Change Your Space, Change Your Life
A Retreat to Redesign Your Surroundings
& Make Your Soul Sing
Sept 30 – Oct 5, 2019
Create the SPACE and a BIGGER LIFE happens. ~ Alysia Reiner
If you are ready to declutter and rebalance your life, mindfully redesign your home or office, let go of limitations and live a sustainably happier life, then join S. Lee Wright on this adventure of a lifetime to change your space so you can change your life!
Imagine the warm breeze gently caressing your face as the wisteria dances along the pergola floating above your head, with the sensuous smells of flowers and exotic spices drift across the gardens as you relax, pinching yourself to make sure you are not dreaming….
…you relish in the new found connection of yourself with your surroundings, having been given a new set of eyes to see the interconnection between yourself & your spaces, suddenly feeling more grounded and at peace than you have for years…
…you delight in the energetic city of Marrakesh, wandering through the colorful and vibrant souks, surrounded by handmade leather goods, mountains of silver jewelry, piles of handwoven baskets & stacks of local pottery…
…later on you find yourself sipping a mint tea as you savor your newly found treasures, listening to the music of the mosques, overlooking the main square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, the heartbeat of this special city…
This magical adventure awaits you!
Transformations come when one is ready for change. ~ Lee
In Marrakesh, with its exotic culture and magnificent sensory experiences, you’ll be immersed in one of the most dynamic environments to embrace change and transformation in your inner and outer life.
Focused on the present moment, you’ll learn how to see things anew, how to become one with your environment, and how to de-clutter your life and surrounding.
In our intimate circles, you’ll remember that self-love is essential to your well-being, and you’ll take home some tantalizing self-care practices that will leave you feeling more alive than you’ve felt in years.
The real voyage in discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust
While we’re together, you’ll dig deep into your heart to discover what it is that makes your soul sing, leaving you inspired to create gorgeous spaces that will allow your deepest dreams to flourish.
And not least of all, as you share all this with supportive, like-minded women & men, we’ll show you how to embrace the new, open space we’ve created together – and how to bottle it up and take it home!
Come along on our magical journey together. You will be amazed at how a little Moroccan fairy dust can transform your entire life. I’m excited to help you on your own personal inner renovation project…
Yes! I want to REDESIGN my life!
By the end of this retreat, you will deeply understand the power your spaces have on every aspect of your life & the interconnection of your inner & outer worlds.
By the end of this retreat, you will discover what it is that makes you happiest right now, plus you will learn how to recognize what it is in your own space that blocks this from being more present in your daily life.
By the end of this retreat, you will have a deep commitment to mindfully change your spaces to help you & the world become more balanced, knowing that living authentically is an act of love!
Lee’s Shared Lessons Include
- How to mindfully design your space for your own unique needs
- Tips to Declutter your own inner & outer spaces
- Explore examples of spaces that have transformed the lives of others
- What to avoid when thinking how to change your own space
- How to prioritize things in your life
- Practicing a new way of living more mindfully & Slowing Down
- Creating your own unique aroma-scent to support your intentions
- Practicing Sustainable habits for greater balance
Marrakesh, Morocco is a magical land that has a rich history that has spanned centuries, melting some of the world’s greatest cultures all into one, unique place.
Located in north-west Africa, touching both the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, having the Sahara Desert and Atlas mountains and blending Berber, African, Arab and European cultures into one – it is an extraordinary mixture.
This sense of PLACE is truly magical.
The city of Marrakesh is especially magical, being a metropolis steeped in history and culture, blending the old with the new, which has its own special vibrant character and soul.
When we slow down, when we can feel our feet on the ground and take notice of the world around us, things are different. However, it seems that way too often our daily lives are so full we can miss the forest for the trees.
In Marrakesh, it is impossible to do this. The thriving nature of the city is such that one must be awake when you are around. The people travel closely together, and moving in their own rhythm that seems to be at the same time separate as well as connected. A city that seems cluttered on first blush, but soon you will see the charm this exotic city will instill in you.
The vibrancy of the culture and the unique blending resulted in some of the most magnificent Architecture and Design on the planet. The richness of the textures, the depth of the colors, the sustainability of the materials used, the practicality of the designs, – all result in a design approach to space that has proven to be sustainable after literally centuries. It is this sense of the design of the place that first caught Lee’s attention…
We make the world we live in and shape our own environment. ~ Orison Swett Marden
Our Villa Complex – our home away from home.
