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If you’ve ever wanted to get hands-on and do volunteer work while also getting culturally immersive and having beautiful travel photos taken, this trip is for you. Join us for a 5-night retreat at beautiful Peacock Pavilions in Marrakech, Morocco. 7 stunning rooms available; all rooms to be shared by 2 guests. We always do our absolute best to pair you up with a friend or someone you know, whenever possible. This trip is a social impact experience centered around female empowerment, with a beauty, wellness, and holistic approach.

We’ll have retreat leaders to help us re-center your mind, body, and soul, while teaching us about why transformative and impactful travel is so important. We’ll also volunteer at Project Soar – a nonprofit that works towards equal opportunities for young women and helps to further their education through arts, physical education, and mentorship. All that, topped off with a welcome cocktail party with henna, a group yoga session, beauty meditations, professional travel photos in Essaouira, a camel ride on the beach, personal free-time built into the program so that you can roam Marrakech at your own leisure and/or book your own off-site excursions, + more! Will we see you there?

Morocco Retreat

$1,250

  • Double Occupancy
    shared room

Set in the heart of gorgeous Morocco, networking and mingling opportunities with your fellow GoodTravelers, volunteer work, beauty meditations and rituals, professional travel photos in Essaouira, henna party, group yoga, retreat leaders to uplift and inspire you, built-in personal time so that you can explore at your leisure.

Itineraries

Day 1

Date : June 25, 2018

Time : 3:00 pm

Arrival at Peacock Pavilions Resort+ Welcome Cocktails

+ Arrival at Peacock Pavilions Resort
+ 3 pm | Welcome henna party with cocktails/icebreaker
+ 4 pm | Checkin/go to rooms
+ 5 pm | Quick photography lesson w/ Arnelle
+ 7 pm | Dinner

Meals included: dinner

Day 2

Date : June 26, 2018

Time : 8:30 am

Group Yoga & Meditations

+ 8:30 am | Yoga & meditation
+ 9:30 am | On-site breakfast
+ 10:30 am - 11:30 am | Project Soar worker to speak about the organization and the importance of impactful/transformative travel
+ 11:30 pm - 1:30 pm | Guided Beauty Meditation and Lesson on Moroccan Beauty History w/ Stephanie Flor
+ 1:30 pm | On-site lunch
+ 2:30 pm - 4 pm | Ancient Beauty Ritual DIY (Eye Kohl) w/ Stephanie Flor
+ Rest of day at leisure

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 3

Date : June 27, 2018

Time : 7:30 am

Day Trip to Essaouira + Camel Rides on the Beach

+ 7:30 am | On-site breakfast (to-go)
+ Day trip to Essaouira (3 hr drive each way, off-site lunch/dinner at Essaouira)
+ Have personal photos taken by Arnelle
+ Camel ride on the beach

Meal included: breakfast

Day 4

Date : June 28, 2018

Time : 8:00 am

Volunteer + Night Out in Gueliz

+ 8 am | On-site breakfast
+ 9 - 11 am | Volunteer at Project Soar
+ 11:30 am | Leave for guided tour of Medina (tour is approx 4 hours)
+ Off-site lunch in Medina
+ Off-site dinner & night out in Gueliz

Meal included: breakfast

Day 5

Date : June 29, 2018

Time : 9:00 am

Day at Leisure + Jardin Majorelle + Closing Dinner

+ 9 am | On-site breakfast
+ Day at leisure (option to go off-site on your own)
+ (Optional) Visit to Jardin Majorelle
+ 7:30 pm | Closing notes, reflection + 8 pm | On-site dinner

Meals included: breakfast and dinner.

Day 6

Date : June 30, 2018

Time : 12:00 am

Departure

+ 7-9 am | on-site Breakfast
+ Transfers from resort to airport

Meal included: breakfast.

