Welcome to our exciting voyage
We are excited to bring you one of our most memorable journeys on the Nile, that for most is a childhood dream. A journey onboard Kemet, a luxury home-away-from-home traditional Nile sailing boat. A journey combining history, culture, and world-class yoga.
Our 5-nights / 6 days cruise starts at the legendary city of Luxor, the ancient capital city of “Thebes”, today a breathtaking open-air museum, all the way south to Aswan. Along the way you would visit ancient sites and temples like Esna, Kom Ombo and Aswan.
In addition to practicing daily Ashtanga yoga with KPJAYI Certified practitioner/teacher PHILIPPA ASHER, activities while sailing include visiting some of the most spectacular sights in Egypt, morning treks, swimming, picnics, a donkey stroll through the sugar cane fields, BBQ’s and live music performances by local artists.
This is a dream Ashtanga yoga and Nile cruise holiday for dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioners (and significant others!) who also love to embrace culture, see mind-blowing sights and have fun whilst doing so. It’s a wonderful opportunity to work with a very experienced and devoted KPJAYI Certified Ashtanga yoga teacher who shares the practice to all levels of practitioners from new to Advanced B Series, with joy, kindness and skill.
Philippa is an ex-dancer, has worked in media, music and the film industries, is a qualified teacher and shares the Ashtanga yoga practice with students all over the world. There will be 4 mornings of traditional Ashtanga Guided Self-Practice, a Counted Primary Series Class and afternoon workshops on body-opening, pranayama, meditation, concepts of the Ashtanga yoga method, technique, yoga philosophy and Q&A.
Detailed daily visit description
DAY 1: LUXOR
DAY 2: LUXOR CONTINUED
DAY 3: ESNA
DAY 4: SAILING, HIKING & MUSIC
DAY 5: CULTURE & KOMOMBO
DAY 6: ASWAN
History and background
A Dahabeya is a traditional non-motorized Nile sailing boat. Originally built to carry celebrities and royal families, the Dahabeya was a luxury pleasure boat for the Nile. Until the 1870s the Dahabeya was the common cruise boat for tourists to travel up and down the river Nile. The name means “golden one” alluding to the gold and Dongola decoration.
‘Kemet’ means “Black Land”. This is what the Ancient Egyptians called Egypt, due to the fertility of the soil around the Nile, which was very dark and rich. ‘Kemet’ endeavors to be an authentic unique signature of Egypt today, combining old shipbuilding, while maintaining the classic Dahabeya look & feel, while adding authentic Egyptian furniture with an infusion of modern style.
A fusion of old and new, modern artists, craftswomen & men, ship builders coming together collaboratively to create a unique take on Egypt.
This exciting voyage is brought to you by Nūn Center & Kemetale in collaboration with Philippa Asher onboard the Kemet Dahabeya
From London, Philippa Asher is one of a few Ashtanga yoga practitioners in the world to be Certified by Pattabhi Jois to teach the Ashtanga yoga method in his tradition. She has spent over 20 years learning at the source in India and for the last 16 years has dedicated her life to accurately sharing the Ashtanga yoga system internationally, both in classes and on retreats world wide.
Nūn is a holistic health center with over a decade of experience bringing together a blend of traditional healing tools and modern wellness treatments to curate a personalized healing experience.
Kemetale specializes in curating travel journeys inside Egypt in partnership with local guides, wildlife enthusiasts, as well as state-of-the-art eco-lodges and hotels, to bring truly memorable and unique experiences.
Your home away from home
Your home away from home
Your home away from home
Kemet Dahabeya is 55m long and 8m wide. It has 8 suites, 2 management/staff cabins, a main staff cabin, a kitchen, a main covered sundeck area with an outdoor dining table, a bar area and a low seating area, a rear covered sundeck, an upper sundeck with chaise-lounges for sunbathing or star gazing, an indoor lounge with a dining table on the sundeck level and another lounge with a self-serving kitchenette on the suites level. The boat is equipped with a central chiller for air-conditioning to provide comfort at all times. It has a multi-phase water filtering system that ensures clean and safe drinking water onboard.
This suite symbolizes the richness of ancient soil, the earth, which gifted the land lushness and growth. This suite consists of the main room with its Queen bed and the attached entrance foyer with a daybed that can be used for a 3rd guest.
Inspired by the flowing Nile, the majestic “Aur” is a space of tranquility and repose. It is a key room to our boat, it is the source of existence, essence and fertility.
The gem ‘Lazuli’, is bustling with life. The suite embodies the buzzing of trade in Ancient Egypt. The various goods, gems and wealth fuse into the room design. There are 3 suites of this type, each sleeping 2 persons on 2 twin beds.
