Yoga Retreat Morocco

banana beach, aourir

DATE

15th – 22nd October 2022

Are you looking for a holiday that lights you up and leaves you feeling unstoppable

Are you craving travel and adventure? But also rest and relaxation

Are you seeking a trip with fun, energising activities that make you feel invigorated

And that gives you plenty of time to unwind, rest and recharge?

Are you searching for a worry-free getaway that’s easy to attend on your own?

Are you ready to

Feel the excitement of catching your first wave. Or trekking through a palm-tree lined valley. Or hunting for treasures in the bustling market. 

And soak in the serene calm of golden sunsets and warm ocean swims in turquoise waters.

Experience the tranquillity of ‘rest and recharge’ yoga sessions. 

And the invigorating thrill of vinyasa yoga, surfing, suping, hiking and exploring.

Take time just for you and enjoy the uplifting, heart-warming company of new friends.

End every day with wonderfully weary muscles, a big smile on your face and so many magical memories.

Remember how amazing you are, how good you can feel and what your goals and dreams are. 

Not to mention…

Vibrant souks, warm water waves, rejuvenating spa treatments and nourishing food. Plus poolside lounging, total relaxation and great fun.

WELCOME to SHINE YOGA

Hi, I’m Jen and I’m a yoga teacher and the founder of Shine Yoga.

For the past decade, I’ve taught uplifting, empowering and feel-good yoga classes and retreats.

I know how busy life can get and how tired and stressed we all feel from time to time…

And I’ve seen again and again how transformative the magical mix of time by the ocean, in a stunning location, combined with uplifting yoga, nourishing food and wonderful company can be.

That’s why I created Shine Yoga retreats. These warm and welcoming one-of-a-kind breaks are filled with everything you need to reset, recharge and feel radiant.

I’m SO excited to welcome you to a Shine Yoga retreat and help you to feel your most energised and glowing self.

magical Morocco

For 6 years I’ve been running Shine Yoga retreats in this stunning location on the coast of Morocco. It’s a dream location for you to relax, restore and explore
 
During the retreat you’ll stay in a dreamy villa (with a pool). It’s right beside the ocean with a luxurious rooftop yoga studio that has epic sea views.
 
Throughout the week I’ll be teaching energising and relaxing yoga classes. My teaching style is warm and supportive. I’ll encourage you to do just what feels good for you and love how you feel after every class! 
 
October in Morocco is beautifully hot (average temp of 23C and max. temp 29C) and the ocean is warm (22C) . So you’ll enjoy lounging by the pool and relaxing on the beach. Or sipping fresh orange juice in the sunshine at a beachside cafe.
 
It’s also such an easy destination to get to, just fly into Agadir – we’ll organise the rest. You’ll be picked up from the airport and transported directly to the retreat.
 
And if you’re thinking about coming on your own this retreat is perfect for you. There’s a really friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We’ll arrange group trips to the souk, the spa, hiking and surfing (if you’d like). And we eat our gorgeous, healthy meals together at a beautiful long table outside or inside.

Experience 7 amazing days of…

  1. Inspiring yoga: Dynamic flow sequences to uplift & glow, calming yin to unwind, guided meditation for calm and clarity plus restorative & yoga nidra for deep rest & relaxation.
  2. Deep Relaxation: Read a book…gaze out to sea…take a refreshing dip in the OCEAN FRONT pool…repeat.
  3. Healthy Eating: 3 fresh, delicious and nutritious meals every day full of nourishing local produce.
  4. Fun Surfing: Whether it’s catching your first ever wave or an epic barrel there will be plenty of opportunity to have fun in the water.
  5. Exploration & Adventure: Beach walks, exploring Paradise Valley, souk shopping, a trip to the hammam (spa) and a visit to the womens cooperative who make Argan Oil.
ACCOMMODATION

A Villa with a View

 Our sensational private villa is located on Banana beach in Aourir. You’ll fall in love with the sea views of Banana Point, a fantastic surf break
Bougainvillea flowers provide colourful shade for the front terrace and dining area and there is plenty of space on the sweeping sun terraces for relaxing with a book or lazing by the ocean front swimming pool.

The comfy living area is light, airy and perfect for lounging. The bedrooms are authentically decorated, sprinkled with trinkets and individually themed. Each room is completely exquisitely unique.

YOGA

breathe flow stretch glow

You’ll start the day with a vibrant vinyasa flow yoga class. This fluid, dynamic and invigorating form of yoga will leave you energised and glowing! 

