Workshops- Riads - Tents
HENNA TATTOO WORKSHOP
During our DESERT YOGA TOUR we will have the opportunity to learn to do henna tattoos, through a workshop given by the women of the association of Begaa. I leave some information about the history and meaning of tattoos in Morocco. Henna tattoos (Lawsonia inermis) are a popular tradition in Morocco, used by women of all ages. It is generally used on special occasions, such as weddings and Moroccan parties, in which women dye their hands and feet with henna. Henna tattoos are temporary and applied to the skin using paste made of brown powder. Many women also apply henna throughout the body and hair, in the hamman once a week. It has a particular smell and must be left on the skin for several hours to dry and thus achieve darker and lasting results. It is believed that henna tattoos arose in the Middle East, probably in Egypt. There is archaeological evidence of 5,000-year-old mummies whose toenails are covered with henna. Henna tattoos, in the Moroccan culture, are much more than a simple aesthetic decoration of the skin. The symbols are used to protect from the evil eye or to invoke fertility.
COUS COUS WORKSHOP
The women of the town of Begaa will teach us their correct preparation. This dish is the traditional food of all of North Africa, to the point that it could be called the "national dish" of the Berbers. In much of Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Libya it is known simply by the Arabic name: طعام, ta'ām, "food". Couscous is made with semolina. The semolina is sprinkled with water and worked with the hands to make pellets, which are sprayed with dried bran to keep them separated, and then passed through a sieve. This process continues until the whole semolina has been transformed into small couscous grains. The traditional method in Morocco involves the use of a steam cooking vessel called taseksut in berber, kiska: s in Arabic or couscous. The base is an elongated metal pot with a rounded shape, where vegetables and stewed meat are cooked. The perforated bottom container on which the couscous is vaporized is absorbed on this base, absorbing the flavors of the broth below. If the joint between the edge of the lower pot and the upper container is not airtight, a damp cloth is often placed to prevent steam from leaving the sides.
Responsible tourism is an option so that the profits generated by this sector also fill the hands of the most needy, that they have sufficient resources to not continue to prey on their environment and, on the contrary, be the first to defend it.
Health4Begaa is a humanitarian project that was born in October 2015, in a bar in Turin by a group of four friends united by the desire to do and help. The project is the result of a volunteer experience in Morocco in April 2015, in which we met the Moroccan town of Begaa, located in the desert south-east of Morocco, in the province of Errachidia. The town is characterized by a social fracture that manifests itself in the forms of precariousness, poverty, isolation and instability. This has not prevented some members of the village from establishing an NGO, A.B.D.A.S. (Association pour le développement et social action BEGAA), with the purpose of promoting economic, social and health area development. The Workshop of Cous Cous and Henna will be done by the women of the town, who are currently the Begaa Association.
How to get to Marrakech and Fez
Marrakech, whose name means "Land of God", is one of the most important cities in Morocco. It is located to the south, near the Atlas, the mountain range that runs through the Sahara desert. Its medina is a World Heritage Site. In a few hours you will arrive at Menara airport, the second most important in Morocco. It is six kilometers from the center of Marrakech. Currently, the low cost airlines that fly directly to Fez and to Marrakech are Ryanair, EasyJet, TuiFly, TAP, Norwegian Air and Vueling.
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THE NOMAD TENTS
This unique camp in Nomad Tents offers the opportunity to experience the Berber culture. It is an established camp in the wonderful Merzouga desert area of southern Morocco, in the middle of the sand dunes and offers a high level of comfort is a good base to go and explore walking in the sand dunes. Berbers in the area will share their knowledge of culture and traditions and introduce you to their way of life in the Moroccan desert. They are made of camel hair, having two qualities, according to their resistance. They are fastened with wooden sticks and hemp rope, natural. They have all the charm. www.luxurybegacamp.com
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Join us in this exciting 7-day retreat in which you will deepen your practice, discover the nomadic culture of Morocco and live the beauty of the Sahara desert.
They accompany us during the retreats to the desert Matilde Meire, Monet Lakhmeet Singh and Silvia Devi
Way to pay
º Deposit of € 100 (VAT included) for the reservation of the tour to be paid by bank transfer by Pay Pal or Western Union.
- in cash upon arrival in Morocco in Euros or Dollars
- by credit card (5% commission for single payment by credit card)
- by bank transfer within 15 days before traveling
Responsibility: Begaatorino (Maroccotrips, Maroccoadventure & Desert Yoga Tour) is a tourism agency regularly registered in Spain, however, the agency does not guarantee health insurance and repatriation. Begaatorino declines all responsibility for any loss, damage, accident, illness for which it is advisable to stipulate insurance that can provide coverage for any damage or inconvenience.
Refunds and cancellations: you can cancel and reschedule your tour up to 1 month before the start date of the tour. You will receive your refund or, alternatively, you can receive a rescheduling of the trip.
Costs for tour cancellation before it starts when cancellation is notified:
- 1 month before the start of the tour: 100% refund of the advance made
- Less than 1 month from the start of the tour: no refund