9 - 16 NOV 2024
MOROCCO YOGA RETREAT
RELEASE - RESET - RECHARGE
9 - 16 NOV 2024
Join Michela in a small village on the moroccan coast for a fabolus experience in contact with wild and unspoiled nature! We are staying in the only hotel on the bay, the beach all for ourselves! Expect a transformative retreat with Yoga 3 times a day: Hatha Flow, Yin & Meditation.
Spacious rooms with private bath, ocean view, swimming pool and delicious meals. Just 8 min. walk from the pristine beach.
For all yoga levels, basic yoga experience is required.
Cost and what is included
Single room 1790 euro
Double room 1450 euro
– 2 daily Yoga sessions (Hatha and Yin), morning + evening meditation (4.5hr per day)
– 7 nights accommodation in chosen category. All rooms with private bathroom and terrace with ocean view
– 7 Vegetarian Brunch and 7 Dinner from local & fresh ingredients
– Swimming pool & 8 min. walk to the beach
– WiFi in shared spaces
– Tea and snacks all day
– Local organisation by Lisa
Optional: half day trip to Essaouira, surf lessons, hikes, hammam, massages, etc.
As you wake up in the morning, from your room you will hear the majestic Atlantic Ocean and feel the salty breeze – the day starts in silence and meditation followed by an invigorating Hatha Yoga session. After that, our hungry tummies will be tamed with a delicious brunch. For the rest of the day you can chill by the pool, read, walk in the dunes by the beach, take a surf class, or just sip some Moroccan mint tea and contemplate life. We will meet again at the end of the afternoon for a Yin Yoga session and then share a yummy dinner with incredible sunset views. We close the day with a grounding evening meditation before going to sleep under a million of stars.
– Welcome to our Release, Reset & Recharge week!
“The charming hotel in Tafedna offers comfort in a natural way. 14 large well equipped and tastefully decorated rooms, each with a private bath and terrace with view on to the blossoming garden with its swimming pool and the ocean. Inviting you to relax, pause, connect to silence and Mother Nature, walking along the deserted sandy beach, savouring Moroccan dishes and enjoying the comfort of the hotel.”
Lisa, our local organiser
7.30 - 8.15 Meditation and Pranyama
8.15 - 8.45 Meditative tea break
8.45 - 10.20 Hatha Flow
Afternoon / Evening
17.30-19 Yin Yoga
*Wednesday afternoon free to choose from other activities or to go to Essaouira
20.30 Evening meditation
*subject to slight adaptations
Organisation and Travel
Our retreat starts with the first yoga class on saturday around 5pm and finishes on the last day after brunch (around 11-11.30am). Book a direct flight from Europe to Morocco. We reccomand you fly to Marrakesh, and if you can, take a couple of days to visit the city before or after the retreat. Transfers on arrival day and departure day will be organised by Lisa. The cost for transfers is not included in the price of the retrat, but the oganisation is.
If you want to extend your stay
We reccommend a few days in vibrant and lively Marrakesh. Another amazing way to extend your stay is spend a few nights in Essaouira, on the coast just about an hour from our location. Essaouira is a small fishing village with amazing fort and colorful medina. Marrakesh is approximately 4h30 from our location. If you are into surfing, rent a car and exlore the coast. Or go to the Atlas from Marrakesh to see the amazing Kasbahs.
A DREAM IN A DREAM…
I had traveled to Morocco already three times. Once, I believe in 2014 even as a yoga retreat participant in Taghazout. The country, the people, the wild and raw nature were stuck deep in my heart and I started dreaming about offering my own yoga retreat there one day. Many years later, feeling more versed both in travelling and in guiding retreats, I planned the first Morocco Retreat to be held in September 2020. For the known reasons we could not go and I had to cancel my fully booked first retreat in Tafedna. We managed to go in November 2021, and it was amazing.
By the way, what and where is Tafedna?
