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3 Days Desert Connection Yoga Retreat in Jordan

  • Ammarin Bedouin Camp, Wadi Musa 71811, Al Beidha, Petra Archaeological Park, Jordan


Weekend Jordan Yoga Retreat

Come to Beidha for a quiet weekend of self-reflection and yoga as you find renewal in the serene mountains of southern Jordan. Embark on a journey of self-exploration as you attune yourself to the natural rhythms of the desert and of your own body through the renewing practice of yoga. Enjoy sunrise and sunset yoga sessions, mindfull meditative walks, spiritual talks, and time around the fire while you ponder the stillness of the desert.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Guided meditative walks
  • Conscious communication sessions
  • Group sharing and campfire music
  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English, Italian
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During the retreat, you will be accommodated at Ammarin Bedouin Camp. Located in the mountains of Al Beidha in southern Jordan, Ammarin Bedouin Camp is a great place to ponder the stillness of the desert and experience the depth of your inner self.

The Bedouin tents at Ammarin are furnished with Bedouin-style mattresses and rugs. The facilities include:

  • A large common area of Bedouin tents to host campers as well as other guests for dining and entertainment
  • A little kitchen area with a small cold storage and cleaning sinks
  • Fire safety equipment as well as first aid kits
  • Four units of showers and toilets with running hot water

Day 1 - May 5, 2016

Arrive at the Ammarin Camp by 18:00 and check in. Enjoy a cup of tea by the fire and go for a wander before you meet with other participants as a group to welcome each other and begin to share names and stories. Experience your first sunset yoga session before dinner and enjoy music by the fire before you rest.

Day 2 - May 6, 2016

Rise early for a sunrise yoga followed by breakfast. Enjoy a free morning to yourself or participate in a guided meditative walk. A midday yoga session will be held before lunch, followed by rest time. Take more free time after you rest or participate in a session on conscious communication. Return to camp for sunset yoga, followed by dinner and more time around the fire.

Day 3 - May 7, 2016

Rise for a final sunrise yoga session, followed by breakfast. After breakfast, there will be a group session on cultivating active purpose before a final mid-day yoga session, followed by lunch and a closing circle.

Alena Bartoli (RYT-200)

A graduate of the Kripalu School of Yoga, Alena's teaching schedule takes her to Egypt and Jordan in the fall and spring and to Europe and North America in the summer and winter. Alena's classes are ideal for beginners, yet suitable for all levels. Her style is gentle but strengthening, and focuses on the development of the internal and external exploration, celebration and expansion. Alena's teaching provides students with a unique spirit of holistic self-inquiry.

In addition to yoga instruction, Alena's work at the intersection of the education and travel sectors is primarily in the design and execution of transformational educational experiences for people of all ages. She has designed summer and college accredited semester experiential education programming and led transformational journeys in China, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Syria. Conversant in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Italian and Russian, Alena received her bachelor’s degree in geology and geophysics and international studies from Yale University, her master’s degree in international studies from Uppsala University, Sweden. In addition to studying yoga in the Kripalu lineage, Alena has an intimate knowledge of Islam from self-study and through the teachings of several eminent scholars in Jordan and abroad. Alena became certified as a 200-hour Kripalu yoga teacher in 2014 and completed her Reiki level 1 in 2015. Alena believes that a combination of yoga and group travel builds greater connection and self-knowledge.

Although she believes that life experience is the best teacher, Alena's teaching draws directly from the work and teaching of the following individuals: Yoli Maya Yeh, Tom Skarda, Howard and Marysol Greco, Rita Hiri, Larissa Hall Carlson, Sudha Carolyn Lundeen, Randal Williams, Coby Kozlowski and Cameron MacInnes.

This retreat will be held in Petra, Jordan, more specifically in close proximity to the Al Beidha archeological reserve. Petra was the secret of the local Bedouin for hundreds of years until the Swiss explorer Johann Burkhardt ‘rediscovered’ it in 1812. The vast Petra region, covering some 650 square kilometers, 160 square kilometers of which form a national park, contains over 800 individual monuments and it is believed that only one quarter of it has yet to be excavated. It remains an eternal tribute to a lost civilization. It has an enormous amount to offer to everyone: those interested in archaeology, geology, art, water engineering, agricultural techniques, nature and landscape or just the sheer beauty and majesty of the place.


