibility of Susan to pick a different vacation, she could have full refund. The dauther had complains as she was bored. Susan is from a city and I admit we should be more clear about needing a basic physical condition to complete the hiking. On the mountains our hiking level is 1and 2 out from 5. Our yoga teacher is a professional and we were sad to hear that Susan was not understanding that in the yoga sessions we have different exercises such as breathing practise which she found unnecessary. It is a yoga retreat where we are surrounded with simple local people where we can get lost in the beautiful nature, have a bonfire , learn from the sheperds, share amazing experiences. We tried to make Susan and her dauther comfortable after the first day complains. They had an option to leave next day. They stayed 4 nights out of 7, still requesting full refund and we refunded 40% for no reason. Unique places and nature is not for everyone :-)

    2017-Aug-26 12:03:55

  • Review by James Patten from Australia

    "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!"

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  • Review by Pedro from Mexico

    "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."

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  • Review by Anastasia Algerho from Spain

    "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."

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  • Review by Andre Holmes from France

    "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."

    BookYogaRetreat website, edited

  • Review by Luciano Bordeno from Italy

    "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." Website, edited

  • Review by Thomas Wattson from United States

    "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." website, edited


  • Review by Boris Chapajev from Russia

    "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!"

    Tripadvisor website, edited

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