Bliss UP: Spiritual Yoga + Meditation Retreat in Israel

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Join Erin Rachel Doppelt, an international wellness speaker and meditation educator, for a mindful yogic retreat in Israel that will activate your body and refresh your soul.

Dedicate a week to explore your connection to self through daily yoga movement and meditation practices while tapping into the beauty of this ancient land. Together we will wake up each morning with a yoga + meditation Sadhana (practice) and then spend the rest of the day soaking in the irrepressible energy of Tel Aviv, the spiritual glow of Jerusalem and the cleansing powers of the deep Negev Desert.

Bliss UP is an incredible travel opportunity for the first time Israel visitors and those returning to cover new ground. Along the way, we will discover Israel's contemporary culture, sample its multi-ethnic cuisine, and connect with its spirited people.

The outline theme of this retreat is guided by the eastern chakra (energetic) system + Hebrew themes. Each day will connect to a specific chakra, allowing for intentional growth and integration across Israel.

NOTE: You do not need to be an experienced yogi to partake in this wondrous trip. Our retreat is accessible to all levels.

PROGRAM ITINERARY

Below is our projected itinerary, subject to reasonable change

MONDAY – OCTOBER 4, 2021

Theme: Chakra 1, focusing on grounding yourself in Israel
Tefilat HaDerech (Hebrew: תפילת הדרך‎) or the Traveler's Prayer 

  • Arrive at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport and transfer to our hotel along the coast
    Included for everyone arriving today between 6am and 4:30pm
  • Welcome dinner at Balinjera, gourmet Ethiopian cuisine
  • Gentle movement and get to know your fellow travelers 

OVERNIGHT: Artists Boutique Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meals Included: Dinner

TUESDAY – OCTOBER 5, 2021

Theme: Chakra 2, focusing on creativity and where pleasure lies in your life

  • Yoga/meditation on the beach
  • Port-to-Port bicycle tour from the Tel Aviv Port to Jaffa Port
  • A guided tasting tour of Tel Aviv’s Levinsky Market
  • Encounter with Suffi Immam, Ihab Balha – Take part in a traditional whirling dance
  • Free evening and dinner on own in Jaffa

OVERNIGHT: Artists Boutique Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

WEDNESDAY – OCTOBER 6, 2021

Theme: Chakra 3, focusing on who you are at your core and your aligned daily actions 

  • Yoga/meditation on the beach
  • Depart Tel Aviv and travel to the Negev Desert
  • Explore the archeological caves of Beit Guvrin National Park en route
  • Check-in to our desert accommodations
  • Sunset nature-walk in the Wadi Zin wilderness
  • Dinner is included at our accommodations

OVERNIGHT: Kedma Hotel, Negev Desert
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

THURSDAY – OCTOBER 7, 2021

Theme: Chakra 4, focusing on love for self and others

  • Yoga/meditation in the desert
  • Morning hike to the hidden desert pools of Ein Avdat
  • Tasting, tour, and lunch at a sustainable desert winery
  • Travel to Mitzpe Ramon and explore the Ramon Crater Visitor’s Center
  • Nature walk within the crater or rappelling down the crater walls
  • Evening: Traditional “poike pot” dinner in the desert

OVERNIGHT: Kedma Hotel, Negev Desert
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

FRIDAY – OCTOBER 8, 2021

Theme: Chakra 5, focusing on speech, language and song, welcoming the Sabbath

  • Yoga/meditation in the desert
  • Experience the thrill of sandboarding and hiking down naturally formed sand dunes
  • Depart the desert and travel to Jerusalem
  • Break for an authentic Bedouin lunch in the village of Lakiya en route
  • Arrive in Jerusalem – Stop for a panoramic introduction at the Haas Promenade, set your intentions for this Shabbat
  • Check-in to our hotel overlooking the Old City Walls
  • Kabbalat Shabbat experience in Jerusalem followed by dinner at the hotel

OVERNIGHT: Dan Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

SATURDAY – OCTOBER 9, 2021

Theme: Chakra 6, focusing on manifestation and calling in what you desire 

  • Yoga/meditation in the hotel gardens overlooking the Old City Walls
  • Full-Day Option #1: Walking tour of Jerusalem’s Old City
  • Full-Day Option #2: Travel to Masada and the Dead Sea
  • Evening: Free evening and dinner on own

