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10 Day Yin Yoga Journey from Mystical Petra into the enchanting Wadi Rum desert
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Experience The Yin Energy And Silence Of The Desert

Be astonished by the hidden Rose city of Petra and travel like a Bedouin, becoming one with the Wadi Rum desert with her stunning landscape of amazing rock formations, red sand, and breathtaking, always changing views. Let the silence of the desert embrace and her red energy replenishes you. Dive deeper in Yin yoga by experiencing daily themed Yin sessions, teaching you to listen to your body, opening up, and creating space for energy to flow.

Meet the instructors

Marion
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Highlights

  • Daily Yin yoga-themed sessions
  • Guided hike from Little Petra to Petra
  • 3 days and nights guided hiking or camel riding journey with the desert
  • Transport between the accommodations
  • 7 days lunch and dinner
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Visit Wadi Musa, Petra

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


10 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, French, German, Greek, Spanish
Group size: 5-9 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

During this yoga tour, you will be staying in various accommodation, such as:

  • 2 nights in a hotel in Aqaba, the first night in the city and the last night at the Red sea
  • 2 nights in Petra Fig Tree B&B in Wadi Musa
  • 2 nights in a desert camp in Wadi Rum
  • 3 nights wild camping in the desert

Program

Day 1

Meet the rest of the group in a hotel located in the center of Aqaba.

You either have arrived at Aqaba airport where you can take a taxi to the hotel (cost around 15 JD or equals to 20 EUR) or you already have been in Jordan for a few days or longer, for example, arrived in Amman and visited the Dead Sea and arrive by rental car or taxi (national flights one way are available from around 100 EUR and for the same price you could also take a taxi from Amman airport to the hotel in Aqaba which is around 4 hours drive through a beautiful landscape).

After settling and resting a bit, maybe go out and explore the city of Aqaba, visit the Soukh, inhale the mid-Eastern fragrances, and even go to the beach and have a dip in the Red Sea.

Dinner together with the group somewhere in one of the local restaurants close to the hotel.

Day 2

After an early breakfast, you’ll be picked up from the hotel and driven to Wadi Musa, a village 2 hours drive North of Aqaba.

Settle into the beautiful Bed & Breakfast, Petra Fig, where you will stay for 2 nights.

Visit the historical and archaeological ‘Rose’ city of Petra, founded around 7000 years BC. It’s one of the most spectacular sites in the world and her overwhelming beauty will certainly amaze you. The entrance here is included in the Jordan Pass (the Jordan Pass is not included in the package). Today, you will enter the city from the main gate through the Siq (shaft) to be overwhelmed by the sudden appearance of the beautiful main tomb ‘the treasury’, creating an impression you will never forget. Stay with the group, go your own way, or maybe hire a local guide to provide some extra information, climb the stairs to the tombs, have lunch. All is possible as long as the whole group meets at the entrance/exit gate at closing time.

Dinner in the B&B and to close the day, a relaxing Yin yoga session.

Day 3

An early start (8 a.m.) for the guided hike from ‘Little Petra’ to Petra.

Siq-al Barid (a.k.a. Little Petra) literally means ‘The cold canyon’ is located a few kilometers north of Petra and the hike will take 3 to 4 hours through the rocky landscape with spectacular views. The guide leads you through this ‘back road’ via the Monastery, one of the most important and impressive buildings, back to the center of Petra, and tells you something about the history of the hidden city of Petra that still is not fully discovered.

After a long day that will surely make a memorable impression, a lovely dinner in the B&B and another relaxing yoga session to prepare yourself for the coming adventure.

Day 4

The desert adventure will start this day. Leaving the civilized world behind in order to withdraw yourself into the silence of the red Wadi Rum desert. After breakfast, you will be driven to Jordans largest ‘Wadi’ (valley) which protected area was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.

Enjoy a beautiful 2 hours journey through a landscape of mountains and desert. Lunch awaits you in the Desert Camp where you will stay for one night.

Absorb the miraculous place you find yourself in and it will be completely clear to you why Wadi Rum is called ‘The Moon Valley’. The breathtaking landscape of red sand, sandstone, and granite rock formations that surround you might make you fantasize you are on the planet Mars.

On a beautiful spot, watching the sun setting in this miraculous place, indulge yourself in the first desert Yin yoga session.

A traditional Bedouin meal, ‘Zarb’, prepared in underground pits, for those who eat meat, or a buffet of delicious vegetarian side dishes is served in the evening.

