DISCOVER OMAN: THE PEARL OF ARABIA   

OMAN Yoga Journey

JOIN OUR INTERNATIONAL YOGA TRIP TO OMAN:
DECEMBER 6-13, 2024 / FEBRUARY 22-MARCH 1, 2025

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Are you one of the 16 amazing souls joining us on the yoga journey of a lifetime?

Embark on an unforgettable yoga journey to Oman. Join us for an international yoga retreat in the heart of tranquillity. With its stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage, Oman provides the perfect backdrop for a rejuvenating yoga vacation.

 If you are an adventurous soul and a traveller with an open heart and you feel the urge to reconnect with your inner curiosity, to fill your eyes and heart with beauty and to feel alive and full of passion again – then join us on this 8-day trip of sensory exploration of Oman.  Immerse yourself into nature and the rich local culture and integrate this amazing experience through yoga and meditation.

You will return home refreshed, rejuvenated, full of new sensations and with new vigour.

i am ready to join now! 

Yoga Ibiza international yoga journey to oman

Experience the magic of Oman

Oman – the Pearl of Arabia. Think an enchanted land where the ocean meets the mountains and where the mountains meet the desert. Where the turquoise blue changes into lush green and then into golden and red. 

Picture the heavenly scent of frankincense and myrrh – substances once valued higher than gold. Think heady smells of cardamom, saffron and coffee filling the labyrinthine alleys of traditional souks (bazaars).

Imagine the magic of One Thousand and One Nights, think the travels of Sinbad the Sailor. Do you remember your childhood daydreams? When your days were carefree and there wasn’t a worry in the world?
You wanted to discover hidden places, climb the highest mountains, or sail across the seas. As a child, you wanted to explore the whole world and your imagination had no limits?

You can connect with that inner child, that undiluted passion and curiosity, leaving all the fears and worries behind and experience the magic and mysteries of Oman with us.

A serene yoga journey

Oman is a beautiful, quiet and serene country with a relaxed atmosphere. This yoga trip to Oman is designed to connect you with the tranquillity inside you. 

My yoga journey is designed to help you explore the world within and outside.
Yoga and meditation will enable you to explore the world inside you.
Whereas our travel adventures will allow you to explore the world around you.

Travelling and yoga are an ideal combination as yoga practice helps you stay present and centred and help you immerse your senses in this unique experience. 

This yoga practice will connect you with your inner wisdom, with the loving kindness and deep gratitude inside your heart. It will help you slow down, go quiet and focus your energies.  

Tailored Yoga Sessions in Oman:

Our yoga sessions will be tailor-made for our intimate group – a maximum of 16 participants. 
Gentle vinyasa flow sessions will connect you with your breath, releasing tensions and blockages in your body and increasing the flow of Prana, your vital energy. You will learn breathing techniques to help you stay focused and balanced in your everyday life.

Beach Yoga in Oman:

Oman offers a unique blend of desert, mountain and sea. We shall explore all three. I have chosen a tranquil, super-clean and pollution-free beach for our invigorating morning yoga practice.  Imagine practicing morning yoga against the backdrop of the aquamarine waters of the Arabian Sea.
The undisturbed beauty of this beach will beat any yoga resort you have visited to date. 

Yoga in the Mountains in Oman:

Oman’s splendid scenery of the 3,073 m high Jebal-Akhdar (Green Mountain) will amaze you!  Come to Oman with us, be enchanted by its colours, and experience yoga sessions in the heart of nature.
These outdoor yoga sessions are specially designed to refresh your focus and ground you.

Oman desert yoga

Desert Yoga In Oman:

Oman offers a unique travel and yoga experience thanks to its diverse landscapes. Have you ever stayed a night in a bedouin’s camp?
Come feel like the gypsies of the Arabian Nights, experience yoga in the desert, and see a glimpse of a lifestyle which is starkly different from your own. 

The vastness of the desert will fill you with the sensation of unlimited freedom. The sky full of stars above will bring a feeling of peace that you have never experienced before. Yoga and meditation practice in the desert will centre us, bringing us back to our true selves, to our hearts.

Desert Yoga in Oman

“If the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. “ -Eleonora Duse

Yoga trip to Oman sightseeing on yoga retreat

Why choose Oman for your Yoga Holiday?

Oman is a land of incredible natural beauty, vibrant culture and warm hospitality. It impresses you at every turn. If you are seeking history or scenery Oman has much to offer.

Oman is one of the safest countries in the world. Crime is almost non-existent here. It is also one of the most modern countries in the Arabian Gulf and one of the most immaculate in the world. Because of this cleanliness, it is often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of the Gulf’.

