For the Love and Beauty of the Desert


An area often covered with sand or rocks, where there is very little rain and not many plants.

Cambridge Dictionary

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The desert has long been regarded as a barren arid landscape to be avoided at all costs, the popular image depicted in the movies, is one of people lost, thirsting for water and seeing mirages of lush oases.

That imagery is fading fast, as the demand in Eco-tourism; and for holidays off the beaten track increase. Millennials are turning to the desert to find peace, tranquility, spiritual essence and themselves in desert meditations.

“The desert is a natural extension of the inner silence of the body”

Jean Baudrillard

In Marsa Alam from October through to March, temperatures are mild and the desert is King.


“The desert does not mean the absence of men, it means the presence of God.”

Carlo Carreto

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“It is…. rarer to find happiness in a man surrounded by the miracles of technology than among people living in the desert …….. and who by the standards set by our society would be considered destitute and out of touch.”

Thor Heyerdahl


 I don’t feel there are words to express how I feel about the desert but I’ll try anyway.

The desert my Spirit Haven 

Each day a journey of discovery

Of nature and of self  

My inner voice resounds

In the absence of crowds

The awesomeness of nothingness

Expands my divine consciousness

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Thomas Merton said;

“The desert becomes a paradise when it is accepted as a desert. The desert can never be anything but a desert if we are trying to escape it. But once we fully accept it in union with the passion of Christ it becomes a paradise.”

The desert has a special place in religion and spirituality. A place of torment and temptation, exile, retreat and even war. But ultimately it’s a place where great Spiritual teachers  and Holy people have taken refuge and withdrawn from the world on their path to enlightenment.

“Forty days and forty nights”

The bible

Holy Man

Peace, love and blessings.


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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for the great reminder of the power in nature and places like the desert where we can tune in more deeply with nature and spirit.

    1. Marsa Alam Desert Retreat says:

      Thank you, we all need to reconnect and recharge sometimes. 🤗

      1. For sure.

  2. Dee says:

    The desert is such a peaceful place.

    1. Marsa Alam Desert Retreat says:

      Absolutely, hope you’re having a lovely day. Thanks for your support😊

  3. I can understand your feelings for the desert. I must be amazing – no pollution, no sirens – just peace and quiet. Just perfect for meditation and probably yoga too.

    1. Marsa Alam Desert Retreat says:

      Thank you Debbie, yes the tranquility and stillness of the desert is so wonderful, so glad you appreciate it’s benefits too.😊

  4. Wow….The desert does not mean the absence of men it means the presence of God! I will never forget that!

    1. Marsa Alam Desert Retreat says:


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