Marrakech Morocco ,Painting with the wild woman archetype

Join me in Marrakesh

Painting with your Wild Woman Archetype

Oct  12th – Oct 21st, 2018

 an amazing Encaustic and Oil and Cold Wax Workshop

As I have been teaching workshops both in person and online for the past few years  I came to the realization that there are so many of us out there that are seeking to reconnect with that inner wild child woman .That we have been behaving ourselves for way too long and its time to paint like no one is watching … Join me for this gathering of like minded spirits and lets reconnect to our wild woman archetype . Working first in charcoal , then in Encaustic and finally in Oil and Cold wax ,let me show you how to combine it all with mixed media in a safe and archival way to say what you really want to say  , to go boldly and passionately about the business of painting , without fear , judgement and self sabotage . I have knowledge and understanding of materials and how to use them and I can pass that knowledge on to you in order for you to get RESULTS from your painting practice . I can teach you , the way I work with paint , the materials I use and how I use them , the tools that work best , in my opinion and most importantly , how YOU can wholeheartedly embrace  this knowledge into your style of painting . Encaustic may be a new language to you , Portraiture may be a new language and like any other language , there is a vocabulary and a few rules ( mostly to do with archival matters ) With this knowledge of your tools and materials , you will be able to step forward with wild confidence , and do it !


About Marrakesh

There is a creative energy that hums in the city-from the traditional souk artisans working in the same techniques for hundreds of years to contemporary artists and creative entrepreneurs who are reinterpreting Moroccan design for current trends. Inspiration can be found around every corner. Jaw-dropping historic architecture, vibrant colors woven into the beautiful patterns of carpets, zouak painting and zellij tile designs, and the intricate arabesque carvings into metal, wood, and plaster -all serve to create a visually stimulating environment that is an artisan’s dream come true.

About Maison 28

NOT your typical Marrakech Riad, Maison 28 is your home in Marrakech to stay, create, and play!

Located in the heart of the Marrakech Medina in a quiet residential area, Maison 28 is  strategically located within a few minutes walk to the souks and has been thoughtfully designed for memorable group gatherings and creative retreats of 7 or more days.

You’ll find an inspiring, comfortable group home that provides the ideal environment for teaching and learning creative passions, developing new friendships, discovering artisan-made treasures in the nearby souks, delicious cuisine in the local restaurants, and experiencing the culture like a local.

The house features casual-luxury style and eclectic bohemian décor sourced from the local souks and flea markets and placed with a creative eye. Designed with love, it features:

  • 7 special, eclectically designed guest rooms with the décor sourced from the local souks and flea markets (sleeps 7-12)

  • An indoor/outdoor rooftop terrace art studio stocked with basic art tools and supplies

  • A family-style kitchen where you can cook yourself or have delicious local meals catered.

  • Lots of cool niches, community spaces and relaxing terraces to enjoy conversation and cocktails-or some quiet, thoughtful time

Maision 28 is a safe and inspiring place that provides the opportunity for enriching creative cultural exchanges and life-changing experiences while developing a deeper connection to the unique culture and community of Marrakech.

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(only 8 places available )


Encaustic is the very earliest known form of paint, predating oil, fresco and tempera. It was first used by the Greeks over 2,000 years ago. After Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 33BC, a large number of Greeks went to Egypt bringing their ideas and customs. It was in Egypt that encaustic reached its highest artistic expression with the wonderful Fayum mummy portraits, which are as vibrant and fresh as they were when they were painted.Encaustic paint is beeswax and pigments mixed with a little damarresin. The damar raises the melting point of the beeswax, hardens it and gives the paint its unique optical depthDuring the course students will learn the traditional techniques of Encaustic painting  painting on wood to create their own pieces. They will be given an introduction to the history of Encaustic painting and  .encouraged to experiment with this gorgeous medium



Exclusive Itinerary

Day 1 – a warm welcome to Marrakech!Friday October 12

Arrival Marrakech midday with airport service to Medina

Welcome with Moroccan mint tea and pastries

Lunch at Maison 28

Souk walk and neighborhood orientation

Welcome cocktails at Maison 28

Dinner on the roof terrace at Le Fondouk

Day 2 – Saturday October 13

Maison 28 Breakfast Guided Medina Tour of Historical Sites, Souks and Shopping, including lunch

Dinner on your own

Day 3 – Sunday October 14

Maison 28 Breakfast

Encaustic Class all day

Buffet Lunch

Dinner on your own

Day 4 – Monday October 15

Maison 28 Breakfast

Encaustic Class all day

Buffet Lunch

Dinner on your own

Day 5 – Tuesday October 16

Maison 28 Breakfast

Encaustic Morning Class Group lunch at La Ferme Medina Free afternoon to visit Musee Boucharouite, or Le Jardin Secret or La Maison de Photographie or ???

Dinner on your own

Day 6 –Wednesday October 17

Maison 28 Breakfast

Day trip to Atlas Mountains: Ourika Valley or Imlil, including lunch

Free evening

Day 7 – Thursday October 18

Maison 28 Breakfast

Encaustic Class all day

Buffet Lunch

Dinner on your own

Day 8 –Friday October 19

Maison 28 Breakfast

Encaustic Class all day

Buffet Lunch

Dinner on your own

Day 9 –Saturday October 20

Maison 28 Breakfast

Encaustic Morning Class

Afternoon free to explore shopping or a take a Hammam/Massage* at the local spa *not included

Farewell dinner/wine at Maision 28

Day 10 Sunday October 21

Maison 28 Breakfast

Airport transfer for morning to midday departure


                 Payment and Terms

$2895 (private room w/ ensuite bath-full or queen bed)

$2495 (shared room w/ ensuite bath-twin beds)

A non-refundable deposit of $695 is required to reserve your space.

The remaining balance will be due over 2 additional equal payments You will be emailed an invoice for each payment 2 weeks prior to the due date.

Cancellation Policy:

Your deposit and subsequent payments are a commitment and each payment becomes non-refundable at the time it is received.

IF you are forced to cancel before July 30th  and your reserved spot can be transferred to another person, we will refund any previous payments less the $695 deposit. No refunds or transfers will be available after your final payment.

By registering for this trip with your deposit, you agree to the above Cancellation Policy and to purchase your own trip insurance.


• Encaustic , Oil and cold wax painting workshop/project with Lora Murphy
• Most art supplies
• Airport transfers
• Private transportation throughout
• Guided Medina walking tour
• Entrance to Museums, Gardens, and Historical Sites
• Breakfast each day
• 7 delicious lunches
• 2 dinner experiences
• Planning assistance for your free time (spa, dinners, etc)
• New friendships & cultural experiences
• SO many amazing memories

Not included:

• Airfare (flight suggestions provided upon registration-Royal Air Maroc offers round trip flights to Marrakech from JFK and Washington Dulles on dates you’ll be flying)
• Travel Insurance (highly suggested)
• Lunches, dinners, tours taken during your “free” time
• All shopping and cost of shipping if applicable
• Alcohol outside of planned dinners