OVERNIGHT: Dan Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

SUNDAY – OCTOBER 10, 2021 

Theme: Chakra 7, focusing on connection to your highest self

  • Yoga/meditation in the hotel gardens overlooking the Old City Walls
  • Morning Option #1: Yad VaShem World Holocaust Remembrance Center
  • Morning Option #2: Explore the ancient monuments of the Kidron Valley
  • Lunch on own at Mahane Yehuda open-air marketplace
  • Afternoon nature walk to the natural springs and ancient cisterns in the Jerusalem foothills
  • Tree planting ceremony, closing session and farewell dinner at Neot Kedumim Park
  • Evening: Return to Ben Gurion Airport for overnight flights home or continue to your next destination

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner


TRAVELING TO AND FROM ISRAEL
Travelers are responsible for booking their own travel to and from Israel. A VIP airport greeting and transfer to our hotel will be provided for anyone arriving at Ben Gurion Airport between 6:00am and 4:30pm on October 4th. On the final evening of the program, a  transfer will be provided back to Ben Gurion Airport in time for flights departing between 11:00pm and 1:00am. A professional travel agent is available for assistance booking your flights.

WHAT’S INCLUDED
Benefit from our no-hidden-costs approach so you can enjoy the experience to the fullest! 

  • Airport Transfer
    An airport greeting and a private transfer to our arrival hotel is complimentary for anyone arriving at Ben Gurion Airport between 6:00am and 4:30pm on October 4th
  • Deluxe Hotels
    A combination of deluxe, centrally located hotels per the itinerary
  • Guide and Program Leader
    The program is led by Erin Rachel Doppelt and a licensed Israeli guide, who accompany the group on 24 x 7 basis
  • Touring Bus
    A luxury private air-conditioned touring bus with a dedicated Israeli driver
    Saturday in Jerusalem is a walking tour day without a bus
  • Most Meals
    Includes tax/gratuities at restaurant meals
  • All Programming
    Site entrance fees and all touring experiences noted in the itinerary
  • All Applicable Taxes
    Additional VAT (tax) applies for Israeli citizens at group hotels

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to/from Israel (book via an agent)
  • Local medical insurance (optional)
  • Travel insurance (optional)
  • Meals not marked, as included in the itinerary
  • Hotel incidentals
  • Israeli staff gratuities (suggested $100/traveler)
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Erin

ABOUT ERIN

Erin Rachel Doppelt is an international wellness consultant, spiritual teacher, host of Wise Woman Podcast and retreat leader. She facilitates innovative mindfulness workshops and trainings in the areas of meditation, emotional intelligence, positive psychology, conflict competency, nutrition, yoga, and spiritual, personal and professional development. She is the creator behind the coaching certification "Certificate in Mindfulness and Wellbeing Strategy" and "Soul Immersion" group coaching and training programs. Erin developed her programming based on her experience living and learning in Israel and India. Erin earned an MA in Clinical Psychology and Education from Columbia University, and is a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach. Check out her Instagram @ErinRDoppelt and her website

COSTS & TERMS

PROGRAM COSTS
Sign up at least five months in advance to guarantee your participation and receive a $100/person discount off the posted program costs. All payments are fully refundable up to four months in advance, so your savings are entirely commitment-free.

  • Double Room Rate: $2,750
  • Single Room Rate: $3,350

ENROLLMENT TERMS

  • To reserve your spot, a $250/person deposit is due at the time of your registration
  • The deposit is refundable up to four months prior to the program start date, after which it is non-refundable
  • The balance is due no later than two months prior to the program start date, after which it is non-refundable
  • Cancellations must be made in writing, and we encourage you to obtain a travel insurance policy
  • Payments may be made by check or credit/debit card, however, a 3% processing fee applies for credit/debit card payments (does not apply to the initial $250 deposit). Note: credit card fees are non-refundable
  • All program costs are listed in US Dollars
  • Authentic Israel reserves the right to deny acceptance on the tour according to its discretion

QUESTIONS?
For inquiries about programming, contact Erin Rachel Doppelt. For inquiries about your travel or your registration, contact Authentic Israel.

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