Community traditions are an important part of the daily practices that ground the community of Um al Khair in our history and land and allow us to continue resisting the efforts to displace and dispossess us. As Bedouins, our goats and sheep are not only a part of our historic shepherding lifestyle; they provide us with resources for our day to day life, such as the goats’ milk.
You are welcome to join our milking workshop in order to get a closer perspective into our relationship with our goats and sheep and how this relates to our resistance in preserving our unique culture.
We will explain the history of our connection to this land through shepherding, as well as sit side-by-side with you to teach you how to milk the goats. Rest in our community, in the middle of the vast and beautiful South Hebron Hills, as you sip fresh goat’s milk that you just procured yourself, or allow us to use the milk to make the traditional drink, sahlab (za’atar, milk, tea), for you to enjoy.
Your day out on the trails of South Hebron Hills brings you into a better understanding of an altogether different way of life, building fires out in the open, and learning how to take care of hundreds of goats and sheep.
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.
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!