5 Days The Dead Sea Experience - Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Incredible Israel

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Personal Exploration and 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. 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. 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!

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Mindfulness meditation at the sea
  • Sacred desert night gathering session
  • 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

Skill level

beginners
  • Instruction in: English
  • i'm Also Speaks: Hebrew
  • Group Size:8

We 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 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.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival

  • 16:00 Afternoon snacks, tea, and coffee to welcome all the yogis
  • 18:00 Yoga and meditation class (90 minutes)
  • 19:30 End dinner

Days 2, 3 and 4

  • 07:15 Wake up juice
  • 07:30 Yoga and meditation class (90 minutes)
  • 09:00 Breakfast buffet (vegetarian, flexitarian, or vegan)
  • 11:00 Free time
  • 15:00 Deep floating session
  • 16:00 Afternoon snacks, tea, and coffee
  • 18:00 Yoga and meditation class (90 minutes)
  • 19:30 End dinner (vegetarian, flexitarian, or vegan)

Day 5 – Departure

  • 08:15 Wake up juice
  • 09:00 Breakfast buffet (vegetarian, flexitarian, or vegan)
  • 12:00 Check out

Please take notice the schedule may change according to the season and weather conditions. Also, please take notice there is no yoga class on departure day.

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 from movement, sound and distractions.

These activities are optional and free of charge. For people arriving for therapeutic purposes, it is highly advised to use these.

Please note some of the above activities are dependent upon favorable weather conditions and water temperature.

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Our villa can accommodate up to 12 people. Options include a private suite with 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 etc…).

Our 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.

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

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) or Ramon Airport (IATA).

Our location is accessible by public transportation from all of Israel’s main centres (Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Beer Sheva, Dead Sea and Eilat) .

Please contact us prior to your arrival so we can suggest you the easiest way to get here.

There will be a one-day desert safari to the wilderness of the Judean desert included. Daily excursion to the dead sea beach included.

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 heated pool, sauna, jacuzzi and sulfur pool entry to the spa is 25 USD for the day.

  • Visit historical and biblical sites
  • Nature and hiking
  • 5 morning yoga classes
  • 5 evening yoga classes
  • Floating at the Dead Sea private beach with showers
  • Sacred desert night gathering and meditation
  • Deep floating theta brainwave therapy
  • Deep floating mindfulness meditation
  • Deep floating yoga and pranayama
  • Deep floating watsu
  • 1 desert safari to the wilderness of the Judean desert
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Airport transportation
  • Spa services
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
"Wonderful experience"
Review by Yvonne Wozny from Germany
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Great Yoga sessions with Shaul being a very good teacher! The atmosphere of the lodge in the desert is super unique and relaxing. Together with the time spend at the Dead Sea it’s a perfect retreat to unwind. Loved it very much and would come back any time. Thank you Shaul!
"Magical Experience "
Review by Anonymous
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The new location in the desert for the retreat was pure magic. High in the mountains overlooking Dead Sea and in the night one could see all the way the lights of Jordan. If you are looking for quiet and peace this is the place. The lodge is comfortable and neat with amazing beduin character, but it is good to keep in mind that is a eco lodge, not a luxury hotel. Food was very tasty and fresh and enjoyed the trips to the Dead Sea. We were a small yoga group and Shaul gave plenty of individual tips how to do the poses correctly. Extra niceness were the camels and sheep’s passing by with sunsets seen from the yoga shala. I would really recommend this retreat if you seek a special experience! With best regards, Katri - Finland
"Nothing better to relax and improve my practice’s quality"
Review by Tiziana Checchi from Italy
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Thé environnent was extremely peaceful, and the yoga teacher was great!
"Perfect for relaxing"
Review by Marlene Morvan from United Kingdom
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It is a beautiful region to discover (desert landscapes), while driving to the Dead Sea. Good opportunity to rest, take a break and relax at the Dead Sea; as well as learning and practicing Iyengar, an interesting approach to yoga which was new to me. Saul is a very experienced, patient and dedicated Iyengar teacher.
"As close to Heaven as it gets!"
Review by Sarabelle Prince from United States
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The deep sense of relaxation and retreat from the maddening crowds... Saul's nurturance, fresh cooked healthy meals, his command of yoga mixed with attention to each individual's level... The escape from all pretentious - this retreat is about connection: one with one's body, one with others, one with the amazing landscape. The Watsu treatment took 30 years off my psyche. Honestly, I feel reborn.
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A little Bit About Me

Avayasana uses the powerful gifts of the Dead Sea in a set of unique, holistic therapies, and practices designed to restore body, mind, and spirit.

  • certified instructor
  • Flexbile Dates
  • affordable prices
  • Care & responsibility

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