Our Guest House, while it represents a space to leave the daily grind of the city and enjoy the slower pace of Bedouin living, it also is a space of community and togetherness.
Documentaries, historical and cultural literature, and scholarly articles can’t replicate the deep understanding that comes from immersing yourself in the life of a Bedouin community. The Good Shepherd Collective’s “Desert Shepherd Guest House” offers a unique experience to spend the night in a Bedouin community, learning about the customs, culture, and coming to a deeper understanding of indigenous communities resisting violence, military occupation, and colonization.
Your time will start with an introduction to the community, the history, the personal story, and cursory overview of the life inside of the village and what to expect during your stay. A geopolitical tour of the small enclave shows the resiliency of the community and they ways have adapted, while still retaining their unique heritage.
Your stay includes the traditional Bedouin breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you have specific dietary restrictions, we are more than happy to prepare a meal that suits you.
Our nights always include a campfire, a time for us to share our personal and family stories. Our people share their historical account of the family’s journey into exile from their ancestral homes in al-Arad. This is the time that we spend together to build deep relationships with all the members of the community.
Depending on the time of your stay, we encourage you to add on one of our cultural workshops to further engage with the Bedouin lifestyle in a hands-on way.
This engaging lecture from a Bedouin judge tears apart preconceived notions about justice and culture, reorientates the discussion out of traditional Western discourse, and repackages the logic of civic stability through the rule of law in a local, indigenous context.
For individuals the cost is $50. Bring more people and get a discount on each subsequent person. Bringing a party of more than four? – check out our special group rates.
Build relationships with the ancient tribes that have shaped the Holy Land.
Stunning landscapes, historical accounts of resistance, and deep cultural experiences.
Learn how to make traditional Bedouin bread and how the process fits into the ecosystem of sustainability from the women of the village.
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.
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.
Sit side by side with shepherds who will explain the importance of carrying on their traditions while teaching you how to milk goats.
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.
Bedouin communities have a special history of conflict resolution. Meet a local judge to learn more about the practices useful in reconciliation.
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.
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!