In the afternoon you’ll love the deeply calming rest and recharge yoga sessions. A mix of slow flow, yin, hatha and restorative styles with guided relaxations and meditations. You’ll float out of these classes feeling revitalised and relaxed.

Looking out over the Atlantic Ocean, yoga classes are held in the shade of the roof top yoga studio.

Over the retreat there will be 5 morning vinyasa flow classes and 4 afternoon rest and recharge sessions. All classes will be taught by Shine Yoga founder, Jen Austin. You can read all about Jen here.

Classes are suitable for all levels from total beginners.

FOOD

nourish your body

All week you’ll eat the most delicious, nutritious, vegetarian dishes from the finest and freshest local produce.

From your morning super smoothie to your evening dessert of avocado chocolate tart you’ll be astounded by the beautiful dishes created by the talented local chefs.

A beautiful breakfast, lunch and dinner are included every day except Thursday evening when we will head out to a local restaurant or roof top BBQ.

 

THE ROOMS
Garden Room

Garden Room

It’s the largest room in the house at 301 square ft. It’s kitted out with cool locally made furniture and has a garden style vibe. It features an ensuite shower room, comfy cushions and mattress. 
Bougainvillea Room

Bougainvillea Room

A 172 square ft room that’s named after the flowers that fill the windows and grow abundantly in the garden. The room is decked out with cool one off pieces, comfy cushions and mattress. The bathroom is shared with Indian Room.
Indian Room

Indian Room

A 172 square ft room that’s decked out with cool locally made furniture, enchanting draped lighting, trinkets & art work for a unique Indian vibe. Bathroom is shared with Bougainvillea Room.
Butterfly Room

Butterfly Room

A 172 square ft that’s decked out with cool locally made furniture, eclectic art and a butterfly vibe with an ensuite shower room.
Light Room

Light Room

A 236 square ft ocean view room that’s light and airy, decked out with cool locally made furniture, eclectic art, comfy cushions and mattress.
Emerald Room

Emerald Room

A 193 square ft ocean view room that’s decked out with cool locally made furniture, eclectic art and has an earthy vibe. It features an ensuite shower room, comfy cushions and mattress.
Scarlet Room

Scarlet Room

A 193 square ft ocean view room that’s decked out with locally made furniture and has deep red vibe. It features an ensuite shower room, comfy cushions and mattress.
Red Room

Red Room

It’s the second largest room in the house at 280 square ft. An enchanting room with a handcrafted 4 poster bed, ocean view, ensuite shower room and rich red Moroccan touches.
ACTIVITIES

surf, souk or spa

This is your retreat week and you can do as much or as little as you like. Our retreat villa is the perfect place to relax. Set your lounger up beside the pool and read all day. Sit on the roof top terrace and gaze out to sea whilst sipping fresh mint tea.

Or if you’re feeling active there’s so much to see and do too…

Spa at the Amouage

A hammam (Moroccan steam bath), a rejuvenating indulgence to deeply relax, traditionally followed by a gommage, an exfoliating massage-scrub, a body mask and then a full body massage. Then sit around or swim in the oceanside infinity pool for the ultimate afternoon treat.

Paradise Valley

Local guides can drive you inland into beautiful Paradise Valley. Explore its’ streams, waterfalls and pools, take a picnic, walk, swim and relax.

Day Trip to Agadir

Visit the Agadir Souq (main market); perfect for gift shopping. Agadir beach is a huge sandy bay, great for swimming, walking, sunbathing and lots of tourist activities, restaurants, cafés etc.

Surf

Fully qualified and experienced instructors are ready to teach you all week or on any days you choose.

You could do a full one week surfing course which fits in with our yoga classes and includes: comprehensive and fun daily surf lessons with fully qualified and experienced instructors, all board and wetsuit hire, transport to and from the beaches and surf guiding.

Or you can book lessons on a day-to-day basis or a 3 day course. Stand up paddle board, surfboard and wetsuit hire are also available. We’ll help you with everything. It’s going to be so much fun!

I felt truly rejuvenated by the end of the week.

The Morocco retreat was a wonderful opportunity to relax and recharge in a beautiful villa with delicious food and delightful people. Jen led some of the best yoga practices I’ve experienced creating a fun, nurturing environment which allowed me to challenge myself and achieve poses I’d never previously had the confidence to try. 

– SAM H.

