(flexible & tentative) Itinerary
2-25-24 This trip is currently under re-construction for days in September. check back after March 10 for the updated schedule.
Highly trained Spiritual directors are invited to a special 15-day Holy Land experience. This itinerary includes holy and fun sites, four afternoon opportunities to describe and offer the practice of spiritual direction to ministry leaders & their staff in Jerusalem and the Galilee. We will provide and explanation and individual appointments for Local leaders and Believers to try it out. We will also have downtime to re-engage with the Ignatian Exercises around the Sea of Galilee! The group size is limited to 6. See below for inclusions/exclusions.
MONDAY. March 18--Board your Monday overnight flight to Tel Aviv. and fly fly fly.
TUESDAY, March 19-- Arrival Day
Arrive in Tel Aviv by 3:45 pm, go through passport control (stop at the kiosks on the mezzanine ahead of the lines), grab your luggage, and meet with Kim and the rest of the team at the INFO cubical (to your right when exiting into the main lobby). We will get you settled with exchanging dollars for shekels or using the ATM. Then we'll grab our rental car and load up our gear and drive through Jerusalem and then toward the Dead Sea region in the Judean Wilderness. We will check into our 2-night stay at the Oasis Resort and Hotel. You can then have a nice buffet dinner and crash for the evening to recuperate from that long flight. (or adventure out for a Dead Sea float).
WEDNESDAY. March 20--Desert Wilderness Day
Awake feeling refreshed from the bromides and increased oxygen levels in the air at the deepest place on earth, the Dead Sea. Enjoy an amazing breakfast buffet and yummy Israeli coffee before we begin our Desert Day together. We head to our first stop for a hike up Ein Gedi , an oasis preserve in the desert wilderness where David hid from King Saul and passed the test of waiting for God's timing on his calling to be king of Israel. We can stop at the pools and little waterfalls along the way. Then we head toward Masada and we'll ride the cable car to the top of Herod's desert fortress of Masada (video), with its massive history for the Jewish people. We'll explore the area and God's question to Isaiah "Can these dry bones live?" for the morning. Then we will enjoy a remarkable Dead Sea Float (rinse showers & change rooms) at our private beach. Early evening for reflection and dinner back at the resort.
THURSDAY March 21--Desert and Transition to Jerusalem Day
After breakfast, we will load the van for a driving day. From there, we'll drive the road of beautiful views along the Dead Sea to Qumron, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Then we will continue on toward the Galilee, past Jericho and on to Gideon's Stream for a brief look around before heading to Eden-like cultivated garden and swimming hole of Gan HaSalosha. We will stop for dinner and groceries on our way into Tiberias, "a city on a hill" overlooking the Sea of Galilee. We will check into our 2 bedroom airbnb apartment with a view for the next 3 nights.
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COST $ 3950. per person
based on double occ. & minimum of 4 people traveling.
Single room supplement charge $1080.
Not included: flight or insurance. Downpayment must accompany your registration from above. (card or check)
Checks should be mailed to
Ruth Israel Initiative
9 B Chatham Court
Pelham, AL 3524
(It's 9 b as in boy, not 98)