The Omani people are very friendly and welcoming. You will feel safe and comfortable thanks to their hospitality.

Explore the Beauty of Oman Through Yoga

Breathtaking Landscapes and Serene Surroundings

Oman’s natural beauty is unparalleled. From majestic mountains to pristine beaches, the diverse landscapes of Oman offer an ideal setting for your yoga practice. Imagine practising yoga amidst the tranquillity of the desert or overlooking the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea. Oman provides a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, allowing you to reconnect with yourself and nature.

Rich Cultural Heritage and Spiritual Significance

Oman has a rich history and a deep-rooted spiritual heritage. The country is home to ancient forts, traditional villages, and historic mosques, providing ample opportunities for cultural exploration and spiritual growth. Experience the warm hospitality of the Omani people as you immerse yourself in their customs and traditions. Oman’s vibrant culture adds an enriching dimension to your yoga journey, allowing you to gain insights into different ways of life and perspectives.

YOga trip to oman muscat beach
History And Cultural Immersion In Oman:

The city of Muscat, Oman´s capital, is modern while still retaining its ancient aura. Among the famous landmarks of Oman, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque with its stunning architecture is a definite must-see.

In Muscat’s old town, Muttrah, you can travel back in time. Wandering through its narrow streets you can admire the traditional Muttrah souk full of silver, spices and frankincense. You can feel the Omani heritage and trading history.Delicious meals that combine flavours from the Persian, Indian, African and Arabic cultures will seduce you. Eating more than well is the norm in Oman.

Oman’s history of Oman dates back 5000 years. It is a mixture of myths and legends, tribes and civilisations.

The government is making great efforts to preserve Oman’s traditional culture, including the architecture, arts, dance and music.

Authentic Oman will captivate you with stunning landscapes, fascinating colours and living traditions.

Oman today is one of the world´s best hidden gems…

It is hard to describe the magical beauty of Oman, so the best thing you can do is to come with us and experience it yourself!

Yoga trip to Oman desert camel ride

What will I experience?

  • Stunning nature, rich history, and traditional culture – all with our knowledgeable and experienced local guide! Connect with local people and explore local traditions. Indulge in tasty food. Wander through the traditional souks full of silver, frankincense and spices.
  • Discover secluded wadis with lush nature, swim in the ocean, and fill your lungs and soul with the fresh mountain air.
  • Taste local honey, learn the traditional use of frankincense, sleep in the desert, eat with a Bedouin family, and explore the traditional way of life of the Omani people.
  • Practice yoga, meditation and journaling to expand your consciousness and truly connect with your essence.  Discover the true sense of gratitude.

  • I create a safe space where you can learn and share what you are experiencing in the group. 
  • Test how open and non-judgemental your mind is, gently step outside your comfort zone, and explore a different culture, its customs and traditions.
  • Connect with like-minded travellers & yogis, create unforgettable moments and form new friendships.
  • Reconnect with your inner calmness and rediscover your courageous heart.
  • Return home feeling lighter, clearer and more open and grounded. And bring that peace and calmness into everything you do.
Yoga trip to Oman

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. – Seneca

What is INCLUDED

 Four  nights at the beautiful 4 star hotel Mysk Al Mouj in The Marina in Muscat City.

• One night in the typical village in the heart of Jebel Akhdar mountains.

• Two nights in the traditional Bedouin private  camp in Wahiba desert.

• One day stay at a hotel in Muscat City before taking the flight back home.

• 7 x breakfast and 7x dinner. Buffet or menu.

• Transfers from and to the Muscat Airport. All transfers during the trip – minivan, 4×4 cars in the desert.

• All yoga and meditation sessions.

• Our amazing local guide during the whole trip.

• Admission fees,  guided visits and activities according to the programme.

• One bottled water per day.

• A pre-trip Zoom meeting where you get to know your fellow travellers and where we will set the intention for our trip.

 

What is NOT INCLUDED

• Your return flight ticket to/from Muscat International Airport

• Your Travel, Medical and Trip Cancellation  Insurance – REQUIRED! 

• Your midday meals/ snacks

• Your personal expenses

• Tips for the locals – drivers, hotel staff, waiters…. Tips are expected everywhere as they are considered part of the salary.

• Drinks during the dinners

 

Who are your guides?

JANA VANHEES

Certified yoga, meditation and mindfulness teacher with 20 years of experience. Certified in Crystal Healing Therapy, trained in Forest Therapy and in NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming). Licensed tourist guide based in Ibiza, owner of a tour agency in Ibiza ,  with extensive knowledge in travel planning.

