Location: Tamraght, Morocco
Teacher: Emma Heald
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.
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.
One week retreat includes
7 Transformational Vinyasa flow yoga sessions with Emma - one each morning
5 Evening Lunar yoga practices with Emma - 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.
The rooms are single, twin, double or triple occupancy, some 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 en suite bathrooms (although not the single occupancy rooms), and all will be allocated on a first come first serve basis to the room type booked.
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 villages 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.
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.
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
But if you wish to look for yourself then we recommend checking out the following companies.
Royal Air Maroc scheduled flights
Charterflights travel agents
Cheapflights travel agents
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 30 days. Passports must be valid for six 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
15th September 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 16th September.
22nd September, 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.
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.
Currency and where to get it
The Moroccan currency is the dirham. Exchange rates at last time of checking were around 12.7 dh to the £1, 11.3 dh to the € and 9.2 dh 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.
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.
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.
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.
Nearly all European networks work in Morocco. Contact your network for call charges. Coverage is good.
There are an abundance of public phones, coin and cards, in Taghazout. International call charges are relatively cheap.
There are broadband Internet cafés in Taghazout.
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.
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 organised. 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.
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.
The accommodation is all in beautiful Villa Mandala with triple, twin or double sharing rooms available. Seaview rooms are on a first-booked first-served basis.
To secure your space on the retreat we require you to pay your non refundable deposit of £200. The balance is then due by the 15th July 2018, alternatively you can pay in full upon booking.
Quad - sharing
Triple - sharing
Twin/Double - sharing
Single, no en suite
Terms & Conditions
60 days or more prior to the retreat date: Your payments will be refunded, less £200 which is your non-refundable deposit.
59-30 days prior to the retreat date: payments are not refundable, but are transferable (less the £200 non-refundable deposit) to a future appleyoga retreat.
29 days or less prior to the retreat date: payments are not refundable.