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7 Night Holistic Yoga Holiday in Essaouira in Celebration of Life!

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15-22 September 2020

This retreat will be a joyous celebration of life! To take time and appreciate the wonder of our beautiful fragile planet and to be grateful for every moment.

With that in mind I am taking you to Essaouira. We will have the best of both worlds. The UNESCO world heritage site of ancient Essaouira, and the wild beaches of Sidi Kaolki are but a short drive away, yet we will stay within the tranquil sanctuary of La Baoussala, an idyllic riad hidden away at the end of a small Berber village called Gazoua, and surrounded by nature on all sides.

Baoussala is a traditional stone riad that has the intimacy of home but the service of a hotel. The main house is centred around a large courtyard and is composed of a lounge with a fire place that is lit every evening for a cosy atmosphere, and an intimate open kitchen.

There are numerous nooks to relax and curl up in, from sumptuous sofas on the roof, to private terraces hidden away in the gardens, and hammocks under the trees.

And everywhere you look is a feast for the eyes and a delight for all the senses. But most of all you will feel an overwhelming sense of stillness where you can allow your soul to be at peace.

Yoga will be twice daily; greeting the sunrise each morning with the birds, & an energising hatha-based morning practice, on the magnificent Moorish roof terrace. Then a mellow luxurious sunset practice combining deep relaxation & meditation, beneath the giant eucalyptus trees.

In between you are free to enjoy the amenities of the large heated swimming pool and on site wellness centre with a hot tub and free use of the hammam. (Traditional scrub €12, 1 hour massage €28)

We will have the convenience of an 7 seater vehicle with driver on hand for any trips we may want to take, to the beach or the town.

I am planning a yoga free shopping afternoon where we will be taken around the Medina of Essaouira town and souk, lunch and ending with a sundowner at one of the elegant beach bars along the bay.

Horse riding along the beach can also be arranged, and is highly recommended.

The Rooms

4 rooms around the courtyard:

The Red room, Romantic double bedroom of 35m², overlooking the interior patio, it is composed of a double bed (width of the mattress: 160cm) and a sitting place (single bed) with a fire place, large bathroom with bath tube.

(ideally for a couple or 1 single person)

£940 single occupancy 
£540 double occupancy

The Hammam Suite, a lovely suite of 33m², composed of a double room (width of the mattress : 160cm) with a sitting area, really sunny and fresh with a fire place in front of the bed, living room separated with a double bed (width of the mattress : 140cm), bathroom with shower.

(ideally for 2 single persons)

£830 per person

The Sahara Suite, is a large suite of 45m² with an African design, overlooking the interior patio, it is composed of a double bedroom (width of the mattress : 160cm) and a sitting place with a fire place , a second bedroom separated with a double bed (width of the mattress 140cm) and a large bathroom with bath tube.

(ideally for 2 single persons)

£830 per person

The Blue Suite, is a large suite with an oceanic inspiration, it is composed of a double bedroom width of the mattress : 160cm), a living room separated with a double bed (width of the mattress : 140cm) and a sitting place with a fire place, bathroom with shower and a private terrace.

(Ideally for 2 single personns)

£830 per person

4 rooms / cottages situated in the garden

The Oasis Room, nice twin double room of 28m² with a Mediterranean spirit composed of a double bed, (width of the mattress : 180cm or 2 single beds of 90cm) with a fire place in front of the bed, a sitting place with a single bed, bathroom with shower.

Ideally for 1 single people, 1 couple or 2 friends sharing the twin beds

£940 single occupancy
£540 double occupancy

The Marabout Cottage , lovely cottage traditional of 45m², situated in the garden near by the pool, it is composed of one traditional bedroom with one double bed (width of the mattress : 160cm) and a single bed (90cm), a second room which is a round room with a domed ceiling, the mattress is at the size of the room (diameter of the mattress : 190cm), a separated living toom with a single bed (90cm) and a fire place , large bath room with shower, private terrace.

(Ideally for 2 single persons).

