Yoga & Surf in Morocco
august 3rd – 9th 2016
Celebrate life through the practice of yoga and learning to surf in a breathtaking place in nature. These vacations are designed to enjoy a delicious time cultivating body and spirit and your relationship with the Ocean and nature in general.
Susana will guide you deeply into the practice of Anusara yoga and she will share her deep love for the Ocean. Everyday we will practice together, will eat delicious food and we will surf under the guidance of our dedicated surf instructors – both if you are an experienced surfer or if you are catching your first waves.
We welcome you to the peace and majesty of this special place as we immerse in a few days of yoga and surf together.
Imessouane is a magic place. From the 70´s, when some surfers and hippies fell in love with this place “at the end of the world”, Imessouane has welcomed travelers from all the world in search of adventure.
A small fishing port, the people in Imessouane lives in synch with the rhythm of the Ocean, speckling the Bay with their little blue boats. The environment here is propitious for disconnection. Its geographic configuration, the diversity of its ecosystem, its climate and the impressive beauty of its surroundings make it an ideal place for the practice of surf, stand up paddling, fishing, diving…
The Bay famous soft, perfect shaped and really long waves make this place a perfect spot to learn to catch your first waves if you are a beginner and to improve your style if you are an intermediate level surfer. In any case fun is a given and you will feel in love with its waves.
Susana Garcia Blanco
Anusara yoga & Acroyoga teacher
Yogini, surfer, traveler, student of life. Always amazed by the creative power of the human heart (hrdaya shakti), her mission is guiding students to that inner place of wisdom and power. Her classes are a place for transformation where she helps students to find their limits, with love and awareness, structured sequences and precise instruction. Everything infused with her passion for Philosophy, Myth and the therapeutic possibilities of yoga.
Based in Morocco, she teaches workshops, Immersions and Teacher Trainings in Spain and internationally. In love with the Ocean, she finds great connection and freedom through surfing. She founded Yoga Surf Morocco to offer retreats combining these practices of the heart. Susana feels grounded in the simplicity of her life in Africa, and for her, yoga is the adventure of life when you live to the highest. www.rasalilayoga.com
Instructor de Surf
Youssef is our main surf instructor and guide. A real waterman. A very experimented surf coach, with over 10 years of experience teaching beginners and intermediate surfers. Very outgoing and full of energy, for him is truly important to help the clients and make sure they are fully satisfied. He has worked for UCPA (Union Nationale des Centres Sportifs de Plein Air) for about a decade. Youssef has a very wide knowledge of the surf spots in Morocco, and his students are always delighted discovering amazing places for surfing.
We will stay in a three apartment building on the cliff. This lodge, with minimalist decoration, has bedrooms that can be single, double (with a double bed) or triple (a double bed and two bank beds). Bathrooms are shared. There are several terraces in the house, all of them with amazing views over the Bay.
The building has a swimming pool and we have the possibility to practice yoga both indoors and outdoors.
El edificio tiene una piscina que hará las delicias de los más pequeños y contamos con la posibilidad de practicar yoga tanto en el exterior como en el interior.
Whether you’re an experienced surfer, a white water rider or have always wanted to take your first steps into the water this is the trip for you.
Each day starts with yoga followed by breakfast. Then we head out to the beach. The instructors will make sure to bring you to a place that suits your level and, most importantly, that you are getting the guidance you need to feel confident and have fun. All material (surfboards and wetsuits) are included.
We are located in a bay with loads of great waves to ride. A couple of right handed points, some long and mellow, some powerful and hollow. Loads of punchy beach breaks along the bay make it a perfect beginners spot. The best part is though…no crowds. You can surf the best swells for days and it´s just you and your best buddies. Depending on conditions we might travel some of the days to some amazing spots around.
