This holiday, which is for the more adventurous painter, is packed with thrilling images of the kaleidoscopic Moroccan landscape. You'll see wide, lunar expanses; rich, jade-green valleys; and the massive, drifting Erg Chebbi dunes - so don't be surprised to find sand in your luggage on your arrival home!
Our base - the Nomad Palace - is right on the edge of the desert, east of the High Atlas mountains. It offers rooms with private toilets and showers, and delicious, home-cooked Moroccan cuisine which is served in the Salon and its exotic lounge area. There is now also a swimming pool for a refreshing dip after painting.
Situated in the nearby village of Merzouga is a stopping place for Berber caravans where we can paint camels or locals in colourful robes in a shady Palmerie. And with the expert guidance of our multi-lingual host Ali, we will visit a wonderful museum in an old Kasbah and Nomads in their dessert dwelling.
Your stay includes a day in the astonishing Dades gorge, at the bottom of which the Dades river runs and almond trees blossom in the spring. There are delightful shady corners here, many ruined citadels - and some utterly amazing rock formations!
You will also have the opportunity of a portrait session with Berber (Bedouin) nomads in traditional dress, and an evening trip deeper into the desert to marvel at the landscape or to do some quick sketching.
To paint these stunning landscapes and hardy desert people, to wander through kasbahs and to sketch market places is ... a truly unique experience.
Beginners and accomplished painters welcome!
Day trips with picnics at painting locations
Home-cooked Moroccan cuisine
Special dietary needs met
Price includes bed and full-board at Nomad Palace, all accommodation and meals en route, all local transportation, painting tuition, excursions by Land Rover, local guides, camel hire, bottled drinking water and pick up from the airport
No single room supplement
"I love Morocco,
the best possible tonic!"
"I can't tell you how much I enjoyed Morocco, not only was it magical but your organisation meant it all ran so smoothly - thank you so much."
"Morocco was an incredible experience and the painting superb. I could recommend the holiday to anyone."
"A marvellous experience - off the beaten track! Ali Mouni (our host in Morocco) is a great person and took such care of us and to show us his country. Hope to join you again in the future."
"I am still feeling in love with Morocco so thank you for the lovely artistic introduction."
"Two weeks later and I am still thinking of the rolling sand dunes and the astonishing views from the Nomad Palace. I will forever love camels, especially Moroccan ones, my previous experience of the species being quite different."
"What a great holiday it was, not just good to paint but the places we visited and seeing the reality of life in that part of the desert made it special. Thanks to you for all the work which must be behind such an interesting and well organised holiday."
"Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed seeing the Real Morocco and you are an excellent teacher."