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Cultural Experiences

ActivityWhere to meet & where it happensWhat usually happensNotesWhen available
Caleche Ride -a guide tour by a traditional taxi – a horse-drawn carriage. See places of interest in the town & its walls.Pick up outside the front gate.See the most complete town walls anywhere in Morocco, the tannery, the main squares, the Berber souks and much more as well as many of aspects of daily life.A laminated card is provided for you to use during the ride so that you can follow read about the points of interest.Early during your stay, perhaps around sunset
Cookery lessonKitchenIngredients, cooking methods and vessels explained. Hands on experience. Option to buy our electronic cook book (suggested donation100 MAD) which benefits charitable causes in the Taroudant area.Some days
Craft workshops (henna artistry, leather, jewellery, bamboo crafts and stone carving)In the souk & other workshops in town or if henna in the courtyard.Sessions usually last 2-3 hours. You learn a little about the history, cultural & economic significance of the trade as well as making an object.Generally limited numbers for each craft due to the small workspace that the artisans have. For larger groups artisan comes to the ecolodge.Any day, usually mornings. Not normally on Fridays.
Feast for the SensesIn the Activity RoomThat’s a secret, but it’s great fun, relaxing and enjoyableMinimum group size of 12Evening after dinner, usually on your last evening.
Hammam Visit: our own or the local hammamDining room for briefing. The process will be explained beforehand. You will be covered in soft soap, then henna & rhassoul mud in hot steamy room(s). Instructions to remind you in our hammam. Someone will be appointed to help you in the public hammam.Take underwear to wear in the hammam, toiletries, towel and a bottle of drinking water. Usually 10 am or 4 pm
Henna tattoosOutside, often in the courtyard Decorate the top of your feet, hands or arm. Effectiveness depends on skin quality.Henna can stain – avoid wearing white clothes!Afternoon – to dry in sun before you eat.
Language lesson (Moroccan Arabic/Berber/French)Activity room or dining room.We usually teach words & phrases used as greetings & when shopping.Moroccan Arabic normally taught. Let us know if you’d like to learn anything particularAvailable if staffing allows it.
Lunch served in a traditional village house in a Berber villageIn the High Atlas in a Berber village – part of the outing that all clients are offered.An opportunity to have a taste of simple village fare & dining – mint tea, fresh bread and a lightly spiced but tasty tagine or a traditional barley couscous.The meal is suitable for vegetarians & vegans.Any day that the Berber Village excursion is timetabled.
Music and/or Dancing (Arabic, Berber, Classical Moroccan, Sufi or Gnawa)Usually in the Activity room or in the courtyard,You listen to a local live band. If it is dance music (most of it is) some of the band and our staff dance and they hope you will join in.Minimum group size of 12.Late afternoon before dinner or evening after dinner.

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