Yoga and Horse Wisdom Desert Retreat

Expand & deepen your awareness, unbridle your creativity and be inspired to transform your life. Connect to the stillness in Wadi Rum, the magic in Petra, the intuitive power of the horses, the light of fire and stars, the healing zen of the Dead Sea and the inspiring wisdom within your heart. 

“The trip started out as an adventure to discover a new country and became a pilgrimage to discover myself. I returned home feeling peaceful, strong and inspired” – Christina

“A magical journey and all one needs is an open mind and an open heart!”- Chantal

Wadi Rum meditation

9 days/ 8 nights program

Visits to Madaba – Dana – Wadi Rum – Petra – Little Petra – Dead Sea

Full board program – all meals
11 yoga sessions, 2 horse wisdom sessions, several meditation sessions
guided by Sandra Jelly

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Horseback riding in Petra or Wadi Rum
Thai Massage

1.095 JD1.545 USD per person
Single Supplement: 82 JD / 115 USD
Minimum 4, maximum 8 guests

Next departure dates:
Fri. 4 Nov – Sat. 12 Nov
Special: Fri 17 March – Sat 25 March – with Sandra Wallin
Fri. 14 April – Sat. 22 April
Special: Fri 15 May – Sat 23 May – with Liz Warrington


Program of your retreat

Your trip in a nutshell: From the Christian community in Madaba you travel south to explore wildlife in Dana reserve, visit its centuries old village and dive into the vastness of the Wadi Rum desert, where you meet up with your guide Sandra. Our Desert Escape is about grounding, expanding, opening, and setting intention. Petra offers beauty and magic and its own special energy. Petra Play means the Works: horse sessions, creative expression, ceremony & closing circle. Finally you will experience Dead Sea Zen for body relaxation: healing water & mud for nurturing and releasing the old and preparing us to step into a new phase of our life journey. Total of 11 yoga sessions and 2 horse sessions in Jordan’s desert beauty of Wadi Rum and Petra.

Day 1, Friday- Madaba, BB. Day of arrival at at Amman Airport. Depending on time of arrival you can choose the following optional activities: visit a women’s cooperative in the beautiful valley of Irak al Amir or the impressive ruins of Jerash and/or visit Madaba’s well kept mozaics and dinner in Haret Jdoudna – Madaba’s famous restaurant.
Overnight in Madaba.

Desert Escape

Day 2, Saturday: Dana & Wadi Rum (FB). After an early breakfast you will travel South for your Desert Escape in Wadi Rum. In beautiful nature reserve Dana you will be guided on a 2 hour walk and enjoy lunch with great views over Wadi Araba. Also chance to visit a local crafts center. Arrival in the afternoon at our Bedouin camp in the protected area of Wadi Rum, where Sandra awaits you with tea, sunset yoga and dinner. Gathering for a chant on the rocks to invoke the wisdom of your heart to guide you during this journey. Sleeping in a Bedouin tent or under the stars. Shared facilities.

Daily Yoga & Meditation sessions: Sunset yoga session in Wadi Rum & Desert Star chant 

Day 3, Sunday: Wadi Rum (FB) Morning yoga session and breakfast. Mindful reflections and a meditative treasure walk in the morning. After lunch, time to recline in the pillows and let your eyes drop for a nap. The afternoon free to relax, explore the area on foot or on horse back (optional) or possibly enjoy a Thai Massage by Sandra. Yoga will be at sunset again. Bedouin dinner. Sacred dance at the fire and spirit wander under the desert stars or in a genuine Bedouin tent. Shared facilities.


Daily Yoga & Meditation sessions: 7 am Yoga session, meditative walk, sunset yoga session, desert dance

Discover Petra

Day 4, Monday:Wadi Rum – Little Petra (FB). After our morning yoga session and breakfast, we will have a 2hr Camel ride to experience this breathtaking World Heritage site like a nomad. Take in this majestic scenery of the ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains rising out of the orange and white sand. Around 12am we leave to Petra for lunch hosted by a local family. After shopping for some necessities we continue to Little Petra to our private camping site. After sunset yoga and a bbq dinner we sleep under the stars (tents & shower available, no toilet facilities).

