Susan Lenart Kazmer
october 18, - november 1, 2020
‘From far off, through circuitous corridors, came the scent of citrus-blossom and jasmine, withsometimes a bird’s song before dawn, sometimes a flute’s wail at sunset, and always the call of the muezzin in the night...’
From the moment you step off the plane and step out of the airport, you will feel that exotic quality, a flutter in your heart, an excitement in your body and an awakening of your senses.
Fragrance linger in the air, as you breathe you are aroused by the new and unfamiliar yet welcoming scents. As the divine sound of the call to prayer kisses your ear you will be swept away by the enchanting sound and part of your heart will never want to leave again. Your eyes will be delighted at the activating patterns and colours that will meet you on every turn on this captivating 15 day all inclusive creative journey.
this is a working itinerary, as we get closer, a more detailed itinerary will be sent out to everyone that has registered.
"Sacred Devotional Talisman"
our adventure includes 5-day workshop
building bezels and boxes
throughout history, talismans and prayer boxes have been worn purposely and used to enhance and bring the qualities, prayers or specific intentions imbedded into these boxes into fruition. these boxes and containers are constructed into beautiful, purposeful and wearable adornment to be carried for protection, power and love. the repetition of wearing a prayer box embeds the intentions deeply and profoundly into the wearers life.
in this workshop format, spread out and prepare to deeply engage in learning some of my most recent personal signature techniques and work. learn the very practical skills of of building 3 dimensional unique sterling silver bezel and box forms by working with unique stones and objects gathered along the way, soldering and constructing as well as keeping intention and embedding your personal and powerful talismans. be prepared to open up creatively and allow yourself to create the extraordinary.
techniques to be covered include soldering with hard, medium and EZ solder, sweat soldering, building a hollow form, piercing with jewelers saw, clean up and finish work. learn to work with stones and personal objects. explore the use of altering wire to create nailheads and hobnail to adorn a bezel and make it your own. explore the use symbolism using the techniques of etching and engraving and throughout the medium of silver wire, thread, objects and shredded ribbon and formula for industrial patina, enamels and liquid enamels.
Day 1: Marrakech Sunday, October 18, 2020
plan your arrival to marrakech for late morning to midday. you will be transferred to our riad. we will have a hammam and massage to work out all your travel fatigue. followed by a group welcome dinner enjoying the local flare. welcome dinner at 7pm.
Day 2: Marrakech
Monday, October 19, 2020
ee begin at majorelle gardens, a magical and garden estate designed by jacque majorelle and maintained by yves saint laurent. there is lovely small berbere museum on site. we will then visit the bahia palace with its beautiful arabic architecture and the 16th century saadian tombs and El mansour mosque. the 12th century koutouba mosque and its influential minaret then off to the souk to enjoy aromatic smells, berber carpets, silver jewelry and handmade treasures. lunch/dinner
Day 3: Marrakech/Essaouria, Tuesday, October 20, 2020
we will visit the tiskiwin museum, a private museum dedicated to popular arts & crafts, styled as a beautiful Spanish-Moroccan house, a smaller version of the bahia. off to essaouira in the early afternoon. lunch en route. the journey to this former portuguese ﬁshing village offers up only a few roadside towns along the way. take a stroll along the town’s sunlit pedestrian main square, place prince moulay el hassan and the skala du port that offer breathtaking views of the portuguese ramparts. lunch/dinner
Day 4: Essaouria/Tiznit Wednesday, October 21, 2020
we will take time out in essaouira’s old medina to visit the jewelry shops that specialize in antique venetian beads, berber silver, amber and copal. mid morning we will drive up the coast passing the seaside berber city of agadir with an evening arrival in tiznit. lunch/dinner
Day 5 Tiznit/Agdz Thursday, October 22, 2020
tiznit is well-known for its silver jewelry, daggers and sabres.
we will visit the jewelry souk in the center of Tiznit and a journey to bab lakhmis ait m’hamid where you will have access to and study the variety of kinds of southen moroccan and mauritian beads. drive to agdz. in agdz we will visit a local, small shop that is famous for its antique beads such as amber, coral, copal and also offers up a fantastic array of antique silver moroccan jewelry. lunch/dinner
Day 6, Agdez/Aitisfoul Friday, October 23, 2020
we begin our journey to zagora which is favored by travellers as the doorway to the desert. we will visit the village of Amzrou and it’s old jewish mellah. see how silversmiths work to make hand made silver fibulas and southern crosses. watch how molds are made from scratch, then how the sahara’s sand is used to bind the molds for creating jewelry. the silver smiths in Amzrou were taught their craft by the jews who inhabited this village in the 1950’s. explore the tamegroute pottery cooperative: and see how the local, forest green, glazed pottery is made and ﬁred using regional henna. lunch/dinner
Day 7 - Day 11, Aitisfoul Saturday, October 24 - Wednesday, October 28, 2020
5 day workshop begins tomorrow
our days will unfold in a rhythm to suit you: explore a little or a lot, in and around the workshop. during your free time you can chase the light with your camera or sketch book, and explore the local area. we will participate in our “souk to tagine experience” and learn to cook like a local.
