In May 2010, English born, Australian artist Karen Hadfield bought a run down desert dwelling in the Moroccan Sahara 30kms SE of Erfoud near the natural wonder, Erg Chebbi, a giant sand dune stretching 20kms south. With much help from the local Berber population, Karen turned this ruin into a three bedroom house, a bivouac that sleeps eight in traditional berber tents, plenty of places to relax in the shade and two small outbuildings for use as studios.
Cafe Tissardmine is the perfect location for artists to get away from it all. Tissardmine offers artists studio space and accommodation with full board. As every person will have different requirements, get in touch (email is best) and they will be happy to discuss with you what you want to achieve and help you get the most out of your experience.
From September 2011, Tissardmine also offers writing retreats in a range of styles, lead by published authors, for anyone with a desire to write. The content of each retreat will be different. Check with Karin for possibilitites.
Not all disciplines are practical in the Sahara – for example it is not a place for internet based research. It is a place to recharge and inspire.
Cafe Tissardmine is powered by Solar energy and brings water from a well in the nearby oasis. Living is basic and run as traditionally as possible with a few luxuries, like bed linen, hot water and good pillows. The weather is, in the main, warm to cool, calm and bright but with occasional sandstorms and even rain.
At its most hot during summer (July and August) when the temperatures soar to over 50, Tissardmine is closed!
For application information please visit http://www.transartists.org/air/caf%C3%A9-tissardmine.