Is This the Most Spiritual Vacation Ever?

This fall, the storied banks of the Dead Sea and other iconic Holy Land sites will provide a powerful backdrop for an immersive and transformative travel experience, the inaugural Wonderfest. The September 18 – 27th odyssey is a trip of a lifetime that allows participants to experience the sacred and culturally rich sites of Israel while also receiving invaluable guidance from some of the world’s most respected mentors in the areas of mind, body and spiritual well-being.

“The banks of the Dead Sea are considered to be the lowest place on earth as well as a powerful place of healing, and thus the perfect starting point for the journey of finding or reconnecting with one’s higher purpose in life,” said Doron Libshtein, an internationally recognized self-development mentor, and chairman and founder of the Mentors Channel, which is hosting Wonderfest.  “This is an incredible opportunity to explore on every level, as well as to relax, recharge, and re-imagine your best life.”

Part festival/part journey, the event will feature meditation, yoga, pilates, moonlit watsu (aquatic bodywork promoting deep relaxation) in the Dead Sea, workshops with mentors covering a variety of mind, body and spiritual wellness topics, and visits to sites such as The Tower of David, the sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Nazareth and more. 

The package is priced at $4,950 per person based on double occupancy (single room supplement $971), and includes deluxe hotel accommodations, all meals, workshops, entertainment, entry fees to all tourist sites, and car service to and from Ben Gurion airport.  Airfare to Israel and gratuities are not included.

The Rise of Spiritual Tourism: 8 Must-Try Experiences

Books like "Eat, Pray Love" and "Wild" may have set off a boom in self-discovery travel, but more and more places are providing full on spiritual immersion travel options. With such limited time off from our busy lives, travelers are seeking to make the most of their vacations by testing out one-of-a-kind healing and restorative practices from around the world. From a temazcal ritual in Mexico to a monk initiation ceremony in Myanmar, hotels and travel companies are offering unique experiences that can only be found in the special destinations responsible for creating the rise in spiritual tourism. Here are eight that are definitely worth a try.

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