May 23-28th, 2021
CREATE + ESCAPE
GATHER to EXPAND
Let’s get lost in a 6 day, 5 night retreat of slow Marrakechi living in the cultural crossroads of the city's famed old city of the Medina. Based in the sanctuaries of two stylish private Riads, we will explore the pink city, meet local artisans, soak in decadent hammams, marvel over Moorish architecture, and connect with like-minded souls at sunset while listening to the calls to prayer…all with camera or mint tea in hand. Join Anna Bek, local artists & chefs from Oct 25th-30th, 2020 on a photography adventure through Marrakech and beyond to the desert and Palmaraie to hone your skills and take your creative business to the next level.
Feel rejuvenated with morning movement practices in Yoga, Pilates and inspired with Manifestation Meditations and vibrant plant-based food. The workshops are designed to provide you with ample time to explore your creative, professional, and life goals in depth; work and workshop your craft, and explore the intricate Souks so you can shop to your heart’s content. Recharge on your own by retreating to the private Riad where we have our own pool, hammam, rooftop terrace, and kitchen. This promises to be a transformative, once-in-a-lifetime journey—a unique opportunity to be both restored and inspired by mystical Morocco.
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Early Bird pricing for the first 4 sign-ups:
Singles are €1690 (4 Rooms)
Doubles are €1390 (2 Rooms for 4 people)
Secure your space with a €300 deposit.
in the Medina
DESIGNED TO INSPIRE
Riad BE Marrakech is a Swiss and Moroccan owned property where Nicole brings the modern European touch to the Riad, while Mohamed preserves the heritage and authenticity of the Moroccan culture. This cultural harmony makes your stay at our Riad an unforgettable experience. The property itself is home to two separate Riads, the famous opulent "Oasis" and the more minimalist "Essence". Both properties connect by the main lobby and rooftop, where you can take quiet moments relaxing in one of the many cozy areas or enjoying work by resident designers or artists on display.
During our time together, we will be occupying two of the private riads within the family of Riad Be's properties. At the creative hub of Riad Be, we will take over the Essence (4 bedrooms), with its own pool, dining area, hammam, massage room, yoga studio, and shared terrace deck. Next door, we will also have The Soul (3 bedrooms) which has its own kitchen, two dining areas, and rooftop lounge. Workshops and private dinners will be held in The Soul while yoga, pilates, pool, hammam, and brunch will be at The Essence. Both spaces showcase the best in local craftmanship and artistry so you can let your imagination run wild.
8:00AM - 9:30AM Movement and Meditation
9:30 AM Brunch
10:30AM -12:30PM Explore, Workshop, or time on your own
2:00PM - 5:00PM Hammam or Spa time, Explore or time on your own
5:00PM - 7:30PM Sunset Excursion or Workshop
8:00PM Dinner at Riad Be or out
Through a plant-based ethos, Anna Bek always strives to find the freshest ingredients no matter where she is in the world. We will enjoy breakfasts and some dinners in the Riad and be further spoiled by outings to meet chefs at famed farm-to-table restaurants like La Famille, Nomad, +61, Berber Lodge, and an out of town private farm oasis. We will eat well and eat often, exploring the culture through the cuisine.
We enjoy long leisurely days to explore the Medina of Marrakech and beyond focusing on our photography skills and honing in on our visual storytelling. Topics to be explored include Portraiture, Styling, Lighting, and Post-Production tips in Lightroom CC. We host a portfolio review to refine our artistic vision. Targeting the limiting beliefs that may be holding us back from achieving our goals, we are able to creatively up-level and expand to elevate our business with intention. Starting each day with a buzz of energy through optional movement practices such as Yoga and Pilates, we are able to think clearly feeling empowered and embodied. Creative Photography Workshops will either be before lunch or before dinner and will be complemented by reprogramming in Psychedelic Breath, and deeply restoring Yin Yoga.
Anna Bek grew up sneaking into Blues clubs with her father in the Music City of Nashville, Tennessee. Her love for music and cameras found her working in Music Television and for Rock Photographers while still in High School. She was blessed to spend 8 years in the darkroom developing a romance with Photography well before Digital Cameras. After graduating from University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts and School of Fine Arts, she fought her way through Hollywood until hitting injury and burnout despite loving the work she was doing. Yoga and Pilates came into her life as a way to reconnect with her body, repair her severe back problem, and provide her tools to navigate mindset blocks. She dedicated the past 5 years to growing her Yoga business, which has ultimately brought her more clarity in how she wants to show up as an artist with a heart-centered Photography Business. Finding the balance has not been without heartbreak and hard times, and she sees her daily practice, the practice of creating rituals of self-care, as being the foundation from which she operates. She aims to help you to unblock and create a more balanced life that fills you up with freedom and purpose, while giving you practical tools to elevate your photography using Marrakech as a backdrop.
6 days, 5 nights accommodation at Riad Be
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Tea, water, and snacks
Daily Yoga & Pilates classes
Guided Manifestation Meditations
Transport to/from RAK airport
Transport for group activities
rooms & Pricing
Email to book - firstname.lastname@example.org
or DM @missannabek
Single Room, En-Suite Bathroom for 1 Person - €1690
Double Room, En-suite Bathroom for 2 person - €1390
Full payment is due via Transferwise, bank transfer, or Paypal. Details will be provided for the transfer upon booking confirmation. All currencies are accepted but will ultimately need to be received in Euros. Credit Cards and Paypal are accepted with a 3-5% charge for their fees.
At the moment (June 2020), we are amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and while we are keeping the retreat the same as of now, we will keep all guests informed of any changes. If in the event that we have to cancel the retreat, all guests will be paid back in full (retreat balance and deposits) within 14 days of being notified (minus transfer or conversion fees). We are not responsible for any additional costs that are lost outside of retreat costs so we advise booking flights closer to the date.
As of now, the full remaining balance is to be paid by March 24th.
If for any reason you have to cancel your stay after March 24th, you will be paid back, minus the 300€ deposit, as follows:
- less than 30 days before retreat starts – 0% refund
- 30-45 days before the retreat starts – 50% refund
- 45-60 days before the retreat starts - 75% refund
- deposits are not refundable but are transferrable to future Anna Bek Retreats
Flights are not included but transfers to and from the RAK airport to Riad Be are included and will be arranged for your ease and comfort. Please ensure your passport is valid and you have the appropriate visa if required. All activities are optional and the schedule is open to change.