Creative Art & Travel Adventures

Embark on a Creative Journey of Culture and Landscape through Morocco!

September 22nd to October 5th 2024
14 day Art Adventure

Join us on a unique artistic exploration that transcends the ordinary. Our adventure begins in the vibrant city of Marrakech, where we’ll immerse ourselves in the enchanting medina, drawing inspiration from the rich tapestry of colours, sounds, and aromas. Our accommodations in a traditional riad provide a cozy haven for the initial days, allowing us to soak in the artistic spirit of this magical city.

Setting off on a 2-day bus trip, we’ll wind through the breathtaking Atlas Mountains, making brief stops to absorb the beauty of the journey. Our destination is a stunning kasbah nestled at the edge of the Sahara, where we’ll spend six nights embracing creativity in an inspiring setting. The kasbah boasts a tranquil atmosphere, complete with a swimming pool and a dedicated art studio that becomes the focal point for our artistic endeavours.

During our stay, we’ll venture into neighbouring villages, discovering ancient antiquities and the intricate art of pottery. A highlight of our adventure includes a thrilling 4×4 journey into the Sahara, where we’ll spend an unforgettable night hosted by Berber people. As the sun sets, we’ll embark on a camel ride through the mesmerizing dunes, an experience that promises to etch lasting memories.

Our return journey to Marrakech unfolds over two days, with a stop at the iconic Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, adding historical depth to our expedition. Back in Marrakech, our last day is yours to explore – from sightseeing to shopping in the bustling souks. Conclude your adventure with a visit to a traditional hammam, a soothing blend of cultural immersion and relaxation.

This Art Adventure in Morocco promises not just artistic enrichment but a journey of discovery through the soul-stirring landscapes and cultural gems of this remarkable country. Join us as we blend art, adventure, and the allure of Morocco into a canvas of unforgettable memories.

Single occupancy $7695 CAD plus GST  
Shared room (separate beds) $6295 CAD plus GST

The care, thought and detailed planning that went into guiding and supporting us through this amazing exotic adventure was above and beyond my expectations. 2023 guest

INCLUDES:

All accommodations

  • Marrakech Riad upon arrival (2 nights)
  • Ait Isfoul Kasbah (6 nights) 
  • Overnight in the desert
    (Glamping Tents with a Sunset Camel ride)
  • 2 nights hotel or riad while travelling
    between Marrakech & the desert
  • Marrakech Riad (2 nights) upon return

All meals

  • Except for your last lunch as that is a free day to explore in Marrakech
  • Mostly vegetarian menu
  • Wine will be served during our 6 nights at Ait Isfoul and for some of our other special dinners

5 days of art programming

  • A series of exercises designed to meet you where you are at with your art experience
  • Travel photography tips with our photographer, Nicole Tattrie.
  • Afternoons will be free studio time to continue to practice or work on your own project.
  • The art programming is designed for artists with all levels of experience. 

Yoga & meditation with Marlene  (optional) 

Swimming pool at Ait Isfoul for afternoon or late night dips under the stars.

Sightseeing & tours in Marrakech and enroute to the desert 

  • The souks in the Marrakech medina
  • A pottery studio in the dessert
  • Visit a Berber carpet cooperative
  • Ait Benhaddou, a World Unesco Heritage site
  • and much more


Transportation

  • To and from the airport in Marrakech on September 22nd and October 5th
  • If you plan to arrive earlier or stay later we have helpful suggestions for you.
  • Through the Atlas Mountains to Ait Isfoul and back in an air conditioned bus.
  • To the desert overnight camp via 4×4’s  

Art Supplies

  • Acrylic paint and other art supplies
  • You will be asked to bring a small list of art supplies with you like brushes & your own sketch book.

All tips to the amazing people who will help us with this experience are included too.

NOT INCLUDED: 

  • Flights
  • Alcohol at restaurants (if they serve it)
  • Hamman & massage
  • Shopping & shopping guides should you choose to have extra help – pack light 🙂

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • Average temperatures in late September/early October range from 21C – 30C.
  • Health insurance is mandatory.
  • Travel insurance is recommended.
  • We will do our best to accommodate anyone with limited mobility (ie ground floor rooms, tuk tuks in the medina, and a helping hand, however please expect some rooftop terrace restaurant visits, cobblestone streets and sand between your toes).

FAQs
Follow this link to a collection of in depth FAQs about the experience.

I appreciate the time, effort and considerations you both did to make this trip happen. You definitely went above and beyond to build a beautiful community group and be of service whenever we needed it. Thank you. 2023 guest

HOW TO BOOK A SPOT:
If you would like us to save you a spot for this adventure we will require a 50% deposit. The deposit is non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled or postponed by us. If you can’t keep your spot we will do our very best to find someone else to take it so that we can refund your investment but we can not guarantee.

Please review this mandatory waiver:
WAIVER

The remaining 50% of the investment will be due May 1st 2024.

Reach out if you want to book a spot, have any questions or would like to join us for a ZOOM info session.
Contact: marlene@marlenelowden.com

The guided tour in Marrakesh. the drive in the desert and the tenting in the desert, the camel ride and hike up the top of a dune to watch the sunset, the walk up the UNESCO site in Ait Benhaddou, all the musical experiences in Ait Isfoul, making our own tagines, the pool and the accommodation, and the calligraphy in Marrakesh. All in all a rich and all encompassing experience….. 2023 guest