So what happens on a 5 Day Breathwork Course ( within a 7 night stay ) in Marrakech January 12th 2015 : Start Relaxing, detoxing, pampering and Breathing.

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11113930_840321189367372_7000292416324159563_nThe Course led by Trainers David Parker and Meleeshka, with over 25 years experience each, is held at a charming 4* Hotel, Les Borjs del la Kasbah, in the Kasbah Medina, up alleyways, full of bustle and moroccan life, so immediately you will feel miles away from home. RELAX.

Arrival Day Tuesday : As most participants will be arriving on early flights from the UK, today is for settling in, napping and feeling the pace in and outside the Hotel. Its a free day, to do as you will, perhaps a massage in the spa ( 45 mins various massages with organic oils from £20 – £32 ). All SPA Treatments can be booked and paid for during your stay, and is up to each participant to decide, as they are extra to the course and with no obligation to partake.

We all meet in the Lounge @ 7pm for an arrival introduction from the Hotel & Trainers before we have a GROUP DINNER @ 7.30pm. This is the only time we we will eat together, throughout your stay you can decide when you eat and who with ( 7.30-9.30pm ) Then it’s the bar, chatting or bed, ready for the first day of the course. Breakfast is from 7.30-9.30am. Accommodation includes a sumptuous breakfast buffet and dinner, paid separately to the Hotel from the Course, and on leaving your stay.

imagesThis years theme is : LET’S GET CLEAR ON THE YEAR  with a Breathing Group Session of some kind every day for 5 days.

Wednesday & Thursday Day 1 & 2 is spent in the Hotel from 10am – 7pm, with breaks for writing, verbal sharing, in our group room and patio areas so you can experience weather outside too, including lunch breaks around the pool, ( Not expensive : Omelette with french fries and salad £4, Pizza or freshly made Salads £5, Club Sandwiches £5.50 all made to order ).

1663924_114_yDuring these 2 days of letting go you will experience a HAMMAM as part of your course fee and a 90 min Group Breathwork Session on both days. 

What is HAMMAM? check out this link. http://www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com/diy-moroccan-hammam-treatment/ A small group HAMMAM 3/4 same sex people is INCLUDED in your 5 day Course fee.

Day 3 Friday : Weather permitting we will take a Day Trip to the base of the Atlas Mountains, included in your course fee, this year we will be going to ASNI-Ouirgane, ( different location than last year ) to be with nature, and have a Breathing Session close to water, in the valley countryside. Written Exercises will be offered to work on during the day as well as plenty of mint tea. Do bring scarves and hats, it can be chilly in the Atlas.

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Day 4 Saturday : After morning group we visit the stunning Yves St Laurent Jardin Majorelle ( this year for a longer stay if you came last year – time for shopping and coffee lazing in or outside the Jardin ) In the afternoon we return to the hotel for a group sharing and a full breathwork session. **Friday, Saturday or Sunday activities may swop days depending on local weather at that time.

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Day 5 Sunday : A full day in the Hotel with group sessions and a final Conscious Connected Breathwork Session. In the evening a 4 course Moroccan Evening with local musicians is planned for you, with the extra payment ( on top of your HB ) is part of your £350 Course Fee for 5 Days.

Day 6 Monday : With a final Group meet up after breakfast, the day is yours to sightsee Marrakech.

Day 7 Tuesday : Fly home, refreshed ready to GET CLEAR ON THE YEAR.

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FEEDBACK from last year:

“Well I can report back that it was one of the most joyous weeks of my life and perfectly placed for the beginning of the year. In fact I would say that a lot of creative planning for the months to come happened without even trying during those days…Onwards with abundance xx ( CH London England )

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“What can I say about my time away except that it was deeply needed and I feel profoundly honoured to have been in the company of so many loving souls. It’s been hard to get back to normality especially as I have to say goodbye to one of my oldest friends next week, who passed over, but I now have both the courage and power to do him justice as I say my farewell whilst being strong enough for my God daughter too, and I thank David and Meleeska for love, guidance and respect that they showed me over the last week, for without these things mixed in with the healing power of laughter, I wouldn’t be able to do it!! All my love to you both, always!! XO ( M. Somerset England )