+ Accommodations

+ Transfers to and from airport

+ Transport for group excursions

+ On-site activities like our welcome party, henna party and group yoga

+ On-site meals (clearly stated in itinerary)

+ Your monetary contribution to Project Soar to aid in their efforts

+ Flights

+ Drinks outside of our mentioned group activities

+ Tips

+ Off-site activities/tours not mentioned in our itinerary

+ Off-site meals and any additional meals not mentioned in our itinerary during days at leisure

With a heritage steeped in ancient culture, a cosmopolitan past, and a present where strong faith mixes with contemporary artistry, it's no wonder Marrakech has become a popular destination for trendsetters and soul-searchers alike. Set amidst a backdrop of Islamic architecture, this old imperial city has truly become a place of blending: new meets old, cultures ranging from French, to African, to Middle Eastern intertwine, a blossoming art seen lives side by side with rigid tradition, opulence a neighbor to dusty streets. Spend your days exploring the souqs, the evenings sampling dishes made with the best North African spices and exploring the main square at the Medina, where soothsayers, musicians, conjurers and acting troupes move to the old city's ancient pulse, and your nights in dance clubs where the parties don't stop. Prepare to be enchanted, GoodTravelers, this is Marrakech.
Also known as the ‘Wind City of Africa’, Essaouira is a wind-swept seaside town located along Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Canon-lined ramparts, called the Skala de la Kasbah, have been protecting this port city since the 18th century – though now the fortified walls serve more as a protection from the strong coastal trade winds, called the Alizée or taros, that blow year-round. These winds make Essaouira a popular destination for windsurfers, but traditional beach-goers are attracted to the town for other reasons. It’s the character of the city and the traditional Moroccan port atmosphere that attract people to Essaouira now. GoodTravelers can stroll through the old medina, sampling spices amidst palm-lined streets, learn how traditional fishing nets are made, or take in some rest and relaxation in some of the countries most renowned hotels after visiting local art galleries, or supporting local boutiques.
Power sockets are type C and E, standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. If the standard plug in your county is not C or E, you will need a plug adapter. Travelers visiting from the US, UK, and Canada will need to purchase plug adapters. Most visitors from Europe (UK withstanding) Eurasia, or Russia, may not need an adapter, but we recommend verifying before your trip. If the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa) you can use your electronic devices without a voltage converter. If the standard voltage in your country is between 100 – 127 V (US, Canada and most South American countries) you will need to purchase a voltage converter. Please make sure to purchase the correct plug adapter/voltage converter ahead of time.
The national currency is the Moroccan Dirham. ATMs are available and reliable in most cities. It is recommended before your departure that you inform your bank you will be visiting Morocco, to prevent possible fraud alerts during your trip.
Hot and fairly dry, with daytime highs in the summer months (June-September) reaching 100 degrees fahrenheit and with daytime lows in the upper 50s/low 60s during the winter.
During the summer months, pack lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics like cotton, or linen to help you stay cool. In the winter, bring a warm jacket for the colder evenings. Ladies, in general, Old Town Marrakech is still highly conservative, and non-revealing clothing is par for the course. Wearing tops that cover the shoulders and midriffs and bottoms that go past the knee is recommended. If you do wear a sleeveless or strapless top, a scarf (a staple of Marrakech dress) can be used to cover up a bit if you're feeling uncomfortable - simply wrap it around your shoulders when you're cruising through a more traditional area. As a general rule, don't wear anything too revealing, like a crop-top or yoga pants. At the hotel, in the pool, or at a nightclub, feel free to let loose and dress as you like. Guys and girls - don't forget your hat and shades! Marrakech gets lots of sun.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov), the following vaccinations are recommended for Morocco: Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Rabies
In any busy city, theft isn't uncommon, and Marrakech, while a safe and stable destination, is no different. Keep valuables close to you, and be on the lookout for pickpockets. And, in general while traveling, travel in groups is possible, don't carry too much cash on you, be attentive and prepared, and leave major valuables locked-up in your hotel room.
Visitors from the USA, Canada, UK, EU, Australia, New Zealand and Japan do not need visas if their trip duration is less than 90 days. A passport valid for the entirety of the stay is mandatory for US and UK residents, while Canadian and Australian citizens must have passports that are valid at least 6 months past the intended departure date from Morocco.