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8 Days Celebrating New Year Yoga Retreat in Essaouira, Morocco

Riad Les Deux Mondes, Ghazoua, KM 8 Essaouira, 44000, Morocco

New Year Yoga Retreat in Morocco

Imagine what it would be like to step out of the routine and start the year in a fully conscious and uplifting way. There there is no need to wait for December 31 to celebrate. On this yoga retreat, you will learn to truly savor the goodness of every day by pausing and giving your attention, awe, and wonder to all the big and small beautiful moments of life. Yoga Laila's handpicked venue, Riad Les Deux Mondes, is dedicated to facilitate and support your wellbeing, comfort, and nutrition while celebrating a responsible and sustainable retreat experience.

Meet the instructors

Laila
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Highlights

  • Morning "feel good" yoga classes
  • Evening relaxing yoga and meditation classes
  • Plenty of free time to relax, explore or 1-1 sessions
  • Space for journaling, closing rituals of the year and sharing circles
  • Buffet-style brunch and dinner made of fresh and organic products
  • Healthy snacks, herbal tea, and water
  • Family-run eco mindful venue
  • 7 nights accommodation

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6 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala

Riad Les Deux Mondes is a family-run eco mindful guest house that welcomes you in a peaceful and rejuvenating setting 10 kilometers away from Essaouira. Your friendly hosts, Anne-Gaëlle (naturopath) and Olivier (agronomist and environmental consultant), have settled there after years of living in other parts of Africa. They will have the pleasure to make you discover the organic vegetable garden and introduce you to the animals (chickens, cats, and turtles).

There is a large sunny pool with deckchairs and hammocks to relax during the day, the wellness area boasts a wonderful infra-red sauna, a beautiful traditional Moroccan hammam, and two comfortable massage rooms. There are plenty of cozy spots where you can relax during the day either in the garden or lounge area of the main house.

The riad has spacious and bright rooms all equipped with a private bathroom, shower, and toilet. Two superior rooms have a private terrace with views of the garden or pool. The water in the bathrooms is heated with a solar system and there is a double filtration of drinking water. The cleaning products that are used are homemade and eco-friendly from natural raw materials and the waste is composted and recycled as much as possible.

There is a beautiful and spacious eco-yoga Shala, built with natural materials with temperature adjusting, wooden floors and gorgeous views on the permaculture garden.

Program

Overview

You will start the day with a morning “feel good” yoga session, which will also be infused with other practices such as dance and qi gong. Those sessions aim to boost your energy level and give you access to a vibrant embodiment experience through movement. You’ll enjoy delicious healthy meals that support your vitality and well-being at the hand-picked venue of choice Riad Les Deux Mondes.

During the day, you can explore the town and beach or soak in the peace and tranquility of the garden and pool at the villa. The evening yoga session has a more somatic and reflective quality, where you go deeper into the relaxation aspect of yoga and also have time and space for journaling, closing rituals of the year and sharing circles.

Schedule

Day 1

  • Arrival from mid-day onwards
  • 19:00 Evening dinner will be served

Day 2-7

  • 08:00 - 10:00 Morning yoga
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 15:00 Free time to relax, explore or 1-1 sessions (massages/bodywork with Massimo)
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Light afternoon snacks and drinks
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Free time
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Evening yoga and meditation
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Dinner
  • There will be no yoga class on Wednesday afternoon

Day 8

  • Breakfast
  • Departure and check out

Instructors

Laila Sell

Retreat location

Essaouira is a beautiful ancient seaside town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The place is easygoing and well known for its very relaxing and charming atmosphere that will seduce you immediately. Full of culture and history, the medina is a buzzing and alive place with plenty of cafés, restaurants and colorful markets. You can go for long walks on the beach, make amazing shopping in the souks, have fun surfing or simply relax by the pool and bask in the sun. Essaouira is the place that Laila calls home. She will help you, during your stay, to make the most out of your time in the charming town and surrounding regions, sharing with you all her favorite insider tips and suggestions about the area.

Distances

  • Medina - 10 minutes by taxi
  • Essaouira-Mogador Airport (ESU) - 15 minutes
  • Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) - 2.5 hours
  • Agadir–Al Massira Airport (AGA) - 3 hours

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Great attention is paid to the meals that are well balanced, revitalizing and easy to digest! They are made with fresh and organic products (vegetables picked directly from the kitchen garden, organic flours, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, legumes, goat cheese, vegan milks, etc.) For those who have special dietary needs like gluten or lactose free requirements, these are also being catered for.

Brunch, snacks, and dinners are served as a buffet and you can enjoy large salads, freshly squeezed vegetable juices, green smoothies, seeds, vegetable pies, hummus or other spreads, homemade bread with seeds, vegetable tajines, original soups, veggie pastries, buckwheat pancakes, seasonal fruit salads, chia puddings, energy balls and more.

The meals at Riad Les Deux Mondes are an invitation to discover a cuisine that is healthy, original, and tasty!

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • 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)

  • Explore the magic of the medina
  • Shopping in the souks
  • Hammam and spa
  • Massage treatments
  • Poolside relaxation
  • Walking on unspoiled beaches
  • Horse and camel riding
  • Moroccan cooking course
  • On-site introductory workshops on the production of homemade cosmetics and rejuvenating cooking workshops by Anne-Gaëlle
  • Visiting of the Argan cooperative
  • Hiking in nature
  • Surfing or kite surfing
  • Quad rides

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation at Riad des deux mondes
  • All breakfasts served in a brunch-style buffet
  • All healthy snacks during the day
  • All dinners
  • All organic herbal teas during the day
  • A one-hour tailored massage session with Massimo
  • Daily morning and evening yoga and meditation
  • Filtered water during the day
  • Use of yoga mats and equipment

What's not included

  • Extra massages
  • Extra spa treatments or activities
  • Flights
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

There are direct flights from London to Essaouira-Mogador Airport (ESU) with Easyjet. The airport is 15 minutes away from the venue. Alternatively, you could fly into Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) and take a bus or taxi transfer to Essaouira. Private pick-up from any of the airports can be arranged with and additional cost and shared if possible.

  • Essaouira-Mogador Airport (ESU):150 MAD for 1-3 people (one way), 200 MAD for 4-6 people, and 250 MAD for 7-8 people
  • Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK): 600 MAD for 1-3 people (one way) and 800 MAD for 4-8 people
  • Agadir–Al Massira Airport (AGA):700 MAD for 1-3 people (one way) and 900 MAD for 4-8 people

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 49% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Availability

Arrival: Saturday December 28, 2019
Departure: Saturday January 4, 2020

Pricing information

Rate per person is for two people coming together. There is a possibility of matching up with a guest of the same gender upon request and only if available, otherwise, the single supplement will apply.

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