“The retreat in Marrakech was stunning, beautiful beautiful people, amazing location, huge amounts of love and even more compassion, but throw in huge gales of laughter, it was beyond superlatives. All I can say it was the first break I had taken for ten years, and boy it was worth waiting for, the people were and are amazing, the breath work powerful and simply life changing, and the laughs we had still rings in my ears , roll on 2015, best decision I ever made … Thanks David and Mell big love xx ( JD Somerset England )

Some more Testimonials from last year are here : 

https://urbanlifeclass.me/morocco-retreats/something-happened-in-morocco-and-the-echoes-are-still-being-felt-a-month-later/

https://urbanlifeclass.me/morocco-retreats/book-now-for-our-maroc-rebirthing-retreat-january-2016-sara-turner-tells-us-her-tale-of-january-2015/

https://urbanlifeclass.me/2015/02/09/january-maroc-spiritual-retreat-a-huge-success-for-all-so-we-are-doing-it-all-again-next-year/

All prices and info is here https://urbanlifeclass.me/2015/08/09/give-yourself-a-break-maroc-spiritual-retreat-january-12th-2016-can-you-imagine-yourself-spending-7-days-in-marrakech-in-this-glorious-hotel-complete-with-spa/

red-love-heartSPEAK TO US ( not the Hotel ) all we ask for CONFIRMATION is to BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS FIRST! – really CHEAP right now. We will tell you what easy jet flights we are on from Bristol & London. For information and payment options if you want to pay in 2016.

London : David Parker 020 7388 3109 /Robert Beck (+44) 7913862492 / urbanlifeclass@gmail.com Glastonbury : Meleeshka 01458 833381

Maroc 5 Day Breathwork Course January 12th 2016 / 7 Night stay : It starts HERE. Marrakech Airport.

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11889532_878251175588500_5412132789685987818_n11113930_840321189367372_7000292416324159563_nFollowing last years Retreat, everyone arrives on Tuesday 12th January from different locations, during the day. At the airport the 4*Hotel will be there to greet you and take you the 15 minute drive to the Kasbah Souk, included in the course fee. The Kasbah is the real Marrakech, nowhere near the corporate 4* Hotels outside the Medina that most tourists reside.

We are in the heart of Marrakech.

 

On arrival complimentary Mint Tea and Moroccan pastries are served in the lounge while the porters take luggage to your rooms. Welcome to Les Borjs De La Kasbah

Now choose your Bedrooms 

All prices and info is here https://urbanlifeclass.me/2015/08/09/give-yourself-a-break-maroc-spiritual-retreat-january-12th-2016-can-you-imagine-yourself-spending-7-days-in-marrakech-in-this-glorious-hotel-complete-with-spa/

imagesSPEAK TO US ( not the Hotel ) all we ask for CONFIRMATION is to BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS FIRST!  – really CHEAP right now. We will tell you what easy jet flights we are on from Bristol & London. For information and payment options.

London : David Parker 020 7388 3109 /Robert Beck  (+44) 7913862492 / urbanlifeclass@gmail.com     Glastonbury : Meleeshka 01458 833381

Give YOURSELF a BREAK – Maroc Breathwork Spiritual Retreat JANUARY 12th 2016 : Can you imagine yourself spending 7 days in Marrakech in this glorious Hotel, complete with Spa?

Some Spiritual Retreats focus on Sacrifice, and that works for many, but our Maroc Retreats focus on Nourishment, Nurture and Abundance . . . and it’s not expensive either. Like last years experience, URBAN LIFECLASS has been offered again – a great deal by the Hotel : 7 Nights for the price of 5.

LET’S GET CLEAR ON THE YEAR – is the theme of our 5 Day Breathwork Course within the 7 day break. 

