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Retreat White desert

Meditation, yoga and walking

The brilliance of the soul

from Saturday, October 29 to Saturday, November 5, 2022


In this retreat we are amazed by the overwhelming splendor of colors and sparkles of the desert that make the soul shine and show its brilliance in your life.

In Egypt, the White desert, part of the eastern Sahara, is also called the Western desert due to its location west of the Nile River. It was once an immense inland sea and the soil, filled with minerals, gives this desert its colorful splendor. There are shades of white, yellow, blue, green, red, orange and purple. Colors that light up the soul.

As we travel deeper into the heart of the desert, we will be enchanted by its sparkle, vast emptiness, overwhelming silence, breathtaking landscapes of deep colors and imposing formations. Taking this experience to your inner core, expands the heart and lifts your consciousness to a level in which only intense joy exists, and you connect with the beauty and brilliance of your soul and express who you truly are.


The enchanting colors of the desert and meditating in the pyramid of Cheops


We will travel to the White desert via the Black desert, with its volcanic rocks and black sand of pulverized lava stone. The black lava sand turns into sand as fine as you will find on a tropical beach and the rocks will make way to rolling white limestone formations that contrast sharply with the clear blue sky.

These limestone formations are as varied as the colors of the surrounding landscape, framing the vast expanses. One moment, the shapes are soft and rolling like waves of the sea, the next moment they are pronounced and impressive, taking on the shape of an animal or plant. And as the sun slowly sets and disappears behind the horizon, its orange glow offers a stunning reflection on the minerals and the mysterious desert landscape changes color again and again. The sky becomes a synergy of red, yellow and blue. And at night, the starry sky over the White desert sparkles just as intensely as the white sand in the sun during daytime.

Crystal Mountain

This beauty and purity emanates a deep power. Together with the vastness and deafening silence, the desert invites you to become still yourself and to go deep into your own inner space of peace, grandeur and colorful brilliance. Assimilating this into your inner self, enables you to make the brilliance visible in your life and to express who you truly are.

Our journey through the White desert finally brings us to the imposing Crystal Mountain, a hilltop where the sparkling quartz crystals shimmer in white, red and purple. We will connect with this light and allow it to coincide with the brilliance of our own heart.


During this 8-day retreat we will travel 5 days deep into the desert and make a journey through all its colors. We walk guided by Bedouins who will lead us to our next campsite day by day. Once there, we will either sleep in the Bedouin tent set up for us or outside under the sparkling starry sky.

Our luggage is transported by jeeps allowing us to walk with only a small backpack. The camels will transport our water and, should you get tired, the camels can also carry you. Sitting high up there, the silence of the desert is even more audible and the rhythmic swing of the camel’s footsteps is like a meditation. Your thoughts blow away by the wind and dissolve in the surrounding space.

Each day has its own theme and route and offers a balanced rhythm of movement and rest in order to best reach the silence of your thoughts and the core of your heart.

We will start the day with yoga and meditation and get ourselves ready for the journey. After breakfast, we set off. During the walks we will mostly be in silence. In the afternoon, after lunch, there is time for rest and relaxation, we do an awareness exercise and there is opportunity for sharing experiences. We then continue to our next overnight stop where we will end the day around a campfire with a traditional Bedouin meal and a short evening meditation.

Once we leave the desert, a special treat awaits us. We conclude the retreat with a meditation in the Pyramid of Cheops, the largest Pyramid of Giza, just outside Cairo, one of mankind’s most ancient structures. Here we will truly experience the brilliance of the soul in all its magnificence in a deep meditation exercise.

The White desert retreat is an in-depth inner journey into all the colors that make the soul sparkle


The retreat offers:
  • a set rhythm of yoga, meditation, silence, rest and relaxation
  • 5 days of walking, deep into the desert under the guidance of Egyptian Bedouins and their camels

  • a program focused on personal development

  • individual coaching sessions

  • sleeping under the starry sky

  • meditation on Crystal Mountain and in the Pyramid of Cheops,
    one of the seven classic wonders of the world

The retreat provides:
  • a deeper contact with your true self

  • increased awareness about and letting go of fixed patterns

  • insight into your life questions and themes

  • an inner transformation that leads to:
    * clarity about how you want to continue in your life
    * lightness and joy in your life
    * attunement to the brilliance of your heart
    * renewed inspiration in life and work
    * increased relaxation of body and mind


We will fly to Cairo together, where we will spend the night in a hotel. On day 2 we journey into the desert for 5 days. Halfway through day 6 we travel via the oasis of Bahariya back to Cairo and slowly make the transition back to civilization, where we visit the Pyramid of Cheops on day 7. On day 8 we fly back to the Netherlands.

There is also the option to bring your own small tent for the overnight stays in the desert.


The costs for this retreat including the full program, coaching, meditations and yoga, accommodation (in hotel and Bedouin tent), full board while in the desert and half board in the hotels, local guide, Bedouin team and camels, entrance fee to the Pyramid of Cheops, tips and local transport: € 1470.

Not included are the costs of the flight to Cairo v.v. and the entry visa (€ 25).

In order to ensure your enrolment, I request a deposit upon registration of € 270.
Please transfer the remaining € 1200 before October 1, 2022.

For further questions, registration and the registration form, please contact:

If you have not yet attended a consultation, retreat or course(day) at Lotus Lifecoaching you are invited to a consultation prior to the retreat. This enables me to properly respond to your wishes and learning opportunities during the retreat. Costs: € 85.


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