April 9-15, 2016
In a far away land of intricate patterns, saturated colors and secret gardens, join artists Mati McDonough and Faith Evans-Sills, along with holistic wellness coach Stephanie Perkinson on the exotic journey of a lifetime.
Join us in Marrakesh, Morocco for a week long retreat of opulent luxury, guided shopping, cultural exploration and workshops bursting with insight into how to access the dormant energy within your life and home.
Inspiration Gathering, Sacred Altar Building, Layered Painting Projects, we'll explore all of these together while delighting each of our senses with fresh food, exotic tours, field trips down secret alleys, henna parties and so much more.
Consider this your invitation to join me on the adventure of a lifetime in Morocco April 9-15, 2016.
We're going back to Morocco in October 2017!! Come find out all the details!
This first retreat that we led in Morocco was simply amazing, please visit our Instagram tag #sacredinsightretreats for a look at every step of our group's journey in this magical land.
WE WILL BE STAYING AT THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE...PEACOCK PAVILIONS.
NESTLED IN ITS OWN PRIVATE OLIVE GROVE, PEACOCK PAVILIONS IS A STYLISH AND ECO-FRIENDLY BOUTIQUE RETREAT THAT IS APPROXIMATELY 9 MILES OUTSIDE OF MARRAKECH’S MEDINA. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL ROOMS ARE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.
IN ADDITION TO THE HOME PAVILION, THERE ARE TWO GUEST PAVILIONS WITH SIX DOUBLE-OCCUPANCY GUEST BEDROOMS DIVIDED BETWEEN THE TWO SPACES. EACH PAVILION HAS ITS OWN AIRY DOMED SALON THAT ACTS AS A CENTRAL MEETING SPACE FOR RELAXING, MEETING, OR EATING.
MODERN ETHNIC GLAMOUR IS THE THEME AT PEACOCK PAVILIONS. THROUGH CREATIVE COMBINATIONS, THE DISPLAYS DAZZLE. ATTENTION TO DETAIL EMERGES IN THE HAND-PAINTED DECORATIVE CEILINGS AND INTRICATELY CARVED PLASTER FIREPLACES, IN THE BEADED AFGHAN HEADDRESSES RE- PURPOSED INTO LAMPS, AND IN THE CAFTAN-FABRICS CONVERTED INTO CUSHIONS. THE HOTEL HAS BEEN FEATURED IN DOZENS OF MAGAZINES AND TV SHOWS, INCLUDING THE NEW YORK TIMES, ELLE DÉCOR, LIVING ETC., ELLE DECORATION, RUM DENMARK, FEMINA, BELLE, INTERIEURS, AND HOUSE AND GARDEN TELEVISION.
THERE IS ALSO LARGE POOL, A SMALL OUTDOOR CINEMA, AND A MOROCCAN DINING TENT. AND YES, THERE ARE PEACOCKS, REAL ONES, NAMED MAURICE, PERSEPHONE AND NOELLE.
cost: $2695 (does not include airfare)
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DEPOSIT REQUIRED TO HOLD YOUR SPOT. TOTAL BALANCE IS DUE DEC 15TH, 2015. PAYMENTS PLANS ARE AVAILABLE, PLEASE SEE FAQ'S FOR DETAILS.
DUE TO HIGH AMOUNT OF INTEREST, WE EXPECT THIS RETREAT TO SELL OUT QUICKLY. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO PUT YOUR DEPOSIT DOWN EARLY, THAT WAY YOU'LL HAVE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF TIME TO COMFORTABLY SPACE OUT YOUR PAYMENTS.
ONCE WE RECEIVE YOUR DEPOSIT WE WILL BE IN TOUCH AND SEND YOU TIMELY UPDATES AND TRAVEL TIPS AS NEEDED.
OUR LUXURIOUS 7-DAY ITINERARY:
saturday (day 1)- arrival and orientation
Arrive in Morocco. We suggest you plan your arrival time no later than 4pm local time. Transportation to Peacock Pavilions will be provided. Opening circle will come with cocktails and canapés as we move into an introductory workshop on Sacred Alter Building. Three course dinner at Peacock Pavilions in their Arabian dining tent to follow.
sunday (day 2)- tour of marrakech
Breakfast at Peacock Pavilions then it's off for some adventuring. Guided tours of Marrakech will be taking place with lunch in town. Dinner will be served at Peacock Pavilions.
monday (day 3) - workshop
Breakfast at Peacock Pavilions followed by Faith and Mati's Painting Workshop: Harnessing your internal vision; dream catchers with intention.
Lunch at Peacock Pavilions will be served family style on the Moroccan tiled terrace. There will also be free time at Peacock Pavilions to enjoy the grounds and pool. Private one on one appointments will be available with Stephanie during this time.
