OUR STORY

Our story does not have a defined beginning. We are unable to determine exactly when it started, where the first memory was created. We just remember that our story is a meeting between three, with one common dream For a long period of time, we were unable to meet each other in our original organic surroundings Why? The answer is found between the words in our STORY

Nir's story

“There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask "What if I fall?" Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” ― Erin Hanson
My name is Nir Adan, I'm 44, and I live in a cozy house which I built by myself surrounded by green and nature. I am the father of two boys, Ofek and Noam. I am a native desert soul. Born and raised in the depths of the Negev desert in Israel, where my dad would take me flying, as he was a pilot, back then. Let's face it - our world is sick. That's the truth unfortunately. and I'm not referring to any pandemic, I'm referring to a loss of culture and values.
I was born into a military family. My grandfather was a famous general and a great leader, My dad - a fighter pilot. It was clear to me that I would follow in those footsteps,and so I did as expected, and joined an elite army unit, followed by 5 years at GSS, escorting 3 different prime ministers, as a personal security agent,feeling I was walking in the right direction, until . . . my journey in life took a sharp turning point, when I accidentally found myself participating in one of the projects, which would  change my life forever - the Burning Man project, where a temporary city rises from the dust in Nevada USA..
This led me to become a co-founder and CEO (for 7 years) of Midburn - the second-largest regional Burning Man project in the world. Since then EVERYTHING has changed in my head and mostly - in my heart.
I came to understand the power of “WHT IF” - a state of mind, a way of thinking or just stepping out of my comfort zone. All those led me to  believe in  transformation, through participation, for the first time in my adult life - I felt peace.

But WHT IF you read deeper? 

Today I understand and feel - the only way to bring about change in our world is to bring together different cultures through shared participation. For many years I felt that my story was not special, that I am no different from any other person. I learned that the opposite is true and that my life story is significant and that it can change people's perceptions.
As a young boy I used to wake up every day listening to military sounds. This was my environment, a remote air base in the desert. The average landscape for most people is city or nature, but for me - the usual scenery was Skyhawks and Phantoms, taking off and flying. My average sounds were sirens and alarms and the buzz of military tools, that was the reality I grew up in.
It was clear to me that this was my trajectory, and so it was, I joined an elite unit, served it for 4 years, and was immediately recruited into the General Security Service. I escorted 3 different prime ministers, two presidents and countless ministers, for the Israeli government. I felt I was fulfilling everyone's expectations and at the same time,but I felt that something was incomplete. My imagination wanted to go to all sorts of strange places, but the way I grew up,had set high walls on my sides.
I did what I thought the world expected me to do...Until, quite by accident and completely unplanned, I arrived at the place where the game rules are different. How different? 
Enough to change my path in life.
Nevada, 2001, The Black Rock Desert - Burning Man.
The project is based on 10  principles,which pulsate at the same pace and create a new culture, a new way of thinking.
Suddenly for the first time I really met myself, suddenly I realized so much, in so little time.
I understood what motivated humans, and I received the greatest gift I could get — I understood my "why." I understood why I am here and what my mission is.I understand that what has enabled me to discover these many insights, is a very basic act that we all do - Imagine, to Dream, to sail truly into the unknown. Get out of my comfort zone, I call it, and with a lot of passion. I looked into it. Again and again.over and over. Since then, I returned to the same temporary city every year and after a few years I decided to promote this culture in Israel. The number of stories I kept in my head and heart, that were born out of the simple action of WHT-IF, can fill a whole book.

In 2016 I did something which was unnatural and decided to go to Amman in Jordan, after being invited to participate in a secret underground gathering in the center of the city where it's mostly religious.
The purpose of this event was to support a dream of which so many people believe in - to overcome the boundaries of culture and to bridge the gap between them.
A group of 6 of us walked into an old rooftop in downtown Amman, with a 100 humans who grew up in a culture so different from ours, but at the same time shared the same dream - to bridge it. It was tense but a certain musical artist slowly thawed us all, to become one.This night ended with 30 of us watching the sunrise and dreaming about WHT IF.So here I am, standing in the heart of Amman, Jordan, in an ancient building which is probably older than my grandfather, feeling equally frightened and excited, around people from Lebanon, Iran, Australia, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Dubai and Egypt, and I remember whispering to myself again - WHT-IF ?

