Sunshine for the Soul Retreat
Essaouira, Morocco

6 – 11 March 2025

Join us for a sun-blessed, nurturing week of yoga, meditation, sightseeing, swimming and nutritious food at Le Jardin Des Douars, a pocket of paradise just outside the ancient seaside town of Essaouira.

Situated on the north coast of Africa, the blue and white Medina is a wonderful place to escape the UK winter and energise your soul and senses; Arabic and French language fills the air along with spices and perfumes, souks are filled with treasures like jewellery, bags, art and lamps and the wide, sandy beach and crashing Atlantic surf are mesmerising.

Boutique hotel Le Jardins Des Douars is an oasis amid the desert landscape 15 minutes outside the Medina. Walking through the pink bougainvillea-framed entrance is a bit like stepping into a dream where things appear more vivid than usual – dragon flies flit around the flower-filled gardens, archways lead to secret corners and secluded roof terraces and everything is enveloped in sunshine and serenity.

We will stay in the hotel’s picturesque pink-hued Villa Saada, set in exquisite tropical gardens with palm trees and a serene heated swimming pool. Our opulent villa offers indoor and al fresco dining, a luxurious lounge and ensuite bedrooms decorated with colourful Moroccan art work, furniture and textiles.

You may also enjoy Le Jardin’s beautiful hotel, just steps away from our villas, including a small spa with a traditional Moroccan hammam, bar, restaurant, two heated swimming pools and four acres of gardens.

On waking up in this stunning location, we will share a blissful sunrise sadhana on the rooftop shala overlooking the expansive dessert landscape. Yoga is followed by a delicious in-villa Moroccan breakfast and time to relax by the pool, indulge in a spa treatment or activity and explore the local area. In the afternoons, we return to the serene villa gardens for Slow Flow to Yin sunset yoga.

In the evening, we will share divine candle-lit Moroccan inspired dinners at Le Jardin Des Douars’ atmospheric restaurant and eat at one of Essaouira’s excellent eateries, such as Taros with its terraces, sea views and mouth-watering tajines on our last evening together.

We will experience a cultural tour of Essaouira’s ancient medina and fascinating port, where fishermen haul their catch of the day from bright blue boats to serve the seafood shacks lining the walls, where you can dine on delicious just-caught fish dishes. You will have the opportunity to explore the Arabic architecture, colourful markets, and local culture. It’s also a perfect day to take a surf lesson or go horse riding along the beach.

We are blessed to retreat together on the exotic coast of Morocco in the desert lands of Africa!


  • 5 nights, 6 days accommodation in a luxury villa

  • Divine swimming pools in exotic gardens

  • Rooftop Yoga Shala overlooking the desert landscape 

  • Delicious traditional Moroccan brunch served in our beautiful villa

  • Divine Moroccan inspired dinner in Le Jardin restaurant enjoyed with sparking water and a glass of wine

  • Vinyasa Flow and Dharma Yoga 

  • Yin Yoga and meditation 

  • Use of hotel grounds and pool 

Additional Costs:

  • Return flights and airport transfer

  • Optional activities and massage

  • Dinner at a restaurant in Essoueira on the last evening

Optional Activities:

  • Surf lessons

  • Moroccan cooking classes at L’Atelier in Essaouira

  • Horse riding on the beach

  • Dune buggies in the dunes

  • Hiking / biking

  • Camel rides in the dunes

  • Spa treatments

  • Hammam

Yoga Investment:

  • £895 triple accommodation

  • £995 twin accommodation 

  • Single occupancy accommodation available on request

Limited spaces available

Find out more about Le Jardin des Douars:

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