Holidays with Heart

Guide Dounia explains pottery making
Our guide Dounia explains pottery making in her mountain village

Travellers often stay on the periphery of societies they visit, but our staff take you straight to the heart of a Moroccan family home.  You bring your heart to the heart of Moroccan communities and go away knowing a lot more and feeling very different.  Holidays with Heart are special.

To secure your place on a holiday Book Now.

Our holistic holidays bring a real connection with local people, the landscape, the culture, the environment, the food and our community projects.

“Most travel, and certainly the rewarding kind, involves depending on the kindness of strangers, putting yourself into the hands of people you don’t know and trusting them with your life.”  Paul Theroux, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

 

Connecting with People

 

With our guide Said in the Anti Atlas
With our guide Said in the Anti Atlas

From the moment you arrive in Morocco, there is the chance to get to know a group of enthusiastic, genuine, interesting people: our staff and their contacts.

Their engagement with you brings a feeling of connection with the Moroccan culture and local people in this fascinating area.

You also have the chance to bond with like-minded guests.

Connecting with Our Projects

 

Environmentalist demonstrating and explaining solar water heating to group of young children on roof terrace of environmental & cultural centre, La Maison Anglaise
Said explains solar hot water to children

The projects we support are on a human scale so that visitors can meet and interact with the beneficiaries and feel positive energy and compassion for people, animals and the planet.

Projects include the Bee Orchard, the Orphanage, Street Children’s Project, the Busy Bee Centre, Soap-making, Embroidery and various cooperatives.

Many projects support women and children.

 

It’s about feeling: 

  • responsible, excited and connected
  • aware and wanting to contribute
  • good through giving and receiving support.
Gnawa Musicians outside La Maison Anglaise
Gnawa musicians

It’s not an ordinary holiday. It’s more than that.  Responsible Tourism is a part of it; choices are another part.  We make it easy for you to use resources responsibly, by providing for example:

  • Tassels for towels so that you can keep track of yours when it’s hung on the terrace to air.
  • Buckets to fill with surplus water in the shower.  Grey water can then be used to irrigate plants etc.
  • Solar panels to heat water
  • Locally sourced vegetarian food or meat and fish if you choose

Nothing’s prescribed; we make it easy to go with the ethical flow.

“You are very committed to sustainable practices. So much so that guests don’t even need to think about it!” G Mark. Dec. 2015

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Berber woman and son on family donkey

Most of all, Holidays with Heart give you a real chance to tread carefully on the Road less Travelled, leaving an imprint only where appropriate and having opportunities to be involved  – contributing ideas about products, volunteering, introducing volunteers, bringing donations for the projects…

More about Singing Holidays.
More about Dancing Holidays.
More about Art Holidays.
More about Yoga Holidays

More about Pilates Holidays

View, choose and book your holiday from the table below:

DateHolidayNotesTeacherDetails and payment scheduleBooking FormAvailability
December 12-19 2017YogaSuzanne FillinghamBrochureBook NowOne place due to a cancellation. The next holiday is in May 2018
January 2-9 2018YogaLisa Taylor BrochureBook Now1 place for yogi in S/Tw room. 1 place for non-yogi
January 9-16 2018MindfulnessMindful Women in MoroccoLorraine Sherman Brochure Waiting ListFull
January 16-23 2018Basket-makingOur staff & local craftsmenWaiting ListFull
January 23-30 2018Circle DanceAnne-Lise KrygerBrochureWaiting ListFull
January 30 -February 6 2018Singingincludes TaizeJane ReadBrochureWaiting ListFull
February 6 -13 2018SingingPauline DownBrochure1 place available in Single/Twin room
February 13 - 22 2018Circle Danceincludes 3 day/2 night tour over Tiz n Test Pass & a stay in the High Atlas MtsBarbara DriscollBrochureWaiting ListFull
February 21-28 2018 Circle DanceAdrian Pointon & Cindy KellyBrochureBook Now1 dancing place available in twin or single room & 1 non-dancing place in a twin room
February 27 - 6 March 2018SingingKate Davies BrochureBook NowLimited availablity
March 6-17 2018Women’s Ritual Circle Dance (dance tuition in English) Includes a tour in the nearby Anti Atlas Mountains bordering the Sahara. Laura ShannonBrochureWaiting ListFull
March 17-24 2018 Yoga & Walking Includes tour to Sahara & Anti Atlas MountainsEmma FotherbyBrochure Waiting ListFull
April 3-10 2018Quirky Family Activity HolidayCulture & puppetry, storytelling, circus skills, cooperative games, singing, yoga and mindfulnessCarol Shephard & Phill BurtonBrochureBook NowAvailable. Please book soon for good flight prices
April 10-17 2018SingingVivienne CouchBrochureWaiting ListFull
April 17-24 2018Arabic DanceJane Wass BrochureBook NowLimited availablity
April 24 - May 1 2018YogaRose ThornBrochureBook NowAvailable
May 05-12 2018Photographyincludes tour off the beaten track Graham Parish BrochureBook Now3 places left
May 12-19 2018YogaSuzanne FillinghamBrochureBook NowAvailable
September 11-18 2018Yoga and Walkingincludes tour into the High Atlas mountainsEmma Leaf BrochureBook NowAvailable
September 20-25 2018YogaPatricia OlabreBrochureBook NowAvailable
October 2-9 2018 SingingClaire AnsteeBrochureBook NowAvailable
October 9-16 2018Circle DanceJeanette WhitfordBrochureBook NowAvailable
October 16-23 2018SingingSu LewisBrochureBook NowAvailable
October 27-Nov 3 2018Anne's Friends Likely to be some bedrooms available for other clientsAnne MaundBook NowAvailable
November 3-10 2018ArtWatercolour Painting & SketchingLouise Waugh Book NowAvailable
November 10-20 2018 DUPIncludes 3-day tour to desertJilani + Alan HeeksBook NowAvailable
November 17-24 2018Singing from the Beginningfor all levels of experienceCelia Webb BrochureBook NowAvailable
November 27-December 4 2018 SingingRowena WhiteheadBook NowAvailable
December 4-14 2018Dances for Universal PeaceDesert tour inc for first 8 to requestGlen & BettinaBook NowAvailable
January 22-29 2019Circle DanceSally MaxwellBook NowAvailable
January 29- February 5th 2019Singingincludes Taize songs and many others Jane ReadBook NowAvailable
TBC January 2019Mindfully MoroccoMindfulness Lorraine ShermanBrochure Available
February 5-12 2019 Circle DanceAnne-Lise KrygerBook NowAvailable
February 12 -19 2019SingingTBC may include tour to Anti Atlas MtsPauline DownBrochureBook NowAvailable
February 19-26 2019SingingKate DaviesBook NowAvailable
February 26- March 9 2019Circle DanceIncludes 5-night Tour to Desert & Anti Atlas MtsBarbara DriscollBook NowAvailable
March 5-12 2019Circle DancePaul BoizotBook NowAvailable
March 19-26 2019YogaLisa TaylorBook NowAvailable
April 2-9 2019SingingVivienne CouchBook NowAvailable
Dates TBC - probably late Spring 2019Yoga and Circle Dance Meditative DancesChrisandra & Jane HoustonBook NowAvailable
September 17-24 2019SingingDave & Liz StewartBook NowAvailable
September 24 -October 1st 2019PhotographyIncludes trip over the famous High Atlas Pass, the Tiz n TestGraham ParishBook NowAvailable
October 1 - 12 2019Circle DanceIn English; need to have danced with Laura beforeLaura ShannonWaiting ListFull
October 15-29 2019Circle DanceIn German; must have completed 2-year training with LauraLaura ShannonBook NowLimited Places Available
October 29-Nov 5 2019SingingAbbie LatheBook NowAvailable
November 5-12 2019SingingRowena WhiteheadBook NowAvailable
November 12-19 2019SingingCelia WebbBook NowAvailable