I combine my passion for movement, health and a balanced lifestyle with personal growth and self-discovery through travelling to guide you gently towards feeling your body.
Through yoga, I help you connect with your breath and your inner wisdom, so you find your balance, inner power and confidence. 

I help bring awareness, kindness and compassion into your daily actions, your words and your thoughts.

Through yoga, you create connections – with yourself and with others.
Join me on this journey for an experience of a lifetime.”

PAVLA KOUBEK

Licensed tour guide certified by the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism of the Sultanate of Oman. Part of the local travel agency in Oman ( https://www.goldenhighlands.com ). Living and working in Oman for over 10 years.

Traveller and published author of the book “Oman – sand, rose, frankincense” ( written in Czech language)

Owner of a natural Frankincense cosmetic brand LUBA ( https://luban.cz ).

“I’m passionate about sharing my insider view of Oman, ensuring your safety, and guiding you through the hidden and not-so-hidden corners of this magical country. 

During this trip, I’ll connect you with the local people and help you explore their traditional style of life. I’ll bring you as close to the Omani culture as possible.

Let me take you to visit a traditional Omani family where they’ll invite you for a typical coffee – QAHWA. Without tasting QAHWA ( Arabic for coffee) you have not experienced the real Oman.” 

 *** Yes, you will need sunglasses in Oman!

CONTACT US

Any questions? Contact us directly at: 

jana@yogabalanceibiza.com or pavla@goldenhighlands.com 

 

Our Itinerary

December 6-13, 2024

Do you want memories that will last forever? Let’s create them! Join me on a trip to  explore the north of Oman together. We will start our trip in Muscat city, and visit the Jebel Akhdar mountains and Wahiba desert, finally finishing our yoga journey in Muscat city again. 

DAY 1 - Let the adventure begin!
Arrival in Muscat . Most flights arrive at Muscat International Airport during the late afternoon and evening hours. Make sure you arrive on the 6th of December or early morning on December 7th. Our hotel is booked from December 6. We will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the hotel.
DAY 2 - Muscat beach
At midday we will gather at the hotel lobby to officially start our adventure. We will explore the surroundings of the hotel and then you will have time to enjoy the beach or the hotel pool. We will gather for our first Yoga Session before dinner.
DAY 3 - Muscat city
We will welcome the new day with a Morning Yoga session on the beach or by the pool. Then, after breakfast, we will drive to the historical center of Muscat and we will enjoy a half-day guided tour of Muscat city. We will visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the  Al Alam Palace (the Sultan´s Palace) – exterior, the Royal Opera House, the Mutrah Corniche promenade, Bait Al Zubair Museum.

In the afternoon you can relax on the beach or at the hotel pool. 

Later we will gather for an evening yoga session/meditation before dinner.

DAY 4 - Mutrah souk + Frankincense workshop
We will set our intentions for the day with  our  Morning Yoga Session before breakfast. Then you will enjoy your free time at the beach or at hotel pool. In the early afternoon we will drive to Muscat city to visit the famous Mutrah Souk (bazaar).

Mutrah Souk is one of the oldest markets in Oman, its history is dating back about two hundred years. It is a magical place with narrow winding alleys roofed with wood, full of beauty and allure. You will be intoxicated by aromatic smells of frankincense, incense and Arabian perfumes. The souk is famous for its handicrafts like silverware, daggers, traditional cloths and shoes. You can indulge into famous Omani sweets (Halwa) or admire beautiful  braziers (receptacles in which incense or frankincense is burned). Getting lost inside the souk is part of the fun!

In the evening we will enjoy a Workshop on the use and benefits of frankincense, and its purifying effects. We will finish with a nice guided meditation.

DAY 5 - Jebel Akhdar Mountains
We will start with an early breakfast and then  drive to the area of Jebel Akhdar Mountains. There are many old mud hut villages and we will first visit one of them.

Then a local guide will take us on a short Hiking Tour to explore the surrounding of  Misfat Al Abriyeen – one of the few mud hut villages that is still inhabited and is very picturesque. We will visit local beekeepers and taste local honey and other local produce.

Our hotel is located in Misfat Al Abriyeen village.  An Evening Yoga session at the hotel terrace  will help us  unwind after a busy day.

DAY 6 - Nizwa + Wahiba Sands desert
After breakfast we will drive to Nizwa, the historical town in the mountains. We will explore one of the most visited monuments of Oman – Nizwa Fort.

And then we will get lost again in the famous traditional souk of Nizwa full of spices, silver jewelry, rose water, dates, carpets, lamps…

After exploring Nizwa we will say goodbye to the mountains and head  to Wahiba Sands deserts. We will reach our desert camp in Wahiba Sands where you will experience the beauty of the vastness and the tranquility. Spending the night in the desert is one of the highlights of anyone visiting Oman. 

