with Dana Makover
March 18-25, 2017
East meets West on this special journey to Israel, a land steeped in rich history and a deep-rooted spirituality.
Our week-long adventure together will offer a taste of the diversity of landscape and culture, food and history of this small country (the size of New Jersey!). Accompanied by hand-picked local guides who are “in-the-know” you’ll visit the lush landscapes of the upper Galil, the beautiful Ein Gedi (the mysterious desert oasis) and you’ll float in the healing waters of the Dead Sea. We’ll visit the worshipped, ancient city of Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, Israel’s second largest city nestled on the beautiful Mediterranean sea.
We have partnered with the Society for Nature Preservation in Israel and Shatour tours to curate an experience that will be beyond any typical “tour”. Our daily activities will be complemented by our daily group yoga/meditation practices surrounded by stunning, unique Israeli landscapes such as the quirky, ancient city of Safed (Tzefat), the Hahula Valley and Mount Tavor.
We are limiting this experience to 16 students. Please scroll down to reserve your space with a deposit.
This incredible adventure is open to all. Accompanied daily by an expert tour guide we will learn about the history, culture and diverse geography of this tiny gem.
Northern Israel– Safed, The Galilee and Tiberius
The first three days are dedicated to Northern Israel. Upon our arrival, after we settle in we will begin in the ancient city of Safed where it is said that Noah’s sons (from the ark) originally settled. The city is pregnant with folklore and legend, including that of Amuka, a sacred valley where worshippers visit graves of holy sages. We will hike in Agamon Hahula– home to the largest bird migration in the world and visit the lush, green banks of the Banias river. On our second night we will drive to Hammat Gader for some luscious hot springs! On day 3 we will experience the wonder of the Mosaic Beit Alpha Synagogue and fill our bellies with a delicious hummus lunch before driving up to Mount Gilboa for a fascinating biblical tour.
We have two fabulous days planned in this magical city. Jerusalem (Yerushalayim in Hebrew and Al-Quds in Arabic, meaning the Holy city) is located in between The Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. It is one of the oldest cities in the world and considered sacred to the three major Monotheistic world religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.We will explore the Jewish, Muslim and Christian quarters of the City of David (now referred to as the “old city” which is covered with ancient buildings and tunnels built as far back as 4th Millennium BCE! We will visit the Western Wall’s underground tunnels and the Holy Temple Mount itself. Jerusalem is also home to a world famous marketplace: Suk Mahane Yehuda, which we will visit to satisfy our hungry bellies after all that exploring!
Massada, The Dead Sea and Ein Gedi
Massada, an ancient fortress with a dark history overlooking the wondrous Dead Sea is located in the Judean Desert and is one of Israel’s most popular destinations. After our hike up the plateau we will treat ourselves to a much deserved lunch and swim in the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is unlike plain old swimming. The water is so heavily concentrated with salt and minerals that it feels oily to the touch giving it and the mud beneath it healing properties unavailable anywhere else in the world! No matter how much you try, you can’t sink. You will see people reading newspapers and sipping coffee while floating in the water. It is truly a one of a kind experience! It is also the lowest place on earth. Ein Gedi, the Israeli desert oasis is an absolutely stunning nature preserve. We will visit botanical gardens and possibly even go on a mellow night hike at Havarei Vadi, a beautiful moonlit marlstone (limestone and mudstone) trail.
Before making our way to Tel-Aviv we will stop for a hike and swim in Nahal David, a stream in the Ein Gedi oasis. Yoga in the desert? Absolutely! There is so much to do and see in this gorgeous country, but we had to give you at least one day in Tel-Aviv, my hometown! Spend the day relaxing at the beach or explore the shopping and fabulous food. Make sure to grab a falafel at Hakosem or have lunch at the Miznon where they scream your name with gusto at the counter. Or visit any number of museums, cafes and bars. Not sure where to go? Hang out with me all day and I’ll take you to my favorite spots.
On the morning of our last day we will serve breakfast and supply a ride to Ben-Gurion airport if needed or stay a few more days and explore. There is so much to experience.
