Mesmerized in Morocco -

Essaouira

March 9 - 16, 2019

About this Retreat

Morocco is one of our long time, favorite destinations for retreats. We have chosen Essouira, a laid-back fishing village on the coast as our home for the week. Incredible shopping, pampering beauty treatments, live music venues, delicious Moroccan cuisine, and a lively night life make the perfect combo for a balance of yoga and exploration.

Our retreat includes daily yoga, meals, pampering spa day, cooking class, henna, camel rides and a guided trip into Marrakech, not to mention tons of fun, free time and new travel friends.

Join us on this incredible adventure and get to know Morocco with the locals while learning a bit about yourself along the way.

Essaouira is a prehistoric city, it's buildings has a lot of texture and all doors are painted in the same blue color. In the medina you can find the most fantastic handcrafts for sale, like carpets and other colorful textiles, woodwork pieces with fantastic designs, art paintings, jewelry, clothing and many other fabulous goodies that you wont resist to take home, so bring an extra suitcase. Essaouira cultural scene will allow you to enjoy of the Gnawa music and the berber culture, every year a big festival is celebrated around this music. On the beach you can see people wether riding camels, horses or 4 wheelers, playing soccer, jogging on the pier, as well as people surfing and kite surfing in the ocean, so if you are into any of that bring your stuff.

About the teachers

Practice with Yoga Master Victor Varana, founder of YogaMultimedia Yoga School and creator of Kalam-Balam, the alchemy of yoga, in this lovely and affordable retreat produced by Christina Thomas of  Yoga & Adventures Worldwide.

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What’s Included:

  • 7 nights in a massive seaside Castle turned Riad

  • Traditional breakfast daily on the rooftop with seaviews

  • Three delicious dinners at our Riad including local wines from Mogador*

  • Yoga classes and workshops as per the Itinerary

  • Grounding circle with mint tea & cookies

  • Henna designs on hands and feet

  • Painting workshop with a local artist at a local cheese farm (incredible lunch included)

  • Countryside Spa day with traditional hamman body scrub, one hour massage with local argan oil and lunch

  • Guided group adventure into Marrakech to explore the pulse of the country; includes trip to the famous Marjorelle Gardens of Yves Saint Laurent, a visit to the famous Ben Yousself Koran School, and free time for shopping

  • Cooking class of traditional dishes with a guided adventure to the spice market for shopping; lunch included

  • A free day to explore as you wish

  • Camel ride along the secluded coastline with Mogador island as our backdrop; lunch of freshly grilled fish, black olives, and traditional Moroccan breads included at the ranch

  • All local taxes

  • Gratuities for services NOT INCLUDED. We will suggest an amount for the amazing staff that you can offer on retreat.

*  Please note that not all meals are included in our package.

** Please note : Neither airfare nor airport transfers are included in this package. Options to arrive into Essaouira-Mogador airport (ESU), Marrakech Menara (RAK) airport or Casablanca’s Mohammed V International (CMN) are all available to you. We can arrange transfers and potentially pair those arriving at similar times.  Please forward along your flights once you have them to see about the possibilities.

 

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Accommodations:

  • Shared Triple Rooms: Shared triple rooms have three twin beds $2,315usd per person

  • Shared Double Suites: Shared double suites have two twin beds. $2,435usd per person

  • Private Superior Room: 1 Queen bed, sitting area, ensuite bath $2,980usd private; $2,365usd per person

  • Private Economy Room: 1 Queen bed, ensuite bath $2,630usd private; $2,210usd per person*

* You must provide your bedmate for these options.

We will pair single travelers together looking to share a room. Roommates should book their accommodations together. There will be plenty of space for alone time around the riad during the retreat. It is a larger property with several different sitting areas both indoors and out.

Payment:
 

A deposit of $500 is due to secure your space in the retreat. Please contact caroline@yogamultimedia.com to confirm availability of accommodations. To make your deposit and/or payments you may use PayPal or MindBody online or in person at Anew Life studio. This deposit is non-refundable. If an unforeseen event arises, we will try our best to refund your deposit if we are able to fill your space.

 

The remainder of your payment is due January 14th, 2018.

For availability and booking information please email us

 

to : ytt@yogamultimedia.com

cc : info@yogaadventuresworldwide.com

 
 

Sample Schedule:

- Morning yoga class

- Breakfast

- Free time for massage, beach, pool, hammock, etc

- Lunch on your own

- Free time

- Afternoon yoga class

- Dinner (included in pricing 3 nights)

 

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made within 30 days or less of arrival are 100% non-refundable. Any prior cancellations are refundable minus deposit. If you need to leave the retreat early for unforeseen circumstances, there are no refunds or pro-rates.

 

In case of an emergency, we will do our best to apply your payment towards a future retreat or training. In case of cancellation due to a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, all payments will be applied to a future retreat, to be scheduled within one year of cancelled retreat. There are no refunds for natural disasters—credit only. In the late winter / early spring, hurricanes are unlikely to happen; the weather tends to be the best with clear skies, calm waters and temperatures in the low 80s.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Is this part of Mexico safe? On this island, crime is very low. However, petty thievery does exist, so keep your valuables locked up, to be safe.

  • Is there wifi? Yes, there is wifi throughout the hotel. However, remember we are on an island, so the signal may not be as strong as you are used to. However, we encourage you to take this time to disconnect!

  • Do I need to speak Spanish? Of course it doesn’t hurt, but for the most part, the people in Holbox are used to English-speaking tourists.

  • How much money should I bring? It is important to know that most places are going to be cash only. Those restaurants or shops that do accept credit cards will likely have an associated service charge. There are a couple of ATMs on the island, but they are not reliable. We would recommend trying to exchange dollars to pesos before leaving the U.S. However, there are also opportunities to exchange or withdraw at the airport. In terms of spending money, all lunches are on your own as well as two dinners, so that you can enjoy the local restaurants—which are delicious! You will be able to find some meals as cheap as US$5 but also some as expensive as US$30. To be safe, we’d recommend allotting $50 a day, or perhaps a bit more if you plan to shop.

  • Are the rooms air-conditioned? Yes, all of the rooms have air-conditioners as well as fans.

  • Is clean drinking water available? Yes, there will be drinking water available. You should not drink the tap water. However, no need to worry about avoiding ice in restaurants, as it is standard at all places to use clean water to make ice.

  • How are the mosquitos? The mosquitos can be quite annoying around sunrise and sunset. It is highly recommended to bring insect repellent with you.

About the teacher

Victor Varana ERYT500

If you value learning from a seasoned and skilled teacher with a background in a diversity of yoga, meditation, martial art styles and a strong personal practice, then this is the trip for you! Victor has been a practitioner since his early childhood, and he has thousands of hours of teaching experience in Tulum, one of the most important yoga destinations in the world. Victor will bring to this retreat his experience of teaching to yogis from all ages, body conditions and practice levels in the same classroom, while still being able to give everyone the challenge they need. Come learn from him!

Learn and be inspired by an internationally reknown yoga teacher and creator of his own unique and acclaimed style of practice named Kalam-Balam.

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Testimonial : “This is one of the most energizing, centering, blissful, strong, empowering classes I have ever taken, I’m serious, ever [...] You’ve got to take this class. If you can ever see or take anything with him, I highly, highly recommend it”

Sadie Nardini. Tulum, Mexico, Sept 2012.

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