In the evening there will be a Henna Party with explanations and insights into the ancient tradition of Henna. Refreshments will be served during this time. Dinner will in be in town.
tuesday (day 4)- day trip to essaouira
Breakfast at Peacock Pavilions. Stephanie will be available for one on one appointments before we set off on the day's adventure. On this day we will be traveling to and exploring beautiful Essaouira; about a 3 hour drive to the historic fortified town made famous by Jimi Hendrix. We will plan on stopping at an Argan oil co-op on the way there. Camels rides on the beach are an option as well! Lunch and dinner will be enjoyed in Essaouria.
thursday (day 5) - workshop
Breakfast at Peacock Pavilions followed by the Mandala Magic: Layered Painting Workshop. We will break for lunch served at Peacock Pavilions and then continue with our workshop. In the afternoon you will have the option for a second shopping trip to the Souq market. We will reconvene at the pavilions and enjoy dinner together in town.
friday (day 6) - free day and farewell
Breakfast at Peacock Pavilions followed by an optional trip to the spa for Moroccan Hammam & Massage Treatment. There will also be time for additional shopping and sightseeing in town. Lunch will be enjoyed in town as well. In the evening, we have a beautiful 2hr wine tasting planned at Peacock Pavilions followed by a farewell dinner on the grounds.
saturday (day 7)- departure
Breakfast at Peacock Pavilions followed by check-out and transfer to the airport.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS OUR PROSPECTIVE ITINERARY. SMALL CHANGES MAY BE MADE DUE TO WEATHER, DESIRES OF THE GROUP AND UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITIES.
:: FAQ'S ::
Are there payment plans?
Yes! Upon receipt of your $500 non-refundable deposit you may divide your remaining total into 4 separate payment. Total balance is due Dec 15th, 2015.
What does the cost cover?
- 6 night stay at Peacock Pavilions
- Transportation to and from all destinations
- Guided shopping trips
- Sight seeing in Marrakech
- One on one appointments with Stephanie
- Sacred Altar Workshop
- Harnessing your Internal Vision: Dream Catchers with Intention Workshop
- Mandala Magic: Layered Painting Workshop
- 6 Breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 Dinners at Peacock Pavilions
- Day trip to Essaouira (travel and guide)
- Henna party
- Wine Tasting
- Supplies for all Faith and Mati's workshops
What isn't covered in the cost?
Your airfare is not included in the cost. Any meals eaten off Peacock Pavilion grounds (3 lunches, 3 dinners). Expect to pay $15 for lunches and $30 for dinner. Anything you buy in the markets or on various trips will not be covered as well as any spa treatments (around $62 for a hammam scrub and a massage) you purchase on Day 6 if you choose to go.
Do I need travelers insurance?
We highly recommend it.
How much money should I bring for spending?
That is totally personal and depends on how much shopping you plan to do. ATM's are available to you and credit cards are taken at some major retailers.
Do I need immunizations?
Please see the CDC recommendations here.
Do I have to share a room?
Yes. Peacock Pavilions is a luscious and intimate retreat space. Each uniquely beautiful room will be double occupancy with two single beds. We will do our best to pair you up with someone we think you'll match well with.
What kind of food will be served?
Peacock Pavilions never uses processed foods and all meals are prepared the old fashion way – from scratch. They provide a fixed daily menu that relies on fresh and organic ingredients.
Breakfasts - daily made bread from the village’s communal bread oven (rebuilt as part of their charity, Project Soar), homemade jams, eggs or muffins, yoghurt, fruit, just squeezed juice, coffee and tea
Lunches – light and fresh (soups, salads, quiches, etc.) served with cookies or fruit for dessert
Dinners – three delicious courses, served by candle light, ending in an herbal infusion from the garden to help you sleep
How do I get to Peacock Pavilion from airport and back again?
We will secure transportation to and from using a transportation service. When booking flights please plan your arrival as close to 4pm local time as possible. Check-out is at noon. If your flight is later in the day, you are most welcome to lounge around Peacock Pavilions as long as you need.
What airport do I fly into?
When booking your flight please fly into Marrakech Menara International Airport. We recommend booking your flights at least 90 days before the beginning of the retreat.
What will the weather be like?
Weather in April is likely to be in the high-60's to mid-70's. It is expected to be a bit cooler in the evenings.
Is there anything special I need to bring?
We suggest you bring a sketchbook with either watercolor paper or pre-gessoed pages and an extra bag (or 2) to bring your artwork and goodies you have collected home. Don't forget a bathing suit!
I'm not an artist is this retreat still for me?
Absolutely! This retreat is more focused on adventure, taking notice of your surroundings and approaching your life from a creative and holistic point of view. Painting is just one of the tools we'll encourage you to explore on this retreat.
I've never been anywhere this exotic, will I like it?
We ask you to approach this trip with a sense of adventure in your heart. We think you are going to love this retreat! We encourage you to do a little research on the area and how to shop before you come. There are many articles available online to help with this. Here is great one written my Maryam; one of Peacock Pavilions owners for Travel + Leisure. It will be a mix of laid back down time, exploration, pampering and immersion into a vibrant, lively culture.