Morocco: A Journey through Your Senses

November 1 – 14, 2017
 
A 2-week intimate gathering for 12 artful explorers

 

You step off the plane, curious and excited,
feeling a flutter in your heart, an awakening of your senses.

 

Fragrance lingers in the air.
Breathe it in, letting the rich new scents welcome you.

 

The call to prayer kisses your ears
and you are swept away by the enchanting sound.

 

Your eyes are delighted by the geometric patterns and colours
that meet you on every turn on this captivating journey.

 

Your taste buds are enchanted by
ancient flavours and delicious cuisine.
 
You feel the magic that is Morocco
reflecting back at you in all that is splendid and divine.
 

This is an invitation to join me as we journey through magical Morocco, using our senses to unearth new insights and inspirations. We will follow the ancient trade routes across the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech to the Sahara, exploring the traditional Amazigh (Berber) culture and traditions of Morocco.

We will use cameras, or smart phones (optional), paper, journals, pens, paint, needle and thread, markers or whatever tools call to you. Artistic experience of all levels welcome, from novice to expert!

Throughout the journey I will guide you to build a bespoke, unique-to-you travel guidebook/bundle of your trip. As we document our time here together, using sight, smell, sound, touch, taste and intuition in our daily writings, inspirational photo walks, prompts and exercises, we will incorporate what speaks to our individual “inner artist”, with ephemera, marks, sketches and collages we make along the way.

 

My hope is for you to create something that evokes meaning, inspiration and discovery for your artist gypsy soul to enjoy again and again in both your life and your (hopefully) continued home studio practice. Please bring your open-hearted artist (or your shy/dormant open-hearted artist). Add a sense of adventure, and let Kamal and I take care of the rest!

Give yourself this gift of creative exploration to journey through your senses and access your artist’s soul.

              :: TRAVEL IS TRANSFORMATION ::

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Witness and traverse the beautiful High Atlas Mountains
  • Explore some of the oldest Kasbahs in that area
  • Participate with local cooperatives, with workshops in carpet dying, weaving, pottery making, jewellery designing
  • Savour delicious Moroccan cuisine with its incredibly diverse Berber, Moorish, Arab and Mediterranean influences
  • Join in preparing Moroccan lunches
  • Experience a Hamman (Turkish bath) and a relaxation massage at a local spa
  • Have your hands decorated with Henna
  • Travel in a deluxe air conditioned 4X4 into the Sahara Desert
  • Experience luxury camping (“glamping”) in the desert, in large tents with private bathrooms and gorgeous furnishings
  • Enjoy a camel ride (optional, if you’d rather not)
  • Gaze at spectacular sunrises and sunsets and magnificent starry skies
  • Enjoy a special shopping experience with a well-established retail and wholesale merchant whose brand is synonymous with Moroccan and Mediterranean handmade artisanal goods. She will lead us to her favourite places, share her knowledge, and help us get your treasures back home.

The following itinerary outlines our voyage of discovery. Please note that the days are not set in stone, as we always like to make room for serendipity.

Note: Each morning you’ll receive an itinerary for the day. On non-travel days I will lead you on photo wanders in the early mornings where you can capture sights and scenes as the city awakens. Dinners on your own on days 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12

DAY 1: Our car will pick you up at the Marrakech Menara Airport to take you to our riad (hotel), which is a lovely guest house nestled in the ancient labyrinth of the medina in the old part of Marrakech. You’ll have free time to refresh before we join together as a group at 7 pm for our welcome dinner and introductions.

DAYS 2 & 3: We’ll explore Marrakech with a local guide – its labyrinths of souks and alleyways, the patterns, the colours, the architecture. We’ll visit beautiful mosques and madras; visit the exquisite Les Jardins Majorelle; and view the Yves St Laurent private collection at the new Musée Berbére including regional Amazigh (Berber) costumes, jewellery and carpets. At the Ensemble Artisanal we will see the production of traditional crafts including embroidery, weaving, basket-making and felt works. Your evenings will be free to dine as you choose.

DAY 4: We will begin our journey in a deluxe air-con van, taking the Tizi n’ Tichka pass through the High Atlas Mountains into the Sahara. The natural landscape changes constantly and you’ll see incredible jaw-dropping views. Along the way we’ll explore ancient Kasbahs as we traverse this diverse and magical land. We will settle into our private riad for the night. Dinner at your leisure in the riad’s dining room.

Day 5: After breakfast we’ll travel to a village where local artisans will teach us their process of natural dying and weaving of carpets. After lunch we will make our way to Foum Zguid, the gateway to the Sahara Desert, where we’ll settle in. You’ll have the evening free for dinner and activities of your choosing.

