Sunday, April 14, 2013

Artist and Writers Retreat at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music

Sacred Song, Sacred Story - An artist and writer's retreat will be held in conjunction with the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music Festival, June 7-15.

Participants at an earlier retreat

In January 2013 Australian Jan Cornall brought her first group of writers to Morocco on a 12 day journey from Fes to Marrakech via Cafe Tissardmine, an artist’s retreat near Erg Chebbi. With her company Writer's Journey, Jan also runs annual retreats to Bali, Laos, Burma and Fiji.

Two days in Fes was all she needed to know she wanted to come back as soon as possible.

Jan returns this June with another group of writers and artists in tow. Each morning her writing and creativity workshops will take their inspiration from afternoon and evening concerts at the Fes Sacred Music Festival.

Jan is inviting artists and writers of all genres: poets, songsters, novelists, travel writers, visual artists, performers, photojournalists; anyone who is interested in exploring the relationship between sound and voice, story and song, composition and structure as well as other synergies between music, art and writing craft.

Riad Rcif

The morning workshops will take place on the terrace at Riad Rcif, a wonderfully restored former palace in the heart of the Fes medina. Participants can stay at Riad Rcif or choose the budget option to arrange their own accommodation.

The news that poet, chanteuse and rock’n roll story teller Patti Smith will headline the festival gives Jan’s plans the extra impetus. A fan from way back, Jan harbours a secret fantasy that Patti might just have time to pop in to read at a morning workshop. There’s no harm in dreaming!

If you want to join Jan’s retreat it is important to book asap. All info here:

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