9 Days Yoga & Horse Wisdom Retreat in Jordan

  • Amman - Wadi Rum - Petra - Madaba

Transformative Desert Yoga Retreat Jordan

Expand & deepen your awareness, be inspired to transform your life. From the Christian community in Madaba we travel south to explore wildlife in Dana reserve, visit its centuries old village and dive into the vastness of the Wadi Rum desert, where you meet up with your guide Sandra. Our Desert escape is about grounding, expanding, opening, and setting intention. Petra offers beauty and magic and its own special energy. Petra Play means the works; horse sessions, creative expression, ceremony & circle. Finally we have Dead Sea, zen for body relaxation, healing water & mud for nurturing and releasing the old and preparing us to step into a new phase of our life journey.

Highlights

  • Zen floating in the Dead Sea
  • 11 Yoga and meditation sessions
  • 2 equine horse coaching sessions
  • Chanting & circle session in Wadi Rum & Petra
  • 2-3 hour hike in Dana's Biosphere
  • 3 delicious meals a day
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • Dutch, German, English
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Accommodation will be at a 3-star hotel in Madaba, traditional Bedouin camps in Wadi Rum and in Little Petra. Including one night pop-up camping with private chef in Little Petra. Shared sanitary facilities. No facilities with pop-up camp.

About Sandra and her horses

Through the embodied practice of Vinyasa flow yoga, Sandra invites you into a relationship of depth within yourself where listening is cultivated, the body is honored, and playful, creative exploration is welcomed. Just like life, let it flow, be fully absorbed in the breath and you will see the beautiful gifts of the present moment.

&Expanding your awareness and integrating more of your self is gently supported by interacting with horses. They reflect our state of being in the moment and allow us to transform limiting beliefs in order to become fully present. The horses have been guiding Sandra – artist, designer and coach – since 2009 from Amsterdam advertising world into Bedouin horse world of Petra, Jordan.

Throughout the journey there will also be opportunities to sit and listen from the heart, and speak and be heard from the heart in the context of community. Sharing this way provides incredible support, enriching connections in the group and makes for greater presence on the mat and in interaction with the horses. No previous experience with horses is required to receive their intuitive wisdom and have limiting beliefs transformed into inspiration.

Day 1, Friday- Madaba

Depending on time of arrival you can choose from the following optional activities: visit a women’s cooperative in the beautiful valley of Iraq al Amir or the impressive ruins of Jerash and/or visit Madaba’s well kept mosaics and enjoy dinner with a local family. Overnight in 3-star hotel in Madaba, including breakfast.

Day 2, Saturday: Dana & Wadi Rum

After an early breakfast you will travel South for your Desert Escape in Wadi Rum. In beautiful nature reserve Dana you will be guided on a 2 hour walk and enjoy lunch with great views over Wadi Araba. Arrival in the afternoon at our Bedouin camp in the protected area of Wadi Rum, where Sandra awaits you with tea, sunset yoga and dinner. Gathering for a chant on the rocks to invoke the wisdom of your heart to guide you during this journey. Sleeping in a Bedouin tent or under the stars. Shared facilities. All meals included.

Day 3, Sunday: Wadi Rum

Morning yoga session and breakfast. Mindful reflections and a meditative treasure walk in the morning. After lunch, time to recline in the pillows and let your eyes drop for a nap. The afternoon free to relax, explore the area on foot or on horse back (optional) or possibly enjoy a Thai Massage by Sandra. Yoga will be at sunset again. Bedouin dinner. Sacred dance at the fire and spirit wander under the desert stars or in a genuine Bedouin tent. Shared facilities. All meals included.

Day 4, Monday: Wadi Rum – Little Petra

After our morning yoga session and breakfast, we will have a 2hr Camel ride to experience this breathtaking World Heritage site like a nomad. Take in this majestic scenery of the ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains rising out of the orange and white sand. Around 12 a.m. we leave to Petra for lunch hosted by a local family. After shopping for some necessities we continue to Little Petra to our private camping site. After sunset yoga and a barbecue dinner we sleep under the stars (tents & shower available, no toilet facilities).

Day 5, Tuesday: Petra

Yoga to awaken our spine and a breakfast suitable for explorers. You will enter Petra through the little known entrance to the Monastery guided by a local guide. Sandra will go to her stable to transfer the horses for the horse sessions in Little Petra. The walk starts with glowing land, then contours around the mountains with beautiful views to the Wadi Araba desert and finally leads to perhaps Petra’s most awe-inspiring monument, the Monastery. Stop for a lemon/mint juice and then continue down the 800 steps to visit the Colonnade street and see the Royal Tombs, Theater and of course the Treasury. Box lunch provided. You will leave this impressive site through the serene, high walled and colorful Siq and stop at the Cave Bar for a drink. Transfer to the Bedouin Rock camp for refreshment, dinner and a closing meditation. Sandra will meet you at the camp again for dinner.