The Red Rose city, half as old as time, has been inhabited since prehistoric times. A must-visit for those traveling in Jordan. Petra was a Nabatean caravan-city and an important cross road between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenica.

The Nabateans were nomads who played an important role in transporting goods. By charging road taxes, they gained great wealth and power. This was used to carve and build their facades in the rocks. The nomads gained different kinds of architectural knowledge, which resulted in various tomb designs, most of which you can still see today. These tombs influences other tribes, nations or empires.

The history of the Petra site is almost endless, with many Nabatean kings, threats from other kingdoms, occupations of the Romans, Christians and later even by the Bedouins. In 1812, Johann Ludwig Buckhardt rediscovered Petra, which was kept secret for a long time. In 1929 the first excavations took place.

Little Petra

The area of Petra is huge and even in the neighboring ‘village‘, Little Petra, you can find tombs. The Siq al Barid (the cold Siq) was a kind of suburb to Petra. Here the goods were stored and registered. Several temples can be found which must have been offices, houses and warehouses. In one of the facades, even frescoes can be seen. Although these are damaged by Bedouins who were previously living in this caves, some of the images still can be seen - an extremely rare heritage. Take a pocket light if you want to see them!

Nearby places

  • Little Petra archeological site, 200 meters
  • Camel riding / rental
  • Mountain walking/trekking
  • Stargazing
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Tour assistance

During your stay, you will be served daily healthy meals. You will have dinner on the arrival day, breakfast, lunch and dinner on the second day, and breakfast on the last day of your stay. Tea will be served by the fire on the first night of your stay.

  • Camel caravan
  • Trekking
  • Visit the Ammarin museum
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a Bedouin-style camp
  • All yoga sessions
  • Daily healthy meals
  • Campfires and music
  • Group sharing
  • Mindful guided meditative walks
  • Session on conscious communication
  • Tea by the fire

Arrival by airplane

Please book a flight to arrive at Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman, Jordan.

For information on getting to the location, please contact In2Jordan Travel Agency.


  • Petra, 10 kilometers
For information about the booking conditions, please send In2Jordan Travel Agency an inquiry.
  • Review by Jeny from London

    "I just wanted to share how amazing my time was with Sandra and her horses in Wadi Musa. I arrived in April, with the heavy weight of burdens and in need of some gentle time in the desert. Gamar, Sandra’s first horse, came out and we did some exercise in the yard. Not yet used to me she took her time to come closer. And then she came to me and embraced me, so intently and intimately, like she realized I needed some support and in recognition of what I was going through. And that was day one. She was amazing, as was the whole holiday, and Sandra, who supported me also with light and kindness."

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  • Review by Caroline

    "Please consider Jordan for a unique and truly life changing adventure."

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  • Review by Julie Wagner from USA

    "I have been birding for years, so when my work sent me to Jordan, I was excited to take an extra day for birding. Although I have traveled extensively, this was my first trip to the middle east so I did not know where to start. After some time on the internet and several email inquiries, I decided to go with In2Jordan for several reasons: 1) their prompt and thorough responsiveness over email, 2) the detail provided by their materials, 3) the cost that was in-line with other guides, 4) the availability of a real bird guide and English speaking driver, and 5) the friendly tone and English fluency of the staff. I am glad that I booked with this company and guide because it turned out to be a great day. I had fun, saw a lot of habitat that I could not have accessed on my own, and my hosts had excellent identification skills. The guide brought along a professor from a local university; they are frequent birding companions. Between the two of them, they knew just where to bring us at what time of day for certain birds. As a result we saw 35 species, many of which were lifers for me, despite it being the height of summer (which is not the best birding season). They transported us in a comfortable 4-wheel drive car with air conditioning, had brought along plenty of water and snacks, and provided binoculars and a field guide. They also taught me a lot about the environmental issues facing Jordan and the region. The other tourist that day had never birded before, and I think he is now hooked. I should also say that being a woman and traveling alone in the middle east raised some concerns for my husband who did not join me on the trip. I felt completely safe comfortable and my gentlemen hosts ‘looked after’ me very kindly"

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  • Review by Caroline

    "Gail Reid was an excellent agent - planned around all my desired wishes and suggested other things to do and see in Jordan. I hadn’t visited a Muslim country before, so she gave me a quick rundown of expected behavior which was very helpful. I traveled solo all around the country, visited the famous sites (Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerash, Aqaba, etc.) and not so well known ones, eco-lodges, riding horses and camels, scuba, great food (and cooking lessons), wonderful homestays and B&B’s, museums, history, competent and reliable transportation. I spent a very memorable month learning , meeting friendly and informative people. Despite being a single woman traveling alone, I never felt threatened or concerned with my safely. Jordan has so much offer to the curious open minded traveler. Please consider Jordan for a unique and truly life changing adventure."