That night, after such an intense meeting with the beauty of the Wadi Rum, might just bring amazing dreams of what the next 3 days have in store for you.

Day 5, 6, and 7: Living on the rhythm of the desert

The magic of Wadi Rum can not be captured in words, it can only be experienced by your senses. You need to see, smell, feel, and hear it. See the ever-changing landscape, feel the energy rising from out of the earth, smell the fragrances of flowers and spices used in cooking, in the Bedouin coffee and tea, and hear the silence.

Dive into the full experience of living as a Bedouin in the desert, following the northern star into the unknown. Your caravan of Yinlove treks from one place to another, accompanied by a genuine Bedouin guide, his camels, and a jeep for carrying your necessities (food, water, etc) and your luggage.

For 3 days, you will be at the mercy of the elements of the desert. The soft first daylight brings warmth and after that the burning sun, the spectacular sunset brings night, darkness, and cold. You need to protect yourself from the elements, adjust yourself to them by wearing many layers of clothes that you can either add or take off. The wind might bring sandstorms, so sunglasses and a scarf to put around your heads are necessary precautions for traveling in the desert. The elements (5-Elements System from Traditional Chinese Medicine) will also be the theme of our daily Yin Yoga sessions.

Exploring the desert on foot or at the back of a camel, immersing into the rhythm of the desert, become a Bedouin, and forget all earthly worries. No disturbances, only relishing the silence, rest, nature, and beauty. Some days traveling longer than others, sometimes you are in need of longer rests and all can be adjusted to the group, there where time does not exist anymore. Live the rhythm of light and dark, breakfast at the first light, trekking to a new place through overwhelming beauty, vegetarian dinner (based on a typical local melange of herbs and many vegetables, beans, lentils, chickpeas, rice, cheese, and eggs) sleeping outside, under a starry sky after the sun has set and the fire has gone out. The places where you sleep will always be secured by the Bedouin guides that are able to read the sand like a newspaper.

Everyone will be provided with a mattress, pillows, and blankets but you are free to use your own sleeping bag or travel sheet. In the desert, there are (surprise!) no toilets present but there will be always a place nearby to withdraw yourself. Bedouin clean themselves with water but you could of course use paper, taking it with you afterward or burning it. A simple shower is present to refresh yourself but essentially you will slowly become one with nature, creating trails towards places where few went before you, deeper and deeper into the desert through the most beautiful spots in Wadi Rum; through canyons, over rocks, and soft sand dunes, sometimes overseeing unexpected vistas. The desert and her flora and fauna are amazingly varied.

Every day at least one themed Yin yoga session, tune into yourself, get to know your own individual body, and get familiar with the principle: ‘Your body, your yoga’. Learn a bit more about the theory around Yin yoga, the Traditional Chinese Medicine 5-elements, and the meridian system.

Throughout the journey, you can choose to be silent independently or maybe the group practices a form of noble silence for a certain time. There is time for interaction but also time for introspection. Nothing is obliged, everything is possible. In any case; the surrounding silence will enter your being, will become a part of you, in a way you could never imagine. This magical energy of silence is always there, even when people are speaking. An experience that will probably forever change you and slowly you will understand that it will lead you deeper, to your inner essence. The strength of the silence will make you stronger, you will never forget her and always be able to return to her in times of need after you’ve experienced it.

Day 8

Silent, energetic days have flown by and your caravan will slowly be approaching civilization. Not quite there, but close, spending the evening and night again in the desert camp where your journey started a few days before.

Say goodbye to the Bedouin guides that watched over you and led you the way, to the camels that carried you and you’ll enjoy one last Yin Yoga session in the desert, one last night watching a million stars in the sky, one last night experiencing that magical silence. Maybe you’ll feel happy to go to a ‘normal’ toilet again and sleep in a bed in a tent, or you might already miss the disconnection of ‘normal’ life that you were living the previous days, but you will definitely feel enriched by the experience, you will have made new friends with whom you shared an amazing, magical, unforgettable journey within the desert, into silence, into yourself. You might already realize you have had an experience that has put a spell on you and is indescribable, inexplicable, and can only be cherished deep within you. The memory of the desert, its ever-changing beauty, and her silence will be yours to carry with you. Within you, Wadi Rum has created a place where you can return to whenever you need it.

