KINETIC EVOLUTION, KEMETIC REVOLUTION WITH DJ TOWNSEL
MAY 25 - JUNE 1, 2020 - WEEK 2
Join us on a 7 night, 8 day traveling yoga retreat experience in Egypt with international yoga teacher DJ Townsel as we adventure throughout the Ancient World of Egypt. Together, we will explore the Great Pyramids of Giza and sights and sounds of Cairo, set sail across the Nile in a traditional Dahabeya boat to discover the magic within the temples of Luxor and Karnak, and venture to laid back Aswan, which brings together Nile views, relaxation, ancient ruins, and Nubian culture in a relatively small space compared to other sprawling Egyptian cities.
In addition to exploring one of the most mystical destinations in the world, DJ will be leading us through a daily yoga practice as well as his signature acro and inversion workshops.
DAY 1: Arrival and dinner on Felucca at sunset
While the sun sets on the ancient city of Cairo, you will embark on a lively felucca ride on the Nile, the river believed to carry water from the heavens by both ancient and modern Egyptians. The Egyptian dinner will give you a taste of the finest Cairean food and will be accompanied by the warm, melodic tunes of the oud, an instrument born in ancient Mesopotamia, raised in Iraq and Spain, and matured in Egypt. Akin to the piano in Europe, the oud is dubbed the Sultan of Instruments in the Middle East and has evolved over centuries to express the timeless, triumphant spirit of the region.
DAY 2: Pyramids & Egyptian museum tour
The ancient Egyptians were one of the most religious people in the world. Their belief system sprang from an age-old mythology and grew to permeate most aspects of their existence. It created the political system that made the state revolve around the pharaoh and the social system that divided society into classes that either ruled or labored. In this tour, we will learn of the revered god-pharaohs and their unique intermediary roles between gods and men; explore how the priests reinforced this perception through their temple institutions; and how the pharaohs were ultimately able to utilize the manpower and resources of an entire nation to construct pyramids that would stand for millennia. Concepts of power and religion that have evolved, yet can still be heard resounding today.
DAY 3: Desert safari on quad bikes and explore Luxor East bank
We'll adventure through the Western Desert in quad bikes. In Luxor’s East Bank, we venture into the temples to marvel at the greatest ancient Egyptian monuments built by some of its most notable rulers. As you witness the power of the pharaohs in the Luxor and Karnak Temples, you will also learn about their loyal servants and covert arch-enemies: the priests. These holy men often tipped the balance of power, and at times, even challenged the pharaohs to rule Egypt.
DAY 4: Edfu & Komombo tours
Edfu and Kom Ombo were religious centers for thousands of years; homes to the most powerful of all kings—the gods. The modern-day cities are where the best preserved temples in all of antiquity are located. It was here that Horus restored justice and triumphed over the evil Set. And here where the gods created the world, raised the heavens, and maintained them with benevolence.
DAY 5: Sailing to Aswan
DAY 6: Aswan full day tour & Nubian dinner and culture show
This tour at the Aswan High Dam, commissioned by late President Abdelnasser as a final taming effort of the Nile’s capricious spirit. We then go back in time to the Philae Temple of Lady Isis. Ancient Egypt had made way for the Ptolemies at this time, but you will see on every pylon of this pearl temple, how the Greek pharaohs continued their dance with eternity, keeping close Isis, Horus, and Hathor. The tour will end at the serene Nubian Village,
where you will have an authentic Nubian dinner while enjoying a traditional performance. As a final relaxation activity, we will take a boat and sail peacefully on the Nile until we arrive at the serene Nubian Village. There you will be greeted by its locals and be hosted for an authentic Nubian dinner that will be followed by a music and dance performance.
DAY 7: Aswan and return to Cairo
On our final day we'll relax in Aswan before departing on our over night train to Cairo.
DAY 8: Flight back home
We'll arrive early morning to Cairo and depart to the airport.
*Yoga and/or workshops with DJ will be scheduled in accordingly. A detailed schedule will be sent to you 30 days prior to your retreat start. The above itinerary is subject to change.
Accommodation for this retreat will vary in style as per below (*subject to change):
Day 1: We will spend our first night in a beautiful oasis retreat centre outside of Cairo
Day 2: We will board an overnight train with sleeping bunk beds to Luxor
Day 3, 4, 5, 6: We will board a private Dahabeya (see photos - two masted sail boat cruise) as we set sail across Egypt.
Day 7: We will board an overnight train with sleeping bunk beds as we return to Cairo
7 Nights accommodation
All ground transportation during the retreat from airport pick up to airport drop off including overnight train from Cairo to Luxor and security escort throughout the retreat
Daily meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) starting from dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 8
All tours and excursions listed on the above travel itinerary including entrance tickets and a private guide
Yoga and workshops with DJ Townsel
Airfare to Cairo International Airport (Airport code: CAI). Please do not book your flight until you receive instructions.
Optional/extra activities or tours you'd like to partake in. A list of available tours will be provided in the information package.
Travel Visa to Egypt - US & Canadian passport holders do require a travel visa ($25 USD) to enter Egypt. Please check for entry/exit requirements based on the passport you hold at (official government website). Must be submitted 14 days before departure.
Travel Insurance (medical & trip cancellation) is mandatory to protect you in case of any unforeseen emergencies. Proof of purchase is required before trip departure.
Gratuities & souvenirs
BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS
A $500 USD Non Refundable deposit will secure your spot on the retreat or you may choose to pay in full. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the retreat start date. Payment plans are available, remaining balance can be split up into monthly or bi-weekly payments - please refer to FAQ for more information. A confirmation email will be sent within 48 hours of your booking.
Please do not book your flight until you have received a confirmation to do so. You will be provided with instructions on when to arrive/depart along with travel agent details to assist you with your flight booking (or you may book your flight on your own).
An information package will be sent 30 days prior to departure and will include the retreat schedule, recommended packing list and trip details.
All deposits & payments are non refundable. By booking a retreat, you agree to the Terms & Conditions listed here.
Email us at and see our Frequently Asked Questions.