The Venue

The "Visualising Women's Rights in the Arab World" workshop was held at the beautiful and serene retreat space, Feynan EcoLodge over three nights and four days, 5 - 8 December 2010. Feynan is located in Wadi Finan in a remote part of the Jordanian desert. And, as our participants soon found out, a 2.5 hour bus/car ride and another 30 minute jolty truck ride across the desert terrain, from Amman. Our workshop group took over the entire space of the lodge for the time we were there. In line with the style of all Tactical Tech's events, which encourage meeting new people and making connections, participants shared rooms at Feynan.  

Feynan is an eco-friendly, sustainably-designed-and-run retreat. It is run by the local Bedouin community from the area and all the food served there is locally sourced, organic and vegetarian. It is entirely solar-powered, does not use electricity and is lit by candles at night which made our evenings there wonderfully atmospheric and relaxing. There were no emails to be answered (no internet signal there!) and no distractions like television but plenty of stargazing atop the lodge's rooftop terrace. 

Our days at Feynan were packed, rising for breakfast at 7:30 and working through to dinner at 18:00, but still some participants were able to break away and enjoy some of the activities which Feynan has to offer. Besides the stars and refreshing home-brewed Bedouin tea, some participants enjoyed camel rides and hiking including the few individuals who got up early to greet the day with a sunrise hike. 

The event would not have gone as smoothly as it did were it not for the friendly and efficient team who run Feynan. We are very grateful for all their hard work.

Images: (1) The lodge, photo by Lana Al-Salem. (2) Camel Ride, photo by Safia Darwiche.