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East meets West on this special journey to Israel, a land steeped in rich history and a deep-rooted spirituality. This adventure will offer a taste of the diversity of landscape and culture, food, and history of this small country. Accompanied by hand-picked local guides, you’ll visit the lush landscapes of the upper Galil, the beautiful Ein Gedi, and float in the healing waters of the Dead Sea. You’ll also visit the worshipped, ancient city of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Your accommodations include two nights in Kibbutz Gonen, one night in Nir David, one night in Jerusalem (Harmony Hotel or equivalent), one night in Khan Beerotayim, one night in Kibbutz Ein Gedi, and one night in Tel Aviv (Hotel TBD).
The accommodations for the week are all surrounded by gorgeous natural landscapes and views of breathtaking cities, giving us the perfect opportunity to connect with nature and ground with a scenic yoga and meditation practice before breakfast. If you decide to sleep in on any given day and skip yoga, you’ll have the schedule and can always meet others during or after breakfast.
One Yoga Global has partnered with the Society for Nature Preservation in Israel and Shatour tours to curate an experience that will be beyond any typical “tour”. The daily activities will be complemented by a daily group yoga/meditation practice surrounded by stunning, unique Israeli landscapes such as the quirky, ancient city of Safed (Tzefat), the Hahula Valley, and Mount Tavor.
Arrivals and transfers to our Tel Aviv Hotel. Settle in.
Drive north with several stops on the way and overnight at Guest House at Kibbutz Gonen.
After breakfast and yoga, you will begin your journey with the lush Banias nature reserve - a mix of ancient city ruins with the stunning nature of Northern Israel. The Banias waterfalls are most impressive during the winter and spring when the water is plentiful, on its way down to the Sea of Galilee.
Next, you will drive to Mas’ade, a Druze village in the Golan Height for a delicious Druze lunch. Druze (pronounced druse) are a minority religious group with roots in Islam whose three million practitioners worldwide are found primarily in Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan. The Druze are known for their hospitality and welcoming attitude towards guests and the food is delicious and as authentic as Middle Eastern food will get. You are in for quite a treat!
Next, you will travel to Odem for Mama Yorta - to settle into a beautiful yoga space with a lovely overlook from the nearby village of Odem followed by Agamon Hahula. The Hula valley is a major stopover for birds migrating along the Syrian-African rift valley as Israel is home to one of the largest bird migrations in the world. This unique bird/wildlife tour is a wonderful way to end the first day together. You’ll return to guest house for dinner and rest.
After breakfast and morning yoga at the Kibbutz, you’ll visit the Mount of Beatitudes and the Sea of Galilee, two holy Christian sites: the first on which it is believed that Jesus delivered his famous “Sermon on the Mount” and the second where it is believed that he walked on water. You’ll have lunch at Tzemah junction then head up to the Gilboa to Barkan Mountain and the Irises. For a very brief time in the spring Barkan mountain is painted with beautiful irises. You will be fortunate enough to experience its bloom during your time there!
You will take a leisurely hike enjoying the wildflower-rich scenery and the crisp northern air. Tonight, you’ll have dinner at the Restaurant at Hammat Gader and stay at Kibbutz Nir David where you can enjoy the hot springs after evening yoga!
After breakfast and yoga, you’ll drive via the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. Your time in Jerusalem will be a time of connection and introspection. Appropriate meditative practices will be offered to compliment our experiences in this holy city.
You’ll visit the city of David and Hezekiya’s water tunnel, an ancient water tunnel carved during the reign of King Hezekiya to transport water from one side of the city to the other. This is a true immersion into what ancient city life was like. Bring water shoes and shorts foe this excursion. Next, you’ll walk in the old city, visit the Jewish Quarter (Western Wall) and the Via Dolorosa - where it is believed that Jesus carried his cross.
Jerusalem is holy to all three Monotheistic faiths and you will experience this religious diversity in all its glory during your time in this city. Lastly, you’ll visit Mahne Yehuda Market - one of the most vibrant markets in the middle east. This is the time to let our senses run wild with tons of options for food and drink. East truly meets west in this wonderful place!
On this night, your evening is free (no group dinner is planned) but suggestions will be offered. Overnight at Harmony Hotel Jerusalem.
Early rise (no morning yoga today). Visit the Temple Mount (Dome of the Rock) ending your time in Jerusalem with a visit to one of the most holy sites for Muslims. This place is not only visually stunning (the dome is painted in bright gold as can be seen in many pictures of the Jerusalem skyline), but it is deeply fascinating both historically and spiritually.
Next, you will drive to the Dead Sea and visit Massada, a fortress on the mountain with a dark, ancient history overlooking the Dead Sea. Visit the beach on the Dead Sea where you will also have a relaxed yoga class. Afterwards, you will head to Ein Gedi Hotel for time at the spa. One Yoga Global hopes to offer a bonfire and meditation with your overnight at Ein Gedi.
Breakfast and morning yoga lesson at the botanical garden. You’ll walk thru the Nahal David Nature reserve as you transition into the quiet of the desert. Lush fresh water springs flowing into clear streams and waterfalls nestled between the dry Judean desert and the Dead Sea. After lunch, you’ll drive to the Negev to Khan Beerotayim: for a truly authentic desert experience!
Spending the afternoon and evening in Beduin style, The Khan is a special experience where we be taken back in time. Sleeping arrangements will be communal is large huts. Each has a shady balcony and hammocks. You’ll settle in and have a gentle yoga session.
You’ll share a delicious dinner then take a memorable evening desert hike. The vastness and desert night sky are something to cherish. You’ll sleep like babies after this sweet day.
After a relaxing morning, breakfast and yoga, you’ll take a drive to Tel Aviv where you’ll have free time to walk around Nahlat Benjamin - a quirky, charming artisan market in the heart of Tel-Aviv. The best way to experience this city is simply to walk around and take it all in! You will have a special last group dinner planned and a last night at hotel in Tel Aviv. Dana will tell you all about her hometown and if you’re looking for nightlife, this is the place!
Breakfast and transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure flights.
This yoga retreat will take place in several locations in Israel, including Safed, The Galilee, and Tiberius in Northern Israel, Jerusalem, Masada, The Dead Sea, and Ein Gedi, Negev, and Tel-Aviv.
Please book your flight to arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV). Transfer from and to the airport is included. One Yoga Global will pick you up from the airport.
More than 80 airlines operate flights to Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV). Five airlines operate as many as ten flights a day nonstop from North America to Tel Aviv (Air Canada, Delta, EL AL Israel Airlines, United, US Airways).
Please note that since One Yoga Global has participants coming from various parts of the world, they ask that you plan to arrive by early afternoon on the first day (no later than 15:00) for group pick up at the airport likely between 16:00 and 16:30 (this may be adjusted if everyone arrives earlier). There is a coffee shop in the arrivals hall after customs to the right where the groups will gather. If your best route is to arrive one (or more) nights early, their partners in Israel can assist you with a hotel booking. One Yoga Global will also offer a pick up at the Prima Hotel on Mapu Street on the first day for early arrivers.