Salam Aleikum

Hi, i'm writing this blog page to share information with all you wanderlust souls out there. Living in Morocco comes with lots of bizarre and unexpected events, which i thought you may enjoy reading about and sharing in the laughter.



My family and I moved to Marrakech 6 years ago from London. The beginning of a huge adventure for us. Choosing which country was right for us to live in had been an extremely long and tiring process. Having made a choice to move to Marrakech, was in itself a big box ticked. We had two criteria lists, one for our business (opening and running a guesthouse) and one for personal. On top of this it had to feel right at a soul level for my husband and I, both who are from very different backgrounds.



Phase two of our journey then began. Setting up home in Morocco, also a non English speaking country with a very different culture to ours. Marrakech is a real melting pot of; languages, tribes, rich, poor, city slickers, country peasants. It sometimes reminds me of that place Luke Skywalker went to, to buy that space ship, with all those different intergalactic aliens. (Any one know what it was called?) After months of beauroctratic paperwork, rendez vous with people who don't turn up and renting from an unpleasant woman for a large amount of money, we bought ourselves a villa. This was not in the plan as we didn't want to tie up our capital in a home. I now realise it is one of the best things we could have done. When you've had a really difficult day here to be able to close the door and relax in your own place really balances you.

Zamzam Riad & Spa was eventually created out of love and we hope you will come and stay and be pampered in our luxury boutique riad.

Creating the Guest House

We had decided to buy land and build a country guesthouse as per our business plan, about 10 double rooms and suites. The dream was to create a holistic retreat and build our house on the same plot. We were going to have an organic vegetable garden and provide a Moroccan Spa.



Land in Marrakech particularly, went mad. Prices going up daily, lots of people fishing but not really wanting to sell. There is also a problem here of title. ie not much land is titled and to buy land without a title is very difficult, unless you have a lot of time on your hands and like a gamble. We looked at more land than you can shake a stick at, drank more mint tea than you can imagine and got totally no where. It can take weeks to even get a price. You may be being shown a piece of land that isn't for sale or has already been sold. After a year of this my husband said 'that is it!, we are buying a riad!'



I had a total nervous breakdown and couldn't talk to anyone for three days. He then said this doesn't have to be the end.......

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Kundalini Morocco - Release your fears and trauma and liberate - Luxury Sahara Reteat - Transformative Retreat

“We invite you to share this process with us through deep meditation. You will be able to rebuild from the bottom up your family relationships, you will become aware of painful memories from your childhood and release yourselves from unnecessary burdens of the past. We heal what prevents us from moving forward and prospering in life… It’s time for us to be happy, to leave our fears, our traumas and our feelings of panic behind…”Jai Hari Singh




Rebirthing, Liberation, Resurrection is a therapeutic workshop which is based on yoga and “meditation/medication” which will take us through our personal histories (ancestors, conception, pregnancy, childhood, teenage years) thanks to practising deep meditation, according to Yogi Bhajan’s teachings.

This therapeutic workshop contributes to the deep transformation of the Self, thanks to the internal work through the technology that Yogi Bhajan taught us, building a link at that very moment, with the heart and the internal self. And above all, this process will take us, at a subconscious level, to the mental, physical and spiritual space of “cleaning the house” from any sensation of pain, traumas, weakening of emotions which have not been adequately assimilated, frustrations, fear that dwells in us, anger that result from all these undigested feelings, depressions and “heart´s illnesses” which hinder literally the awareness of the present moment, because of the anxieties we experience all the time and which separate us from the sensation of “the divine presence of our Self”

We will explore together our liberation through a process of rebirthing and personal resurrection thanks to this ancient technology of healing our “Self”. We will do that in the best possible environment for contemplation and silence: the Sahara desert in the heart of the South of Morocco.