START 2016 with a REVIEW : The 5 Day Breathwork/ Personal Development Course for 10 participants costs £350 and includes Hammam in the Spa, Daily Group Breathwork, Written and Verbal Exercises, and the opportunity to work with 2 experienced trainers, of over 25 years each. A one day excursion into the Mountains is included ( a different destination this year ) and another visit to Yves St Laurent’s Majorelle Garden ( also a longer period planned ) PLUS a Moroccan Musical Evening to finish off the week.

The Course fee can be paid in instalments before or after we return to the UK. This gives you room to save up, budget or stretch the paying period. Just let us know a plan that will work for you.

Accommodation is extra to the Course in sumptuous surroundings, but at reasonable prices, around £60 a day with Breakfast & Dinner. Some rooms will cost more but we have some Single Rooms & Single Occupancy for Double rooms, plus twin beds in a room for 2 people. Similar price to a Single Room but with much more space. 

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URBAN LIFECLASS pays the Deposit to secure your rooms, so you don’t pay anything upfront with Hotel until you leave it. But we do need COMMITMENT. More details in future blogs.

All we ask is for you to talk to us first then BOOK YOUR FLIGHT. BOOK EARLY for cheaper flights ( about £100 / £120 return with 20 kilos ). Once it’s done YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY.

The 18 sound-proofed, well insulated rooms, dispersed between four separate patios, are each well appointed with bath or shower (some have both), heating and air conditioning, personal room safe, hairdryer, minibar Morrocan, telephone, free Wi-Fi connection and widescreen TV with satellite channels. Five rooms on ground floor level (one of them a single) offer easy access while the remainder, on first floor, are reached, respectively, via five separate stairways. Though very similar in terms of decor and facilities, no two bedrooms are identical.

Room prices (see Rates) are based mainly on room size although, in addition to their spaciousness, Premium rooms have space for a comfortable sitting area as well.

Twin bedded rooms, of which there are five in all, two in Standard and three in Premium rooms, can be configured as doubles where required. The breakdown of rooms by type is as follows with Half board and 5 nights for 7 included. We have worked these prices out under current currency exchange rates.

Your HOTEL BILL will be in MADS ( Moroccan Dirhams ) and PAID on LEAVING with DEBIT, CREDIT CARDS. You can also bring GB pounds and exchange into MADS at the Bank. Cashpoints are plenty.

The £350 Course Fee is paid in Sterling before, during or after January 2016 by arrangement.

les-borjs-de-la-kasbah( left ) 3 double Suites (28 – 30 sq m) SUITE: £470 (£67 per night )

5 ‘Standard’ double rooms (16 – 19 sq m), incl. 2 twins STANDARD: £425 (SINGLE OC.) ( £61 per night )

2 Small double rooms (10 – 12 sq m), one with double bed, the other 2 singles : SMALL (DOUBLE): £295 (SINGLE OC.) H/B 7 NIGHTS) ( £42 per night )

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SINGLE: £ 280 ( £40 per night H/B 7 nights )

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5 ‘Premium’ double rooms (20 – 22 sq m), incl. 3 twins : SMALL TWIN: £200 EACH ( £28 per night )

More Details about our Maroc Retreat January 13th 2016 is here : https://urbanlifeclass.me/morocco-retreats/

What is HAMMAM? check out this link. A small group HAMMAM 3/4 same sex people is INCLUDED in your 5 day Course fee. http://www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com/diy-moroccan-hammam-treatment/

SPEAK TO US ( not the Hotel ) all we ask for CONFIRMATION is to BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS FIRST! We will tell you what easy jet flights we are on from Bristol & London. For information and payment options. London : David Parker 020 7388 3109 / Robert Beck urbanlifeclass@gmail.com (+44) 7913862492 Glastonbury : Meleeshka 01458 833381

Book Now for our Maroc Rebirthing Retreat January 2016 . . . Sara Turner tells us her tale of January 2015.

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Well….I got there which was a start! That’s me, Sara, in the black poncho feeling the Maroc vibe. 