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Ifat's story

“What you are the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.” Jiddu Krishnamurti
I am Ifat Golan, 44 years old, born and raised in a small village in Israel. My parents were farmers, so I grew up between the flowers, trees and plantations. This was a period when we worked together with our neighbors from the nearby Arab villages. Borders and separations were not an issue. It broke my heart when the conflict escalated and we could not see our friends and workers anymore. My entire life, I am a seeker of truth, seeker of inner work and self growth, which led me to travel the world, connect with different people. Fascinated by the trillion contrasting ways of living that I met. Opening my heart and exploring different ways of living, really taught me the power of WHT IF state of mind, by getting out of my comfort zone. That also broadened and uplifted my consciousness. 
Coming back from my travels straight to the first Burning Man gathering in Israel, adding the layer of inspiration to my experiences, I immediately decided to  dedicate myself to building this culture in Israel, serving for several years in key positions, including the Board of Directors.  
In parallel to that, another door opened to the spiritual world of Sufizm, learning the path of love. I participated in gatherings of people from different countries of the Middle East, no barriers, no borders, no flags. Think how amazing it could be if we could live like that.
I was initiated ‘Sema Zen’ at the Sufi Mevlevi order, taking part in traditional ceremonies, and leading workshops and retreats in Israel, Turkey and even Jordan.
For me, when I move around connecting people and worlds, looking from the eyes of my heart, speaking it’s language, the magic of WHT IF, happens. 

But WHT IF you read deeper? 

Today I understand, looking at my life experiences, that whenever we choose to say ‘YES’ to an inner calling, all the wonders of the world, synchronize and miracles happen. I believe we were all born seekers, and what we seek most, can be found in ourselves and right beneath our noses. As it all goes in circles, bringing us back to the essence of our being and fulfilment. All we need to do is listen. That very same impulse we identify within ourselves, will continue to show in our life, in different variations. 
I grew up in a small village. My parents were farmers, and I spent my entire childhood around the farm. Our friends and workers were from the nearby Arab villages. I grew up with them, they were an inseparable part of our lives. Back then, all the crossways were open, borders were not an issue to pass. It was all open. When the conflict escalated it broke my heart. Our entire world changed. Many people and close friends disappeared from our lives. I remember taking walks in my childhood on the old railway that was used by the Turkish train, that once took people from Jerusalem to Beirut. Imagining, WHT IF we had no borders again, and we could all connect, simply, as human beings. 
The urge and curiosity to connect with different cultures was always burning in me, and pushed me to travel the world. Even when I was taking projects as an Organizational Consultant, I was always looking for these global ones, so I can continue to explore.
A very significant giant leap happened In 2012, coming back from a 6 months journey to India, which was a huge jump and broadened my consciousness. Coming back to Israel, two major elements came into my path and at the same time opened the next chapter of my life!  It was Burning Man and the practices of the Sufi path. My attraction to whirling drew me to Sufizm, I got to know my teachers in Israel. The encounter with the path, went through a very powerful opening of the heart. From there I was drawn deeper, traveled to Turkey, met with different teachers, took part in Sufi gatherings with people from all over the Middle East, in wonderful oneness. My journey took me to Konya (Turkey), connected to a Sheik and teacher of the rare kind, who eventually initiated me as Sema Zen in the Sufi Mevlevi Order. The practice of whirling and ceremonies of this path are directed towards the opening and expansion of the heart. This is a way of life and a way of thinking, where unity exists in everything and the whirling  expands, opens and bridges between worlds.
The encounter with the Burning Man culture, also brought big revelations to my life. Amazed by the way each individual could truly show up authentically and participate in his own unique creation, inspire and get inspired. Seeing the potential impact of this on the culture in Israel,led me to step in and dedicate myself in different leading positions.
I shared the vision with Nir, when we first met, of how necessary it is to ingrain a new culture in the world (and in our region!) that will connect people together,who don’t  usually get to meet.
 I was not surprised that Nir shared the same vision and inner flame, and we started weaving our mutual dream. Planting seeds in various places, wandering between different locations, and waiting patiently for these to  start sprouting, so we could manifest our vision into reality. Allowing things to unfold at their own pace, and the path to reveal itself, we found ourselves taking another trip in 2017 to tour the region. This time to Jordan, accepting an invitation to a party in downtown Amman. With excitement mixed with fear, entering a space where people look exactly like us, celebrating freedom. On that rooftop, our paths crossed with Abdul, standing there after 18 years of absence from his place of birth, not believing the sight he was just witnessing. 
This night, this celebration, was for me one of these moments, where all the WHT IF’s were connected to one.

