South Sinai

Wind Sand & Stars journeys began in the beautiful desert and mountains of South Sinai. We have forged close friendships with the local Bedouin tribes, who always extend a warm welcome as they share their desert home with us. We have now been working with the same families over three generations.

We invite you to journey with us, to revel in this beautiful land, enjoy the adventures and activities, marvel at the history or immerse yourself in silent contemplation.

Sinai Desert Retreat

The power of the desert silence, the beauty of the weather-beaten sandstone hills, the opportunity for reflection, the time for discussion and the company of the Bedu family combine to create a unique and enriching experience. People have been drawn to this beautiful and remote wilderness throughout the centuries. Based in a stunning and remote desert valley, our Desert Retreats offer a rare opportunity to experience a sense of timelessness away from the pressures of modern life.

Our popular annual Adventure into Silence is a non-denominational journey each October with special guest speaker Sara Maitland, author of the acclaimed A Book of Silence.

Alternatively if you wish to bring your own group, please contact us.

Sinai Pilgrimage

The backdrop to many Biblical traditions, the inspiration for the earliest psalms, and the remnants of the crusades and medieval journeys of those who came before us are all integral to Sinai’s remote and beautiful desert. As well as being closely associated with the Old Testament, Sinai was an important centre for early Christianity, a place of refuge for Desert Fathers and Mothers and an important centre for the development of monastic traditions. St Catherine’s Monastery in the heart of Sinai’s rugged interior remains a treasure house of rare early Christian manuscripts and art.

Our pilgrimages offer a chance to journey in the footsteps of Moses, to climb Mount Sinai, to experience the timeless traditional way of travel by camel with the Bedouin. We can organise journeys not only to the monasteries and known sites, but also to special places; quiet places for private contemplation.


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A unique experience and a privilege to share the Bedouin’s way of life, for a short time.

Guest, Sinai Summits, April 2019

It was the most wonderful trip, so glad I took up this opportunity. All beautifully organised – well done.

Icons of St Catherine’s Guest November 2022

Enthralling and beyond my hopes, it was a deeply spiritual experience at many levels. I am still raving about it all to anyone who crosses my path!

Icons of St Catherine’s Guest November 2022

“The whole trip was AMAZING – thank you so much.”

Francis Burkitt, St Catherine tailor made, August 2017

We got more out of our adventure than we had ever hoped for, thanks to a country of huge diversity and historical interest and to a very special guide.

Cunningham family, Jordan, April 2017

So many thoughts about our wonderful trip to St Catherine’s; the fantastic warmth of welcome from the Egyptians, Fathers Justin and Nilus, and the unique history which we felt privileged to be given access to. In my book, how could one not enjoy and be inspired!

Julia Palmer, St Catherine’s Retreat, February 2017

“Huge thanks to all at Wind, Sand & Stars for an amazing trip. John’s passion for Ethiopia fires his erudition and he gave us more insights into the country, past and present, than we could ever have gained from local guides.”

Christine Dunmow, Exploring Ethiopia’s Orthodox History with John Binns 2016

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