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“I was so excited when I found Shine Yoga’s retreat in Morocco – it seemed to have everything I was looking for – yoga, sun, the sea, a beautiful house for the week and yummy vegetarian food.”

“And my week with Jen and the lovely group of yogis was just that and much more. I got a chance to really focus on, and improve, my yoga practice. Jen is truly an inspiring teacher and she brings joy, peacefulness and energy to every class.

I also got the chance to meet new friends, explore Morocco, eat delicious food and just be. I fell in love with the house and it felt like home from day one. I would recommend anyone to invest in themselves and follow Jen on her yoga adventures around the world.

– MADELENE H.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

EXPERIENCE ALL OF THIS

7 nights accommodation in the beautiful retreat villa

Relax in total comfort in the retreat villa. Enjoy ocean or garden views from your beautiful room, and spend time unwinding on the roof top terrace or relaxing by the pool. And you’ll be right beside the beach for revitalising walks, refreshing ocean dips or fun surfs whenever you want. 

5 vinyasa flow yoga classes to start your day feeling powerful and uplifted.

We have so much fun in these classes!  Get ready to feel energised and radiant with dynamic vinyasa flow. You’ll try new poses and learn so many tips and techniques to help you in your yoga practice. You’ll enjoy playful flowing sequences and use powerful breathing techniques to shake off sluggishness and feel your most vibrant.

4 'rest and recharge' yoga sessions so you can de-stress and revitalise.

Experience all of the yummiest yoga practices for relaxation and rejuvenation wonderfully woven together.  These classes will incorporate yin yoga, restorative yoga, slow flow, breathing techniques, meditation and guided relaxation.

Daily beautiful breakfasts and lovely lunches plus unlimited tea, coffee, herbal teas and healthy snacks

Take a seat at outside at our beautiful bougainvillea-shaded table, enjoy the sunshine, listen to the waves and savour the most yummy, nourishing vegetarian food surrounded by wonderful people.

You’ll also have the option to choose a (really delicious) packed lunch on days when you’re out exploring, surfing or hiking.

And you’ll be able to help yourself to tea, coffee, fresh mint tea, herbal teas and home baked treats whenever you like (a slice of cake and a mint tea tastes even more AMAZING after a surf lesson).

6 healthy, nourishing vegetarian dinners

Feast on colourful salads, delectable dips, tagines, roasted vegetables and luscious desserts. There’s no boring or bland food here. In fact, prepare to be astounded by how delicious, satisfying and nutritious every meal is.

Transfers to and from Agadir airport

We make it so easy and stress-free for you to get to the retreat. You’ll be picked up at the airport and driven straight to the retreat villa. No need to organise anything we’ll do it all for you.

Towels, shampoo, Moroccan Hammam olive soap and rose water spritz

You can travel light, because all these luxurious treats are waiting for you when you arrive. The sweet smelling rose spritz will cool you down and keep your skin hydrated. And the olive soap is known for its moisturising, exfoliating, and soothing properties. 

All yoga equipment including mats, mat towels, blocks, straps and big comfy bolsters

Our roof top yoga studio not only has floor to ceiling windows that look straight out over the ocean…it’s also incredibly well equipped so you’ll be so comfortable in every yoga pose.

“The yoga was just great fun, it was both exhilarating and relaxing depending on the time of day and seemingly our mood.”

The setting was beautiful, in a gorgeous villa.  Jen is an amazing teacher, always making it an enjoyable class bringing her positivity, skills and creativity to each session which was such a treat to learn from her practice.

A fantastic week which I would recommend to anyone, for those who have never stepped onto a yoga mat, those who have done many times, and for those of you who are travelling on your own or with friends/partner. A huge thank you to everyone who made that yoga retreat so special and amazing.

 – NICOLA D.

“I was a little nervous when I signed up for the retreat as I would be travelling alone, and was a complete beginner at yoga…

But from the moment I met the other guests I felt completely relaxed and at home. The week was amazing – I felt like I learned so much about yoga, never felt out of my depth but instead felt proud of the improvements I was seeing, and Jen made every single class enjoyable and positive.

I loved Jen’s teaching and look forward to being able to attend more sessions by her in the future as she made me feel empowered and strong and capable; even when I wasn’t ‘perfect’ at something I always felt encouraged!

The trip was the perfect balance of activity and relaxation, with lots of incredible food, fabulous hosts, amazing scenery, and really wonderful people. By the end of the week I felt like I’d been away for months I was so relaxed and refreshed, and had made some great new friends!

