9 Days Jordan Ancient Horse Retreat with Sandra Wallin

  • Madaba - Dana - Wadi Rum - Petra - Dead Sea

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Horse Coaching and Yoga Holidays in Jordan

  • 7 days with instruction
  • On this yoga and horse wisdom retreat in Jordan, you will have the chance to experience the stillness of the Wadi Rum Desert and the magic of Petra, feel the power of the horses, and relax through yoga and meditation. The retreat also includes expression through dance, writing and drawing. Gain wisdom through awareness and fun through experiencing it all together! During this itinerary, Sandra Wallin, a big name in the equine industry, is flown over from Canada to give extra guidance.


    • 12 yoga sessions
    • 6 meditation sessions
    • 2 equine horse coaching sessions
    • Full board round trip visiting Madaba - Dana - Wadi Rum - Petra - Dead Sea
    • Transfer to and from Queen Alia International Airport
    • Transfers throughout the program
    • 8 nights accommodation
    • 3 delicious meals a day

    Skill level

    • Beginner


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: Dutch, German, English
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    During your stay at Madaba, you will stay at the three-star Mosaic City Hotel. During your desert escape, you will stay at the Bedouin desert camps. You will be able to sleep in a twin room, Bedouin tent, or under the stars, all with shared facilities. Tents, mattresses, blankets, and pillows are provided, while toilet facilities are basic.

    Through the embodied practice of Scaravelli-inspired yoga, In2Jordan invites you into a relationship of depth within yourself where listening is cultivated, the body is honored, and playful, creative exploration is welcomed. On opening to the connection with the ground and calling-in and welcoming home all of yourself, postures, breathing and meditation will become things that happen rather than things you do. Expanding your awareness and integrating more of yourself is gently supported by interacting with horses. They reflect your state of being in the moment and allow you to transform limiting beliefs in order to become fully present. All levels welcome. No previous horse experience required.

    Day 1

    Meet and greet at Amman Airport followed by a short transfer to the community stay with local women in Iraq Al Amir, a green and peaceful valley close to Amman. You will be served beautiful local dinner served by a very welcoming staff. The facilities are simple in shared room or sleeping on the roof. Your stay will help develop this beautiful location and empower local women.

    Day 2

    A yoga session to ground and become present in Jordan. After breakfast, you will travel south for the desert escape in Wadi Rum. On the way, you will have lunch in Dana with great views over this valley. Arrive in the afternoon at the eco camp in Wadi Rum. Explore the valley of the moon followed by yoga and dinner. You will sleep in a Bedouin tent or under the stars.

    Day 3

    Sunrise yoga session followed by breakfast. You will have a 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 sand. Optional horse riding in the afternoon and AcroYoga at sunset followed by Bedouin dinner. After dinner, you will experience desert dance at the fire and spirit wander under the desert stars or in a genuine Bedouin tent.

    Day 4

    A yoga session to activate those legs in preparation of 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. You will have a short walk to the lunch location. In the afternoon, walk to the private camp location for meditation, yoga and a barbecue dinner. You will sleep under the stars (no toilet facilities).

    Day 5

    Yoga to awaken your spine and a breakfast suitable for explorers. The local guide meets 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 to 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 the Ammarin camp for refreshment, dinner and a closing meditation.

    Day 6

    You start the day with a yoga session in order to awaken the spine, quiet the mind and to center the awareness in the heart. After breakfast, you head for a horse coaching session in nearby stable and let the horses inspire you on your life path. You will have lunch boxes so you are flexible that afternoon: relax, climb those rocks, enjoy a Thai massage, ride a horse or explore Petra a second time to visit The High Place of Sacrifice? It is up to you. The group will meet again for a sunset yoga session in the camp.

    Day 7

    You start the day again with a heart centering yoga session. After breakfast, you will have another horse coaching session. You will enjoy lunch at the camp. After that is leisure time or you can opt for a Thai massage or a horse ride. There will be a yoga session late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Ammarin camp.

    Day 8

    After 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. Dinner at a local restaurant in Madaba. Overnight in a 3-star hotel at Madaba.

    Day 9

    Transfer from Madaba to the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman.

    Full board round trip through Jordan visiting Madaba - Dana - Wadi Rum - Petra - Dead Sea is included in the price.

    The retreat is held at the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan’s beautiful landscape, nature reserves, UNESCO world heritage sites and modern world wonder Petra are the scene of this yoga retreat.

    You will be served three delicious meals a day. Vegetarian meals are available, but upon request.

    • Horse riding
    • Treat yourself to a Thai massage
    • Visit The High Place of Sacrifice at Petra
    • Walks and scrambling in the Petra region

    In Little Petra, you will be able to arrange a Thai massage session (limited availability) at an additional cost.

    • 2 equine horse coaching sessions
    • 3 delicious meals a day
    • 6 meditation sessions
    • 8 nights accommodation
    • 12 yoga sessions
    • Round trip through Jordan visiting Madaba - Dana - Wadi Rum - Petra - Dead Sea
    • Transfer to and from Queen Alia International Airport
    • Transfers throughout the program
    • Way of council

    Arrival by airplane

    Please arrive at Queen Alia International Airport (AMM). In2Jordan Travel Agency will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 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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    • Review by Cécile

      "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

      "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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