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Desert Pilgrimage in Morocco
Sacred Ceremonies and Celebrations with Onye Onyemaechi
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Morocco has vast scenic variety and an exotic feel that has fascinated travelers since long before the modern tourist arrived. Affordable and pleasant, bordered by the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Sahara Desert, Morocco is a mix of tradition and modern that strikes the perfect balance between the intensely exotic and comfortably familiar.

Cities like  Marrakech, Casablanca and Zagora evoke images of medinas, spice markets and cuisine of the Arabs, Berbers, French and Spanish. The geographic extremes—a day journey from the Atlas Mountains to an exquisite Zagora desert hotel and a journey on camels into the desert—altogether make the journey dramatically photogenic.

The mad circus of Marrakech's Djemaa el Fna square, packed with incense, traders, snake charmers and native  musicians, is bizarre and entertaining; you'll be enchanted and looking for more…
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Tour Leaders

Onye Onyemaechi, spiritual guide, musician and healer

My wish to share the mystical nature of the Moroccan desert began in 2013. On my birthday, Anita and Mireille extended an invitation to travel to the Moroccan desert. Overwhelmed with gratitude and exhilarated by my travel experience, I decided to collaborate and design a spiritual retreat and travel for people from diverse cultures. My goal is to build community and create an opportunity that allows people to discover an inner peace, and to facilitate healing and sacred rituals within a natural setting.
Thus, the Moroccan Desert Journey continues. Now on my third trip to the mystical desert of Morocco, I once again invite others to participate in a buoyant celebration.  

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Mustapha Ait El Caid, Guide

Mustapha is the son of nomad parents. Since childhood he has great experience and wisdom of the desert, plants and animals. He lives in Zagora with his wife Fatima and child in an extended family complex. Mustapha is enthusiastic to cook, entertain and explore many adventures with people. He prepares delicious healthy meals for our groups and creates an atmosphere of love and community!
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Anita Heynen, Coordinator 

I am a former teacher in primary school and currently work as a therapist for children (Psychomotoriktherapeutin) in Switzerland. I have a keen interest and knowledge of medicinal herbs and plants, and during summer seasons, I guide people in the Swiss Alps to study plants. For twelve years, I have visited Morocco and I continue to hold a fascination for this exotic country. I am especially familiar with the city of Marrakech. In years past, my good friend Mustafa and I have collaborated on multiple desert trips with dromedaries (camels). Again, I am thrilled to participate as a guide on the  2019 Moroccan Desert Journey.
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Available for groups of Ten.
11 Day Journey 

Join us! Experience mystical adventures into nature for personal soul discovery and finding life purpose.The African Wisdom Teaching workshops, based on Onye’s book The Drum: Voice of the Village, will be integrated into your Desert Journey. The workshops also include insights for building community, impacting positive change in yourself and the world. We use transformative ceremonies through drums, songs, meaningful conversations and dance around the fire, encouraging fun participation and celebrations of life! Enjoy luxury in the desert and comfort in remote caravan camping. Limited to 15 travelers.
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Schedule customized for your group.

Day 1
Arrival at Marrakesh Airport, transfer to a traditional Riad Hotel in the Medina of Marrakesh, Morocco. Welcoming guests and orientation by Onye; moroccan dinner.

Day 2 A day Journey on a comfortable Bus to Zagora, crossing the spectacular Atlas mountains. Dinner and night in Camp Zagora.

Day 3 One day in Camp Zagora, prepare for the desert journey, visit Zagora, a desert city to buy Schach and Berber sandals for the desert. Dinner and night in the camp.

Day 4-7 Desert journey commences with Mustapha and his staff: Onye leads workshops on the mysteries and elements of nature, and building community

Day 7 Returning to Camp Zagora, we stop at various places such as traditional famous pottery factory: desert journey is ended. Dinner and night.

Day 8 Free morning to explore and visit traditional Berber market, Souk in Zagora. Travel back to Marrakesh. Dinner and night in the camp in the Riad Hotel.

Day 9 Closing day in Marrakesh. Optional visiting the famous places in the medina. Includes special traditional Moroccan dinner in an old pascha house.

Day 10 Individuals fly back to their respective nations or extend their stay in Morocco.
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We will visit a traditional home, bath houses, a famous spice marketplace, local museums, and a pottery factory. Other intrigue includes unique Moroccan fine arts: decorative and practical rugs, crafts, and precious homemade jewelry designs. 
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"Onye Onyemaechi hat mir einige Möglichkeiten eröffnet, wunderbare Welten erleben zu können, die mir Klarheit, Kraft und Wohlsein ermöglicht haben.”

"Onye showed to me some possibilities, to experience wonderful worlds, who gave to me clarity, power and good feeling.” Mireille from Switzerland about her desert experience.
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Call or email us for more information or download the registration form.
Explore to learn more about Onye’s teaching, insights and healing.

Contact Information:
Onye Onyemaechi
Mail: Onye Onyemaechi
P.O. Box 4365, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 USA
Tel: 01 707 528 4458 USA
Anita Heynen
Tel: 41 279 23 44 48

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The Details

Total Trip Cost - 2500 Euro (not including flight) including transfers, meals, hotels, desert trip with personal dromedary (camel), tips, from February 23, 2019. 

Deposit of 500 Euro is due when your trip is reserved and confirmed.
Cancellations  & Refund Policy
• Trip total amount is due by November 20, 2018.
• Cancellation up to December 31, 2018 results in retention of a 500 Euro fee.
• Cancellation up to February 5, 2018 results in retention of a 1,250 Euro fee.
• After February 5, 2018 no refunds will be given. (Replacement travelers are allowed).

Payment Method
  • Once trip reservations are confirmed, participants can make a bank deposit transfer payment to Anita Heynen. Details for payment will be provided following individual reservations.

Flights and Travel Arrangements
  • All participants are required to book their own flights and are required to arrive in Marrakesh by the evening of February 23, 2018.
  • Upon arrival to the Marrakesh airport, Onye, Anita, and other hotel staff will meet and transport participants to the Riad Ifoulki.

Optional Travel or Medical Insurance: Individuals may contact Allianz Traveling Insurance directly for coverage at 866-455-6111 for AAA members or 800-284-8300 for nonmembers. For insurance details visit their website at Allianz Travel Insurance.
Visa and Passport Details: Please contact your airline or government agency for visa and passport requirements.

See more about the riad in which will stay.

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