Day 9

After breakfast, you’ll travel back to Aqaba. To make the ‘return to civilization’ a bit more bearable, instead of staying in the busy chaotic center, your night will be spent in a quieter part of the city, at the border of the Red Sea.

Get settled in your hotel room, relax, have a swim, enjoy Yin yoga.

Group dinner as the closure of this retreat. The impact of the journey might be huge because you have so strongly let go of your normal routine of living, emotions might be intense and friendships for life may be born.

Day 10

All good things, unfortunately, have to end. The day to say goodbye to the people that created a wonderful memory with you. Maybe you travel some more in the beautiful country of Jordan, maybe you return home, maybe you have some more beach days. Whatever will be next, Solai Yoga is sure this journey will leave an everlasting memory that you will cherish forever and maybe, like Solaki Yoga, will live over and over again.

Every experience in life is unique and nurturing. A step closer to your own essence, a move further on your path, your life’s journey. Therefore, embrace and cherish it.

Jordan Explorer Pass

Solaki Yoga would like to recommend you to purchase Jordan Explorer Pass. It costs 75 JD (90 EUR). This pass will give you a visa into the country and two days' entrance to Petra, you need to buy online before entering the country. If you travel before or afterward in Jordan, it will give you free entrance to a lot of archaeological sites. Make sure to opt for the Explorer that includes two days' entrance for Petra. You can, of course, also chose to not buy the Jordan Pass, then your entrance fee for 2 days in Petra will be around 55 JD (65 EUR) and the visa on arrival (for EU-citizens) will cost 40 JD (50 EUR). Buying the Jordan Pass makes it much easier and cheaper. If you are a non-EU citizen please familiarize yourself with the visa requirements.

Included excursions

  • Guided hike from Little Petra to Petra on day 3, approximately 4 hours
  • Guided hike (including camels and luggage transport by jeep) during the days in the desert

Instructors

Marion van Overveld

Retreat location

Your journey will start in Aqaba, then you will move to Wadi Musa, Siq-al Barid (Little Petra), Petra, and Wadi Rum, before returning back to Aqaba.

After visiting one of the most spectacular sites in the world and her overwhelming beauty, you will travel like bedouins into the depths of the Wadi Rum red desert, where you will travel as Bedouins from one place to another, setting up (wild) camp where you end the day, sleeping under the starry sky. You will immerse into the magical energy and silence of this Red sand desert. This journey will be intense and leave an everlasting memory.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

The meals are a vegetarian variation of local Bedouin dishes during the desert journey. In the desert camp, the dinner is traditional Zarb with meat but enough vegetarian side-dishes. While in the B&B, vegetarian meals are served.

The following meals are included:

  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation, based on bed and breakfast in Hotel Aqaba Town (day 1)
  • Petra Fig Tree B&B in Wadi Musa (day 2 and 3)
  • Desert Camp (day 4 and 8)
  • Camping in Wadi Rum (day 5, 6, and 7)
  • Hotel Aqaba Red Sea (day 9)
  • Transport on day 2 to 9 (all transport except from and to the airport)
  • Lunch (box) and dinner on days 2 to 8
  • Guide for hike and sightseeing in Petra (day 3)
  • Desert journey with guidance from bedouins, jeep, and camels during your journey through the desert (day 5, 6, and 7)
  • Daily Yin yoga sessions as taught by Paul Grilley and highly inspired by Jo Phee’s Yinspiration modules (sessions are based on the Chinese Traditional Medicine 5-Elements and Meridian System, depending on the needs, the pace, and the circumstances, yoga sessions can be adjusted to more relaxing or more energetic forms of practice, all within the Yin style)

What's not included

  • Trip to Aqaba (flight directly to Aqaba or via Amman)
  • Taxi from Aqaba airport to the hotel (day 1) and from the hotel to the airport (day 10)
  • Jordan Explorer Pass (75 JD)
  • Travel insurance with world coverage
  • Drinks, tips, own expenses
  • Meals other than mentioned in the inclusions

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The easiest way to get to Aqaba is by a direct flight. From most European countries low costs flights are available, sometimes with a change. Upon arriving in Aqaba, you can take a taxi to the hotel.

From King Hussein International Airport, there are taxis for a price of around 15 JD available at the airport to take you to the hotel. Whereas from Queen Alia International Airport, you can either take an additional national flight from Amman to Aqaba or a taxi at around the same costs of around 85 JD.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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