A YOGA RETREAT – WITH JOSIE@YOGALOCAL

A YOGA RETREAT – WITH JOSIE@YOGALOCAL

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JOIN ME AT VILLA MANDALA FOR …
A seven-day yoga and meditation retreat designed to help you unplug from life’s ‘white noise’ and retune your body, mind and spirit to the natural beat of the universe.
Not only will you fly home with a more physically strong, flexible, and balanced body, you’ll return with a complete science of balanced living and a path to knowing your best Self and creating success in all areas of your life – that’s relationships, spiritual connection and emotional, physical and material wellbeing.
It’s all to play for – and all on the magical coastline of Morocco (which, not so coincidentally, is the perfect place to practice riding a few of life’s waves as I discovered in January 2018 – yee haa) 😉

Me on Banana Beach, right outside Villa Mandala

WHAT’S INCLUDED: AT GLANCE

  • Exquisite vegetarian food: wholesome breakfast, nutritious lunch & a gourmet dinner
  • Unlimited fruit, tea and coffee
  • Exclusive and unlimited use of all facilities: ocean front swimming pool, yoga shala and props: yoga mats, bricks, straps, bolsters, lavender eye bags, sand bags & blankets.
  •  A full yoga and meditation programme which includes two yoga classes each day with highly qualified and experienced teaching (for all levels & abilities)
  • Daily cleaner service
  • The friendly host service of me (Josie) and the Villa Mandala team at the retreat throughout your stay
  • A meal out on me (Josie) as it’s chef’s night off on Thursday. See below for more details.
  • Transfers to and from Agadir airport.

The  7-day Retreat DOES NOT include:

  • Flights
  • Transfers from Marrakech or other Moroccan cities
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra activities, excursions or trips (these can be booked at a discount in advance – speak to me, Josie)
  • Extra taxis to and from places during the retreat

PRICES

A one-week Yoga Retreat with Josie@YogaLocal is from £600 – £650 per person depending on your room choice.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of £200 is requested to secure your booking. Full payment is required at least 8 weeks prior to your retreat.

DATE OF RETREAT
SATURDAY APRIL 27 – SATURDAY MAY 4, 2019.

TO BOOK:

EMAIL JOSIE@YOGALOCAL.CO.UK TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT. PLACES ARE LIMITED.


LOCATION
Based on the Moroccan coastline, just outside of Taghazout, Villa Mandala boasts a lush garden, relaxing living areas, plunge pool and yoga shala. It has a caring and family-like environment created by the hosts and the Villa Mandala team.
Located on Banana beach, it’s the perfect yoga and surf escape. With large terraces and a pool looking over Banana Point, Villa Mandala incorporates privacy and soulful individuality. The sea views are beautiful with great beaches in walking distance.
The renowned Yoga Surf Retreat at Villa Mandala has been featured in The Guardian and The Telegraph Travel, amongst many more publications.


THE YOGA SHALA
The rooftop wooden yoga shala boasts ocean views stretching more than 180 degrees in front and the foothills of the Atlas mountains behind. It measures 6m by 11m, with wooden flooring and surround glass sliding doors its’ a naturally light and airy space. Blessed with the first magical light each sunrise and the last rays at each colourful African sunset. It is a perfect haven for a deep and unforgettable yoga and meditation practice.


THE ACCOMMODATION
There are several accommodation types available.

TURTLE ROOM [En-suite double or twin room]
The Turtle room is on the ground floor of Villa Mandala. It is spacious, well-appointed and has its own bathroom.

BOUGAINVILLEA ROOM [Twin or double room, shared bathroom]
The Bougainvillea room is named after the flowers that grow abundantly in the garden below. It is a peaceful room and shares a bathroom with the Indian room.

INDIAN ROOM [Twin or double room, shared bathroom]
A Mandala style Indian themed room with hanging lights and decorated with trinkets. The bathroom
is shared with the Bougainvillea room.

BUTTERFLY ROOM [En-suite double or twin room]
This Butterfly themed room is quiet and calm. It is well proportioned and has its own bathroom.

LIGHT ROOM [sea view en-suite double or twin room]
The light room is cool, characterful and stylish with its white finish and dashes of colour. The big windows give epic ocean views and you can watch the perfect sunset from your pillow.

EMERALD ROOM [sea view en-suite double or twin room]
The Emerald room is in the middle of the villa with views over the pool and the Atlantic Ocean.
The en-suite Emerald Room has a wholesome feel to help you recharge on your holiday.


THE YOGA
As Yoga Local Founder and a Chopra Certified Instructor, I have created a beautifully progressive week of yoga and meditation rooted in the teachings of Deepak Chopra and his best-selling books The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga.
Through seven easily understood principles, the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success teaches that harmony, happiness, and abundance are available to anyone willing to embrace a consciousness-based approach to life.
I will help you infuse your practice with spirit while bringing the seven laws into action each day.
Every class plays a crucial role in yoga’s path to enlightenment while providing you with a wealth of mantras, breathing techniques, and yoga poses.

