Yoga Retreat

Come with me this winter to Morocco and discover this beautiful country!

The Dav Mahal Eco-Retreat and Yoga center is located near Sidi Kaouki next to the beach – the perfect place to get in touch with yourself, relax, heal, let go of everything unnecessary…and SURF!

It is by venturing through body, mind and spirit and discovering strength and righteous intuition within ourselves that we allow ourselves to reconnect and to find inner peace and harmony.

Jana will guide you through this self-liberating journey, teaching not only on the yoga mat, but including the power of meditation, mantra and scriptures.

After daily morning Yoga classes, relax in the hammam, get massage treatments or go on an excursion (every other day).You also have the possibility to book extra surf lessons. In the afternoon we will gather for workshops, yin yoga and relaxation sessions.

DATE : 08/02 – 17/02/2020

PRICE : From 950 Euros

INCLUDED

  • All Yoga classes and workshops
  • Daily meditation, pranayama + kirtan
  • Hammam access
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (vegetarian and vegan )
  • Cooking class
  • Excursions: Essaouira, Cap Sim, Sidi M’Barek waterfalls, Idaougourd market

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfares
  • Airport shuttle
  • Surf lessons, individual activities and transport
  • Massages
More information about the retreat

Meals:

Meals are vegetarian. We will have a full pension: breakfast, lunch and dinner are included and herbal tea is available the whole day.

If you have any allergies or intolerances please let us know via the application form.

 

Accommodation

There are triple, double and single rooms available at different costs.

Showers and toilets are shared between

  • Berber tent, Sba room and Fisherman Cabin
  • Zen room, Bildi room and Yoga Teachers room

 

Dôme Surf and Africa – 3 persons

The Eco domes are perfect to relax and feel at home. They have a stunning view on the Atlantic and plenty space for storage. Beautiful tadelakt bathroom and ecological (dry) toilet. Strict use of eco-friendly products as the waste water is reused for the plants. Own private sitting room stylishly.Each dome has 2 single beds and 1 double bed..

 

 

Zen room and berber tent - 2 persons

Berber tent: This is a typical berber tent made to a stylish sleeping room you have a double bed and a single bed and a small sitting room in a typical moroccan style. Iit is a real experience to live, sleep close to nature and the sounds of the waves.

Zen room: this a double room located in the garden in the main house

 

 

 

 

 

Fisherman Cabin, Bildi room & Sba room – 1 person

Fisherman Cabin : This is an ancient fishermans cabin transformed to accomodate a couple or a single person. It has an integrated kitchenet and eating space. Here you will a beautiful view on the whole sitio and on the Atlantic.

Bildi Room: Room with doublebed in the garden of the main house

Sba Room: Cosy room with single bed and  much light

 

 

 

 

 

Ecological Aspects

 

The centre is linked to an ecological project "BioTerra Maroc" which aims, among other things, to promote the collection and sorting of waste, promote eco consciousness in rural area in general. At the Centre rainwater is recovered (there is no running water in the village – it is delivered by truck), grey water is recycled from the domes for the gardening.  Steam room and sanitary in domes are only heated by solar panels. There are dry toilets in the domes and effort is made to recycle waste as much as possible.

Only use ecological organic and natural products in the premises.

 

Explore Morocco during the retreat

Dip into the natural beauty and cultural variety for an authentically Moroccan experience. The Retreat Center sits wonderfully close to the coast with the Cap Sim at its door. Sidi Kaouki is very near and can be explored during the day.

 

Discover the beautiful medina and the souks of the coastal town of Essaouira with its fishing boats, spices, pottery, rugs and many other treasures. Sit in a café with a glass of mint tea, watch the hustle and bustle of the traditional market of Idaougourd and its diverse offerings. Get to know authentic Moroccan recipes in our cooking class and relax while meditating on the waterfalls of Sidi M'Barek.

If you are still thirsty for more adventures you can book an extra horse or camel ride or you can go surfing every other day.

