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Unique Personal Exploration and Yoga Retreat Israel

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Israel.

Join Saul Mukhtar of Avayasana Retreats for a unique experience of healing and personal exploration in one of the world's most spectacular natural landscapes. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth and the closest you’ll come to the womb of Mother Nature. At Avayasana Retreat, you’ll rest in comfortable accommodations surrounded by the spectacular Judean desert. Restore your mind with sunrise meditation and expand your physical horizons as you float effortlessly in the pristine waters of the Dead Sea. Unleash the deep healing powers of weightlessness through a set of unique floating techniques that can only be practiced here!

Harness the healing and liquid zero gravity properties of the Dead Sea water, and immersed in the non-stimulant stillness of the sacred majestic Judean desert. Avayasana is the name given to a prolonged continuous uninterrupted deep state of relaxation.

that is being achieved by pure natural immersion in the silence and stillness of the desert with the deep floating experience.

The deep floating experience is a collage/ fusion of techniques based on the natural phenomena of weightlessness and anti-gravity which is created by floating in the dead sea.

Integrating esoteric techniques, pranayama, meditation, psycho-acoustics, and watsu.

  • With floating lowers the brainwave activity and creates a continued theta brain wave activity.
  • Theta brain wave activity is associated with a deep state of meditation.

In theta, our senses are withdrawn from the external world and focused on signals originating from within (The fifth limb of yoga - pratyahara). In theta, we are in a dream; vivid imagery, intuition and information beyond our normal conscious awareness.

Highlights

  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • Watsu treatment at the dead sea
  • Mindfulness meditation at the sea
  • Deep floating yoga and meditation at the Dead Sea
  • Desert night gathering session
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily tasty meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hebrew
Group size: 2-6 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Combining simplicity and comfort, each room has its own shower and toilet, mini-refrigerator, coffee corner, sheets, towels, soap and shampoo.

Rooms sizes (16 sq.m. to 22 sq.m.) vary from a double room, room for three / four, and family units. All the rooms are air-conditioned.

Program

You will begin the day with early morning yoga and meditation. With over twenty years’ experience, Saul designs each class according to your level. A nutritious breakfast follows, energizing you for a day of hiking or exploring the area. Afternoons are set aside to experience the powerful healing qualities of the Dead Sea. Allow the mineral-rich mud to rejuvenate your skin and receive the therapeutic benefits of floating yoga.

Return to the villa for an evening session of yoga, followed by a nourishing, authentic Bedouin meal. Join Saul for a star-gazing walk through the desert (optional) before retiring to your comfortable bed to rest and restore.

Sample daily schedule

Arrival Day

  • 16:00 Check in
  • 18:00 Evening yoga class
  • 19:30 Welcome dinner

Retreat Day

  • 07:00 Fresh tea and coffee
  • 07:30 Morning yoga class
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Additional activities: float in the Dead Sea and lay on the beach (recommended), visit Masada or other historical places, hike in the desert and visit the famous Ein Gedi desert oasis (dates, almonds and tahini sauce for lunch).
  • 18:00 Yoga class
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 Optional star-gazing walk through the desert.

Departure Day

  • 07:00 Fresh tea and coffee
  • 07:30 Morning yoga class
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Check out

Note: times can change slightly depending on the time of year.

The Perfect Winter Escape!

The region sees 350 sunny days per year with average winter temperatures ranging between 22 and 26 degrees Celsius. Sunbathe on beautiful beaches and hike through incredible canyons in the Judean desert. Take a trail to the famous Ein Gedi Desert Oasis or choose to pamper yourself at a luxurious spa with a heated pool, sauna, jacuzzi and sulfur pool (entry to the spa is 25 USD for the day).

Therapies:

Deep floating theta brainwave therapy

Slip into a deep, meditative state while floating. This elusive state can be reached by activating theta brain waves through sound therapy, opening up access to unconscious material, hidden insights, and creative inspiration.

Deep floating yoga and pranayama

Discover yoga in the liquid, buoyant environment of the Dead Sea, where the body is liberated from the ongoing struggle against gravity and can effortlessly hold difficult poses for extended durations.

Deep floating mindfulness meditation

Learn to quickly reach a meditative state in the water. Avayasana assisted training sessions are designed to shorten the learning curve so that you can access the power of deep awareness and relaxation on day one.

