Exploring Silence

“This Adventure into Silence was more than I could wish for. Sara Maitland inspired, challenged, invited and guided us to explore our own silence.”

Our Adventure into Silence returned to its beautiful desert camp in South Sinai in October, welcomed by our longstanding Bedouin host Suleiman.

“It is huge and silent, austere, even harsh, out there in the desert; but it is also quite extraordinarily beautiful … And, for me along with many others, desert silence is something profoundly joyful.” Sara Maitland.

Each day began with a seminar from our guest speaker Sara, followed by time spent alone for reflection in a secluded place, chosen by each member of the group to be their own desert hermitage for the week. There were excursions on foot and camel, as well as a star-gazing walk and the week culminated in a visit to St Catherine’s Monastery.

“The whole package was perfect. I had no expectation and was delighted by it all.”

Next year’s Adventure into Silence is 4th – 11th October 2018.


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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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