Our Evening Yoga Session in the dunes, under the sky full of stars, will fill you with peace.

DAY 7 - Wahiba Sands desert + Wadi Bani Khalid
Experience the desert! Our Morning yoga in the dunes will expand your consciousness and open your heart. After breakfast we will enjoy some camel riding and you can have your hand decorated with henna painting.

Afterwards, our 4×4 jeeps will take us to a wonderful Wadi Bani Khalid, a natural oasis with large pools of emerald green water surrounded by tall palm trees. An amazing place to relax, take a swim in the emerald pools, have your feet nibbled by small fish, or just take a nice walk.

Back in the desert camp  we shall witness a desert sun set in all its glory. After our Evening meditation, we will listen to some traditional Bedouin music.

DAY 8 - Muscat City and concluding our journey
We will say goodbye to the desert with our Morning Yoga session and then drive back to Muscat City.

After that, we will arrive at our day-stay hotel where you can relax by the pool before taking your flight back home.

In case your flight leaves later in the evening we will have the opportunity visit the famous Amouage Perfume Manufacture – a High Perfumery House renowned for creating some of the most finely crafted perfumes in the world.

this sounds amazing! i can´t wait to join! 

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am not a yogi?
This journey is open to any adventurous soul. Yoga practice during our journey  is not obligatory. So you can happily join us even if yoga is something you are not interested in.

Nonetheless, if you happen to change your mind while travelling with us I will be pleased to welcome you at any of our yoga sessions in Oman.

What is the weather like in Oman and what should I pack?
The best time to visit Oman, to go on excursions to the desert and the mountains, or to stroll around the cities, is in winter, from December to February. The weather is sunny, pleasantly warm on the coast, and quite warm in the desert during the day, but cool at night, and quite cold (almost freezing) in the mountains.

Average temperature in February is around 22°C.

During the winter months, bring light clothes for the day, a jumper and a jacket for the evening and for cool days, and a scarf for the wind.

For high mountains, bring spring/autumn clothes, and a jumper and a jacket for the evening. You’ll need light clothes for the day in the desert, a scarf or turban, desert boots or sandals, and a jumper or jacket for the evening and early morning.

Your DRESS CODE should respect the culture and traditions of the country. 

WOMEN:

  • Always keep your shoulders covered.
  • Skirt or pants that are at least knee-length.
  • Long skirts and dresses are perfect!
  • When visiting the Mosque, please ensure you are respectfully dressed: A shirt with long sleeves until the wrists, a long skirt or trousers covering your ankles,  headscarf or light shawl to cover the hair.
  • Swimwear – be prepared to wear a t-shirt and shorts or a skirt covering your knees

MEN:

  • The T-shirt covering your shoulders
  • Long trousers
  • Swimwear – longer shorts and t-shirt

Once you decide to join us we will send a more detailed information.

Do I need a visa?

Most nationalities can get an Oman tourist visa on arrival:

  • 14-day visa: for free, no cost

Please note that all travelers must ensure their passport has at least a remaining 6 month’s of validity.

You can check all documents required to enter the country at https://www.omvisas.com/news/necessary-travel-documents

Please, contact us  directly at jana@yogabalanceibiza.com or pavla@goldenhighlands.com if you have any doubts.

Do I need a travel insurance?
Absolutely, yes. We require that all travellers have their travel and healthl insurance. All foreign visitors to Oman are advised to take out health insurance covering at least 30 days of treatment for COVID-19. We also recommend that your insurance covers your trip cancellation.
How about the local currency, Internet access and alcohol?
WI-FI

Yes, you can stay connected.  Wi-Fi is available at our hotel. You can also purchase a local SIM if you feel the need to do so.

LOCAL CURRENCY

The local currency is the Omani Rial (OMR).  The exchange rate is 1 Oman = 2,45 Euro.  You can exchange money in  exchange shops. In Muscat you can pay by card or even some places will accept US dollars or Euros. Outside Muscat you will need the local money.

ALCOHOL 

Oman is a Muslim country and  alcohol is forbidden to Muslims. There are some bars and restaurants certified by the state for the serving of alcoholic beverages. Our hotel does not serve alcohol but if you would like to have a beer or a glass of wine you can visit the Kempinski Hotel nearby where alcohol is served.  Bear in mind that you cannot drink alcohol publicly in the street or get drunk as this is prohibited by law.

This trip is organized in collaboration with Golden Highlands agency in Oman.

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