It's a bay, south of Cap Tafelney, with a small fishing village approximately one hour fifteen south from Essaouira. There's a fish market, well it's a big auction hall where the fish is sold, and a bunch of colorful houses that look rather run down. But it's lively, when fishing is happening, many boats come in and out the sea from the shore, helped by a tractor as there isn't as a real port. As far as I know, Tafedna has one tiny shop and maybe one or two "restaurants". I use quote on quote because it's nothing like the restaurants we are used to, it's rather a stand with a grill and maybe a plastic table or two. And then, in the middle of this rural basic moroccan super authentic setting there is THE HOTEL. One hotel, a surf camp (Dancing the Waves) and a few houses owned by foreigners. Really just a few: four to five, maybe.
I found this location thanks to the recommendation of a good friend and yoga teacher. If you know me a little, you also know that I search off the beaten track locations for my retreats. It's the case in Bali and in Costa Rica as well. This is not just because I want you to live a genuine experience in the destination country, it's also because I strongly believe a retreat has to be a big change of scenery where many of our comfort zone patterns are challenged. This is why, a touristic destination with plenty of shopping, cafes and other distractions is not at all what I am looking for. A retreat is, well… a retreat! To retreat means to draw within, to slow down, to remove stuff and create space. So the less there is around, the better.
The hotel in Tafedna is quite an amazing find. Imagine you are in the middle of nowhere and there appears this gorgeous hotel with stylishly decorated spacious rooms, an amazing restaurant (!), a huge swimming pool, gardens with bougainvillea in many different colors. In a city they would definitely call it boutique hotel, but in Tafedna things run a bit behind, fortunately! It has all comforts without being pretentious, chickens and rabbits run free in the gardens and the staff is slow but steady. The wi-fi works only in the restaurant, another great thing. I couldn't have asked more for my retreat.
We practice yoga and meditation in a big room with high decorated wood ceilings and a window front facing the gardens and the ocean. Every morning we meet in silence, sit down eyes closed to feel the day light rise. As we open them again we whiteness the bay being bathed in the first sun rays. In awe we sit and time stands still. Life kicks in, roosters crow, the pale light becomes the strong African sun. By the time we reach the magnificent brunch buffet we are fully immersed in the day. The energetic Hatha Yoga session makes us hungry for life, for sharing our stories and laughter with the other retreat participants and, of course, for the many dishes of our buffet! Time stands still again.
We spend the afternoon reading by the pool, some venture out to the dunes or to swim in the chilly ocean, others even try to catch a wave or two in the bay over watched by the fisherman cleaning their boats and the cats getting the entrails. As the sun starts it's way down we meet in the yoga room again, for a Yin session this time. Time stands still, one more time. Our big front window shows us the precise journey of the luminescent sun towards the ocean, in awe we sit and thankful we bow. The light during dinner has sprinkles of orange, yellow and gold. African sunsets are hard to beat. Tired and happy we watch the day close its curtains and the first stars to enter the scene. And then there is the sky. We probably all got a stiff neck in the first days, not because of the yoga, but because we could not get our eyes off the billions of stars. Time stands still, again and again. Sleep is deep as there is almost no noise and we are full with life.
One might think that the desert is a space of nothingness, of despair and little or almost no life. But it's the exact contrary.
I am thankful for this amazing opportunity and can't wait to be back!
Michela, November 2021
Nel 2021 ho deciso di partecipare allo yoga retreat in Marocco con mia mamma. Che dire... già durante la trasferta dall'aeroporto all'agriturismo, in mezzo alla savana con piante di argan ovunque, strade sabbiose e l'aria secca con profumi di bruciato quà e là, mi sentivo già più "terrena". Intendo "terrena", perché durante e dopo questo meraviglioso retreat mi sento proprio con i piedi per terra e allo stesso tempo incredibilmente leggera, sia a livello fisico ma soprattutto a livello mentale.
Non trovo altre parole per descrivere questa nuova energia. Michela durante le pratiche ci ripeteva spesso "open your heart" and "create space and light into your body"... solo dopo questa settimana che prevedeva un programma abbastanza intenso, capisco cosa intendeva dire. Infatti sono tornata da quel posto meraviglioso disperso nel nulla, con un cuore gigante, tanta luce, più colori e spazio nella mente. La vista sul mare e sulla savana con i dromedari che passeggiavano liberi e selvaggi era incredibile. Anche i bellissimi momenti condivisi con il gruppo yoga me li porterò sempre nel cuore. Grazie <3