Mystical Morocco

 A vibrant Adventure in the heart of the Desert

March 1st – 8th & March 9th – 16th, 2025

Join us in the ancient desertscapes of Morocco for a vibrant adventure! Known for its colorful markets, exotic cuisine, and sweeping desert vistas, we can’t think of a better place to get inspired! 

Explore ancient cities and charming villages, shop bustling souks, and experience Moroccan culture as we wind our way through Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains, and the Agafay Desert.

Along the way, we’ll lead you through creative prompts as we take time to gather inspiration from the beautiful places we visit. Our talented guest artists Kate Rebecca Leach & Abby Houston have designed custom workshops just for us from Woven Watercolor Textiles and Abstract Desertscapes  to Florals with an exotic twist!

This journey is for anyone looking to explore their creative side and all of our activities and workshops are for beginners and seasoned artists alike! No Art experience necessary!

Indulge in our own private oasis set amongst the olive groves with stunning views of the surrounding Mountains. Featuring vibrant and artful interiors, a glimmering turquoise pool and gardens to roam this is the perfect place to rest and reset!

Our adventure takes us to many inspiring locales from the ancient desert city of Marrakech, where we’ll explore the historic medina and souk awash with colorful vendors to the picturesque mountain villages in the foothills of the Atlas mountains to the sweeping expanse of the Agafay desert!

Experience local artisans as we visit a vibrant women’s collective & pottery village in the mountains, savor the exotic cuisine of this region with a hands-on cooking class and indulge with a luxury spa experience at a traditional hammam are just a few of the many delights we have planned for this adventure! 

If you’ve been looking to take some time for yourself to reconnect and explore your creative side with an awesome group of women, consider this your invitation!

Why should you join us?

Umm..when are you going to get the chance to stay at a luxury retreat center and explore Morocco in style like the queen you are?

This is truly the adventure of a lifetime, and with all the hustle and bustle of everyday life (not to mention these uber-stressful times we’re living in), you deserve to take some space for yourself, that’s right! Not the kids, family or your job, but something just for you!

So buckle up buttercup cause we’re offering an adventure to reset and explore your best self… It’s more than a retreat, it’s an experience, so let’s loosen up, get inspired, and above all, have fun!

Come Wander with us!

A peek into our adventure!

Where we’ll be staying

Welcome to our private oasis in the desert!

Nestled among the olive groves with sweeping views of the Atlas Mountains lies our private escape! Designed by award-winning interior designer Maryam Montague, this stunning property has been featured in dozens of magazines from the New York Times to Elle Decor, House and Garden, and more!

Thoughtfully curated with vibrant and artful interiors that blend traditional Moroccan elements with eclectic finds from around the globe, this head-turning space is filled with flavor and inspiration! Featuring a hand-painted Arabian dining tent, designer pavilions, and luxury bungalows, we can’t wait to take it all in!

Soak in the vibrant tapestries and textiles, go for a refreshing dip in the sparkling turquoise pool or wander the many gardens among the olive groves are just a few of the delights to be had at this dreamy venue!

Be sure to check out our slideshow of this beautiful venue below!

Let’s Talk Food

“We prepare food the old-fashioned way – made from scratch. Our daily menu highlights local fresh ingredients, many from our own gardens.”

Enjoy the exotic cuisine Morocco is famous for! Modern meets tradition from our onsite chef with scrumptious made-from-scratch meals along with a private cooking class, including a traditional Moroccan Tea Ceremony!

“We delight in menus featuring farm-to-table, authentic Moroccan cuisine with a twist!”

This retreat has two departures, and each features an amazing guest artist!

Meet our Guest Artist

Week One – March 1st – 8th

Meet Kate Rebecca Leach ! Kate is known for her intricate watercolor designs and illustrations. Author and Fabric Designer her work is featured in collections across the globe and licensed throughout the US, Europe and the UK.

Inspired by nature, gemstones, and jewels, Kate’s work weaves in beautiful patternmaking with embellishments featuring iridescent washes of gold, copper, and silver.

