SINAI (for men)

In whatever culture or country we grow up, one of the rules for men is: don’t cry, don’t be too emotional, too sensitive, too open. In most armies there is a specific ‘rule of silence’. Don’t talk about the bad things. Don’t mention when it hurts. Don’t get upset. Shut up and get on with it. And yet this is one of the most hurtful things for men: we stuff our emotions inside ourselves, become silent and end up as lonely cowboys.
In 30 years of men’s work we have experienced how liberating it can be to open up, to share your feelings, emotions, secrets and doubts with other men. We have also seen the enormous power and energy that is being released once you share your truth. It isn’t always easy and it asks a lot of courage, but the rewards are equal: in your relationship, with your kids, at work, or in the society you live in. Vulnerability equals strength and power.
This gathering is about taking personal leadership, and in doing so, creating a new standard of masculinity. One that is both open and grounded, both wise and playful, both sensitive and bold, both feminine and masculine. In this process of inner development we become more complete, full human beings, with both our blind spots as well as our qualities. Dance, music, meditation, encounter and exploration helps us to walk the inner labyrinth. In the heart of it we feel the power of our soul, the silence of the universe pulsing through our own being.
In both Judaism, Islam and Christianity we have a powerful story of the Messiach, the Mahdi or the Messias. It is the archetype of the savior, the hero or the healer who comes when the world is facing darkness and turmoil. This archetype chooses light over darkness, healing over war, oneness over duality. What if this archetype is lying dormant in all of us? What if this story is only a remembrance to awaken the power of the heart in ourselves? What if we can connect to this powerful metaphor and make it a reality in our daily lives?
We invite you to this week in the desert, hosted by the bedouins in camp Moussa, at the foot of one of the most powerful and mythological mountains in the world: mount Sinai. Learn from the wisdom of the desert, join the circle of men from different cultures, nationalities and religions, and discover your own inner leader, hero and healer. We’ll work with the format of Open Space, in which we’ll create the program together on the spot. The camp has simple yet comfortable two person rooms. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, as well as an excursion into the desert, where we will sleep for one night, as well as a climb on mount Sinai. The trip to and from Saint Catherine, by taxi or bus from Cairo, Taba or Sharm el Sheich, is not included. Please know that the desert can be cold in the night and hot during the day, and that you need suncream, a hat and good walking shoes.
Opening Circle 22nd October 20:00 after dinner.
Closing Circle 27th October 20:00 after dinner.
On October 26th, we will climb Mount Moussa  for sunset. Those who wish to stay the whole night until sunrise will be able to do so.
Due to the different financial backgrounds of every participant, we have three levels of costs: low, medium and high, depending on your income. The ones with a high income help other men with a lower income to participate as well.
  • Low income Price  €
  • Medium income price €
  • High income price €
This price includes 3 meals & accommodation in a double room with a private bathroom in the Bedouin camp. It also includes one excursion and night in the desert. Excluding flights, travel and any additional costs.
Please fill the contact form or send an email to and pay through the link below. Your registration will only be confirmed once the payment is received.
Tree of Life, Laurierstraat 122, 1016 PR, Amsterdam,  The Netherlands
IBAN: NL90 INGB 0008216143, BICcode: INGBNL2A
In case of cancellation, there is a a cancellation fee of 100 € before September 20th. After September 20th the whole amount has to be paid. If the cancellation is initiated by the organizers you will receive a full refund of your payment. Nb. Please book as soon as possible, since places are limited.
We work with the principles of Open Space. The schedule is based on meeting twice a day in a circle (morning and evening) and we create the rest of the daily program together depending on what’s alive in each moment .
The Open Space principles are:
  1. The people who are there, are the right people
  2. Whatever happens, is the right thing to happen
  3. When it begins, it begins
  4. When it is over, it is over
  5. Follow the Law of Two Feet
  6. Expect the unexpected
Ton Van Der Kroon, Eran Markose, Dirk Koops, Sven Beijers, Vicky Froyen
and with the support of Marcel Nijenhuis
All participants are present from beginning till end. You can only participate for the whole event. The conference starts with dinner and the opening ceremony on the first night, and ends on the last morning with a closing ceremony.
  1. No drugs of any sort are permitted, and we like you to limit alcohol, coffee and meat.
  2. Your participation is at your own responsibility. Of course we will do anything possible to make your stay as safe and comfortable as possible, but we can’t take any responsability for your safety, nor for your emotional, physical or financial well being.
  3. Make sure you have a valid passport and travel insurance.
  4. We are guests in another country, another culture and maybe for some of us another religion. Please respect the local customs, rules, dresscode and formalities.
  5. Note that the main language spoken on the conference will be in English.
  6. We will be using Open Space, a way to give space to that what wants to reveal itself and to connect to that what resonates inside of you. Open Space gives the possibility to expect the unexpected, out of your own inspiration, out of the group, out of the moment. It is a sometimes discomforting method but one that can reveal magic beyond our imagination – or so we discovered.
  7. The main intention of our work is personal healing and growth. So the fuller you personally engage in the process, the more it might bring to you. We encourage your preparation and devotion to this work by tuning in the months and weeks before, by asking a few questions to yourself: what is my intention? What do I want to achieve? What is my pitfall or my shadow? How can I prepare myself?
  8. As for the context and content of this week, personal healing, no children –nor animals –are allowed.


22 - 27 Oct 2023


20:00 - 20:00


Moussa Bedouin Camp

Location 2