Food nourishes our bodies and deeply influences how we feel. What we eat can have a bearing on our emotional and physical well-being. This is why we are very keen on offering you local, healthy, nourishing and plant-based vegetarian meals with vegan and gluten-free options.
We will be offering two main meals: a brunch after your morning yoga practice and dinner in the evening. In addition, we will have healthy snacks, fruits, infused water, herbal teas, and coffee available at all times.
In addition to the itinerary, we would complement with visits to local markets, trek / walks in nature, fruit picking if it’s in season, donkey rides if they are around, a visit to a family home or an off the beaten path village.
In collaboration with our travel partners we would be happy to organize for you additional days in both luxor and Aswan upon request.
Please email us your request to email@example.com
Flying into Luxor and flying out of Aswan at the end of the retreat. For local flight bookings out of Cairo and back we recommend you use www.egyptair.com or www.nileair.com
Preferred arrival in Luxor
Preferred departure from Aswan
Passports, Visas and Health Documents
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents before departure. We regret we cannot accept liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry contact documentation.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain the relevant insurance cover once your booking has been confirmed by us. We consider adequate travel insurance to be essential. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs.
Paying for your Retreat
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If you Cancel your Retreat
Written notification by email to firstname.lastname@example.org for which you registered from the ‘lead name’ on the booking must be received. We regret we cannot pay any expenses, costs or losses incurred by you as a result of any change or cancellation if you cancel the Retreat.
The following Retreat cancellation charges apply: Cancellation by November 1, 2022 – a 25% of the full fee will be retained by us. Cancellation by December 15, 2022 – 50% of the full fee will be retained by us. Cancellation after January 15th, 2022 – 100% of the full fee will be retained by us.
Philippa teaches from the heart and cares deeply about the practice. When I started, it was unimaginable to me to practise without props, modifications, or in a yoga studio. Philippa encourages everyone patiently and with humour, to believe in the traditional method and in oneself. During her self-practice weeks and private classes, she has helped me to build and maintain a safe and manageable home practice, which I thoroughly enjoy. Leading by example, Philippa wants her students to experience the bliss of bringing the Ashtanga system into daily life – I cannot recommend her highly enough!
Nūn is a beacon of love, light and well-being in Zamalek, and Egypt. As soon as you enter and you are warmly greeted by the reception staff you instantly feel better and you start experiencing the lovely energy of the place. It’s like a pilgrimage. They have wonderful and very diverse classes, treatments, and therapists all providing sessions and workshops that exceed in the level of quality what you would get abroad. Lovely workshops with monthly programs. Nun is a one stop shop where you can find all what you need holistically to nurture your body and soul. Can’t recommend it enough! Can only say that I am addicted to that place. A must try if you wish to take care of yourself spiritually and physically.
It’s very rare to find teachers nowadays that limit the amount of students per class. Philippa gives attention to all regardless of where you are in the practice. An extremely attentive teacher with superpower X-ray eyes! Giggling and smiling is part of the environment in class, making me feel very much at ease when facing those difficult asanas. I am honoured to say Philippa has been my teacher for the past 5 years here in Egypt.
Nūn has been my safety net for so many years, It's existence allows me to be courageous and authentic in life as I know I have a place to go to for replenishment and balance "As long as Nūn is there I'll be fine". It is a very essential part of my life that provides whatever I need whether it is a certain kind of therapy or consultancy or a regular practice or even some physical therapy. I can always trust that it has the best and most qualified practitioners and that I'm always in good hands. One of the hardest farewells leaving Cairo has been leaving Nūn and until this point I have not found a more serene, authentic, holistic and professional space. Cairo is blessed such a space exists.
Philippa IS an amazing teacher – she pushes you in the right way and supports you when needed and is amazingly patient. She gives just the right amount of help and support allowing you to test your own boundaries.
For me, nun is a one-stop-shop for wellness. It starts with the lovely ladies at the reception ensuring that everything is running smoothly and taking a genuine interest in the clients. I love hearing them chat with each and everyone, ensuring everyone is satisfied and suggesting services that can address their concerns. The breadth and quality of services offered at Nun made me ‘a resident client’ because practically I have almost everything I need - massages, osteopathy, Chinese medicine, accupuncture, energy healing and much more. The titular N, Nada Iskandar, personally warms my heart with her love to help others, her intuition and sharpness in depicting what’s happening beyond the surface and jumping so gracefully to be the listening ear and open heart that strives to be of assistance.
I feel blessed to have Philippa Asher as my Ashtanga yoga teacher. She is born to teach, to share her knowledge with love. Her teaching is about quality and focuses on right, perfect alignment and in this way you never injure yourself. She always corrects you with a smiley face and positive energy and never gets angry or exhausted doing it. She loves to teach. She is an amazing, generous, motivational, inspirational, ecstatic teacher who knows the limit of her students and that’s incredible.