From woven watercolor textiles to lush exotic florals, we are beyond excited for the workshops she has planned!

VIEW MORE OF KATE’S WORK HERE

Meet our Guest Artist

Week Two – March 9th – 16th

Meet Abby Houston! Abby is known for her colorful abstract paintings, luscious designs and vibrant color palettes.

With over 17 years of teaching experience Abby can’t wait to share her love of art with a new group of ladies!

From abstract desertscapes to Sacred Spaces exploring Moroccan Motifs we are beyond excited for the workshops she has planned!

VIEW MORE OF ABBY’S WORK HERE

Meet our Featured Local Artists!

Meet the women of the Tizi Nougdal Collective. Weaving in patterns handed down over the generations, this women-led collective is a family affair featuring mothers, daughters, and sisters. Known for their bright, colorful designs and organic patterns, they create at the base of the Atlas Mountains while surrounded by nature.

“A marvel of beauty rises featuring soothing colors, traditional motifs, and tribal characters. All pieces have individual character, gorgeously simple designs, and an exceedingly cozy feeling thanks to these skilled women of the Atlas Mountains.”

A Word From Your Host

Hi Everyone! Cassie here, founder of Wandering Women Retreats and art and travel lover!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to share Morocco with an awesome group of gals! With over a decade of experience in the travel industry and as a professional artist, it’s been a long-time dream to merge the two and offer unforgettable journeys that both nurture your creative side and immerse you in local culture. 

I’ve cooked up a seriously dreamy itinerary that has a taste of it all! We’ll not only be visiting different towns, villages, and even the Agafay Desert, but with creative workshops, amazing day trips, and a culture steeped in history this retreat is chock full of inspiration! 

So join me on a vibrant adventure in Morocco! 

Our Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL, OPENING CELEBRATION & WELCOME DINNER

Arrival in Morocco. Group transportation from the airport to the retreat center will be provided. Settle in, get refreshed, and in the evening, meet us for a special Opening Celebration & Welcome Dinner.

DAY 2: Day Trip to Marrakech, Private Walking Tour of the Medina, Guided Artisan Shopping in the Souk, Sunset Cocktail & Henna Party

After a delicious homemade breakfast, we’ll head out for a private tour of the ancient desert city of Marrakech! 

Explore the historic medina and its ornate palaces and hear the history behind this city steeped in tradition. We’ll explore the historic plaza, BenYousaf Palace, and more!

Next we’ll stop in at the famed Marakech souk known for its artisan goods. Take in the sights and shop textiles, spices, handcrafted leather goods and more as we weave our way through the market enjoying the different vendors with free time to explore all this wonderful market has to offer!

After a day of exploring, join us at sunset for a fun cocktail hour as we sip on delicious handcrafted signature cocktails! Next we’ll enjoy a henna party where everyone will get to adorn themselves in traditional ornate designs.

Day 3: Traditional Moroccan Tea Experience, Village Visit & Private Cooking Class, Exotic Gardens Workshop

After another scrumptious breakfast, we’ll head off on a journey to a nearby village and home of Chef Tarik for a special half-day cooking class! Experience a traditional Moroccan tea ceremony, explore and forage in the garden, and learn how to cook many different Moroccan staples. Learn everything from making homemade breads in an outdoor oven to a spice workshop, tagines, couscous, and more! 

Our adventure ends with a tour of the village followed by a family-style artisan lunch among the garden as we enjoy the fruits of our labor! 

In the afternoon we’ll dive into our first creative workshop taking inspiration from the surrounding gardens. Learn fun techniques for creating a variety of florals as we create our very own exotic gardens. Join us in the evening for another chef-prepared three-course feast.

Day 4: Day Trip to the Atlas Mountains, Visit to the Ourika Valley, Artisan Weavers, Berber Lunch and Pottery Village Visit

After breakfast we’ll set on an adventure to the Atlas mountains! We’ll head deep into the mountains exploring the natural beauty this region is famous for. Our journey begins in the stunning Ourika Valley with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, lush valleys, and cascading waterfalls.