This beautiful villa complex was specially chosen because of its magical blend of the traditional sustainable architecture of Morocco, with a dash of modernization to help make your stay as pleasant, beautiful & inspiring as possible.
Where private villa meets boutique hotel.
Our private estate consists of many small separate villas, all sprinkled throughout 3 ½ acres of gardens, with a refreshing central swimming pool, cozy outdoor bar, glittering fountains, an adorable sharing library plus a traditional Moroccan dining & roof terrace all for you to enjoy as your home away from home.
Your temporary home during your stay in Marrakesh is the perfect balance between peace & tranquility with the exotic charms of the northern African countryside just outside the bustle of the medina in center of Marrakesh. (It is only about a 20 minute car journey from our villa to the center of town.)
You can wander the luscious gardens, communing with the local fauna and the abundance of furry friends on the estate, (a family of cats, dogs and donkeys wander the estate as if from a scene from long ago), and sip mint tea by the pool side, lounge in the Moroccan Berber tents as you watch the sun sink behind the Atlas mountains.
The magic the Moroccan cuisine is its simple, fresh and unhurried approach to feeding your body and spirit at the same time.
Dining will be a shared experience, where social time is part of the experience. All of our delicious vegetarian meals will be served in the charming dining villa, and if weather permitting on the terraces.
When the stomach gets full it tells the head to sing.
~ Moroccan proverb
Breakfast will include a rotating selection of fresh-from-the oven handmade muffins, freshly made yogurts, local fruits and delectable homemade jams with freshly-squeezed orange juice, a selection of teas and coffee along with yummy local fresh eggs.
Lunch will be a broad selection of vegetarian specialty Moroccan dishes including salads of lentils, chickpeas with feta or cheese briouates. Each days selections is based on the local produce available in the markets as there is no such thing as processed food being served here!
Dinner will be a delicious feast of three courses offering again changing selection of delicious traditional Moroccan dishes ranging from vegetable tagines with rosemary potatoes, white beans with roasted herbs, orange and mint salads, and freshly baked breads.
Can you smell the aromas now? My mouth is watering…
Food is the ingredient that binds us together.
Refreshing local wines and traditional beverages are part of our meals and at our evening sharing circle, if you should chose to partake.
And for our last evening, we have planned a very special night out at a spectacular local restaurant, with a tasting menu and live music. With this amazing pulsating atmosphere that is the norm in Marrakesh, it will be a perfect way to celebrate our time together.
Stir the water. The thirsty may show up.
~ Moroccan proverb
My mouth is watering now!
Your FIRST day will be an adventure of traveling to a new exotic land and SETTLING INTO your new lovely, cozy home away from home. You will enjoy a special WELCOMING ceremony to set the tone for our time together and ending with a delicious home-made meal inviting you to EMBRACE your journey to Redesign your Life.
Your SECOND day will be filled with the power of SLOW LIVING and how to simplify, DECLUTTER and clear the energy inside & outside of your life. Then this will be counter-balanced with a trip into the vibrant & chaotic center of Marrakesh to EXPLORE the SOUKS to embrace the dance of Yin and Yang. Followed by some quiet time and a delicious shared meal in our lovely villa.
Your THIRD day is all about personal inner EXPANSION & GROWTH. This is a day of allowing. Allowing yourself to embrace the newness of an exotic environment, allowing yourself to let go of fear and allowing the natural rhythms of nature to help you rebalance your life. This day is your FREE DAY, and it is your chance to DESIGN-A-DAY that you desire and is perfect for only you. Followed by some quiet time and a delicious shared meal in our lovely villa.
Your FOURTH day is all about the essence of deep self-care and SELF-LOVE. We explore the foundational concept of learning to put ourselves first, why this is essential and reawakening your personal connection to your senses. Creating your own unique AROMA SCENT while being pampered and cared for with a Moroccan HAMMAM ritual. Followed by some quiet time and a delicious shared meal in our lovely villa.
Your FIFTH day will be focusing on the POWER OF SPACE and how it impacts your well-being, happiness, health and life. You get a chance to experience space and place, reconnect with the world with an excursion to experience Moroccan BUILDINGS & GARDENS to feel their special energy. Followed by a delicious farewell feast in a local restaurant, you will get a chance to taste the LOCAL CULTURE and cuisine authentically.
Your SIXTH day, and our final one together, will be the concluding of our adventure with a closing ceremony and a morning MEDITATION followed by a delicious farewell breakfast. You will have a chance to say good bye to your new tribe before you start your journey back home, with your new life design tools.
This retreat is for you if…
- You feel totally disconnected from your home & your life feels out of your control.
