The journey

This is along overdue posts on our recent trip to Morocco in July/August.

It was time to go, to go and visit the women that make all of this possible. We booked our tickets, packed our bags and made the long journey to Morocco.

First, we met with Dr. Zoubida Charrouf in Rabat, we were nervous and asked her many questions. She was calm, gracious and generous. You see Madame Charrouf formed the first women’s co-operative in Morocco many moons ago and is the authority on the subject of Argan trees, Argan Oil and anything Argan related. Watch a recent CNN documentary here.

Dr. Charrouf and Jamila at her office in Rabat, Morocco.

We continued our journey to Marrakech where we caught up with old and new friends and had a little bit of downtime at a fabulous Hammam spa or two. We ventured down all the way to Agadir, via Essaouira, meeting old and making new friends and visiting more hammams*. Our friend Ayoub who runs arts café Picasso in the seaside town of Essaouira taught us to play the guembri (a three stringed skin-covered bass). We crushed Argan nuts at a women’s co-op near Agadir and ate freshly churned butter with warm steamy bread out of the stone oven in my fathers town. We soaked our bodies and minds in the sun, enjoyed the stories, the food and the music.

Cracking nuts and jokes with the lovely women at the co-operative.

The trip was fabulous and gave us energy and inspiration to continue with what we are doing. While we are in Morocco we received many Facebook messages and tweets urging us to organise a tour as we were sharing our experiences on our social media pages.

Which led us to:

Mira’s Hand Women Only Wellness tours to Morocco will take place in September 2013, where we will guide you on a tour to discover the real Morocco that I grew up with. In association with my personal contacts and friends, the tour incorporates visits to a variety of personally selected spas and hammams, shopping destinations, cooking and yoga classes and dancing.

The Spa at the La Mamounia

The upcoming September2013 tour concludes at a women’s Argan co-operative where the group (maximum of 12 women) will experience a private afternoon of celebration that includes, music, dancing and eating fresh Moroccan food, prepared by the women of the co-operative but with your involvement. The aim of the 2013 tour is to immerse you in the authentic and revitalising spirit of Morocco, which culminates in a presentation to the co-operative of a donation to assist in paying for the healthcare insurance of the women and their families, a small, but potentially life changing contribution.

To register your interest in the tour contact  Rosie Richardson at JetSet Travel via email rosie.centralmelbourne@jetset.com.au or phone 03 9642 5138.

*Our article on Hammams will appear in the November 2012 issue of Spa Australasia, a specialist spa services and operations publication.