Mindfulness and Spirituality – In Israel!

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Hey everyone! I am so excited to share that this coming weekend I will going to ISRAEL!! I cannot believe the trip is finally here. When I was 16, I went on a youth trip to Israel which was incredible. I had a wonderful experience and made some amazing friends – some of which, I am still close with today! One of those friends, my dearest Beccah, will be coming to Israel with me again this time around! It was her idea, I can’t take credit. But she found a trip that is based on Mindfulness and Spirituality – she loves yoga, I love yoga, how perfect could this be?? So we signed up right away! That was about 6 months ago – and now, surprise! The time has arrived!

I feel pretty unprepared. I haven’t packed. I don’t know what to expect. But here goes nothing!

The trip is led by Birthright – a not-for-profit educational organization that sponsors free trips to Israel for young adults of Jewish heritage, aged 18-26. Which is pretty amazing – Beccah and I simply had to find transportation to New York city where we will be flying out of JFK – and then we are off! All expenses paid. I feel very fortunate to be able to participate in such an incredible experience and cannot wait to begin our adventure.

Some of the things that I am most excited about:

  • Going to the Golan Heights Winery
  • Learning about Kabbalah
  • Visiting Tel Aviv
  • Visiting Jerusalem
  • Going to Machane Yehuda – a bustling open air market in the heart of Jerusalem
  • Riding camels!
  • Enjoying a Hafla dinner feast – we will be sleeping in tents in the desert!
  • Climbing Masada – A famous desert plateau
  • Swimming in the dead sea
  • And of course doing yoga/eating all the while!

Obviously, I do not have any new pictures to share yet – but hopefully I will have PLENTY to share throughout and after the trip is over! Here is one of my favorite sunset photos from my last trip almost 10 years ago! I am such a sucker for sunsets…

If you have been to Israel, do you have any recommendations? The trip is mostly planned for us but I would love to hear any suggestions you might have for our free time!

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