"It was one of those experiences that you live on for the rest of your life. The combination of scenery – simplicity of living – silence – gentle companionship – beauty and hospitality – and so much more there is not room for – made it a profound spiritual experience." 
Adventure into Silence with Sara Maitland

Places rich in religious history have drawn pilgrims for centuries. We offer a chance to journey in the footsteps of those who have been before us, to re-discover historical routes, witness Biblical scenes and experience the timeless traditional way of travel, whether on foot, by camel or mule. We can organise journeys not only to monasteries and known sites, but also to special and out-of-the-way places.

Our desert retreats offer a chance to spend time in the wilderness, for those seeking solitude and quiet contemplation. The unique power of the desert silence, the beauty of its open spaces, the opportunity for reflection and time for discussion combine to create a unique and enriching experience. Based in carefully chosen and remote desert valleys, our retreats offer a rare opportunity to get away from the pressures of modern life. We are always happy to help and discuss spiritual and theological input.

Join us on our Sinai Wellbeing and Arts Retreat, or to organise a private retreat or pilgrimage,  contact us for an information pack.

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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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