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

DateHolidayNotesTeacherDetails and payment scheduleBooking FormAvailability
September 24 -October 1st 2019PhotographyIncludes tour to the Sahara and the Anti Atlas MountainsGraham ParishBrochureWaiting ListFull
October 3 -15 2019Circle Dance & tourIn English; need to have danced with Laura beforeLaura Shannon
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BrochureBook NowLimited places available
October 15-29 2019Circle Dance & tourIn German; must have completed 2-year training with LauraLaura Shannon
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Waiting ListFull. One place may be available at some future point in time.
October 22-29 2019TourOlivia SeckFull
October 29-Nov 5 2019SingingManchester flightsJenny Goodman
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BrochureBook NowLimited places available
November 5-12 2019SingingWomen only groupRowena Whitehead
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BrochureBook NowLimited places available
November 12-19 2019SingingCelia Webb
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BrochureBook NowOne place available
November 20- 30 2019Circle Dance and optional YogaIncludes stay in High Atlas MountainsChrisandra
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BrochureWaiting ListFull
November 30-December 10 2019Circle Dance and optional YogaIncludes stay in High Atlas MountainsChrisandra & Jane Houston
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BrochureWaiting ListFull
December 14-21 2019Earth Oven Building CourseBook NowAvailable
December 31 - January 7 2020Dances of Universal Peaceflights from Manchester or GatwickJilani
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BrochureBook NowAvailable
January 7 - 14 2020Yoga: Hatha, ScaravelliLouise CookBrochureBook NowLimited places available
January 14 - 21 2020YogaJoy PraterBrochureBook NowAvailable
January 14 - 21 2020Herbal MedicineHelen Kearney &
Clare Shippey
BrochureBook NowLimited places available
January 21 - 28 2020SingingCat Fothergill & Henry SearsBrochureBook NowA few places available
January 28 - February 4 2020Circle DanceAdrian Pointon and Cindy KellyBrochureBook NowAvailable
February 4-11 2020SingingJane ReadBrochureWaiting ListFull
February 11 - 18 2020Circle DanceAnne-Lise KrygerBrochure Waiting ListFull
February 18 - 29 Feb 2020Circle DanceIncludes 5-night Tour to Desert & Anti Atlas MtsBarbara Driscoll
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BrochureBook NowLimited places available
February 29 - 10 March 2020SingingIncludes 4-night Tour to Desert & Anti Atlas MtsPauline Down
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BrochureWaiting ListFull
March 10 - 17 2020SingingKate Davies
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BrochureBook NowAvailable
March 17 - 24 2020YogaLisa TaylorBrochureBook NowAvailable
March 24 -31 2020Writers' RetreatSarah BullenBrochureBook NowAvailable
March 31 - April 7 2020SingingVivienne Couch
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BrochureBook NowAvailable
April 7 - 14 2020Singing with Songs & Rhythms of the RainforestSu Hart & Martin Cradick
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BrochureBook NowAvailable
April 18 - 28 2020Circle Dance PRIVATE GROUPTaroudant, MOROCCO: Women's Ritual Dance & Culture Tour (in English), open to women who have completed 2-years training with Laura.
Laura Shannon
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BrochureBook NowLimited places. for those who Laura has allocated you a place. Deposit required when booking.
April 28 - May 5 2020Photographyincludes a 4 night tour to Marrakech & the High AtlasGraham ParishBook NowAvailable
April 28 - May 9 2020Circle DanceIncludes 3 night tour to desert and Anti-AtlasLaura Shannon
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BrochureBook NowLimited places. for those who Laura has allocated you a place. Deposit required when booking.
May 9 - 16 2020Yoga and CreativityRuth WheelerBrochureBook NowAvailable
September 29 - 6 October 2020SingingSusie Ro Prater
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Brochure Book NowAvailable
October 6 -13 2020Circle DanceNawal & Dee
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BrochureBook NowA few places available
October 13 - 20 2020PhotographyIncludes 3 night tourGraham ParishBook NowAvailable
November 3 - 10 2020SingingCelia Webb
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Book NowAvailable
November 10 - 17 2020Circle DanceJeanette WhitfordBrochureBook NowA few places available
November 17 - 24 2020ArtLouise Waugh
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Book NowAvailable
November 24 - Dec 1 2020Circle DancePaul BoizotBook NowAvailable
December 1 - 8 2020Circle DanceJudy King
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BrochureBook NowAvailable
December 8 - 15 2020SingingBruce KnightBrochureBook NowVery few places available