Close your eyes and imagine a green Oasis in a middle of a desert with a background of red colored mountains, and in it people live joyfully a meditative communal life...hard to imagine Hey?
Far far away in the exotic Middle East in a beautiful desert in the south of Israel lies a small and crazy place - a spiritual Oasis, an Ashram...Come and be part of that dream!
In here you can find regular rooms and wood huts all with air-conditioning, a pool, a healthy and delicious vegetarian kitchen lawns and gardens, camping grounds with showers and toilets.
Along with it we have built up 2 beautiful group-rooms for meditations and groups, and a huge Buddha-Hall outside, open to the vast desert for meditations and dancing. All of this magic surrounded with the desert beauty and peacefulness that naturally dwells around.
Our prices include overnight sleep, 3 meals a day and the daily meditations (optional).
Dorms Rate: 99 nis
Private Rate: 380-620 nis
Number of Beds: 80
Between the Arava and Southern Negev. Desert Ashram is built on the ruins of an historical military settlement called Shittim. Some of the people you might ask along the way will have never heard of 'Desert Ashram', but will know where 'Shittim' is.
Desert Ashram is situated in the Shittim settlement, right next to route 40, between Zihor junction and Shizafon junction. If you're driving from the north it's about 70km south of Mitzpe Ramon, cross the Macktesh and go straight all the time (a 45 minute drive), and in Zihor T junction, continue right for about 7 minutes. Desert Ashram will be the first settlement you'll see on your left. If you are driving from the south, it's 85km north of Eilat. Take route 90 (the Arava Route), and turn left on Ketura junction (towards Ne'ot Semadar or Shizafon). 12 minutes after passing Kibbutz Ne'ot Semadar you'll see Desert Ashram to your right.
By bus- Bus no. 392 that runs between Be'er Sheva and Eilat passes right next to us. Here is the Egged Bus Company's journey planner. The name of our stop is 'Shittim Branch'. The Ashram itself is very near the drop-off point, a minute's walk away.
By train- The train can only take you from the north of the country as far south as Be'er Sheva (here is the Israel Railways journey planner). You get off at the last station, Be'er Sheva Center (Be'er Sheva Merkaz), which is right by the main bus station, where you will need to take bus no. 392.