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4 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Arad, Israel

Private Villa, 36 Hanarkis St, Arad, Israel

Healing Yoga Retreat Israel

Join Saul Mukhtar of Avayasana Retreats for a unique experience of healing and personal exploration in one of the world's most spectacular natural landscapes. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth and the closest you’ll come to the womb of mother nature. Situated at 420 meters below sea level, this hyper-saline lake contains a high concentration of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, bromide, and potassium which nourish the skin and relax the nervous system. The sunlight here is naturally filtered due to the low altitude, reducing damage to the skin while providing much-needed vitamin D. The Dead Sea region is the world’s oldest natural spa, combining powerful therapeutic elements, stunning natural beauty, and compelling ancient history.

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Mindfulness meditation at the sea
  • Desert night gathering sessions
  • Deep floating yoga and meditation at the Dead Sea
  • 1 desert safari to the wilderness of the Judean desert
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily tasty meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hebrew
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

The villa can accommodate up to 12 people. Options include a private suite with a private bathroom, private double room with shared bathroom and shared triple or quadruple rooms. You’ll have access to our yoga studio, equipped with mats and props (bolsters, blocks, straps, and more).

The villa is immersed in the desert and surrounded by breath-taking mountain views. The combination of comfortable and modern accommodation, surrounded by the vastness and quietness of the desert makes it an ideal place to practice yoga and meditation.

Program

You will begin the day with early morning yoga and meditation. With over twenty years’ experience, Saul designs each class according to your level. A nutritious breakfast follows, energizing you for a day of hiking or exploring the area. Afternoons are set aside to experience the powerful healing qualities of the Dead Sea.

Allow the mineral-rich mud to rejuvenate your skin and receive the therapeutic benefits of floating yoga. Return to the villa for an evening session of yoga, followed by a nourishing, authentic Bedouin meal. Join Saul for a star-gazing walk through the desert (optional) before retiring to your comfortable bed to rest and restore.

At Avayasana Retreat, you’ll rest in comfortable accommodations surrounded by the spectacular Judean desert which has attracted dreamers and revolutionaries for thousands of years. Restore your mind with sunrise meditation and expand your physical horizons as you float effortlessly in the pristine waters of the Dead Sea. Unleash the deep healing powers of weightlessness through a set of unique floating techniques that can only be practiced here!

The perfect winter escape!

The region sees 350 sunny days per year with average winter temperatures ranging between 22 and 26 degrees Celsius. Sunbathe on beautiful beaches and hike through incredible canyons in the Judean desert. Take a trail to the famous Ein Gedi Desert Oasis or choose to pamper yourself at a luxurious spa with a heated pool, sauna, jacuzzi and sulfur pool (entry to the spa is $25 for the day).

Daily itinerary

Arrival day:

  • 16:00 Check in
  • 18:00 Evening yoga class
  • 19:30 Welcome dinner

Each day:

  • 07:00 Fresh tea and coffee
  • 07:30 Morning yoga class
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Additional activities: float in the Dead Sea and lay on the beach (recommended), visit Masada or other historical places, hike in the desert and visit the famous Ein Gedi desert oasis (dates, almonds and tahini sauce for lunch)
  • 18:00 Yoga class
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 Optional star-gazing walk through the desert

Departure day:

  • 07:00 Fresh tea and coffee
  • 07:30 Morning yoga class
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Check out

Note

Times can change slightly depending on the time of year

Therapies:

Deep floating theta brainwave therapy

Slip into a deep, meditative state while floating. This elusive state can be reached by activating theta brain waves through sound therapy, opening up access to unconscious material, hidden insights, and creative inspiration.

Deep floating yoga and pranayama

Discover yoga in the liquid, buoyant environment of the Dead Sea, where the body is liberated from the ongoing struggle against gravity and can effortlessly hold difficult poses for extended durations.

Deep floating mindfulness meditation

Learn to quickly reach a meditative state in the water. Avayasana assisted training sessions are designed to shorten the learning curve so that you can access the power of deep awareness and relaxation on day one.

Deep floating watsu

Relax in a state of bliss as you are cradled, floated, stretched, massaged and rocked in healing waters. This unique bodywork therapy integrates stretching, muscle mobilization, massage, Shiatsu, and dance.

Desert yoga

Combine deep floating yoga with practice on land, surrounded by the stillness of the desert. Avayasana offers daily Iyengar yoga classes and hosts group workshops with instructors from many yoga disciplines.

Desert meditation

Still the mind and connect with the source in the sacred Judean desert. It is the perfect place to meditate, free form movement, sound, and distractions.

Note

These activities are optional and free of charge. For people arriving for therapeutic purposes, it is highly advised to use these. Please note that some of the above activities are dependent upon favorable weather conditions and water temperature.

Included excursions

AVAYASANA includes a guided, one-day desert safari to the wilderness of the Judean desert. A once-in-a-lifetime experience of this sacred land.

Location

AVAYASANA is based in Arad, a small city located on the edge of the Judea desert, only 20 minutes from the beaches of the Dead Sea (daily transportation provided). Just a few minutes’ walk from the emptiness and stillness of the desert yet not far from the dead sea beaches area, Arad is an ideal place for practicing yoga and meditation. The villa is immersed in the desert and surrounded by breath-taking mountain views.

Food

During this retreat, you will be served daily delicious breakfast and dinner along with a light afternoon menu. All meals are inspired by the Indian Bedouin and Mediterranean cuisine. A wide range of vegetarian or vegan food is available.

Breakfast

  • Shakshouka - a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, often spiced with cumin
  • Tea, coffee, and milk
  • Freshly baked pita bread
  • Variety of salads
  • Labaneh - a soft, cream cheese made from strained yogurt with touch of olive oil
  • Parsley omelet
  • Feta cheese
  • Muesli with yogurt

Afternoon menu

  • Fresh tea, dates, and nuts

Dinner menu

  • Humus chickpea-based dip
  • Tahini - a dense paste made from crushed sesame seeds
  • Falafel
  • Chopped Arabic salad
  • Freshly baked pita bread
  • Khichri-dish from the Indian subcontinent made from rice and lentils (dal) served with yogurt
  • Vegetarian couscous
  • Vegetarian burger
  • Maqluba - layered rice and vegetables
  • Natural fruit juices

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

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

Things to do (optional)

Visit historical and biblical sites:

  • Masada - World Heritage Site
  • Qumran National Park - where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered

Nature and hiking:

  • Ein Gedi- Nature Reserve

Spa treatments

You can enjoy a luxurious spa, heated pool(natural dead seawater), sauna, Jacuzzi, sulfur pool, swimming pool. Entry to the spa is $25 for the day.

What's included

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Mindfulness meditation at the sea
  • Desert night gathering sessions
  • Deep floating yoga and meditation at the Dead Sea
  • 1 desert safari to the wilderness of the Judean desert
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily tasty meals

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Spa treatments

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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