Cambodia: December 28, 2023-January 6, 2024



If you are interested in the arts, culture, and magnificent beauty of Cambodia and Southeast Asia, this retreat is for you! Join us for a nine day exploration of traditional Khmer dance, silk weaving, and stone sculpture. We'll spend quiet hours at ancient stone temples and experience the vibrant fresh foods of the night markets. Our guide throughout the experience will be Silong, a Cambodian native whose father fought in the Cambodian Civil War. Join us for an unforgettable opportunity to learn about the history and artistic culture of this fascinating region. 


A more detailed itinerary will be provided three months before the trip, but the trip will be slow paced with time to savor and absorb the magnificent surroundings. There will be time to meet one on one with Marianne about writing, art, photography, travel, publishing, and more. Silong is available to answer questions about the culture, language, and history. 


We limit participants to 12 to keep it personable and sustainable. If you have questions, feel free to use the Contact Me page! 


We can accomodate most dietary restrictions. A signed travel waiver is required. Upon booking, you'll have the opportunity to express your preferences, so the final itinerary is customized to the group. 


If you're looking for deep, slow travel with a chance to connect with other creatives, this is a great retreat for you. If you are interested in exploring art forms, culture, and history, this will be great for you. If you're looking for adventure and willing to step outside your comfort zone, this will be a good fit. 


It's probably not the best fit if you're wanting to hit every single tourist spot (you can extend your trip before or after). These retreats focus on slow, sustainable travel and meaningful experiences with local people.




Transfers within the country, guides, workshops, and group sessions

Most meals

All lodging


Not Included:


Free time meals and spending money 



*Deposit: $800 to hold your spot 

Deposit is non-refundable but if you need to cancel, you can sell your spot


$3,800: private room

$3,500, shared room

Half is due by June 1st, and the final payment is due October 1st


The price ensures paying local people a living wage and partnering with organizations that respect the environment and are committed to sustainable travel development. 


In the unlikely event that we cancel the trip, we will reschedule and apply your deposit to a future trip of your choice. 


Silong and Marianne at the War Museum in Siem Reap, in 2015. 

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