 DAYS 6 & 7: We’re headed into the Sahara and our stunning luxurious camp for the next 2 days. On route we will stop at a local Nomad school where you can meet the children and see how some people still live a very simple happy life. We’ll dine on fabulous cuisine, and enjoy a group camel trek (safe and fun) and guided photo wanders. We’ll listen to live hypnotic desert music around the fire under star-filled skies. The Sahara is magical, and I want to share its profound gifts with you.

Days 8, 9, 10: We will take our deluxe 4×4’s through the desert to arrive at our home base for the next 3 nights: Kasbah Ait isfoul. We will spend our time enjoying the beautiful Oasis and Kasbah, immersing ourselves in the local environment with a pottery workshop, jewelry class, drumming class, and cooking with the locals. 

DAYS 11 & 12: We journey back to Marrakech. After lunch we have a guided tour of the picturesque and infamous Ait Ben Haddou, a familiar and stunning sight used on many movie sets. We’ll check into our riad for the evening where you can enjoy a spectacular sunset, dinner and free time on your own. The next morning after breakfast we will drive thought the majestic mountain pass and stop for lunch. When we arrive at the Riad in Marrakech, the rest of the afternoon and evening will be on your own to explore, journal or relax.

DAY 13: After breakfast and our final photo wander, we will gather together for a guided shopping day within the souks as well as some favourites shops of mine outside of the medina. We will help you source what is on your list as well as well as help you have your packages wrapped and shipped home if you require. We will have a fun group lunch at a local spot and continue shopping until returning to our Riad to relax and get ready for our Farewell group dinner filled with fabulous Moroccan delights and surprises.

DAY 14: Our final breakfast together. Afterwards our car will take you to the Marrakech Menara airport.

Note: If anyone would like help extending your stay or continuing on travelling in Morocco, please let us know when booking this adventure. We would happy to arrange custom add on destinations or activities to make your time here in Morocco what your dreams are made of…

Your Travelling Guides and Companions

Michelle Fletcher and Kamal Yassine

Included in this Trip

  • 13 nights double occupancy
  • Transfers to and from the Marrakech Menara Airport on days 1 and day 14
  • Transportation to and from all destinations
  • Guided shopping trips and sight seeing in Marrakech
  • A Welcome Gift Bag full of goodies upon your arrival.
  • 13 Breakfasts, 12 lunches, 7 dinners (alcoholic beverages not included)
  • Documenting our Journey: Local Inspiration: daily prompts + exercises
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Hammam & Massage treatment at a local spa

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Your travel to and from the Marrakech Menara Airport
  • Breakfast & lunch on arrival day; lunch and dinner on departure day
  • 6 dinners within our journey will be on your own (approximately $20-30 each depending on where you dine).

Cost  

The Art of Travel: 2 WEEKS IN MOROCCO – NOVEMBER 2017:

$3,900 USD (based on double occupancy)

DEPOSIT:  $1,950 USD non-refundable due upon registration.

 

SINGLE ROOMS:
Single rooms are available at an additional $1,000 USD. These are limited in number, and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

SINGLE ROOM DEPOSIT: Single room non-refundable deposit: $500 USD due upon requesting single room.


FINAL PAYMENT: DUE August 31, 2017

Fill Your Senses With the Magic of Morocco!

It would be my privilege and honour to guide you
on this sacred Soul + Travel Journey.

FAQ

IS THERE A RECOMMENDED DRESS CODE IN MOROCCO?

FOR WOMEN, modest clothing is best for your time in Morocco (e.g., clothing to keep you cover from knees and elbows up. Long skirts, dresses, pants and layers are great! While Morocco is a Muslim country, women are not expected to cover their heads in public. You will see many people of all different styles of dress throughout Morocco. Here are some good suggestions on what to pack.

DO YOU ACCEPT CANCELLATIONS OR OFFER REFUNDS?

Trips are non-refundable under any circumstance. Please be sure you can attend before you register. Please do not make your travel arrangements until your registration is confirmed. We reserve the right to cancel any workshop/trip at any time for any reason, including if there are too few participants, or if the quality of the trip or the safety of travellers is judged by us in our sole discretion to be compromised. In such a case, your payment minus any PayPal fees or bank fees incurred by us will be refunded in full within 14 days, and this shall constitute full and final settlement. We are not responsible for any losses incurred for non-refundable or non-transferable air travel tickets. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Please be sure you can attend before you register.

MY QUESTION ISN’T ANSWERED. WHERE CAN I GET IN TOUCH?

Please send an email to michellefletcherart@gmail.com and we will be happy to answer your questions.

We hope you can join us for this amazing adventure!