SAQQARA Somatic Dance and Drum Retreat Saqqara, Egypt May 1-5, 2025

    5 Day Somatic Dance and Drumming retreat with Keti Sharif featuring LIVE music. The event is held at a private rustic retreat venue in Saqqara, with meditation and visits to the Saqqara Pyramid and sacred alabaster temples of the Sun God Ra in Abu Sir. 

    Join Keti Sharif in rustic Saqqara, Egypt's ancient village, for a deep exploration of the musical body, sound healing, plus drumming with Sufi percussionists. Learn mindful somatic movement and how to trust your senses to improvise with ultimate freedom, ease and confidence. Discover healing meditative sound and drumming. Ideal as a self-development practice. Features LIVE EGYPTIAN music! 

Saqqara & Abu Sir

    Saqqara is an ancient village complex in Egypt, an hour outside of Cairo, dating back to pre-dynastic Egypt. The area features several pyramids, and a beautiful alabaster altar nearby, from the Solar Temple of Ra. This altar is still largely intact and has a circle in the centre which represents the sun, flanked by four large alabaster cornerstones representing the four directions; north, south, east and west, representing the four elements.

    The retreat venue is very rustic and relaxed, With dorm style, accommodation, delicious, home-cooked, meals, and a beautiful Dome and garden, where we will be drumming and dancing. Retreat features:

    - Dof (frame drumming) with a sacred design ceremony
    - Daily healing Somatic movement and dance with Keti
    - Live Egyptian Music & Percussion with Sufi drummers
    - Sound healing and meditation
    - Visits to Saqqara and Abu Sir sacred sites

SAQQARA - Somatic Retreat Program

    Day 1 - 1st May: Check in 12 noon. Choose your Dof!
    Somatics for healing through the lens of Bellydance, Percussion lesson - Sufi dof rhythms on frame drum, Al Kawakib - Dance the Planets & Sufi Astrology, Sacred Signs & Designs - Decorate your Dof with Sepia ink.
    Day 2 - 2nd May: Sacred Temple Tour, Saqqara Pyramid with Egyptologist, Meditation, The story of Isis and Osiris - cosmology, dance and rhythms representing the 4 elements, Isis Lotus Dance - devotional dance with group performance with Nay (flutes)
    Day 3  - 3rd May: Gong bath and sound healing, Moon dance with Dofs/ Water God Osiris, Percussion lesson - darbuka rhythms plus Dof, Out for dinner at restaurant!
    Day 4 - 4th May:  Visit Alabaster Altar of Ra Meditation in the morning 
    Somatics and artistic embodiment, Scorpion Dance, Serkhet mythology the Scorpion Goddess, Dof & sound healing relaxation
    Day 5 -  5th May: Dof lesson, El Shams Sun Dance with Dofs
    Performance celebration evening with Sufi Tanoura - participants can perform!
    * Check out 11am next day

    RETREAT WITH ACCOM Includes all Retreat activities, plus accom, single bed dorm retreat style 5 nights 1-5 May plus 5 x breakfasts, 3 x lunches and 3 x dinners, tours on two days, all lessons/workshops and two evening celebrations!
    Investment: $1800 USD includes FREE Dof (frame drum)

    Includes all above except for breakfast and accom. You need your own accom nearby in Saqqara.
    Investment $1300 USD includes FREE Dof (frame drum)

    To book pay 50% deposit, 50% balance due 1st Feb 2025

    Note: Participants must book their own flight to Cairo, airport pick ups are $30 USD per car (fits 2-3 pax) with someone waiting at airport
    IMPORTANT: Deposit is non-refundable, but is is transferable.

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