“Didn’t realise connection with sisterhood was missing until I came.”

“Not sure why I came.  I needed something.  I expected mad fundamentalists! Instead I found a non judgemental safe space.”

“First great experience of being with English speaking sisters. I feel reconnected.”

“An amazing experience. Refreshing to be amongst encouraging and supportive sisters. I will be back.”

The Big Reconnect Sleepover

Sit comfortably in an upright position
Allow your seat to take your weight and hold you
Allow yourself to relax
Allow the tension to be released from your body
Bring your focus to your breathing
Breathe in, breathe out

By attending this retreat, I am writing my destiny
For surely, we could all leave a legacy

At the reconnect, it is time to reflect
Time to give ourselves more respect

Breathe in, breathe out

At the riad, a choice of a tranquil, African and white room,
I was destined for the red room

In it I found a small mouse, timid and frail,
“You are intruding and must leave!” I said, holding it by its tail

Breathe in, breathe out

Mnsemen, bahrir and eggs for brunch
Mechoui and tanjia for lunch

Rashid, our guide, fluent in English, German and the Berber dialect
Explains about the ben Yousef madrassa, which has stunning architecture

Breathe in, breathe out

It’s all about making the right choice
Let the world hear your voice

Breathe in, breathe out

I love the hot, fulfilling harira
And still have to visit the palace Bahia

“I need to buy zelij and more honey”
“Can we go to Hotel Ali to change money?”
Breathe in, breathe out
Breathe in, breathe out

I learnt to cook the tagine at Amal
And I chose not to get on the Jamal

We stand together as one team
Ready to follow our dream

We leave with new friendship and a strong sisterhood
Learning to say could instead of should

Breathe in, breathe out

My destiny is calling
I should stop stalling

Breathe in, breathe out
Slowly become aware of your surroundings
And when you are ready open your eyes

by Nahida Esmail, Author, Poet, Mountain Climber and Retreatee

 

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