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  • Review by Christian

    "Did the 3-day ride from Petra to Wadi Rum. Fantastic experience. Good horses, great route with very varied landscapes, super food and camp sites. I can highly recommend it. For this ride it helps to have good riding experience, we spent some 6 hours a day in the saddle, but this is what we asked for. Tack is good and the horses are keen to go and love the trail. Eid was a great guide with a good feel for the horses and the riders and knows the country inside out. This allows for flexibility to choose sites for overnight and lunch breaks. I can highly recommend this trip."

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  • Review by E Van Rijn

    "Two weeks ago, I totally unexpected did a horse reading session with Sandra Jelly and two of her beautiful horses. Since I was a kid I have been in love with horses. I have always been very curious about horse reading sessions and was thrilled to finally do one with Sandra. I went inside the paddock without any expectations and came out with an incredible accurate reflection of my own social behaviour. Sandra is a truly knowledgeable, kind and loving woman, she knows exactly when she has to let the horses to their work or when she steps in with some thorough psychological questions to challenge your own awareness. Her two horses, Gamar and Remaz are not only beauties but also the best teachers you can wish for. Gamar is very quiet and only intervenes when really necessary, Remaz on the other hand is a very active and happy to guide you through the process. Depending on the session, after about an hour you finish and have a feedback talk with Sandra. I would highly recommend a session with Sandra and her horses if you would like to know/understand more about yourself, your social behaviour and how to cope with challenges this brings forward in an absolutely relaxed and very natural environment. Truly worth it!"

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  • Review by Julie

    "I am glad that I booked with this company and guide because it turned out to be a great birdwatching day."

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  • Review by Luna from Switzerland

    "Jordan took my breath away: the enticing dessert, the imposing rock formations, the enchanting Petra. What an honour to experience oneself and our wonderful group of spectacular women through yoga and meditation in such natural beauty. Being in Jordan with the Bedouin was a life changing experience that will always stay with me."

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  • Review by Claire from UK

    "Sandra is a warm-hearted creative spirit. She looked after our group really well, being sensitive to our different needs, and creating a safe space where we could go deep and explore not only the beauty of the desert and Petra but our inner lives also. I left Jordan with a greater inner peace and confidence in my ability to deal with life's difficulties."

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  • Review by Christina from Switzerland

    "I’m so grateful I chose to visit Jordan with Sandra as my guide! The retreat exceeded all my expectations. Through yoga and meditation, desert treks, and mountain hikes, as well as her powerful coaching work with horses, Sandra created a supportive environment that allowed me to open my heart and mind to healing and transformation. For me, the trip started out as an adventure to discover a new country and became a pilgrimage to discover myself. I returned home feeling peaceful, strong, and inspired, with new friends and new energy. I highly recommend Sandra and her retreats"

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  • Review by Maysar

    "The horse inspiration is the thing that really really stays with me everyday. I think I need even more. And I will."

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  • Review by Sandra from Sydney, Australia

    "I can't tell you how much we all enjoyed our outing at Petra yesterday. It was such a great adventure from start to finish, the finish especially providing extra surprises. I can't imagine a more unique or fabulous experience. We'll all be singing your praises and making many recommendations. Thank you for a truly memorable experience, which I for one will always treasure."

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  • Review by Nadia from Los Angeles, USA

    "Alena has been an immense gift to me and is an invaluable resource. She has been the perfect insider-outsider gatekeeper into Disi and into the lives of the people within the local community. Her cultural knowledge and sensitivity to the area has given me the footholds to enter into research within this vibrant community. As I study the effects of tourism upon local bedouin communities, it is good to see someone who is introducing tourists to a new experience of tourism - one where the local people and culture are more than a mere collectible item to put in a traveler's pocket. Instead, the local culture and community become alive to visitors as a moving, changing entity that is in constant motion and yet remembers their past."

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  • Review by Florentine


    "I wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time in Jordan! Yesterday we landed again and it is now very much used to the Amsterdam scenery."


    "Thanks for the good care and safe car journeys Osama!"

