Newsletter March 2017

Date Palm canopy viewed from belowMake a Date with Morocco!

Make a date with Morocco: keep your spirits up for the next few months, knowing you have something to look forward to when the nights draw in and thermometers drop. You can then taste the fruit of the autumn date harvest!

Even though the uplifting spring weather in the UK diverts your attention from contemplating holidays in the autumn, we strongly advise booking soon in order that you save a potentially substantial amount on the flights and secure a place; even holidays next Spring (2018) are filling up fast or are fully booked.

Feedback from groups recently

“I am writing to thank you for all your work behind the scenes in organising this experience. I could not have chosen a better place to go to. I feel blessed and changed in ways that I do not fully understand at present. Thank you.”   Colin Grimmett, March 2017

“My recent stay at La Maison Anglaise was without doubt the most interesting and unusual holiday I have experienced.  The food was excellent – healthy, delicious and plentiful – and the staff were, without exception, efficient, friendly and extremely helpful and informative.  All the excursions were very well organised and a real eye-opener into the lives of the local people.”  Susan Shuttleworth, Jan 2017


Celia back view in mountainsPlaces on Holidays with Heart October-December 2017

October 14th-21st: Teresa Verney
– learn beautiful songs with fun and relaxation.  Includes option of 3 additional nights in stunning Anti-Atlas Mountains with opportunties to walk or just laze by the pool Brochure Book Now

November 28th-December 5th:  Celia Webb
Singing for Joy”
Book now to get one of the last few places! Brochure Book Now

November 11th-20th:  Louise Waugh’s 
ever-popular art holiday runs from November 11-20 2017. Includes a 2 night stay at a guest house at the foot of Mt Toubkal (the highest peak in North Africa). Brochure  Book Now

Dances for Universal Peace
November 18th -28th Jilani and Muiz offer another chance to join their Caravan of the Heart, with 7 nights at La Maison Anglaise followed by a 3-night tour of the remarkable desert and Anti-Atlas Mountains. Brochure Book Now


Experience Something New

October 28th-November 4th:  Singing & Nourishing Your Roots of Creativity

A new offering from popular leaders, Pauline Down and Michael Harvey.  Both highly respected and experienced arts trainers, they will lead a week of singing, reflection and creativity. Brochure  Book Now

December 5th -12th Storytelling with Michael Harvey.  Learn about this fascinating tradition in Morocco (rapidly disappearing due to TV and internet).  Listen to stories or perfect your techniques of telling your own. Fantastic opportunity to do some Christmas shopping cheaply. Brochure Book Now

Family Fun Weeks – Easter 2017 and 2018
Family holidays to include not only our cultural offerings but also a flexible programme of fun activities run by Carol Shepherd & Phil Burton. Sessions in puppetry, storytelling, circus skills, cooperative games, singing, yoga and mindfulnessBrochure Book Now

Our Holiday Calendar

For a full list of our inspiring holidays as far ahead as October 2019 consult our calendar

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

Extended Roof TerraceNews

Ethical Banking

We are pleased to announce that we have just re-opened an account with Triodos, generally agreed to be the best ethical bank in the UK. We had an account 20 years ago, but had to close it because they were not able to provide the on-line banking we needed. Note: the new account is in the name “Holidays with Heart” but existing cheques payable to Jane will still be processed by Triodos.


The new flights to Agadir (about 50 minutes’ drive from us) from London Stansted are proving popular:  more accessible than Gatwick from many parts of the UK. Timings allow travel to the airport on day of flights.

The extended roof terrace has proved a hit with Yogis, dancers and singers already this year.  A retractable roof and curtained sides allow use of the space at any time of day.  New plants and furnishings have enlivened it.

“… everyone had a wonderful time at la Maison Anglaise with your amazing staff, food and everything on offer there. I love the extension on the roof terrace – what a difference!”  Barbara Driscoll

Charitable Projects

New Olive Oil Project

Ancient Olive Groves
Ancient Olive Groves

Having obtained test kits from Greece, we are excitedly awaiting reswults of testing local olive oils for exceptional levels of antioxidants. This will allow us to help small farmers on cultivate, process and market olives to ensure higher levels of antioxidants, enabling them to obtain higher prices for their artisan oils.  Read More

Saharan Yellow Bee

At last Youssef from our Busy Bee Centre has been successful in buying some Saharan Yellow Bee Queens, something we’ve been eagerly awaiting for some time.  These bees, the original natives in the area, are remarkable in that they forage over a much wider area than other bees, making them resiliant to drought, which is a perennial problem in this part of Morocco – all the more so as climatic change kicks in.

Moroccan Children’s Trust

This excellent project to support street children in Taroudant inspired Circle Dance teacher, Jeanette Whitford to fund-raise; her efforts have met with remarkable success so far.  All funds raised until the end of 2017 will be matched by a generous donor.  If you would like to donate, please follow this link.   Thanks to the generosity of two of the dancers who attended her week at the guest house, a boiler has been installed so that children can have hot showers at the centre.  Read More


Students for Students

We have been approached by this Dutch organisation which chooses a project specifically directed at vocational education in Africa. They collect money and supplies; then in July they travel to the project by jeep to deliver goods to the chosen school. We have nominated a very poor village in the Anti Atlas Mountains.

Thanks to Celia Webb’s singing group for the lovely  photographs used on this Newsletter.

Warm Wishes,

Jane, Christine and the Moroccan team- the 2 Latifas, the 2 Saids, Dounia, Nordine, Fatima and Rachid

Holidays with Heart at our award-winning, sustainably-run traditional Moroccan Guest House in Taroudant. Authentic activities and community projects


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