Self-Healing Retreat with Mama Medicine, Deborah Hanekamp - Essaouira, Morocco

  • Essaouira, Morocco
  • Mar 2 - 7, 2019 (6 days)

About us

Born from personal experience and driven by a need to create a space for women to empower themselves and each other. As women we wear many hats, juggle the world and try to do it all with as much grace as possible. However, more often than not we are battling inner turmoil, which leave little room for vulnerability. We are conditioned to feel that we must always be strong and resilient. Many of us have tried some form of retreat in our lifetime, and in the moment we feel motivated, transformed and empowered with renewed energy and promise to be better to ourselves; kinder. But what happens when you leave? Even with the best of intentions, life gets in our way. 

We are approaching our retreats from an altogether different prospective. Set in the serene coastal town of Essaouira, within a sumptuous and rustic Beldi farmhouse, each retreat will be in collaboration with a leading health and wellness expert, providing a curated focus and purpose, in addition to a team of some of the best holistic practitioners and our own private chef. A space to discover, while rediscovering yourself.

Consciously Connected Travel is heading to Morocco to unveil the launch of their women only retreats! 

Set in the serene coastal town of Essaouira, each retreat will be in collaboration with a leading health and wellness expert from across the globe. 

The brand is kicking off with “fashion’s favourite healer” Mama Medicine, as coined by Vogue, to offer a carefully curated space for the modern woman to completely immerse herself in healing, awakening and reconnecting her entire body, mind, and inner goddess spirit. 

For 5 nights and 6 days, you can expect to discover the captivating sleepy surfer charm of Essaouira while rediscovering yourself. With a variety of interactive cultural and wellness experiences like crafting with local artisans, mindful cooking classes, an array of water sports, healing workshops, deep meditations and breathwork, sound baths, yoga and so much more. 

This retreat is limited to 14 guests and exclusively intended to reconnect you back to your inner divine female, to recalibrate your energetic vibrations and empower you to find purpose and passion in all aspects of life. Teaching you how to unlock the tools that already reside within you and equipping you with the techniques to make peace with your pain, find wisdom within your wounds and begin to steer towards the emotional freedom and desired space in which you want to be.


Meet the team:

Mama Medicine 

Deborah Hanekamp is NYC’s distinguished Mama Medicine. As a self-proclaimed seeress, she possesses a gift which allows her to see people’s auras. With this ability, she is able to provide unique support to her clients in an unconventional way. In Essaouira, she will be leading daily group sound baths and meditation sessions, self- healing workshops, one-to-one medicine readings and ritual baths. Her unshakeable focus to empower women to unlock their inner healer teamed with her gift in being able to create a safe space to catalyst change, is what has made Deborah so highly sought after. 

Lexi Bosman 

Whether you want to start your morning with a gentle vinyasa flow, wind down from a long day with some relaxing yin or catch the next surf break, Lexi’s your girl. With roots stemming from Cape Town, Lexi’s adventurous spirit has turned her into a global nomad. It’s hard not to catch her infectious smile, her radiant love shines bright in every place that she visits. 

Maxine Levy

Maxine is a highly trained yoga teacher and intuitive healer who is passionate about how yoga can be used to enhance our well-being. Regardless of age or fitness level, she adapts to all needs by providing tools for managing everyday life - on and off the mat. After recovering from a serious illness, Maxine found appreciation in what it means to be in good health, both in body and mind. 

After qualifying with the British Wheel, through Simon Low’s teacher training, she continued to follow a journey inspired by Kaivalyadhama Yoga. A combination of traditional practice, yoga therapy training and philosophy with modern scientific research, to explore the medical benefits of the practices. 

“The great thing about yoga, like life itself, is that it is an experience rather than a theory.”

Chef Summer Thomas

Trained at the NYC ICE culinary institute and working globally as a Private Chef, Summer teams her Iraqi heritage, her western upbringing and being well travelled as the inspiration behind her culinary creations. With a well-crafted menu that enhances the self-healing experience, guests can expect to have an incredible culinary experience throughout their stay.

Optional Activities: 

Surfing 

Essaouira is arguably one of the top surfing spots in Morocco. Not to mention one of the most ideal places in the world to learn how, if you’re just getting started. The neighboring islands of Mogador make for the best swell sifter while graciously giving us the greatest waves. Live like a local and fulfill your endless summer dream in this surfers’ paradise. 

Horseback Riding 

Camels not your thing? Live out your own Hollywood ending by riding off into the sunset on horseback. Or at least we can let you try and we’ll snap amazing photos of you and your inner Moroccan goddess. 

Camel Riding 

There are few fleeting moments in life where our expectations collide with reality. It’s one of those times where you look around and keep telling yourself, “Someone pinch me, this isn’t real.” Well call us your personal pinchers because we are bringing you the opportunity to live out your Moroccan fantasy humps and all! 

Quad Biking 

If you’re the adventure seeking type, rip and rev around exploring endless rolling sand dunes.

Hammam & Massage

It would be a sin to come to Morocco and not experience a traditional Hammam. A truly self-love and self-heal ritual that deeply cleans and cleanses the body. While an array of massage treatments, some of which use the purest Moroccan Argan oil, will leave you feeling rejuvenated and could act as the perfect start to an incredible journey. 