- You recognize that you can’t continue at the speed in which you are racing at, so something needs to change before it breaks & it’s unrepairable.
- You have too much clutter in your life & you are ready to shift into a more sustainable life.
- You wish to expand your world view, see new landscapes & embrace new cultures with the idea of connecting more deeply to your own humanity.
- You are thinking about doing a home renovation but do not know what to do, or how to start.
This retreat is NOT for you if…
- You do not wish to change anything in your life, if your inner & outer space are in total alignment & you are in total harmony & balance.
- You wish to hold onto your old baggage, & not take the leap of faith to renovate your life. Renovations must start with a demolition phase & this takes courage, so you need to bring your lioness energy with you, otherwise this is not for you.
- You wish to design your new home or office on this retreat and expect to forego any professional help afterwards.
- If foreign countries, foreign food, furry animals, aromatic spices or sunshine, heat & sand are not your thing! Morocco is in northern Africa so it is a desert climate and has temperatures that can vary a great deal from the day/night plus windstorms are not uncommon.
The Magic Of Marrakesh is calling me...
By the end of this retreat, through your individualized Feng Shui sessions, you will understand the true power of your space from a scientific viewpoint, you will have the clarity between what options there are and you will feel empowered to make your own informed choices on how to utilize this ancient wisdom to your advantage for greater health, harmony and abundance in your life.
You will experience your own Space Clearing Ritual and learn ancient secrets on how you can do this yourself in your own spaces – regularly! And why this is a key step to the decluttering of your inner and outer spaces. Through this experience you will understand the power of letting go of the things that do not serve you and you will feel lighter – literally and figuratively.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am Lee. An Interior Designer, Feng Shui Specialist, Aromatherapist, Holistic Junkie and Sustainability Advocate.
I am also a little bit of an explorer and lover of learning. You see, I just love seeing, experiencing, and discovering new things.
I am also a real collaborative spirit. I am always the one that wants to help through sharing my expertise & skills, plus it’s in my nature to be of service to those around me. It is what has inspired me on my path as an Interior Designer to win awards, focus on sustainable designs for small spaces, and to embrace the ancient wisdom of eastern philosophies like Feng Shui.
It’s all been with the intention of becoming a better designer for your spaces and places.
Now, following my main passion as a Transformer Of Spaces, I have expanded into wellness retreats as a way to combine all I love into one fantastic, experiential adventure.
Are you ready to change your space to change your life? Come join me on this new adventure.
Meet Dawn & Francis. I knew that when I met Dawn, there was a deep soul-connection. Then I found out that she had changed her space to change her life a few years back and she had landed in one of my most favorite places on earth – Marrakesh. It felt like kismet.
The villa complex that Dawn & Francis created is a very magical place. It combines the luxuries of a boutique hotel including all the things we need for our modern comforts & needs, along with the spaciousness & authenticity of being in this exotic country with the stunning landscapes, vistas and aromas.
Ready to change your space and experience the magic of this space? Dawn & Francis and their furry family are all awaiting to welcome you with open arms…
Why come all the way to Marrakesh?
Marrakesh is one seriously VIBRANT city!
You can feel the energy here, it is a fast paced, lively environment that is bustling with activity, color, noise… by being here you simply feel more ALIVE!
The magic of this special space is why I have selected this as home to my first retreat. The vibrancy of the culture, the connection between the people and the environment, the richness of the design & architecture, the deliciousness of the food, has fully captured my heart and I hope will soon capture yours.
The environment is in us, not outside of us. The trees are our lungs, the rivers our bloodstream. We are all interconnected, and what you do to the environment ultimately you do to yourself.
~ Ian Somerhalder
I want to Fall in Love with Marrakesh!
- Villa Accommodations double occupancy for 5 nights / 6 days (* depending on which package you select a single occupancy can be upgraded)
- Daily morning meditation
- An Aura Cleansing Ritual
- An Aromatherapy creation session
- A traditional Hammam and full-body massage
- A visit from a local Berber carpet vendor
- Feng Shui Space Design Review
- A visit to a the Souks for shopping (Market) as a group with a tour guide
- An Architectural & Garden Tour with a tour guide
- Five scrumptious breakfasts
- Four yummy buffet lunches (one is excluded on your free day)
- Four delicious dinners
- One special Tasting Menu at a local restaurant with live music
- Four Happy Hours with local wines and beers on offer
- Beverages water, teas, coffees available in your rooms
- Transfer to/from the Marrakesh airport to the villa (3 trips per day/coordination required between guests so some waiting may be required or special pick-ups can be arranged for an extra charge)
What’s NOT Included
Though trying my very best to accommodate & anticipate your every need, however there are something that just will be up to you to take care for and to design for your own personalized adventure.
