Traditionally, the women wake up every morning in the early hours to prepare the bread for the shepherds before their long trek.

Bread-making workshop

Each morning, some of the women in the village wake before sunrise, don a special uniform to protect their clothes and hair from smoke, and grab the dough they prepared for baking the night before. This fresh and warm shraq bread (from the Arabic verb “to begin making the bread”) feeds children as they head off to school, and women and men as they begin their day and prepare to go to work.”

You are welcome to join in learning about the practice of making shraq bread by joining our bread making workshop. Stay overnight to prepare the dough the night before with the other bakers, then awake shortly before dawn to bake the bread and eat it fresh with the morning’s first cup of tea as you watch the sunrise over the South Hebron Hills.

In Um al Khair, the community knows that along with other forms of resistance to colonial oppression, practicing and upholding cultural traditions such as breadmaking are an important part of their oft-denied right to culture and identity. The shraq bread is baked before dawn, for example, because the community’s traditional belief is that if God is to bless your food, you must be awake for al-Fajr, the time before sunrise–as well as because most of the village goes to school or work during the day and must be ready to leave early in the morning.

PRICING

The cost per person for this workshop is 30 USD, but for each additional participant you wish to bring, we offer bigger discounts.

1 visitor: 30 USD
2 visitors: 54 USD (10% discount)
3 visitors: 76.5 USD (15% discount)
4 visitors: 96 USD (20% discount)

If your group is larger than 4 people, email us at info@goodshepherdcollective.org and we will let you know what discounts we can offer.

TRAVEL

There are many ways to get to Um al Khair [hyperlink], but if you wish to come by private taxi, let us know right after you book your trip and we will organize your transportation to make sure you get a fair rate. You can reach us at info@goodshepherdcollective.org.

FOOD & DRINKS 

We’ll provide the fresh tea, coffee, and water for this workshop–just remember, alcohol is haram or forbidden, so please make sure to leave it out of your day bag! 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Modest clothes you will feel comfortable in throughout the day–check the weather beforehand to know exactly what kind of climate you will want to dress for
  • Bring sturdy boots with you–or at least comfortable walking shoes
  • Raincoat (during winter, our rainy season)
  • Passport/ID
  • Any medicine you may want
Making bread in Um al-Khair, Palestine
There isn’t just one style of Bedouin bread – there are many. They of course vary from region to region and family to family – each with their own unique taste.


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What people are saying

Zelda Rose
These few days were fabulous. I’ll never forget my time in the beautiful place of Um al-Khair and it is the best memory of this trip. What I learned about this community will last a life-time. I promise to come back.
Zelda Rose
France
Maureen Jack
Thank you so much for welcoming our Church of Scotland Behind the Wall Group to Um al-Khair. Everyone spoke warmly of our visit and of how impressed they were by your commitment to nonviolent resistance.
Maureen Jack
Scotland
Shirah Karus
The joyful children, the entrepreneurial young people, the steadfast grandparents are inspiring and humbling. It is a privilege to breathe the rural air, listen to the wind’s whistle, and gaze across the olive tree and goat-speckled hills.
Shirah Kraus
United States
Vallie Rourke
Visiting Um Al-Khair is being welcomed into a community. It’s an experience you don’t find everywhere. You are comfortable and cared for, while also given a genuine glimpse into the lives of those who live there.
Vallie Rourke
United States
Aaron Bhatoya
The ways in which Um al-Khair brought me in as if I had always been there not only showcases its desire to connect with the world, but also highlights its steadfastness in the face of adversity.
Aaron Bhatoya
United States

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For individuals the cost is $35. Bring more people and get a discount on each subsequent person. Bringing a party of more than four? – check out our special group rates.

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Making bread in Um al-Khair, Palestine
$35 per person for the breadmaking class. If you’re here in Palestine, learning the traditional Bedouin way of making bread is a must!

BREAD MAKING
Learn how to make traditional Bedouin bread and how the process fits into the ecosystem of sustainability from the women of the village.

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$50 per person to join the local shepherds in a day of practicing their daily traditions. Reduced rates for couples and groups.

SHEPHERDING
Join the village’s shepherds to learn about the role they, along with their sheep and goats, play in supporting the community’s economy and traditions.

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$100 per person to join us in our ancestors’ lands in the desert. Reduced rates for couples and groups.

CAMPING IN THE DESERT
See first-hand the beauty and history our deserts have to offer–watch the sun rise and set, listen to local stories, all while you sip traditional Bedouin tea.

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$35 per person to learn hands-on about the pragmatic and cultural value of our goats and sheep. Reduced rates for couples and groups.

MILKING WORKSHOP
Sit side by side with shepherds who will explain the importance of carrying on their traditions while teaching you how to milk goats.

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$40, $60, or $80 per person to join this tour and gain insight about the local history of the lands. Reduced rates for couples and groups.

DESERT TOUR
Historical sites, a striking landscape, wild camels, and more! Join our tour of the desert to learn about the land’s past and our hopes for the future.

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Making bread in Um al-Khair, Palestine
$60 per person, reduced rates for couples and groups. Visiting our local judge can give offer a rich experience for those interested in traditional peace building and restorative justice practices.

BEDOUIN JUDGE
Bedouin communities have a special history of conflict resolution. Meet a local judge to learn more about the practices useful in reconciliation.

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$35 per person to learn about traditional textile creation side by side with a few of the women of the village. Reduced rates for couples and groups.

TEXTILE WORKSHOP
Learn about this treasured tradition of textile creation from a few experienced women of the village, and take yours home with you when you leave.

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Making bread in Um al-Khair, Palestine
$50 per person to stay in the comfiest guest house the south has to offer, with the best tea around. Reduced rates for couples and groups.

GUEST HOUSE
We really hate to brag, but we know we have one of the most comfortable guest houses in the whole region–and best of all, it’s on our very own land!

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