Our first stop will be to visit the women weavers of the Tizi Nougdal Collective. Weaving among nature, their work features bright, colorful designs and patterns. We’ll get the chance to tour their studio, hear the process behind their work, and test out the looms ourselves!

Next we’ll head out to a mountainside village to stop in at the home of a local Berber family. Savor recipes handed down over the generations for a one-of-a-kind meal cooked just for us by our amazing hosts. Our journey continues with a stop-in at an artisan pottery village famous for its handcrafted pottery wares.

After resting from exploring, join us in the evening for another chef-prepared dinner among the olive groves.

Day 5: Woven Watercolors/Sacred Spaces Workshop, The Medina at Night Food Tasting Tour

After another homemade breakfast, our day starts on a creative note with another fun workshop! 

Week One features Kate Rebecca Leach’s signature Woven Watercolors as we take inspiration from the textiles of the region. Kate will go over how to create gorgeous watercolor textiles with layers of colors, iridescent inks, and more!

Week Two will feature Sacred Spaces with Abby Houston, focusing on Moroccan motifs, patterns, and doorways. Abby will go over fun techniques for creating atmospheric compositions using patterns, archways, and lush color palettes.

In the evening join us for a night of culinary delights as we savor the cuisine of Morocco with a private custom food and walking tour! Meet local makers and go behind the scenes for a one-of-a-kind taste of it all! We’ll weave our way through the market, enjoying food from several vendors as we soak in the vibrant energy of the medina at night!

Day 6: Doors and Villages/Abstract Desertscapes Workshop, Day Trip to Agafay Desert, Sunset Camel Ride, Caravan Oasis Dinner

After another delicious breakfast, we’ll dive into our last creative workshop!

Week One features Kate Rebecca Leach’s Door to the Souk workshop, exploring the doors and villages Morocco is known for. Kate will go over how to create a mosaic of whimsical petite villages, doors and archways for the perfect keepsake of our journey!

Week Two features Abstract Desertscapes by Abby Houston focusing on the surrounding desert lands. Abby will go over how to layer luscious colors as create your own magical desertscape for the perfect piece to commemorate our adventure!

In the afternoon, we’ll head for a caravan oasis nestled in the Agafay Desert, lounge in luxury with sweeping views of the desert, and take a dip in the refreshing turquoise pool. At sunset, we’ll traverse the desert on camelback, followed by a special dinner under the stars.

Day 7: Hammam Spa Day with Custom Hammam and Massage, Closing Celebration and Dinner, Outdoor Cinema viewing of Casablanca

Enjoy another delicious breakfast. We’ll start our day on a relaxing note with a visit to a luxury spa for a day of pampering. Experience traditional hammam treatments that you can customize with your own oils and scents, followed by a luxurious massage.

In the evening, join us for a special closing celebration followed by a lavish dinner inside the estate’s hand-painted Arabian dining tent. Lounge among luxury textiles and linens for a one-of-a-kind meal. We’ll end the night with a special viewing of Casablanca under the stars in the estate’s outdoor cinema.

Day 8: Breakfast and Departure

We’ll share one last opening circle and breakfast together before departing for the airport. Remember to stay in touch with your new creative besties, and we hope you Wander with Us on our next adventure!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS OUR PROSPECTIVE ITINERARY. SMALL CHANGES MAY BE MADE DUE TO WEATHER, DESIRES OF THE GROUP, AND UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITIES 

(such as spontaneous adventures, can we say heck ya?!)

Spots are limited!   Our retreats aren’t just about the wonderful things we’ll see and do but about building relationships; that’s why we like to keep our groups small and intimate. This enables us to travel like a local and have an inside look at all the city has to offer!  This retreat is limited to 12 guests.

