Retreat/Event Leaders' Information Pack

Accommodation

14 beds across 6 rooms, with possibility of two extra beds making total of 16.
All rooms can be double or twin bed except two that have a third bed, and possibility of fourth if absolutely necessary (e.g. staff room).
All rooms are en-suite except the tower bedroom, which uses a bathroom downstairs.
Please find a seperate webpage detailing the bedrooms for your clients to choose from at www.theserai.org/choose-your-room/

Kiln Room (22m2) – Forest View

En-suite turret bathroom, double or twin bed. French window onto south facing terrace.

Mezzanine Room (22m2) – Forest View.

En-suite turret bathroom, double or twin bed, mezzanine level with further one or two single beds, or double bed. French window onto south-facing terrace.

Well Room (22m2) – Forest View.

En-suite turret bathroom, double or twin bed, French window onto south-facing terrace.

Garden Room (22m2) – Ocean View

En-suite turret bathroom, double or twin bed, French window onto west-facing terrace with shaded seated area. On account of its view, this is the nicest of the four rooms along the south side of the house. This is the one for your most valued guest.

The North Wing (32m2) – Ocean View.

En-suite bathroom, double, twin or triple bed with ‘charpoy‘ sofa that can be used as a fourth bed. French windows onto west-facing terrace.

This room is the largest bedroom and is a little separated from the rest of the house, making it an ideal room for retreat leaders and their staff.

The Tower Library (9m2) – Ocean, Forest, Village & Galactic Views

Double or twin bed, bathroom downstairs. Lack of bathroom more than made up for by fabulous 360 degree view; this is our most simple room, but also the most cosy and romantic. There is a compost loo for night-time emergency.

Being the only upstairs room, this room is quite private and is therefore also suitable as a staff room.

The Temple

66m² (6 x 11m), heated, recycled beech wood floor, 15 x yoga mats & blocks, 15 x cushions & blankets, Bluetooth speaker with wireless microphone, Tibetan singing bowl, rain-sticks, guitar.

Catering

With fruit, seeds, nuts and vegetables all sourced from local farmers’ markets; fish directly from the beach and free range eggs our tables are always a rich mosaic of colours and flavours. There is also a Carrefour supermarket in Essaouira for any specialist items you may require.

The nearest shops are in Essaouira, 30 minutes away.

Your Chef

Our Chefs

Holistic Chef

Fully equipped kitchen, large larder, fridge-freezer, gas cooker with 5 rings, fan-assisted oven, and grill. BBQ available. Our staff is also available to assist for €30 per day per staff member.

Our own wonderful cooks, Amin and Zahra are both adept at serving up nourishing and medicinal dishes cooked and prepared from seasonal, farmer- sourced, slow food.

Zahra’s delicious food is universally adored by all our guests, as is her sunny smile. Her speciality is good, old-fashioned, Moroccan cooking mixed with all the world-wide dishes that she’s been delighted to discover from visiting ‘foodies’ over the last few years.

Amin is a trained chef with extensive experience of cooking for high end establishments throughout Morocco. His attention to detail is superb, his food a smorgasbord of colour and flavour. He says that he loves most of all to cook Asiatic food but seems to be completely engrossed in his work whatever he is concocting. 

B/fast: juices, coffee, tea, self-service muesli with fruit, honey, nuts, seeds, etc., yoghurt, home-made gluten-free or normal bread, eggs to order.

Lunch & Dinner: Whatever you want. Contact us to discuss special diets, menu ideas and ingredients.

NB: Please note that as part of our Slow Food and No Plastics commitment, wherever possible, we prepare food only from ingredients sourced from the markets and small shops in and around Essaouira.  We will not provide specialist overseas-derived and packaged ingredients or drinks. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Nadine Rosner is an Essaouira-based chef specialising in vegetarian menus with a ‘wild garden’ theme. Her delicious dishes and smoothies are a celebration of colour and texture. A qualified yoga teacher herself, Nadine’s cooking is especially appreciated by ‘wellness’ guests seeking a thorough but pain-free detox.

See photos here.

Other chefs may be available if Nadine is not.

Rates

Prices 2023

10% of your money goes directly to the Fertile Roots Foundation and thus to the Local Community.

House only (no catering, no temple):

  • €450 per night 
  • 10% Off: 7+ nights
  • 15% Off: 14+ nights

House & Temple Only (No Catering):

  • €550 per night
  • 10% Off: 7+ nights
  • 15% Off: 14+ nights

Full Catering (House Chef): €30 per person per day.

