Are you ready to travel and enjoy the beauty of the world all while tapping into the depth of who you really are and creating the life of your dreams?
IMAGINE 10 MAGICAL DAYS ALL DESIGNED TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME AND MAGICAL MOMENTS TO AWAKEN YOU TO YOUR BEST LIFE.
Join us April 25 - May 5, 2017 for the "Reclaim & Manifest" 10-Day Mindset Retreat & Tour in Morocco!
Ladies, it's time to take a much deserved break and do something for yourself.
Reclaim & Manifest is a 10-day experience, uniquely designed for women who work hard day in and day out, taking care of families, jobs and friends. It's for the woman who knows that there is more to life than the rote routines we follow. It's for the woman who is willing to step out and take a risk on LIVING a full and purposeful life!
I'm Zarinah El-Amin Naeem. I am a global presenter, anthropologist and a woman who has made her own unconventional path through entrepreneurship and sharing my creative gifts.
I've been blessed to see a lot of the world and what I've learned about travel is that exploring not only allows you to see the world and learn about other cultures, it also allows you to tap deep within yourself and reach new heights, higher than you could have ever imagined!
AND THAT'S WHAT RECLAIM & MANIFEST IS ALL ABOUT!
It's about opening yourself up to something new, something fresh. Something that EXCITES!
So this is your chance. This trip is for you.
Imagine looking out across the vast and infinite Sahara Desert, contemplating on God, life and love as the desert breeze caresses your face.
Then picture yourself drinking mint tea after a day of winding through the maze like streets of Fez and Marrakech.
Learn the secrets of Moroccan cuisine from the ladies as you step into the life of the village.
RECLAIM & MANIFEST is 10 full days of breathtaking experiences designed to lift you to new heights and awaken your soul.
You deserve this!
Exquisite shopping | Cooking Classes | Women's Development | Fashion | Culture A sun-drenched land of sea and sand, blazing desert and majestic mountain passes, Morocco has fascinated travelers for centuries – including myself.
Experience the ancient majesty of Morocco, with a custom experience designed to ENLIVEN your soul and your spirit. From delectable cuisine, to shopping for one of a kind goods, to giving back to women's cooperatives, we've got you covered!
Join us for an intimate, one-of-a-kind customized experience for women, SPIRITUAL women, who are ready to tap into themselves and MANIFEST AMAZING in all areas of their lives.
Stroll through ancient medinas of Fez and Marrakech, sip mint tea with Berbers and take in the scenic pleasures of the High Atlas Mountains. With an itinerary packed with lyrical landscapes, vibrant souqs and traditional riads, mouthwatering food and exquisite architecture, you will quickly fall in love with the beauty of Maghrib (Morocco).
Massages & Facials
The Moroccan Spa provides you with a spirited and cultured social environment in which to relax, revive the mind and soften the skin.
At a hammam spa, you are not only experiencing the purifying and detoxifying luxury rituals inspired by centuries old ancestral beauty customs, you are being welcomed into a world far away from the hustle and bustle of city life to relax and unwind in a beautifully handcrafted environment that resembles regal Morocco. There's no better way to treat yourself!
You'll be amazed at how much of Morocco you discover!
A blur of national identity and religion, Morocco's history is a diverse tapestry, as varied as the colors woven into each carpet sold on the street. Enjoy the knowledge of our guides and take time to ask questions of the locals.
Ladies taking a break with the Sudanese Gnawa Singers, Pigeons Du Sable in the Sahara Desert.
Sample Itinerary (Subject to change to maximize awesomeness!)
Day 1: You will arrive at MARRAKECH Airport (RAK). We will have two pickup times at the airport (released soon). If you miss our pickup, you will be able to simply take a taxi to the Riad (at your own cost). In the evening we will have a welcoming ceremony and dinner together. Depending on what time your flight arrives, you'll be able to savor the carnivalesque atmosphere of Marrakech’s main square, Jemma el Fna. Wander the souks and shop for handmade leather goods, sip traditional mint tea with charismatic carpet weavers, and meet a local Berber family. The square in Marrakech is one of the most amazing places on earth, with snake charmers, musicians and plenty of sights to people watch!
Day 2: After breakfast and morning affirmations, we will head out to experience a morning of life in the village. You'll enjoy an authentic cooking class in Lalla Takerkoust (around 45 min from Marrakech. Physical space will be cozy with our local Moroccan hosts. You'll experience and see Moroccan hospitality up close and leave feeling warm and lovely. After lunch, we'll head back to explore Marrakech with a guided tour. Be prepared to shop. Dinner will be on your own tonight giving you the freedom to move at your own pace and enjoy the square. Feeling up to a spa treatment? Today is the perfect day to experience a traditional Moroccan Hammam.
Dinner on your own.
Day 3: After Breakfast and morning affirmations, we'll depart Marrakech and make our way to the fragrant Rose Valley (Dades Gorge) where we will spend the night. The road takes us through the High Atlas Mountains, a true sight to behold. Time permitting, we'll also visit the magestic Kasbah Ait Benhaddou for some pictures in this frequently visited historical site. Heard about the healing powers of Argan oil? Today we will learn more about how it is made and be able to purchase bottels for ourslves. We'll also have a talk on the healing properties of spices in Ouarzazate. By the time we get to Auberge Chez Pierre for dinner, you will be surprised at the diversity of landscape and Moroccan sights and ready for an evening of relaxation.
