All The Ladies is an 'only female family' retreat where you can play, rejuvenate and reconnect creating lifelong memories and bonds alongside one of your favourite family members.

One week without worries, packed with creative and sunnah-based activities to reconnect you to fitra-self, sisterhood and Sustainer.

December 18-24, 2017

Marrakech, Morocco

*Ages 8 years and up

 

This ‘All The Ladies – Mums, Daughters and more’ retreat is hosted by London-based psychotherapist Khalida Haque, and Editor of Fitra Journal and writing workshop facilitator Brooke Benoit.

What opportunities do we have to take a break from the hustle and bustle of our lives? Imagine a week away in the company of great sisters from around the globe in a private lakeside riad with an indoor heated pool. Wonderful, yes? Now add to that the chance to take along a loved younger (or older – there is no upper age restriction) someone or two to share the experience with. It can be really difficult finding the time to bond or strengthen a bond when we are caught up in everyday. All The Ladies retreat has been arranged because we listened to you telling us that you wanted (and needed) time away with your girls – your daughter(s) and/or all the womenfolk you love and have a familial bond with. We have all the fun and sunnah-based activities that make The Big Reconnect Sleepover what it is – and added a few elements to make it even more (female) family friendly.

Fees for the All The Ladies – A Female Family Retreat are completely inclusive of double occupancy (triple if you bring two loved ones), all activities below and all meals save the few we will eat while out and about.

Wait, can I come alone to this retreat?

Yes! We have a very limited number of spaces reserved for single travelers in double occupancy rooms.

December 18-24, 2017: During the week we will experience…

♥ Guided therapeutic, creative, and writing activities to help you refill your vessel and reconnect to your fitra Self ♥ A traditional Moroccan pottery painting workshop ♥ Riding camels, connecting to the sahaba and sunnah! ♥ Jummah with sisters from around the globe at the iconic Koutoubia Mosque  ♥ Sunnah connections while touring the ancient and magnificent Bahia Palace and Ben Youssef Medressa ♥ Shopping in the fun and bustling Marrakech souks ♥ Modest spa pampering session ♥ An afternoon at the relaxing and scenic Setti Fatma waterfall ♥ Private accomodation with female-only staff ♥ Walking, relaxing and just enjoying the tranquil lakeside surroundings ♥ Lively and thoughtful discussions focusing on topics we Muslim women want and need to talk about ♥ And fully catered meals and plenty of proper tea times! ♥ Oh yes, and everyone receives one of our lovingly curated goodie bags, of course

 

Full Itinerary*

Monday December 18th, Day One – Asalam alaikum!

Arrivals- Brooke will pick you up at the airport or other meeting point if you fly in before the 18th

Tea and snacks for early arrivals

Meet and greet, ice breakers and explanation of best practices to thoroughly enjoy every moment.

Gift bags!

Group prayer for those available

Sumptuous, healthy dinner and lively discussion

Tuesday December 19th, Day Two – Pamper, Relax and Refresh Day

Early swim in the heated private indoor pool

Full and fresh breakfast

Guided visualisation to bring the mind and body to a calm restful state

Modest spa pampering of ‘the vessel’

Lunch on the go (at a very special location especially for the youngest retreaters!)

Tour of the beautiful late nineteenth century Bahia Palace

Group prayer for those available

Dinner and discussion

Wednesday December 20th, Day Three – Messy, Earthy Play Day*

Early swim in the heated private indoor pool

Full and fresh breakfast

Pottery workshop – traditional Moroccan painting on pottery, you take home your piece

Lunch – eating out

Group prayer for those available

Free time – more swimming? Walking around the lake? Photographing the exquisite scenery? Taking a nap? Do whatever you need to!

Dinner and discussion

*The majority of the private or family counselling sessions will occur on Wednesday, as needed and wanted.

Thursday December 21st, Day Four – Nature and Nurture

Early swim in the heated private indoor pool  

Full and fresh breakfast

Ride a camel into the foothills, connect to the Sahaba, and enjoy the views!

Guided imagery exercise to reconnect to Sustainer.

