Community members play an important role in making the Harvest Festival a success. They embrace the basic premise that we can transition to a more equitable, just and regenerative world by taking action locally. They reach out to potential partners, encouraging them to join the movement. They communicate with their colleagues and friends to ensure they know about the overall event and specific happenings. They participate in Festival exhibitions, pop-ups, roundtables and workshops, and bring along their friends. If you would like to become a community member, please send a short (50-100 word) text to info@marrakechfestivals.org – in Arabic, English or French – that expresses who you are and what you do for agroecology, biodiversity, culture, gastronomy or landscape management in the Marrakech-Safi region.
Dar Bellarj Foundation
Institut Français de Marrakech
Bloom House

Bloom House is a unique place in the heart of Marrakech dedicated to plant-based and conscious food, yoga, meditation and holistic therapies. Convinced that these are powerful tools to optimize our health and wellbeing, we collaborated with experts (chefs, therapists, teachers, healers) to share with you our vision of a healthy lifestyle good for you and for the planet. We offer a colorful and delicious plant-based cuisine with a selection cold-pressed juices, smoothies, superbowls, salads, soups and snacks to provide a healthy alternative to the urban crowd. Bloom House products are homemade, made out of organic, local and ethically sourced ingredients, using vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts, seeds and superfoods (no refined sugar, no additive or chemicals, gluten free and dairy free options). Bloom House is a lifestyle movement, a community of nature lovers, yogis, therapists who believe in supporting each other.

Moroccan Biodiversity and Livelihoods Association (MBLA)

The Moroccan Biodiversity and Livelihoods Association (MBLA) is a non-governmental organization based in Marrakech established in 2014. MBLA implement integrated in-situ and ex-situ conservation measures and strengthen conservation cultural practices through community-based research to protect biodiversity and improve local livelihoods.
MBLA deliver participatory conservation actions in collaboration with local communities in the High Atlas, such as assessing the richness of local biodiversity resources, terrace cultivation, building and managing local seed banks, herbaria, community plant nurseries, and water infrastructure.
To support local livelihoods, we train community members and local cooperatives in sustainable land-use practices and the commercialization of local plants and products. Our team of 21 collaborates with the Global Diversity Foundation to carry out these activities in the High Atlas.

Sanctuary Slimane

Sanctuary Slimane is a space of healing, growth and creation. The property was transformed into a permaculture farm by Aziz Nahas, who has also rescued countless animals from local shelters, giving them a beautiful new life. Visitors strolling across the sanctuary will spot the sheep, goats, ducks, turkeys, chickens, donkeys and other animals who live peacefully onsite. California native Sarah Edwardes runs the multi-disciplinary artist residence they have created onsite, where creatives from around the globe come for weeks, sometimes months, to work on their craft, always leaving a work of art behind as a memento of their inspiring time at Sanctuary Slimane. A beautiful yoga studio at the end of the garden is used for classes as well as meditation and sound healing, with the occasional private film screening. They have their own gallery space and a fully equipped pottery studio, including a state of the art kiln, and their ceramics can be found on sale at the Sunday Oasiria Market, together with beautiful fresh produce from their organic permaculture farm.

Palm Orchids

Palm Orchids is an organic plant nursery pushing the boundaries of the Marrakech permaculture movement, acting as a community space for collective growing and sharing. Palm Orchids nursery was created in 1993 in Casablanca by Sadek Tazi, driven by a passion for the fantastic world of plants in general, and orchids and palm trees in particular. The nursery produced ornamental plants acclimatized to Morocco’s climate in order to diversify the already rich offerings that were available! Palm Orchids has introduced over 3000 new plant species to Morocco on a trial basis, reaching an acclimatization rate of around 30%. This means that around 1000 new plant species have been selected for production and are now available, including Bismarckia nobilis, Brachychiton acerifolius, Bauhinia variegata and much more.

Café Clock

Following the success of Café Clock in the city of Fez, Mike Richardson, the founder, decided to expand the concept’s reach and open new locations in the Kasbah of Marrakech and the famed blue city of Chefchaoun. His desire to celebrate aspects of Moroccan culture that he had fallen in love with, quickly transformed his restaurant into a cultural hub dedicated to local cuisine and traditions.

Terre d'Eveil
LE18
Jnane Tamsna

Nestled among the centennial palms of the luxury boutique hotel Jnane Tamsna’s grounds, the Jnane Café boasts chic decor, countless books for every taste, a selection of house botanical cocktails and mocktails, and a menu of delicious cuisine created by executive chef Driss Aloui using organic produce from the Jnane Tamsna Farm and other high quality locally sourced products. The cafe opens up to a heated pool and a lush drought-resilient garden, whose serpentine path is lined with botanical labels for the curious stroller to read and learn about the wide variety of species grown onsite. Workshops, tastings, pop-up meals and events are some of the cultural offerings of Jnane Café, which is open both to hotel guests and an external clientele. It is a space where travellers and locals alike have the opportunity to meet and exchange around a good drink and a delicious meal whilst our carefully curated music selection plays in the background.

Kartell Kollectiv
Harvest Festival – Marrakech

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