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 11 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 Marrakesh, 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.

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.

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
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

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 -
+33 (0)6 38 02 73 03

Skype:  mindfulnessjourneys
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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 at that time, 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 we 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....... It wasn't I have now built an Ecological Camp Adounia in the Sahara Desert!