Morning classes will be two hours and include a more vigorous Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga practice.
Evening classes will be 1.5 hours and include a more restorative Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga practice.
There will be the opportunity to dive into yoga philosophy as well as enjoy journaling, chanting meditation, pranayama, and goal setting activities.


FOOD
Indulge in delicious, nutritious vegetarian food, so you can enjoy maximum energy and vitality throughout your stay. Using only the finest and freshest local produce, the Villa Mandala’s talented chefs, make each day of the retreat a ‘taste sensation’.
The Villa Mandala kitchen serves up delicious vegetarian food made from local seasonal ingredients. For breakfast and dinner, guests are invited to feast together on the terrace beside the pool overlooking the surf. We are able to cater for most dietary requirements, so please just let me know (allergy or preference).

Tea, coffee, filtered water, fresh fruit, daily home-baked treats are provided and pre-dinner dips and nibbles are available following your evening yoga class.


A MEAL OUT ON JOSIE
A meal out on Thursday night (chef’s night off) has been gifted to you by me. A great BBQ
at the new Boutique hotel Amouage to eat as much as you like. Enjoy a starlit feast, DJ, live music and fun while we provide transport to and from the villa!


OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Day trips to the local souk (markets), Agadir and Paradise Valley Horse riding, Quad biking, Camel riding and more. Massage and hammam spa treatments at our Amouage Spa (located at our boutique hotel Amouage in Taghazout) Surf Lessons & Surf Gear Rental

All activities are easily arranged during your stay upon request. Ask me for some GREAT offers that are available for booking in advance of your arrival.


MORE ON THE OPTION OF SURFING
Because of Morocco’s multi aspect coastline there are waves for all surfIng abilities.
To ensure you get to surf waves suited to your ability the Villa Mandala host team implements a 6-level surf system, meaning you get paired with a surf group of similar ability and seeking the same type of waves.
Between yoga sessions, qualified surf instructors will take you to waves to suit your ability and provide you with hands on coaching. All surf instructors have invaluable knowledge of the Moroccan coastline – they know exactly which breaks are working and when. To get you around Villa Mandala has a fleet of vans and 4x4s equipped with FCS auto accessories, safes for valuables, and medical kits.

For beginners and experienced surfers, yoga is an essential practice in developing the mental and physical strength required to surf and keep surfing. It’s a sublime combination.
The surf coaches provide safe, fun, rewarding surf lessons every day of the retreat. Morocco’s year-round good climate and consistent small to medium sized clean, easy waves mean that it’s the perfect place to learn and progress. Our coaches’ friendly, dedicated approach will ensure that your progression over the course of the week is beyond what you ever thought possible.



THE AREA
Surf Maroc is in the Agadir region of southern Morocco. Taghazout is a unique gem on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Conveniently located 40 min from Agadir international airport it’s a short hop (2-4 hrs) from most central European cities. It’s the closest place for any European surfer to get year-round warm water, perfect waves and a unique cultural experience.
There are an abundance of restaurants and cafes in Taghazout, including the ocean front Auberge restaurant and Mouja Cafe. There are plenty of grocery shops selling fruit, vegetable and other essentials. There is a well-stocked pharmacy and four surf shops. There are also lots of internet cafes with ADSL connection.


HOW TO GET THERE
Morocco is served by direct flights from the UK and other major European airports, with flight times to Agadir or Marrakech between 2-4 hours. Guests travelling from the US can connect either in Casablanca or at a European airport as there are no direct flights to Agadir. From Agadir airport it’s a 40-minute drive south east along the coast road. Road transfers from Marrakech can be easily arranged and the new motorway has dramatically cut the journey times down to 2-3 hours and cost approx 80 GBP for 4 people. Please contact me if you would like to arrange a transfer or would like a quote.


AND BEFORE YOU GO A WORD ON…

What is yoga?
The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning union. More than an exercise routine, yoga is a complete science of balanced living and a path to higher knowledge and joyful abundance. When adhered to and practiced mindfully, the yoga principles and techniques of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga can be the keys to unlocking your full creative potential, your capacity for love and compassion, and your ability to find success in all areas of life.

What will I learn in a Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga class?
In addition to exploring a deep state of body-centered restful awareness, you will experience:

  • The spiritual law of the day
  • Pranayama breathing techniques
  • Strength, flexibility, and balance postures
  • Chakra opening exercises
  • Increased vitality
  • Mind-body integration
  • Infinite possibilities

GO GET YOUR PLACE: EMAIL JOSIE@YOGALOCAL.CO.UK TO ‘BAGSY’ YOUR SPOT. PLACES ARE LIMITED.

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