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Negev Desert, Israel

In partnership with Shebet Haaretz

All-inclusive running retreat. March 21 - 27th, 2020

Early-bird Tier 1 (until Oct 21th) $2,790 USD

Tier 2: ($2,890 USD) until Jan 21st, 2020
Full Price: ($2,990 USD) Jan - Mar, 2020

 
 

 Experience Overview

This journey is about exploring an ancient land of pilgrimage. A region that has been a center of many civilizations in history. Beyond cultural perspective, the land of Israel is a small spot on the earth full of natural secrets. From the Negev desert to the hills of Jerusalem, you will experience the biblical landscape through a diverse modern and live culture.

Duration
7 days, 6 nights

Location
Negev Desert, Israel

Avg. Daily Distance
18.5km

Difficulty
Beginner - Advanced


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About the experience

The land of Israel, located at the heart of the levant region, is a unique place that connects three continents. From South to North, the landscape of Israel is constantly changing, from the Negev desert to the Hermon mountain. In the first part we will start in Eilat, near the Red Sea, known as a unique spot of coral reefs in the middle east. Following the Arava valley where fields of date palms paint the view. We will then cross the hyper arid Negev desert until the Ramon crater, a one of a kind geological area, colored by various types of stones. In the second part we will explore many Wadis (intermitent desert rivers), until we arrive to Sde Boker, home of the first kibbutz in the desert. In the third part we will reach the Dead Sea area, known as the lowest point on earth, and enjoy amazing views of the Jordan mountains across the still water body. In the final part, we will go up hill from the Judean desert to a complete different ecosystem, the Jerusalem mountains, through pine, cypress and oak forests. Finally arriving to the ancient old city of Jerusalem, home of the sacred temple builded by King Solomon. Each day will be accompanied by yoga, meditation sessions and conferences led by local people, who will take us on a spiritual journey of inner discovery and a collective pilgrimage.

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Netafim - Red Canyon

Introduction to Hitbodedut Meditation
Light breakfast
25 km/ 900 D+- run
Lunch
Music Session, Ethnic instruments
Dinner at Campsite Ramon Crater

Day 2: Crossing Ramon Crater

Yoga Session
Light Breakfast
21 km/ 600 m D+- run
Lunch
Talk: Israel Modern History, David Ben Gurion
Dinner at Midreshet Ben Gurion / Mitzpe Ramon

Day 3: Around Sde Boker

Yoga Session
Light Breakfast
25 km/ 600 m D+- run
Lunch
Talk: about the Ecology of the Land of Israel
Dinner

Day 4: Around Ein Gedi(David Arugot)

From Geological to Human Kingdom Meditation
Light Breakfast
10-12 km / 800 m D+- run
Lunch
Talk: The three annual Pilmigrages to Jerusalem in biblical times
Dinner at Derech Hagefen

Day 5: Jerusalem Mountains - Old City, Jerusalem

Light breakfast
15-20 km / 600 m D+-
Traditional culinary experience
Free time in Jerusalem, Old City
Night at Bezalel Hotel

Day 6: Old City, Jerusalem

Breakfast at Mahane Yehuda Market
Jerusalem sightseeing run
Shuttles to airport

 
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What’s included?

  • Airport shuttles.

  • Transportation throughout the whole experience.

  • Authentic traditional Israeli cuisine cooked by locals.

  • Exclusively designed trails in magical and unique landscapes.

  • Magnificent guided running across the Negev desert, pilgrimage land.

  • Culinary experience at Mahane Yehuda Market.

  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions.

  • Israeli traditional music session by local musicians.

  • Talks and conferences led by local experts.

  • Support and knowledge of our local guides.

  • Shared and private accommodation.

 
 

Difficulty

All of our trips are designed to welcome hikers and runners of all fitness levels. We will assign different guides to groups of different levels so that no one is left behind. You will feel safe and comfortable throughout the trip whether you're a professional runner that wants to add these runs to your training, an amateur who wants to explore the world of trail-running or a casual hiker who wishes to challenge him- or herself while enjoying nature in a secure environment.    


 
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