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Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Sole Yoga Holidays is overjoyed to return to the most wonderful, luxurious, exhilarating, activity filled yoga retreat, Aug 31-Sept 7, 2018 over 2 gorgeous cities in Israel. From the pristine beaches of Tel Aviv to the breathtaking desert to the unbelievable melting pot of the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel is something one must experience at least once in their lifetime!

accommodations

Our first location (Aug 31-Sept 4) is in Israel’s cultural capitol, Tel Aviv. Aside from the beaches that go on for miles, Tel Aviv is alive with plenty of joie de vivre. Streets are lined with cafes and 24-hour restaurants and hip hangouts. It is a city filled with a counter-culture vibe and freethinking. It is a flourishing arts and design hub, locally designed fashion and jewelery and delicious creative culinary delights. Tel Aviv is also a UNESCO world heritage site boasting the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus architecture. What an incredible sensory city adventure! Our hip and wonderful boutique hotel, is the perfect architectural combination of past, present and future in Tel Aviv’s bustling and vibrant center. It features one of the city’s most lavish infinity pools, plus trendy rooftop bar and spa. Each room is beautifully decorated and includes everything you need such as plush bathrobes, hi-end bath products, wifi, minibar and more.

On our fourth day, we head to our 2nd location in Jerusalem (Sept 4-7). Both historical and modern, Jerusalem is one of the most fascinating locations we have ever discovered! Aside from the magnificent holy sites in Old City, Jerusalem is also home to some of the world’s best cuisine, art and bustling nightlife! Our location, is a spectacular 24-room boutique hotel in the heart of the city. Special features include a rooftop terrace and lounge, spa and open-air jacuzzi. The stylish rooms include luxurious baths with rainfall showerheads, slippers, plush Egyptian towels, hi-speed wifi and more.

food and dining

There is nothing like an Israeli breakfast! We will enjoy a hearty combo of sweet and savory dishes such as pastries, fruit, veggies, hummus and of course ‘shakshuka,’ an egg specialty baked in a tomato sauce. In Jerusalem, we can take our breakfast to the open-air veranda and in Tel Aviv there is a charming private garden. Four dinners, 2 in Tel Aviv and 2 in Jerusalem will be included in our retreat package.

The cuisine of Israel is a heavenly mix of North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle Eastern nations, plus the early settlers that brought with them food cultures from far and wide. It is time to indulge in some of the most delicious and healthy foods you will ever have from hummus to falafel, breads to cheeses in all levels of spice and flavors. Plus, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options in Israel.

activities

Twice per day we will practice yoga in various locations in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. We have bikes to use in Tel Aviv and we will head to the sea for morning practice. Plus, imagine an afternoon practice at the infamous Dead Sea! It is time to take our yoga out of the studio and into the fresh, open air! Shari will guide you through an invigorating vinyasa flow for all levels. As always, Shari will listen to what the group needs and adjust accordingly for the best yoga experience.

There are 3 incredible excursions on our special retreat:

OLD CITY JERUSALEM: We will have a private tour of this incredible place of intense sanctity to Jews, Christians and Muslims, where holy sites seem to tumble over each other. Our expert guide will unpeel layers of history and provide an overview of what Jerusalem means to the three monotheistic religions.

We will visit the sites most holy to these three faiths:

•The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

•The Kotel (Western Wall of the Second Temple

•Dome of the Rock

MASADA DESERT: Masada is a rugged natural fortress, of majestic beauty, in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. With our expert guide, we will explore this archaeological site of great significance. The remains of Herod’s palaces are outstanding and very intact and we will learn all about this historical site that has remained untouched for more than thirteen centuries.

DEAD SEA: Time to float! Following the Masada Desert, we will head to the infamous Dead Sea, a salt lake more than 400m below sea level, the lowest point on dry land. Its hypersaline water makes floating easy, and its mineral-rich mud is famous for its therapeutic properties. We will have a special picnic here and practice yoga, breathing in the oxygen-rich air. This will be an unforgettable and extraordinary experience!

