"SACRED DEVOTIONAL TALISMAN"
From the moment you step off the plane and step out of the airport, you will feel that exotic quality, a flutter in your heart, an excitement in your body and an awakening of your senses.
Fragrance linger in the air, as you breathe you are aroused by the new and unfamiliar yet welcoming scents. As the divine sound of the call to prayer kisses your ear you will be swept away by the enchanting sound and part of your heart will never want to leave again. Your eyes will be delighted at the activating patterns and colours that will meet you on every turn on this captivating 15 day all inclusive journey.
GATHER WANDER CREATE
Our adventure includes 5-day
Susan Lenart Kazmer is an artist, silversmith and designer of 23 years. She studied at the Art institute of Chicago and graduated from Southern Illinois University. Diploma in hand she wondered what to do next. Not necessarily trained for a job she quickly realized that to be an artist she needed a lot more experience under her belt in order to develop an interesting body of work. Having always loved adornment, she soon realized that the obscure study of sacred adornment was the path she was pulled to take.
Newly inspired to Talismans and symbolism, she began buying artifacts, beads and hand woven fabrics. With each piece that passed through her hands she felt the object’s power, love and strength learning that these very qualities were embedded into the objects themselves by use of emotions, desires and repetition. This is what creates a Talisman.
Building Bezels and Boxes
Throughout history, Talismans and prayer boxes have been worn purposely and used to enhance and bring the qualities, prayers or specific intentions imbedded into these boxes into fruition. These boxes and containers are constructed into beautiful, purposeful and wearable adornment to be carried for protection, power and love. The repetition of wearing a prayer box embeds the intentions deeply and profoundly into the wearers life.
In this workshop format, spread out and prepare to deeply engage in learning some of my most recent personal signature techniques and work. Learn the very practical skills of of building 3 dimensional unique sterling silver bezel and box forms by working with unique stones and objects gathered along the way, Soldering and constructing as well as keeping intention and embedding your personal and powerful Talismans. Be prepared to open up creatively and allow yourself to create the extraordinary.
Techniques to be covered include soldering with hard, medium and EZ solder, sweat soldering, building a hollow form, piercing with jewelers saw, clean up and finish work. Learn to work with stones and personal objects. Explore the use of altering wire to create nailheads and hobnail to adorn a bezel and make it your own. Explore the use symbolism using the techniques of etching and engraving and throughout the medium of silver wire, thread, objects and shredded ribbon and formula for industrial patina, Enamels and liquid enamels. SUPPLY LIST
As group of like-minded creative souls we will embrace this rich and diverse culture, while we explore local berbere customs and traditions as we journey through this amazing Morocco. The experience is friendly and laid back with exchanges of ideas and connections with the locals. You explore this destination in a unique way. We believe going with the flow and being open to impromptu experiences that come our way.
During this longer travel experience you will have some free time to explore on your own, or work on your own photography, writing or art with your new tribe.
Your journey begins when you sign up. It starts with dreaming, travel planning, and collecting your supplies, it is all part of this magical “Art of Travel” journey.
Our soulful time together will be the infused with locals, traditional artisans and cultural diversity. We’ve taken special care in planning an itinerary that will both serve and inspire you.
DAY 1: MARRAKECH
ARRIVAL TO MARRAKECH ,
Monday, October 18, 2020
Plan your arrival to Marrakech for late morning to midday. You will be transferred to our Riad. We will have a hammam and massage to work out all your travel fatigue. Followed by a group Welcome Dinner enjoying the local flare. Welcome dinner at 7pm. .
