Summary

Immerse yourself into the culture through the cuisine. Join us for an excursion into the belly of Morocco. Experience the environment in and around Marrakech, the medina of the old city, the coastal area of Essaouira, as well as the Berber culture of the high Atlas Mountains.
The basics
Food, Sustainability
Lessons or coaching
Suitable for: Solo traveler, Group, Couple
Experience Type: Collective
Food: Half board

The Destination

A realm of truly unfamiliar and fascinating places still exists, where local people treat you like a traveler, not a tourist. Where things might not always go as expected but are likely to be exquisitely memorable. This is Morocco! And Morocco asks us to enlarge our notion of slow travel. Be ready to be subsumed in a world of exquisite luxury and dramatic rusticity, of heartwarming hospitality and charming curiosity, of combinations of tastes and ingredients that play on our senses more like music than food. And be prepared for a culture deeply imbued with simple humanness that cannot help but bare your own soul. This rare and deeply satisfying journey asks the most of you – and will fill you with magic in return.

The Experience

The focus of this retreat is on the traditional foods of the close-in regions of Marrakech and Essaouira with a chance for hands-on cooking. We deeply explore the source not only of where the food comes from, but why and how. Hike or ride a mule with the local muleteers in the mountains and camels on the beach with the chameaulier. This kind of experience will allow the best of you to show up. Places of such beauty and depth have their effect. Yoga and meditation greet the day.

Inspiration

Mystery. Earth tones. Terracotta cookware. Textures and textiles. Our friendship with private guest house Jnane Tamsna and their ethnobotanical gardens. The genuine hospitality of our Berber hosts in the mountains and their sense of humor. Palm trees with the snow-capped Atlas in the distance. Riding camels on the beach. Living a stylish life in nature.

From Peggy's Journal

What structure could be more charming than a Riad? A 2-story square within a square with bedrooms and verandas looking onto a central open-air courtyard, usually with fruit trees, a small pool or a fountain. This architectural design is ingenious for creating space and breath, and yet gives a sense of privacy and being held. There’s an atmosphere of calm and enchantment. A possibility of endless cups of tea and inspiration. A place to daydream by day, and by candlelight at night. It invites you to get lost in thought, or no thought and have deep conversations, or do whatever you love to do. It’s a place of refuge and gives permission for your quieter voices to be heard.

Do you know the poet Rumi? Have you wondered what is a Tagine really and why they have them all over the country? Why all the hype about Marrakech? Is it safe? Is it true that you can see palm trees in front of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains? Do we go there and to the sea within a few hours?

Accommodation

What structure could be more charming than a Riad? A 2-story square within a square with bedrooms and verandas looking onto a central open-air courtyard, usually with fruit trees, a small pool or a fountain. This architectural design is ingenious for creating space and breath, and yet gives a sense of privacy and being held. There’s an atmosphere of calm and enchantment. A possibility of endless cups of tea and inspiration. A place to daydream by day, and by candlelight at night. It invites you to get lost in thought, or no thought and have deep conversations, or do whatever you love to do. It’s a place of refuge and gives permission for your quieter voices to be heard.
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Peggy

Your Host: Peggy

Member since February 2021

Peggy is your host for this experience and will provide you with all the information needed.

I have always been enamored with food since I was young. Luckily, my husband was an importer and we traveled often in other countries. I saw how the indigenous people ate what grew around them. It was sustainable and integral to their health. This inspired me to find out more about regional cooking. I found it fascinating and wanted to share that with the world, or at least people who come on my programs.

Tell us more about what brought you to the path that you're on, the "why" behind your business and your offering(s), what excites you most about the work that you do, etc...?

The Why: In the US we have lost our connection to food. It has to do with convenience. The Industrial Revolution talked women out of cooking. "Here, open a can! It’s easy!" But I’m into regional, locally grown, organic close in~cooking. Many people love to cook, but even more don’t. There is a strong need not only for basic education around how to cook a few important things, but how to relate to food as poetry and philosophy for the rest of one’s life. I approach it like improv theatre. What excites me: The breaking of bread between cultures. Traveling satisfies the soul. It’s a way of sharing one’s similarities rather than one’s distances. I meet incredible people and put them together to discover each other. I love the beauty of the old world and discovering how the great mind’s were artisans as well as scientists. Poetry is everywhere. Plus, the quality of the food and wine and who grows and cares for it make for a fabulous celebration of life.
Peggy has been selected as a host by nourish. We only accept hosts which are trustworthy and have a great quality in service to make sure you get the best experience possible.