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Eco-Experience

When you are looking for new things to do in Israel such as a journey close to nature in a unique desert environment, to work with ecological pioneers, to contribute to a place living sustainably, and to spend time living in a close-knit community within a kibbutz framework, then the Eco-Experience could be just what you are looking for.

The Eco-Experience on Kibbutz Lotan offers you a hands-on opportunity to work with the staff of the Center for Creative Ecology, building natural earth structures, developing sustainable architecture,  planting and harvesting in the organic garden, experiencing permaculture gardening, maintaining the educational Eco-Park, and living in the Eco-Campus. Come for just one week, or stay as long as you choose.

Kibbutz Lotan’s Center for Creative Ecology (CfCE) is situated in Israel’s southern Arava desert. Participants on the Eco-Experience live in the Eco-Campus, a prototype neighbourhood for sustainable living comprising earth-plastered geodesic domes, eco houses and incorporating appropriate technologies such as composting toilets, solar ovens and bio-gas system.

Throughout the week, Eco-Experience participants are encouraged to take part in cultural events on the Kibbutz and in the region.

We can also arrange guided tours for you to Jerusalem, Petra, bird watching, Eilat, scuba diving, the Underwater Observatory, Timna Park, desert hikes, and trips to other neighbouring kibbutzim in the region.

The Kibbutz has a pub on Friday nights, a swimming pool, and a football pitch. Buses run throughout the day from Kibbutz Lotan to the city of Eilat, with its coral reef that is filled with tropical marine life.

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What you will receive from the Eco-Experience:

What you will receive from the Eco-Experience:

  • Hands-on work and skill development in organic gardening, natural sustainable building projects, green architecture, landscaping, and maintaining the Eco-Campus, Eco-Park and the Nature and Migratory Bird Reserve
  • Depending on the dates you come, possibility of attending enviromental studies and enviromental training theoretical lessons on ecological design, renewable energy, organic gardening, permaculture, and sustainability
  • Participation in the cultural events of the Kibbutz and the region
  • Full access to all the facilities of the Kibbutz (tea house, dining room, pool during season, football pitch, basketball pitch, pub)
  • Guided tours and excursions are available to surrounding attractions: Jerusalem, Petra, Eilat, Scuba Diving, the Underwater Observatory, Timna Park, bird watching, desert hikes, and tour of the Arava.

Questions? Call us at +972-54-979-9033 or write us admissions@kibbutzlotan.com

Accommodation

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  • Live in our Eco-Campus and experience ecological, sustainable living
  • Room and board (3 meals a day) for the duration of the program.
  • Rooms are equipped with beds, shelves, storage area, pillows, linens, and towels. 
  • Accommodation may be shared (maximum 3 to dome). 
  • Wifi and Air Conditioning

Program Details

  • 250 NIS  per night.
  • Minimum stay of one week
  • Practical hours from 6:00 – 12:00,  Sunday – Thursday. 
  • Depending on availability.

Minimum requirements

  • Age 18+
  • Basic English or Hebrew
  • Good physical fitness
  • Motivation to work and learn
  • Full travel & medical insurance 

Eco-Experience Testimonials

"I had an amazing Eco-Experience stay in Kibbutz Lotan. These guys are pioneers of how to live in a sustainable way in the desert. In just one week I learned a lot about permaculture, agro-ecology, ecological architecture, both theoretically and through a hands-on approach. All the facilities of the Kibbutz are also highly enjoyable."
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Henri Paty
(June 2017) France
“I would like to express my feelings for my stay in Lotan from the movie 'Into the Wild' - there is a pleasure in the pathless woods, there is a rapture on the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not man the less, but nature more …”
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Tulya Tümer
(July 2017) Turkey

Organic Garden

 The Organic Market Garden is a field for farming training and for experiencing nature. The challenge: imagine planting vegetables on the beach. Organic farmers know the critical importance of healthy, insect- and microbe-filled soil but none instructed us how to turn sand into soil. All of our community’s organic waste is composted and amazingly it is everything that the plants need to thrive.
Since 1996 we’ve searched for varieties of vegetables and herbs from around the world that would thrive in a previously untested combination of the climate of the Arava desert, the salty irrigation water, the local predators and the lack of inputs of industrial fertilizers or protection from insecticides or herbicides.
A desert oasis is an amazing place and this garden, tended with lots of hours of love and hard work, is exceptionally beautiful. The sand has now become soil with the fragrance of a forest after the rain, and digging up a handful, you can watch the “creature[s] that creep on the ground” (Genesis 1:25). Sitting under the grape vine, you are surrounded by fig trees, mulberry, guava, olives, figs, dates, kale, chard, and lettuces; orange, yellow, and red tomatoes; eggplant, broccoli, and cauliflower. Nestled inside the soil are blue, white and sweet potatoes, onions and garlic. Butterflies and bees alight on edible flowers, sage, rosemary, basil, sweet and Sinai mint. A Garden of Eden and school for learning how to grow food Everywhere on Earth.

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Explore the region

Set off on a Desert Hike around Kibbutz Lotan and then explore our region’s Israel National Trail ,Timna Park & the Ancient Copper MInesEilat Underwater ObservatoryEilat Coral Beach Nature Park, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling and Water Sports, Tour Petra and Jordan, the Dead Sea, Masada National ParkEin Gedi National Park, Jerusalem, Biking Tours, Neot Semadar Restarant & ToursOff Grid Village & Renewable Energy toursBird Watching tours, the Ramon Crater and much more…

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