May 18th & 19th | Riad Yasmine | Marrakech
Join Rosie & Grace of Kin Workshops on a botanical inspired mini retreat in the magical souks of Marrakech in partnership with Boutique Souk.
On the 18th and 19th of May 2017 we will be holding our first ‘Kin abroad’ retreat in one of our favourite locations, Marrakech. We have both worked and traveled in Morocco for a number of years working with the incredible Boutique Souk team. We can’t wait to give you a taste of this truly exotic city! From wandering its seemingly never ending souks, drinking mint tea on the rooftop of your riad, to experiencing (in our opinion!) the best hammam in Marrakech. We want to share our finds with you, and of course true to Kin style, throw in a whole heap of botanicals!
This intimate, mini retreat will be held at Riad Yasmine, one of the most instagrammable riads in Marrakech, a beautiful garden oasis in the heart of the bustling medina. Step in and enjoy the magic of a traditional Moroccan Riad, take a plunge in the pool or relax on the roof garden with views to the Atlas Mountains. You will be enveloped in beauty, peace and calm as soon as you arrive.
After checking in, guests will enjoy a beautifully prepared seasonal welcome lunch of a traditional Moroccan tagine, salads and breads. You will each receive your welcome pack with a guide to the city including a map of must visit boutiques, café’s, restaurants as well as hints and tips for your stay in the medina though we will be on hand at all times during your retreat for advice and guidance.
After lunch, let the botanicals begin! We will start our journey with a little fun to kick off the retreat by immersing you in florals with making your own floral crown… Using the locally foraged foliage along with the beautifully scented Moroccan atlas roses, Grace will guide you through the crown making process step by step, sharing her knowledge with you, along with hints tips on how to best care for your flowers, advice on foraging and seasonality. This is a great welcome to Marraech, and perfect for the bohemian vibes of the medina, and of course all those fabulous photo opportunities!
Once you’ve created your crowns you will be taken out into the souks to experience the magic of the medina. Our expert will guide you through the maze of the medina advise you on the best places to shop, sites to see and spots to take some refreshing mint tea (tips on how to haggle included!) From our experience of Marrakech, a guide for your first time in the souks is definitely how to do it whilst gaining some great insider knowledge.
With shopped goodies in hand it’s back to Riad Yasmine where we start our first evening as a group with some delicious floral cocktails on the roof garden before we head to one of our favourite spots in the medina. A beautiful Moroccan restaurant as botanical as it gets within the medina and a pure oasis of green, where we gather together and enjoy our evening as a group. One thing’s for sure; no one can escape the amazing energy of the Medina at night.
You will then enjoy some free time to wander the souks, the square at night is something to behold, coming alive with storytellers, musicians and a whole menagerie of animals!
Waking up refreshed, to the sound of the call to prayer you will have the option to partake in a gentle and reviving yoga session before a beautiful breakfast prepared by our hosts at Riad Yasmine. We will then head to the beautiful Beldi Country Club with its famous rose gardens which is a must visit oasis for all you botanical lovers. After having a wander around the rose gardens Rosie will guide you through a botanical painting session in the stunning plant filled glasshouse. A relaxing few hours where you will be encouraged to find your own style using the medium of watercolour inspired by the beautiful plants that surround you. Rosie will help you to develop your skills covering observation, technique and composition before we take take lunch as a group in the famous gardens of the Beldi.
We then head further south to The Source. A truly magical place built on peace and tranquility, nurtured from the ground up where everything is organic, home grown and seasonal, “a refuge dedicated to peace”. Guests will enjoy time with the wonderful owner, Naiki, where she will share her botanical wisdom of the kitchen garden and you will be guided to choose your favorite plants and flowers to make your own signature body scrub or mask. Then in to the most beautiful spa, a place of complete calm and relaxation where each guest will enjoy a traditional Moroccan hammam an experience not to be missed when visiting Morocco, followed by a massage which we can assure is the the best in Marrakech!
After you’ve been completely pampered we will enjoy some fresh herbal teas and juices on the sunset terrace to reflect on our time together before one of our cars takes you to your chosen onward destination.
This is a creative retreat designed around the botanical. You do not need to be an artist to join us, nor do you need to have knowledge of flowers or painting for this retreat.
An invoice will be sent to you upon booking, 50% of this is required to secure your place on the retreat. The other 50% is required one month prior to the retreat - 18th April 2017.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer any refunds. However, if you do need to cancel for any reason let us know in good time and IF the space can be filled by a new guest we will refund you.*
Included: All transfers, accommodation, meals, workshop materials, treatments at the spa.
Not included: Flights, extra alcohol, personal snacks and personal shopping.
Insurance must be acquired by each person attending the retreat before traveling. A copy of this insurance must be sent to kin by each guest two weeks prior to attending, unfortunately we are unable to accept guests traveling without insurance.
Airport transfer to and from is included for guest arriving on the 18th morning and departing on the 19th evening.
If you have other travel arrangements and need any help please feel free to ask us for advise or transfer arrangements.
Boutique Souk can help you arrange onwards travel in Morocco if you wish to extend your trip.
*In order for this retreat to run we need a minimum of 6 people if in the unfortunate event this is not met you will be granted a full refund.
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