Who may be interested?
  • Everybody who has a desire to work internally and spiritually through yoga and meditation (you do not need any previous experience)
  • Everybody who already practise any technique of yoga and meditation and wants to broaden and understand better his meditative experience and the self
  • Anybody who is a yoga teacher
  •  Anyone decided to explore the paths of the soul



    Whats included:
  • Airport transfers to the Hotel and back
  • 3 nights in luxury at Zamzam Riad, Medina Marrakech (1st, 2d and last night)
  • 1 night in Ait Ben Haddou with views of the kasbah
  • 3 nights in the Sahara at Luxury Eco Camp Adounia
  • Jai Hari Singh – Workshop- Yoga- Meditation programme “Rebirthing, Liberation, Resurrection”
  • Yoga mats and cushions
  • All vegetarian meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner + Tea all day/Water)
  • Non alcoholic drinks
  • Landcruiser transport with AC to the desert with professional drivers 
  • Injury Wafa Insurance; covers injury to clients at Camp Adounia and Zamzam – it is recommended all guests take out their own travel insurance and to travel with a credit card in case of emergencies.  Guests need to tell their bank they are traveling to Morocco so that the bank allows them to use their card here.
  • Total life transformation!
For more information and reservation email - zamzamriad@gmail.com or call 
00212 661215062  
http://www.moroccoretreats.com/the-retreats/luxury-sahara-retreat/

Friday, June 13, 2014

Spa and Shop Breaks Marrakech Medina - Zamzam Riad & Spa

Moroccan Journeys have just launched new Spa and shop weekends at Zamzam Riad this is a brilliant way to be pampered in a luxury boutique hotel in the ancient city walls and enjoy the shopping that the local artisans of Marrakech Souks have to offer.

http://moroccanjourneys.com/complete-tours-morocco/complete-tours-morocco-spa-shop-breaks/

Make sure you fly out with empty suit cases because you will be sure to fill them.  A brilliant long weekend and you can even add a traditional cooking class or extra beauty treatments in the Spa if you wish.  Zamzam is ideal for ladies traveling on their own too as we have day and night managers, full concierge and a guardien to walk with you to the taxis.


 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Yoga and Spa Retreat - Luxury Camp with private beach and Sun Morocco - 8-14 May last minute discount!

We are getting ready for our May Beach Retreat at our new ecological Camp Adounia set is a stunning view with your own deserted beach and guaranteed sun.

You will have access to daily yoga with the lovely Daisy Booth, brilliant chef and nutritionist, Spa team offering a range of beauty treatments, reiki, reflexology and excellent massage.

Only 2.5 hours pretty drive from Marrakech and 3 hours from the UK and Europe its a wonderful retreat and chance to have a real break and get away from it all.

In the evenings you have the chance to sit around the camp fire and listen to real music played by our musicians before falling into bed for a wonderful nights sleep in our comfortable beds and wonderful linen.  The tents are decorated in wonderful textiles and carpets and are super comfy.

In your free time there is the chance to walk on deserted beaches, have a surf lesson, ride camels at sunset or just read a book in a hammock.

Phone Emma for more information or send an email to zamzamriad@gmail.com


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Moroccan Beach Holiday - Summer 2014 - Luxury Beach Camp - Yoga and Surf


 The Moroccan Coast is one of the world's best kept secrets.  Glorious clean deserted beaches only 3 hours from europe.  In the summer perfect temperatures and guaranteed sun, it reminds me of the south of France when I was younger.  We used to all drive down to French beaches with our boat and our tent.  These beaches are like this, a bit hippy, real beaches totally unspoilt as yet.  You can eat fresh fish, crab and lobster bbqued on the beach.  Watch camels groove on by and for the experienced hire a horse for a gallop down the beach through the waves.

The beaches stretch for miles.  It's an oportunity to take a beach holiday away from super tourism.  Essaouira is a stunning little quaint Medina to visit or just get away from it all and visit Siki Kaoulki for some lounging and surf lessons.  This wonderful coast is only 2.5 hours from Marrakech and so can be combined with a historical visit to the Medina and Spa treatments at Zamzam Riad.




We have chosen a pretty hidden spot with our own private beaches for Camp Adounia - full with lovely team of staff to look after you and go with you on miles of beach walks or just help collect shells with the children.  Jawad is a star at footy on the beach or you can enjoy a sunset camel walk or one to one lesson with our super surf instructor who turns up on his quad with full equipment.

After a wonderful beach day of activity and exploration have a wash in your eco bathroom with our exclusive AEOS products before joining us for dinner and finally around the camp fire to view the stars and enjoy the culinary delights of our chef Momo.

