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Morocco Yoga Surf Retreat - October 2014
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“Tash is a rockin' teacher who radiates warmth & inspiration & I'm blessed to have her leading appleyoga retreats.”
Katy Appleton
Dates: 11th–18th October 2014
Investment: £575–£625pp payable in instalments FEW SPACES STILL AVAILABLE!
Location: Villa Mandala, Banana Village
Teacher: Natasha Moutran

Join us on an amazing yoga adventure at a luxurious Moroccan beach side retreat, with appleyoga teacher Natasha Moutran.

The retreat is located at the enchanting Villa Mandala, in front of Banana Beach on the Atlantic coast. This charming villa, beside fantastic surfing beaches and tranquil bays, stands out as unquestionably the best accommodation in the region. Villa Mandala is a real treat, with a swimming pool and rooftop yoga shala. The 9 beautiful bedrooms are authentically decorated, sprinkled with trinkets and designed to a theme, with either an ocean view, or looking over the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.

Marocco yoga surf retreat

Your twice daily yoga classes, conducted under the shade of a beautiful wooden rooftop yoga shala overlooking the ocean, will help you instantly feel at peace and in harmony with yourself and the natural environment.

The retreat will give you a hands on, fun and personal experience - whether you are an experienced yogi, or have always wanted to learn, we will enter into a rejuvenating, deep, dynamic flow, guided by the ocean at our feet.

About

  Sun salutation at sunset in Morocco
appleyoga's Moroccan surf retreat will be an unforgettable adventure that will allow you to experience the richness of north africa with its wealth of culture and natural beauty.

Whether you have experienced yoga before or indeed if this will be your first time, Villa Mandala could not be a more perfect setting in which to indulge in the transformational, fun and rejuvenating pleasures to be enjoyed in this week of celebration with appleyoga.

On this trip there are opportunities to learn to surf, horse ride, experience a traditional hammam and massage, to shop at the incredible and colourful markets, or to truly chill and rest on the beach or private pool at the villa, relaxing at your own pace.

Retreat includes
  • 7 Transformational Vinyasa flow yoga sessions with Natasha - one each morning
  • 5 Evening Lunar yoga practices with Natasha - one each evening
  • All yoga props and mats are provided on the rooftop yoga shala at Villa Mandala
  • 7 nights accommodation at the enchanting beachfront Villa Mandala 
  • 3 meals a day plus unlimited fruit, tea, coffee and water - we provide 6 evening meals a week, there is 1 night off where you can explore the local area or join the Auberge rooftop BBQ for local music and a feast under the stars!
  • Free wireless internet connection at the villa
  • Airport transfers to and from Agadir
Retreat doesn't include
  • Flights or travel insurance
  • Excursions or day trips
  • Extra treats and activities
  • Taxis to and from places locally
Villa Mandala is located 30 minutes from Agadir airport and and a 2.5hr road transfer from Marrakech.

The villa itself is situated right in front of Banana beach, tucked away from the market's hustle and bustle and standing out as the best villa in the area, Mandala is the perfect surf and yoga escape. The large, private ocean front terrace has plenty of space for basking in the sun by Mandala's pool or lazy afternoons in shady spots.

The rooftop terrace has a stunning wooden yoga shala and is the perfect place to sunbathe, chill out for sunset yoga. Downstairs there is a big living area with large sofas, tv, satellite, lots of films, wireless internet, books to read and games to play. Its atmosphere is laid back, fun and friendly. The terrace and pool area are the perfect place to have breakfast in front of the surf, or enjoy a few drinks in the evening.

Swimming pool at the appleyoga yoga surf retreat in Morocco

living room on the appleyoga surf yoga retreat to marocco

Rooms:
The rooms are twin, double or triple occupancy and dependant on what you book with beautiful sea views or unique interiors, such as the Butterfly room, where the windows are overflowing with Bougainvillea flowers from the walls outside, or the Indian room with trinkets and unique draped lighting. Many of the rooms have ensuites, dependant on the type of room you book, all will be allocated on a first come first serve basis to the room type booked.

