Yoga & Hiking Retreat in South Spain / Morocco
Yoga course schedule and program
Weekly schedule in Tarifa 19tht – 26th of September 2020
3 mornings 2.5 hrs. Vinyasa Flow, Pranayama & Meditation
3 mornings 2.5 hrs Yin & Yang Asana Practice, Pranayama and Meditation
3 afternoons 1.5 hrs. Yin yoga and Meditation
2 afternoons 4 hrs. Hiking
Wednesday afternoon and evening off, no programm, no dinner
Schedule in Marokko 26th – 29th of September 2020
3 mornings 2 hrs. Yin & Yang Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation
1 sightseeing tour in the Medina of Chefchaouen (1-2hrs)
1 hiking tour in the mountains around Chefchaouen (4hrs)
The following is an approximation of a typical retreat day:
8:30—11:00 Vinyasa Flow, or Yin & Yang, Pranayama, Meditation
12:00—17:00 time at your disposal
17:30—19:00 Yin yoga or 16:00-20:00 Hiking
Mona and Gunnar are living in Tarifa and are teaching Yoga Retreats since many years. See: About us
The topic of this yoga retreat is Yin & Yang The dance in between letting go and doing.
The daily themes are related to the 5 elements Earth-Water-Fire-Air-Space.
The principle of Yin & Yang builds the foundation for balance in the universe, nature, life and the human being. Health means balance between Yin &Yang. Health for the physical body, the mind and the soul. Cultivate balance, harmony and freedom in your life on and off the yogamat.
The morning practice will have a more dynamic approach, where we will move through inspiring, creative and dynamic Vinyasa Flow sequences with different themes each day. Bringing our focus onto the breath and experiencing the power of breathing, combining breath and movement into an effortless dance and allowing our energy to flow more freely. Exploring our physical and mental edges. The Yang Practice will increase our flexibility, strength and energy, support us to become more focused and is deeply detoxifying. During the Retreat week you have the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of Pranayama techniques like energizing, calming, soothing or balancing breathing techniques which can be easily adapted to your daily life when you are back home. Moreover we will explore several types of meditation in stillness, moving, guided through visualization and Chakras.
In the afternoon we dive into the meditative stillness. Surrendering into the slow pace and deep opening of Yin Yoga which challenges you to be in the pure presence of awareness. It combines meditation and asana into a very deep yoga practice. Experience deep passive stretches and letting go, listen to your inner voice and connect to your true nature. Breath, meditation and asana merge into a deep, liberating, and wholesome yoga practice. On a mental and emotional level, the Yin practice allows the body to drop down into the parasympathetic nervous system, and therefore becomes deeply healing, nourishing and has profound energetic and emotional effects. Surrounded by macnificent nature we practice the Yin classes on the beach or in the beautiful garden of the Villa.
When we go for a hike and there won´t be any afternoon yoga practice the morning class will be a Yin & Yang Practice, where we explore the opposite but complementary aspects like stillness and movement, letting go and doing, action and meditation, giving and receiving, flexibility and stability in a Practice of Asanas and different types of Meditation.
SILENCE Some days will include mornings in silence
Some time in silence…
A calm and silent mind is the new luxury in the hustle and buzzle of everyday life.
This experience invites you to come in contact with your heart, true being and the deeper aspects of life
Silence gives you the opportunity to be in an introspective state, to go beyond the inner and outer distractions, and simply be in-tune with your heart and soul. When your inner and outer world are silent, you feel true peace and freedom.
You can tune out the world and enter into your own. Become silent and still. Be free. Silence is a wonderful way to create space in your mind, to reduce stress and gain clarity. Take the energy you normally use for external communication and channel it inward. Silent does not always mean quiet! There are many sounds in the nature which we will become aware of and deeply listening to when we become silent.
What you get
The retreat will include 40 hours of intensive yoga, pranayama, and meditation practice and exploration, aswell as three magnificent hikes in the most beautiful and unspoilt nature with spectacular views.
Our private chefs in the Villa in Tarifa will be nourishing us with delicious mediteranian and asian influenced vegetarian meals. A huge variety of dishes will be served for our daily brunch and a three courses dinner in the evenings.
In Chefchaouen we will enjoy a great breakfast on the rooftop terrace and a buffet style dinner on the first evening. The other two evenings we will explore typical maroccan Restaurants in the village (these are not included in the price)
Of course, there's plenty of time in between our Yoga sessions to enjoy both beach and ocean, and to explore the historic quarter of Tarifa, with its little boutiques, coffee shops and tapa bars. And to stroll through the magnificent Medina of Chefchaouen with ist blue washed houses and where there are so many beautiful things to see and to shop. The beautiful nature around invites you for a walk.
