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Expand & deepen your awareness, be inspired to transform your life. From the Christian community in Madaba we 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. Our Desert escape is about grounding, expanding, opening, and setting intention. Petra offers beauty and magic and its own special energy. Petra Play means the works; horse sessions, creative expression, ceremony & circle. Finally we have Dead Sea, zen for body relaxation, healing water & mud for nurturing and releasing the old and preparing us to step into a new phase of our life journey.
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.
Depending on time of arrival you can choose from the following optional activities: visit a women’s cooperative in the beautiful valley of Iraq al Amir or the impressive ruins of Jerash and/or visit Madaba’s well kept mosaics and enjoy dinner with a local family. Overnight in 3-star hotel in Madaba, including breakfast.
After an early breakfast you will travel South for your Desert Escape in Wadi Rum. In beautiful nature reserve Dana you will be guided on a 2 hour walk and enjoy lunch with great views over Wadi Araba. Arrival in the afternoon at our Bedouin camp in the protected area of Wadi Rum, where Sandra awaits you with tea, sunset yoga and dinner. Gathering for a chant on the rocks to invoke the wisdom of your heart to guide you during this journey. Sleeping in a Bedouin tent or under the stars. Shared facilities. All meals included.
Morning yoga session and breakfast. Mindful reflections and a meditative treasure walk in the morning. After lunch, time to recline in the pillows and let your eyes drop for a nap. The afternoon free to relax, explore the area on foot or on horse back (optional) or possibly enjoy a Thai Massage by Sandra. Yoga will be at sunset again. Bedouin dinner. Sacred dance at the fire and spirit wander under the desert stars or in a genuine Bedouin tent. Shared facilities. All meals included.
After our morning yoga session and breakfast, we will have a 2hr 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 orange and white sand. Around 12 a.m. we leave to Petra for lunch hosted by a local family. After shopping for some necessities we continue to Little Petra to our private camping site. After sunset yoga and a barbecue dinner we sleep under the stars (tents & shower available, no toilet facilities).
Yoga to awaken our spine and a breakfast suitable for explorers. You will enter Petra through the little known entrance to the Monastery guided by a local guide. Sandra will go to her stable to transfer the horses for the horse sessions in Little Petra. 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 lemon/mint juice and then continue down the 800 steps to visit the Colonnade street and see the Royal Tombs, Theater and of course the Treasury. Box lunch provided. 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 Bedouin Rock camp for refreshment, dinner and a closing meditation. Sandra will meet you at the camp again for dinner.
We start the day with a yoga session in a beautiful natural yoga shala in order to quieten the mind and to center the awareness in the heart. After breakfast we head to nearby stable for some interactive horse time. Horses are highly intuitive and compassionate animals that reflect what is left unspoken. After a short introduction n the coaching with horses, the horse personalities and safety in the paddock. We start with a Meet the herd session and have the morning to engage with horses in the paddock, to find out what they mirror back to us and to connect to our authentic selves. Lunch will be provided either at the stable location or at the camp. Depending on closing time of horse session, you can use the afternoon to integrate the horse’s wisdom using creative expression and beautiful horse cards, go for a swim or should you wish, opt for a Thai massage. We meet again for a sunset yoga session and dinner at the camp. All meals included.
We gather in our natural yoga shala for our morning yoga session. After breakfast we enter again into the field of equine wisdom in order to deepen our exploration and find inspiration for our life journeys. We will enjoy lunch at the stable or in the camp and thereafter will have a short transfer to the Ammarin camp for a circle (to balance male/female) at a millennium old tree followed by a Divine Feminine ceremony at a special cave. Sunset Yoga and dinner and overnight at Ammarin Bedouin camp. (shared facilities)All meals included.
After our morning yoga session and breakfast, we say our goodbyes and your driver takes you on a breathtaking scenic transfer to the Dead Sea. At O Beach you will enjoy a wonderful mud & float session, have lunch, relax at the infinity pool, contemplate your journey and get ready to leave this awe inspiring place. Enjoy dinner with a local family in Madaba. Overnight in a 3-start hotel Madaba.All meals included.
Time to say goodbye to Jordan, transfer to the airport in Amman. Breakfast included.
Sandra is an artist, yogini, and an equus coach. She started exploring yoga in 2001 in Amsterdam. In 2009, following her inner wish of living her passions, she packed her brushes and her yoga mat and put on her horse boots to go for a sabbatical to Petra, Jordan. It was the beginning of her adventure of discovering and expressing herself in the most authentic way.
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 in Amman. From the airport you will have a transfer to the hotel in Madaba.