Marrakech Exclusive! 8-Day Paint & Play Retreats

Do you have a flair for the exotic, a hunger for creative inspiration and application, and a yearning to discover a uniquely different culture while learning something new about your art and about yourself? Our Marrakech Exclusive! 8-day Paint & Play Retreat provides the perfect combination of adventure, discovery, creativity, and camaraderie. Melanie Royals has been leading lucky groups of artistic adventurers annually to magical Marrakech, Morocco since 2008-and for most it has been a life-changing experience. Marrakech is an ideal tourist destination for many reasons: a rich and diverse culture, inspiring architecture, mouth-watering food, warm and friendly people, beautiful weather and scenery, and some of the best shopping opportunities on the planet.

This magical city provides the perfect backdrop for an exciting week of learning, creating, discovering and growing together with a group of fellow artisans. We will stay and play together in our private luxurious residence in the Medina-the heart of historic Marrakech-with easy walking access to sites, the souks, shops, and restaurants.

You will leave not only with new artistic skills learned, but also with an appreciation for another country's culture, a heart full of warm memories, and new friends for a lifetime!

Join us!!!

2015 Retreat Dates: May 2-10

Spaces Fill Fast! Click Here to Register with Your Deposit!

Marrakech Exclusive! Itinerary*

Friday May 1
Evening departure from JFK on Royal Air Maroc Flight AT201@5:45pm (recommended). Note that you will need to reserve/pay for your own flights and more details are provided upon registration. The airfare cost is not included in the trip package price. You may choose an alternate route to Marrakech, if you wish to meet us there!

Saturday May 2
Arrival Marrakech at 11:35am after transfer in Casablanca. Group Lunch followed by 4-hour guided Medina tour to historical sites. Group Moroccan dinner with traditional Belly Dancing Show.

Moroccan Stencil and Painting Retreat in Marrakesh 2014 with Melanie Royals of Royal Design Studio stencils.Sunday May 3
Local-Guided Tour of Historical Sites in the Medina 10am-3pm
Group lunch in the Medina
5:30 Cocktails at La Mamounia 
Dinner Independently

Monday May 4
Paint/Collage Morning 10-1:00
Paint/Print/Collage Afternoon 3:00-5:30
Dinner independently

Tuesday May 5
3 hr. Morning Artisan Class in the Medina-Brass Patterned Metalwork
Paint/Print/Collage Afternoon 3:00-5:30
Dinner independently

Wednesday May 6
3 hr. Morning Artisan Class in the Medina-Traditional Zouak Wood Painting
Paint/Print/Collage Afternoon 3:00-5:30
Group Dinner in Gueliz

Thursday May 7
Moroccan Cooking Class/Group Lunch at Amal Women’s Center 10-2pm
Visit to Majorelle Gardens and Nearby Shopping
6pm Cocktails at Royal Mansour
Dinner Independently

Friday May 8
Essaouira Adventure Day:
Fresh fish lunch by the ocean; shopping & sightseeing in town
Sunset Camel ride on the beach, Group Dinner in Essaouira

Saturday May 9
Luxury Spa Day!
Spend 2+ hours enjoying a relaxing hammam/gommage/massage at exotic Les Bains de Marrakech
Farewell Dinner Party

Morning departure from Marrakech


Your Marrakech Exclusive Paint & Play Adventure Includes:

  • Room Accommodation (single occupancy bedrooms/private baths)
  • Breakfast daily
  • 7 Group Lunches
  • 4 Group Dinners
  • Evening cocktails at the beautiful La Mamounia and Royal Mansour
  • Private van transportation throughout, including airport transfers
  • Tours of the Majorelle Gardens and Medina, including entrance to various historical sites
  • Day trip outside of Marrakech; Essaouira excursion includes lunch, dinner and sunset camel ride on the beach
  • Luxury Spa Treatment at Les Bains de Marrakech (hammam, gommage, massage)
  • Hands-on Stencil/Print/Collage Class with Melanie Royals
  • 2 Medina workshops with skilled local artisans
  • Great Shopping Opportunities!!!

*Subject to slight changes

Marrakech Exclusive! Retreat Pricing and Registration

Total Cost for 8 days/nights: only $2290*
Limited Number of Participants: 6

Payment Details:

$490 non-refundable deposit** to reserve your space
$ Balance due 45 days prior to departure

*airfare not included

**Deposit and payments non-refundable, but may be transferred to another guest, if available

Spaces Fill Fast! Click Here to Register with Your Deposit!


Flight Information

Airfare is not included in the trip package and must be booked independently. We recommend flying Royal Air Maroc on a direct flight from JFK to Casablanca, with transfer to Marrakech. More information available upon registration.

