Interior design & Consciousness: The New Luxury - Marrakech EditionMarrakech, Morocco
28 Feb – 5 March, 2021
About the retreat
This is a truly unique first edition of a project we are really enthusiastic about: blending interior design and consciousness. This retreat has been created for everyone who is interested in interior design and style, is keen on learning about authentic, traditional artisan techniques and products. This retreat is designed to be a deep immersion in Moroccan history & culture, with a strong focus on design and artisan trends, that can be implemented in our daily lives.
We have decided to add “consciousness” to the program by offering you a few morning movement classes, evening massages, and pampering you with healthy and organic delicacies of the justly world famous Moroccan cuisine.
This Marrakech Interior Design Retreat is the first part of a series of retreats planned around the same concept.
We would like to invite you to this unique journey, where you will see and learn colours and patterns and the beauty of ancient architecture. The retreat is both suitable for professionals of design and / or architecture and amateurs who are design enthusiasts.
The retreat will be held at breathtaking Jnane Tamsna, a luxury boutique hotel in the Palmerie oasis in Marrakech. Your host will be Meryanne Loum-Martin, the author of Rizzoli’s Inside Marrakech: Enchanting Homes and Gardens book (that all retreat participants will get as a gift) and Gary Martin, ethnobotanist, who has designed the 9 acre garden around the villas, with pools, a tennis court and organic vegetable garden.
You will be led through the program by Andrea Forizs, founder of Breathspiration, designer & travel enthusiast. There will expert guides showing us the hidden secrets of the Medina, and showing us the fantastic buildings and palaces of Marrakech.
If you are looking for an experience that you haven’t lived before, a retreat in Morocco that is very different to all the others on the market, please get in touch and book your spot!
- Accommodation for 5 nights in the luxury Jnane Tamsna boutique hotel frequented by artists and writers
- Architecture & garden tour with Meryanne Loum-Martin and Gary Martin
- Guided visit of palaces and cultural sights in Marrakech
- Guided afternoon walk in the Medina
- Visiting the YSL Museum and Jardin Majorelle
- Personal shopping experience in the Medina
- Sunset camel ride in the Palmerie
- Visit to the Agafay desert with lunch in a luxury camp
- Morning movement classes
- Welcome massage
- Breakfasts from farm to table, prepared with love
- Lunches in Jnane Tamsna with delicacies from the Moroccan cuisine, made of organic ingredients
- Welcome dinner in Jnane Tamsna
- Farewell gala dinner in Jnane Tamsna
- Cooking class: tajines
- Airport transfers
- Group transfers to the Medina
- Rizzoli’s book: Inside Marrakech by Meryanne Loum-Martin
- 2.815 € shared twin superior room
- 3.215 € single superior room
- 3.030 € shared twin deluxe room
- 3.690 € single deluxe room
Deposit: 550 €
Outstanding payment: 4 weeks before start
In case of cancellation the payment is fully transferrable to a future retreat.
If you would like to book, please fill in the enquiry form at the bottom of the page and we will get in touch with you within 48 hours!
Andrea is the founder of Breathspiration and your retreat leader in Marrakech. She will share her knowledge about the past and present of the town and make your stay smooth and enjoyable.
Details of program (28 Feb - 5 March, 2021)
Arrivals & Airport Transfers
Architecture & Garden Tour by Meryanne Loum-Martin and Gary Martin
Relax after the trip: massages
Welcome dinner: getting to know each other
Morning Movement Class
Breakfast: from farm to table
Depart to visit cultural sights
Afternoon walk through the Medina
Free time (you can 1.come back to the hotel, 2. discover the Medina on your own & shop, 3. discover the Medina with a guide & shop)
YSL Museaum & Jardin Majorelle
Personal shopping experience
Visiting a selection of artisans & learning about techniques and products
Morning Movement Class
Rest (you can use the facilities of the hotel, play tennis, get a massage or we can offer you programs & activities)
Sunset camel ride
Dinner: we eat our tajines that we have prepared during the class
Excursion to the Agafay desert and spending the day in a luxury desert camp
Get back to Marrakech
Farewell Gala Dinner
You can choose to add a 3 day Sahara Excursion to your trip! Please ask for details.
Jnane Tamsna is a state of the art boutique hotel located in the heart of the Palmeraie disctrict of Marrakech. A quiet oasis after spending a day in the busy and lively Medina. Splendid interior design is everywhere around the 5 villa – 24 room hotel surrounded by a serene 9 acre garden.
A stunning garden.
Thousands of palm trees.
Chill out areas.
Five swimming pools and sun decks.
Curated art collection.
World class cuisine.
Bahia Palace and the Dar Si Said are a riot of tilework and intricate floral painted-wood ceilings, the Saadian Tombs are enriched by an opulent bounty of marble, while the Musée de Mouassine and Musée de Marrakech are a showcase of swirling stucco and carved-wood design. And if you choose to bed down for a night in a riad, you’ll be able to sleep amid some of this splendour too. Marrakesh is a city steeped in ancient artistry that continues to thrive, kept alive by the modern craftspeople of the souqs and the contemporary art and design scene of the Ville Nouvelle.
Faith & Culture
You’ll understand how religion permeates the rhythms of daily life when you hear the sonorous call to prayer echo out from the mosques. As an old imperial capital, Marrakesh is home to some beautiful examples of Islamic architecture, most impressively the Ali Ben Youssef Medersa and the Koutoubia minaret. The city also holds on to a heritage of the other religious communities that once helped it become a vibrant caravan town. Head to the old Jewish district of the mellah to visit the Lazama Synagogue and the Miaara Jewish cemetery to gain a greater understanding of Marrakesh’s cosmopolitan past.
Think of the medina’s souqs as a shopping mall, but laid out according to a labyrinthine medieval-era plan. Whether you want to spice up your pantry with North African flavours or buy a carpet to add Moroccan-wow to your house, this magpie’s nest of treasures is manna for shop-til-you-drop fanatics.
The main market streets are Souq Semmarine and Souq El Kebir. If you see something you really like there, fine – but understand prices will be higher. Smaller souqs and souqs dedicated to artisan workshops such as Souq Haddadine (Blacksmith’s Souq), where you can buy direct from the producer, generally have the best deals.
Got your map ready? Well, it’s probably of little use to you here. Wrapped within the 19 kilometres of powder-pink rammed-earth ramparts, the medina is Marrakesh’s show-stopping sight of crowded souqs, where sheep carcasses swing from hooks next door to twinkling lamps, and narrow, doodling ochre-dusted lanes lead to nowhere. The main artery into this mazy muddle is the vast square of Djemaa El Fna, where it’s carnival night every night. Stroll between snail vendors, soothsayers, acrobats and conjurers, musicians and slapstick acting troupes to discover the old city’s frenetic pulse. The party doesn’t end until the lights go out.
Things to do
Marrakech is shopping paradise. Antiquities, rugs, contemporary design: there is something for everyone.
Thriving design scene
Art & artisans are all over the city.
Massages & Hammam
Traditional hammam treatments are highly recommended to try.
Marrekech is definately on the street food map of the world with its food stalls all over town. Try local dishes like tanjia or harira or snails in Jemaa el Fna any evening.
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