- Airfare to/from your adventure. Maybe you stay longer?
- Insurances are essential to have and are your responsibility. Health, Travel and general insurances are highly recommended to avoid any nasty surprises!
- Lunch on one day is not included so you will have to make other plans. You can book your own special meal at the villa if you want to try something special.
- Extra spa treatments are also available and include henna treatments, facials, specialized massages, etc. Just plan to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
- Extra excursions are an option on your free-day. The Atlas Mountains provide options for seeing the countryside or doing a trek. Alternatively the surrounding areas of Marrakesh provide ample options for day trips and adventures. Plan ahead!
- Shopping is one of the main attractions in Marrakesh with an abundance in leather goods, pottery, lamps, jewelry and spices just to name a few. You can coordinate a specialized shopping trip to fulfill your shopping dreams.
- Extra taxi rides can be arranged if you desire to take advantage of your free time and can be coordinated for you.
- Tips and gratuity are included for your villa however it is always appreciated to show your gratitude to those that make your trip extra special.
You need to book your flight into Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) on September 30, 2019 before 3pm if possible so we can pick you up and you can settle in before our welcome ceremony and welcome dinner.
You will need to book your departure flights to leave on October 5th after breakfast.
Once your flights are booked, it is a good idea to send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to have all coordination for your pick up arranged in advance.
The transfers to/from the airport will be coordinated in groups, depending on the arrival times however if you decide to arrive earlier or stay longer you will need to coordinate your own (at your own expense) transportation.
Since we have set the pace in a manner to allow you to truly absorb the space you are in, there will be plenty of free time to embrace your own inner self, digest the newness of your surroundings, lounge in the pool or the shady Moroccan tents, or take a day trip to shop to your heart’s content.
It is all up to you on the Expansion day – your wish is your command and we are here to help make your adventure just what you dream.
- Additional Spa treatments
- Local excursions to the Medina for additional personalized shopping
- Hiking tours, camel back rides, museum and garden excursions
You are in control, though we highly recommend you strive to book in advance as much as possible to avoid disappointment as treatments, and excursions all need to be coordinated beforehand. (These are considered extras and will need to be paid for at the time.)
I want to ReDesign My Life in Marrakesh!
Your customized aromatherapy session with Lee with allow us to explore your own connection to scent and the meanings behind them. You will create your own bespoke scented oil and it will be part of your Hammam massage experience and you will get to take home with you a freshly made bottle for your personal use later on.
Building on the theme of sustainable living, Lee has crafted your very own handmade woven bag for your use at the market during your adventure and then you can take this home with you, and hopefully this will remind you to use it again and again, building a new sustainable habit and using less plastic going forward.
#NoMorePlastic #SustainableLiving #Repurpose #Recycle #Reuse
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Morocco safe to travel in?
Morocco is a safe place to visit and there is only a small crime rate there including pickpockets as in most major cities. You are very unlikely to be assaulted or hurt as a tourist in the country. Be sure to follow normal safety principals and you will fine.
What if I have to cancel?
Your deposit is non-refundable, and depending on when you have to cancel (how close to the retreat date) will determine what you can expect back. See our cancellation policy in the registration page for exact dates and our refund policy. We highly recommend having travel insurance to allow for any unexpected issues or problems that may come up.
Is the water safe to drink?
Drinking water comes directly from the taps and is filtered and safe in Marrakesh, however the villa will provide bottled water in your rooms daily.
What happens if I get sick on the retreat?
We recommend that you have travel health insurance in case of any emergencies, however the villa hosts are English speaking and can help with any medical issues that may arise.
How do I book my flights?
We recommend you confirm with us that there are sufficient attendees priority to booking any non-refundable flights to be certain it is still going ahead as we have retained the right to cancel up to (60) days before the retreat if there are not enough attendees. We recommend you fly into the main airport at Marrakesh and arrive as early in the day on your first day of the retreat and plan on leaving in the early afternoon on the last day of the retreat. Of course, you are welcome to come earlier and or stay afterwards and if you need any extra accommodations and or assistance with this, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
I’m still not sure the retreat program is right for me. Can you help me?
If you are still uncertain whether this retreat can help you with your specific situation, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any special questions and we can call for a clarity call to help you determine if this is for you or not.