DAY 2: MARRAKECH
Tuesday, October 19, 2020
BREAKFAST 8 AM | DEPART 9 am
We begin at Majorelle Gardens, a magical and garden estate designed by Jacque Majorelle and maintained by Yves Saint Laurent. There is lovely small Berbere Museum on site. We will then visit the Bahia Palace with its beautiful Arabic architecture and the 16th Century Saadian Tombs and El Mansour mosque. The 12th century Koutouba Mosque and its influential minaret then off to the souk to enjoy aromatic smells, Berber carpets, silver jewelry and handmade treasures. Lunch/Dinner
DAY 3: MARRAKECH -ESSAOURIA
Wednesday, October 20, 2020
BREAKFAST 8 am | DEPART 9 am
We will visit the Tiskiwin Museum, a private museum dedicated to popular arts & crafts, styled as a beautiful Spanish-Moroccan house, a smaller version of the Bahia. Off to Essaouira in the early afternoon. lunch en route. The journey to this former Portuguese ﬁshing village offers up only a few roadside towns and the occasional Berber village. Take a stroll along the town’s sunlit pedestrian main square, Place Prince Moulay el Hassan and the Skala du Port, the ﬁshing harbor, offers breathtaking views of the Portuguese ramparts. Lunch/Dinner
DAY 4: ESSAOURIA -TIZNIT
Thursday, October 21, 2020
BREAKFAST 8 am | DEPART 9 am
Breakfast then we will take time out in Essaouira’s old medina to visit the jewelry shops that specialize in antique Venetian beads, Berber Silver, Amber and Copal. Depart mid morning and drive up the coast passing the seaside Berber city of Agadir with an evening arrival in Tiznit. Lunch/Dinner
DAY 5: TIZNIT -AGDZ
Friday, October 22, 2020
BREAKFAST 8 am | DEPART 9 am
Tiznit is a town in the southern Moroccan economic region of Sous-Massa- Draa founded in 1881 by the Sultan Hassan I. Tiznit is well-known for its silver jewelry, daggers and sabres.
We will visit the Jewelry Souk in the center of Tiznit and a journey to Bab Lakhmis Ait M’hamid where you will have access to and study the variety of kinds of Southen Moroccan and Mauritian beads. Drive to Agdz. In Agdz we will visit a local, Moroccan small shop that is famous for its antique beads such as amber, coral, copal and also offers up a fantastic array of antique silver Moroccan Jewelry. Lunch/Dinner
DAY 7: AGDZ-AITISFOUL
Sunday, October 24, 2020
BREAKFAST 8 am | DEPART 9 am
Breakfast, then we begin our journey to Zagora which is favored by travellers as the doorway to the desert. We will visit the village of Amzrou and it’s old Jewish Mellah. See how silversmiths work to make hand made silver fibulas and Southern Crosses. Watch how molds are made from scratch, then how the Sahara’s sand is used to bind the molds for creating jewelry. The silver smiths in Amzrou were taught their craft by the Jews who inhabited this village in the 1950’s. Explore the Tamegroute Pottery Cooperative: and see how the local, forest green, glazed pottery is made and ﬁred using regional henna. Lunch/Dinner
DAY 7 - DAY 11: SUSAN 5 DAY WORKSHOP
WORKSHOP DAY: 1 | Monday October 25, - Friday, October 28, 2020
Our days will unfold in a rhythm to suit you: explore a little or a lot, in and around the workshop. During your free time you can chase the light with your camera or sketch book, and explore the local area. Thursday we will go to the local weekly market and participate in our “Souk to Tagine Experience” and learn to shop and cook like a local.
