Monday, August 28, 2017


workshops, essaouira

Are you the kind of traveller that does not like to sit still for too long? Then it's always good to have some options while going abroad.  Is learning something new, while getting closer to local culture, people and habits something you love?

Read on, we have you covered for your holiday in Essaouira.  And no, we're not talking surfing, nor mastering the technique of raffia or learning Darija (the local language) BUT that are options too 😂

article by Marlène Pauly more articles by Marlène HERE

Here is my shortlist with my 5 personal favorites. I included our own workshop homestyling and shopping, Of course 😂
click on the title of the workshop to get redirected to the sites.
Other workshops?
Why not some Yoga or Pilates?
A workshop healthy food with Juicing and Smoothies
A workshop making your own beauty products with all natural ingredients....

The list is long!

ART workshop with Sanne Busk.

Sanna Busk

Settled in the heart of the medina of Essaouira. Learn the skill of creating your own hand painted paper and turn it into stunning pieces of collage art. Sanne is a Danish artist, living in Essaouira. You can read more about her here

Yellow Workshop, 7 Rue Mohamed Diouri – Medina. Essaouira – Morocco - starts from 100 MAD per person per hour

Madada Cooking workshop.

Atelier Madada

At the entrance of the med­ina, in a for­mer almond ware­house, l’Atelier Madada wel­comes you under it’s stone arches.
In half a day you will learn how to prepare traditional cuisine in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Tajines, couscous, pastilles or cornes de gazelle will not longer remain a secret.

We're over delighted that we can share their recepy for the best Chicken Tagine ever:
Time for a little cooking workshop at home folks!

Chicken tajine with onions and dried raisins Madada style!
Preparation time: 20 minutes - Cooking time: 1h45 minutes

Ingredients per person :
• 1 chicken leg
• 2 big onions sliced thinly
• 1 cloves of garlic finely chopped
• 25 grams of raisins
• 2 tablespoons of olive oil
• ½ teaspoon chicken mix
• ½ teaspoon of turmeric
• ½ teaspoon of ginger
• ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
• A pinch of saffron
• A stick of cinnamon
• 1 table spoon of honey

Place the chicken in a tajine; add a thinly sliced onion, a finely chopped clove of garlic, two tablespoons of olive oil and the spices: turmeric, ginger, salt, saffron, the mrouziya (mixture of spices for chicken) and a stick of cinnamon. Mix so that the pieces of chicken marinate well. If you have time, you can prepare the marinade a day in advance and leave it in the refrigerator, leaving out the garlic. The chicken will then be softer and tastier.
On a low heat sear the pieces of chicken on all sides for about 40 to 45 minutes; turn the meat frequently. Meanwhile, let the raisins soak in cold water.
Once the chicken is seared, add the second thinly sliced onion, the raisins and, if needed, a tea glass of cool water so that the chicken does not stick. Sprinkle with a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Do not mix. With a tablespoon, pour regularly some of the sauce on the onions and the raisins; it will give them the taste and the colour of the sauce.
Let the tajine cook with the lid half on for approximately one hour then check if the meat is cooked with a fork. If it is good add a table spoon of honey on the top. If you still have a lot of sauce, you can take the lid off and let the sauce reduce until you obtain the desired consistency.
Enjoy your tajine!

Rue Mohamed Ben Mes­saoud — Tel : +212 7 00 18 90 17 prices from 220 MAD per person

Interior Styling workshop followed by a guided shopping.


Marlène Pauly

Feeling overwhelmed by all the colours and textiles in the souks? Not sure even if it would fit in at home? In 4 hours we zoom in on your home and give you a colour scheme to pick from, we will create a list with items that will add the right touch of Morocco to your place, making sure you will create 'bliss at home'
The workshop/consult is followed by a shopping tour to assist you and NOT to force you into something. We help you negotiate a reasonable price that works for you and the vendor.

Marlène Pauly architect - decorator  Tel : +212 6 52 59 18 01, prices from 500 MAD per person (shopping tour included) max 4 pers.

Tour des Ateliers.

Isla Yemaya

This is not really a workshop, more of a tour, but we have so many talented people around that we think it might be much more fun visiting them in their studio's in stead of buying their works in one of the many shops.
The tour covers the studio of Isla Yemaya - Pascale Met les Voiles - the artist painters in the Joutillia - the African store Maridadi

Tour starts in Diabat, outside Essaouira. We make sure you have a driver for half a day. 200 MAD per pers. max 5pers.

Photo Tour in the Medina.

Marlène Pauly

This one is on my to do list and the photo above is mine so I can't tell you from my personal experience. But I am in love with the photos of Lawrence Quammu and yes, I am addicted to snapping the city from every corner...

Lawrence Quammu, photographer rue Touahen 67 bis  Tel : +212 615-287146...

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