Villa Mandala bedroom - yoga retreat Morocco bedroom

Meals:
Will be a time to indulge in delicious, nutritious vegetarian food, so you can enjoy maximum energy and buzzing vitality throughout your stay.
Using only the finest and freshest local produce, the amazing in house chef, makes each day of the retreat a 'taste sensation'.

After the revitalising morning yoga class, breakfast in the sunshine is a feast of freshly squeezed orange juice, cleansing-energy booster smoothies, special herbal teas for those wanting to detox or fresh Moroccan coffee, tasty cereals, fruits, Morocco's creamy yoghurts, breads, omelettes, eggs, crepes - YUM!

Lunch is on the beach comprising of fresh filled crispy baguettes, salads, energy boosting treats and fresh fruit.

Each day draws to a close after yoga with nibbles, 'homemade' pre-dinner dips and delicious aperitif followed by a scrumptious vegetarian dinner. With culinary flavours and recipes drawn upon from all over the world: The Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, Thai, India and of course Morocco...we guarantee you a rainbow concoction of flavours and colours to divinely satisfy every palette.

Food allergies and other specific dietary requirements can be catered for. Please just let us know asap before you arrive.

Food at the appleyoga Marrocco yoga surf retreat

Yoga Pagoda:
Yoga classes are held in the shade of the stunning shaded wooden rooftop yoga shala, with sunset views of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Sample Daily Schedule:
Mornings: Transformational solar vinyasa flow yoga: a variety of active asana practices for all levels: dynamic prana vinyasa flow, energetic and alignment-based hatha yoga, pilates core inspiration, invocations, meditation, pranayama, heart opening practices to liberate body and mind - are you ready? WOO HOO!
Suitable for all levels - just bring your heart and spirit!

Free Time: Soak up the Moroccan energy, sunbathe and swim by the pool, have blissful massages and take some time out to just rest and recharge or go surfing!  There is also the chance to see some of the wonderful the souqs of Agadir, Essaouira and surrounding villlages as well as camel riding, quad biking, horse riding and stunning mountain walks.

Late Afternoon: Introspective & awaking lunar yoga practices.
These sessions will consist of various techniques such as pranayama, meditation, yin yoga, restorative yoga, mantra, yoga nidra, nada yoga to bring you home to YOU.

Nearest village: Banana Village (Aourir) 
The characteristic fishing and surfing village of Taghazout is 5 km north from the retreat's base.  Internationally renowned amongst travelers and surfers for its laid back pace, easygoing atmosphere and classic waves; Taghazout is a unique gem on Morocco's Atlantic coast.

Taghazout has a number of golden sandy beaches that are excellent for surfing and learning to surf. A number of beautiful secluded bays and coves, in and around the village, create a peaceful space for yoga classes, meditation and relaxation.

You can stroll around Taghazout's souq, shops and cafes or simply take a step back from it all - sip on a glass of mint tea and watch the world go by.

Travel

Getting here:

Airports and Transfers:
AGADIR international airport (AGA) is the closest airport to Banana Village. Approx 3.5 hrs flight from the UK. This is the airport we provide free transfers to and from.

Alternatively guests can fly to Marrakech (RAK) and make their own way to Villa Mandala. Grand taxis (big old Mercedes 240's) take 4-5 hours depending on traffic and cost 1200dh (£100 depending on the exchange rate). Also a number of bus companies (CTM or Supratours recommended) run services to Agadir but you will need to get from Marrakech airport to the bus station, which is around 25 min's by taxi. The journey cost from Marrakech to Agadir is £8/€10 one-way, and takes 4 hrs.

Flights leave the UK from London Stansted (STN) London Gatwick (LGW), London Heathrow (LHR), London Luton (LTN), Manchester (MAN) and Bristol (BRS).

Joelle is an independent travel agent, an excellent service that takes the hassle out of booking flights.
Mob: 07747 133457
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But if you wish to look for yourself then we recommend checking out the following companies.

For Agadir:
  • Ryanair
  • Thomsonfly
  • Flythomascook
  • Firstchoice
  • MyTravel
  • Royal Air Maroc scheduled flights
  • Charterflights travel agents
  • Cheapflights travel agents
For Marrakech:
  • RyanAir
  • Skyscanner
  • Easyjet
  • Thomsonfly
  • Atlas-blue
If you would like to stay in Marrakech please get in touch with us and we can pass your email onto Surf Maroc our hosts, who can book you into one of our recommended riads.

