We welcome everyone with a spirit of adventure!
Morocco Moves are bespoke, authentic experiences organised by Anne and her good friend, Moroccan guide, artist and master musician, Allal Yamine, alongside a great team and friends. Going beyond the tourist trails, these trips are unique and are definitely NOT package holidays.
We travel to different areas of this fascinating country each year including mini breaks to Marrakech, weeks to coast and mountains and other locations and extended trips to the desert.
Desert trips are 11 night retreats often taking in the dark skies so we can enjoy quiet, star filled nights around the camp fire with traditional Berber music. During the day we explore ways to unwind and reset from our busy lives through somatic movement, trance drumming, dune walking and visits to the local village. The long but fascinating journey to the desert takes us through the High Atlas, anti Atlas and Draa Valley, stopping overnight to break our journey in Morocco's answer to Hollywood, Ouarzazate and then onto the gateway to the Sahara, Zagora and our final destination in the desert outside M'hamid.
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"Lindsay and I still have not yet returned to earth after our fantastic experience, made all the more special by yourself, Allal, Shtuki and the camaraderie within the group itself." Lindsay and David Hankin, Sep 2022
"Travelling with Morocco Moves is like being welcomed into a new family. Anne, Allal and the people you meet along the way provide the warmest hospitality in this wonderful country, as they always have with us. We're booked on our 6th trip and wouldn't dream of going with anyone else. There is nothing like drumming the sun up in the morning, dancing in the dunes, getting lost in the souks of Marrakech, sharing Berber omelettes in the mountains, and discovering new wonders every trip."
Nicola and Jason Scott Oct 2021
“This trip is a wonderful combination of relaxation and activity, of being together with people while also having time to yourself. I loved experiencing different sides of Morocco, with the care and kindness of everyone involved, who made this so special.” Kim Alwyn, Sep 2022
"A trip with Anne and Allal is full of surprises; people, places, culture and traditions - delights around every corner - the smallest of things stick in my memory. Eating soup with a traditional wooden spoon, Tahar dancing, arms wide in his shiny black gandora, desert wildlife, camp fires and drumming, roof terrace views, stunning artwork, the silence of the desert. Wrapped around all of it, the care and attention to detail from Anne, Allal, and their team, your needs met before you even realise you need something."
Julie Erwin, Oct 2021
What to expect...
Carefree travel, expert local knowledge, unique experiences, nurture for body and soul. Our trips are NOT package holidays and do require a moderate level of fitness and commitment. The desert retreats in particular are challenging in terms of comfort, experience and energies, but the rewards are many. You must be able to carry your own soft suitcase on occasions and be responsible for supplying your own basic medical kit.
The Marrakech minibreaks and the 7 day trips offer a degree of comfort in hotel or riad accommodation, whereas the desert trips are more basic but offer an experience of a lifetime, a real sense of resetting and a unique insight into life in this stunning environment. Do check beforehand if you are unsure if a particular trip is right for you.
SHORT BREAKS - Morocco Moves (Marrakech) minibreak 3/4 nights showing you the delights of Marrakech, a great opportunity to have fun with friends, shop the fascinating souks, take a cookery lesson or just enjoy a few days taking in the sights and sounds of this amazing city. Anne will take away any stress and provide you with care and guidance to enable you to just enjoy the experience. Accommodation in delightful small riads with English speaking staff situated in the heart of the Medina.
10/11 NIGHT BREAKS - Morocco Moves (Coast, Mountains & Marrakech) Our 10/11 night trips are to different areas of Morocco and could be to the Atlas Mountains, on the coast or to a specific event such as an area like the Valley of the Roses. In 2024 we are focussing the trip on Fez and the beautiful blue town of Chefchaouen.
Anne, Allal and our wonderful team will look after you and provide wellbeing and relaxation sessions to enhance your experience. Accommodation in beautiful riad or hotel accommodation.
11/12 NIGHT BREAKS - Morocco Moves (Desert) Adventure, escape and relaxation travelling through fascinating landscapes en route to the desert. The High Atlas and anti Atlas mountains, the Valley of the Kasbahs, the beautiful green date palms of the Draa Valley and beyond to the desert in the M'hamid El Ghizlane region. Transport on our own air-conditioned minibus and 4 x 4s with regular stops on this long journey to stretch legs and enjoy the local food and people. Accommodation is B&B en route to and from the desert and full board thereafter. Staying in local hotels and twin person desert huts with good beds, toilet and shower facilities. Expect delicious, home cooked Moroccan cuisine, desert music and song and the kindness and warmth of our Moroccan team throughout. In all our desert locations you can sleep out under the stars if you wish.
Spaciousness, sunrises and sunsets in stunning scenery, a taste of an embodied approach to being, music, wonderful local cooked, organic food, star gazing, camp fires, Berber songs and music, camel riding all add up to the ultimate in peace and quiet in this beautiful environment allowing your body a chance to rest, refresh and re-evaluate.
A degree of general fitness and good health is required for the desert trips.
To enhance your relaxation we adopt an embodied approach throughout, one that includes activity and also the importance of rest. Optional sessions in drumming, relaxation, meditation, breathwork, somatic movement, sound healing and creativity all help to enhance the relaxing quality of the desert.
There is no set programme so plenty of opportunity to be in the moment and go with whatever comes our way which could be anything from getting up early to walk on the dunes and watch sunrise to a sunset picnic on the dunes.
Prepare for Peace! Let time float by and let your body and mind unwind, it's total relaxation!
We use the same dedicated team to help us and have been running trips for over 15 years together. We love what we do and we love sharing these special times with you. Many of our fellow travellers come back time and time again having experienced the kindness of the Moroccan people and the total relaxation that comes from time in this fascinating country.
Morocco offers rich and diverse environments, people and culture and it is our wish to always contribute sustainably of our time and energy or to offer financial help to the local economy where possible. We are currently, 2023/2024 committed to funding solar powered water pumps for communities in the desert region of M'hamid El Ghizlane and providing funding for Jarjeer, www.jarjeer.org/ a donkey and mule sanctuary near Marrakech.
Previous funding has provided a girl's secondary education in the Atlas Mountains, provided a sports strip for a young team in Ouazazate, provided books and education materials for a village school near M'hamid, provided wool for a women's craft project in Bounou and helped fund the rebuilding of a village mosque/meeting room in the desert village of Bounou. Other donations have included much needed solar water pumps and tree planting projects in the desert region in the south of Morocco.