Once again we’re heading out into the dunes for a week of storytelling, music and meditation under the desert sky.
We’ve run 3 Sahara retreats now and they were both amazing experiences. We expected everyone to be overwhelmed by the beauty of the desert and to find time for reflection, to reconsider where their lives were going – what we didn’t expect was the almost-instant sense of community that emerged in the desert and the long-lasting friendships that were formed between those who came.
This year we’re putting a particular focus on mindfulness and meditation.
If you’ve ever tried to meditate but found it hard to keep your attention in the here and now in the rush of your daily routine, in the Sahara there can be such stillness and quiet that you can hear your own blood as it flows around your body. With no cell phones or internet you can tune into your original rhythm and experience the joy of being alive.
We;ll be putting that mindfulness into practice with the dance and aikido workshops when we’ll learn to find a new expression and presence in our bodies.
But I’m not a hippie!
Don’t worry, the retreat is also a place to learn some aikido and dance expression, tell stories around the fire and make some music with 20 other interesting people from around the world. Either way you’ll be blown away by the majestic dunes, the brightness of the stars in the desert and the magic of the Sahara.
The desert is the perfect place for transformative experiences on a personal level. Just watching the moon rise at the same time as the sun sets, casting new nuances of shadow over the dunes, watching scarab beetles leave tiny tracks across the sand; it’s like being in another world.
If you have any questions or doubts don’t hesitate to write to us!
And you can read what other travelers thought about the last three retreats here.