Egypt

Sinai Desert
Vases planted by Sabera Machat, Sept. 20-Oct. 14, 2004

During the Great Cameltreck from the West Coast to the East Coast across the Sinai Peninsula in 24 days, four Peace Vases were planted. This Cameltreck was organised by Sabera Machat, a student of Sogyal Rinpoche, who had been living in the Sinai Desert for 12 years and who was born in the Netherlands. The participants were from Germany, Austria and Poland.  Altogether there were 13 Participants and 9 Beduins, 15 Camels, 1 Sabera.  On their way from they crossed several mountain passes with the camels, slept under the stars and encountered one sand-viper and 3 scorpions, their own minds, expectations and projections.

“The first vase was put at Wadi Sheich Hasjasj, at an altitude of 900 meters, early in the morning.  At the moment we put the last stone to cover the Peace Vase, the sun rose above the mountains.  The second vase was placed in the Machroom Mountains.  Again at an altitude of 900 meters, this time the place was on top of one of the biggest sand dunes in the Sinai.  Before sunrise I dug a large hole and placed the vase inside, covering it with large stones – the sand will do the rest.  Next, we buried a vase at the Forest of Pillars, at 950 meters high.  And finally, at the National Park, Ras About Ghaloum, directly on the Gulf of Acaba, looking at the Mountains of Saudi Arabia, we put one a vase directly into the sea. We dug a big hole and covered it with big, heavy stones and gravel – here every day it will be touched by the sunrise, the water and the air.”