If you just like to take it easy stay in the beautiful garden of the villa reading, chilling or just pamper yourself with a massage.
Mona and Gunnar are massage therapists with more than 20 years of experience in different styles providing you a holistic treatment which brings back energy and balance into your body, mind and soul.
Our Retreat Location in Tarifa
We will be staying at the Finca La Peña. The privately owned Villa La Peña sits on a slope, slightly elevated, permitting breathtaking views of the Bay of Tarifa and the Straight of Gibraltar. The beach is situated within 500m, the charming vintage quarter of Tarifa is within 6km. The villa comprises 6 double rooms, each with en-suite bathrooms, dining area, living area with fireplace, porch, both indoor and outdoor pool, magnificent patio, expansive garden, and a beautiful yoga room.
The estate is surrounded by a natural park; a perfect environment to enjoy soothing quietude and to take the opportunity to watch fauna and flora. Here, time appears to have come to a halt. The presence of the moment is tangible.
The 10km white sand beach is one of the most beautiful and most pristine in all of Europe, permitting unobstructed views—an invitation to go for extended strolls. Or maybe you prefer to dig your feet in the warm sand, listen to the sound of the sea, enjoy the sunshine and leave all your cares behind?
Our Retreat Location in Chefchaouen
In Chefchaouen we will be staying in a moroccan austrian family run Riad, a typical moroccan house, located in the Medina (old quarter). We will have the whole Riad exclusively for our group. From the roof terrace, where we practice our Yoga in the mornings followed by breakfast you will have breathtaking views over blue the village and the Rif mountains.
Beautifully perched beneath the raw peaks of the Rif, Chefchaouen, also called the blue pearl of Morocco, is one of the prettiest and most romantic towns in Morocco, an artsy, blue-washed mountain village that feels like its own world. Quaint and colourful, Chefchaouen’s medina is like stepping into another world. Nestled in the crooked hillside streets explore local people, life and the markets.
The markets here are an incredible experience with their colours, smells and flavours inviting you to explore authentic moroccon life. You will find a variety of aromatic herbs and spices, leather goods, handwoven blankets and shawls, silver jewellery, clay pots and so much more. It is a paradise for bargain hunters looking for good quality items made by the locals. The central square Uta al-Hammam in the blue city of Morocco is the heart of this mountain village. Just sitting here in a typical teahouse and observing local life is a must. At no time of the day it is boring or quiet.
For lunch, try Tagine: a typical Moroccan-style dish made with fish, vegetables, spices and oil served on a bed of fluffy couscous.
Impressions of Retreat and Location
Tarifa excursions and adventures
There’s a whole host of things to do in Tarifa, from adventure sports such as Windsurfing, Kite Surfing, Stand Up Paddle (SUP), Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Horse Riding, Kayaking and Canyoning and more gentle hiking along rugged sandy beaches, gentle mountains or beach side promenades.
Day trips to Tangiers, Morroco – Baelo Claudia Roman ruins and museum at Bolonia – Tuna Canning Museum, Tarifa – Whale Watching – Flamenco – interesting variety of independent shops.
Great beachside café and restaurant within walking distance. Numerous cafes and restaurants in Tarifa town.
Early bird : until 31th of June 2029
1450 EUR Double room sharing
1790 EUR Single room
Regular Price: As of July 1st 2020 prices increase 100 Euro
Services included in the Retreat:
19th – 26th of September in Tarifa
7 nights in a double or single room
7x brunch, 6x dinner,
all yoga classes and hiking (28 hrs.)
26th – 29th of June in Chefchaouen
3 nights in a double or single room
3x breakfast, 2x dinner
yoga classes, hiking and sightseeing tour (12hrs)
ferry Tarifa – Tager – Tarifa (ferry takes 1.5 hrs)
private taxi transfer Tanger – Chefchaouen – Tanger (taxi transfer takes 2.5hrs)
Not included in the rates are costs for transfer to the Villa in Tarifa, airfare, and rental car. These services need to be booked and purchased separately.
Airports nearest to Tarifa
Gibraltar 40 km
Jerez de la Frontera 120 km
Malaga 160 km
Seville 200 km
aviable on every airport
The Reservations is fixed in the moment of your booking. On booking we ask for an advance payment of 440 €