August 3rd is arrival day. Usually the group meets in Marrakech to get the minibus to Imessouane (cplease let us know if your intention is to flight to Agadir). In the evening will have our retreat initiation circle, create our intention for the week and enjoy our first dinner together. Retreat will end on August 9th after breakfast.Plans could change depending flight schedules of the majority of the participants. If your flight arrives in the late afternoon or evening please, plan to get a ticket for the day before and spend a night in Marrakech
This is how a retreat day could look like…
8.00 – 9.30 h Yoga
9.30 h Breakfast
10.30 h To the beach… surf lessons
13.00 h Lunch
15.00 h more surf!!!
18.30 -19.30 h Yoga
It could be an optional trip to Essaouira or to some of the surrounding places.Schedule might change depending on tides, conditions and trips. To get the maximum from the week, and specially from the surf, we like to work in flow with nature.
Registration and payments
To make your reservation click on “REGISTER” and fill up the registration form. In a maximum of 7 days you will receive an email with all the information to make the payment.
There are two options: with and without surf. We highly recommend the surf experience!!
There are three kind of accommodation : single, doble or triple room. Double rooms have only a double bed. Triple rooms have a double bed and two bunk beds.
Early bird price until may 20th. Make your reservation!!!
Deposit and payment are final and not reimbursable.
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- Accommodation in rooms with shared bathroom.
- 3 delicious meals per day
- 2 daily yoga classes (except travel days)
- 4 hours of surf per day (two hours of classes) and all the surf material.
Price does not include:
- Your plane ticket
Transport from/to the airport to Imessouane (Usually the group arrives to Marrakech and from there they travel together in a minibus) Minibus price per person depends on the number of people traveling. We can also arrange individual transport or transport from Agadir.
- Optional trips as trip to Essaouira.
710 € (810 €)
599 € (699 €)
575 € (675 €)
before july 10th (after)
590 € (690 €)
479 € (579 €)
455 € (555 €)
before july 10th (after)
What do we need to know from you?
Please send an email confirming that you made payment or deposit to firstname.lastname@example.org and with your options of surf or no surf and accommodation type
Once you have made your travel arrangements, send another email with al the following information:
- All your travel information: air company, flight number, arrival and departure time, how many people is in your party. Specially if you arrive to Marrakech, make sure your that you book a flight that allows you to travel to the retreat center with the group. See Travel Arrangements below
- Your telephone number
- Yoga experience and if you have any injury or limitation
- Surf experience (you don´t need any but we want to know if we have with us some “pros”)
- Any dietary restriction
What do you need to bring in this time of the year?
- Climate in this area is usually nice: warm/hot during the day and cool during the night with the Atlantic breeze. In Morocco temperature can change a lot during the day (and even in the same hour because of the wind). So don´t forget a thick hoody or sweater or jacket or the nights or the cloudy days at the beach. Nights in Imessouane are usually pretty chilly
- Wetsuits are included in the surfing material but feel free to bring your own wetsuit. A 3/2 mm is usually OK, but if you get easily cold you can use a 4/3.
- Sun is always strong here. A hat, sun glasses and a high factor sunscreen are essential here. Really, sun here is stronger than in Europe.
And don´t forget an open heart and something totally necessary to fully enjoy Morocco: no hurry and a big smile.
Flights & travel arrangements
You can fly to the airports of Agadir or Marrakech. Agadir is closer but usually flights are cheaper to Marrakech. It will depend on where you come from. Most cheap airlines fly to Marrakech from many European cities. Some are: Ryanair, Easyjet, Vueling. Air Maroc is normally a little bit more expensive option.
Imessouane is about 5 hours away from Marrakech by road and about 2 hours away from Agadir airport. (The trip is really worth it once you arrive to the Bay!!!) Transport from the airports is not included in the price but it ca be organize individually or in groups.
If your flight gets very late we ask you to reserve a flight the day before the retreat starts and spend a night in Marrakech or in the Agadir surroundings, so you can start the retreat with all the group. Marrakech is one of Morocco´s most popular destinations and there is a big offer of accommodation and things to do. Agadir is a chilled out city with really beautiful places around.
Looking forward to welcome you in Morocco!