"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.
To organise a retreat or pilgrimage contact us for an information pack.
From finding an experienced guide to the full package, we love to arrange tailor made trips to the deserts and monasteries of South Sinai and the Egyptian mainland, as we did for writer William Atkins, above, with our guide Moussa. Will travelled to five continents over three years, spanning Arabia’s...
“The whole trip was AMAZING – thank you so much.”
Francis Burkitt, St Catherine tailor made, August 2017
“We got more out of our little 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 tailor made, April 2017
“So many thoughts about our wonderful trip to St Catherine; 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 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
“I am hugely impressed with Wind Sand & Stars’ organisation and their relationship with the Bedouin family who looked after us. These local contacts made the experience especially rich.”
Richard Ames-Lewis, Adventure into Silence, October 2014