Relax, Unwind Body & Soul Retreat – West Sussex 2018
Are you ready to stop the world and step into a day that is purely about you?
Sunday 23rd September 2018
09.30 – 17.00 at the Maybridge Keystone Centre, Worthing
£99 per person
Come and join us for a day that will start with a Feldenkrais session with Alex Croft. This is a gentle movement class that will explore the relationship between your mind and its perceptions of what you can do and totally dissolve the boundaries between them. A beautiful small movement class that sometimes seem almost impossible, suddenly lead to you moving in a whole different way. Opening your mind, body and life in new ways.
We will take a break for refreshments (healthy cake options from @thelittlecakeaway) and a chance to chat or wander the garden at the back of the hall, if you want to continue with some peaceful time.
Maggie Thorpe will then take us through a workshop on gut health and the digestive system. A fully qualified nutritionist and lecturer she is an excellent guide to break down the confusion surrounding what we eat. Should we eat high carb / low carb, what the heck are carbs? Low protein / high protein and what about all the biotics, pro and pre? Plenty of interaction and chances to ask questions too.
Lunch will follow – A delicious vegetarian buffet from the award winning www.veg-out-sussex.com. Hopefully the weather will be kind enough to let us eat outdoors.
After lunch we will have a half hour release class doing some basic work on the feet while lunch goes down.
The afternoon will either contain a talk from a local naturopath or a movement workshop. We will confirm by the beginning of Sept once she has returned from honeymoon!
We will finish the day with a yoga class from Vince. Vince has a wonderfully inclusive style of teaching encouraging you to explore your own boundaries. His use of breath and moving energy will make this a class for everyone to fully enjoy and if we are lucky and can go outside you will experience the difference of moving with the grass beneath your feet and the breeze on your skin.
Our days are always fun, full of laughter and we welcome everyone to come and join us. For more info and to book please see link: Relax, Unwind Body & Soul Retreat.
Beach Yoga Retreat – Thagazout, Morocco 2019
Moroccan Beach Yoga Retreat 2018
We’ve just got back from our first yoga retreat in Morocco and we had an amazing time.
We booked our flights with lastminute.com to land at Aghadir airport at 11.05am (you can also find flights on skyscanner.net or kayak.co.uk) on the Thursday.
Our shuttle bus with Surf Maroc then took us to Taghazout Villa in the little surfing and fishing village where we were staying. Which is about 45 minutes drive from the airport. Shuttle transfers are included in the cost. We stayed for 4 nights and got a shuttle bus back to the airport on the Monday at 10.40am.
We had double and twin rooms with sea views and the sound of the rolling waves on our doorstep.
For next year’s trip we will be looking to book flights in September or October 2018 for our second Moroccan Yoga Beach Retreat on Thursday 28th February to Monday 4th March 2019. Deposits are needed to secure the accommodation as well.
Payment details: Vincent Starr, HSBC Chichester, Sort Code 40-17-16 Account Number 91462601. The deposit is £310 to secure your place. Full price per person for the retreat is £510.
We had two half days and three full days of yoga, surfing (optional), swimming, walking, shopping, relaxing by the infinity pool, reading, cafes, morning mindful walks, wandering the souks, traditional Moroccan hammam (recommended), wild horse riding and any other activities people wanted.
“Taghazout Villa is our beach chic guesthouse with a laid-back social vibe. It’s communal spaces and family like atmosphere make it a home away from home for you to sleep, surf, and play. Taghazout Villa has been featured The Guardian, Huffington Post, The Observer, and The Independent, amongst many other publications. It’s Morocco’s best-known and loved, surf accommodation.”
Thagazout village is a vibrant place with lots of market stalls, restaurants, surf hire shops, great beaches and cafes scattered around everywhere. With exotic colours, sights, sounds, smells and textures to awaken our senses.
We had amazing morning and sunset flowing yoga classes each day.
Our schedule worked out like this:
Sunset yoga and beer on the beach (6pm).
Barbeque at Hotel Amouage (8pm).
With infinity pool, hammock, rugs, hanging chairs, DJ, log fire and crashing waves of the ocean.
Sunrise yoga (7am).
Moroccan European breakfast (8am).
Pancakes, scrambled egg, yogurt, dried fruits, fresh fruits, fresh orange juice, tea, coffee etc..
Panorama Beach (11am).
Yoga flow and partner yoga games.
Panini’s and chips at local restauraunt for light lunch. Wandering local market stalls.
Infiniti pool and lounging at Hotel Amouage.
Sunset yoga Thagazout Villa terrace looking out to sea (5.45pm).
Sunrise silent meditation walk (7.30am):
Individually tuning in toeach of the five senses whilst walking along the beach watching the day begin. Enjoying the mind calming without the need to speak, being envoloped in the the sunrise and the sights as the fisherman went out on their boats.
Big Breakfast (8am).
Beach yoga sun salutation class (11am).
Moroccan mint tea and pastries (12.30pm).
Sardines on the beach cooked by the fisherman.
Horse riding plans to the local farm in the mountains.
Relaxing sunset walk to Anchor Point. The famous surfers break and lovely beach.
Rock meditation and connection to the cosmos (7.30am).
Big Breakfast (8am).
Yin and Yang Yoga with walk to Anchor Point Beach 11am.
Hammams and Deep Tissue Massages (2 hours)
Sunset drinks (beers / gin tonics/ teas) by the infinity pool.
Sunrise meditation (7.30am) Big Breakfast (8am)
Handstand and headstand practice (9am).
Swimming in the sea.
Airport Shuttle (10.40am).
On this beautiful Moroccan retreat we really did drink in everything around us. Everything we experienced we kept the senses alive and full to the brim.
Filling up all of our energy, our vitality with this rich experience. Through our meditations, yoga poses, hanging out and the fun we had together as a group.
Connecting to the spirit of the wind, sea, sun and earth. Raising our awareness and expanding our consciousness. Finding a true, deeper connection to ourselves and this planet we live on.
Collection and Return from Agadir Airport
Morning and Sunset yoga
Meditations, Tai Chi, Shamanic Drumming
Beachside accommodation right by the surf
Delicious healthy breakfast and evening meals
Free Wi Fi
Surf lessons, board hire etc. 100dh (£11) a day.
Infinity Pool at Amouage, boutique Hotel 100dh a day (recommended). Link.
Extra trips to Aghadir medina, Paradise Valley, horse riding farm, mountain hammam.
Extra treatments – massage, shamanic healing, nlp coaching
One to one yoga class / posture clinic / calming meditation for anxiety