Workshops: Spices, Natural Beauty Products, Batik & More...

Workshops: Spices, Natural Beauty Products, Batik & More...

Discover the secrets of Zanzibar's spices and natural beauty treatments, and create your own souvenirs in our inspiring workshops!
Enjoy our heart-felt hospitality, learn something new, and take home items that are a world away from mass production and directly benefitting the local community.

Create your own Zanzibari Beauty Products

Let us introduce you to the art of preparing traditional beauty treatments at Mrembo Spa!
Following time-honoured recipes that have been passed on through many generations of Zanzibari women, we use fresh flowers, herbs and spices that are organically grown on our own plantation. You will produce coconut oil fresh from the nut and make your own coconut & spice scrub, and learn about the history of henna to the soothing sounds of traditional Taarab music.

Spice Blending

Do you love spices and would like to learn more about them?
In this workshop, you will get a better understanding of their qualities and how they can be blended to bring out their flavours. You can hand-grind them with mortars and pestles, and invent your own favourite masala (blend of spices) to take home.
In Zanzibar, the century-old crossroads between Africa, Arabia, India, Europe and the Far East, there is a wealth of knowledge about herbs and spices. Let yourself be inspired to enhance your cuisine and your well-being in a natural way!

This workshop can be arranged in the Kidichi area (20 minutes' drive from Stone Town) and therefore easily combined with a Spice Tour.


Zanzibari Cooking: Spice Rice (Pilau)

Pilau (spice rice) is an aromatic festive dish, well-known and much loved in the Zanzibar archipelago.
In this workshop, you will learn to prepare it, using many of Zanzibar’s fresh spices – and of course you will get to eat it afterwards :-)
You’ll take home the recipe and can then treat your friends and family to this beautiful and fragrant dish.

This workshop takes place in the Kidichi area (20 minutes' drive from Stone Town) and can be easily combined with a Spice Tour.

Creative Batik: Unique Table Linen, Cushion Covers and Clothes - Designed by You!

Here is a wonderful opportunity to design your own batik fabric on a small scale.
At Mussa's workshop, you craft, cut and dye your favourite pattern with the guidance of Mussa and his assistants. You have a choice of creating the fabric for a table cloth, pillow cover, bedspread or a tailor-made shirt, skirt or dress. There is a tailor on site who will take your measurements and deliver the next day. In case you are leaving Zanzibar earlier, we can mail it home to you.
Enjoy being part of the process, and bring home unique pieces you will use and wear with pride!

This workshop takes place in the Kidichi area (20 minutes' drive from Stone Town) and can be easily combined with a Spice Tour.

Incense (Udi) Workshop

The burning of sweet gums, resins, woods, and plants has taken hundreds of beautiful, diverse cultural forms, many of which are still in use today.
This workshop shows you how the local incense is made from scratch. We will cook the “makapi” pieces of wood on an open fire together with all the ingredients to make your own loose incense. Just like in making perfume, a base, middle and top note are required, and you will learn about the history and uses of udi in Zanzibari homes.

Soap Making Workshop

Learn how to make your own soap from coconut oil combined with your favourite scent.
The renowned artist and teacher Hamad of the Cultural Arts Centre will introduce you to his soap making world. You will learn how it’s done and take home your self- made, wonderfully fragrant Zanzibari soap.

Lessons in Music, Dancing and Tingatinga Painting

Get an introduction to the intricacies of the distinctive Tingatinga painting style, and create your very own piece of art with the guidance of an experienced arts teacher.                            
Or learn how to play simple rhythms or melodies on the instruments used in Swahili music, and how to move your body to African drums!                                                                                            
We can arrange for you lessons in traditional dancing, drumming and playing a range of other instruments used in Swahili Taarab music, like the qanun, the oud, the nay, tablas and more.
For these lessons we are cooperating with the Dhow Countries Music Academy (, and your fee goes to support the invaluable work they are doing by teaching and promoting Zanzibari music.

Please note that advance booking is essential for all workshops.