“Desert Odyssey was an unmistakable invitation to come away to a quiet place to reflect and find comfort in my sudden and unexpected journey of grief. We were a small and motley group of sojourners. Yet out of the incongruity and awkwardness, our sojourner guide sensitively and skillfully led us through a series of deep reflections.” ~ Sojourner from Singapore
"The trip into Desert Odyssey is worth your time. It gave me hope, courage, and increased my faith to handle any situation in life!” ~ Sojourner from Bahamas
"Desert Odyssey came to me just in time. I’m going back home healed physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As I continue to apply the Desert Odyssey principles, my life will become a beacon of hope to the brokenhearted.” ~ Sojourner from Swaziland
“It has been so rich to hear and share the life experience of sojourners from distinct cultures and traditions and finally find in them brothers and sisters to continue the journey together.” ~ Sojourner from Switzerland
“The desert is a metaphor for your challenging moments, and none of us knows it all. I was personally challenged to address areas in my life that I thought would resolve themselves. I am delighted I can now face them lovingly and confidently.” ~ Sojourner from Kenya
Every journey into the unknown and the unfamiliar requires a map and a compass to help us navigate the journey. At Desert Odyssey, the map consists of the following contours and terrain:
- January 27-February 2 (N)
- March 10-16 (L)
- March 17-23 (L, 2nd)
- April 22-28 (South Africa, 2nd)
- May 1-12 (Malta, Europe) - in collaboration with Awful Grace
- June 7-13 (N)
- September 4-10 (Cat Island, Bahamas)
- October 2-8 (Perth, Australia)
- October 20-26 (L, 2nd)
- October 27-November 2 (L)
- November 17-23 (N)
- December 8-14 (N)
For groups of 5 or more, the Desert Odyssey programme can be customised by way of venue and dates
* For details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss
Note: N – Nongsa, Batam, Indonesia L – LeChaim, Jeju, Korea 2nd - Second Passage. All others are First Passage
2019 PROGRAMME COST & LOCATIONS
The Desert Odyssey programme (group and individual sessions), accommodations, meals, and local transport are included in the 7-day residential retreat at S$1,800 (single occupancy for Nongsa and twin share for LeChaim). Airfare is not included for LeChaim (about S$600 return). Early registration discount available for full payment at least 40 days prior to programme commencement. Discount for full-time ministry and/or charity industry. S$450 non-refundable deposit to secure a space. Full payment 20 days prior to programme commencement. Option to pay in instalments.
LeChaim Retreat Centre in Jeju, Korea, is nestled in the hills of the Pyoseon Oreum district, amidst bucolic surroundings of horse ranches, rolling hills, and healing forests. Desert Odyssey at LeChaim is structured to take in the natural beauty of Jeju. Comprising three UNESCO Heritage sites, Jeju offers the ideal location to experience beauty, explore wonder, and examine possibilities.
Nongsa Point Resort in Batam, Indonesia, is built around a natural cove, and is a 35-minute ferry ride from Singapore. Accommodations are in apartments and chalets designed with a Mediterranean touch. Sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, and a world away to enable us to enter a more sustainable rhythm of rest and reflection.
Here is a sample of the 7-day residential retreat: 7-DAY JEJU RETREAT
Download application form here: DESERT ODYSSEY INTAKE FORM
Desert Odyssey is a process to bring about transformation, a programme that provides a map to navigate this journey, and a place of generous and radical hospitality where transformation is lived out.
Desert Odyssey is to help us traverse the desert of our own painful and bewildering experiences. It is being able to start anew, our lives re-storied, our brokenness re-membered, our relationships re-conciled. It is a journey of discoveries and conversations.
Every journey into the unknown and the unfamiliar requires a map and a compass to help us navigate the journey. At Desert Odyssey, the map consists of the following contours and terrain.