I had been so stressed with work prior to the trip I truly didn’t think I was going to make it, so when the alarm went off on Tuesday 13th January at 2.30am that was it, I was off and the relief once I finally sat on that plane was indescribable. David came over on the flight saying we’d have to fill in an immigration form and produced a bunch of green pens in case we hadn’t brought any with us. What I didn’t realise was, this was to set the tone for the rest of the week. Being cared for, nurtured, considered, prioritised…..

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Once we’d arrived at the airport, transport had been arranged and off we went to Les Borjs de la Kasbah right in the Medina, where we had beautiful pastries and mint tea whilst the hotel staff took our luggage to our rooms. On the arrival day some participants had treatments booked whilst others, including me had the Hammam arranged for the following day. I was quite happy to rest and get ready to meet everyone for dinner later on.

226394_10150302044984966_1481394_nMy room was absolutely beautiful, rose petals greeting me on the bed and in the bathroom! We were booked in for half board, a three course meal every evening with 2 choices and a breakfast fit for a queen, everything from fresh fruit, pancakes, pastries to home-made yoghurt.

The course was perfectly paced for me, the balance of group work, discussion, individual work and breath work allowed for processing. I had been along to a couple of sessions prior to the retreat, so had met a few members of the group and felt very comfortable with these sessions so the decision to go to Morocco was an easy one for me. I felt happy to surrender myself to the process, trusting and knowing I would be supported and accepted by the trainers and assistants. Although I believe myself to be an open person I thought I would not feel secure opening up in a group, especially with people I don’t know very well. However, the trainers, assistants and group participants were all very supportive and there was no pressure to share or to be anyone other than ourselves. I embraced it all quickly.

black-soap-used-in-hammamI have to say, the nurturing in the course extended to the staff at the hotel and spa. I have never had a Hammam and found the care and attention given to me by the staff to be very moving. It reminded me of being washed by my mother when I was younger.

After HAMMAM the Rebirthing breathwork experience was both powerful and gentle. I experienced a significant emotional shift and physical sensations new to me. The assistants supported me, and seemed to know exactly when to encourage me to breathe deeper and gave reassurance.

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Musée-Berbère-Jardin-Majorelle-©AnneLataillade-2013The excursions, personal and group leisure time and the course was balanced perfectly, I never felt once that I didn’t have enough time for me, the course or getting out to see Marrakesh. We visited a Berber village, Yves St Laurent’s garden and enjoyed a Moroccan evening with belly dancer, traditional music and food. I don’t know how we fitted it all in but as I mentioned, it felt perfectly balanced. I met some beautiful genuinely caring people during my week, people I feel I’ve shared a significant experience with which has stayed with me.

red-love-heartSince returning I have already made some essential changes for my well-being, leaving my job being one, but more importantly, putting myself first which is a new phenomenon for me, and one I’m embracing and not feeling guilty about.

Postcard by Sara Turner : A participant of the January Marrakech Spiritual Retreat 2015.

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imagesCOSTINGS : Average cost of a Single Room or Twin Room ( 2 peeps, similar price each but more space ) is this , Rob our Group PA says : My entire bill came to 5440 MAD which was £366 and included my half board SINGLE room ( breakfast & dinner ) and all the extras that I had including snacks, drinks etc.
-For the room alone I paid 574 MAD which was £38 per night – I only paid for the first 5 days and got the last 2 for free ( hotel Deal for Urban LIFECLASS )
– Plus 200 MAD for half board £13 per day – Plus 26 MAD for tax £1.75 TOTAL 7 Days = £366

The 5 day Course Fee 2016 ( within the 7 day Retreat ) is £350 payable by arrangement. My easy jet flight in 2014 was £110 return from London with 20 K luggage, booked earlier in October I could have got it cheaper. START SAVING and get on our LIST NOW! First Booked get SINGLE ROOMS. http://www.lesborjsdelakasbah.com

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More Details about our Maroc Retreat January 12 th 2016 is here : https://urbanlifeclass.me/morocco-retreats/ What is HAMMAM? check out this link. A small group HAMMAM 3/4 same sex people is INCLUDED in your 5 day Course fee. http://www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com/diy-moroccan-hammam-treatment/

Something happened in Morocco . . . and the echoes are still being felt a month later !

