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Marrakech Art Retreat

Marrakech Art Retreat

Duration: 7 Days

Price: £970

Run by: Tony Colborne
at Marrakech Art Retreat


7 Shirley Place

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About the Course

Painting and Drawing retreat at Villa Warda in Marrakech
Enjoy a fabulous week in Marrakech filled with creative experiences at the Painting and Drawing retreat hosted by professional artist Neil Drury. Your accommodation for the week will be at the luxurious Villa Warda situated in the foothills of the Atlas mountains and just 15 minutes from the bustling ancient medina. From exotic still life’s at the villa to days out painting and drawing at interesting locations. Be inspired by Marrakech’s rich tapestry of colour and texture and ancient architecture. 

£970 per person including full board, excluding flights.

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Villa Warda is beautifully situated a few miles outside Marrakech, offering a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for your art holiday. The villa has more than ample workspace outside, on upper and lower terraces, as well as in the grounds and gardens. There are commanding views of the Atlas mountains in the near distance, as well as olive groves, date palms, jasmine and formal rose gardens. The villa is capacious with stylish and beautiful interiors, all commanding wonderful views into the landscape. There are also facilities for Hammam and Spa treatments, heated swimming pool, or just lazing with a drink under a palm tree. The days will more than likely be warm but the nights have been known to be chilly in December.

Painting in the busy streets and markets of the city is challenging, and taking photographs to work from back at the villa may be our best option, but there are even so many amenable spaces to work in around the city, including lovely parks, beautiful ruined palaces, grandiose hotel gardens where working on the spot is easier. I detail below some of the art materials you may wish to carry with you – bearing in mind that travelling light is advisable.

Art Materials
I would recommend water-based media as being ideal for this trip: a box of watercolours or gouaches with brushes, or water-soluble colour pencils – perhaps complemented by a variety of drawing implements such as pencils, pens, fine-liners, sharpies, felt-tips or fibre pens. Bring your (smallish) sketchbooks everywhere, maximum A3 pads, and of course a phone camera to record more rapidly the many visual delights that the city contains. Also consider collapsible seats (with backs?), sun hats, water bottles, and insect repellent.

Participants are expected to make their own flight arrangements. Transport from the airport to the villa, and visa versa, will be available, but not obligatory. For the rest of the week on days out we will all travel together, or individual trips can be arranged. In the city itself, walking is easily the best mode of transportation – to explore the winding streets, alleyways, and markets where we will have a guide at all times. Our visits may include: the ruined palace at Tamesloht; the Yves Saint Laurent Garden; the famous La Mamounia hotel; the souks; the Atlas mountains and their villages, and the Koranic School in the medina. The landscape is always challenging.

Eating Out or In
All meals - superbly and freshly cooked breakfasts, lunches and dinners - are provided at the Villa, but people wishing to eat elsewhere may certainly arrange to do so. Packed lunches can also be ordered for day trips.

£970 per person sharing a twin/double room. To include full board accommodation. Single occupancy supplement is available.

Contact Information
For more information or to confirm your reservation, please telephone Rachel on 07855 751756 or Neil on 07917 153514, or email

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