A week of yoga and surfing (optional) on the Atlantic coast, Morocco

23 - 30 November 2019

Cost from £625

Teachers Jade Lizzie & Tom Geraghty

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About Villa Mandala

An energising week of yoga with the option of surfing the waves in the warm Moroccan ocean. Stay in the tranquil environment of Villa Mandala and explore the endless sandy beaches of the Atlantic coastline.

Villa Mandala is set on the coast, close to Banana Village in the Agadir region of Southern Morocco. Hidden beneath a blanket of bougainvillea, the villa has fabulous Atlantic ocean views. The beautiful yoga shala is perched on the rooftop so you can Surya Namaskar (salute to the sun) looking across the surf and the endless horizon.

Take a short walk to Banana Point and stop off at the Beach Cafe for a dip, lounge and a drink. Continue along the coast or spectacular cliff top for 15 minutes and you will come to the first of many beautiful swimming and surf beaches. Pick up and drop-offs in the surf minibus are an option too.

Make this stunning private villa your very own home for the week. You will find plenty of chill-out areas with comfy sofas, cosy lighting and Moroccan trinkets. It’s the perfect place to share time with others or enjoy your own space.

The ocean-front swimming pool at the villa is ideal for a dip to cool off from the midday sun.

 

The daily programme

There will be two yoga classes every day. The morning vinyasa flow class will gently open the body and attune the breath and mind, leading into dynamic and playful sequences - always cultivating awareness, alignment and presence. The classes will be suitable for all levels and yoga experience.

There will be time set aside each day to go to the beach or explore the area. Surfing lessons with experienced teachers are also an option and if pre-booked, rates are from £53 per day, £135 for 3 days, £168 for 4 days or £195 for 5 days. These include professional and fun tuition, transportation to and from the beach, wetsuit and board hire.

You will meet again in the late afternoon for a more relaxing yoga class, either of yin or restorative yoga. There will be one yoga-free day.

Each day you will be provided with delicious vegetarian meals, using only the finest and freshest local produce.

Things to do

Surf lessons can be easily arranged with the very experienced team. Alternatively, you can explore the miles of empty golden sandy beaches just to sunbathe with a good book or relax by the pool in the privacy of the villa.

Jade and Tom will offer workshops through the week in beginners’ Thai yoga massage and partner yoga and mini sessions on everything from alignment in downward-facing dog to handstands. These are included in the price of the retreat.

Other activities you can enjoy include:

  • Massage treatments
  • Visits to the local hammam (a traditional Moroccan steam bath)
  • Day trips to Essaouira, Agadir and the local souks
  • A trip through the mountains to the breathtaking Paradise Valley.
  • Horse or camel riding
  • Quad biking

Accommodation at Villa Mandala

There is a selection of uniquely designed rooms at the villa. Each has a real feeling of quality; sprinkled with trinkets and designed to a theme. There are ocean-facing rooms (all en-suite) and others with mountain or garden views (some en-suite). There are plenty of shared bathroom facilities for the remaining bedrooms.

Comments

Jade and Tom gave us a wonderful retreat. I not only saw my progress in yoga over the week, they also showed a gentle kindness and lightness that allowed me to settle into the moment...they are very special yoga teachers. I would recommend to anyone and would love to return.
Lyz
This was my first yoga week and it surely will not be my last. The week in Morocco was amazing. Fantastic was Villa Mandala, decorated in typical Moroccan decor it oozed relaxation all over. Would advise to book a sea view room as it is so calming to get up and have this fantastic view and the sound of the waves make you go to sleep easily and happily. All the staff at the villa were so friendly, helpful and kind, nothing was too much for them. Any problem or question was quickly dealt with. Najis, the manager is absolutely delightful and her organisational skills are amazing. A special mention deserves also the chef. He surprised us with so many delicious vegetarian meals that I am running out of word to praise them all. Last but not least the whole yoga group. We really gelled as a group, everybody got on so well and I am sure some friendship will have been formed during that week
Beatrice
It really was such an amazing holiday. Met great people, ate delicious food...and I learnt to surf!! Still taking it all in now and know I will keep in touch with people too. Thank you for all your help with organising the holiday, and for being so accommodating at all times, it is much appreciated.
Melissa
I wanted to mention that Jade was one of the best teachers that I have experienced. She was extremely well prepared for each session and connected them all together so that there was a continuity. Her demeanor was very calm, confident and extremely humble. The pace of the classes was perfect - not too easy but not too difficult either. I also found that she put in the extra effort into making each class special with a quote from one of her favorite poets or authors.
Puran
We just returned from Agadir and I wanted to let you know I had a brilliant time. The villa proves to be a charming place, where everyone can relax and savour the absolutely delicious food prepared by the staff. All the activities were very well organised, from surfing, trip to paradise valley and evening outings. Needless to say the local staff were very helpful, great conversationalists and I am very impressed. Highly recommended and many grateful thanks for organising.
Jacqui
The retreat was amazing! The place was so beautiful and the staff very attentive. The food was incredible! No words can describe that - made with so much love and always fresh and healthy. The yoga classes with Jade were a real treat for the whole body. I enjoyed every sequence and class very much. Thank you so much for the great organisation.
Petra

A week of yoga and surfing (optional) on the Atlantic coast, Morocco, 23 - 30 November 2019

Costs

Accommodation options:
Twin or double room, sea view, en-suite £675
Single occupancy room, mountain or garden view, en-suite £775
Triple room, mountain or garden view, en-suite £625
Single occupancy room, mountain or garden view, shared bathroom £750
All rates are per person


Included:
Accommodation
Three vegetarian meals each day (apart from one evening, when we will eat at a local restaurant)
Unlimited tea, coffee and fresh fruit
Daily meditation and yoga classes (apart from one yoga-free day)
Airport transfers from Agadir

Not included:
Surfing lessons with experienced teachers, if pre-booked rates are from £53 per day, £135 for 3 days, £168 for 4 days or £195 for 5 days and include professional and fun tuition, transportation to and from the beach, wet-suit and board hire. Other trips, excursions and activities.

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required on booking and the balance is due 6 weeks before you travel.

Travel Arrangements

The closest airport is Agadir and this is well served by direct flights from the UK and other European cities.

The Villa is just 45 minutes drive from Agadir airport and free transfers are provided. Arrival at the villa is from 4.30pm. If you arrive earlier in the day a transfer can be arranged from Agadir airport to a local cafe for a lazy lunch or a walk on the beach. At around 4pm you will be picked up from the cafe to go to Villa Mandala, for the start of your retreat.

Airlines that fly to Agadir include:
Easyjet
British Airways
Skyscanner