£830 per person

The Taabiha Cottage , 50m², completely made of wood and laid on stilts, it is situated under the highest gum trees of the garden. Bohemian stylish designed, it can accommodate up to 6 people. This unusual accommodation is composed of a main room including the master bedroom and a lounge with a wood burning stone for the winter evenings.

A second room, intended for the youngest, consists of a first part full of cushions (possibility to prepare it as a bedroom), a miller’s ladder leads to the mezzanine which serves as a bedroom (one double bed). The bathroom is accessible from both rooms and has a zinc sunken round bath and a separate toilet. Large private terrace.

(ideally for 3 people)

£830 per person
£790 mezzanine

The Warda Room: this is a double room of 25m, located in an individual house in the garden. It consists of a double room and a fireplace, with a separate seating area. Bathroom with shower and a large sunny private terrace.

(Suitable for 1 person or a couple)

£940 single occupancy
£540 double occupancy

A substantial breakfast will be served after morning yoga
composed of :
– hot drinks (coffee, milk, tea, moroccan tea)
– moroccan bread toasted
– oat flakes
– dry fruits
– yogurts
– moroccan crep (each day a new one)
– homemade marmelade/butter/olive oil /olives
– eggs (each day a different kind of egg : boiled eggs, sunnysideup,scrambled)
– slices of vegetables/fruits : each day a different vege : avocado, tomato, cucumber, watermelon
– fresh Orange Juice
– another fresh juice (each day a different one : betroot, carrot, watermelon)
– cheese

The Lunch is served around the pool at 13h30 buffet style and will consist of several freshly made salads, water, tea and coffee.

Moroccan mint tea and fresh fruit will be available in the afternoon.

Then dinner is served after sunset yoga in the main courtyard and will be 3 courses, vegetarian or fish.

Fatih, the cook prepares traditional Moroccan food according to your taste, with only fresh product of the local area. No possibility of vegan meals… too hard to find alternatives in Morocco.

Please note: prices are based on a vegetarian diet. To choose a fish and shellfish option add £35 to the price quoted.

The staff at Baoussala are happy to arrange your transfer from the airport. From Essaouira airport the rate is 200dh (up to 7 people) and from Marrakech 1800dh (up to 10 people).

I would strongly recommend flying Ryanair, Stansted to Essaouira. From Marrakech it is a 3 hour transfer.

What’s included:
• 7 nights accommodation
• 3 freshly prepared meals a day (excluding one day lunch in Essaouira town)
• Unlimited tea, coffee, water
• Fresh fruits
• 11 yoga classes led by myself
• free use of the hammam and hot tub
• 15x5m heated pool at 28 degrees
• Yoga booklet
What’s not included:
• Flights
• Transfers/ taxis
• Excursions to town or beach
• Massage and scrub
• Insurance

In order to secure your reservation I require a £200 deposit, with £500 due in April 2020 and the remainder 1 month before travel.

What people have said about my previous retreats:

Still thinking about our retreat which was great. I feel I certainly benefited from the whole experience, so thanks again. Val

Nina arranged the retreat very thoughtfully – a wonderful mixture of yoga and meditation along with walking and spa treatments. Three days in a beautiful and tranquil environment flew past. I came away with a strong sense of well-being, fitness and calm. Alison

Thank you all so much for making it such a fabulous retreat, been such a pleasure meeting you all and spending time with you in such glorious surroundings. Big thank you to Nina for organising such a special time, I absolutely loved it. I feel so energised from it.

Nina, your yoga you wrote for us was just awesome, big thank you, so beautiful and then to be followed by that breakfast, perfect morning!!! Frankie

You are simply the best yoga teacher I’ve ever worked with. You have precision, attention to detail and a mindful application. You thought about focus on a particular part of the body in the afternoon class. I’d never come across that before and it was so insightful. You have grace, elegance and a gentle way about you, when I struggled either physically or emotionally during class. The only downside? You simply cannot be replaced and I live so far away!

I made lifelong new friends and was enveloped in loving female energy, which was much needed in my personal journey
So our trip to Morocco was a life affirming positive time. You did a wonderful job and I thank you both from the bottom of my heart. Fiona

La Baoussala Location

La Baoussala

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