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.
Accommodation will be 2 nights at a 3-star hotel in Madaba, two nights camping under the stars, 2 nights at a resort in Wadi Rum, 2 nights in a traditional Bedouin camp in Little Petra. Shared sanitary facilities. Sustainable toilet and refreshing bucket shower at 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 at the heart in the context of community. Sharing this way provides incredible support, enriching connections in the group and makes for a 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 truths.
Meet & greet by your driver at Amman Airport followed by a short transfer to your hotel in Madaba. If there is time there is 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.
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.
-Day 3: Wadi Rum - B/L/D
Sunrise yoga session with a view over the mountains. Breakfast. 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 we explore the area for a meditative treasure walk. Sharing circle then yoga at sunset. Bedouin dinner. Desert dance at the fire and spirit wander under the desert stars or in a genuine Bedouin tent.
We 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, we head to the nearby paddock for a horse session. We have the morning to engage with horses in the paddock, find out what they mirror back to us, connect to our authentic selves and find inspiration for our 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. We meet again for a sunset yoga session in our camp.
We start the day again with a creative flowing yoga session. After breakfast, we have another horse session to further explore the wisdom horses have to share with us.
We will enjoy lunch at the camp. Thereafter is leisure time or you can opt for a jeep tour to explore the protected area. Late afternoon yoga session. After dinner we gather for a closing circle and meditation. Overnight at the camp.
A yoga session to activate those legs in preparation of your exploration of Petra. After breakfast, transfer to Petra with great views over Petra mountains. Early lunch with the weaving women of Udruh.
Then transfer to little Petra for a visit of a small yet impressive Wadi (or valley) offering an impression of things to come. We walk back to the camp for yoga in a secluded valley. Dinner & overnight in a Bedouin camp in little Petra.
Yoga to awaken our spine and a breakfast suitable for explorers. Our local guide meets us 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 to 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. We will leave this impressive site through the serene, high walled and colorful Siq and stop at the Cave Bar for a drink. Transfer to our camp for refreshment, dinner and a closing chakra meditation.
After our morning yoga session and breakfast, we 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 & float session, have lunch, relax at the infinity pool, contemplate your journey and get ready to leave this awe-inspiring place. Dinner with a local family in Madaba. Overnight in a hotel in Madaba.
Private transfer to Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman.
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.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Ashtanga Vinyasa)
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 tasty 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:
An hour-long Thai massage is optional.
Queen Alia International Airport
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.
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