Full Catering (Holistic chef): €45-50 per person per day

What’s Included

  • House Manager  – Coordination of local logistics with retreat leader (transfers, local suppliers, excursions, therapies, etc..).
  • Huge and largely deserted beach 8mins walk away
  • Forested ‘secret’ valley (5mins walk)
  • Plunge pool (unheated)
  • Free parking
  • Beach & bath towels
  • Daily cleaning of common areas, pool, Temple/shala, bedrooms & bathrooms.
  • Temple space/shala
  • Yoga equipment x15 (mats, blocks, cushions, bolsters, eye masks, Tibetan singing bowl)
  • Wi-fi internet
  • Bed linen
  • Toilet paper
  • Bathroom soap and shower gel
  • Bed linen & bath towel change on day 7 (longer stays)
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • BBQ
  • Fire pit
  • Filtered drinking water.

What’s Not Included

  • Transfers & other transport
  • Guests’ personal laundry (€5 per bag)
  • Firewood & charcoal
  • Alcohol
  • Extra activities, therapies, excursions, etc.. (see below)

Payment Schedule

1st Payment: upon booking – €200 to reserve your dates – Non-Refundable.

2nd Payment: before 6-weeks prior to start of retreat: 50% minus €200

3rd Payment: Remaining 50% upon arrival.

Cancellation Fees

Before 6 weeks from retreat start:  €200

After 6 weeks from start of retreat: 50%

How To Pay

Payment can be made by either Paypal or Bank Transfer.

Availability

Please contact us to discuss possible dates for your retreat, workshop or event.

Transport

Airports:
Marrakech Airport: 2h 40min driving time. Taxi with 6 seats €100. Taxi with 8+ seats €180. Fast tourist bus to Essaouira €10-12.
Agadir Airport: 3h 20min driving time. Taxi with 6 seats €100. Taxi with 8+ seats €180. Fast tourist bus to Essaouira €10-12.
Essaouira Airport: Direct flights from London Stanstead & several French cities – 40 mins taxi transfer 6-seats €35 / 8+ seats €55.
 
We are 30 mins from Essaouira town. Taxi 6-seats €25 / 8+ seats €45
 
 

Extras

 

The prices shown below are GUIDE PRICES and may be subject to change.

  1. A selection of Guided Walks & Experiences with Mark or Ayelen @ €50 per hour:
    • Exploration of beach headland and caves (low-tide only): 2-3 hours
    • Forest Walks:  1-4 hours.
    • Tai Chi Conscious Walk: 2-3 hours
    • Wild & Free in the Dunes of Tissa: 2-3 hours + Transport @ €20 per 4 people
    • Conscious Night Walk: 1-2 hours
    • Healing Sound Bath in the Dunes: 3 hours + Transport @ €20 per 4 people (Dependant upon wind.)
    • Sunset dinner in the Dunes: 2-3 hours – Price on request.
  2. One night, forest bivouac under the stars:
    • 4 hours walk total
    • Supper cooked over an open fire, breakfast of special porridge, and ‘billy-can’ coffee.
    • Fall asleep in a cosy swag-bag, around the fire, looking at the stars in the flickering firelight.
  3. Traditional bread-making with local women: €60 / 1-2 hours – Money goes directly to local community.
  4. Camel Rides on the Beach: €40 per hour per camel/€80 for 3 hours + Transport 6-seats €50 / 8+ seats €90)
  5. Horse Riding on the Beach: €40 per hour per camel/€80 for 3 hours  (Transport 6-seats €50 / 8-seats + €90)
  6. Surfing in Essaouira: Board rental €5/hr; lessons €15/hr + (Transport  6-seats €50 / 8+ seats €90)
  7. Hammam: €25 per person for 3hr steam scrub and massage. (Transport  6-seats €50 / 8+ seats €90)
  8. Al Had’raa Farmers’ Market (Sundays only) – a super colourful and traditional market…the real Morocco. (Transport 6-seats €40 / 8+ seats €90)
  9. Explore Essaouira – the walled Medina is a delight; an ancient, pedestrian-only labyrinth of colourful narrow streets full of shops and restaurants and artisanal workshops. Eat freshly grilled fish straight off the boats in the harbour and watch the crashing waves from the battlements. (Transport: 6-seats €50 / 8+ seats €90)

Contact Us

Email: info@theserai.org

Mark: Ph: 00212 (0) 623385358   Whatsapp +34 687123216

Ayelen: Ph:  00212 (0) 680454790   Whatsapp: +34 630225174

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