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We begin our creative adventure into the heart of Moroccan culture in the world heritage city of Fes, home to the oldest continuously functioning university in the world.

Known as the Mecca of the West and the Athens of Africa,  we spend a day exploring its fascinating markets and medinas before heading out for our desert retreat.  Our destination is a retreat in the Saharan village of Tissardine owned and run by Australian artist Karen Hadfield.

Situated in an oasis, this tiny traditional Berber village comprising of 15 houses, is perched on the edge of one of the Sahara’s most extraordinary natural wonders, Erg Chebbi, a large dune stretching 22 kms long and 5 kms wide and peaking up to 150 metres high.

Formed by wind blown sand, Erg Chebbi is celebrated for its unique golden-orange sand formations that start at the most northern tip of the Sahara and undulate across Morocco to Tomboctou.

Located 30km from the more well-trodden towns of Erfoud and Rissani, Tissardmine is a place of tranquility, where the loudest sound you will hear is the birdsong.

Morning workshops and evening readings and sharings take their inspiration from the cosmology of the eight pointed star, which forms the basis of all Moroccan decorative arts, and from the unique desert landscape. Heading out into the dunes on camels overnight and camping in Berber tents, we experience the ways of the Berber people, and the extraordinary spaciousness in the landscape of the shifting sands.

After our eight day writing retreat in this peaceful oasis, we cross the high Atlas Mts and continue on our desert journey to Marrakech to end our caravan feasting on the sights and sounds of this famous Moroccan city.

Our fourteen day creative adventure into the Moroccan desert will take you deep into the heart and essence of your writing or creative idea.  Start a new project, revitalise an old one or simply write the journey. All genres and levels of experience welcome.

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