Do you have a flair for the exotic, a hunger for creative inspiration and application, and a yearning to discover a uniquely different culture while learning something new about your art and about yourself? Then this Marrakech Exclusive! 8-day Paint & Play retreat is the perfect answer to your travel dreams.
After completing 6 painting retreats and designing numerous custom decorative painting project for Peacock Pavilions, a boutique hotel just outside Marrakech, we have decided to mix it up a bit!! This 8 day creative retreat will take place solely in our residence in the Medina in the center of Marrakech. This will not only allow more time to learn new creative stencil/paint techniques and work on personal art projects, it will also give us more time to PLAY!
The best news!? With some slight alterations to the schedule and a location change, we are now able to offer this amazingly rich experience at a more affordable price! This highly inclusive, exclusive trip is actually up to $1000 less than previous year’s trips! And-it’s filled with amazing adventures!!
Moroccan Exclusive! Itinerary
Friday November 7
Evening departure from JFK on Royal Air Maroc Flight AT201@5:45pm (recommended). Note that you will need to reserve your own flights and more details are provided upon registration. The airfare cost is not included in the trip package price. You may choose an alternate route to Marrakech, if you wish to meet us there!
Saturday November 8
Arrival Marrakech at 11:35am after transfer in Casablanca. Group Lunch followed by 4-hour guided Medina tour to historical sites. Group Moroccan dinner with traditional Belly Dancing Show.
Sunday November 9
Guided Souk Shopping throughout the day
Dinner at the divine La Grande Table Francaise/Royal Mansour
Monday November 10
Paint/Project Day w/ Group Lunch
Group Dinner in the Medina
Tuesday November 11
Paint/Project Day w/ Group Lunch
Wednesday November 12
Atlas Mountain Adventure Day (1.5 hrs outside Marrakech):
Berber villages and a mule trek + cooking demonstration and Group Lunch at Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot
Friday November 14
Hands-on Artisan Class:
Learn the art of tadelakt plaster from Marrakech artisans including a hands-on project on both walls and tiles. Enjoy a home-cooked Moroccan Group Lunch in a local village.
Saturday November 15
Luxury Spa Day!
Spend 2+ hours enjoying a relaxing hammam/gommage/massage at exotic Les Bains de Marrakech
Farewell Party with Cocktails + Hors d’oeuvres
Sunday November 16
Depart Marrakech @9:15am Royal Air Maroc flight AT402 to JFK via Casablanca
Your Marrakech Exclusive Paint & Play Adventure Includes:
- Room Accommodation (double occupancy bedrooms/private baths)
- Breakfast daily
- 6 Group Lunches
- 3 Group Dinners/Show*
- Private van transportation throughout, including airport transfers
- Tours of the Majorelle Gardens and Medina, including entrance to historical sites
- Day trip to Atlas Mountains and Kasbah Tamadot
- Luxury Spa Treatment at Les Bains de Marrakech (hammam, gommage, massage)
- Hands-on workshop with local Moroccan Artisans
- Stencil/Paint classes and participation in hands-on projects
- Farewell Celebration
- Great Shopping Opportunities!!!
*Alcohol Costs Excluded
Marrakech Exclusive! Retreat Pricing and Registration
Total Cost for 8 days/nights: only $2490*
Limited Number of Participants: 10
$490 non-refundable deposit** to reserve your space
$1000 due 45 days after registration
$1000 due by September 1, 2014
*airfare not included
**Deposit and payments non-refundable, but may be transferred to another guest, if available
Airfare is not included in the trip package and must be booked independently. We recommend flying Royal Air Maroc on a direct flight from JFK to Casablanca, with transfer to Marrakech. More information available upon registration.
You will need a valid U.S. Passport. We highly recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance to cover and unforeseen illness or circumstance.
You may choose to extend your stay in Marrakech or Morocco to explore the sites and cities independently. We may be able to help with reservations and suggestions…..;)
Testimonials from Past Participants!
Marrakech was on my bucket list… Now returning to Marrakech is on my bucket list! Melanie Royals put together a “retreat experience” that exceeded my wildest expectations..thank you so much for sharing your love of Morrocco with us.The experience did not feel like a “contrived tour” but rather an organic adventure with some very special planned and unplanned events.
This adventure was outstanding in every way, especially because of Melanie’s expertise and the wonderful women who shared this journey. I feel privileged to have been able to step out of my ordinary life to travel and experience one of the most inspirational and fascinating places you could ever wish to see, with women artists of such high caliber. Thank you, Melanie, for all the hard work you put in to achieve this and I believe you change lives, as I will never be the quite same again!
I felt drawn to this adventure as soon as I learned about it, and I’m glad I trusted my instincts. It is a life-altering trip and I’m just starting to figure out what that means. Melanie did a fantastic job with this trip. Big kudos and thanks. So grateful to be part of this with an awesome group of like-minded souls.
I learned so much about the culture, the people, the geography….i cam back from this trip a changed person!
Marrakech is a magical place that fed my appetite for adventure and creativity. A new home away from home!
I’ve been on two trips to Morocco with Melanie. Both were an amazing experience that will stay in my soul for a lifetime. Being immersed in the culture, meeting beautiful people, eating exotic food….I will always have the urge to return.
I wish that I was better with words. Looking back on this trip I feel…..soulful, exotic, sensuous, enlightened, and peaceful, to say the least.
The trip to Morocco was akin to a ‘magical, mystery tour’…it became a rich life experience that moved and inspired us all beyond what we anticipated before our departure. The art and architecture was so exotic, rich and layered with character and timelessness. Everywhere I swiveled my head was a visual feast….I felt like a bobble-head doll! All I could to do was look all around with wide eyes and smile. Morocco was a place to glean many ideas and inspiration for our work as decorative artists. One day, I stood in the middle of the Jmaa el Fna square…slowly rotating 360 degrees….intoxicated by the sights, sounds, and smells. I felt in the midst of a dream; snake-charmers, belly-dancers, tribal drummers, spicy smoke swirling around late afternoon sun rays…then the prayers and chants from the mosques filled the air.
~Heather Bruno Sears