WORKSHOP DAILY SCHEDULE
7am - 8am: YOGA + MEDITATION
8am - 9am: Breakfast
10am to 12:30pm: Workshop
12:30pm - 2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm - 4:30pm Workshop
DAY 12: ERG CHEGEGA
Saturday, October 29, 2020
We will begin our journey to the dunes of the Sahara, Erg Chegaga. In our 4-wheel drives we head into the desert, stopping for a picnic along the way to our Luxury Tent Camp complete with hot and cold running water, beds and duvets, showers and toilet. Once in the camp we will settle in and will enjoy a sunset camel ride. The desert at this time is truly an amazing experience, complete with a golden glow and long shadows. Here we will hopefully enjoy a magical sunset. Dinner under a starry night followed by the beating of Berber drums. Lunch/Dinner
DAY 13: MARRAKECH
Sunday, October 30, 2020
BREAKFAST 7- 8 am |
After a beautiful sunrise and breakfast, our route covers the desert with varying scenery – sand dunes, stony plains, and the dry lake Iriqui – as we make our way to the village of Taznacht and visit a carpet collective. We will continue on to Marrakech via a route through the High Atlas Mountains, enjoying astonishing views all the way back to Marrakech. After our long scenic drive, dinner awaits us at the riad as we return to the Medina. Lunch/Dinner
DAY 14: MARRAKECH
Monday, October 31, 2020
BREAKFAST 7- 8 am |
After breakfast, we will be inspired by the souk (market) to bargain for brightly coloured Kaftans, carpets and treasures. After lunch we can enjoy some free time. We will end the day with a special Farewell Dinner in Marrakech. Lunch/Dinner
DAY 15: MARRAKECH
Tuesday, November 1, 2020
BREAKFAST 7- 9 am |
Farewells and transfers to Marrakech Menara Airport or the continuation of your journey in Morocco.
**If you are interested in staying on or perhaps seeing more of Morocco please let me know and I can help you make your dreams come true!!
Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities.
Transfers to and from Airport on arrival and departure days
14 nights lodging (double occupancy) (single room supplement limited supply)
Breakfast, Lunch and most Dinners throughout the trip
All Guides + Entrance Fees
4 day Workshop with Susan
Air Conditioned Transportation throughout the trip
Bottle of water daily
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Airfare to and from Marrakech
Travel Insurance (mandatory)
Supplement for single room (limited supply)
Additional nights lodging or any add - on tours
Supply Kit + Fee of $95 USD
Tips and gratuities. (To simplify we encourage a tip kitty of $10 USD pp per day, collected on first say to be dispersed to the many, people that will be involved in making your journey fabulous.
IMPORTANT NOTE FROM MICHELLE
You are required to get travel medical insurance, there are many companies but I use World Nomad.
If you prefer a journey free of hassle and without being hectic - this may not be the adventure for you. Patience is a virtue in Morocco.
This is for the calm traveler, the person who wants to travel to Morocco with the safety of a group - but it is also for the adventurer, the person who wants to feel all their senses in this amazing country.
If you have specific allergies (i.e. peanuts, wheat, gluten, dairy, etc.), it will be harder, but not impossible, for you to find food that suits your needs. We are unable to cater to any specific dietary issues - you will need to manage this. All meals will have vegetarian courses.
Consult a doctor, nurse or health care provider, or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel. (side note: If you have any pending health concerns you should contact your health care provider prior to registration)
Should you have any questions prior to registration please email me here.
TWIN SHARE ROOM
SINGLE ROOM (limited supply)
There will be no refunds for this trip due to the planning and logistics involved. When you register be sure to know all you can about travelling to Morocco.
**Airport Pick-up is only for indicated dates. Should you plan to arrive earlier to stay at the hotel you will be responsible for your own transfer fees. We can help you arrange your transfer.
TRIP PRICE + DETAILS
You will be sent a list of supplies to bring after registration.
Rooms are shared with one other guest.
Deposit: $2200.00 USD - due upon registration.
Final Payment due April 18, 2020
**PLEASE DO NOT BOOK FLIGHTS UNTIL YOU RECEIVE AN EMAIL REGARDING FLIGHT BOOKINGS.
Foreign visitors wishing to travel to Morocco should be in possession of valid national passports valid for at least 190 days.
"After our incredible trip with Michelle and Kamal, I am completely spoiled for international travel! The wonderful local connection of these two took us deep into the true culture and lives of the warm and giving Berber people.
Our trip was personalized to our interests, adding experiences that we had no idea to ask for and enriching our visit. The trip was an authentic and wholesome adventure into the rural and traditional Morocco. We came away glowing and inspired with real experiences- and with two new amazing Moroccan friends!"
My best trip ever through Camels and Couscous!