Deep floating watsu

Relax in a state of bliss as you are cradled, floated, stretched, massaged and rocked in healing waters. This unique bodywork therapy integrates stretching, muscle mobilization, massage, Shiatsu, and dance.

Desert yoga

Combine deep floating yoga with practice on land, surrounded by the stillness of the desert. Avayasana offers daily Iyengar yoga classes and hosts group workshops with instructors from many yoga disciplines.

Desert meditation

Still the mind and connect with the source in the sacred Judean desert. It is the perfect place to meditate, free from movement, sound, and distractions.

These activities are optional and free of charge. For people arriving for therapeutic purposes, it is highly advised to use these.

Please note: Some of the above activities are dependent upon favorable weather conditions and water temperature.

Included excursions

  • There will be a one-day desert safari to the wilderness of the Judean Desert included.
  • Daily excursion to the dead sea beach included.

Retreat location

Metzoke Dragot – the magnificent view of the Dead Sea on one side and the wide open desert and breathtaking mountains on the other. Imagine being surrounded on all sides by open-air spaces.

Food

During this retreat, you will be served daily delicious breakfast and dinner along with a light afternoon menu. All meals are inspired by the Indian Bedouin and Mediterranean cuisine. A wide range of vegetarian or vegan food is available.

Breakfast

  • Shakshouka - a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, often spiced with cumin
  • Tea, coffee, and milk
  • Freshly baked pita bread
  • Variety of salads
  • Labaneh - a soft, cream cheese made from strained yogurt with touch of olive oil
  • Parsley omelet
  • Feta cheese
  • Muesli with yogurt

Afternoon menu

  • Fresh tea, dates, and nuts

Dinner menu

  • Humus chickpea-based dip
  • Tahini - a dense paste made from crushed sesame seeds
  • Falafel
  • Chopped Arabic salad
  • Freshly baked pita bread
  • Khichri-dish from the Indian subcontinent made from rice and lentils (dal) served with yogurt
  • Vegetarian couscous
  • Vegetarian burger
  • Maqluba - layered rice and vegetables
  • Natural fruit juices

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your stay, you can visit historical and biblical sites:

  • Masada, World Heritage Site
  • Qumran National Park (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered

Nature and hiking:

  • Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

You can enjoy a luxurious spa (entry to the spa is 25 USD for the day)

  • Heated pool (natural dead sea water)
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sulfur pool
  • Swimming pool

Spa treatments

You can enjoy a luxurious spa, a heated pool(natural dead seawater), sauna, Jacuzzi, sulfur pool, and swimming pool. The entry to the spa is 25 USD for the day.

Therapies available

Deep floating theta brainwave therapy

Slip into a deep, meditative state while floating. This elusive state can be reached by activating theta brain waves through sound therapy, opening up access to unconscious material, hidden insights and creative inspiration.

Deep floating yoga and pranayama

Discover yoga in the liquid, buoyant environment of the Dead Sea, where the body is liberated from the ongoing struggle against gravity and can effortlessly hold difficult poses for extended durations.

Deep floating mindfulness meditation

Learn to quickly reach a meditative state in the water. Avayasana assisted training sessions are designed to shorten the learning curve so that you can access the power of deep awareness and relaxation on day one.

Deep floating watsu

Relax in a state of bliss as you are cradled, floated, stretched, massaged and rocked in healing waters. This unique bodywork therapy integrates stretching, muscle mobilization, massage, Shiatsu and dance.

Desert yoga

Combine deep floating yoga with practice on land, surrounded by the stillness of the desert. Avayasana offers daily Iyengar yoga classes and hosts group workshops with instructors from many yoga disciplines.

Desert meditation

Still the mind and connect with the source in the sacred Judean desert. It is the perfect place to meditate, free from movement, sound and distractions.

These activities are optional and free of charge. For people arriving for therapeutic purposes, it is highly advised to use these.

Please note: Some of the above activities are dependent upon favorable weather conditions and water temperature.

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Mindfulness meditation by the sea
  • Desert night gathering sessions
  • Deep floating yoga and meditation at the Dead Sea
  • 1 day desert safari to the wilderness of the Judean desert
  • Daily tasty meals

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Spa services

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ben Gurion Airport (TLV). A pick-up request is available from Modlin (a city near Tel Aviv). Please contact AVAYASANA prior to your arrival for exact details.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Thursday May 26, 2022
(5 days / 4 nights)

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