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8 Days Nourishing Christmas Yoga Retreat in Essaouira, Morocco

Riad Les deux mondes Ghazoua, km8 44000 Essaouira

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Morocco

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Morocco.

Come and relax, unwind after a busy year and recharge your inner batteries for a wonderful Christmas escape under the Moroccan sun. This yoga retreat is the perfect opportunity to spend Christmas in a healthy and nourishing way for your body, mind and soul. The program includes 2 yoga sessions a day where Laila will offer her unique and innovative approach to yoga, blending eastern tradition with modern day somatics. Exploring the balance between being and doing, moving in non-linear ways that truly energize rather than deplete you and helping to increase grounding and spaciousness in your embodied experience. It is an invitation to come home into your body temple and give yourself more permission to find ease, pleasure and joy in the practice of yoga. Give yourself the precious gift to re-establish the connection to yourself, strengthen self-care habits and give yourself the time and space to reflect upon what truly serves you in your life. There will be guided meditations to transition through the winter solstice with clarity and intent to fully honor this potent and special moment of the year.

Meet the instructors

Laila
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Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 1 hour tailored massage treatment
  • Meditation transition through Winter Solstice
  • Daily delicious and healthy meals
  • Day trip hike to a secret beach
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 18
Airport transfer available:
Agadir–Al Massira Airport (US$77 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Marrakesh Menara Airport (US$66 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Essaouira-Mogador Airport (US$17 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Car rental
  • Child care
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

Riad les deux mondes, is a family-run eco mindful guest house that welcomes you in a peaceful and rejuvenating setting 10 km away from Essaouira. Your friendly hosts, Anne-Gaëlle (naturopath) and Olivier (agronomist and environmental consultant) have settled here 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 boosts a wonderful infra-red sauna, a beautiful traditional Moroccan hammam and two comfortable massage rooms.

There are plenty of cosy 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 home made 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. The place is dedicated to facilitate and support your well being, comfort and nutrition, while celebrating a responsible and sustainable retreat experience.

Program

Day 1

  • Arrival from mid-day onward. Evening dinner will be served at 19:30

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

Day 8

  • Departure and check out after Breakfast

Wednesday afternoon there will be no yoga class.

Instructors

Laila Sell

Retreat location

Essaouira is a beautiful ancient seaside town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The place is easy-going 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 on the stunning rooftop with sea views and bask in the sun.

Nearby places

  • Essaouira-Mogador Airport (ESU) - 15 minutes
  • Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) - 2.15 hours
  • Medina - 10 minutes by taxi
  • Agadir Airport - 3 hours

Unique features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Car rental
  • Child care
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

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:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Pescatarian
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
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
  • Spending the day by the pool in the countryside
  • Visit the Argan oil cooperative
  • Walking on unspoiled beaches
  • Horse and camel riding
  • Moroccan cooking course
  • Surfing

Spa treatments

1 60-minute tailored massage session is included in your retreat package.

What's included

  • 7 night accommodation at Riad les deux mondes
  • All breakfasts served in a brunch style buffet
  • All healthy snacks during the day
  • All buffet style dinners
  • All organic herbal teas during the day
  • Filtered water during the day
  • One 1h tailored massage session
  • Daily morning and evening yoga and meditation
  • Use of yoga mats and equipment

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra massages
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Essaouira-Mogador Airport (ESU). Alternatively, you may also book flights to arrive at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). Pick up from Essaouira-Mogador Airport (ESU) is available for a cost of 150 MAD for one to three people and 250 MAD for four to eight people, while the cost of pick up from Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) is 600 MAD for one to three people and 1000 MAD for four to eight people, both the transfers are one way only. Please contact Yoga Laila for assistance.

Arrival by bus

You can take a bus from Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) to arrive at Essaouira.

Arrival by taxi

You can book a taxi from Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) to arrive at Essaouira.

Airport: Agadir–Al Massira Airport Airport transfer available: Agadir–Al Massira Airport (US$77 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Marrakesh Menara Airport Airport transfer available: Marrakesh Menara Airport (US$66 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Essaouira-Mogador Airport Airport transfer available: Essaouira-Mogador Airport (US$17 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 34 days before arrival.

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Availability

Arrival: Saturday December 21, 2019
Departure: Saturday December 28, 2019

Pricing information

The rate per person for shared twin or double room is based on two people coming together, or a possibility of matching up with a guest of the same gender upon request and only if available, otherwise a single supplement will apply. Please contact Yoga Laila for details.

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