Tzell Hatamar Dessert Sojours is Kibbutz Lotans
Seminar center\tourisim Branch . Since 1995 Kibbutz Lotan offers a number of
special and unique programs, the variety reflecting a combination of the
wide range of talents of Lotan's members along with the beautiful and
spiritual location in the Arava valley of Southern Israel. Kibbutz Lotan
also offers bed
and breakfast facilities.
Check out our
forthcoming workshops - continually updated
for Jewish Youth Groups and Congregational Visits
In addition to a variety of
personnel experienced in university level education, youth direction, and
adult education, our permanent faculty includes a rabbi and a published
writer on the subject of Zionist Education. We are well equipped to suit the
needs of different programs in Jewish Studies.
For more about Judaism on Kibbutz
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Programs
A Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Israel can
be the beginning of a young person's relationship to the cradle of our faith
||Kibbutz Lotan offers
special programs for Bar Mitzvah age students including Kibbutz and Judaism,
Learning About Jewish Symbols and Their Meaning in Modern Life, Gender
Equality in the Observance of Judaism, Concern for the Environment as a
Jewish Value, and the Desert as an Inspiration for Jewish Experience.
The summers of one's youth become the
memories of a lifetime. Kibbutz Lotan’s three day Israeli Kibbutz Seminar
and Youth Encounter can make a summer special. Programs include: Ideas
Behind the Reform Kibbutz, Working On the Kibbutz, The Desert and
Spirituality, Meeting with Kibbutz Members, and Israeli/Diaspora Youth
Passing the Torch:
A leadership seminar, while
preparing the participant for the task of leading an educational group, can
also be a growing experience in and of itself.
seminar delivers training in communication and cooperation skills as well as
specific subject matter in chosen areas. Our special program can include
roundtable discussions and dialogues on the subject of using the Arava and
it's settlements in educational programming for Jewish youth and young
The area of emphasis is on Jewish Zionist
education, both through intellectual and experiential activities.
|Ecology and the
Lotan’s unique location in the Arava Valley and our qualified educational
staff (including a professional birding guide, a licensed desert guide, and
a certified Permaculture teacher, as well as activity leaders trained in
alternative farming and building methods) make our ecological programs
especially informative and rewarding.
For more details of Lotan's
Kibbutz Lotan’s Applied Ecology
Seminar combines an educated environmental awareness and commitment with a
sincere love of gardenery. Learn about experimental techniques to cope with
our society's increasing stress on the environment while creatively
approaching the needs of food production, energy generation and shelter.
experience working on the kibbutz's various projects in alternative building
and Permaculture (sustainable agriculture).
For more details of Lotan's
Youth Seminar and Desert Experience
What inspires people to live in this
place anyway? Find out in this thought provoking experiential seminar in the
residents and experience both physically and emotionaly the challenges and
rewards of living in a desert climate. Includes background discussions on
the ideas and principles motivating the settlement of the Arava Valley.
||Nature and Human
Impact In the Desert
A serious examination of the natural history
of the region including botany, zoology, and geology, with a special
emphasis on the effects of human settlement on the environment in the
White Storks over the Arava Desert...
are just one of the highlights
that can be experienced during the huge Spring and Autumn bird migrations.
Bird Tours - Rendezvous of the Species
Kibbutz Lotan is located on a main
African-European Bird Migration Route. Our facilities and trained staff
offer an excellent opportunity to witness and understand a migration of
global significance. The philosophy of our ecologically sensitive
Bird Reserve is to provide an aesthetic environment from which to
witness the awesome passage of the winged migrants while doing as little
damage as possible to their fragile resting grounds in the middle of the
||Many Paths to
Oneness - Yoga and Meditation Seminars at Lotan
At Kibbutz Lotan the exploration of
the soul takes on many forms. We offer programs with professional guidance
in Yoga and Vipassana Meditation. The simplicity, silence and natural beauty
of the desert make Lotan an excellent location to improve one's relationship
with the world around while gaining an understanding of the world within.
The Jewish tradition is rich with
meditation techniques. Silent meditations, chanting, movement, even writing
meditations all trace their roots in the Kabbala, the mystical teachings of
our ancient heritage. At Lotan we can take advantage of our location to tap
into the secrets of porshei hamidbar, the desert ascetics, as we delve into
ourselves to lift the sparks of holiness within.
Vipassana is meditation to develop
understanding and awareness. It uses simple techniques designed to improve
attention to our inner workings in order to obtain balance, harmony,
consciousness, and insight. Concentration on experiencing the present, the
process of breathing, being open to thoughts and feelings, all make it
possible to observe in a “clean” way, free of judgment, “opening the heart,”
and developing an “inner vision” into life's processes.
Yoga means “unity” in the ancient language of
Sanskrit. It is a technique and a way of thinking that is directed towards
purifying the body and the consciousness in preparation for a tranquil and
alert vision of reality as it is. The tranquillity is achieved by stilling
the waves of thought and realizing the connection between the inner self and
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found on the Kibbutz Home Page.
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