Morocco Retreat Experience of a Lifetime

Casablanca, Morocco

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Melissa Sutor
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Oct 9 - 18, 2021
Group size: 8 - 12
Morocco Retreat Experience of a Lifetime
Casablanca, Morocco

Melissa Sutor
  • Email address verified
  • LinkedIn verified
2 reviews

$3995
Deposit: $500
Oct 9 - 18, 2021
Group size: 8 - 12

About this trip

Join us for an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for healing, empowerment, and transformation!  We're going to the magical North African country of Morocco! 


Due to the global coronavirus pandemic we are now planning for 2021 and hope that we can safely travel at that time.  For now, please take extra care to stay well, safe and healthy!  We hope that from this crisis beautiful transformations will come to create a more loving world for all of us. 


Dragonfly Healing Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Public Charity Organization Tax Exempt ID 84-3197387 

**Consult with your tax accountant for details on writing off this retreat as a tax deduction on your U.S. taxes**


We'll be connecting with each other in a diverse environment that expands our hearts and our minds while supporting ourselves in continuing to grow, and supporting others by partnering with a women's community organization in Morocco.  We will announce this partnership in February and make plans to meet members of this organization while in Morocco to volunteer our services, share wisdom with each other, and provide financial assistance towards their community initiatives. 

 

Since we value, respect and take action on diversity and inclusion, it is aligned and fitting that our first international retreat experience be in Morocco, which is one of the most diverse and inclusive countries on the planet.   


We are excited and honored to build bridges with you, focusing on all of the wonderful attributes that connect us in our shared humanity.  Bringing together people of different races, ethnicity, and cultures drives our work towards improving lives individually and collectively.  When we all know that we are valued and that we belong, we heal ourselves and our world.


If this work for social good in the world speaks to you, then join us on this adventure!  We are also seeking monetary donations to supply partial scholarships for young women of color to join us, as well as for the financial assistance that we wish to grant to our partner women's community organization in Morocco. 


We’ll begin our journey in the coastal city of Casablanca on October 10th where our group will meet that morning.  Our adventures will be guided by our fabulous Dragonfly, Patricia A. Patton, who loves sharing the diverse beauty of Morocco with open minded travelers.  We’ll see highlights in Casablanca then travel by land via private transport from Casablanca to Fez.  Our first four days will be full though measured.  We’ll stay in Fez as our home base and day travel to Chefchaouen and Volubilis.  


From Fez, we head south to Marrakech where we will push pause to enjoy life in the Palmeraie. During the next two days, we’ll recover from all the movement of these first four days, refresh and relax at the luxury boutique hotel of Jnane Tamsna in the Palmeraie - http://www.jnanetamsna.com/.  Set on a nine landscaped acre botanical garden, consisting of three properties within a private estate.  The property is stunning.  You can take a refreshing swim in one of the five swimming pools, enjoy a friendly match on the tennis courts surrounded by lush vegetation or perhaps join us for a cooking class with Chef Bahja or a camel trek in the desert.  There is also the option of finding a cozy nook and just dreaming. 


We'll enjoy retreat activities focused on self-care and empowerment, engage in sharing circles, wellness workshops, and yoga classes.  Experience relaxing and heart opening meditations with internationally recognized mindfulness teacher, described as your down to earth Goddess Melissa Sutor.  Take your health and wellbeing to a whole new level of wholeness with our super knowledgeable nutrition and health expert, Nishi Bhonsle.   


From the Palmeraie we’ll relocate to the center of the Marrakech medina for our final 3 nights. We'll connect with our partner women's community organization for service, sharing, and learning. 


Spiced with North African culture, the Mediterranean lifestyle, and French influences, you

will be inspired by the confluence of old-world traditions, exotic foods, music, and modern life.


Let’s make this a mindful trip of firsts --- one to surely remember.  Let’s get out of our comfort zone and be transformed.


Cancellation Policy

The retreat deposit as well as all retreat payments are non-refundable. If you need to cancel your participation, you can transfer your spot to another person of your choice. If we have a waiting list, we can transfer your spot for you ($75 transfer fee applies if we make the transfer for you).


There are NO REFUNDS, even when paid in full, though transfers are allowed up to one month before the start of the retreat, no later than September 10, 2020.


