Join our Summer program 2018
[Registration open until May 30th]
About the Program
The Marrakesh Organics Summer Program is a once a year farm immersion experience and intensive course designed to equip students with practical hands-on experience and tested knowledge pertaining to farm design & management and sustainable living.
From thought-provoking lectures, hard working days to cultural immersion trips, students will be offered the opportunity to broaden their perspective, develop hands-on skills and the practical knowledge necessary for good farm planing and management.
The core curriculum features sustainability science, ecosystem ecology, regenerative agriculture, Permaculture design, appropriate technology, Earth architecture among other themes. The program also features personal nutrition & wellbeing, Yoga & meditation all taught by a group of passionate and knowledgeable teachers. We hope to provide a space within which we design, live by and apply powerful solutions to tackle the challenges of our times.
The course program is being finalized, take a look at last year’s program here.
What will I get from this course?
The 13-day intensive course provides participants the opportunity to:
- Develop a well-rounded education in the areas of Permaculture design and holistic farm planning, Practical farm management skills, Organic market garden management,
- Train to observe nature and think in systems.
- Extra workshops in: Food preservation, cooking classes, Artisanal bread making, cheese making and much more.
- Yoga or meditation to start the day.
- Night Activities: Documentary film projections, discussions and games, occasional night strolls in the old Medina of Marrakesh.
- Trips (Optional): Participants will also have a chance to travel for a week after the end of the course. (See details below)
In addition to:
- Healthy organic meals from our garden courtesy of our local cooking team.
- An intellectually stimulating environment of fascinating lectures, hard facts and deep group conversations.
- An opportunity to know oneself, get out of the comfort zone, and change the world (really!)
The intended outcome is crafting more responsible and sensitive individuals, equipped with practical skills and solid well rounded knowledge to design intelligent and productive human settlements and the capability of starting and managing a farm enterprise.
Wellbeing & Inspiration
We work hard to create a vibrant and relaxing environment that brings out the best in people. That’s why we grow the healthiest, nutrient-dense foods, and include morning Yoga and meditation in our daily practice. One of the most amazing outcomes of working and living together in community is the spontaneous sprout of genuine human emotions, trust, support and heart conversations.
You will be hosted in a gorgeous organic farm and Permaculture center in the foothills of the Atlas mountains, 25 km south of Marrakesh and right on the way to historical and scenic destinations such as the Setti Fatma Waterfall, Lake Lalla Takerkoust, the Oukaimeden Ski Resort, the ancient Tinmel Berber village and the Toubkal National Park.
We are just half an hour away from Marrakesh, a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques. The bustling city famous for its souks and square, has recently been named the world’s top destination in TripAdvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice Awards.
About the Facilitators
Omar Hajji | Founder and Manager & Kenza Isnasni | Co-Founder and Researcher
Omar Hajji is a Regenerative design consultant and the Manager of Marrakesh Organics. He has an academic background in philosophy, sustainability and a special interest in ecovillages. At Marrakesh Organics, Omar aspires to weave together his inspirations and travels with a deep philosophy of life that seeks to heal the earth and the people; by growing nutrient-dense foods, organizing life-changing courses and bringing people together to dream of a future of abundance! He has traveled around the world learning about ecological restoration, design systems and intentional communities and was involved in numerous community empowerment programs notably in the US, Morocco, Senegal, Thailand, Kenya, Ghana, Tunisia and Ethiopia.
Kenza Isnasni is the co-founder of Marrakesh Organics. She is a master’s student in International Relations and Diplomacy with a concentration in Peace and Conflicts Studies. She has previously studied communication and human resources management. Kenza is also a humanitarian activist who is very sensitive to questions related to human rights, education, climate change and environmental protection, interfaith and intercultural dialogue. Kenza was involved in various humanitarian missions and projects in different countries such as Palestine, Turkey, the Philippines, Senegal, Macedonia, Belgium, Turkey, the UK, the USA etc. These particular experiences allowed her to think of an adapted way to develop projects. Kenza believes that engaging in the healing of our communities and our environment is our generation’s most important work.
Hazim Azghari | Lead Facilitator and Researcher
Hazim is a graduate of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. Hazim researches topics ranging from local food security to empowerment through sustainable low-tech, through the framework of climate adaptation. Hazim has been part of Marrakesh Organics for some time, and his recent experience at the Stockholm Environment Institute has strengthened his will to turn the site into an institute that leads by example in the face of climate change. Being trained in renewable energies and earth construction, Hazim has volunteered in Thailand, South Korea, Japan and traveled to 8 other countries. He envisions a sustainable, low-carbon future for developing countries, leapfrogging through an impact-heavy industrialization. Hazim’s current focus is on the adaptation of traditional building and agricultural techniques to the modern context.
Ismail El Hamzaoui | Lead Facilitator and Researcher
Lehcen Benzakik | Organic Farming and Earth Building Facilitator
- Full Fee (after May 30th): €1000 / $1220
- Early bird Fee (until May 30th): €790 / $950
- Local Student Fee: 6400 DH
- Shared housing in double & triple rooms (Private rooms extra)
- 3 main meals (Organic), Coffee & Tea breaks
- Laundry service
Does not include
- Airport pick-up
- Health Insurance
- Personal travel
- Personal expenses
Limited space: 15 Participants
Registration: Future participants direct your enquiries via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration or if you have further questions or call us at (+212) 671 907 802.
Travel Experience (July 1st- 7th 2018)
In addition to the course content, the program also offers participants an international adventure in a friendly and culturally-rich country. The program includes coastal and mountain excursions, ! Our goal is to facilitate an authentic, life-changing, cultural and inner development experience while at the same time keeping focused discussions throughout the program for a tangible outcome.
Program : We will be traveling for 6 nights/7 days to beautiful destinations including 3 days in Essaouira and surrounding areas and 3 days visiting Asni, Imlil & Toubkal National park.
Travel Cost: €550- $675 All inclusive
Course application deadline: May 30th, 2018
Limited space: 15 Participants
- Willingness to ask questions whenever necessary
- Conduct yourself in a cooperative manner and show respect to others
- Conservative attire is recommended
- Sobriety at all times during the course
- No music played out loud
- No drugs or alcohol are permitted on premises
What should I bring?
- Notebook and pens for taking notes
- Work clothes, which will get dirty with mud
- Sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Sturdy working shoes
- Flashlight / headlamp
- Sandals and indoor footwear (no outside shoes inside)
- Own soap & shampoo
- Water bottle
- Favorite snacks
- Chocolate (We can never stress it enough!)
- Tent and comfortable camping gear (if you prefer camping)
- Books (if you want to donate to our library)
- Beginners Mind – Be open to learning from everyone present.
We recommend that all our international students have comprehensive travel insurance for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, baggage, money and liability before traveling.
Contact: email@example.com Mobile: (+212) (0)6 71 90 78 02