Morocco: Capoeira and Surf Camp

Three months ago I traveled to Morocco to attend the capoeira and surf camp. This camp brought together my dream to visit Morocco since I was a kid, my love for the capoeira practice and the joy of the waves from the see bring to me.

MARRAKESH

Ten days of amazing capoeira training, movement sessions, delicious food, great company and body and mind challenges.

As we arrived straight from Vienna to Marrakesh in a 4-hour flight, our ride was waiting for us and ready to take the Austrian crew to the Riad. A wonderful cozy place that felt magic, just by looking at the name that was over the entrance door. This cute, beautiful place was reserved for us; the capoeiristas.

As soon as the last group of people arrived from the airport to the Riad, we got our rooms. In between drinking the traditional Marrakesh tea, getting the right clothes to fit the wonderful weather and deciding where would be our first meal experience, I felt happy to be there.

The rest of our stay in Marrakesh were dedicated to train Capoeira and visit the iconic wonderful places that makes this magical city known for: Bahia Palace, Jardin Majorelle, Souk Jamaa El Fna. We also took a city bus and I found that our Riad’s food was more delicious than in the other places.

A night in the Oasis: Ouarzazate

Imagine clear sky and a group of people willing to enjoying quietly the beautiful stars.

After a long road from Marrakesh to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, we stopped first to this wonderful oasis for sunset, great dinner and stars watching.

What I forgot is that I get sick on a road of constant curves, I felt sick most of the time so it was totally worthy to finally arrive to this oasis where I calmed down and I could experience the moment.

CAPOEIRA SESSIONS

About the capoeira trainings, we had two sessions in Marrakesh. The sessions were focus in improving kick, bridges and arm balance skills. It also included strength and conditioning.

The sessions taken on the sand by the sea were about coordination and partnering. The best part of this whole experience is that we were practitioners from different capoeira groups: Cia pernas pro air, Vem Camara, Senzala, Senzala de Santos, Mare Alta, Capoeira Batuque, A. Capoeira, Unicar Capoeira and Quilombolas de Luz.

We also have contra mestre Gugu Quilombola to teach us for couple days. Unfortunately, I got sick like the rest of the group, and could experience his teachings for a day and it was great and challenging, definitely out of the comfort zone and, for all levels.

TAGHAZOUT

Taghazout town is known for surf destination and it was the home of the Capoeira N Surf Morocco Camp for the past 10 years. The local shops and food makes it unique. I will never forget the group breakfasts, the coffee times, the morning meditations and movement plays. The noise of the waves braking on the rocks, the first time we jumped into the waves the night we arrived. Those moments of soul freedom.

This trip made it also special because I spent my birthday week enjoying movement, music, food, sharing experience with others. I got to experience the Hammam bath and the acoustic gitar and voice tunes from a local singer in an unforgettable evening,

SURF CLASSES

The surf classes were just awesome, the guides have the most patience quality. They prepared us physically and mentally to jump into the waves and learn how to ride them or at least “try” to ride them, in my case.

The body was ready but the mind was not, it took time to develop confidence, get familiar with the board, the suit and the unknown waves. Overall, a great experience I would repeat one day.

MOVEMENT SESSIONS

The movement sessions guided from Gravity Coach were to develop awareness, connection with our own body and the body of others. Our morning practices were mainly focused on spine, hips and the whole body. He gave us simple and effective tasks to take back home and implement them anytime, anywhere.

And this is how I got to enjoy the Capoeira and Surf Camp in Morocco. Ten days of positive actions, people, exploring, finding, enjoying, sharing. Until next time. Everybody got a space in my heart.

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