Yoga in a breathtaking location. Surf in perfect warm water waves (for all levels). Sleep in an enchanting villa. Eat incredibly well. Restore. Revive and feel amazing.
We believe in nourishing and balancing the body and mind through a daily diet of vitalising yoga, serene surf and wholesome food within a tranquil environment. Our friendly, highly experienced team will help you develop your own yoga practice, take you surfing in perfect waves – and create the perfect retreat.
As we invite you to enjoy this amazing week in Morocco we also encourage you to use this retreat as a launching point or an ending point for exploring this unbelievable part of the world.
DATES: June 7-14, 2014
TEACHERS: Lauren Slater
FROM: Early bird pricing starting as low as $1595
- Stunning ocean front accommodation at Villa Mandala (in a twin or double bedroom share)
- Wholesome breakfast, nutritious lunch and gourmet vegetarian dinner
- Unlimited mineral water, fruits, tea and coffee
- 1-2 Daily yoga classes.
- 2 surf lessons + daily access to surf equipment
Since 1998, Lauren Slater has been a joyful practitioner of yoga, earning her teaching certification with Yoga Tree in 2004, and continues her studies with Arkady Shirin in the Krishnamacharya lineage. With a great fascination for the mechanics and emotional response of movement, Lauren interweaves both anatomical and energetic cues into vigorous vinyasa (flowing sequences with integrated breath) practices and deep, restful restorative classes. In her teaching, she emphasizes mindfulness and presence, moving from and using core strength, abiding in the heart, and cultivating well-being for the benefit of all creatures.
A dancer since childhood, Lauren trained with Janice Lee and Carol Mead in San Diego, The Kirov Academy, The Pennsylvania Ballet, then attended UCSB, graduating Dean’s Honors with a B.A. in Dance and Exercise Science in 2002. Upon moving to San Francisco, Lauren was a founding member of LEVYdance, touring nationally and internationally, creating choreography, collaborating with many photographers and composers, and generally living a life of inspired art! When the fire of creation shifted to yoga, the amazing blessings of a life lived dedicated to a singular focus helped energize and inspire the way she teaches and practices for a lifetime of creative healing.
Other innovative teachers along the path include Jennifer Morrice and Judith Lasater (Restorative), Stephanie Snyder (Vinyasa), Tim Miller and Mathias Flury (Ashtanga), Laura Christensen and Sianna Sherman (Anusara), just to name a few. Currently an Ambassador for lululemon and The Art of Yoga Project, community outreach furthers her passion for spreading the joys of yoga to all. Another great love is the natural world, channeled specifically through wildlife rehabilitation, in which Lauren has been an active advocate, volunteer, and intern with WildCare of San Rafael since 2007.
Situated right in front of Banana beach, tucked away from the market’s hustle and bustle and standing out as the best villa in the area, Mandala is the perfect surf and yoga escape. The large, private ocean front terrace has plenty of space for basking in the sun by Mandala’s pool or lazy afternoons in shady spots. Seconds from fantastic surf of Banana Point, Onze and Douze, Mandala incorporates privacy and a soulful individuality.
The area immediately surrounding Villa Mandala is not a tropical paradise but the sea views are beautiful and great beaches are in walking distance. It is a distinctly North African beach-side location that is susceptible to the constant natural and man made changes that rapidly occur in the developing world. Its part of the experience and its what makes Villa Mandala a true gem hidden off the beaten track and Banana Village’s best kept secret!
“Stunning, friendly, relaxed and such lovely staff. Surf and Yoga Paradise.” – MARGARITO FULLILOVE
Villa Mandala has a private hamam (Moroccan sauna) for two so you can unwind and rejuvenate after a long day in the surf. The roof top terrace has a stunning wooden yoga shala and is the perfect place to sunbathe, chill out or have a drink at sunset. Downstairs there is a big living area with large sofas, TV, satellite, lots of films, wireless internet, books to read and games to play. Like our original surf camp the atmosphere is laid back, fun and friendly. The terrace and pool area are the perfect place to have breakfast in front of the surf, or enjoy a few drinks in the evening. Villa Mandala is a special place for a unique and unforgettable holiday.
Wake to the aroma of freshly brewed Moroccan coffee and hot fresh bread from the village bakery. Enjoy local honey, jams, yoghurts, eggs, crepes and a rainbow platter of seasonal fruits. Sit back, relax & take time over a sun-filled breakfast banquet beside the glistening waters of the ocean front swimming pool. The perfect way to ease into each day!
Lunch is a picnic on the beach between surfs. Freshly filled baguettes with tasty veggie pates, chicken, meat & cheese salads, sweet energy boosting treats and fresh fruit helping you make the most of your time in the surf.
At sunset, Chouaib, Hassan and Khadija our fantastic team of local chefs, create an irresistible array of traditional and contemporary Moroccan dishes, using only the finest and freshest local produce. From a colourful display of delicious tapas by the pool, to aromatic tagines, subtly spiced cous cous, sensational fish from the morning’s catch, ‘salade royale’, chicken pastilla, western and Moroccan meat dishes and an amazing repertoire of vegetarian cuisine. A star lit mouth watering feast delighting every palette and satisfying the hungriest of surfers and yogis is guaranteed each evening.