Travel Details

Pricing

  • $3,999 - SHARED ROOM/ BATH EN-SUITE
  • $4,499 - SINGLE ROOM/ EN SUITE BATH

Check In

2:00 PM

Check Out

10:00 AM

Directions

Please arrive in Tel Aviv for check-in on August 31 no earlier than 2pm. Although there will be no private shuttle (as guests arrive at different times), we can help you with private car or taxi (extra fees may apply. We will inform you of options and costs.) Our location is appx. 15 minutes from the airport.

Departure is Sept 7 from Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv airport (TLV). We will arrange a private shuttle from Jerusalem to the airport at appx. 10am. If you require an earlier or later time, let us know and we can help arrange a different option, not included in the price.

Terms and Conditions

A non-refundable deposit of $750 usd is due upon booking to secure space. The rest of payment is due 30 days prior. Full policy listed online.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

yoga twice daily vinyasa & core yoga
meals Daily Breakfast/Brunch, 4 dinners
transfers From Jerusalem to Tel Aviv airport (departure day only)
gift bag Something special for our guests
fitness classes
group excursion Private tours to Dead Sea, Masada & Old City Jerusalem included
airfare
alcohol
tips Gratuities not included

Testimonials for Shari Hochberg

From the moment we walked outside the Marrakesh airport, I knew this trip was going to be magical. Shari welcomed us with the biggest hug and smile and it was then I knew. Fate drew me to her! She is the most wonderful, kind hearted soul you will meet in this life. She set up gorgeous accommodations in Essaouira to start our Moroccan adventure. The riad is off the sea, with the most amazing rooftop terrace for views. We had breakfast here after yoga each morning, and boy did we need the yummy amlou and croissants after Shari’s power yoga!! We shopped with a personal shopper, navigating us through the souks, teaching us the tricks of bartering. It was divine!!! Shari also set up a wonderful camel ride on the beach. What I love about this kind soul is she only works with locals that treat animals kindly. We took a private transfer to this ranch where there were gorgeous horses and camels. Our guide had been working with camels for over 15 years. This was truly a special day. In Marrakesh she arranged for our group to have the entire riad to ourselves!! We all felt so well taken care for the entire time. I am on the plane leaving this beautiful country and I am already plotting on how to get back. Thank you Sole Yoga Holidays for knowing exactly what clients need and want for a lovely yoga vacation!
D. Neiman

The magical Morocco trip was truly life-changing. From start to finish, Shari planned out a one of a kind experience including fresh, amazing food; a unique, personal shopping experience and high-quality, personalized yoga. I tend to become overwhelmed with shopping however I felt so empowered and excited! I credit this empowerment to Marlene for her expertise and Shari for organizing the shopping experience with Coco Morocco. I now have a beautiful rug for my home that will remind me of this trip! I’m someone who is very critical of yoga instructors and Shari is one of the best. She’s knowledgeable of the body, and demonstrates a genuine interest in every person. As someone whose job includes giving to others on a daily basis, it was wonderful to have someone personally invest in my health and strength. I became so strong (mentally and physically) in just a week thanks to Shari! I also went on this trip with one of my best friends. Not only did I deepen a beautiful friendship with my travel buddy but I gained a new friendship as well! I’m already scheming when I can go on another Sole Yoga Holiday retreat with my friend, her husband and my boyfriend. Sole Yoga Holidays is unlike any other yoga retreat out there. Shari creates customized, adventure based experiences that are personalized and enrich your soul.
B. Theodore

The Zanzibar retreat is one of the best experiences I've ever had in my life. Working in the humanitarian field, I was in desperate need of rest and relaxation. Shari was so helpful leading up to the retreat, making sure I had all the info I needed for seamless travel. When I arrived at Casademare, I was truly in paradise. The facilities were absolutely stunning and so comfortable; the staff were so warm and welcoming; the food was out of this world, with delicious fresh and healthy seafood, fruit, etc; the yoga was at the perfect level, with Shari being sensitive to everyone's injuries and abilities (she even helped to fix a tight shoulder and some lower-back issues I was suffering from); and the company was truly inspiring, with great conversation and so much fun and laughter. This was exactly what I needed and, while I will be sad to go, I am re-charged to continue my work and know that I have strengthened my yoga practice and met some kindred spirits who will be friends for life, with memories that will always make me smile.
K. Dalrymple

