A Feast for the Senses

Marrakech, Imlil and Essaouira
November 11-20, 2024 (sold out) | March 30-April 8, 2025 | October 20-29, 2025

Step into the medina: life as it was hundreds of years ago, blended with a stylish touch of now. On this program, we explore Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains and the whitewashed port city of Essaouira. We wander through aromatherapy gardens, bake traditional bread in clay ovens, learn about argan oil and the medicinal properties of herbs and spices. We use mules for transportation in the mountains, pass our hands over the weave of brilliant textiles and rugs, hike to villages and sometimes cross shallow streams with a helpful hand. Taking Berber culture seriously, we encounter Morocco’s everyday living.

In Essaouira, we travel back roads and stay near the sea, lit only by candles for one night. We reach a wilder part of ourselves that is still alive, commune with a blanket of stars so dense you might think you are seeing double. Spontaneously, music erupts and equally spontaneously, we find ourselves dancing. We dine on grilled fish and zaluk, eggplant and tomato spread for bread and other seaside specialties. Dropping out of the everyday and into the wisdom of the past, we become more tuned to our own heartbeats and to the mystery of each moment.

Reserve my spot

Inspiration: Mystery. Earth tones. Terracotta cookware. Textures and textiles. Our friendship with private guest house Jnane Tamsna and their ethnobotanical gardens. The genuine hospitality of our Berber hosts in the mountains and their sense of humor. Palm trees with the snow-capped Atlas in the distance. Riding camels on the beach. Living a stylish life in nature.



November 11 – 20, 2024 – sold out
March 30 – April 8, 2025
October 20 – 29, 2025


Double: $7,468 per person
Single Supplement: $728

Learn More about "Morocco: A Feast for the Senses"


“Highlights: being in the Atlas mountains, meditating and having lunch in the ancient walnut forest, riding camels on the beach and mules to the Kasbah, taking a hot shower by candlelight at Le Kaouki, dancing under the stars, listening to Rumi poems on our bus trips, cuddling with the baby goat, and of course having the opportunity to cook delectable Moroccan food. I really loved every second of it and feel so grateful to you for curating such an amazing trip.”

~ Leigh T, Arizona

From Peggy’s journal…

What structure could be more charming than a Riad? A 2-story square within a square with bedrooms and verandas looking onto a central open-air courtyard, usually with fruit trees, a small pool or a fountain. This architectural design is ingenious for creating space and breath, and yet gives a sense of privacy and being held. There’s an atmosphere of calm and enchantment. A possibility of endless cups of tea and inspiration. A place to daydream by day, and by candlelight at night. It invites you to get lost in thought, or no thought and have deep conversations, or do whatever you love to do. It’s a place of refuge and gives permission for your quieter voices to be heard.

Do you know the poet Rumi? Have you wondered what is a Tagine really and why they have them all over the country? Why all the hype about Marrakech? Is it safe? Is it true that you can see palm trees in front of the snow capped Atlas Mountains? Do we go there and to the sea within a few hours?


Up Close with Peggy Markel – Food, Travel, and Storytelling

“In Search of Flavor” Podcast Episode with Peggy

Local Flavors by John Lehndorff [Boulder Weekly]

Peggy Markel + Her Epic Culinary Adventures — The Flair Index

Dar Kawa: “Peggy Markel, Guest of Dar Kawa”

5280 Magazine: “Eat, Drink, Be Merry”

South Bay Magazine: “Designs on Morocco”

Tribeza: “The Magic of Morocco”

Local Table Tours: “Moroccan Feast for the Senses with Peggy Markel at Food Lab, Boulder”

SB Digs: “Peggy Markel’s Culinary Adventures”

Nature Travel Network: “Travel Hack: Make Every Trip a Birding Trip”

Australia’s The Age Newspaper: “Learning from the World’s Best”

HIP Hotels: “Cooking Classes at Jnane Tamsna, Marrakech”

Elephant Journal: “A Virtual Tour of Peggy Markel’s Culinary Adventures. #walkthetalk”

The Boulder Weekly: “The Transformative Power of Travel and Food”

AIR Magazine: “Global Gourmet”

Monica Pedersen’s Make It Beautiful: Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home

Denver Life: “Sweet & Savory Travel Moments with Peggy Markel”

Boulder Daily Camera: “Peggy Markel Marks 20 Years of Creating Authentic Travel”

I Want Her Job: “Interview with Peggy Markel”

SHAPE: “What’s Cooking in Paradise?”

The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia, Illustrated by Peggy Markel

Sherman’s Travel Magazine: “Top 10 Culinary Tours”

Eat Drink Garden: “Chef Peggy Markel Q&A”

Gourmet ~ Adventures with Ruth: “Peggy Markel’s Morocco”

Eat Drink Etc.: “Peggy Markel’s Culinary Tours”

Zingerman’s Roadhouse: “A Toast to Uncle Joe”

Fine Living: “Learn to Cook in Paradise”

Bon Appetit Magazine: “A Marrakech Cooking School Adventure”

Gourmet Magazine: “Another Day in Paradise”

EcoSalon: “The Tuscan Table and Magnificent Morocco with Peggy Markel”

More Magazine: “The Spice of Life”

Yoga Journal: “One Yogi Explores Moroccan Culture on Retreat”

Women’s Magazine: “Profile: Raging at the sky”

Denver Westword: “Slowing Down”

Travel Agent Magazine: “An Appetite for Travel”

The Sustainable Kitchen

More Magazine: “Romancing Morocco”

Time Magazine: “Spicing Up Your Winter Travel”

London Independent: “Sugar and Spice”

Register Now