Visas are not required for British and European passport holders for stays up to 90 days. Passports must be valid for three months from the date of entry into Morocco. South African passport holders need to obtain a visa from the nearest Moroccan embassy. This is a helpful site for those needing a visa: www.learn4good.com/travel/morocco_visa.htm

Logistics

appleyoga surf yoga retreat in Marocco

Yoga:
11th October is a day to arrive, so there is no yoga scheduled on that date. There will be a welcome supper if you are able to make it with your flights, however yoga will commence on the morning of the 12th October.
18th October, there will be a morning yoga session and breakfast as usual, so we suggest if it is possible to book a flight in the later afternoon that date. However we understand that this may not be possible with your flight times.

Insurance:
Everyone booking a holiday with appleyoga and Surf Maroc must have full travel insurance.
appleyoga and Surf Maroc accepts no responsibility for loss theft or damage to persons or property during their stay. Guests must obtain their insurance independently.

Morocco general:
Currency and where to get it:
The Moroccan currency is the dirham. Exchange rates at last time of checking were around 12.2 dh to the £1, 11.18 dh to the € and 8.3 to the $. Dirhams can only be obtained within Morocco. There are exchange facilities in the airport as well as ATMs. There are also a number of ATMs in Agadir. There are no ATM's in Taghazout.
Please note: traveler's cheques cannot be exchanged at the airport or in Taghazout and only in a few places in Agadir.

Weather/climate:
Air: Average air temperatures range from 20° to 26° Celsius December to February being the coolest.

Water: Average water temperatures range from 16 to 22 again with December to February being the coolest. (Wetsuits see Surf section)

Women:
Morocco is the regarded as one of the most tolerant of all Muslim countries and women do not get hassled too much particularly in tourist cities like Agadir or relaxed villages like Taghazout. Swimming costumes and bikinis are normal on the beach but it is advisable to cover up arms and legs a bit when walking around the towns and markets.

Clothing:
Shorts and tees and flip-flops are the norm. Trousers and jumpers are sometimes needed particularly in mid winter when the evenings can be chilly so warm clothes are a good idea during that period.

Communications:
Mobile Phones:
Nearly all European networks work in Morocco. Contact your network for call charges. Coverage is good.

Public Phones:
There are an abundance of public phones, coin and cards, in Taghazout. International call charges are relatively cheap.

Internet:
There are broadband Internet cafés in Tagahzout.

Vaccinations:
No vaccinations are required to enter Morocco.
Medical facilities are quite good in Agadir but comprehensive health insurance and travel insurance is a requirement of appleyoga and Surf Maroc's.

Activities:
Taghazout and the surrounding area offer a whole range of other activities. If you feel like a break from surfing or for anyone who doesn't surf then horse and camel riding, trekking and quad biking are all close by and easily organized. For those who just want to relax there are miles of empty golden sandy beaches to discover or you can sunbathe and chill out in the privacy of the villa or your apartment. The souqs of Agadir and surrounding villages provide the essential Moroccan shopping experience. 

Shopping:
There is a great market (Souq) in Agadir which has all the stuff you would expect in Morocco, an abundance of leather goods, woodwork, ceramics, rugs, carpets and clothing are all on offer. Non-threatening haggling is part of the fun.
There is also a small market in the town square of Taghazout that sells local wares.

Book NOW!

The accommodation is all in beautiful Villa Mandala with triple, twin or double sharing rooms available. Seaview rooms are on a first booked first serve basis.

  Non-refundable deposit £200   Balance by 1st Sept 2014
Triple room, sharing: 1 SPACE LEFT
£575 pp
  Add to cart £200 Add to cart £375
Double/Twin room, sharing: 4 SPACES LEFT
£625 pp
  Add to cart £200 Add to cart £425

Terms & Conditions:
In the event of cancellation:
  • 60 days or more prior to the retreat: Your entire payment will be refunded, less £200 which is your deposit.
  • 59-30 days prior to the retreat: Payments are not refundable, but are transferable (less £200 deposit) to a future appleyoga retreat.
  • 29 days or less prior to the retreat: Payments are not refundable.
 

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