Regenerative Kitchen Journey

How we can regenerate our ecosystem starting from our own kitchens!

12 - 17 February 2023

Within the frame of COP27 and in order to keep following the good practices to help preserving the resources of our planet, Habiba Community is launching the first edition of the Regenerative Kitchen Journey in partnership with ActionKashkarikas and Empower with Nature 

Desertification along with the high salinity of water for irrigation and the loss of soil fertility have already caused some lands to be degraded, affecting crop productivity and threatening the food security of Sinai Bedouin community.

Humanity is longing for connection to nature and learning traditional knowledge of our elders and to be able to appreciate simple gifts of life and our surroundings.

Our lives depend on already limited natural resources, and crop loss and wasting food are rising concerns about the sustainability of our choices while we cook.

With this wasteless cuisine approach, we will let you hear, taste and feel the stories behind what you eat!

Our partners

Meet your facilitators

Maged El Said

Founder of Habiba Community

“The lesson that my generation still has not learnt is that if we keep taking advantage and exploiting the resources of our planet we will leave nothing to our children and to the children of our children. When I met the indigenous community of Sinai, 20 years ago, I changed my mind, I passed from working thanks to mass tourism to work with responsible travelers. Now, thanks to the agri-tourism model I have an established company through which I help the community and the environment”

Chef Sibel Pinto

Chef Sibel Pinto

Founder of Action Kashkarikas

"Passionate about authentic home cooking, I am interested in the stories behind food, as I believe that the best food is rooted in tradition. I love slow cooking like our grandmothers used to, taking the time and effort in preparing. I use peels, scraps, cores, seeds and low cost local and seasonal ingredients to cook delicious, healthy comfort food. I am committed to create educational opportunities, cultural bridges through food and to raise awareness for conscious cooking and sustainable kitchens”

Maya Galimidi

Maya Galimidi

Founder of Empower with Nature

"I had this feeling a few years ago and found my way to the desert. I lived through sand storms, fell asleep under the stars, learned permaculture, experienced community and sustainable living. It then became clear to me that every one of us who shared this experience in the desert was transformed by the magic of reconnecting with the natural world. We all need this connection to understand life”

Camp Experience

What's Included?

  • Accommodation at the Beach Lodge (rooms with private bathroom)
  • Full board 
  • Tea/Coffee breaks 
  • Field trips to our farms 
  • Dinner in the desert

Benefits

  • Having guidelines for optimizing the pre-/post- experience.
  • Joining a multicultural living lab in which you can learn, refine and share knowledge.
  • Hands-on training from the farm to the kitchen.
  • Living a rich, full-immersion and transformative experience.
  • Experimental learning about connecting with nature everyday.
  • Community building.
  • Meeting the local expert Bedouins from different tribes.
  • Staying engaged with the host community. 
  • Becoming an ambassador of the program.
  • Participation Certificate.

Sign up for Regenerative Kitchen Journey!

Price for all the program: 730€

Please notice that in the checkout page prices are in EGP

In the meantime, get into the vibe!

Sign up for Regenerative Kitchen Journey!

Price for all the program: 730€

Please notice that in the checkout page prices are in EGP

The closest airport is Sharm el Sheikh International Airport. Taxis from the airport to Nuweiba cost 600 EGP (about 30 Euros). Habiba Community will be more than happy to arrange the transport from and to the airport.

From Cairo, tickets can be purchased from Turgoman East Delta bus station in Ramsis or in Abbasiya. The ticket to Nuweiba costs 220 EGP and the trip takes around 8 hours. Buses are safe and very clean. From the Port of Nuweiba, taxis can be taken to Habiba Community for 50 EGP. The locals know the way, and a taxi taken from outside Nuweiba will frequently stop to ask people on the street for directions. Don't worry, this is normal. It's best to negotiate prices before getting in the taxi. If the driver does not speak English, they will find someone to translate for you, but they all speak enough English. When traveling through Sinai, it's important to keep your passport at hand as there are many security checkpoints that may require it.

Habiba Community provides accommodation and meals at Habiba Beach Lodge, a beachside resort 15-20 minutes walk from the farm. The room includes a bed, a closet, and bathroom with hot water.

There is wifi available at the Beach Lodge. An internet cafe is located in town, about a 20 minute walk. USB WiFi sticks are also available, which are cheap and could run as hotspots on MACs with enough speed for 3-4 users.

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You should bring the following for sun protection:
Lightweight clothing to cover your head, neck and shoulders,
-Mosquito repellant -Sturdy shoes -Work gloves -Beach gear and a sense of adventure 😉 Most of the above is available in shops around Dahab and Nuweiba, but its perferable to buy your quality shoes and cargo gear before arriving. Winter gets chilly, even in Sinai, especially in January and February, so bring warm clothes for the evenings.

No, but any that you learn will certainly help! Maged El-Said and his family speak fluent English and Italian, and many workers at the Village and locals speak English. What you should do is learn Arabic during your stay; one more language is always good. Habiba Organic Farm is more than happy to arrange private Arabic tutors that will teach you at the village, the farm or on the beach after your work hours. Reduced prices are available for every volunteer. You can learn colloquial and talk like an Egyptian, or learn formal and write like a professional.

While you're volunteering, Habiba Organic Farm will help you pursue other subjects that might be of interest to you. We believe that you should learn like a student and live like a tourist as much as you work like a farmer. A good example is joining the Habiba Camel Riding School, which will offer you the standard three-day camel riding course that will teach you how to feed, load, and ride your camel in a professional manner. The course entails a list of survival skills such as following the stars for directions, learning about dangerous plants, finding edible plants, and finding water in the desert. All instructors are Bedouin natives of the Sinai, all camels descend from pure Sinai breeds.

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