WILD WOMEN DO RETREAT IN MARRAKECH

{Past Event: August 20 – 26, 2016 at Peacock Pavilions}

Join an inspirational group of creative, independent women ready for time-off in an exotic land, with space to reconnect with their Wild Woman roots and reawaken their creativity and courage. Co-lead by Holistic Creative Coach, Marie Milligan and Yoga Teacher, Deborah Willimott your sensory-Moroccan experience will nourish and energise you through daily Yoga, Creative Coaching, Memorable Dining, Wild Exploration, and a true sense of Sisterhood.

 
Image: Peacock Pavilions. Time to rest your mind and body by the pool.

Image: Peacock Pavilions. Time to rest your mind and body by the pool.

Imagine a retreat with the time, space and support to fully let go, with nothing to be done and no-one to take care of but you

With a sensory backdrop of Peacock Pavilions and the wildness of Marrakech, you've space to rest, daydream, explore with curiosity and deeply nourish your creative soul. 

A menu of yoga, wellness rituals, creative coaching activities, relaxing spa-treatments and exploratory travel in nature and ancient cultural sites, with the warm sun on your skin. Experience the ripe conditions to enable you to breathe, bring more awareness to what your body is telling you, listen to what your intuition already knows, express who your Wild Woman really is, and what your heart wants most. 

Your Wild Woman will return home reignited at her creative source. Feeling energised to live, love, create and do with wild purpose, she'll dare to action your deepest desires.

What would it be like to experience that?

Join us on this inspirational retreat to Relax, Reconnect and Reawaken Your Wild. Start with watching this short video below to give you a sensory-flavour of our magical venue and location in Marrakech.

 
 

The Perfect Place to Rest and Explore

Meet Marrakech! She's North-African-exotic, colourful, creatively-spirited, wild and warm-hearted. Welcome also to Peacock Pavilions: a "Do-Good Hotel for Modern Nomads" designed by Maryam Montague where we'll be staying for 7 days and 6 nights.

Nestled within a beautiful olive-grove, explore the tranquil sanctuary of Peacock Pavilions. Maryam herself is a Designer, Humanitarian, Author, Entrepreneur, Wife and Mum; clearly a woman who understands and provided what busy women need when they give themselves the luxury of time off to relax.

The Atlas and Medina Guest Pavilions have beautifully domed salons with 6 double-occupancy spacious rooms. Curated with tribal decor, these wifi-free havens help you disconnect so you can be present in your holiday me-time and experience.

Get ready for mountain-views and rose gardens, the outdoor pool cabana, cinema, gym and yoga pavilion, Arabian dining tent, ethnic art and textiles, and plenty of space for privacy or shared community. 

The Mountains within 2 hours, the Medina within a 30 minute drive; you've time to explore the mesmerising Jemaa el-Fna square, sensory-souks and Hammam spas too.

 

Get a Taste for Moroccan-Dining 

Good food – lovingly prepared, shared with heartfelt women, and curious conversation – encourages relaxation, deeper reconnection and the energy to flow.

Shared dining rituals are pivotal to Moroccans and to Peacock Pavilions too. Locally sourced, organic vegetables from the olive grove, or nearby farms are prepared from farm-to-table. Healthy, fresh Moroccan meals, and tasty juices, with a twist. 

Dine with time, three times a day, in creative spaces: the wild Arabian dining tent, the outdoor pool cabana, the terrace or private dining room. Your dietary requirements, exact tastes and needs catered for and served with a warm smile.

Meals at Jardin in the Medina and Kasbah du Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains are on the menu too. High-quality food, stunning design and breathtaking views generate an ambiance evocative of a more sensory, exotic time.

 

Take a Soul-Journey Into your Wild

Our retreat is for women who want time-off in an exotic land, to feel reconnected with their true self, to reignite their creative source, and remember the soul-centred living and creative doing that resonates with them more.

So, alongside our wonderful venue and travel adventures, we're offering optional daily wellness and creative coaching sessions to help you dive deeper into your Wild Woman heart.

Wild Women Do Wellness Sessions: Deborah will serve up daily Yoga, Breathing and Movement exercises in the Yoga Pavilion. Time to relax and connect with your creative source. 

Wild Women Do Creative Playshops: Marie will host creative activities using proven Co-active Coaching methods to awaken your creative imagination and stir your wild soul. Four sessions include: The Shape of Your Wild Woman, Your Creative Legacy, Your Wild Woman Sisterhood, Keeping Your Wild Woman Awake & Untamed. Be guided through 'Future-Self' visioning, wild-soul desire mapping, learn how to unblock limiting beliefs, reframe negative perspectives and participate in inner intention and gratitude writing too. You'll also receive a beautiful Wild Women Do Journal to capture your whole retreat experience.

 

Your 7-Day Retreat Experience

Our suggested retreat menu brings the theme of Relax, Reconnect and Reawaken Your Wild alive. Always mindful of the weather and energy in our group, we'll bring flexibility into our menu whenever we need it most. 

