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Meditation and Yoga Retreat at the Dead Sea, Israel

THE AVAYASANA YOGA RETREAT

Join us for an amazing experience of healing and personal exploration in one of the world’s most unique natural wonders.

Breath in a view with no borders as you watch the sunrise over the silent expanse of the Judean Desert. A dessert that’s attracted dreamers and revolutionaries for thousands of years. Float effortlessly on the pristine waters of the Dead Sea, feeling your physical and spiritual horizons expand from day to day.

Unleash the deep healing powers of weightlessness through a set of unique floating techniques that can only be practiced here. Absorb the vastness of the desert during your yoga and meditation practice.

OUR YOGA

The Yoga of Avaysana combines traditional yoga practices, with deep floating techniques and the healing powers of the natural environment.

We have a deep respect and gratitude for the Iyenger interpretation of yoga as “meditation in action”, with particular emphasis on alignment and precision.

Our yoga retreats take place within the serene setting of the desert, where silence and stillness encourage altered states of consciousness and heightened introspection.

We also utilize Deep Sea deepfloating techniques. They support the asanas by releasing tension in the muscles and creating relaxation in the body, and also slow down brainwave activity to theta level, encouraging a meditative state.

With Avayasana yoga retreats, you can experience the asanas with heightened awareness and a greater sense of clarity. Take a look at our retreat package to see what’s included.

EXPLORE THE DEEPER LAYERS OF YOGA WITH OUR DeepFloating TECHNIQUES:

Check-in Time: 4pm

Avayasana is based in Arad, a small city located on the edge of the Judean Desert, only 20 minutes from the beaches of the Dead Sea (daily transportation provided).

The villa can accommodate up to 12 people. Options include a private suite with a 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, and more).

The 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.

You will 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 the 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.

Deep floating theta brainwave therapy

Slip into a deeply 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

Quickly learn to 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 host group workshops by 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 .Some of the activities are depended on weather condition and water temperature.

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 Dinner

A Typical Day:

  • 07:15 Wake up juice
  • 07:30 Yoga and meditation class (90 minutes)
  • 09:00 Breakfast buffet (vegetarian,  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 Dinner (vegetarian, or vegan)

Departure Day

  • 07:15 Wake up juice
  • 07:30 Yoga and meditation class (90 minutes)
  • 09:00 Breakfast buffet (vegetarian,  or vegan)
  • 12:00 Check out

 

Schedule might change according to the season and weather condition.

There will be a one-day desert safari to the wilderness of the Judean desert.

Avayasana is based in Arad, a small city located on the edge of the Judean Desert, only 20 minutes from the beaches of the Dead Sea (daily transportation provided). Just a few minutes’ walk from the emptiness and stillness of the desert yet not far from the dead sea beaches area, Arad is an ideal place for practicing yoga and meditation. The villa is immersed in the desert and surrounded by breath-taking mountain views.

Activities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff

Services

  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

If you have special dietary requirements it’s a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

  • 2-5 days with instruction in English
  • daily yoga class
  • Watsu treatment and deepfloating techniques (Seasonal only-depends on water temperature)
  • Desert yoga and meditation
  • A desert safari to the wilderness of the Judean desert
  • Daily Floating at the Dead Sea private beach with showers
  • 2-5 nights accommodation with Daily tasty meals
  • The maximum participants per retreat group are 6

All skill levels welcome!

  • Airport transportation
  • Spa services
  • You can enjoy a luxurious spa (entry to the spa is 25 USD for the day)

    • Heated pool (natural dead sea water)
    • Sauna
    • Jacuzzi
    • Sulfur pool
    • Swimming pool

GETTING HERE

Pick up available from Ein Bokek sunday through wednesday.
Please contact us 24 hours before arrival to coordinate a pick up time.

BY BUS

The least expensive Dead Sea transportation is by bus, and there are several ways you can travel to the Dead Sea by bus.

FROM JERUSALEM

To travel from Jerusalem to the Ein Bokek, you can take Egged buses 486 or 444. Both leave from the Jerusalem Central Bus Station and stop at Ein Gedi, Masada and Ein Bokek and several other stops in the area.

Excluding the weekend, the frequency of these buses is 7 times a day, from the morning till the afternoon.

FROM TEL AVIV

To travel from Tel Aviv to Dead Sea, you can take Egged bus 421 which leaves 2-3 times a day from the Arlozorov Bus Station. This bus also stops at Ein Bokek.

Alternately you can take a bus or shuttle to jerusalem central bus station .

From jerusalem central bus station you can take either 486 or 444
To Ein Bokek.

If you are traveling to the Dead Sea from the south of Israel, Egged bus 384 reaches the Ein Bokek from Beer Sheva, and Egged bus 444 reaches the Ein bokek from Eilat.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

6 days / 5 nights

From: US$780

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Dead Sea Yoga Retreat Meditation and Yoga Retreat at the Dead Sea, Israel
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