Rhythm of your Soul - eco Yoga retreat in essaouira
15 - 22 march 2019
Soak up the colours, the smells and the music of Essaouira and experience the authentic Morocco.
Feel amazing in your body through daily yoga practice, get fit on the beach in a kick boxing lesson and restore body, mind and spirit in restorative yin yoga classes.
Stay in a unique eco lodge built by a Scottish – Argentinian couple with a mission! Slow down from a fast paced life style in a place that is made 100% from natural materials and connect to the beautiful and raw land around it.
Ground yourself deeply in this peaceful oasis and learn how to empower yourself – how to take your health and wellbeing to the next level.
Find the rhythm of your soul and let the sounds of Morocco inspire you through drumming circles around the bonfire at night.
Explore the REAL Morocco far away from any tourist traps … only the local village with it’s inhabitants and a colourful weekly market to visit.
Explore Morocco off the beaten track in this exceptional week filled with yoga, adventure, bonfires, sharing circles, mindfulness, grounding and music!
Stay in a unique eco lodge that was built by a Scottish-Argentinian couple who manifested their dream by creating this retreat center... built with only natural materials and with their own bare hands. "The Serai" which is the name if the building is perched on top of the hill, only 10mins walk from the ocean and bathed in golden light every evening at sunset. The only neighbours are a few fishermen that live in the small village nearby. A taste of the REAL Morocco.
Every morning you will be guided through meditation and yoga practice by Carina & Marrejan a fusion of dynamic Vinyasa, breath work, somatic movement and restorative practice. After a sweaty morning you can plunge in the natural pool that is in the middle of the yoga shala before you go on to nourish your body with a vegetarian feast enhanced by exotic Arabic flavours.
The afternoons are free to enjoy a massage, stroll down the 15 min walk to the beach or explore the colourful surrounding. To drive into the beautiful city of Essaouira only takes 15-20 mins by car and can be arranged for a small fee.
Watch the sun go down into the ocean and wind down in a restorative evening yoga practiced bathed in the golden light. Some evenings we will make a bonfire and share stories, have Moroccon tea under the stars, or dance to the rhythm of the drums played by the locals from the village nearby. If you are feeling musical you will be able to join in with some rhythmic instruments and drums as well!
Explore the cultural hub and beautiful city Essaouira just 20mins away from the retreat house. Experience a traditional hammam, take in the colours and smells of the back streets and feast in a traditional Moroccon restaurant!
Throughout the retreat you will be cared for by experienced wellness practitioners and coaches. After an individual talk with one of the team at the beginning of the retreat you can decide if there is something you want to LET GO of, if you want to move through some blockages that are holding you back in life or you simply want to enjoy a week of well being, new energy, healthy food and happy vibes! It is entirely up to you how deep you want to work and everyone’s need will be catered for.
Straddling a ridgeline between two tiny fishing and farming villages, the Serai stands like an ancient sentinel over the patchwork of terraced fields and drystone walls dropping gently towards the beach 800m away. With the forested hillside behind, the Atlantic in front and long clear views up and down the coast, the location is breathtakingly magical.
Wonderful Essaouira close enough to be just visible on the southern horizon, farmers’ markets like stepping back in time, and a rugged coastline of huge empty beaches, caves and tidal pools; this is a place of sparkling eyes and healthy appetites. As an integral part of a rural Moroccan community, not hidden behind high walls and closed gates, the Serai offers a very unusual experience to ecologically and culturally-minded visitors: a perfect base for really getting to know this colourful part of Morocco.
Nourish body and soul by sampling an exciting fusion of Arabic flavours mixed with modern vegan & vegetarian cuisine.
Start your day with cleansing tea and a pre yoga snack for energy. After the morning practice you will enjoy a feast made with love by local Moroccan women. During the day an abundance of fruit, nuts and Moroccan snacks will keep you going. Teas and fresh water will always be available.
After your evening class or workshop we will dine together under the stars.
We chose to serve vegetarian food on this retreat as it is said to feed the divine inside of you. Furthermore a plant based diet will support the purification process in your body, but also your mind and spirit.
TRIPLE ROOM: €850,-- per person
TWIN ROOM: €995,-- per person
SINGLE ROOM: €1450,--
7 nights accommodation at The Serai eco lodge
2h morning yoga daily
1 kickboxing experience on the beach
45 min welcome massage
traditional hammam experience in Essaouira
full board fresh, local, organic and homemade cuisine
1.5 h restorative yoga or workshop every evening
sunset yoga at the beach
1:1 personal soul coaching
bonfires and drumming circles with local Moroccan people
storytelling over tea
water and herbal tea all day long
trip to the beautiful city of Essaouira
walking distance to the beach
sunset views from the eco lodge
celebration and closing ceremony on the final evening
Help support an amazing cause...
Heal yourself and help an amazing cause at the same time. We donate 10% of the retreat profit to the Fertile Roots Foundation, a UK based charity established by Marc and Ayelen, the landlords and creators of The Serai Eco Lodge. The foundation helps re-introduce permaculture and sustainability in the region and supports the local families to create a better future!
How to get there
There are flights direct to Essaouira from Luton & Paris (3-4hrs/€40-150 o/w).
Marrakech (a 2.5hr, €60 taxi ride away) is a 2-4hr flight away from European airports (€30+ o/w).
Rental cars are €20-25 a day.