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The Art & Longboarding Retreat – Morocco

by Surf Sistas

Pointbreaks, longboards, paints, polaroid cameras, tagines, sunsets .. we have put together a creative surf retreat with all of our favourite things at one of our favourite waves in the world!   Come and join us for a week long retreat immersed in the colours and sounds of Morocco.

Dates:        Coming Soon!
Location:   Imesouane, Morocco

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We have a selection of waves right on our doorstep that are great for all abilities and we can cater to beginner, intermediate and advanced longboarders on this retreat.

For intermediate and advanced surfers our coaching will be focused on longboard techniques, handling the bigger boards in the water, trimming along the wave, playing with movement on the board, understanding the mechanics of cross-stepping and nose-riding.

Beginners will learn the basics of surfing, how to position yourself on the board, catch waves and pop up, and importantly how to stay safe in the water. By the end of the trip we will be concentrating on your paddling, how to catch green waves, and turning.

The morning session each day will be a fully coached session with tuition tailored to your ability and inspired by our daily retreat theme.   Most days there will also be the opportunity for a second guided surf session with your coaches.

We have 4 Surf Sistas surf instructors for a maximum of 12 guests so you can expect plenty of 1:1 attention and to make some real progress with your surfing.


Led by Artist, Author and longboarder Maia Walczak our creative programme will focus on mixed media, collage, light and shadow, pattern work, the sea, freedom, anti-perfection, and looseness.

We will be exploring our local environment with polaroid cameras, taking a trip to the souk of Essouaira, and soaking up the colours of the local village markets to absorb Moroccan life and draw our creative inspiration. 

Our goal is to learn and experiment with techniques and to enjoy the process of making art.  There is no pressure to produce a masterpiece!

 Click here to see Maia’s beautiful work inspired by nature, surf and ocean.


This is an outline of our itinerary for the week, the retreat is formed around daily themes which will draw together our surfing and creative activities.

Day 1 (Sunday) – Arrival
Settling into your retreat home, a free surf with your coaches if time and energy levels allow, followed by a beautiful sunset and a delicious welcome meal.

Day 2 (Monday)

Morning surf with your coaches, understanding our local breaks, finding your level and setting achievable goals for the week.   Beginner sessions or 101 refreshers for those that want/need them.

Home cooked lunch at the villa using locally sourced produce

An afternoon exploring the village with our cameras (iphones, polaroids, digital), capturing colours, composition, mood, filling our creative baskets with resources for the week ahead. Creative session with Maia

Sunset surf session for those who want to, a delicious evening meal at the villa and one of our favourite longboard movies on the screen.

Day 3 (Tuesday)

Morning coached surf session with your Surf Sistas coaches.

Home cooked lunch at the villa using locally sourced produce.

Afternoon creative session with Maia

Sunset free surf with your coaches and dinner at the Villa.

Day 4 (Wednesday)  
Early Morning surf coaching session

Big Brunch Breakfast at the Villa

Mid-morning set off for our day trip to Essaouira. Maia will set us all a creative brief for gathering inspiration in the stunning medina of this relaxed port city. And of course you will have plenty of time to explore and shop in the souk.

We will all eat out in the Medina before returning back to Imsouane

Day 5 (Thursday)
Morning surf coaching session with your Surf Sistas coaches

Lunch at the Villa

A full afternoon of creativity with Maia

A delicious home cooked meal at our retreat home.

Day 6 (Friday)  
Coaching morning with your Surf Sistas coaches, reviewing your intentions for the week, how you have progressed & what you will work on when you next go surfing.

Lunch back at the villa

For our final art session with Maia we will be experimenting, putting everything together, finding the joy in the mishaps and being curious.  Compiling components from the week, making a mess without fear of consequence.

Our final evening meal will be at the villa with a gallery of our week’s creations.

Day 7 (Saturday) – Departures
Breakfast at the villa, a final guided surf with your coaches with a focus on fun, and then airport transfers for onward journeys.

NB: Lunch is not provided on departure day but we will all head to the village for a tagine with anyone with us through the day.


Our accommodation is a beautiful contemporary surf villa overlooking the infamous point du Imesouane.

The villa is divided into three apartments with a mix of double and twin rooms. Each apartment has a bathroom with shower and separate toilet.  Max 4 persons per apartment.    If you are coming solo opt for the private room or book the twin and we will match you up with a roomie.

The villa has a pool, communal lounge and dining areas, kitchen area and multiple outside terraces areas with views over the whole bay.

There is no wifi in the villa but it is available in two local cafes a couple of minutes walk from the villa.  Wifi and mint tea!

Most of our meals will be prepared by our in-house chef, we can cater to dietary needs just let us know when you book.


We have chosen Imsouane as the base for this retreat due to its world famous longboarding wave, its spectacular setting and  the real flavour of Morocco that it offers to get our creative juices flowing.  We hope you find it as inspirational as we do, check out the gallery below for a sense of this stunning location ..


  • Shared twin room  – 1100 Euros per person
  • Private occupancy double room – 1350 Euros per person*

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Your Art & Longboarding retreat includes: 

  • 6 nights accommodation in a beautiful contemporary surf villa
  • Delicious healthy breakfast
  • Healthy and nutritious lunches
  • 5 family style evening meals cooked by our in-house chef
  • Daily surf coaching and guiding tailored to your ability
  • Daily taught/guided art sessions
  • Day trip to Essouaira
  • Use of all necessary art materials & take home your creations
  • Use of polaroid cameras
  • A pack of polaroid film to use and keep
  • Amazing Surf Sistas goody bag with exclusive Surf Sistas tote bag
  • Surf Sistas host on hand 24/7 to help you maximise your Moroccan experience


  • Surfboard rental (80 Euros)
  • Photographs of your surfing & the retreat (60 Euros)
  • Airport transfers from Agadir (40 euros each way), Essouaira (40 Euros each way), Marrakech (60 Euros each way). Please note that we will try to match you with other guests on similar flights to share transfers and reduce your costs if you are keen to, so please ask when you book. 


Booking is easy, use the paypal links below select the room type you prefer and book your spot.  Choose to pay a 50% deposit (remainder due 8 weeks prior to the trip) or the full payment.  You can pay using a paypal account or via credit/debit card.

Book your space on the 2019 Longboarding & Art Retreat, Morocco

Once we have received your deposit or full payment we will email you through a booking confirmation with all the information you need about the retreat including what to bring.  As soon as you have made your international flight/travel plans we will arrange your transfers with you.

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We love questions so any queries, thoughts or worries just let us know and we will do our best to help.