Our accommodations for the week are all surrounded by gorgeous natural landscapes and views of breathtaking cities, giving us the perfect opportunity to connect with nature and ground with a scenic yoga and meditation practice before breakfast. If you decide to sleep in on any given day and skip yoga, please feel free to meet us during or after breakfast! This is your time!
Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s
More than 80 airlines operate flights to Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport (known simply as Tel Aviv or TLV). Five airlines operate as many as ten flights a day nonstop from North America to Tel Aviv (Air Canada, Delta, EL AL Israel Airlines, United, US Airways).
* Since we have participants coming from various parts of the world, we ask that you plan to arrive by early afternoon on the 18th (no later than 3pm) for group pick up at the airport between 4 and 4:30pm. There is a coffee shop in the arrivals hall after customs to the right where the groups will gather. If your best route is to arrive one (or more) nights early, our partners in Israel can assist you with a hotel booking. We will also offer a pick up at the Prima Hotel on Mapu Street on the 18th for early arrivers.
On the 18th, we will drive North for our first night together. You may like to check in with us at firstname.lastname@example.org before booking your flights. We will start formally collecting travel details starting in November / December.
Our lodging for the week will be in hotels and guest houses (more detail under “accommodations”) and we’ll have group transportation and private guides in tourist AC mini-bus transport. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be met at the airport and all is planned beautifully for us with private guides to the best sights and private AC minibus transportation. Breakfasts, and 6 dinners are included. We’ll have one free dinner night in Jerusalem and a few light lunches on the go that you should budget a few dollars for.
We’ll provide a more detailed day by day itinerary as we get closer to the trip, but be assured each day will be filled with amazing sights, history, culture, food and inspiration! Nature Tours, Bental Mountain, Hammat Hagader hot springs, Harod Valley, Mount Gilboa, the Jordan Valley Road to Jerusalem, the underground Western Wall tunnels, Ein Gedi and floating in the Dead Sea are just SOME of the highlights.
What to pack:
- Yoga Mat
- Hiking/walking shoes
- Comfortable loose clothing (It can be hot even in March!)
- Layering clothing for chillier evenings (It may get a little chilly up north and at night in the desert)
- A couple of nicer outfits for evenings out
- Bathing suit
- Yoga clothes
- Adapters for electronics
For more helpful FAQ’s about traveling to Israel, please CLICK HERE.
Your Teacher & Guide
Dana discovered yoga through a voice teacher who incorporated yoga asana into the art of singing when she was only fifteen years old. Having already suffered from a number of eating disorders and severe anxiety and depression, yoga and singing together created a safe space where being in her body didn’t seem so bad. Having spent her childhood travelling between Israel and Texas, “home” was a loosely defined word. Yoga became a major building block in the long process of making her body into her home.
Dana considers travel a necessary tool for opening her mind and heart. The process of purposely placing oneself in a strange environment surrounded by different sounds, cultures, languages and foods creates more flexibility in the mind than any yoga asana ever could. Through experiencing others in their environments, we learn to better understand ourselves. Travel can truly be a journey to the self through others, a beautifully human way to connect. [Read more about Dana]
Your accommodations include 2 nights Kibbutz Gonen, 1 night Nir David, 2 nights Jerusalem (Harmony Hotel or equivalent), 1 night Kibbutz Ein Gedi, 1 night Tel Aviv (Hotel TBD).
- 7 nights accommodations
- Airport transfers
- All yoga classes with Dana
- Guided Tours
- Entrance Fees
- Breakfasts, 6 dinners
- Airfare to Tel Aviv
- 1 dinner and a light lunches
- Travel Insurance
- Gratuities you might like to offer drivers and guides
- Personal expenses
A $695 deposit will secure your space and we would be happy to match you with a roommate.
Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($695) before November 15 . No refunds after November 15. In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify One Yoga Global 30+ days in advance. In case of cancellation by One Yoga Global, you will receive a full refund of all funds received by One Yoga Global. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver to participate on this trip.
If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through February 1, 2017, unless other arrangements are made.
We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies like TRAVEL GUARD offer policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverage), coverage for expenses incurred due to weather & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency travel medical. Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.