 

 Yoga Teacher

 

Jana has been practicing Yoga for about 18 years and teaches traditional Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and Yin Yoga. For the retreat you will not only benefit from her great knowledge and experience around asana, pranayama, deep relaxation and meditation, but also on Ayurveda, Naturopathy, massage techniques, sound healing and Partner/Acroyoga.

 

Useful Information

Visa:

In order to travel to Morocco you need to have a passport. All European Union  citizens can enter Morocco visa-free for up to 90 days. If you have a different nationality please check with your embassy or ministry of foreign affairs.

 

 

Vaccination

No special vaccination is needed. Please make sure that you are up to date with current vaccinations like tetanus, diphteria pertussis, measles and polio etc.

 

 How to get to the retreat center:

Fly in/ out of Essaouira, which is the closet airport (20 km /25 min). You can also take a flight to Marrakech (200km/ 2h45), Casablanca (400km/ 4H30) or Agadir (200km/ 3H15), but the shuttle costs will be more expensive and the drive to the retreat centre much longer.

Transportation to/from the airport to the Retreat center can be arranged.

The pick up costs from Essaouira  airport are 40 euros per car (fits 4 people) one way, so it can be shared if other guests arrive at the same time. Once we have your arrival times we will try to group up the shuttles.

If you are travelling in Morocco before the retreat starts you need to get to Essaouira or Sidi Kaouki and then take a taxi to come to Dav Mahal.

 

Arrival time at the centre is 4pm on the 8th of February.

Check –out time will be at 11 am on February 17th.

 

Travel and health insurance:

Please make sure you are sufficiently covered by a (additional) health insurance (usually health and travel cancellation insurances can be booked at the time of flight booking).

Terms and Conditions:

Cancellation by organisers: The minimum requirement of participants for the retreat is six (6) people. We reserve the right to cancel the retreat if the requirement is not met 70 days before the beginning of the retreat. In case of cancellation, a full refund of the payment will be provided.

Cancellation by the participant: The 600 Euros deposit is non-refundable. If the participant needs to cancel 90 days prior to the retreat starting, we will provide full refund minus non-refundable deposit.

*For group booking of more than two (2) people, and any special accommodation arrangements, please contact us directly via email at gayaniyoga@gmail.com

Reservation:

Please fill in the application form and send it back via email. With the deposit of 600 Euros your reservation is confirmed.

 

Pricing:

Early bird  - when you pay the full balance before September 15th 2019.

Shared room (3 people): 950 Euros – 6 slots available

Double room: 1100 Euros – 4 slots available

Single room: 1200 Euros - 3 slots available

 

Normal pricing

Shared room: 1050 Euros – 6 slots available

Double room: 1200 Euros – 4 slots available

Single room: 1300 Euros – 3 slots available


Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goals, if he is able to think,

if he is able to wait, if he is able to fast.

Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha (1877 – 1962)

Fasting is a natural way to give the body and mind time for self-healing. This is not a new method, but has been practiced throughout human history.
Fasting once or twice a year gives the gastrointestinal tract a well-deserved break to regenerate. It allows the body to rest, to develop new strength and get rid of excess acids and toxins accumulated in the tissues.
Cleaner skin, more physical flexibility, better digestion and weight loss are some of the pleasant side effects occurring during this detoxification process.

During the fast we are not only cleansing the physical body, but also the mind – through adapted yoga practices, sound therapy, and meditation. There is the possibility for longer walks, shorter bike rides and special detox massages to stimulate the detoxification process.After five days of fasting, we come to the most important step – starting to eat again – because “Any fool can fast, but it takes a wise man to break a fast properly.” (George Bernard Shaw)
There are several ways to detoxify, we offer you a very well-tolerated, detox method according to Dr. med. Buchinger, which is based on fruit and vegetable juices and bouillon to provide the body with all the necessary vitamins and minerals during the detoxification.

This detoxification method and fasting method is practicable by anyone in good health (excluding pregnant women and nursing mothers) who do not need regular medication.
For course registration we require a medical certificate that confirms that you can safely carry out a fast.