Day 4: Rose Valley to Sahara
After breakfast, we'll enjoy Dades Gorge and the Rose Valley before heading to the Sahara Desert (Merzouga). The Dades Gorge in the valley of the roses and the Todra Gorge provide some of the most spectacular scenery of the south. These are fertile valleys where roses bloom in profusion in the Skoura and El Kelaa des Mgouna oases and where a large part of Morocco's rose and rose water production occurs. These gorges are located just southwest of Tinerhir and some 110 km (65 miles) from Ouarzazate. In the valleys along the Dades Gorge, you’ll notice more argan (nut) trees more than the palmeries that surround the Todra Gorge.
Along the way to the magistic Sahara, we'll be able to visit Erfoud, home of the fossils. Did you know dinosaur bones were found in Morocco? Morocco is rich with fossils such as ammonites, orthoceras, trilobites and dinosaur teeth. A portion of the Sahara Desert, which was once an ocean, is located within Morocco and holds many remains of creatures that once inhabited the earth. Skilled artisans have taken great time and care to prepare and polish some of the fossils. You'll have a chance to see and discover items over 150 Million years old.
Lunch a la carte
Dinner in Hotel
Day 5:Merzouga Sahara Desert Camp
Today we are in the enchanting Sahara Desert. Once an ocean, the Sahara is a magical never-ending place where you can lose your mind and find your soul. Not far from our camp, we will visit Khamlia, home of Pigeons du Sable, a Gnawa musicians haven of the Sudanese Brothers. If possible, we will meet local sisters in the cooperatives.
Before sunset, we will ride out to our desert tents where we will spend the evening. Don't worry, these tents aren't like sleeping at the state park. You'll enjoy running water, and restrooms, plus a comfy bed. If the sky is clear, you'll enjoy the feeling of sleeping under a canopy of a million stars. Camel rides out to the desert camp. (4x4 Option) *please note if people change their mind onsite there is a charge.
You'll have an option of riding the camel (a slow and steady ride through the desert)) or a 4x4 Jeep (an exhilarating ride where you are likely to bounce around and enjoy the sand like no other!)
You will need to let us know whether you desire the camel or 4x4 prior to our trip.
Day 6: Merzouga - Fes
After breakfast, we rise and head back (camel or 4x4). Today we'll be traveling to the ancient city of Fes. Also known as Fes el Bali, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in the 9th century, and is home to the world's oldest university. The city of Fes reached its true economic and cultural height in the 13th–14th centuries under the Merinids, when it replaced Marrakech as the capital of the kingdom. Although the political capital of Morocco was transferred to Rabat in 1912, Fes has retained its status as the country's Artisan center. We'll enjoy lunch in Midelt a la carte and continue our journey.
Lunch a la carte
Dinner will be in our Riad (hotel).
Day 7: Fes
After breakfast, we'll enjoy fall under Morocco's spell on an exotic private tour of Fes. One of my most memorable moments here was stepping into University of al-Qarawiyyin founded in 859 by Fatima al -Fihri, a woman. To see the legacy she left was amazing. Artisan workshops in the medina are as active today as they were 100 years ago, and strongly contribute to the city’s industrial economy. Trades such as blacksmithing, leather working, ceramics, silk, tapestries, and sculpting are still practiced in these workshops today. The original ramparts still protect this ancient city and its estimated 9000 narrow passageways and bustling streets.
Traditional Lunch Provided in the Medina
Dinner in the riad.
Day 8: After the hustle and bustle of Fes (get ready for the pan handlers!), you'll enjoy the calm and serene of today's destination, the city of Chefchaouen. This beautiful city is located on the Rift of the mountainous region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Iberian Peninsula. Chefchaouen is known worldwide for its Medina of shady alleys, whitewashed houses with blue turquoise doors, wrought iron windows and colorful tile covered roofs. The souks are decorated with their traditionally dressed inhabitants boasting their straw hats.
Blue lime-washed houses, busy squares and steep alleyways, the best way to discover this holy town is to wander around it taking in the atmosphere. This city has a powerful charm that you really can feel in the Outa-el-Hammam square, in the cobblestone medina.
Lunch on the way a la carte.
Dinner in the square a la carte. (At your cost)
Day 9:Chefchaouen to Casablanca
Today your blue fest continues and we'll enjoy a half-day walking tour of Chefchaouen. Sit on the terrace of a cafe and take in the view of the grand Tarik-Ben-Ziad mosque whose octagonal minaret is inspired by that of the Torre de Oro in Seville. The famous djellaba, this long and ample garment worn by the men and women of North Africa, was created here. For something different, visit a traditional oil mill (there are more than 1500 of them) or a craftsman's workshop. Over and above its weaving, Chefchaouen is renowned for its basket-making and its pottery.