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  • Review by Martina from Europe

    "There is nothing else than a big thank you that I must extend to you and your colleagues for organizing everything absolutely perfect! We had a great time and I’m especially happy for my friend. I have been to Jordan before (and knew of its charms) but for her it was the first time and she was just carried away. Your organization, all the drivers and services provided during out trip were flawless and she fell in love with this beautiful country."

    "There are lots of prejudice and wrong ideas about the Middle East in Europe and I’m happy that her personal experience will enable her to tell stories to people back home and she can thus help explain what a beautiful country Jordan is, and how warmhearted, kind, helpful, and always with a big smile on their faces Jordanian people are. I would like to ask you to please pass my sincere greetings and best wishes to all the people who made this trip great for us!"

    "I only have one thing to worry about: after the horseback trip (which was beautiful) I can still feel my aching back and legs. There is only one solution to this problem: to come back again and with the great training and sensitive approach from Eid, to improve myself to be able to join one of the long trips from Petra to Wadi Rum. I saw it on your website and I’m now very motivated to work hard and join you in the future. I loved the ride so much. Thank you, Carmen, from all my heart, I wish you good luck and success and will always recommend your agency to my colleagues and friends."

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  • Review by Bart

    "We stayed for four nights at Patricia. Warm welcome, lots of information, nice house, nice surroundings, very smart , rich breakfast, and just a few minutes drive from the site of Petra. Before leaving, we received via email to answer all our questions. We chose a package (7 nights) with rental car , in collaboration with In2Jordan travel agency . Everything was perfectly arranged . Fantastic stay in Wadi Rum in Khaled with lovely food. Highly recommended to explore South Jordan!"

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  • Review by Peter and Lesley

    "Thank you so much for a fantastic trip to Jordan. It was everything you said it would be and what I expected. We give Osama and Baka 10 out of 10 with the former really being fantastic – showed us a few things not on the programme which we really appreciated. Please convey our thanks to both. Jordanians are indeed peaceful , welcoming and friendly. Absolutely loved Petra and the desert as well as the ruins in Jerash. Shobak castle and surrounds amazing. Seeing the old city in Amman was special and I could go on and on. Will post all the positives on Tripadvisor."

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  • Review by Jacquelien Achterbosch from Europe

    "Thank you Carmen and Mohammad for an amazing 4x4 trip in Jordan! We had lots of fun and what a beautiful country. We will be back, see you, Jacquelien."

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  • Review by Lavinia Walsh from Europe

    "A massive thank you to Jolanda, Carmen and Mohammed for an amazing trip to Jordan! Such a beautiful country! Thanks for looking after me so well. I thoroughly enjoyed the Pink Spirit Retreat and the horse riding above the ruins of Petra. All the best for the future, Lavinia"

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  • Review by Sandra Jelly from Europe

    "A great creative and dedicated partner in making your journey happen. Thank you! "

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  • Review by Christine

    "The coaching with Sandra and her 3 majestic horses was one of compassion, insight, and above all, laughter. I felt that the with Sandra's expert guidance, the horses were truly able to sense my intention, and helped to ameliorate the aspect of my being that I chose to focus on in my session . It was magical, inspirational, and enlightening. The best part came at the end, when I was lovingly encircled in a group horse hug- a first for me! I think everyone can truly benefit from this wonderfully therapeutic and healing experience, the only prerequisites are an open heart and an open mind."

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  • Review by Isabel

    "We loved doing yoga on the rocks overlooking little Petra. Sandra's sessions kindly and gracefully opened up our bodies for a new day on horseback. We felt soft and centered, yet energized to take in the new experiences of the day."

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  • Review by Dana

    "The horses so clearly and immediately responded to thoughts and feelings they took me on a powerful inner journey. They allowed to release emotions, reveal patterns and cleared the path for change to manifest in my life. I feel more confident in inviting well needed change into my life."

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  • Review by Jumanal

    "Thank you, your truth and vulnerability inspire me and remind me true strength lies in our ability to feel."

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  • Review by Alena Bartoli

    "Sandra is a natural. With grace and subtlety, she and her horses guide the individual to deep experience of self, place and purpose."

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  • Review by Andres

    "Realizamos una caminata de 7 dias por el desierto entramos caminado a Petra y seguimos hasta Wadi Rum, fue absolutamente espectacular, caminamos con un vehiculo de apoyo que traslado nuestras pertenencias, carpas, comida , etc. magnifica organizacion todo resulto muy bien."

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