PERFUME BLENDING RETREAT IN THE DESERT
9-16 October 2019
M'Hamid El Ghizland + Erg Chigaga, Morocco
SMELL LAB Berlin presents one of the first series of perfume blending retreats around the world. Our first stop, the Desert in South Morocco! Come join us during this 7-day retreat in a spectacular location full of nomadic cultural heritage, and the spectacular inspiration of the desert lifestyle.
THE WORKSHOP / NOMADIC PERFUME LAB
Smell Lab will dismantle its Nomadic Perfume Lab in beautiful hotel Chez Le Pacha. In the hotel, we have a room ready for our daily program and independent blending. Not to mention the refreshing pool and terrace!
OUR HEADQUARTERS: M'HAMID EL GHIZLANE
M’hamid El Ghizlane is the last village before the vast expanses of the Sahara, is a rural municipality of the Zagora province, in the southern Drâa. In the past, it used to be called Taragalte - “The doors of Sahara”. M'Hamid is an ancient cultural crossroads – its territory used to be a stop for trans-Saharan traders – a part of a nomadic area. The town seems to come right out of the sand with its adobe shacks made of mud or clay bricks.
M’hamid El Ghizlane is sheltered in a palm grove stretching for 16 km along the river Drâa (Oued Drâa). On one of the banks is M’hamid Bali, the old town, which holds an important kasbah. On the other side, M’hamid Jdid, the new village, offers essential facilities: groceries, craft shops, cafés, restaurants, family hotels...
THE DESERT: ER CHIGAGA
During our stay, we will visit Er Chigaga, the largest and untouched Saharan ergs in Morocco.
This Erg is made of beautiful dunes is located about 60 km west of the town. With a length of approximately 40 km to 15 km width, some dunes are around 300m high, it is the largest and wildest of Morocco. No doubt this will be extremely inspiring for our creations!!