The Galilee is a wonderful place to find peace of mind. For hundreds of years enchanting mountain and valley settlements have offered delights for both body and spirit. The remoteness and tranquility of the region attract people who want to break free from their grinding daily routine. Anywhere you go are sites that offer a chance to cleanse both body and soul - from the Tiberias Hot Springs to the clinics of the many local healers and spiritualists. The Galilee is home to entire communities devoted to meditation, natural foods and a spiritual way of life. Examples include the Emin community at Maale Zvya, the Sufis with their mystic system of beliefs, and the many Kabbalah centers of the Upper Galilee.
The spiritual feeling that captures all who come to the Galilee grows stronger the further you go into the region's remote areas. Nearly everywhere you go are extraordinary clinics for spiritual and physical healing. Local healers employ unique methods, such as massaging with local olive oil. Other treatments include diagnosis and consultation using fascinating techniques of color and scent, and respiratory treatments conducted in steam or salt rooms.
Numerous therapeutic methods from around the world are practiced in the Galilee. Visitors can indulge in a pampering Indian massage using hot sesame oil or a hot stone massage that rids of the body of toxins, or enjoy Chinese acupuncture and reflexology. The region abounds with comfortable hotels and inns that offer luxurious accommodations and breathtaking Galilean vistas. Delicious breakfasts made of the finest local produce can be enjoyed everywhere. Following a day of pampering and healing, nothing can beat a stroll among the trees and streams at dusk. In this way visitors can enjoy the pure air and soft natural sounds, and truly become one with nature.
Many tourists are spiritually healed at the many holy sites in the Galilee after making pilgrimages to the tombs of righteous men and places of devotion. Christian monks, Jewish mystics and Muslim spiritualists have all settled here for this very reason. Sacred tombs are said to impart healing qualities, while the many locations where Christ worked miracles offer unparalleled opportunities for spiritual exaltation. Chief among these burial sites is the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai on Mount Meron. During Lag Ba'Omer (Heb. Bonfire Night) the site hosts an unparalleled feast attended by pilgrims from across the country.
Regardless of your own beliefs or favorite ways of relaxation, the bucolic haven that is the Galilee is an ideal location for spiritual recharging. Painters, sculptors, writers and poets have been coming here for hundreds of years to be inspired, unleash their creativity and reach the farthest extent of their ability. The Galilee will surprise even the most experienced of spiritualists. None can visit the region without sampling some of its unrivalled spiritual selection and changing – be it only for a few days – the familiar tempo of ordinary life.
Celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany at the Jordan River: Pilgrims can choose from 2 sites Qasr el Yahud or yardenit