September 2017: Essaouira Wellbeing Weekend

This retreat in short

We are delighted to be returning to the amazing Riad Baoussala on Morocco's Atlantic coast, for a three-night Wellbeing Weekend. We will be taking exclusive hire of this venue - an acclaimed French-run ecolodge, nestling on its own, amidst extensive grounds, private pool and spa. The sea, Atlantic coast beaches, and lovely arty town of Essaouira are a 15-minute hop away by taxi. There is a huge amount of outdoor and indoor space, with a large, fabulous heated swimming pool, huge yoga terraces and seven generous suites nestling in the gardens. Three-hour Easyjet flights from London direct to Essaouira, followed by a 20 minute transfer, make getting here easy. As with our popular Marrakech Wellbeing Weekends, we include a restoring massage, all yoga and meditation classes, en-suite accommodation and all food (which is superb!). 

How to book

Booking is easy, select the date below and then click the 'book now' button. 

Why this retreat?

In a nutshell

We are very excited to be returning to Riad Baoussala, after a fabulous retreat here in 2016. We'll again be taking exclusive hire of this tremendously special venue, assuring a huge amount of lounging space and privacy for a tranquil, boutique-style long weekend.

The format will echo our long-standing Marrakech Wellbeing Weekends: we include a restoring on-site massage, all yoga and meditation class, en-suite accommodation, and all (fabulous vegetarian) meals. The dates coincide with Easyjet's direct London Luton-Essaouira flights, though there is also the option to fly into (and/or out from) Marrakech, a three-hour taxi transfer away.

With just seven large, individually crafted bedrooms and suites - designed in the style of a traditional Riad - our retreat eco-lodge is formed of a series of gardens and terracotta terraces, set quietly in an oasis of eucalptus and olive trees.

The venue is totally geared towards rest, relaxation and tranquility, the central focus being a huge terrace and courtyard, exceptional outdoor swimming pool, and a hammam and spa, offering a range of delicious treatments (we can vouch for this!).  We include a massage in this long weekend.

The invitation on this retreat is to slow down a few gears, take  books, plenty of sun screen, and let everything be taken care of; a chance to 'be' rather than 'do'.

This said, for a sport of gentle shopping or sea-gazing, the arty delights of the beguiling seaside town of Essaouira are 15 minutes away by taxi (taxis cost around seven euros each way).

With just seven suites available, we anticipate a small retreat comprising around ten guests, and a large proportion of solo travellers.

The venue

The red room
Our French hosts run this well-established guesthouse with love, flair and style. The bedrooms and suites differ in style, but are all thoroughly Moroccan and bohemian, yet comfortable - think arty colours and rugs, artisan furniture and plentiful cushions!

Your meals will be prepared lovingly by the on-side chef - food is wholesome, rustic, vegetarian; organic and local where possible.

There are plenty of tucked-away spots for alone-time, including hammocks, private terraces, sun loungers by the pool and a large indoor lounge area with sofas and cushions.

The low-lying buildings have been sensitively designed with the environment in mind: power is derived from a mixture of solar and plant waste such as olive stones.

This part of rural Morocco is characterised by blue, terracotta and white vistas, argan and oilve trees; and a rural way of life where donkeys, goats, turtles and sheep live in rhythm with the land. A retreat here is about slowing down and drinking in the sights, smells and colours of north Africa.

Yoga and meditation

The venue
We will be enjoying al fresco yoga and mindfulness meditation sessions on one of the beautiful terracotta terraces, overlooking olive groves. In the unlikely event of rain, we'll take our sessions in the large chill-out lounge!

There will be two daily 90-minute classes, including a session on the first evening. Classes are designed for those of all (or none) yoga or meditation experience; our intention is to keep practice sessions as accessible as possible,whilst providing challenge for those with an established practice.

The morning sessions will be mindful hatha yoga, whilst the evening sessions will be  slower and more contemplative, with a blend of gentle yoga postures, blended with mindfulness meditation and deep relaxation.

We anticipate morning sessions running from 8.30-10am; evening classes, from 5.30-7pm.

Between classes, your time is your own, whether to read, sleep, sunbathe, or swim, or whether you choose a more active optional pastime such as kite-surfing, horse-riding, or a shopping trip to Essaouira!

Tasty foodie treats

Food, where possible, is locally sourced and seasonal, prepared by the Riad's own talented chef. On this retreat, we will offer a tasty vegetarian buffet for lunch and a delicious vegetarian meal in the evening.  

All meals are typically Moroccan and include afternoon tea - a little touch our guests have come to expect and love! Evening meals will include desert. To maintain the retreat atmosphere, alcohol will not be a feature of this retreat. 

Our teacher

Lucia Cockcroft - Satvada co-founder
Lucia Cockcroft, Satvada's co-founder (shown here, on location!) will be teaching this retreat. Lucia has been practising yoga and meditation for almost 20 years, and teaching for ten. With a background in wellbeing journalism, she re-trained as a yoga teacher after seeking a less desk-bound lifestyle!

Lucia has trained intensively with leading yoga and meditation teachers, including Sarah Powers, Bo Forbes, Judith Lasater and Christina Feldman, and is currently taking an MSc in Mindfulness Based Approaches at the University of Bangor.

She is passionate about the ability of yoga and meditation to transform how we feel - physically, energetically, emotionally.

Fast facts


All rooms are large and en-suite; all prices are per person:

Triple room suite
(very limited)
£499 per person

Twin/double room or suite
 £599 per person

Solo occupancy of en-suite double
 £699 per person

Room allocations

Please note: if you are travelling alone, 

a) single occupancy of an en-suite double room, or 

b) sharing a very large room (laid out as two separate double rooms, without a door linking the two, and sharing a bathroom) with another guest of the same sex.

Rooms are very Moroccan in feel, with lots of individual touches, such as Berber soft furnishings. Some have fireplaces and/or separate living areas. The rooms are large, comfortable and rustic, but not luxurious. They are happily the opposite in feel to a chain hotel.

Is this retreat for me?

This retreat will be suitable for all levels of yoga and meditation  experience - from complete beginners, through to those with an established practice. This is a 'doing less is more', alcohol-free experience; you'll be staying in quiet countryside, and mixing with friendly cats and dogs belonging to the French owners! We expect a group size of around ten guests, with a high percentage of solo travellers.

Getting there

We will arrange free taxi transfers (around 20 minutes' drive) to meet the following direct flights with Easyjet:

Saturday September 2:
London Luton to Esssaouira
Airline: EasyJet
Departure 15:20 - Arrival: 18:00

Tuesday September 5:
Essaouira to London Luton
Airline: EasyJet
Dep 10:45 - Arr 13:20

What's included

  • 3 nights' beautiful en-suite accommodation
  • All yoga and meditation classes
  • Breakfast
  • Buffet lunch by the pool
  • Three-course vegetarian dinner, enjoyed under the stars. :)
  • Transfers to / from Essaouira airport*
*We will arrange transfers for the recommended flights. For further details, see the "getting there" box above

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transfers for non-recommended flights
  • Any additional massages/treatments
  • Any additional drinks
  • Taxi rides to/from Essaouira
  • Any extra nights

If you would like to fly to Marrakech or Agadir, please contact us for details of transfers

How your days will look

8 - 9.30am mindful yoga
9.30am breakfast
Followed by free time for rest, relaxation, sunbathing...
1.30pm buffet vegetarian lunch by pool
Followed by free time for rest, relaxation, massages, exploring Essaouira...
5.30-7pm yoga and meditation
7.30pm three-course dinner, hopefully al fresco! :)


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