We strongly urge you to purchase travel insurance to protect your investment in the case

that you need to cancel or interrupt your trip. You can go to:

http://www.roamright.com/ or www.insuremytrip.com or https://www.squaremouth.com/

And find an affordable policy that suits your needs.


In the unlikely event that this retreat is canceled, we will refund your retreat payments. We will not, however, be able to refund flights or other purchases you may have made. However, with travel insurance you will be able to recover your costs.


Thank you for your understanding!

Magical Morocco Videos

Take a tour of Jnane Tamsna with Meryanne Loum-Martin, the charismatic owner.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MFtEoHmfgQ


CNN's 24 Hours Marrakech Jnane Tamsna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoB7HV2s9WY


Enjoy this beautiful presentation:

 "Magical Morocco: Best of Morocco Documentary 2018"



What’s included

  • Retreat Experience
    Wellness workshops, yoga classes, meditations, and sharing circles
  • Accommodations
    Double occupancy (inquire if you want single occupancy)
  • Most meals
    Daily breakfasts plus 8 meals
  • Ground transportation
    Private Mercedes van
  • Private cooking class
    Learn how to prepare traditional Moroccan dishes with our group while in Marrakech, while supporting local villagers
  • Sightseeing
    Comprehensive experiences with English-speaking guides
  • Entry fees
    Museum/historic sites
  • Airport transfers
    To/From airport in Casablanca
  • Most Tips and Gratuities
    For our driver, hosts, and servers
  • Flights to/from Morocco
    We will provide information and help you to arrange travel
  • Optional activities
    Add a cooking class with Chef Bahja or a camel trek in the desert while at Jnane Tamsna in the Palmeraie
  • Travel Insurance
    Please purchase travel insurance in case you need to cancel or disrupt your trip. Payments are non-refundable, though transferable up to one month prior to departure

Available Packages

Early Bird Special (Double Occupancy)
Available until Jan 31, 2020Sold Out

A special gift is included just for you!  We look forward to surprising you  :-)

A $500 deposit saves your spot!

Payment of remaining balance is required by July 31, 2020.  

Contact us at info@dragonflycenter.org to request and set up a payment plan. 


Accommodations are Double Occupancy:

*If you're registering with a roommate, then please let us know their name in the "Notes to Organizer" section once you complete registration.

*If you want to be matched with a roommate,  then please let us know this in the "Notes to Organizer" section once you complete registration and we'll be happy to pair you with a roomy.


Send email to info@dragonflycenter.org to inquire about Single Occupancy (additional fee)


$3995
Deposit: $500
Retreat Leader/Experience Guide
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Retreat Leader and Experience Guide

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Double Occupancy
Available until Jul 31, 20209 left
$3995
Deposit: $500

Available options

Cooking class with Chef Bahja 11 left
$125
Camel trek in desert11 left
$75
$3995
Deposit: $500

Early Bird Special (Double Occupancy)

Itinerary

Day 1 - October 10th
Early Arrival in Casablanca

Please note that the schedule may be subject to change if and as needed.  

Your Organizer


MS
Melissa Sutor
2 reviews
Melissa is a Mindfulness Teacher, Retreat Leader and Consultant, and Advocate for Diversity and Inclusion who has earned Masters Degrees in Counseling Psychology as well as Computer Science and Engineering. She guides people in living balanced, authentic, and happy. Melissa was an engineer and IT project manager in Silicon Valley before traveling to over 50 countries on a backpacking journey around the world interacting with people of diverse cultures and engaging in indigenous spiritual practices. Connecting with the courage to live with deep meaning and purpose in her own life allows her to effectively and heartfully guide others in doing the same. Melissa has been offering life changing retreats since 2011. She has led mindfulness workshops at many organizations including Google as well as retreat centers including Esalen Institute and teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at Kaiser. Melissa is the Founder and Director of Happiness at Dragonfly Healing Center.

Reviews

SH
Wonderful and Loving and every way!
This was a fabulous workshop with excellent presenters, fun interactive exercises, lively and mind opening conversation, fantastic food and accommodations! Thank you so much Melissa for truly bringing your beautiful vision to fruition. I look forward to the next retreat!