7am - 8am: yoga + meditation
8am - 9am: breakfast
10am to 12:30pm: workshop
1:00pm - 2:30pm lunch
2:30pm - 5:00pm workshop
Day 12, Erg Chegaga Thursday, October 29, 2020
our journey to the dunes of the Sahara, Erg Chegaga will begin in our 4-wheel drives, stopping for a picnic along the way to our luxury tent camp complete with hot and cold running water, beds and duvets, showers and toilet. once in the camp we will settle in and will enjoy a sunset camel ride. the desert at this time is truly an amazing experience, complete with a golden glow and long shadows. Here we will hopefully enjoy a magical sunset and dinner under a starry night followed by the beating of Berber drums. lunch/dinner
Day 13, Marrakech Friday, October 30, 2020
after a beautiful sunrise and breakfast, our route covers the desert with varying scenery – sand dunes, stony plains, and the dry lake Iriqui – as we make our way to the village of taznacht and visit a carpet collective. we will continue on to marrakech via a route through the high atlas mountains, enjoying astonishing views all the way back to marrakech. after our long scenic drive, dinner awaits us at the road in the medina. lunch/dinner
Day 14, Marrakech Saturday, October 31, 2020
after breakfast, we will be inspired by the souk (market) to bargain for brightly coloured Kaftans, carpets and treasures. after lunch we can enjoy some free time. we will end the day with a special farewell dinner in marrakech. lunch/dinner
Day 15, Marrakech Sunday, November 1, 2020
farewells and transfers to marrakech menara airport or the continuation of your journey in with an escape* that has been pre booked.
**if you are interested in staying on or perhaps seeing more of Morocco, i am happy to help to you make your dreams come true!
Not ready to end the adventure in Morocco, grab your mate or go solo and join an escape. I have put these together based on what I have been asked for in previous trips.
sourcing, shopping or buying experience - 3 day/two night extension, beginning november 1, 2020 at 9 am and ending november 3, 2020 at 5 pm. transportation to ateliers ad workshop including sidi ghnem and accommodation. as well as recommendation on what there is to do in the area and the best places to eat. do a little or a lot, it’s all up too you.
mountain experience - 3 day/two night extension, beginning november 1, 2020 at 9 am and ending november 3, 2020 at 5 pm. transportation to and from ourika and accommodation. as well as recommendation on what there is to do in the area and the best places to eat. do a little or a lot, it’s all up too you.
imperial city experience - 3 day/two night extension, beginning november 1, 2020 at 9 am and ending november 3, 2020 at 5 pm. transportation to and from fez and accommodation. as well as recommendation on what there is to do in the area and the best places to eat. do a little or or a lot, it’s all up too you.
If you are interested in either of these please let me know and I will send the details to you by email.
Important notes from michelle
you are required to get travel medical insurance, there are many companies but I use World Nomad.
this is for the traveller who is open to new cultures, and is willing to have plans delayed, or a schedule which may shift. flexibility is essential and participants should not be fearful travellers; being open to the diversity is all part of the experience and fun.
this is for the person who wants to travel to portugal with the safety of a group; it is for the adventurer, the person who wants to feel all their senses in this amazing country.
if you have specific allergies (i.e. peanuts, wheat, gluten, dairy, etc.), it will be harder, but not impossible, for you to find food that suits your needs. we are unable to cater to any specific dietary issues - you will need to manage this.
consult a doctor, nurse or health care provider, or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel. (side note: If you have any pending health concerns you should contact your health care provider prior to registration).
Should you have any questions prior to registration please email me here.
This is a 15-day tour. all inclusive art of travel experience, transfers, lodging, transportation, food, guides, activities and entrances fees . . . including a 5 day sacred talisman workshop with susan lenart kazmer in my home and desert studio on the wild edge of the sahara in morocco.
whats included: whats not included:
transfers to and from marrakech menara airport on arrival and departure days
14 nights lodging (double occupancy) (single room supplement limited supply)
breakfast, lunch and dinners throughout the trip
all guides + entrance Fees
5 day Workshop with susan lenart kazmer
transportation throughout the trip
airfare and travel costs to and from lisbon
travel medical Insurance (mandatory)
some supplies supplies list
additional nights lodging or any add - experiences or escapes
personal spending money
tips and gratuities. (to simplify we encourage a tip kitty of $15 usd pp per day, collected on the first day to be dispersed to the many people that will be involved in making your journey fabulous.)
there will be no refunds for this trip due to the planning and logistics involved. when you register be sure to know all you can about travelling to morocco.
** airport pick-up is only for indicated dates. should you plan to arrive earlier to stay at the hotel you will be responsible for your own transfer fees. we can help you arrange your transfer and extra night if required.
trip price and details
you will be sent a list of supplies to bring after registration. please do not book flight until you are send an email saying to go ahead please.
deposit: $2000.00 usd - due upon registration.
final payment due: april 18, 2020
foreign visitors wishing to travel to morocco should be in possession of a passport valid for at least 180 days.
**a detailed itinerary and pdf will be send out after final payments with additional information. feel free to email any questions or concerns you may have.