Your Moroccan sweet escape

The art of taking a meaningful break

May 6th-10th, 2021

We will offer a five day all-inclusive retreat in the dazzling Kasbah bab Ourika magical hideaway, exploring your creativity with a focus on lifestyle and travel photography while connecting to nature, people and beauty in all its forms.
We all need positive vibes and get carried away at some point to unlock our inspiration and express ourselves…
This retreat is perfect for anyone who is interested in creating lifestyle and food photography but also suitable for aesthetes with an interest in travel, cooking and the special Moroccan « art de vivre » !
Our goal is to create a very intimate, immersive and transformative experience which celebrates creativity and joy while shooting beautiful pictures and discovering moroccan culture in an exceptional rural environment.
Whether you need a creative kick, you want to take off in a new direction or you just need to take a break while relaxing and sipping mint tea : this retreat has been tailor-made for you !
We will lift, support and gently mentor you with a maximum amount of heart !

Registration to the retreat is limited to 6 guests to allow for a more personable and intimate experience.

Costs

The price for Your Moroccan sweet escape is :

2,700 euros (Single occupancy double room)

2,300 euros (Shared occupancy twin room)

Schedule

Day One
Arrival
Airport pick-up to KBO
Check-in
Welcoming cocktail (nice private set-up) and presentation of the program and the team
Dinner

Day Two
Breakfast
Walk in KBO surroundings, discovery of the lanscape / taking pictures
Lunch at KBO
Afternoon styling and shooting : picnic set-up in an exceptional location, different props, food, deco, flowers…
Shooting of the styled scene
Learning to photograph with meaning, intention and purpose
Tea / refreshements/ cookies served while shooting
Back to KBO – Free time
Dinner

Day Three
Breakfast
Cooking class with KBO chef (moroccan recipes with a twist)
Shooting of the food : learning how to shoot meals beautifully & close-up in a dedicated spot in the Kasbah
Lunch
Free time / Chilling / Pool
Around 4.30pm Tea ceremony in a moroccan house
Discovery of rural berber culture / Photos allowed
Back to KBO – drinks and debriefing of the photos
Dinner

Day Four
Breakfast
Floral design class – bouquet + floral arrangements for tablescape
Private Lunch at the villa (shooting of the setting with the flowers made during class)
Chilling
Portrait session of each guest with Virginie in KBO garden
Hammam / massage
Goodbye dinner in a private magic moroccan set-up

Day Five
Breakfast
Check-out
Transfer to airport

Gallery

Your hosts

Virginie Faucher

French photographer Virginie Faucher has lived in Marrakech for nine years and now works between France and Morocco.
She does lifestyle, travel and food photography for magazines, brands and restaurants.
She lives for travelling and the art of exploration and believes in the beauty of collaboration.
Virginie brings a warm, positive energy to all aspects of her work and can’t wait to connect with your creative souls and share her experience, tools and knowledge while exploring the Moroccan «Art de vivre»!

Beatriz Maximo

Beatriz Maximo is originally from Portugal. She fell in love with Morocco more than 20 years ago when she moved to Skoura, southern Morocco and renovated an ancient Kasbah she turned into a hotel. Her passion for Moroccan people, style and culture grew over the years as did her love for the world of hospitality.
Beatriz is a natural at making each guest always feel welcomed and at home with her warm personality and attention to detail- she is the soul of Kasbah Bab Ourika.
She can’t wait to open the doors to your Moroccan sweet escape and share her magic.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You don’t have to be a professional. The retreat is ideal for both the beginner photographer and the refined photographer looking for inspiration and a different edge on styling. We recommend a DSLR camera, however, phone cameras/point and shoot cameras are welcome too

  • Flight to Marrakech airport – Pick-up and transfer to KBO will be arranged

  • It’s pretty mild in Spring and most of the time very sunny, but it’s a good idea to bring along sweaters and a light jacket as it can be cool in the mornings and in the evenings, especially near the Atlas mountains

  • Accomodation, meals, transportation
    Immersion with creative classes and activities
    A 30 min hammam and 30 min massage
    Photos of the whole experience as a souvenir
    A complimentary portrait taken by Virginie
    Curated local gifts

  • Flight to Marrakech
    Wine/liquors will be available on request and will be paid by each guest
    Personal shopping

  • Send an email to book your spot

  • 50% deposit of total amount is requested by transfer to book your spot, then payment of the final balance is due 2 weeks prior to the retreat start date.
    If the final balance is not received by the due date and there is no concise reason as to why, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled.

  • No one books a retreat with the intention of cancelling it, but unexpected events do occur… We encourage you to purchase a trip cancellation insurance in order that your trip fees will be covered should you have a medical problem prior to your trip or while on the trip. Trip insurance should also be purchased to cover medical expenses in the event you have an accident while on the retreat.
    • Deposits are non-refundable unless you can find someone to take your spot. If you have to cancel your trip you may use your deposit as a credit for a next retreat.
    • Cancellation requests submitted 2 weeks (or less) prior to the retreat date, 70% of total amount (less deposit) will be refunded and you can still use your deposit as a credit for a further retreat.
    • Any cancellation must be made in writing (via email) and be acknowledged by us

  • Please note that if the retreat has to be postponed based on border closures then a credit for your deposit will be issued to be used for the postponement date. If the retreat happens as scheduled, but you decide not to attend based on any other reason than a country's border closure, then the regular cancellation policy (stated above) will be maintained.
    Before booking our retreat we recommend you read the moroccan travel advice page

  • In addition to the photos Virginie will take to document this retreat, there will be plenty of beautiful moments you will want to capture yourself. It will be an Instagram worthy stay so shoot away!
    Non-photographer guests will also have rights to use Virginie’s photos from the retreat, properly credited, across all media platforms. Photographers may use their photos in their own portfolios and websites with proper credit.
    You will get a complimentary portrait taken by Virginie in one of the many fabulous spots at KBO

Contact

Location:

Kasbah Bab Ourika
www.kasbahbabourika.com