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Mystical Israel

8 DAYS OF MIND BODY BALANCING

yoga | spirituality | history 

Excite your Senses

Discover the ultimate in spiritual, cultural, and eco-adventure travel.  Israel is perhaps one of the most sacred places for the many of the world’s faiths and civilizations. Join our small, intimate group and our local hosts in a rare and unique retreat experience of the Real Israel.

Meet inspiring, creative locals (both Arab and Israeli) who will share their passion, experience and personal points of view; practice yoga and the Art of Being Present as you walk, swim, eat, connect, travel and soak in the rich diversity of this ancient land and its inhabitants.

Our journey will lead us into the historical and spiritual highlights of Israel, as well as off the beaten path gems in natural, archeological and urban settings.

Our local host, Avishai, will introduces you to his colorful family, friends and unique communities of creative and inspiring folks of different religions and ethnicities.


THE DETAILS:

SLEEP | 5 nights in a boutique hotel in Rosh Pina, 3 nights in boutique hotel in Jerusalem 

YOGA | Daily asana yoga classes, meditation, breath work

EAT | 3 daily delicious, healthy Mediterranean meals

ADVENTURE |Daily hiking and swimming excursions; Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, Dead Sea 

CULTURE |Entry to historical/spiritual sites, tour of cities of northern Israel, Kibbutz and bee farm tour, experience local markets, private hosted meals and cooking classes


DATES:  
August 25 - September 2, 2018

LOCATION: 
Galilee - Golan Heights - Nazareth - Jerusalem, Israel

Cost: 
$3450 Shared Room
$3950 Private Room
Deposit: $750

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YOGA

 the yoga:nira gita  In her guided classes she teach the Ashtanga Yoga primary series (also known as "yoga chikitsa" or “yoga therapy”). This is a sequence combining dynamic postures with breath (Ujjayi Pranayama). Though the practice is physical it facilitates mental clarity, and much attention is given to details in order to improve awareness, purify the body, and develop strength, flexibility and stamina.  Nira is a mother of five girls and also an amateur beekeeper. When she's not on her Yoga mat, she can be found spending time with her daughters and bees.

the yoga:nira gita

In her guided classes she teach the Ashtanga Yoga primary series (also known as "yoga chikitsa" or “yoga therapy”). This is a sequence combining dynamic postures with breath (Ujjayi Pranayama). Though the practice is physical it facilitates mental clarity, and much attention is given to details in order to improve awareness, purify the body, and develop strength, flexibility and stamina. 
Nira is a mother of five girls and also an amateur beekeeper. When she's not on her Yoga mat, she can be found spending time with her daughters and bees.

 trip leader:David Bernstein  I thank the universe every day for giving me the opportunity to transform my life in ways that continue to exceed my wildest expectations. I am not a guru, nutritionist, or yogi, but I am passionate about spirituality, wellness and yoga. What I am - what I have always been - is a communicator, a collaborator, a teacher. I am the guy who connects, who gets people excited, and who inspires.    

trip leader:David Bernstein

I thank the universe every day for giving me the opportunity to transform my life in ways that continue to exceed my wildest expectations. I am not a guru, nutritionist, or yogi, but I am passionate about spirituality, wellness and yoga. What I am - what I have always been - is a communicator, a collaborator, a teacher. I am the guy who connects, who gets people excited, and who inspires. 

 

 Local host:Avishai pearlson  Avishai Pearlson is a passionate and accomplished Organic Farmer, Chef, and Bodywork Expert. From Northern Israel, to the North Western American Coast, to the Peruvian Andes, Avishai has been creating Kibbutz-inspired communities, celebrating and cherishing their sustainability and simple abundance. An international Breema (the Art of being Present) Bodywork Instructor, Avishai finds permaculture farming and meditation in the mountains to be serious fun. With his life companion Viviana, Avishai co- directs Ninos del Sol, a home and family of 16 (previously abandoned) youth with no biological parents in the Sacred Valley of the Inca, near Cusco, Peru.  Avishai has been guiding international workshops and also spiritual tours, including walking meditations and personal rituals for waking up to life and transformation.

Local host:Avishai pearlson

Avishai Pearlson is a passionate and accomplished Organic Farmer, Chef, and Bodywork Expert. From Northern Israel, to the North Western American Coast, to the Peruvian Andes, Avishai has been creating Kibbutz-inspired communities, celebrating and cherishing their sustainability and simple abundance. An international Breema (the Art of being Present) Bodywork Instructor, Avishai finds permaculture farming and meditation in the mountains to be serious fun. With his life companion Viviana, Avishai co- directs Ninos del Sol, a home and family of 16 (previously abandoned) youth with no biological parents in the Sacred Valley of the Inca, near Cusco, Peru.

Avishai has been guiding international workshops and also spiritual tours, including walking meditations and personal rituals for waking up to life and transformation.


EXPERIENCES

culture & food

Experience an authentic Kibbutz

Integrate into one of the most well known communal living models at Kibbutz Kfar Hanassi with Avishai and his parents, who have been active Kibbutz members since 1960. Meet local artists and activists, including Elder Pioneers, who founded the Kibbutz at 1948. Swim in the gorgeous Kibbutz swimming pool, craft silk scarfs with Reggi Pearlson, an accomplished artist and teacher, and learn how to prepare the famous Israeli Shakshuka (a beloved vegetable stew and eggs dish) with Jason Pearlson.