Day 1: Two pickups and transfers from Menara Airport. Check-in at Peacock Pavilions (PP) at 4pm. Welcome canapés and non-alco cocktails. Dinner at PP. Time to relax, switch off and explore the grounds.

Day 2: Introductory wellness ritual session (yoga, breathing and movement). Breakfast and lunch at PP. Creative Playshop. Free afternoon: optional relaxing Hammam spa experience or souk-shopping. Dinner at Le Jardin. Tour of the Medina, sensory-souks and hypnotic ancient and cultural Jamaa el-Fna food market and square.

Day 3: Yoga class. Breakfast and lunch at PP. Creative Playshop. Free afternoon: relax on the grounds or take an optional cultural design visit –perhaps visit Jardin Majorelle, ride a camel near Menara, or explore Designers in the French Quarter of Gueliz. Dinner at PP. Optional movie-night in their starlit Outdoor Cinema.

Day 4: Yoga class. Breakfast and lunch at PP. Creative Playshop. Free afternoon and evening: take time for you to relax by the pool and do nothing, or perhaps visit the iconic historical museums and palaces near the Medina. Optional dinner in Medina or at PP.

Day 5: Yoga class. Breakfast at PP.  Travel to the Atlas Mountains with lunch in Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge. Guided wild trek visiting Targa Imoula, an ancient Berber village. Dinner at PP.

Day 6: Yoga class. Breakfast and lunch at PP. Creative Playshop. Free afternoon: optional time for us to complete anything that needs supported from our inner or outer journey. Celebratory Henna-Party with local henna artisan, canapés and non-alcoholic fresh cocktails, followed by our celebratory dinner at PP. 

Day 7: Breakfast at PP. Sisterhood accountability line. Farewells and checkout of Peacock Pavilions by 12pm. Group transfers to Airport (or why not extend your travel? See below for our exclusive travel deals).

Why not print-out our 7-day Calendar view to start planning your trip?

 

Your Retreat in Marrakech Includes:

What's Not Included:

  • Personal travel to Marrakech.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Alcoholic drinks and 1 evening meal on free evening.
  • Optional Hammam Spa visit, optional cultural/historical visit entry-fees or travel, optional movie-ticket.
  • Optional Private sessions with Marie or Deborah.
  • 7 days and 6 nights' luxury stay at Peacock Pavilions (PP), Marrakech in spacious double-occupant room.
  • 6 nourishing breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 3-course dinner-rituals at Peacock Pavilions.
  • 5 Wild Women Do Wellness sessions with Deborah Willimott, a professional Yoga Teacher, Open Floor Practitioner and Writer.
  • 4 Wild Women Do Creative Playshops with Marie Milligan, Founder of Wild Women Do, and a professional Holistic Life & Creative Business Coach, Creative Entrepreneurship Educator and Writer.
  • Welcome reception with canapés and freshly-made non-alcoholic cocktails at Peacock Pavilions. 
  • 3-course dinner at Le Jardin in the Medina. 
  • 3-course lunch at Kasbah du Toubkal in Atlas Mountains.
  • Guided tour of Medina, Souks and Jamaa el-Fna square.
  • Guided tour in village of Targa Imoula, Atlas Mountains. 
  • Henna-party with local artist, canapés and non-alcoholic cocktails at Peacock Pavilions.
  • Wild Women Do Create Playbook with playsheets to prompt creativity when you want to.
  • Wild Women Do Journal to capture your journey.
  • Daily monetary tips to thank the Peacock Pavilions staff.
  • Private Connection Call with Marie and Deborah on booking so we can connect personally.
  • Group Connection Call with Marie, Deborah before the retreat. 
  • Invite to Wild Women Do Sisterhood private group.
  • Exclusive travel offers with Boutique Souk Travel Agency.
  • Exclusive professional photography offer with Virginie Faucher.
  • Exclusive partner offers we can include before retreat.
 
Image: Peacock Pavilions. This retreat contributes to funding Project Soar.

Image: Peacock Pavilions. This retreat contributes to funding Project Soar.

We Contribute to Project Soar

10% of Peacock Pavilion's profits from your retreat booking go to funding Project Soar. Set up by Maryam Montague, the project's mission educates under-served girls and women in the local community with access to creativity, movement and art education to inspire their creative souls. 

We will also be introduced to the work of Education for All, another organisation that supports the development of local women when we're at Toubkal on Day 5.

Image: Marie Milligan relaxing at El Fenn hotel, Marrakech, July 2015.

Image: Marie Milligan relaxing at El Fenn hotel, Marrakech, July 2015.

Option to Enhance Time-Travel

Give yourself time to process what you've seen, learnt and felt and perhaps personalise your experience before returning to your (wilder!) routine.

