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8 Days Women's Yoga and Culinary Retreat with Belly Dance in Essaouira, Morocco

Riad Dar Etto, Ghazoua, Morocco

Enjoy a Unique and Tantalizing Yoga Culinary Retreat with Belly Dance

Travel with a master yoga teacher and a private chef from America who will personalize this special journey for you. Everything is included from the moment you arrive at the airport, until the moment you leave.

Yoga Bliss Yoga Culinary Retreats invite you to indulge your senses in this serene and dazzling locale in Morocco, the gateway to Africa and land of dizzying diversity and beauty. Explore the quiet, coastal town of Essaouira on this Moroccan yoga, belly dance, culinary retreat!

Enjoy daily physical yoga practices, along with guided meditation and yoga philosophy lessons all taught to you by a very experienced master yoga teacher who personalizes each practice for the group. Learn about local foods, culinary techniques, shopping for foods and experience world-class cuisine... all taught and prepared for you by former Executive Chef and Culinary Institute of America trained Chef Wayne Smith.

Enjoy belly dance lessons while you learn about music and artistry of the Middle East and enjoy Live Moroccan Music in our riad. We also include daily excursions (driving tours, a sunset camel ride on the beach, guided tour of the medina, times for shopping and exploring the town on your own, yoga on the beach). And optional in-house massage and spa treatments just for you!

Meet the instructors

Jenn Lucene & Wayne
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  • 2 daily yoga practices
  • Daily guided meditation and journaling
  • Daily yoga philosophy and history teachings
  • Exciting excursions to explore the local area (guided history tour, sunset camel ride on the beach, lunch in Marrakesh and more)
  • Daily belly dance lessons for all levels
  • Savor delightful healthy meals
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Marrakesh Menara Airport
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Riad Dar Etto is a picturesque place that offers the best of Moroccan decor, magical tranquility, originality, and refinement of the decor. The riad has 6 rooms, each decorated in its own unique style and color. There is a beautiful solarium that serves as a dining area, where you share your custom meals, overlooking the pool and open-air courtyard.

There are two main salon spaces, for lounging and conversing. Philosophy chats will be hosted in these rooms. The center of the riad has a beautiful fountain and is where you learn belly dance. A heated pool invites you to jump in anytime. It's private and just for the group on the retreat!

There is a covered Berber tent on the second floor, with Moroccan poufs and brass tables - the perfect place for live music and dancing in the evenings.

You practice yoga on the rooftop of the riad, overlooking the town and catching the beautiful breeze from the ocean. It's a great place in the morning and even better during sunset!

You will always have access to bottled water during your stay and the staff is there day and night, anytime you'd like to have Moroccan mint tea, just ask!


Here is an example of what your days will be like

  • 07:30 - 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fresh fruit
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Morning guided meditation and creative journaling
  • 09:00 - 10:15 Morning yoga (a more active, energizing practice)
  • 10:15 - 11:15 Brunch
  • 11:30 - 15:30 Trip to town: guided walking tour of Fortress - each day will offer a different simple excursion like this
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Poolside yoga philosophy chat
  • 17:00 - 17:45 Belly dance class!
  • 17:45 - 18:45 Gentle yoga
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Dinner (a family-style dinner and wine pairing)
  • 21:00 - 21:30 Evening meditation and pranayama for deep sleep

Included excursions

  • Guided historical tour of Essaouira and shopping trips
  • Sunset dromedarie (camel) ride on the beach
  • Lunch in Marrakesh to eat and enjoy one of the most interesting and busy cities in Africa!
  • A visit to the goats in trees, women's coop Argan processing, and local farms
  • Yoga on the beach
  • Live musicians at the villa will offer you a taste of Moroccan culture


Jenn Lucene Smith

Wayne Smith

Retreat location

The retreat location is a stunning riad, located in a quiet residential neighborhood about 10-15 minutes from the town of Essaouira.

It is located on a small road that often shares traffic with cows, horses, and sheep. It's a wonderful little area that is quiet and safe. There is nothing much to walk to in the local area, but a short car ride away is the tranquil beach and the medina (walled town) of Essaouira.


Chef Wayne will be your private chef for the entire week and will create meals that use fresh, local ingredients and fuse the local cuisine into his own signature dishes.

  • Fresh swordfish and other seafood, grilled and prepared daily
  • Prime rib, organic, free-range and local
  • Vegetables will be a regular part of every meal. Prepared in a variety of flavorful ways, using the many spices that Morocco is so famous for having
  • Couscous and Moroccan Tagine
  • Eggs, pastries and fresh bread, crepes with bananas and Nutella
  • Fresh fruits and nuts served throughout the day
  • Foods that are local, seasonal and speak to your chef
  • Dietary considerations will always be made if you have particular restrictions!
  • Wines served with dinner each night, to complement the meal

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Horseback riding on the beach
  • Quad/ATV rentals
  • Massage and hammam treatments
  • Henna tattooing
  • Shopping and local clubs

Spa treatments

  • Relaxing massage
  • Sports massage
  • Hammam (Sauna with soap and scrub)
  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Foot massage

All of these treatments are available at our facility during the retreat. They are not included in the package prices and are to be paid in cash (Dirham).

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodations in the private villa
  • Transportation to and from Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK)
  • Daily brunch, snacks, and dinner (locally shopped and created fresh by the private chef)
  • 2 daily yoga asana practices (tailored to the interest of the group)
  • Daily guided meditation and journaling
  • Daily yoga philosophy and history teachings
  • Cooking with local foods, food shopping, and culinary technique lessons with the chef and local guests
  • Daily belly dance lessons (for all levels of experience!)
  • Coffee, water, and Moroccan mint tea service (available anytime during your stay)
  • Optional in-house massage
  • Daily excursions
  • Guided historical tour of Essaouira and shopping trips
  • Sunset dromedarie (camel) ride on the beach
  • Lunch in Marrakesh to eat and enjoy one of the most interesting and busy cities in Africa!
  • A visit to the goats in trees, women’s coop Argan processing, and local farms
  • Yoga on the beach
  • Live Musicians at the Villa will offer you a taste of Moroccan culture

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Gratuity
  • Additional spa treatments

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yoga Bliss Yoga Culinary Retreats will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Marrakesh Menara Airport Airport transfer included: Marrakesh Menara Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Arrival: Monday May 18, 2020
Departure: Monday May 25, 2020

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