Moroccan Photo Adventure with Claire Menary

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Riad Africa

94-95 Derb Sakka

Arset Moulay Moussa

Marrakesh, 40040


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The goal of this 5-day workshop is to enhance your creative drive, style and broaden your technique, while engaging yourself in the rich heritage and traditions of Morocco. We invite you to come join us in this adventure to breach fresh artistic horizons, make some new friends and immerse yourself in the photographic, cultural and unforgettable journey of a lifetime. www.moroccanretreats.com


Beginners, Advanced and Professionals

London-based Lifestyle Photographer and Blogger, Claire Menary is always on the go, touring the globe from New York, Paris & Copenhagen to Barcelona, South Africa & India, paving the way for many a discerning and well-heeled traveller to blaze behind. In 2017, Claire was featured as one of London Evening Standard's top travel influencers and her Instagram account (@clairemenary) is one of the best feeds to follow for total wanderlust. Claire’s blog, ISWAS (It Starts With A Story), gracefully documents her travels, as well as covers her forays into the world of fashion, beauty, gastro and culture. Claire has a deep adoration for Marrakech, having covered many of its opulent and striking destinations on her instagram feed, and feels just at ease shooting in its manic, vibrant tangle of dusty, maze-like alleys as she does across its sumptuous palaces and ornate riads. Having visited for the first time only last autumn, Claire is thrilled to be returning so soon to discover more parts of Morocco that were left undiscovered on her previous visit. Keeping busy is never a problem for Claire who in early 2018, launched The Social Story, an agency dedicated to photography and social media management. Her goal is to help brands develop their online presence whilst producing beautiful and engaging content. In her spare time (when she’s not travelling the world!), you can find Claire hunting down the latest brunch spot in London and sharing her finds on her other instagram account @theldnbrunchcollective - a constant source of brunching inspiration for hungry Londoners.
www.clairemenary.com / www.iswas.london / @clairemenary / www.thesocialstory.co.uk

A bold fusion of Europe and Africa, Morocco sharply summons the senses, presenting an alluring mix of both the raw and the elegant. Once a mecca for rock stars and poets setting out to find themselves, the Kingdom still serves as a haven and spiritual home for creative expats.

Vibrant, mesmerising, sumptuous and with a rich cultural depth, Morocco has drawn in some of the world’s greatest fashion designers, writers, musicians, photographers, chefs and many more. The global jetset and adventure traveller alike continue to fly in, enthralled by the country's antiquity, cuisine, mountains, Sahara, mystique and sheltering skies over lands where past and present are one.

Founded nearly 1,000 years ago, Marrakech has emerged as a key cultural hub of Maghreb and a rare UNESCO Heritage site, and the Red City has long been one of the most evocative places in Africa, packed with unforseen beauty and a density of life.

Marrakech will provide opportunities for classic street photography, traditional architecture, portraiture, landscapes and a mélange of the unexpected, requiring an array of technical skill, curiosity and cultural awareness. Students will be based at Riad Africa & Spa in the heart of the Medina for the first two nights.

From Marrakech, the course will then venture for a sunset ride into the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, home to some of North Africa's highest peaks and the Berbers, or Amazigh - meaning 'free people' or 'noble men.' These gentle and welcoming indigenous tribes still speak their native language, Tamazight, and have remained loyal to their old ways of life in some of the most remote parts of the African continent.

Two days will be spent in the Atlas, based at Kasbah Africa. Nestled in the Azzaden Valley, cradled by a zigzag of red-chalk hills and lush green slopes, the Kasbah will be a pacific refuge and launching point for day trips into the villages and waterfall-draped canyons beyond.

The goal of this workshop is to enhance your creative drive, unique style and broaden your technique, while engaging yourself in the rich culture and traditions of Morocco. We invite you to come join us on this adventure to breach fresh artistic horizons, make some new friends and immerse yourself in the photographic, cultural and unforgettable journey of a lifetime.



  • Jemaa el-Fnaa market square

Jemaa El Fnaa is the heart of Marrakech's Medina. During the day, this heaving square is packed with vendors selling spices, vegetables and fresh juices, while snake charmers, monkeys, magicians and henna tattoo artists weave through the crowd. By sundown, Jemaa el-Fnaa transforms into a food market encircled by drummers and musicians, fortune tellers and nomads from across the globe.

  • Medrasa Ben Youssef

Medrasa Ben Youssef was once the largest Islamic college in North Africa and boasts a gorgeous courtyard, stunning ablution pool, ornately engraved walls and arches. This is often the photographic highlight for travellers.

  • Le Jardin Majorelle

Le Jardin Majorelle was once home to the renown French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, and is a sprawling botanical garden and museum. It is one of the most tranquil and widely visited spots by models/fashion/commercial photographers in all of Morocco. Over a period of forty years, French painter Jacques Majorelle built this garden that resembles a dreamscape of pools of water lilies and lotus flowers. The grounds are filled with fragrant air that surrounds astonishly vibrant art deco buildings splashed in shades of blue inspired by the Atlas Mountains.

  • The Medina Souks

The souks of Marrakech are famous around the world and the crowded stalls with their abundance of spices, leather products, lamps and colourful wares make endless photo opportunities. Across Morocco though, you'll employ your cultural sensitivities when shooting and please note that it’s worth engaging with the residents and shopowners first before snapping away.

The Atlas Mountains

  • Asni

This 1,000-metre-high mountain Berber town is famous for its Saturday farmer's market, where thousands file in from the hills and desert planes to barter for meat, fresh produce, used knickknacks and clothes. Around the edges, men hunch over tagines in dark concrete stalls where vendors grill meats over charcoal fires. In the narrow lanes of the butcher's area expect to see skinned animals of all types flung round the shoulder and hurried off to hilltop villages.

  • Ouirgane

This Berber village an hour outside Marrakech is in the heart of the breathtaking Toubkal National Park and has become a famous hiker's destination, surrounded by cherry coloured hills dotted with juniper and pine forests. Lalla Takerskout Lake rests at the bottom of the valley acts as a refuge for storks, cuckoos, nightingales, bulbuls, and others.

  • Marigha Village

The tiny community of Marigha lies en route between Asni and Ouirgane and has a small ‘hanut’ shop and an old salt mine which is a popular attraction for visitors to the area.

  • Tassa village

A resilient community and development site for UN aid workers, and home to a women’s cooperative that was formed in cooperation with the High Atlas Foundation to help the young women of the village improve their income through the sale of handicrafts.


Price for the 5-day workshop is all inclusive: (double occupancy - ideal for couples and friends traveling together.

Meals and Accommodation

  • ​Double occupancy for 4 nights at Riad Africa then Kasbah Africa (ideal for couples and friends traveling together). Package price includes 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners, all ground transportation within Morocco, entrance and location fees, and tuition.

Start and finish

  • The trip begins in Marrakech on Thursday, May 24th with a dinner. On Sunday, May 27th we'll celebrate our time together and our experiences in Morocco with a special group dinner. Hotel is included for Sunday night and participants will depart on Monday, May 28th after breakfast to the airport in Marrakech.

The Atlas Mountains leg of the trip

  • We will only be in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, so all that's is required is a good pair of walking shoes, a hat, your sunnies and plenty of sunscreen.

Who should attend

  • Amateurs, advanced photographers and professionals


  • Morocco doesn't require immunisations or visas for North Americans and Europeans.

Group size

  • The minimum group size 7 people.

  • The maximum group size is 16.

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