You will need a valid U.S. Passport. We highly recommend that your purchase trip/travel insurance to cover and unforeseen illness or circumstance.


Extended Stay

You may choose to extend your stay in Marrakech or Morocco to explore the sites and cities independently. We may be able to help with reservations and suggestions.....;)


Testimonials from Past Participants!


Marrakech was on my bucket list... Now returning to Marrakech is on my bucket list! Melanie Royals put together a "retreat experience" that exceeded my wildest expectations..thank you so much for sharing your love of Morrocco with us.The experience did not feel like a "contrived tour" but rather an organic adventure with some very special planned and unplanned events.
~Patti Schlotterlein

This adventure was outstanding in every way, especially because of Melanie's expertise and the wonderful women who shared this journey. I feel privileged to have been able to step out of my ordinary life to travel and experience one of the most inspirational and fascinating places you could ever wish to see, with women artists of such high caliber. Thank you, Melanie, for all the hard work you put in to achieve this and I believe you change lives, as I will never be the quite same again!
~Rose Alexander

I felt drawn to this adventure as soon as I learned about it, and I'm glad I trusted my instincts. It is a life-altering trip and I'm just starting to figure out what that means. Melanie did a fantastic job with this trip. Big kudos and thanks. So grateful to be part of this with an awesome group of like-minded souls.
~Karen Barnes

I learned so much about the culture, the people, the geography....i cam back from this trip a changed person!
~Bernadette Forese 

 Marrakech is a magical place that fed my appetite for adventure and creativity. A new home away from home!
~Ellie McIntosh

I've been on two trips to Morocco with Melanie. Both were an amazing experience that will stay in my soul for a lifetime. Being immersed in the culture, meeting beautiful people, eating exotic food....I will always have the urge to return.

~Barb Skivington

I wish that I was better with words. Looking back on this trip I feel…..soulful, exotic, sensuous, enlightened, and peaceful, to say the least.
~Gwen Ware 

The trip to Morocco was akin to a 'magical, mystery tour' became a rich life experience that moved and inspired us all beyond what we anticipated before our departure.  The art and architecture was so exotic, rich and layered with character and timelessness.  Everywhere I swiveled my head was a visual feast....I felt like a bobble-head doll! All I could to do was look all around with wide eyes and smile.  Morocco was a place to glean many ideas and inspiration for our work as decorative artists. One day, I stood in the middle of the Jmaa el Fna square...slowly rotating 360 degrees....intoxicated by the sights, sounds, and smells.  I felt in the midst of a dream; snake-charmers, belly-dancers, tribal drummers, spicy smoke swirling around late afternoon sun rays...then the prayers and chants from the mosques filled the air.
~Heather Bruno Sears

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Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

January 25, 2018

Check out our current Marrakech travel and workshop retreats here! :)


January 24, 2018

Are you doing this trip in 2018?

Melanie Royals
Melanie Royals

December 16, 2015

Hello Marta, the next Marrakech trip will probably be next October or November. There is already a trip to Italy planned for May 2016. I have noted your email and will let you know when it is scheduled….soon!

Marta Gillette
Marta Gillette

December 15, 2015

Do you have dates for 2016? November is difficult, but may would be doable. Thanks!


November 10, 2015

I’m in Temecula – never been down town yet. What a wonderful way to see the world while enriching talent & the love of painting. I’m very interested in joining the adventure. I hope to shop soon!!

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

July 27, 2015

Hello Suzi! We don’t have exact dates nailed down yet – but we will definitely be letting you know! We’d love for you to join us! :)

Suzi OBrien
Suzi OBrien

July 26, 2015

I just returned from a week in Morocco, Im hooked!
When will your 2016 trip be? Im in!


April 18, 2015

are there still places aailable for this course ?

Thank you



March 15, 2015

Dear Chrisitine,
Could you please tell me where the classes taking place, is it a school?
which are the hotels where guest would be staying?
looking forward to hearing from you
jana jaffe

Armandina Rosales
Armandina Rosales

March 08, 2015

Hello, I am calling a friend right now to see if she would like to attend your Artisan Adventure in Marrakech……is there still room for the May trip? Thank you, Dina

Pat Casey
Pat Casey

February 17, 2015

Hi, this adventure sounds wonderful!! Could you please tell me if you have anyone as of yet registered or showing interest in going that would be flying out of Houston to JFK I would be more comfortable having a travel partner to meet up with. thanks,
Pat Casey


September 09, 2014

Wow! What an amazing opportunity. Sadly, the cost keeps me away. What a wonderful escape this would be. I hope all that do join you enjoy themselves, as I am sure they will.

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