Always wanted to learn to surf or progress to the next level? Sun salute as it sets in front of you? Ride horses, scramble & charge up hills with the rising sun, get sweaty & stoked with tailored beach workouts, have the adventure of a lifetime with a group of like-minded souls?

“No longer will I have to struggle with the boredom of a conventional holiday and have already booked onto my second Mad to Live retreat.” (Victoria Pendleton, CBE)

"There are moments in life that really shape you, this was truly one of them...” (Carly Rowena, Blogger)

"We rode, ran, swam, surfed, hiked, biked, bended, stretched, jumped, and it all made us feel PUMPED! I think the best thing about it all - as well as being able to do it all in nature, was the fantastic, unbeatable feeling of physical capability".   (Poppy Cross, The Daily Mail)          

“You inspire women to be powerful and united...This experience shaped me in ways I never thought possible” 

Fitness, surf coach & lifestyle expert and adventure-nut Sophie Everard of the Mad To Live blog is hosting the ULTIMATE women's surf, fitness and adventure retreat in the stunning Villa Mandala in Morocco.  The week is set to be a heart-racing, unforgettable adventure with a focus on physical and mental wellbeing and learning new skills to take home with you. You will immerse yourself in the golden-tinged beauty of Morocco and it’s local surf scene and culture, and leave feeling charged, healthy and invigorated by the experience of a lifetime.

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The retreat is a jam-packed 7 days of surfing with expert tuition, yoga sessions, horseback riding and camel riding, visits to Paradise Valley, local souks and more!   The on-site chef will prepare a delicious menu at the luxurious Villa Mandala accommodation with free gifting from all our brilliant partners. You will also have the opportunity to kick back and relax, enjoy the Moroccan culture, beaches and beautiful surroundings.


The retreat is based 10 minutes walk from Banana Village and 5km south of Taghazout, a colourful characteristic shining village, famous for its great surf and laid back, friendly atmosphere.   Beautiful accommodation and a roof top yoga shala overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, seconds from excellent surf, a short walk to lovely sandy beaches, near to traditional villages but ideally tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the local market: for a blissful Moroccan ‘retreat’.  With free gifting from Billabong, KINN living organic cosmetics, Pip & Nut nut butters, The Raw Chocolate Company, Decleor, Imsy Swimwear and MORE, expect an epic swag package on arrival!

Looking out over the Atlantic Ocean, yoga classes are held in the shade of the wooden roof top yoga shala. With wooden floorboards and surrounding glass sliding doors, the shala is an open airy space blessed with the first rays at sunrise and the last magical light at sunset. An inspiring and unforgettable healing space; perfect for yoga and meditation.

Limited spacing to join this incredible adventure with Mad To Live Retreats is now open!


12th May - 19th May 2018


  • Surfing with expert tuition
  • Surf fitness focused workout
  • Yoga classes in the beautiful rooftop shala overlooking Banana Beach
  • Camel AND Horse riding!
  • Trip to the stunning Paradise Valley
  • Trip to Sand Dunes
  • Ocean front swimming pool
  • Nutrition focused meals from the on-site chef: All meals included, plus a BBQ night out at Amouage, the boutique hotel!
  • Visit to Moroccan Souk
  • Beautiful beachfront accommodation at Villa Mandala
  • Tea, coffee, filtered water, fresh fruit, daily home-baked treats
  • Our fantastic caring team providing host service throughout the week.
  • FREE gifting from Billabong, KINN living organic cosmetics, Pip & Nut nut butters, The Raw Chocolate Company, Decleor, Imsy Swimwear and MORE!


Indulge in delicious, nutritious food. Using only the best and freshest local produce, our team of talented local chefs, make each meal a taste sensation. Enjoy super smoothies, freshly squeezed juices, fresh local breads, yoghurts, eggs, crepes, dried fruits, nuts and a rainbow platter of seasonal fruit.  Lunch is a picnic on the beach with freshly lled baguettes, varied mixed salads, homemade falafel, sweet treats and fresh fruit. At sunset, feast on gourmet Moroccan and international dishes; our famous dips and tapas, spiced chick pea aubergines, toasted almond and apricot rice and divine chocolate avocado tart are a few of the reasons everyone wants to take our cook book home! .


The retreat is based at the enchanting Villa Mandala, in front of wild Banana Beach on the Atlantic coast. This charming villa, beside fantastic surfing beaches and tranquil bays, stands out as unquestionably the very best accommodation in the region.  Villa Mandala is a hidden gem. Bougainvillea flowers provide colourful shade for the front terrace and dining area and there is plenty of space for sunbathing and lazing by the ocean front swimming pool.

You will be sharing rooms with your other fellow retreaters!

The 9 beautiful bedrooms are authentically decorated, sprinkled with trinkets and designed to a theme. There are 4 spacious ocean front bedrooms, 4 looking out over the foothills of the Atlas and 1 peaceful bedroom downstairs. All bedrooms are en suite except 2. The non-en suites share a bathroom and there is an additional bathroom on the ground floor.

COST £1,350  

(Not including flights, and alcohol)  £250 deposit required on booking, with full payment one month after booking.

Transport to and from Agadir airport included free of charge

Please aim to arrive at Agadir airport in the afternoon of the arrival date, and departure morning of departure day.  You will be greeted by the team at the airport, and taken straight to the accommodation (unless early arrival where we will be having juices at the stunning Café Mouja), ready for the first welcome yoga session of the retreat!

Please email me with any questions, or even a chat on +44 7803 628 736