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Expand and deepen your awareness, be inspired to transform your life. From the Christian community in Madaba, you will 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. The desert escape is about grounding, expanding, opening, and setting intention working with the horses, creative expression, and dancing under the desert stars. Petra offers beauty and magic and its own special energy. Finally, you have Dead Sea Zen for body relaxation: healing water and mud for nurturing and releasing the old and preparing you to step into a new phase of your life journey.
Airport transfer included
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.
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.
Meet and greet by your driver at Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) followed by a short transfer to your hotel in Madaba. If there is time, there are optional visits to the Mosaics in Madaba, the women's cooperation in Irak al-Amir, the amazing ruins of Jerash or the Citadel in Amman.
After breakfast, you will travel South for our Desert Escape in Wadi Rum. On the way, you will enjoy a walk in Dana with great views into Wadi Araba. After lunch, you continue to your camp in Wadi Rum. Settle in and prepare for sunset yoga. Refresh and enjoy dinner. Gather for a chant on the rocks to invoke the wisdom of your heart to guide you during this journey. Sleeping in a tent or under the stars. All meals included.
Sunrise yoga session with the view over the mountains. 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 pink and white sands. In the afternoon, you explore the area for a meditative treasure walk. Sharing circle then yoga at sunset, desert dance at the fire and spirit wander under the desert stars or in a genuine Bedouin tent. All meals included.
You start the day with a yoga session in order to awaken the spine, quieten the mind and to center the awareness in the heart. After breakfast, you will head to the nearby paddock for a horse session and have the morning to engage with horses in the paddock, find out what they mirror back to you, connect to your authentic selves and find inspiration for your life journeys.
After lunch, you have time to relax on the rocks or in the pool, enjoy a Thai massage or go for a horse ride. You will meet again for a sunset yoga session in your camp.
You start the day again with a creative flowing yoga session. After breakfast, you have another horse session to further explore the wisdom horses have to share with you and enjoy lunch at the camp. Thereafter is leisure time or you can opt for a jeep tour to explore the protected area followed by a late afternoon yoga session. After dinner, you gather for a closing circle and meditation. Overnight at the camp.
A yoga session to activate those legs in preparation for your exploration of Petra. After breakfast, transfer to Petra with great views over Petra mountains. Visit little Petra, a small yet impressive Wadi or valley offering an impression of things to come with a short walk to your lunch location. After lunch, you walk to your camp for yoga on the rocks where you will have dinner and stay overnight in a Bedouin camp in little Petra. All meals included.
Yoga to awaken your spine and a breakfast suitable for explorers. Your local guide will meet you at the camp to enter Petra through the little-known entrance to the Monastery. The walk starts with glowing land, then contours around the mountains with beautiful views of the Wadi Araba desert and finally leads to perhaps Petra's most awe-inspiring monument, the Monastery.
Stop for a picnic lunch and then continue to pass the Colonnade street and see the Royal Tombs, Theater and of course the Treasury. 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 your camp for refreshment, dinner, and a closing chakra meditation. All meals included.
After your morning yoga session and breakfast, you say goodbye and your driver takes you on a breathtaking scenic transfer to the Dead Sea. At O Beach, you will enjoy a wonderful mud and float session, have lunch, relax at the infinity pool, contemplate your journey and get ready to leave this awe-inspiring place. You will have dinner with a local family in Madaba and stay overnight in a 3-start hotel Madaba. All meals included.
Time to say goodbye to Jordan, with a private transfer to Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman.
Besides yoga and horse sessions you will enjoy a two to three-hour hike in Dana's Biosphere, a two-hour camel ride and a meditative walk in Wadi Rum, a full day exploration of Petra, a visit of Little Petra, and the Dead Sea.
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:
Arrival at Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman. Transfer from and to the airport is included. In2Jordan Travel Agency will pick you up from the airport and transfer to the hotel in Madaba.
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