DATE : 21-28 September 2019, 11-18 April 2020 and 18-25 April 2020
PRICE : 250Euro
INCLUDED :

• 7x Yoga sessions
• 7x Yin Yoga or relaxation sessions
• 7x meditation and pranayama sessions
• 1x sound massage (30 min) 
• Swimming pool access
• Guided walks
• Detox drinks
• Re-adaptation meals after breaking the fast

Not included :
• Accommodation (click here)
• Bicycle Rental (click here)
• Detox massages on request (~70 Euros)


Ayurveda means “the Science of Life”. This ancient and respected Indian medical system adapts treatment methods and lifestyle recommendations to the individual’s constitution. Everyone is unique in their physical characteristics and mental attributes, which is why diet, recovery periods, and yoga practice etc. will also be different. You will discover and learn about the five elements within yourself (ether, air, fire, water, earth), understanding also their proportions in relation to your own constitution.

By applying this knowledge in everyday life, you will be able to live in greater balance according to your constitution. Above all, this concerns nutrition and the practice of yoga. You will learn to observe nature within and outside of yourself to better understand the Principle of Cause-and-Effect. Once you know how to get rid of the source of an imbalance, the symptoms will disappear as well. There is the possibility to book an appointment for an Ayurveda massage

DATE : 1. June – 2. June 2019
The course begins Saturday at 3pm with a Yoga session
and ends Sunday after the yoga session around 2pm.

PRICE : 80 Euro

INCLUDED

• 2 x meditation sessions 
• 2 x yoga sessions 
• 1 workshop: “Ayurveda, understanding the basics” (Saturday)
• 1 workshop “Ayurvedic constitution” (Sunday)
• 1 sound relaxation + Kirtan

not included :
• Meals (click here)
• Accommodation (click here)
• Ayurveda massage

Experience the Atlantic from every angle! Practice yoga on the beach and enjoy the view of the coast while surfing!
We are excited to be collaborating with the local surf school at Saint Girons Plage. In good weather, the morning yoga session will be held outdoors, otherwise in the beautiful yoga room. Afterwards you can jump in the ocean to surf. Finish each day with a relaxing Sound Yoga or Yin Yoga session.
Wonderful, personalised massages can be booked to treat any sore muscles or fatigue after surfing.


Participation in morning and evening yoga classes and the rest of the day is planned according to your wishes and needs. Additionally, you have the option of booking massages with Jana, and we are more than happy to provide advice, tips and suggestions for nearby activities you can enjoy during your stay.



Wellness Weekend
2 yoga classes (Saturday and Sunday morning)
+ 1 back massage (25 min)
= 45 € (instead of 55 €)

Wellness Week
5 morning Yoga sessions (60 min)
from Monday to Friday
+ 1 back massage (25 min)
+ 1 head/face massage (25min)
= 99€ (instead of  120€)

You have the possibility to book your accommodation at the „Camping les Tourterelles”. This campsite is located next to the sea, just behind the dune, surrounded by pine forest. The perfect place to relax and get back in touch with nature and with yourself!

You can book either a rental accommodation or a pitch. Please indicate your accommodation requirements when registering.

RENTAL ACCOMMODATION :

The rentals (Mobile home, Pagotel or Massai) are all equipped with private bathroom, toilet, kitchen, dining area, 2-3 bedrooms and terrace, and are reasonably priced during our retreats in May, June and September. If you wish, you could share the rental accommodation with one or more friends and share the costs as well!
If you are traveling alone, you have the option to live alone or with another solo traveler, if available.

PITCH :

You also have the opportunity to travel with your own tent / camping car/ caravan and book a pitch with / without electricity. You will use the public sanitary facilities and need to bring your own kitchen equipment.

After reception of the confirmation letter for the yoga retreat, please book your accommodation directly at the campsite with the reference “Stage Gayani-Yoga”.

Meals are not included during your stay.

You have the possibility of catering for yourself, as rental accommodations are equipped with kitchen and essentials such as dishes. Please bring your own food – local supermarkets can be easily reached by car.

Furthermore, you can dine at any one of the restaurants at the beach.