What is included:

  • Luxury accommodation based on 2 sharing for 5 nights, 6 days. 

  • All meals prepared by private chef

  • All activities outlined in the daily activities

  • Airport transfers & local ground transportation 

What is NOT included:

  • Flights & Travel Insurance

  • All optional activities


Payment Options:

You have the choice of making a full payment or paying a deposit to secure your place. Please note that deposits are non-refundable.


Event Highlights

  • Mama Medicine
  • Deborah Hanekamp is NYC’s distinguished Mama Medicine. As a self-proclaimed seeress, she possesses a gift which allows her to see people’s auras. With this ability, she is able to provide unique support to her clients in an unconventional way. In Essaouira, she will be leading daily group sound baths and meditation sessions, self- healing workshops, one-to-one medicine readings and ritual baths. Her unshakeable focus to empower women to unlock their inner healer teamed with her gift in being able to create a safe space to catalyst change, is what has made Deborah so highly sought after.
  • Daily Activities:
  • Workshops
  • To understand yourself first is the greatest tool to begin self-healing. Then to understand how to navigate yourself within your world is the greatest gift you can give to yourself. Our daily workshops each headed by our practitioners will support in addressing a key areas and topics surrounding healing and provide you with the tools and techniques to successfully begin your self-healing journey. We encourage journaling throughout our workshops to allow you to monitor your growth.
  • Sound Baths
  • Surround yourself with fluid energy and positivity to reach a state of deep relaxation by levelling your personal frequencies. Leading you to self-discovery and a deeper level of internal understanding.
  • Healing Meditation & Breathwork
  • Connect your mind and spirit to develop a better understanding of yourself and your surroundings. Alleviate stress by connecting to your breath, allowing yourself to find what you need from within your own body.
  • Sunrise Walks
  • Start your morning with a spectacular sunrise as you walk on the beach and soak in the first light stretching over an endless sea. Essaouira has some of the best beaches in Morocco and there’s no better way to reconnect to yourself than by connecting with nature.
  • Yoga
  • Whether it’s a morning flow to get the blood going and mind calm or a yin practice to wind down the evening, yoga is one of the most effective and nurturing ways we can show love to ourselves. By reconnecting with our breath and aligning the body, mind, and spirit as one we become more aware and more open to new opportunities.
  • World renowned cuisine
  • Our biggest source of energy comes from the foods we fuel our body with, which is why we have carefully called upon our private chef Summer who we know, love and trust to ensure you get all the benefits your body needs throughout your journey.
  • Stand Up Paddle Board
  • Soak in some vitamin D while giving your core the workout of a lifetime. We provide SUP boards and lessons for any first timers wanting to get out on the glassy water and enjoy an afternoon of exploration.
  • Discover Essaouira
  • There’s no better way to relax than strolling through the sleepy streets of Essaouira. This laid-back beach getaway feels like you’re walking through the set of a romantic movie. Take your time shopping around the medina where you can meet with local artisans and craftsmen. Here you won’t find any hassling or heckling, just friendly people who enjoy doing what they love.
  • Mindful cooking classes
  • Completely immerse your senses in a mindful cooking class. Get a taste for the flavours of Morocco while learning about the richness of this country’s culture, diversity, and magic.
  • Art and play
  • Detox your mind and cleanse your soul with an array of immersive cultural and wellness activities. From creating and crafting with local artisans, to discovering the wellness cuisine with cooking classes, to water sports such as stand up paddle boarding and more. All activities we offer are curated meticulously with love to support in feeding the mind, body, and soul and creating a true catalyst for self-healing.

Venue Highlights

Location:

The sumptuous Villa Anouk will play host to our monthly retreats. Set on 2 hectares, this Beldi farmhouse with its sumptuous rugs to intricate carvings and an ambience that permeates and ensures a luxurious sense of relaxation, with a customary old-world undertone, will support in creating the most harmonious space for maximum healing.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Includes Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Chef Summer Thomas

Trained at the NYC ICE culinary institute and working globally as a Private Chef, Summer teams her Iraqi heritage, her western upbringing and being well travelled as the inspiration behind her culinary creations. With a well-crafted menu that enhances the self-healing experience, guests can expect to have an incredible culinary experience throughout their stay.

Accommodations

Rooms:
- Based on 2 sharing
- Twin beds
- Private shared bathroom
- All rooms connect to private terrace or some form of outdoor space
- Picturesque views
- 2 hectares of private land surrounding property
- Large indoor/outdoor pool
- Small outdoor dipping pool

Directions

- Transfers are included for those flying into Essaouira Airport.
- Transfers can be arranged from Marrakech Airport or Casablanca Airport which are just over 2 hours away. The drive is picturesque and truly enjoyable.

Tags: breathwork coaching group workshops intuitive healing meditation minful chef self-healing vegan women only yoga

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After having just completed my RYT 200 I have been inspired to further my yoga journey and my own personal journey inward. I have fallen in love with yoga and how it has changed my life and I just want to continue to explore so I can share this beautiful gift with as many as possible. Jessica
 

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