Welcome to our exciting voyage

We are excited to bring you one of our most memorable journeys on the Nile, that for most is a childhood dream. A journey onboard Kemet, a luxury home-away-from-home traditional Nile sailing boat. A journey combining history, culture, and world-class yoga.
Our 5-nights / 6 days cruise starts at the legendary city of Luxor, the ancient capital city of “Thebes”, today a breathtaking open-air museum, all the way south to Aswan. Along the way you would visit ancient sites and temples like Esna, Kom Ombo and Aswan.
In addition to practicing daily Ashtanga yoga with KPJAYI Certified practitioner/teacher PHILIPPA ASHER, activities while sailing include visiting some of the most spectacular sights in Egypt, morning treks, swimming, picnics, a donkey stroll through the sugar cane fields, BBQ’s and live music performances by local artists.

Retreat Description

This is a dream Ashtanga yoga and Nile cruise holiday for dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioners (and significant others!) who also love to embrace culture, see mind-blowing sights and have fun whilst doing so. It’s a wonderful opportunity to work with a very experienced and devoted KPJAYI Certified Ashtanga yoga teacher who shares the practice to all levels of practitioners from new to Advanced B Series, with joy, kindness and skill.
Philippa is an ex-dancer, has worked in media, music and the film industries, is a qualified teacher and shares the Ashtanga yoga practice with students all over the world. There will be 4 mornings of traditional Ashtanga Guided Self-Practice, a Counted Primary Series Class and afternoon workshops on body-opening, pranayama, meditation, concepts of the Ashtanga yoga method, technique, yoga philosophy and Q&A.


Day 1

Day 2-5

Day 6

Detailed daily visit description







History and background

A Dahabeya is a traditional non-motorized Nile sailing boat. Originally built to carry celebrities and royal families, the Dahabeya was a luxury pleasure boat for the Nile. Until the 1870s the Dahabeya was the common cruise boat for tourists to travel up and down the river Nile. The name means “golden one” alluding to the gold and Dongola decoration.
‘Kemet’ means “Black Land”. This is what the Ancient Egyptians called Egypt, due to the fertility of the soil around the Nile, which was very dark and rich. ‘Kemet’ endeavors to be an authentic unique signature of Egypt today, combining old shipbuilding, while maintaining the classic Dahabeya look & feel, while adding authentic Egyptian furniture with an infusion of modern style.
A fusion of old and new, modern artists, craftswomen & men, ship builders coming together collaboratively to create a unique take on Egypt.

About us

This exciting voyage is brought to you by Nūn Center & Kemetale in collaboration with Philippa Asher onboard the Kemet Dahabeya

From London, Philippa Asher is one of a few Ashtanga yoga practitioners in the world to be Certified by Pattabhi Jois to teach the Ashtanga yoga method in his tradition. She has spent over 20 years learning at the source in India and for the last 16 years has dedicated her life to accurately sharing the Ashtanga yoga system internationally, both in classes and on retreats world wide.

Nūn is a holistic health center with over a decade of experience bringing together a blend of traditional healing tools and modern wellness treatments to curate a personalized healing experience.
Kemetale specializes in curating travel journeys inside Egypt in partnership with local guides, wildlife enthusiasts, as well as state-of-the-art eco-lodges and hotels, to bring truly memorable and unique experiences.
KEMET dayabeya
Your home away from home
KEMET dayabeya
Your home away from home
KEMET dayabeya
Your home away from home
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Kemet Dahabeya is 55m long and 8m wide. It has 8 suites, 2 management/staff cabins, a main staff cabin, a kitchen, a main covered sundeck area with an outdoor dining table, a bar area and a low seating area, a rear covered sundeck, an upper sundeck with chaise-lounges for sunbathing or star gazing, an indoor lounge with a dining table on the sundeck level and another lounge with a self-serving kitchenette on the suites level. The boat is equipped with a central chiller for air-conditioning to provide comfort at all times. It has a multi-phase water filtering system that ensures clean and safe drinking water onboard.



This suite symbolizes the richness of ancient soil, the earth, which gifted the land lushness and growth. This suite consists of the main room with its Queen bed and the attached entrance foyer with a daybed that can be used for a 3rd guest.


Inspired by the flowing Nile, the majestic “Aur” is a space of tranquility and repose. It is a key room to our boat, it is the source of existence, essence and fertility.


The gem ‘Lazuli’, is bustling with life. The suite embodies the buzzing of trade in Ancient Egypt. The various goods, gems and wealth fuse into the room design. There are 3 suites of this type, each sleeping 2 persons on 2 twin beds.

Retreat Meals

Food nourishes our bodies and deeply influences how we feel. What we eat can have a bearing on our emotional and physical well-being. This is why we are very keen on offering you local, healthy, nourishing and plant-based vegetarian meals with vegan and gluten-free options.
We will be offering two main meals: a brunch after your morning yoga practice and dinner in the evening. In addition, we will have healthy snacks, fruits, infused water, herbal teas, and coffee available at all times.


In addition to the itinerary, we would complement with visits to local markets, trek / walks in nature, fruit picking if it’s in season, donkey rides if they are around, a visit to a family home or an off the beaten path village.
Not included


In collaboration with our travel partners we would be happy to organize for you additional days in both luxor and Aswan upon request.
Please email us your request to retreat@nuncenter.com
Flying into Luxor and flying out of Aswan at the end of the retreat. For local flight bookings out of Cairo and back we recommend you use www.egyptair.com or www.nileair.com
Preferred arrival in Luxor
Preferred departure from Aswan
Passports, Visas and Health Documents
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents before departure. We regret we cannot accept liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry contact documentation.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain the relevant insurance cover once your booking has been confirmed by us. We consider adequate travel insurance to be essential. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs.
Paying for your Retreat
Your place is not confirmed until full payment has been made. If we do not receive this balance in full and on time, we reserve the right to treat your booking as canceled by you in which case the cancellation charges may become payable. Your place is not confirmed until full payment has been made.
If you Cancel your Retreat
Written notification by email to retreat@nuncenter.com for which you registered from the ‘lead name’ on the booking must be received. We regret we cannot pay any expenses, costs or losses incurred by you as a result of any change or cancellation if you cancel the Retreat.
The following Retreat cancellation charges apply: Cancellation by November 1, 2022 – a 25% of the full fee will be retained by us. Cancellation by December 15, 2022 – 50% of the full fee will be retained by us. Cancellation after January 15th, 2022 – 100% of the full fee will be retained by us.