9 Days Yoga and Horse Soul Retreat in Jordan

Transformative Horse Wisdom Yoga Retreat Jordan

Expand and deepen your awareness, be inspired to transform your life. From the Christian community in Madaba, you will 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. The desert escape is about grounding, expanding, opening, and setting intention working with the horses, creative expression, and dancing under the desert stars. Petra offers beauty and magic and its own special energy. Finally, you have Dead Sea Zen for body relaxation: healing water and mud for nurturing and releasing the old and preparing you to step into a new phase of your life journey.

Highlights

  • 11 yoga sessions
  • Zen floating in the Dead Sea
  • 2 horse soul and meditation sessions
  • Chanting and circle session in Wadi Rum and Petra
  • 2-3 hour hike in Dana's Biosphere
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 3 delicious meals a day

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, German, English
The maximum participants in the group is 12

Airport transfer included: Queen Alia International Airport

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Accommodation

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.

Retreat Itinerary

About Sandra and her horses

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.

Day 1: Airport - Madaba

Meet and greet by your driver at Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) followed by a short transfer to your hotel in Madaba. If there is time, there are optional visits to the Mosaics in Madaba, the women's cooperation in Irak al-Amir, the amazing ruins of Jerash or the Citadel in Amman.

Day 2: Madaba - Dana - Wadi Rum

After breakfast, you will travel South for our Desert Escape in Wadi Rum. On the way, you will enjoy a walk in Dana with great views into Wadi Araba. After lunch, you continue to your camp in Wadi Rum. Settle in and prepare for sunset yoga. Refresh and enjoy dinner. Gather for a chant on the rocks to invoke the wisdom of your heart to guide you during this journey. Sleeping in a tent or under the stars. All meals included.

Day 3: Wadi Rum

Sunrise yoga session with the view over the mountains. 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 sands. In the afternoon, you explore the area for a meditative treasure walk. Sharing circle then yoga at sunset, desert dance at the fire and spirit wander under the desert stars or in a genuine Bedouin tent. All meals included.

Day 4: Wadi Rum

You start the day with a yoga session in order to awaken the spine, quieten the mind and to center the awareness in the heart. After breakfast, you will head to the nearby paddock for a horse session and have the morning to engage with horses in the paddock, find out what they mirror back to you, connect to your authentic selves and find inspiration for your life journeys.

After lunch, you have time to relax on the rocks or in the pool, enjoy a Thai massage or go for a horse ride. You will meet again for a sunset yoga session in your camp.

Day 5: Wadi Rum

You start the day again with a creative flowing yoga session. After breakfast, you have another horse session to further explore the wisdom horses have to share with you and enjoy lunch at the camp. Thereafter is leisure time or you can opt for a jeep tour to explore the protected area followed by a late afternoon yoga session. After dinner, you gather for a closing circle and meditation. Overnight at the camp.

Day 6: Little Petra

A yoga session to activate those legs in preparation for 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 with a short walk to your lunch location. After lunch, you walk to your camp for yoga on the rocks where you will have dinner and stay overnight in a Bedouin camp in little Petra. All meals included.

Day 7: Petra

Yoga to awaken your spine and a breakfast suitable for explorers. Your local guide will meet 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 of 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 your camp for refreshment, dinner, and a closing chakra meditation. All meals included.

Day 8: Dead Sea

After your 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. You will have dinner with a local family in Madaba and stay overnight in a 3-start hotel Madaba. All meals included.

Day 9: Departure

Time to say goodbye to Jordan, with a private transfer to Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman.

Included excursions

Besides yoga and horse sessions you will enjoy a two to three-hour hike in Dana's Biosphere, a two-hour camel ride and a meditative walk in Wadi Rum, a full day exploration of Petra, a visit of Little Petra, and the Dead Sea.

Instructors

Sandra Jelly
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
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.

Location

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.

Food

You will be served 3 delicious meals a day. Vegetarian meals are available upon request. Special diet requests can be catered for.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

Optional activities can be arranged upon arrival for an additional cost:

  • A Thai massage
  • Horse ride in Wadi Rum
  • Visit to Madaba, Mt Nebo, Jerash and/or Ma'in Spa
  • Visit to Petra by Night (candle-lit Siq and Treasury)

What's included

  • 11 yoga sessions
  • 8 nights full board accommodation
  • Access to pool in Wadi Rum
  • Chanting and meditation sessions
  • Circle session and fire ceremony
  • 2 equine horse coaching sessions
  • All transfers throughout the program

What's not included

  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Arrival at Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman. Transfer from and to the airport is included. In2Jordan Travel Agency will pick you up from the airport and transfer to the hotel in Madaba.

Airport: Queen Alia International Airport Airport transfer included: Queen Alia International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 21 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Friday September 14, 2018
Departure: Saturday September 22, 2018

Special offer

Bring a friend and get a handwoven yoga belt! A unique piece of Bedouin craftmenship made by the looming ladies of Petra.

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