Dances of Universal Peace
26 February - 5 March 2025
Book soon to get good prices on tickets
“Just perfect. The surroundings are beautiful and peaceful. The eco design is welcoming and relaxing. Rooms are very well appointed and comfortable. Staff are very welcoming, nothing is too much trouble. Food amazing- delicious and healthy. I cannot praise this place enough.” Anne Parry Jan 2024
“You provide a magical place for mindfulness with a magical team of people. I loved it and I’ll be back.” Jackie H January 24
This brochure provides you with lots of information about the venue, the bedrooms, the activities, how we design your holiday to meet your needs, your tutor, the likely itinerary and what is included in the cost. Please read on to the end!
The Venue Well known for magical meaningful holidays, excellent food and exceptional staff, this award-winning set up relocated in 2020 to a stunning sustainably-run eco-lodge with a chlorine-free pool and permaculture gardens. Located on the south side of the ancient town walls of Taroudant, which enjoys the best winter climate in Morocco. Enjoy an exceptional menu of local healthy food.
“It’s just brilliant. I love it – the whole vibe in the well-designed garden, the buildings, and the sustainable aspect of it all. The staff are incredible, all caring, kind, diligent and willing to do whatever it takes to make your stay perfect. The food is truly delicious, fantastic for vegetarians and meat-eaters too, as well as offering tea/coffee at any time by helping yourself. Relaxed, with the smell of the beautifully planted garden at night, and a well-stocked library so I can read all day long by the pool. Heaven!” Jane Duncan Rogers January 2024
Bedrooms The comfortable, beautifully appointed rooms are cleverly designed to be cool in summer and warm in winter. All have en–suite bathrooms, their own terrace and garden and can sleep two or more. A limited number are allocated for single occupancy. More details of rooms here
Heartful Holistic Holidays which offer a wide choice of authentic activities run by amazingly knowledgeable English-speaking guides. Explore the fascinating culture and landscapes, use our library, our small spa, swim or simply laze in the sun.
Optional activities include cookery, walks, visits to local families and charitable projects, wildlife, massage, shopping and several other choices. Little visited by tourists, the local souks offer an exotic traditional atmosphere.
Located within 30 minutes’ drive of the contrasting mountain landscapes of the majestic High Atlas and the extraordinary Anti-Atlas (beyond which lies the Sahara). We are also only an hour’s drive from the Atlantic coast.
Feel safe and cared for thanks to the care of loving, experienced English-speaking staff, good medical facilities, excellent WiFi, safe drinking water and being on the edge of a small, relaxed and friendly town with few tourists.
“La Maison Anglaise is really beautiful, impeccably kept and nurtured by you and your delightful Moroccan team there. All of the staff, without exception were wonderful – helpful, courteous and so very happy all the time. They looked after our every need, and nothing was too much trouble for them. The gardens are a real delight, the pool is gorgeous, and the meals were all delicious. The trips out and other activities that the staff took us on were a treat, and we all felt very safe with your careful drivers and guides”. L Turner, May 2023
Why choose a Circle Dance holiday with us?
We have been organising group holidays since 1998. Our venue has a variety of lovely spaces for dancing including the tiled circle in the gardens, the spacious 64 sq metre activity room and a very large tiled roof terrace, lovely at sunset and sunrise. Read more about our Circle Dance Holidays here
“I have organised, attended and facilitated many group events in a myriad of locations around the world over the last forty years…I found the ideal setting. It is small enough to maintain intimacy whilst having the spaciousness to accommodate privacy. The bespoke planning and vision which created this venue, inspired by Jane’s deep knowledge of the needs and requirements of small group holidays and workshops is evident in the care paid to every detail.” Tutor Katy van Haeften
Photo of your tutor, Jilani
Read more about your tutor here.
To Book or Express an Interest: Limited places available. Request a place at www.cecu.co.uk/book We will then send you the payment schedule (split into instalments with a small initial deposit to secure your place).
Book early to get good flight prices, but please do NOT book flights until we give the go-ahead!
It was a truly wonderful, wonderful week at La Maison Anglaise with Jilani. The Lodge itself is so beautiful and healing because of its natural build, its design, natural colour, gorgeous gardens and ‘community with privacy’ environment.
Above all, its beauty was balm for the soul. The food was totally delicious and plentiful. Said and Latifa, Nordine, the drivers, cooks and all are so conscious of the details that enhance and make a good stay.
Jilani was a great facilitator and her calm, allowing presence contributed much, I think, to our feeling that this was a great group that really gelled. Magic. Avril Feb 2023
PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME which will vary with travel arrangements, weather etc
Jilani will be offering an evening session each day, and morning practices. She proposes a retreat-holiday, which offers the opportunity to combine formal practice with everyday activities, to loosen the separation between them, and to deepen our experience of being in Morocco. By intentionally cultivating an inclusive, heartful, loving awareness, while combining periods of so called “spiritual” or “retreat” practices with periods of so called “mundane” or “holiday” activities and interactions, we open ourselves to discovering that deeper, inner realisation that there is no “spiritual” or “mundane”, no “retreat” or “holiday”. There is only Love, only Oneness, in myriad forms and permutations. And only Remembrance when we forget.
Additional spontaneous sessions at inspiring places. On days 3, 5 and 6 there will be an option of a retreat day with several sessions of dance, walking and seated practices. There could still be time for a massage, or shopping trip, or a hammam, or similar, on those days.
Each day you may choose one of the optional activities on offer below. Anything listed as “optional” means it is payable locally and not included in the price. Please see our price list for costs.
Things to consider because this holidays takes place during Ramadan
1) While the staff break their fast at sunset they can’t serve dinner (this will be after your normal dinner time so won’t affect your schedule – it is sunset about 7 pm)
2) Our female masseuse can’t massage men in Ramadan
3) Shopping times needs to be planned with staff help; there will be a limited amount of shops and cafes open in the day (but it’s great fun in the evenings).
Day 1 Arrival Day – Our drivers meet you at Agadir airport late morning. Lunch, settle in, introductory talk and tour of the site. Optional massages. Optional tour around town walls by horse-drawn taxi.
Day 2 Optional excursion: walking at one of 2 oases and possibly in the Anti Atlas Mountains with Said.
Day 3 Optional cultural experience: cookery lesson; massages; experience our on-site solar powered hammam.
Day 4 Optional excursion: High Atlas Berber Villages – an insight into daily lives of villagers in the mountains with Rachid.
Day 5 Exploring Taroudant. Optional cultural experiences: shopping in the souk; massages; experience our on-site solar powered hammam.
Day 6 Optional excursion: walking and wildlife in the High Atlas Mountains with Said.
Day 7 Optional cultural experiences: henna tattoos. Finish shopping. Optional lunch out at a restaurant of your choice (lunch not available at our Ecolodge on changeover day).
Day 8 Farewell. Depart after breakfast.
Cost: £750 per person in shared twin/double room
- Transfers from/to Agadir Airport at one designated time
- Accommodation in en suite twin or double bedroom; single occupancy on request
- Chlorine-free pool
- Substantial breakfasts and vegetarian evening meals (meat or fish at extra cost)
- Lunches on the first 6 days
- Tutored workshops – about 20 hours in total
- Flights (often under £100 return if booked early)
- Single occupancy supplement £20 per night
- Travel insurance (required)
Payable in Morocco:
Best Holistic Ecolodge in Morocco 2023
Trip Advisor: Number 1 in the Taroudant Region
Voted Top 10 in the World: Lonely Planet Eco Stays 2014 & VegeNews Vegetarian Holidays 2005
Responsible Tourism Trophy for Community Project Work 2009