Colors of Marrakech Dyeing Retreat & Workshop2019-01-18T17:43:39+00:00

Colors of Marrakech! Fabric Dyeing with Anna Joyce

November 14-24, 2019


Marrakech: a city bursting with colors that inspire and delight the artist’s eye.

Saturated shades of blue and green abound in glazed zellij tiles, hand painted pottery, and the famed Jardin Majorelle. Fresh pink hues, both vibrant and subtle, are found in fragrant roses that grow throughout the city and float in Riad fountains, and in the the walls in this ancient rose “red city”. Luscious yellow and orange shades radiate from fresh produce in the local vegetable markets and the vibrant pigments in the spice and dyers souk.

This city of creativity, filled with artisans that celebrate every delicious color of the rainbow, is the perfect place to explore and experience the magical properties of pigments, and how they can be used to enhance and adorn ourselves and our surroundings through fabric dyeing.






Anna Joyce Hand Dyed

Come and EXPERIENCE IT ALL with us as we welcome Anna Joyce for to an exclusive Marrakech Retreat and Workshop that combines color, culture, and creativity in the most artistically inspiring and exciting city in Morocco. We’ll explore indigo and fiber reactive dyes and learn a variety of techniques for creative patterns and organic color, including ice dying. You’ll be dying our own gorgeous caftans and assorted silk and cotton fabrics for cushions, tassels, home goods and more.

Anna is a Portland-based artist and textile designer best known for her vibrant hand-dyed clothing and housewares collections. She draws deep inspiration from the colors in nature, and her hand-dyed pieces are sold around the world. Anna’s first book STAMP STENCIL PAINT: Making Extraordinary Patterned Projects by Hand, is a guide to hand printing and painting patterns. Her new book HAND DYED: A Modern Guide to Dyeing in Brilliant Color for You and Your Home is scheduled for released in March 2019 and now available for pre-order, but you will receive a signed copy from Anna as a guest on this exclusive retreat!

Hand Dyed by Anna Joyce/Published by Abrams/Photos by Dane Tashima

Exclusive Itinerary

Day 1 – Thursday

a warm welcome to Marrakech!

Plan your arrival to Marrakech for late morning/midday for complimentary Airport Transfer to Maison 28. You will be welcomed with Atay (Moroccan Mint Tea) and pastries. After lunch at local restaurant we’ll introduce you to the artisan souks of the Medina. Back home, we’ll welcome a henna artist to apply her artistry to our hands, followed by cocktails and a welcome dinner at Maison 28.

Day 2 – Friday

get to know Marrakech…

Wake up for a Maison 28 breakfast. Then we’ll head out for a guided tour of historic architectural sights, a traditional Moroccan lunch and shopping. A group dinner at a local elegant restaurant caps off your first full day in Marrakech

Day 3 – Saturday

exploring indigo blues…

Maison 28 breakfast is followed by our first workshop class with Anna-exploring binding and patterning techniques with magically mysterious indigo dyes. After a late afternoon lunch at Maison 28 we’ll visit the beautiful Le Jardin Secret and indulge in a little souk shoppping. Then, toast the sunset at a rooftop Medina restaurant.

Day 4 – Sunday

another colorful day awaits…

Enjoy a Maison 28 breakfast followed by a deep all-day dive into fiber reactive dyes, project work and buffet lunch. In the evening we’ll visit the famed Jemaa el Fna square, with its snake charmers, story tellers, and music makers, and have dinner together at a nearby restaurant.

Day 5 – Monday

fresh air, organic food, and fantasy gardens…

After a Maison 28 breakfast we’ll take a day trip out of Marrakech towards the Ourika Valley. We’ll learn traditional Moroccan cooking with organically grown food, and feast on a Moroccan lunch that we prepare ouselves. On our return to Marrakech we’ll stop for a visit at the delightful Anima Gardens. Enjoy a free evening as you wish.

Day 6 – Tuesday

color and culture…

After a Maison 28 breakfast we’ll explore ice dyeing techniques with Anna Joyce. Then we’ll head out together for lunch and a visit to a carpet and textile museum beautifully located in a former Medina palace. Enjoy a group dinner at yet another delicious neighborhood restaurant.

Day 7 – Wednesday

shhhh, secret surprise…

Following a Maison 28 breakfast we’ll enjoy a “surprise” group activity. Then you are free to explore options for your day. What will you choose? Shopping, museums, massages, or all of the above? Just be back in time for a casual pizza and wine get together at Maison 28!

Day 8 – Thursday

tassel time…

Maison 28 breakfast followed by a fun tassel making class with Anna using our dyed silk and cotton fabric along with beads and bangles we’ve collected from the souks. After lunch on our terrace, you’re free to roam-or stay home!

Day 9 – Friday

museums and musical nights…

After a Maison 28 breakfast, we head to the “new city” Gueliz for a visit to the famed Jardin Majorelle and Yves Saint Laurent Museum, cafe lunch and boutique shopping. We’ll celebrate the week with a musical dinner featuring live traditional Gnaoua musicians and a delicious Moroccan buffet.

Day 10 – Saturday

go and explore some more…

Maison 28 breakfast followed by your last free day for additional studio work/spa visits/shopping. We’ll meet up later for a special farewell, celebrating with cocktails and tapas on the terrace.

Day 11- Sunday

Bislama! Time to go with your lovely new fabric creations and special memories…

Enjoy your last Maison 28 breakfast before your airport transfer for departure. Please schedule your flight to leave between mid-morning to early afternoon for complimentary airport transfer.

Payment and Terms

$3495 (private room w/ ensuite bath-queen bed)

$2895 (shared room w/ ensuite bath-twin beds)

A non-refundable deposit of $895 is required to reserve your space.

The remaining balance will be due over 2 additional equal payments on May 14, 2019 and August 14, 2019. You will be emailed an invoice for each payment 2 weeks prior to the due date.

Cancellation Policy:

Your deposit and subsequent payments are a commitment and each payment becomes non-refundable at the time it is received.

IF you are forced to cancel before August 14, 2019 and your reserved spot can be transferred to another person, we will refund any previous payments less the $895 deposit. No refunds or transfers will be available after your final payment.

By registering for this trip with your deposit, you agree to the above Cancellation Policy and to purchase your own trip insurance.


  • • Exclusive 4 day fabric dyeing workshop with Anna Joyce
    • All workshop supplies, including your choice of a rayon caftan or robe for dyeing and wearing
    • Breakfast daily
    • 8 lunches
    • 8 dinners
    • Entrance to Museums, Gardens, and Historical Sites
    • Guided tour of the Medina & shopping
    • Cocktails/Henna party
    • Farewell party at Maison 28
    • Day trip to Ourika Valley
    • Organic Moroccan Cooking Class
    • Planning assistance for your free time (spa, dinners, etc)
    • New friendships & cultural experiences
    • SO many amazing memories

    Not included:

    • Airfare (flight suggestions provided upon registration-Royal Air Maroc offers round trip flights to Marrakech from JFK and Washington Dulles on dates you’ll be flying)
    • Travel Insurance (mandatory)
    • Lunches, dinners, tours taken during your “free” time
    • All shopping and cost of shipping if applicable
    • Alcohol outside of planned dinners
    • Staff gratuities

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