I knew that I wanted and needed to take some time for myself and away from my hectic schedule. A yoga retreat seemed like the perfect fit. Honestly, I was a bit nervous about embarking on what felt like such a huge trip without personally knowing the yogi who was organizing. But, as soon as I emailed Shari with questions, instinct told me that this was going to be an incredibly revitalizing and just plain fun experience. From that first email to the very end of the retreat, Shari not only put my mind at ease, but offered immediate personal connections, empathy and affirmation. I was a member of this year's Moroccan retreat and every detail of the trip itself was planned to perfection. The people were lovely, the laughs were intense and the adventure was worth every penny. In terms of the yoga practice, I'm still quite new and Shari offered some suggestions that drastically changed my entire flow. She was comfortable guiding all levels of practice and always open to the group needs and desires. I cannot recommend this experience enough. I'll be back for more!
L. Bell

I'm currently in-between jobs and was looking for a getaway to get energised and inspired to start my new job search. The sole yoga Positano retreat was just what I needed and more: a stunning scenery, great group of people with different stories, delicious and healthy food and, of course, an introduction into the wonderful world of yoga. I had no prior experience with yoga before signing up for the retreat, but Shari's practices were able to join the different levels of experience within our group, with attention for everyone's needs and working points. The organisation of the whole week was perfect, but what's more I found that Shari was committed to making sure we all had a great time - with genuine care and infinite patience. ;) Thanks again Shari for the amazing experience!
J. Vanhaeren

Where do I begin? If you are searching for an incredible yoga experience (with SO much personal attention) and a sunny adventure at the same time, look no further. Shari ensures every detail of your retreat is a stress-free, exceed-all-expectations wellness dream. It's a true life-changing experience from start to finish. I had the pleasure of doing her Zanzibar retreat this year and am already searching my calendar to make space for another one of her yoga adventures...I can't recommend it enough. Plus, spoiler alert: you'll make lifelong friendships on top of all.
K. Gruenwald

Just got back from an amazing week in Positano, Italy!!! If you've been thinking about doing a yoga retreat, DO IT!!! Such an amazing experience and I met so many wonderful people. Shari was absolutely amazing and so helpful with any questions/concerns along the way!:) Such a great retreat, thank you so much Shari!!:)
S. Martini

I have been on several of Shari's yoga retreats in Italy including Florence and Positano and enjoyed my experiences tremendously. What I love the most about Sole Yoga Holidays is the balance of arts and culture, yoga, food and fun. The meals were absolutely fabulous as Shari took us to charming places that only locals would know about. She meticulously looks after all her guests and is a pleasure to be around. I met wonderful like-minded women from all over the world and truly enjoyed myself while pushing myself physically. I look forward to going on my next retreat with her in the near future.
L. Eder

I'm two weeks back from my yoga retreat in Portugal with Sole Yoga Holidays. I wish I was back in Lisbon with Shari. This was my second retreat with Shari and Sole Yoga Holidays. I have no complaints. Shari takes the time to plan a retreat that is the perfect combination of yoga and sightseeing. My first retreat was Santorini, Greece in 2016, and by first, I mean first ever. I was a little worried that it would be too bohemian for me, but Shari is so laid back and non-judgmental, that I felt comfortable. No judgment if you drink alcohol, no judgment if you eat meat, or if you are a vegan. Shari encourages you to be who you are and enjoy the time. Shari's spirit attracts like people. Last year I attended with my sister and 2 friends and met the nicest people. This year my sister and I attended "alone". But, you are never alone with Shari. A great group of ladies in Portugal, and we enjoyed our time together. So thank you to Sole and Shari for planning the perfect retreats. Looking forward to next year and being a test pilot in Cinque Terre or another new spot with my sister. Annual sisters' vacation = a yoga retreat with the hospitable Shari! (Let's not mention what a wonderful yoga instructor she is!!!!) I highly recommend Sole to everyone. Be like Nike, JUST DO IT!
T. Bower