After lunch, we will depart for Casablanca where we will spend the evening.
Dinner in the Riad
Day 10: Casablanca to Marrakech. This morning we will enjoy a guided visit of the King Hassan II Mosque located by the sea and featuring a 200-meter minaret that dominates the city's landscape. The inside of this masjid is simply AMAZING!
Following our tour, we will head directly for Marrakech where we will stop at the Majorelle Gardens. Once we get back to our Marrakech hotel, the rest of the evening is yours to do some last minute shopping and enjoy the square.
Lunch a la carte
Dinner in the Square a la cart
Day 11: Marrakech - Airport.
After breakfast and morning affirmations we will have a closing ceremony to cement our time together. You'll enjoy free time shopping or relaxing till our two departure times for the airport.
A few reminders:
*Traditional Moroccan Riads all have stairs
*A la Cart means this meal is at your own cost.
* For included meals, drinks are on your own. The hotels and restaurants include water, but if you should desire tea or pop, this is separate.
Treat yourself to a
MODERATE - Be prepared for lots of walking in the medinas. In addition, traditional hotels have stairs. We have assistance with the bags, but you should be prepared to take the stairs in the hotels.
Accommodation for 10 nights.
2 lunches (other lunches are on your own)
7 Dinners (other dinners are on your own)
Moroccan Cooking Class and lunch
Guided tour of Fez
Guided tour of Marrakech
Monument entry fees for 2 guided tours
Transport for the entire tour (2 minibuses) fuel, English speaking Drivers.
City taxes for each night
For the most part, we will spend the night in traditional Moroccan Riads. Once private homes, these intimate boutique hotels are intricately decorated and furnished. The staff are wonderful and ready to make your stay comfortable. Please note, the riads do not have elevators so be prepared for a few steps. We'll have help with our luggage, so don't worry about that.
Flight to Marrakech
Dinners in Chefchaouen or Marrakech. (allow 10 to 20$ for dinners)
Lunches except noted above (allow 12 to 15$ for full lunch or $6-10 for a snack)
Drinks (Water is included, however, other drinks are not)
Tips for hotel staff or others who serve you
Shopping and personal costs and anything else.
($1850 if paid in full)
Payment Plan: A non-refundable deposit of $500 USD is needed immediately to hold your place as spots are extremely limited!
$450 is due by Feb 1st, 2017
$500 is due by Mar 1st, 2017
$500 The balance is due in full by April 1st, 2017
*This payment plan is available but you must be paid in full before the trip departure.
*Important: this trip is open to all spiritually based women. You should know that I am Muslim and we shall be visiting Islamic places of interest and eating all halal foods. There will be no alcohol in our dinners.
Please note: Any cancellation will result in a total loss of the $500 USD deposit.
Any cancellation received prior to March 1, 2017 will result in a loss of 50% of the trip price.
Any cancellation made after March 1st and the trip departure will result in a total loss of funds.
We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not meeting the trip minimum (if we do so your deposit is refunded in full).
Travel Insurance is Required. Check Travel Guard Insurance online or choose from several policy options.
**You will receive a welcome overview via email within a few weeks of registering. We also have two conference calls prior to the trip where you can ask questions regarding exchanging money, what to pack and other essentials.
Zarinah El-Amin Naeem
Zarinah El-Amin Naeem is a publisher, global presenter and cultural specialist from Detroit, Michigan. The founder of Enliven Your Soul, Niyah Press & Creative Living, and Beautifully Wrapped, Zarinah creates - and helps others to create - meaningful products and events that enliven, encourage, inspire and educate the community in which we live. In 2001, Zarinah made a bold decision after graduating from Howard University with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, to turn down a lucrative career in technology and move to Egypt to experience a new culture.
People thought she was crazy, especially since she had no family or support system there. However, it turned out to be one the best decisions ever. The spark was made and the year abroad placed Zarinah on a life-long pursuit of cultural awareness, tradition and love of humanity. From there, Zarinah went on to work in international development and became the Africa Program Coordinator for Life for Relief and Development, an international NGO. Based in Sierra Leone, West Africa, just a few years after the horrendous civil war ended, Zarinah was able to re-energize the local staff office and put policies into place to revamp and extend the reach of programming. But the "giving" was a two way street. Zarinah learned much, not only about the importance of sustainability, but about forgiveness, hope and the resilience of the human spirit.
After returning home and marrying Halim Naeem, a psychologist, Zarinah attained a Masters in Anthropology and began working as a university specialist at both Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan. Always focused on culture, Zarinah's role was to create innovative community and campus programming to spread love and respect between peoples of various cultures and eliminate racism.
Zarinah's current work is eclectic. Her time is split between helping to ignite cultural shifts by teaching new authors how to self-publish powerful books with messages through her company, Niyah Press (www.niyahpress.com); and teaching the global art of headwrapping through presentations and workshops called Beautifully Wrapped.
Having served as a delegate for the 2003 World Congress of Youth (Rabat) and spending 5 weeks in Morocco working on social justice with others from across the globe, Zarinah fell in love with Morocco. She is excited to return to one of her favorite places on earth and lead this women's tour.
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