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Yoga Holiday & Retreat in the Israeli desert with Esther Ekhart
October 26, 2019 - November 2, 2019
Esther Ekhart invites you to embrace the powerful energy of the desert to restore and find inner stillness.
Enjoy a week of yoga, meditation and pranayama with Esther Ekhart. The primal landscapes, the vast starry sky and the penetrating silence are the perfect backdrop for you to reach deeper into your being and find true relaxation and peace.
The retreat takes place in the Negev desert, a secluded and quiet area in the “backyard” of Israel, where pioneering families have set up small communities, and with lots of love and care are developing the area.
The desert has a special energy that is hard to ignore. And with its bare landscape, free from distractions, it can help you connect deeper with your stillness and your true self. It’s not for nothing that the meaning of the word ‘Desert’ (“Midbar”) in Hebrew is “Speak” – and signifies a place where you can hear the universe speaking to you.
With this retreat, Esther wants to bring a message of peace and compassion to the community. We have reached out to a local foundation Sulha to join forces and organise a practice with both Israelis and Palestinians, to realise our shared humanity and reach peace beyond politics. Details to follow soon.
What to expect
Wake up to the mountain views and feel the fresh morning breeze as Esther guides you through different Pranayama and meditation exercises amidst the majestic cliffs. After a healthy Israeli breakfast, you will spend the morning in silence. You can reflect on your experience undisturbed while resting in your hammock or exploring the walking trails around the area.
Later in the morning we start moving again and use mindful (and sometimes challenging) asana practice to strengthen our body – physically, emotionally and mentally.
The afternoons are free for you to explore the surroundings; go for a walk, cool off by the pool, or rest in your beautiful cabin. As the sun starts to set and paints the surroundings in beautiful colours, we gather again for a calming evening practice, combining Yin yoga, Yoga Nidra and Restorative with mindful exercises.
Arrival is on Saturday 26th October (dinner provided)
Departure is on Saturday 2nd November after breakfast
8:00 – Meditation and Pranayama
9:00 – Breakfast and free time in silence
11.00 – Yoga practice
13.00 – Lunch and free time
17:00 – Gentle evening session
19:00 – Dinner
20:30/21:00 – Optional meditation
*Timings may change to align with sunset/ sunrise and weather conditions
In addition to the yoga and meditation programme, there’ll be two optional afternoon trips:
- Tuesday: The Dead Sea – A natural spa experience in Ein Bokek beach. We’ll float in the tranquil waters and bath in mineral-rich mud.
- Thursday: Desert experience – A guided walk through the desert, where we’ll learn more about the nature around us and its unique habits. We will finish with a sunset meditation and stargazing.
The optional trips are not included in the retreat’s price and you can register for them separately. More detailed itinerary and prices will be available soon.
‘Cliffs View’ compound, or ‘Nof Zuqim’ in Hebrew, offers a quality desert stay at the heart of the landscape, with a unique construction fitting into the natural surrounding. Breathtaking views can be enjoyed from each cabin’s balcony or outdoor jacuzzi. Guest can also take an afternoon dive in the heated pool or enjoy their very own little campfire.
The entire compound is vegan-friendly. More information
The cost includes:
Seven nights’ stay in “Cliffs View” luxury accommodations
Fresh meals based on the Mediterranean cuisine served three times daily (lunch is not included on trip days, restaurants are available within walking distance)
Coffee, tea and snacks served all day
All yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice and lectures by Esther Ekhart
- €1850 – Price per person in a single room
- €1380 – Price per person in a twin/double room
- €1240 – Price per person in a triple room
All rooms are air-conditioned, fitted with a living room, a kitchenette with hobs and dining table, a balcony and outdoor jacuzzi. Some cabins have views of the mountain.
*The cabins will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
To secure your place, we ask for a non-refundable deposit of €350.
The remainder will be due by August 15th 2019.
Flights to Israel
Transportation costs to/from the compound (we will arrange transfers)
Optional trips and food purchased outside the compound
How to get there
The compound is located about 3 hours from Tel Aviv and 1 hour from Eilat.
Different international airlines operate to both Tel Aviv airport (TLV) and Eilat airport (OVD). Low-cost airlines, like Transavia and EasyJet also have regular flights to both airports – schedules to be published soon.
Please note: Ramon Airport (ETM) near Eilat will be opened soon for domestic and international flights from Europe and Russia.
Flights to Tel Aviv and Eilat are from €69 return.
We will arrange transport from/to Tel Aviv and Eilat on Saturday 26th October and Saturday 2nd November.
Visas for Israel
Most nationalities get a 90-day tourist visa on arrival.
This visa is given on a separate paper and your passport won’t get stamped.
About Esther Ekhart
Esther Ekhart has been teaching yoga internationally for over 20 years. As one of the founders of EkhartYoga.com she has thousands of students worldwide following her online classes, where she teaches stronger styles like Vinyasa Flow and Hatha, focusing on strength, stability and fitness, as well as slower practices like Yin yoga, Meditation and Restorative Yoga, which allow you to ‘drop in’ and get to know yourself better.
Esther loves connecting personally with her students at retreats, workshops, festivals and teacher trainings. She is continually evolving her practice through training and study, and is always open to questioning previous teaching methods (including her own) and integrating new learning and insights into her teaching.