Tour a Bee Farm and Winery                                                                                 Accompanied by a local friend, educator, and a Bee Farmer, we will visit productive Bee Hives along the shore of the Jordan River, taste the aromatic honey, and experience a truly sustainable operation.  
We will meet local Druz friends in their villages at the shoulder of Mt Hermon, and enjoy a home cooked traditional meal, while learning about their unique tradition and political situation.
We will hike to a pristine fresh water pool and waterfall, where we can bathe and explore.
After, we will visit an artisan local winery, and taste some of their splendid quality wines.
 

Explore Middle Eastern Markets and Bedouin Dinner Party

Get ready to engage all your senses in the colorful, multi-cultural markets of Israel. Products sold and traded in this hectic market place will be enjoyed as we dine Bedouin style. Imagine belly dancers, exotic food, and eating on rugs laid over the floor. 

Musical Shabbat Service

We will participate in a lively Musical Shabbat Service of Nava tehila, a New- Age, egalitarian, all inclusive Renewal Jewish community, headed by Rabbi Rut Gan Kagan.
Our festive Shabbat Dinner will be prepared and served by our friend and guide Hanni, at her home, where we will meet some friends who know Jerusalem from the inside out, and can tell stories and intelligently answer difficult questions about politics, conflicts and challenges of modern Israel and Jerusalem.
 


 

Mystical Sites

Rosh Pina - Art and Food

The clear, cool mountain air of Rosh Pina and the vistas it affords across the Golan Heights, Mount Hermon and Hula Valley make it a popular destination in the North. Now a thriving artists’ colony and gateway to many nearby cities of interest, many bed-and-breakfasts and luxury boutique hotels are tucked among its restored stone houses, and pubs. We will explore the charming neighborhoods and dine with  local families in their homes.

Zafed - Birthplace of Kabbalah

Since the 16th century, Zafed has been considered one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities; since that time, the city has remained a center of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism. We will walk the charming ally ways of the Old City, visiting the lovely art galleries, old Synagogues and meet with a local Artist/ Kabbalist for an introduction to Kabbalah.

Nazareth - Sacred Biblical Sites                                                                                             For two thousand years Nazareth has been closely identified with Christianity and has attracted millions of pilgrims from around the world. Nazareth is also Israel’s largest Arab city and as such serves as a major cultural center. Over the past decade the historical Old City has been extensively renovated, preserving and restoring the architectural beauty and unique character of its narrow lanes and alleys. We will spend the day exploring all Nazareth has to offer.

Jerusalem - Multicultural Epicenter

A local guide will invite us to explore the different neighborhoods of Jerusalem, with a personal walking tour through the history, religions, cultures, and stories of this complex city. Experience the Old City, with its Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Armenian quarters.
We will visit the Western Wall, tour below the street surfaces, walk along walls and on rooftops, meet Peace Activists, shop at the dazzling Suk (Old Market), and visit the holy sites of the 3 local religions.
Friday is also an exciting day to visit Machane Yehuda market, where we will have lunch in one of the many small, family style restaurants.

 

Eco-adventure and Wellness 

The Dead Sea

Our experience will begin at Nachal Arugot, a surprising oasis close to the Dead Sea, offering a different view of the hot, arid, harsh Judean Desert. From there we will explore, have a picnic lunch, and later enter for a dip in the saltiest and lowest lake in the world, known for its healing properties. 

Swimming

Each day in northern Israel we will have the option to enjoy a splash and opportunity to cool down in a variety of watering holes; from the Kibbutz swimming pool, River Jordan, to mountain pools, to the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea.

Hiking

Our mornings will combine hikes in the Golan Heights, exploring local agricultural projects, and boat and beach excursions. 
We will drive to the Northern border of Israel with Lebanon, exploring the caves of Rosh Hanikra, and end up swimming in the sunset drenched shores of Achziv beach. 

 

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Rosh Pina (5 nights) Hameiri Estates

Hameiri Estate’s historic 135-year-old stone house, stands at the highest point of Old Rosh-Pinna. The house with its arched ceilings, is surrounded by an orchard  overlooking breathtaking views of the Hula Valley, the Golan Heights and Mt. Hermon. Spacious air-conditioned guest accommodations are geared for pampering our guests in distinct and cozy rooms. Each room is totally unique. All offer fully accessorized kitchenettes, quality-beds, Jacuzzis and comfortable lounging. Two outdoor hot baths provide scenic relaxation. Outdoor sitting areas overlook an ever present splendid view. Our pleasant rooms and  fine service combine with  wonderful  vistas in creating  a memorable  Galilee vacation.

Jerusalem (3 nights) The Scott's Guest House

Today, the Scottish Guesthouse is your home in the heart of Jerusalem. It offers a combination of comfort, location, and style. Looking across the Hinnom Valley to the Jaffa Gate, with a spectacular view of the old and the modern city, it is within easy walking distance of both. It is owned and managed by the Church of Scotland and is an ideal base for pilgrimage, business, or tourism.


 

LOCAL CUISINE

Delicious cuisine

Each meal will be an experience of wellness, celebrating the abundance of local fresh products and the healthy mediterranean/ mideastern couisne.

As a passionate Chef and foodie, Avishai will introduce creative, delicious, clean and healthy chioces of foods in each meal. Some meals will be prepared and served by other passionate food artisans, served in the intimacy of the home and family, while other meals will be served in authentic, down to earth, choice eateries and restaurants, in villages, towns and cities.


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TRAVEL

AIRPORT TRANSFER; Our pick up will be at the Ben Gurion international airport in Israel. The shuttle will depart from the airport between 4-5p.m. Should you arrive earlier or later than the set pick up time, please contact Life Force for additional transfer options.

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