Women's Ritual Dance with Laura Shannon
17 - 24 April 2024. Cost £ 845
plus a maximum of 920 MAD (about £73) payable locally for activities

The Venue Well known for magical meaningful holidays, excellent food and exceptional staff, our award-winning set up relocated in 2020 to a newly-created 1 acre site beside the town walls. Featuring a chlorine-free pool and permaculture gardens, the stunning sustainably-run Ecolodge  enjoys sun all year round, having the best winter climate in Morocco due to its southerly setting in the fertile Souss Valley.

A fantastic authentic eco lodge with roof top views to the High Atlas
The new eco lodge is fantastic, with a lush garden and a swimming pool. The rooms are authentic Moroccan style with everything that you need for a comfy stay. The staff are like a welcoming family and will guide you whether you want to find certain things in the souk or go for a short walk in the High Atlas or visit Berber villages in a safe and non-invasive manner. The food served is exceptionally good.
Jacqui S – February 2023

Places to Visit Taroudant is little visited by tourists, has shopper-friendly souks with an exotic traditional atmosphere. It lies between contrasting mountain landscapes: the majestic High Atlas and the extraordinary Anti-Atlas (beyond which lies the Sahara). And it is only an hour’s drive from the sandy, rocky and marshy habitats of the Atlantic coast.

Feel safe Thanks to the care of lovley English-speaking staff, good medical facilities, excellent WiFi, safe water as well as the town being small, relaxed and friendly with few tourists. 

Heartful Holistic Holidays with a wide choice of other authentic activities including supporting charitable projects. Explore the fascinating culture with the help of delightful guides; option to explore, use our library or small spa, swim or laze in the sun or shade. 

The People Enjoy the support of 11 charming, experienced, mainly English-speaking, Moroccan staff and the resident tutor for your chosen week. The Holidays with Heart UK team provide substantial pre-visit information and support based on 30 years’ experience of Morocco. Read more about our team here

Optional activities include crafts, cookery, language, visits to charitable projects, walking, wildlife, massage and several other choices run by the amazingly knowledgeable guides. Read more about our activities here

“This is a lovely place to stay. Very relaxed, clean and delicious food. The gardens are amazing, with many unusual (to our UK eyes) plants and cacti. Tortoises roam freely in the garden. The staff are really friendly and go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Communication with the lodge was excellent and booking very straightforward.”
Philip B – January 2023


Cost:  £845 per person plus a maximum of 920 MAD payable locally (approx £73) for included activities listed below


  • Airport transfers from/to Agadir at one designated time 
  • Accommodation in en suite twin or double bedroom; single occupancy on request
  • Substantial breakfasts and vegetarian evening meals (meat or fish at extra cost)
  • Lunches every day except the last full day
  • Tutored workshops (a total of about 18 hours)
  • Tour of the town by horse-drawn taxi, visit to a hammam, outing to Tiout Oasis, visit to Claudio Bravo Palace & Museum with lunch and a traditional band
  • Activities listed on the itinerary below except those that are listed as optional


  • Flights (often under £90 return if booked early)
  • Single occupancy supplement £20 per night
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Tips
  • Meat or fish supplement (20 – 40 MAD (about £1.60-£3.20)
  • Tourist Taxes 41 MAD (approx £3.20) per person per night)

Options payable in Morocco:

See details of prices and choices

  • Cultural experiences
  • Excursions
  • Supplement for meat or fish dishes 
  • Taxi transfers at a fair cost for those travelling at/from different times or places 

Trip Advisor 
Number 1 in the Taroudant Region 2023. 

Best Holistic Ecolodge in Morocco 2023.

Voted Top 10 in the World: Lonely Planet Eco Stays 2014 & VegeNews Vegetarian Holidays 2005

Responsible Tourism Trophy for Community Project Work 2009 

Photo: Laura Shannon

Read more about your tutor here. 

This week-long holiday for women with circle dance experience features women’s dances from Greece, the Balkans & Armenia, with 3 hours dancing planned per day. Traditional women’s ritual dances are among the oldest circle dances. Simple yet profound, they help us reconnect with ourselves, each other, and the sacredness of the natural world. Our dancing will be enhanced by a focus on women’s cultural traditions of southern Morocco, exploration of the little-known North African roots of the great Greek Goddess Athena, and Sufi teaching stories which support our process of healing through dance. For questions about the course content, please contact laura@laurashannon.net 

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 £150 initial deposit).

Book early to get good flight prices, but please do NOT book flights until we give the go-ahead! 

More Information For FAQs go to www.cecu.co.uk/faqs 
Contact us: www.cecu.co.uk/contact or visit www.holidays-with-heart.co.uk
We will also send detailed pre-visit information after you book.  


All items below that are not listed as optional are included in the cost cited above. The prices of those that are indicated as optional and other extras are indicated here. Please consult the summary above for exact details of everything that is included in the holiday cost

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. Late afternoon tour around town walls by horse-drawn taxi.
Day 2 Excursion to Tiout oasis on the edge of the Anti Atlas Mountains and to Women’s Argan Oil Cooperative with Said.
Day 3 Optional cultural experience: cookery lesson and massages
Day 4 Visit to public hammam for traditional treatments.
Day 5 Exploring Taroudant. Optional cultural experiences: shopping in the souk; massages; experience our on-site solar powered hammam. Local Musicians in the evening.
Day 6 Excursion: Claudio Bravo Palace & Museum with lunch
Day 7 Optional cultural experiences: henna tattoos; massages, experience our on-site solar powered hammam.. Finish shopping. Lunch in town at own expense.

Day 8 Farewell. Depart after breakfast.

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