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When I saw David post about the Moroccan retreat in Autumn last year, I knew I had to go. I have always wanted to go to Marrakech and I was aware that it held a special place in David’s heart, so I thought he would be the ultimate host.

That, together with the idea of a breathwork retreat at the beginning of the year, felt like the perfect way to start 2015. I felt it would clear out the old energy of 2014 and help me start the new year on the right note. And I wasn’t wrong . . . 

10373851_10205416773077232_2495452012648263397_nUnfortunately prior to the trip I had awful mega flu, so when I arrived I was feeling pretty out of sorts. From the off, I felt incredibly held and nurtured by the lovely Meleeshka, who co-facilitated the retreat with David. Here they are with the gifts we bought them to end the Course.

Under my recent illness was a general fatigue and tiredness after quite a tough couple of years…and after the first couple of breathes I really connected with that. I felt the grief of losing my parents move through me again and my body’s strong call to be nurtured and listened to.

Thankfully there was an excellent spa at the hotel for private out of course bodywork, but a detoxing healing hammam for all in the first 2 days was included in the course fee. Naturally I felt it necessary to attend the spa for massages and general pampering as much as possible for the remainder of the week. Well, I had to heed the body’s call! 

The highlight of the week for me in terms of breathing was an eye gaze breathe that we did with a partner. I still find it hard to put this into words . . . but it was something of a peak experience.

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I have undertaken breathwork before in the US and also in a small group with David, but I have never experienced something so powerful. As well as being an extremely enjoyable experience for myself and my partner, it went far beyond that to have a much deeper meaning for me personally. This has been worth it’s weight in gold.

I also have to mention the people I met. All of whom were wonderful in their own way…and some of whom have become friends. There was a lot of deep work that went on during the week, but also a lot of love and laughter in the group. So I salute my fellow travellers and the wonderful assistants, who all contributed to making the experience really unforgettable. Thank you.

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Last but not least, as a psychotherapist, a word of warning about the power of breathwork and it’s effects.

The retreat is powerful stuff and working with the body can bring to light unresolved issues that need to be worked through. Whilst I cannot fault the amazing way the retreat was facilitated by David and Meleeshka, who I felt were the perfect team, it can be difficult to leave that environment and return home if lots of ‘stuff’ has come up for you. So please don’t underestimate the power of the breath…and do think about having some aftercare lined up for your return . . whether that be a full course of rebirthing sessions or a therapist that you can work through any issues with.

For me, the retreat has seen me commit to and implement changes in my nutrition, as well as getting back into exercise and yoga. I realised that my health is my true wealth and that nourishing my soul means a deep respect of my body and spirit. All that for a mere £300 5 day course fee and a fantastic experience in Morocco with a wonderful group of people.

It’s a no brainer really . . . just go!  

Suzanna Brown

January Maroc Spiritual Retreat a HUGE success for ALL. So we are doing it all again next year.

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Blog by David Parker Co-Founder of URBAN LIFECLASS

In January last year, 2014, Breathwork Trainer Meleeshka, who I’ve known for 25 years, spent a week with me at my favourite 4* Hotel Les Borj de la Kasbah, in Marrakech Morocco. While I had visited it over a dozen times when leading Breathwork Seminars in Morocco a few years back, Mel who had not visited Marrakech since the early 70’s, said sitting by the pool “Why don’t we do a Spiritual Retreat here next January and bring people from the UK, focusing on Abundance, Forgiveness & Self Care?”. So we did.

To many the idea of a Spiritual Retreat brings up thoughts of early morning starts, sacrifice, scarcity, bleak surroundings and trial, so we decided to challenge this concept by focussing on the opposite : Abundance, Effortless Accomplishment, Self Nurturing, Emotional Support and Playfullness. It WORKED!