 – STEPH K.

Click on the photos above to read all about the rooms and select your favourite.

Choose to pay in full now or reserve your place with a 30% deposit. The remaining balance will then be due 8 weeks before the retreat.

Once you’ve paid you’ll receive email confirmation that your order is being processed and another email confirming when your order is complete.

Within 24 hours Jen will email you to say hello and give you lots more info about the retreat as well.

Now it’s time to get really excited about the retreat! Look out for further updates as the retreat gets closer.

“Meeting and chatting to a really nice bunch of new people and feeling comfortable even though I’m relatively new to yoga made me feel so relaxed.”

“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the retreat, it was everything I had hoped for and more. Not only were the yoga sessions challenging, eye-opening and wonderful, but the whole experience was so memorable.

The villa was stunning, and the food was delicious (and I loved the bonus of daily treats!), particularly being able to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine during breakfast after two hours of lovely yoga.  I would certainly recommend Shine Yoga’s retreats, Jen is a fabulous teacher and a lovely person too. Thanks so much for helping me along on my yoga journey!”

— EMILY J.

“A beautiful experience. The yoga was both fun and challenging and also both rejuvenating and relaxing.”

“Jen has a special ability to inspire you to just be, enjoy the yoga and push oneself just the right amount.

The villa was a perfect place to unwind and recharge, amazingly yummy veggie food, with lots of opportunities to explore and soak up the local area. We had a truly wonderful week.”

— EMMA C.

“I really loved Jen’s positivity and enthusiasm during the yoga classes. The yoga while challenging always felt fun and safe.”

“I appreciated the group size as it allowed for partner work and some personal attention.

The food was delicious and plentiful, and Nargiss and the rest of the staff went above and beyond, even driving out a prepared lunch to me when I forgot it while out on a day trip.

My husband and I had an amazing time at the retreat.  I would wholeheartedly recommend a Shine Yoga retreat to my friends and family and hope to take another one in the future!”

— AMANDA A.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Your Questions

Can I come on my own?

Absolutely, lots of guests on every retreat arrive independently. There is a warm, kind and friendly atmosphere with communal activities and plenty of opportunity for you to take some quiet time for yourself too. You can chose to share a room or have your own room.

What's included?

Everything you need for a wonderfully revitalising and stress free week is included. That means:

  • 7 nights accommodation in the enchanting retreat villa
  • 5 vinyasa flow yoga classes
  • 4 rest & recharge yoga sessions
  • A yoga mat, bricks, straps, bolsters, blankets and even lavender eye bags.
  • 3 delicious wholesome meals a day provided by private chefs (except Thursday)
  • Daily home-baked treats & unlimited fresh fruit, teas and coffee
  • Exclusive use of the villa, roof top yoga shala & swimming pool
  • Daily cleaner service
  • Return Agadir airport transfers (transfers from Marrakech incur an extra cost)
What's not included?
  • Your flights
  • Additional activities like surfing and surf equipment.
  • Travel insurance
  • Dinner on Thursday evening
Will I make friends?

One of the most rewarding and awesome things about yoga retreats is the amazing like minded people you will meet on the retreats. Everyone goes away with pages of their notebook full of books to read, films to watch, podcasts to listen to as well as new friends. The week is filled with laughter and conversation and fun and you’ll be amazed how quickly you make wonderfully supportive friendships.

Will I have time to relax and take some quiet me time?

Yes, we eat our meals together and people tend to group together to participate in activities, take a walk or just have a nice chat but everyone also has time to themselves to read, relax by the pool or on the roof terrace, find a beautiful spot to meditate or nap in their room.

Can I walk to the local village and shops?

Yes the retreat is based 10 minutes walk from Aourir, and 5km south of Taghazout, a colourful characteristic fishing village, famous for its great surf and laid back, friendly atmosphere.

Your Journey

You are welcome to arrive any time after 3pm on Saturday.  The first yoga class will be on Sunday morning. Checkout from your rooms is by 9am on the Saturday of our departure day.

The nearest airport is Agadir. You may find skyscanner  helpful when looking for flights. Transfers from Agadir airport are included in the retreat.

Most flights arrive late on Saturday but also leave later on the following Saturday so will you still be able to enjoy a full 7 days on the retreat.

Don’t worry about booking a flight that doesn’t arrive until Saturday evening (most people will be doing the same).

And on the final day of the retreat you can still use the pool, downstairs area and shower right up until the transfer picks you up for your flight.