They expect mystery, and they find it,”
said the writer Paul Bowles (author of The Sheltering Sky) of his beloved Morocco.
When I reflect on this mystery, certain images appear. A narrow alley that bends in the medina, quiet and filled with natural light… an entire ancient city made of earth… a riad surrounded by rooms with an open roofed courtyard… the call to prayer… Khobz~bread baked in clay ovens… succulent meats bathed in spices and dried fruit and cooked in a clay tagine… old men coming down from the hills, riding their donkeys sidesaddle, panniers full of mint… Jma al Fna square… snake charmers, monkey handlers, fortune tellers, fire breathers, pyramids of spices and olives in the souks… olive gardens, aromatherapy gardens , the lush apple growing valley of Imlil… argan trees and their nuts cracked and ground by Berber women for their life-giving oil… goats in trees… goat hair tents… colorful carpets… biblical fruit trees, mandarins, endless wheat fields… every man a musician, every woman a dancer… vast starry skies at night, cloudless blue by day… various forms of transportation some ancient, some modern – camels, mules, donkeys, old Citroens and Mercedes… a simple life that goes beyond our concepts… a sense of joy and humor, strength and honor and a sense of hospitality that defies contemporary life… the moon and stars over the desert…
It’s a land of generosity and kindness… of curiosity and contrasts.
There is mystery in the air and it’s thick.
We can talk about the food and the impression it makes, but this is only one of the elements that make a trip to Morocco memorable. The vast starry skies and stretched out landscapes have to be experienced, as does the palpable mystery that makes Morocco tick. Join us during our Culinary Adventure in Morocco. In March of 2016, we will have the addition of two artisans to our program. Yogini and Chef Ashley Mulligan Shutz, will join us for daily yoga, simple and nourishing, allowing our experience to penetrate a little deeper into our senses. Travel Photographer Stephen Smith, will invite our eyes to capture Morocco in pictures, sharing tips on composition, lighting and training the eye to see.
We hope you will join us for the one-of-a-kind “Feast for the Senses.”