THIS ALL-INCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

    • 8 days and 7 nights accommodations at our very own private luxury retreat center outside of Marrakech 
    • Group Airport Transfer to & from Marrakech Airport on arrival & departure day
    • Private transportation to and from all destinations/activities
    • Intimate group limited to 12 women
    • Tips for our guides, drivers
    • All-inclusive meal plan featuring daily chef-prepared meals
    •  ( Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners)
    • Private Walking Tour of Marrakech
    • Visits to the historic plaza and Ben Youseph Palace
    • Guided Artisan Shopping at the Souk
    • Henna Party with Signature Handcrafted Cocktails
    • Moroccan Tea Experience
    • Private Cooking Class with Artisan Lunch
    • Day Trip to the Atlas Mountains
    • Visit to the Ourika Valley
    • Artisan Weaver Collective Visit 
    • Lunch Experience with Berber Family 
    • Arisan Pottery Village Visit 
    • Day Trip to the Agafay Desert
    • Sunset Camel Ride
    • Desert Caravan Dinner Under the Stars
    • The Medina at Night Food Tour 
    • Luxury Spa Experience with traditional Hammam Treatment and Massage 
    • Outdoor Cinema viewing of Casablanca
    • Three Creative Workshops!
      • Week One: Exotic Florals, Woven Watercolor Textiles, and Doors and Villages with guest artist Kate Rebecca Leach
      • Week Two: Exotic Gardens, Abstract Desertscapes, and Sacred Spaces with guest artist Abby Houston
  • Daily Art Exercises and journaling prompts to get your creative juices flowing!

Sweet Extras

A private Facebook Group so you can get to know your fellow  

A curated bag of goodies, aka the most amazing swag bag ever, including art and local finds!

A Dedicated on-site host to make sure you have the most amazing time ever!

This is a Wandering Women LUXE Retreat

* This is a Wandering Women all-inclusive LUXE retreat! Luxury accommodations, daily chef-prepared meals, along with a luxury spa package are included in addition to our amazing itinerary and day trips!

All Rooms on this retreat are Double Occupancy
(two separate beds) inside Luscious Designer Pavilions & Luxury Bungalows 

Double Occupancy Inside Luxury Bungalow $6225

Double Occupancy inside Designer Pavilion $6425

(airfare not included)

A $1000 Non -Refundable deposit is required to hold your spot balance due by November 1st, 2024

Registration – Sold Out!

Both departures are currently sold out! Reach out through our contact form to be added to the waitlist.

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What our retreaters are saying

Say What?! Testimonials from our fellow Wandering Women

Something I will remember for the rest of my life!

“What a spectacular trip! I knew it sounded good on paper, but the real-life version was more than I could have ever imagined. Thank you for all the hard work you put into making this retreat something I will remember for the rest of my life”

Jocelyn K

The trip of a lifetime!

“ Wandering Women put together a fabulous venue, a great mixture of workshops, tours & amazing food. The friendships I made only sweetened the whole experience. If you’re on the fence, don’t be! Treat yourself – we’re all so worth it! “

Jill V.

Unique & Unforgettable! 

“This retreat was the perfect blend of adventure, rest, and creativity. The luxe experience with activities that were off the beaten path made it unique and unforgettable.” 

Molly D.

VIEW MORE OF OUR TESTIMONIALS HERE

WHAT ISN’T COVERED IN THE COST?

  • Airfare from your hometown to Morocco
  • Travelers Insurance (required for this retreat)
  • Any extra tours, meals, or excursions that you choose during your free time if you choose to go.
  • Alcohol & Specialty Drinks outside of those provided in the retreat package
  • Transportation & lodging outside of the retreat dates, should you choose to arrive early or stay later in Morocco
  • Anything you buy in the markets or on various outings.

Faq’s

Book with Confidence –  A note about Covid 19

We have a great team in place that is monitoring the global pandemic and travel advisories on a daily basis. In the event we need to cancel the retreat due to Covid 19, retreat participants will be offered the option of moving funds to a rescheduled departure date. We are also requiring all participants to get a travel insurance policy. We want you to feel fully comfortable and confident when booking that you are covered!