Day 6, Wednesday: Little Petra

We start the day with a yoga session in a beautiful natural yoga shala in order to quieten the mind and to center the awareness in the heart. After breakfast we head to nearby stable for some interactive horse time. Horses are highly intuitive and compassionate animals that reflect what is left unspoken. After a short introduction n the coaching with horses, the horse personalities and safety in the paddock. We start with a Meet the herd session and have the morning to engage with horses in the paddock, to find out what they mirror back to us and to connect to our authentic selves. Lunch will be provided either at the stable location or at the camp. Depending on closing time of horse session, you can use the afternoon to integrate the horse’s wisdom using creative expression and beautiful horse cards, go for a swim or should you wish, opt for a Thai massage. We meet again for a sunset yoga session and dinner at the camp. All meals included.

Day 7, Thursday: Little Petra

We gather in our natural yoga shala for our morning yoga session. After breakfast we enter again into the field of equine wisdom in order to deepen our exploration and find inspiration for our life journeys. We will enjoy lunch at the stable or in the camp and thereafter will have a short transfer to the Ammarin camp for a circle (to balance male/female) at a millennium old tree followed by a Divine Feminine ceremony at a special cave. Sunset Yoga and dinner and overnight at Ammarin Bedouin camp. (shared facilities)All meals included.

Day 8, Friday: Dead Sea

After our morning yoga session and breakfast, we say our goodbyes and your driver takes you on a breathtaking scenic transfer to the Dead Sea. At O Beach you will enjoy a wonderful mud & float session, have lunch, relax at the infinity pool, contemplate your journey and get ready to leave this awe inspiring place. Enjoy dinner with a local family in Madaba. Overnight in a 3-start hotel Madaba.All meals included.

Day 9, Saturday: Departure

Time to say goodbye to Jordan, transfer to the airport in Amman. Breakfast included.

  • Sandra Jelly

    Sandra is an artist, yogini, and an equus coach. She started exploring yoga in 2001 in Amsterdam. In 2009, following her inner wish of living her passions, she packed her brushes and her yoga mat and put on her horse boots to go for a sabbatical to Petra, Jordan. It was the beginning of her adventure of discovering and expressing herself in the most authentic way.

The retreat is held at the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan's beautiful landscape, nature reserves, UNESCO world heritage sites Wadi Rum and Dead Sea and modern world wonder Petra are the backdrop of this yoga retreat.

You will be served 3 delicious meals a day. Vegetarian meals are available upon request. Special diet requests can be catered for.

Optional activities can be arranged upon arrival for an additional cost:

  • A Thai massage
  • Horse ride in Wadi Rum
  • Visit to Madaba, Mt Nebo, Jerash and/or Ma'in Spa
  • Visit to Petra by Night (candle lit Siq & Treasury!)
  • 11 yoga sessions
  • 8 nights full board accommodation
  • Chanting and meditation sessions
  • Circle session and fire ceremony
  • 2 equine horse coaching sessions
  • All transfers throughout the program
  • Visa, flights, travel insurance, tips and personal expenses.

Arrival by airplane

Arrival at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. From the airport you will have a transfer to the hotel in Madaba.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 21 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

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    Review by Elaina Rose from Saudi Arabia
    10 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

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Testimonials

  • Review by C├ęcile

    "Thank you In2Jordan for organising such an inspiring experience! I had an incredible time discovering Jordan thanks to the organisation of Sandra and her team. It felt really unique to combine the culturally incredible Jordan with amazing yoga and horse sessions! Thank you again for creating such an impact in my travel, the only negative point was that it was too short!"

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  • Review by Sharan

    "Just leaving Little Petra and heading to Wadi Rum. A huge thank you to Alena and Awad for their kindness and hospitality over the past two days. Missing dinner in caves and in the middle of the desert already! I came here feeling stressed, sad and a little lost and I am leaving with perspective, being able to see the bigger picture, with a sense of adventure and some of my confidence back."

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  • 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
    8 out of 10

    "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."

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    "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
    9 out of 10

    "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
    9 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    9 out of 10

    "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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Amman, Jordan

In2Jordan Travel Agency passionately designs holidays in Jordan, combining visits to the main Jordanian highlights with responsible and adventurous travelling.

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9 days / 8 nights

Availability

Arrival: Friday October 13, 2017
Departure: Saturday October 21, 2017

Special offer

Bring a friend and get a handwoven yoga belt!A unique piece of Bedouin craftmenship made by the looming ladies of Petra.

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