After the retreat you could: 

  • Curate your own Private Travel with Boutique Souk. Exclusive offer through our retreat: Book 3 nights through them, receive a half-day private guide and personal shopper. Special rates with their lead partner El Fenn too.

  • Book a bespoke Private Coaching Session with Marie or Wellness Session with Deborah. We're hosting them on Saturday 27 August 2016.

  • Book a Bespoke Photography Session with Virginie Faucher, a French professional photographer who works between Paris and Marrakech. Organise a professional photo-shoot capturing an essence of your inner Wild Woman on location (great for your website, blog or Instagram!). Fluent in French, English and Arabic, Virginie can guide you through the city with ease and a lot of fun.

  • After booking, we'll release news of exclusive partnerships we secure with Moroccan brands (like luxury kaftan brands and Moroccan textiles and jewellery), to bring even more value to your retreat!

Email Marie using the Contact form below to discuss any of the details above.

 
 

About Your Hosts: Marie Milligan & Deborah Willimott

 
 
 
 

Before choosing to spend a a wild adventure together, we want you to get a flavour of who we really are and why we care so much about this retreat.

The day we met, we knew we wanted to collaborate.  Warm, wise, authentic, kind-hearted, multi-creative with multi-talents, deep laughs...we felt like wild sisters at heart. 

We bonded over a passion for empowering women to speak and live their creative truth, and for us all to embody our version of wild. 

We wanted to hold a space for creative, independent, wild-spirits who juggle multiple roles, work damn hard, give a lot, care deeply, yet rarely make time to nourish themselves first.

Why? Because we are those women and we've worked closely with these women for years too, in our respective Coaching, Teaching and Holistic Businesses. We hear the story too often, "I don't have time for me". Yet, a women's intuition and body will be giving her signs it needs to stop. 

Craving time away from responsibilities in wild nature – reconnecting with her body, refreshing and reigniting her passion for life, creation and work. 

You know when that time has come for change; every time you resist your technology, thirst for nature, for the earth beneath your feet, and not just at weekends. "What happened to my dreams of...free-time, travel and wild adventure?" is the ever present question. 

On the verge of saying "fuck it" and turning your back from your desired unconventional path, is the exact time you need to reawaken your wild, and reconnect to your creative sisterhood. 

Together, when we are all embodying our versions of a Wild Woman in trusted, loving support, we're more creative, resourceful and courageous. We have more resilience, and dare to do what we really desire.

Having coached and delivered development workshops, and taught yoga classes for years, that stretched women within other companies or retreats, it was time to create and host our own. 

Our Relax, Reconnect and Reawaken Your Wild retreat in Marrakech was born.

 
 

Read about Marie's Wild Women Do story and creative, coaching expertise. Connect with her daily inspirational posts on Instagram. You'll find her coaching creative women entrepreneurs, writing and taking photos, teaching creative entrepreneurship, exploring nature and creative spaces, caring for stray animals, surrounded by candles, beautiful design, creative-souls and tasty food. She lives on a canalboat in Little Venice, London when not retreating in Marrakech.

Read about Deborah's yoga expertise and approach to wellness, plus a link to her The Body Hive business. Based in Somerset, you'll find her practising and teaching yoga and embodiment, writing professionally for top magazines, cooking on retreats, usually surrounded by holistic goodness and wild-natured souls at the wellness spaces and retreats she works at in the year.

 
 

Do you want to join Marie and Deborah for this holistic and creative experience in Marrakech?

 
 
 

Got Any Questions?

Questions of 'what to bring, how to dress, is it safe, what to do in Marrakech...'? 

We've got you covered. You'll receive our Wild Women Do Retreat guide to Moroccan travel and getting the most from this retreat: what to pack, pointers on dressing in Marrakech to respect the culture but also be true to yourself, cultural insider tips, local phrases, best places to visit, where to eat or drink, best shopping in the Souks and more. Oh, and ideas on how we can ensure we get the time alone we need.

Need to ask us about extra travel planning, before, during and after the retreat?

Peacock Pavilions know Marrakech very well, and Boutique Souk are our suggested trusted travel agency too. Marie has also spent time living there so we'll provide you with the answers of what you want to know.

Wondering how you can afford to take time off your business and invest in yourself?

Between now and the retreat, you'll join us for a Group Connection call and also receive our Wild Women Do Retreat guide to having more time and money available to relax, create and travel. Marie will share expert coaching tips to help you prepare your life and business so you can take time off without guilt, giving you tips on smart scheduling, marketing automation, and ways you can actually boost your revenue, enhance your work opportunities by actually being away from your business too.

 
 

Contact Marie and Deborah

Can we help you with anything else?

Tell us exactly what you'd like to know and need reassured of so you can relax and start to enjoy the idea of being on this retreat! If you need to jump on a quick coaching call to check this is the retreat experience you'd love and need most, let's book that in for you.

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A little earthquake that stirs your soul.
— A Wild Women Do coaching client, describing how she felt after a Private Coaching Retreat with Marie