View Our Terms and Conditions Here

* Please note that we will NOT be refunding cancellations for any reason, including if you yourself contract COVID before the retreat and can not attend. Due to the planning, logistics & upfront costs of these events, we have a strict no-refund policy regardless of circumstance. We are requiring retreaters to get trip insurance for this very reason, trust us the peace of mind alone is worth it!

It is your responsibility to be up to date on what the visa requirements are for entering the country as well as whether you are required to be vaccinated/Covid Testing.

Absolutely! All of our workshops and activities are for beginners and experienced artists alike!! We’ll provide you with creative prompts, but you will be at your own pace, and it’s completely up to you how you’d like to use your art journal and creative time.

The remaining balance after deposit is due on or before November 1st, 2024. We will be sending reminders as well as a link to pay before it is due.

Yes, a travel insurance policy is required in order for you to attend the retreat. Trust us, it’s worth it! Stumped on what policy to choose? Don’t worry we got you, our welcome packet has info on trip insurance and more!

That is completely up to you and depends on how much shopping you plan to do. ATMs are available to you and credit cards are taken at most major retailers.

This retreat has shared double rooms with two beds. In the event you are traveling solo and book a shared room we will do our best to pair you up with someone we think you’ll match well with Cute Story: I met one of my besties on an art retreat where we shared a room! Little did we know we only lived 20 minutes apart, and we have been inseparable ever since!

We will be having a variety of meals all featuring the best local ingredients.

Breakfast fresh bread baked daily from the village’s communal bread oven, jams, honey, eggs, yogurt, fruit, just-squeezed juice, coffee, and tea.

Lunch – light and fresh (soups, salads, tarts, etc.) served with cookies or fruit for dessert.

Dinner – three delicious courses, ending in an herbal infusion tea to help you sleep.

We really want to give you a taste of the country through its food, in most cases we will have vegetarian options but unfortunately severely restrictive diets and other food sensitivities can not be accommodated.

We have arranged group transportation to and from Marrakech International Airport on arrival and departure day.

When booking your flight please fly into Marrakech International Airport (RAK). We recommend booking your flights at least 90 days before the beginning of the retreat.

Weather in Morocco will be pleasantly crisp during the days with temperatures ranging in the 70’s to low 80’s. Evenings can cool down, and we’d recommend packing layers and a light jacket or cardigan.

We recommend modest clothing for your time in Morocco. It is our goal to be respectful of the local culture. Long skirts, dresses, pants, and layers are great options. Morocco is best explored on foot, so opt for comfortable shoes, sneakers, or sandals.

For our day trips we’ll spend most the day outdoors. Plan outfits that will work for exploring but also some fun outfits for our evening dinners . Layers are always a great idea!

The last thing we want is you having to lug a ton of supplies around so we’ll send a minimal list of art supplies. We’ll also include a simple packing list and tips a couple months before the retreat.

We also recommend that you bring an extra bag (a collapsible duffel or tote works great) to bring home your goodies you have collected on our shopping trips. This region is known for its artisans, so trust us, you’ll want the extra room to take back your one-of-a-kind finds! The temperatures will vary, so don’t forget layers, pack a bathing suit, sweater and a light jacket!

Due to liability and that occasionally alcohol is served at our venues or during our activities participants must be 21 or older.

One of our main goals is to lift up our fellow female creatives! When we set out to create Wandering Women Retreats we thought about all the wonderful female artisans around the world. What’s going on in their studio, what inspires them and how can we be inspired in return? Each of our retreats highlights a different woman artist with visits to her workspace and talks about her journey and creative process. 

From floral foragers to textile designers to mixed media painters, we strive to spotlight a diverse group of female artisans. On each of our retreat pages, you’ll find a bio for our featured female artist for that particular trip.

Still have questions? We got you! Visit our FAQ page.

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