Group prayer for those available

Creative activity (writing or art/craft, supplies provided)

Dinner and discussion

Friday December 22nd, Day Five – Jummah Prayer and Sightseeing in the Dazzling Red City – Marrakech

Early, early swim in the heated private indoor pool  

Quick but delicious breakfast

Jummah at the iconic and spectacular Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech

Lunch in the bustling J’ma el Fna

Visit to the historic Ben Yousef Madrassa

Shopping and souvenir hunting in Marrakech’s dazzling souks

Dinner and discussion back at the riad

Creative activity

Saturday December 23rd, Day – Challenging the Self and Psyche

Early swim in the heated private indoor pool  

Breakfast

Drive out to Ourika Valley, hike along the glorious Setti Fatma waterfall and enjoy traditional, coal cooked tagines.

Guided imagery to still the mind and listen to your heart

Group prayer for those available

Dinner and discussion back at the riad

Farewell circle

Sunday December 24th – Final Salams

Breakfast

Final farewells and flights home

*Schedule is subject to minor changes and we will always inform you of any changes as soon as we can.

*You are welcome to participate in as few or as many of the activities as you feel inclined to. We hope that you will push yourself out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself – a little or a lot and as feels right. We also encourage you to take time for yourself and the family member(s) you have come with, enjoy the beautiful lakeside views on the riad’s roof, take dips in the heated pool, go for walks along the shore and get plenty of rest as well as bonding time.

About ‘Mum and Daughter’ Counselling Sessions or Individual time

When you register for the retreat we will ask if you would like to reserve a counselling session with Khalida. These are very limited and so will be allocated on a first come first served basis. They will last 45/50 minutes which is otherwise known as the therapeutic hour. These sessions will be private and confidential spaces in which ‘mum and daughter’ can explore their relationship and how they might make it better. Or if an individual session you may want to share something that you have not shared with anyone else before. In this time you are unlikely to attain full resolution. However insha’Allah it may put you on a path to seeking further help by removing some of the fear and stigma that may have been an obstacle to your addressing these matters at all. There may be slots available during the retreat, but we encourage you to book them ahead of time.

Fees

If arranged individually this retreat, with the dozens of activities, tours, workshops, local transportation, meals, and beautiful accommodation would cost upwards to £1500 per person or even more. We have worked hard to find the best deals for you as well as making this retreat a “principled purchase” by supporting many women-owned and family businesses, as well as non-profits as we can. The cost of the retreat is £950 per person, with an offer to add a third family member at just £800. Most rooms in our lush, modern riad are double occupancy with bathroom en suite, there are only three rooms available for triple occupancy. Flights are not included.

UK Bank Transfers are greatly appreciated. Please email info@thebigreconnectsleepover.com  to arrange.

 

 

 

Deposit and Payments for TWO Family Members

Mother and Daughter, Sisters, Auntie and Niece, Cousins... reserve your room for TWO.
£1900
  • Two Family Members

  • Make your non-refundable deposit of £200, half a payment of £950 or a full payment of £1900 right here.
  • Payments for TWO Family Members

Deposit and Payments for THREE Family Members

Mother and Daughters, Sisters, Auntie and Nieces, Cousins... reserve your room for THREE.
£2700
  • Three Family Members

  • Make your non-refundable deposit of £300, half a payment of £1350 or a full payment of £2700 right here.
  • Payments for THREE Family Members

Deposit and Payments for ONE Retreater

As they say "Bring a friend or make a friend" - you are about to make many!
£990
  • Reservation for one

  • Make your non-refundable deposit of £100, half a payment of £495 or a full payment of £990 right here.
  •  
  • Payments for ONE Retreater

Terms and Conditions

Insha Allah we will see you on December 18th, but we know life happens, so please contact us immediately if you are unable to attend. We may be able to transfer your reserved slot to another would-be-retreater. Absolutely no refunds will be issued within the 30 days prior to sleepover or thereafter.

A deposit of £100 per person is nonrefundable.

*All activities are optional based on your comfort and preference

 

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