Daily Yoga & Meditation sessions: 7 am Morning Yoga, introduction to Horse Wisdom Session, Chakra meditation

Day 5, Tuesday: Petra (FB) Yoga to awaken our spine and a breakfast suitable for explorers. You will enter Petra through the little known entrance to the Monastery guided by a local guide. Sandra will go to her stable to transfer the horses for the horse sessions in Little Petra. The walk starts with glowing land, then contours around the mountains with beautiful views to the Wadi Araba desert and finally leads to perhaps Petra’s most awe-inspiring monument, the Monastery. Stop for a lemon/mint juice and then continue down the 800 steps to visit the Colonnade street and see the Royal Tombs, Theater and of course the Treasury. Box lunch provided. You will leave this impressive site through the serene, high walled and colorful Siq and stop at the Cave Bar for a drink. Transfer to the Bedouin Rock camp for refreshment, dinner and a closing meditation. Sandra will meet you at the camp again for dinner.

Daily Yoga & Meditation sessions: 7 am Morning yoga in natural yoga shala, Sunset yoga and Chant

Petra Play

Day 6, Wednesday:Little Petra (Full Board) We start the day with a yoga session in a beautiful natural yoga shala in order to quieten the mind and to center the awareness in the heart. After breakfast we head to nearby stable for some interactive horse time. Horses are highly intuitive and compassionate animals that reflect what is left unspoken. After a short introduction n the coaching with horses, the horse personalities and safety in the paddock. We start with a Meet the herd session and have the morning to engage with horses in the paddock, to find out what they mirror back to us and to connect to our authentic selves. Lunch will be provided either at the stable location or at the camp. Depending on closing time of horse session, you can use the afternoon to integrate the horse’s wisdom using creative expression and beautiful horse cards, go for a swim or should you wish, opt for a Thai massage. We meet again for a sunset yoga session and dinner at the camp. (shared facilities).

Daily Yoga & Meditation sessions: Morning yoga session, Horse Wisdom session, Thai Massage (optional) and sunset yoga!

Day 7, Thursday:Little Petra (Full board) We gather in our natural yoga shala for our morning yoga session. After breakfast we enter again into the field of equine wisdom in order to deepen our exploration and find inspiration for our life journeys. We will enjoy lunch at the stable or in the camp and thereafter will have a short transfer to the Ammarin camp for a circle (to balance male/female) at a millennium old tree followed by a Divine Feminine ceremony at a special cave. Sunset Yoga and dinner and overnight at Ammarin Bedouin camp. (shared facilities)

Daily Yoga & Meditation sessions: Morning yoga session, Horse Wisdom session, Ceremony at cave and sunset yoga

Dead Sea Zen

Day 8, Friday:Dead Sea (Full Board) After our morning yoga session and breakfast, we say our goodbyes and your driver takes you on a breathtaking scenic transfer to the Dead Sea. At O Beach you will enjoy a wonderful mud & float session, have lunch, relax at the infinity pool, contemplate your journey and get ready to leave this awe inspiring place. Enjoy dinner with a local family in Madaba. Overnight in a 3* hotel Madaba.

Daily Yoga & Meditation sessions: Morning yoga session and local dinner to close the holiday

Day 9, Saturday: (B) Time to say goodbye to Jordan, transfer to the airport in Amman.

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Your Yoga Guide


Sandra Jelly

Through the embodied practice of Vinyasa Flow yoga, Sandra invites you into a relation-ship of depth within yourself where listening is cultivated, the body is honored, and playful, creative exploration is welcomed. Through Yoga Sandra wishes to inspire you to trust yourself and let the practice unfold from an inner wisdom, an inner movement that serves you. Bringing fluidity and authenticity in your practice. Just like life, let it flow, be fully absorbed in the breath and you will see the beautiful gifts of the present moment.

Expanding your awareness and integrating more of yourself is gently supported by interacting with horses. They reflect our state of being in the moment and allow us to transform limiting beliefs in order to become fully present. The horses have been guiding Sandra – artist, designer and coach – since 2009 from Amsterdam advertising world into Bedouin horse world of Petra, Jordan. She invites guests into the desert to share her heart opening experience of becoming powerful in ones vulnerability. 

Throughout the journey there will also be opportunities to sit and listen from the heart, and speak and be heard from the heart in the context of community. Sharing this way provides incredible support, enriching connections in the group and makes for greater presence on the mat and in interaction with the horses. All levels welcome. No previous horse experience required.

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By intuitively reflecting your being, horses invite you to soften your body, connect from the heart, quiten your mind and communicate from the soul. Hence they lead you to that authentic space of expanded awareness and harmony. Horses allow you to be in the moment. They immediately reflect a change in being, inspiring you to transform your reality.


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