For more information email me Emma or view our Camp Adounia information here 




Friday, April 18, 2014

Yoga and Spa Beach Retreat - last minute places May 8-14 2014 - Morocco Beach and Marrakech

Come and join us at our new luxury eco camp for some glorious yoga and fun on the beach.  Sun and relaxation guaranteed as well as excellent cuisine.  All inclusive now only £995 for 6 nights.

The Retreat starts at the boutique hotel, Zamzam Riad & Spa - where you can enjoy a traditional hammam and the start of your yoga before setting off on the pretty journey to the coast.  With the Spa Team and Camp Team looking after your every need and 3 treatment tents, its a wonderful week to get away from it all.  Our Retreat Director Daisy Booth will be leading the programme, yoga and meditation.

At Camp Adounia you can enjoy AEOS products and also argan oil massages by Nassima.  You can walk for ages on our pretty deserted beach or take a sunset camel ride after meditation.

The retreat is suitable for all levels.  For more information email zamzamriad@gmail.com or phone Emma on 00212 661215062












Thursday, April 10, 2014

Zamzam Boutique - Beni Ouarain, Azilal, Handira, Moroccan Poufs - new stock and website

We are re-launching the Zamzam Boutique and have exciting new stock.  I thought Id share some of our new photos whith you of whats coming.





Stay posted for more updates of beautiful Moroccan textiles or email zamzamriad@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Morocco Mindfulness Retreat - Sun and blue skies - Marrakech Medina and Comfy Beach Camp

Morocco Sun & Sky Beach Retreat - Marrakech Medina to Luxury Beach     
May 16―23,  2014








Your Mindfulness Journey starts with a welcome dinner at the luxurious Zamzam Riad in the heart of the Marrakech Medina. On your doorstep you will find the souks for beautiful designs and endless shopping, you can blend in with the rich life of the old city or take a hammam (full body scrub and massage) at the spa of our Riad - a wonderful way to let go of the daily grind of life and unwind. 

After breakfast the next morning, we take our convoy of Landcruisers for a drive through countryside and desert, arriving at our own luxury eco beach camp - Glamping at it's best! 

For the next six days you will relax into two daily Mindfulness Meditation sessions with your teacher, Brian Hilliard.  We will enjoy delicious meals on our beach, swims in the ocean, walks on the cliffs, campfires with Berber drummers and Gamberi players under starry skies, time for reading, relaxing, getting to know new friends and even riding a camel on the beach! Above all you reconnect to the magic within yourself. The best gifts you take home are the profound new Mindfulness Awareness tools for your everyday life. A unique holiday with meaning - relax, nurture, celebrate. For beginners and all levels.

Daily Schedule
7:00 Morning Lujong Practice

8:00 Breakfast

9:30-12:00 Talk, Meditation Instruction, Practice, Discussion. Progression of morning activities will change from day to day as the needs of our experience unfold.

16:00-18:00 Meditation, Dialogue and Creative exercises

Evenings: Dinner, campfire with Berber Drummers and Gamberi Players, or read, relax and star gaze.
What's included
Tuition
Airport transfers to Zamzam Riad & Spa, Marrakech
Transfers by Land Cruisers from Marrakech to our unique beach camp
Healthy fresh meals - any dietary requirements catered for
All drinks included, alcohol extra
Luxury shared accommodation in twin, double, triple and quad rooms with high count Egyptian cotton sheets, towels and toiletries at Zamzam Riad and twin luxury tents at our beach camp
Camel rides on the beach

Dates
May 16―23, 2014. Arrival at Zamzam Riad & Spa on May 16 for registration and welcome dinner. Departure for Luxury Beach Camp on May 17. Departure from our camp after lunch on May 23 to Marrakech Medina or airport.

We encourage you to arrive early or extend your stay at Zamzam Riad & Spa to explore the delights of Marrakech.

Price - SPECIAL OFFER - Book by 15 April for 100 € Off
1650 € - Sharing luxury rooms at Zamzam Riad and ensuite tent at the luxury beach camp with single beds, toilet tent, salon, and dining tent. Includes all meals and tuition.


For more information, travel details and booking go to - www.mindfulnessjourneys.com.
+33 (0)6 38 02 73 03

Skype:  mindfulnessjourneys