1663924_114_yYou can tell the success of any workshop, seminar or retreat by the thoughts, decisions and actions that follow it. Many have experienced the high of reading a book on personal growth, but somehow never got round to the exercises, and so it is with weekend seminars and the like. CHANGE sounds like a great idea but actually changing something is more challenging. But on return to the UK, someone from the Retreat ended an unhealthy relationship, another handed their notice in on their unsatisfying job, while others made deep external and internal shifts. You can get challenged by one-to-one therapy, or a One Day Seminar but the energy of facing yourself and others over a 5 day Retreat process, really brings out the weeds to be culled. What assisted these results was not just Group Conscious Connected Breathwork every day, but the comfort of the Hotel Spa facilities close at hand. The first 2 days of settling in was supported by group Hammams of 4 people, morning and afternoon, while others were experiencing a Rebirthing Breathwork session, for emotional release – some for the first time. Future participate blogs will elaborate further about the bonding, laughter and cleansing that took place. Keep a look out.

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Each participant was asked to bring something that represented Spirituality, Family or Childhood, plus any book that was influential in Spiritual Growth. These were free to use, pick up, browse or read throughout the 5 day Retreat within a 7 day break in Marrakech, during free time allocated for written work, sun lounging, mint tea gatherings and space to be alone, when and if required. We had no strict schedule, other than starting at 10pm in the group room, after a stunning daily buffet breakfast. No Health Farm diets here : ABUNDANCE was truly the word.

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On the 3rd Day we took a full day trip into the Ourika Valley, up by the Atlas Mountains, where participants breathed for an hour by the rolling river, a CALLING BACK YOUR POWER process of release and forgiveness, where completion exercises were made on paper, then burnt, then ashes thrown in the raging swirl. An emotional experience.  

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On Saturday morning we visited Yves St Laurent’s Majorelle Garden after morning group, where an exercise on LOVE & FORGIVENESS was offered up to be completed during the day, and after lunch on return to the Hotel we had GROUP BREATHWORK, massage treatments and time for sharing our progress and future plans. 

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Day 5, the last Retreat Day was spent COMPLETING with Spa Treatments and GROUP BREATHWORK, then in the evening we arranged a special Moroccan Evening, a 4 Course Meal, Musicians and a Dancer. 

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10959495_10153562977352501_8594844653557046353_nIt was so SUCCESSFUL that we have BOOKED the HOTEL for next year, same time. Tuesday JANUARY 12th 2016 for 7 Nights. 

DO JOIN US!  We are taking BOOKINGS NOW. https://urbanlifeclass.me/contact/

Early bookers get SINGLE ROOMS http://www.lesborjsdelakasbah.com

We ended on the 7th day with morning GROUP, thanking myself & Meleeshka and the glorious Assistants : Dickie Beau, Catherine Hoffmann and Robert Beck, before scouring souks for souvenirs. The 8th day people flew home, while Mel & I relaxed for another 3 days in the Sun & Spa.

A just reward.

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FEEDBACK : 

“Well I can report back that it was one of the most joyous weeks of my life and perfectly placed for the beginning of the year. In fact I would say that a lot of creative planning for the months to come happened without even trying during those days…Onwards with abundance xx ( CH London England )

“What can I say about my time away except that it was deeply needed and I feel profoundly honoured to have been in the company of so many loving souls. It’s been hard to get back to normality especially as I have to say goodbye to one of my oldest friends next week, who passed over, but I now have both the courage and power to do him justice as I say my farewell whilst being strong enough for my God daughter too, and I thank David and Meleeska for love, guidance and respect that they showed me over the last week, for without these things mixed in with the healing power of laughter, I wouldn’t be able to do it!! All my love to you both, always!! XO ( M. Somerset England )

“The retreat in Marrakech was stunning, beautiful beautiful people, amazing location, huge amounts of love and even more compassion, but throw in huge gales of laughter, it was beyond superlatives. All I can say it was the first break I had taken for ten years, and boy it was worth waiting for, the people were and are amazing, the breath work powerful and simply life changing, and the laughs we had still rings in my ears , roll on 2015, best decision I ever made … Thanks David and Mell big love xx ( JD Somerset England )