Colours of the Sun in Morocco - October fully booked

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Colours of the Sun in Morocco - October fully booked

1,595.00

2019 RETREAT NOW FULLY BOOKED

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VISIT MOROCCO, BE INSPIRED BY SPICE MARKETS, ANCIENT WALLED CITIES AND BERBER COUNTRYSIDE. LEARN HOW TO USE LOCAL INGREDIENTS AND MATERIALS TO CREATE YOUR OWN TEXTILES TO BRING HOME.

“I am writing to say what a fantastic holiday I have had in Morocco; it was a wonderful mix of workshops and experiences in Essaouira which was quite magical - food and accommodation was first class, and the guidance to shops and bars a real treat!
...as for the workshops, extremely informative and enjoyable; I really learnt a lot. the visit to the countryside was also interesting.. I would thoroughly recommend the holiday for any textiles people who want to have a great holiday and learn a great deal about dyeing and weaving. (gail g, april 2017)”

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Saturday 12 October
fly to Marrakech (Ryanair from Stansted )
You will be met at the airport and driven by private taxi to your home in the heart of Essaouira (2.5 hr transfer)
Welcome drinks and traditional Moroccan dinner in the house.
Sunday 13 October
We start the day with an early morning visit to the local Sunday flea market ‘Joutiya’ and visit Naif artists’ studios, then return to the Medina for an orientation walk while we shop for dyes and locally spun wool. Enjoy a lazy afternoon exploring the winding streets, meeting artisans and being inspired by the colour and energy of the old town
Evening beach walk and sunset dinner at beach cafe
Monday 14 October
Morning - drawing and photography - inspiration in the medina.
Afternoon - fabric block print workshop at a rooftop studio
Dinner at a local restaurant
Tuesday 15 October
Transfer to Lalla Abouch, an organic Argan farm 20km south of Essaouira
Natural Dye Workshop 1 - dyeing hand spun wool with local plant dyes to create a palette of ‘colours of the sun’ for your weave workshop on Friday.
Wednesday 16 October
Natural Dye Workshop 2 - dyeing with indigo - learn how to create pattern in cloth with resist techniques and over dye the colours from yesterday to make secondary shades
Thursday 17 October
Visit the local village to buy produce at the weekly souk, then return to the farm for your Berber cookery class where you will learn how to grind barley from the farm to bake bread and make couscous to accompany the delicious Tajine you will enjoy for lunch.
Friday 18 October
After an introduction to using a simple loom, spend a leisurely day weaving a unique textile using the wool you have dyed.
Saturday 19 October
A day to relax, swim, explore the local countryside or book a trip to the nearby coast with a hike to a waterfall
Sunday 20 October
Transfer to Marrakech by private taxi, check into your beautiful riad Dar Attajmil , and enjoy a delicious sunset dinner on the roof terrace
Monday 21 October
In the morning your local guide will show you round the vibrant medina of Marrakech, visiting the souks, Secret Garden and a private collection of stunning textiles and objet d’art from North Africa. Afternoon is yours to explore further or enjoy a pampering session with hamman and massage back at the riad. Optional evening local music concert followed by dinner in a traditional restaurant.
Tuesday 22 October
transfer by private taxi to Marrakech Airport to fly back to the UK

WHAT’S INCLUDED:
private taxi transfers to and from Marrakech Airport and between Marrakech, Essaouira and Lalla Abouch.
SINGLE accommodation with shared shower
5 nights full board at Lalla Abouch organic farm
3 nights bed and breakfast Essaouira with welcome drinks and dinner
2 nights bed and breakfast in Marrakech with dinner one night
4 one day workshops with lunch
1 half day workshop with refreshments
all materials and equipment needed for the workshops
private tour guide in Marrakech half day

NOT INCLUDED
Travel to and from Morocco (flight details will be supplied)
Personal travel insurance
Alcoholic beverages
Staff gratuities
Lunches and evening meals when not attending workshops in Essaouira and Marrakech

CANCELLATION POLICY

PARTICIPANT CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS FOR A WORKSHOP /RETREAT
Cancellation requests must be made by email to hello@avivaleigh.com. The date of cancellation is the date on which the written cancellation is received. No refund will be made for failure to attend or if you voluntarily leave the workshop for any reason after it has begun. No refunds will be given for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals or services not used during the workshop. Cancellation may be made at any time and refunds will be reversed directly to your credit card with the following conditions:

  • A 100% refund will be made within 7 days of booking less admin charge of 2%.

  • From 8 days after booking, and if there are still more than 121 days until the workshop, 80% refund will be made for cancellation.

  • From 120 days before the workshop up to 61 days before the workshop, a 50% refund will be made.

  • Within 60 days of the workshop, no refund will be made.