Newsletter: November 2016

 Looking for your next chance to get away to Morocco?

brekfast-fruitsWhat better alternative to enduring the cold and rain in the UK, than taking the short flight to Morocco for a break in the sun?

Indulge your passion and make Morocco your destination to sing or dance, to stretch and relax with yoga or Pilates or discover exciting wildlife.

moroccan-tea-mh1We are almost fully booked until March 2017 except at Xmas and a quiet week between 2 of our groups: 29th November-6th December  (ideal for a Xmas Shopping trip). Option to share a transfer from and to Marrakech  to meet a flight from Bristol.

There are places left on the following group holidays and flights are available now from £40 each way (please consult us for best flight options)

Circle Dance

March 7th to 14th 2017 with Andy Bettis  Book Now

Yoga & Sacred Singing

March 28th to April 4th 2017 with Trisha Morgan & Emma Fotherby   Book Now

Singing

January 10th to 17th with Kate Davies – only 2 places left  Book Now

April 18th to 25th with Vivienne Couch – only 4 places left  Book Now

circle-dance-bee-orchard-mh4Dances of Universal Peace (singing with simple dances)

May 2nd – 9th 2017  Glen Unamana and Bettina Shakura.  Flights from Stansted to Agadir.   There is an option for you extend your holiday to the World Festival of Sacred Music in Fez (which runs from 12th – 20th May). You may fly from Fez back to Stansted on the 17th or 21st May. Book Now

potters-animals-mhPilates

May 30th to June 6th 2017 We are making a special offer to the first 7 participants  to book a place on our very first Pilates holiday: single rooms will be offered without a supplement.  Those from the south-east can take advantage of cheap flights from Gatwick to Agadir.   Pilates workshops will be led by a highly experienced leader, Jan Davies    Book Now

Family Fun and Relaxation

We are delighted to announce a new offering in a school holiday. This will include options to join sessions in puppetry, storytelling, circus skills, cooperative games, singing, yoga and mindfulness, all run by highly experienced  co-leaders, Carol Shepherd & Phil Burton. Request more details.

claudio-bravo-pool-statues-mhArt

Louise Waugh’s  groups have been oversubscribed, so it is a good time to sign up for her next art holiday November 10-21 2017 which includes a 4 night stay at 2 different guest houses in the High Atlas Mountains.  Book Now

Oasis – Nourishing Your Roots of Creativity

A new offering from popular leaders, Pauline Down and Michael Harvey.  They are both highly respected and experienced arts trainers and will lead a week of reflection and creativity.  Book Now

Blue Rock Thrush maleWildlife and Culture: any dates between 14th – 28th March 

These two glorious weeks of March are a perfect time for wildlife watching in southern Morocco.  Independent travellers are welcome to book rooms at the guest house in order to take part in excursions with our knowledgeable guide, tall Said, well known for his enthusiasm and humour.  Spring flowers and migratory birds will feature as well as fascinating reptiles, other fauna and  much more about Morocco. See our Wildlife and Birdwatching pages. Book Now

 

More about Singing Holidays
More about Dancing Holidays
More about Art Holidays
More about Yoga Holidays
More about Pilates Holidays

Updates on the Guest House

b-band-on-roof-terrace-portrait-mhWe are excited to announce that we have totally transformed the 2 roof terraces.  The upper terrace is 10 m² larger and includes an open space of 36 m² with a retractable roof and curtained sides to enable the space to be used at all times for activities.  The lower terrace is partly now an “open-fronted” south-facing room and there is a much-improved stairway between the two terraces. We celebrated  with a visit by the Berber Band.We have also made lots of other small changes including new furnishings and plants.

caleche-said-walls-mhThe New Building

We are eagerly awaiting an announcement later this month about the land for our new project – the decision was delayed by change of personnel and the elections.

argan-oil-products-pigeon-house-mhNews on Community Projects

We thank all our visitors for supporting our Soap-making, Beekeeping, Bee Orchard, Argan Oil  and Embroidery projects from which 100% of  the purchase prices goes to the producers. Some exciting new embroidery products, such as the handbag shown above, are for sale. They may be ordered via this page 


argan-nuts-mhThe orphanage

We had a very successful group visit in July of young social work students from Shipley who volunteered at the local orphanage.  The orphanage is always looking for volunteers and we support them by offering discounted rates on accommodation with us at La Maison Anglaise. We can accommodate a volunteer for 2 -3 weeks in January. Please contact us if you are interested.

caleche-horses-mhMoroccan Children’s Trust

This highly respected project has achieved much in helping vulnerable street-connected children in the town. Fundraising is now underway to transform a room into an activity centre which would encourage the children to spend their leisure time in a safe and stimulating environment.  Thanks go to circle dance teacher Jeanette Whitford and her group for taking the initiative to fundraise after a visit in October. More details here.

Other News

Morocco: Leader in Sustainable Development

new terminal was opened at Marrakech airport in order for Morocco to host the International Climate Change Conference (COP22).  Already a world leader in its commitment to sustainability, Morocco has a huge solar farm and a ban on plastic carrier bags.

Flights

Agadir flights are now available from Stansted as well as London Gatwick and there are new flights from Liverpool to Marrakech.

Vehicles

After 10 years of good service, we finally said goodbye to our Kangoo recently and replaced it with a more comfortable vehicle with the same reliable, economical engine and better views from ergonomic higher seats

handwashing-mhOur Holiday Calendar

For a full list of our inspiring holidays as far ahead as October 2018 consult our calendar

Feedback from leaders who brought groups recently

It was AMAZING. Thank you. You have created an extraordinary thing. Thank you for the opportunity to be a little part of it. Celia Webb, Singing leader Nov 2016

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Henna hair colouring

It was lovely! Please please pass on my personal thanks to ALL the staff and for the wonderful thoughtfulness shown at so many moments and to so many people. The food as before was amazing and our rooms were lovely. And I love the way Latifa keeps control of everything and how the drivers, and Nourdine, and tall Said and the cooks support all that you and she are doing. Thanks again Jane for what you have created and made possible. I am already talking to people about our trip in 2 years time… Jeanette Whitford, Circle Dance leader October 16

And we are still number 1 on Trip Advisor!

Our thanks go to Marc Hayes Photography for all the photos above which were taken on his recent visit.