So… WHT IF!?

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Abdul's story

Your vibes attract your tribes.
My name is Abdul. I was born in Amman, Jordan, on January 6th, 1983. I'm the youngest son after 2 sisters. I went to private school with the upper-class kids, with a lot of connections.. Brought up in a house that taught me that not everyone is equal. Most of my environment as a kid growing up in Amman, practiced hate sometimes towards others. 
Since I was young, I never cared to do my school homework or do well in exams!  My teacher always told my mom “ your son will never have a degree, but he so smart and loves life and will be someone successful “ My heart was always in hospitality and creating fun spaces! 
I'm a visionary street smart and connected to my heart!
I've always followed my heart and it has always taken me to amazing journeys!
It was a spontaneous call in summer 2017 when I heard about an underground party in Amman Jordan, when my heart led me to it!  After I hadn't been to Amman in 18 years! There magic struck me, when I met with Nir and Ifat and a few other friends who shared the same vision! 
I believe in evolution and change. After my transformation, I understand my dream is to connect people from different cultures to step out of their comfort zone and allow them to participate in growing and transforming ! 

But WHT IF you read deeper?

My grandfather was born in Hebron in 1923 and moved to Amman Jordan in 1948 with three kids. My father is the fourth born in Amman.My mother's parents also came to Jordan in 1948. I remember my grandfather as a successful entrepreneur in Jordan. He had been an expert  in manufacturing pvc pipes, for many years. He had been recognized and appreciated by the Jordanian government.  Many times and as a kid, I remember how proud I was of him  
He passed away in 1991 and  left the family in Jordan with lots of resources, but sadly, my family didn’t manage to maintain it.
My father was not an entrepreneur and after almost 10 years living like royalty, my grandfather's resources that he had left us - disappeared.  I remember that day as if it was yesterday.
It's the early 2000 and my dad was diagnosed with cancer and some doctors in Jordan, recommended him to go to the US. to have the treatments there. So we moved to the US in December 2000, with the notion of, what if I don’t come back to Amman? I was 18 years old and was really afraid of the unknown. I was frustrated and sad and felt like my life was going out of control. I lost the connection to my culture and in just a few months, I moved away from my family, to Texas to earn money. It was clear to me that I shall never return to Amman, Jordan.
I was working and making some money, laying floors for a living, with an unknown company, until I felt I was in a loop, I needed to do something else and so, I don't know where I had the courage but I quit my job and started my own flooring business. I am now my own master. It felt good. One of the people I knew back then- was Yehuda, who introduced me to the Goldman family, who invited me for a Shabbat dinner. Here I am sitting with a culture I had never met before around a table, breaking bread together. I was a bit confused. How is this possible, that I am sitting with those people, I was taught to hate?

How can it be that I feel these people are my tribe? 

We talked a lot about everything, and after a few years an offer came by, to go to Burning Man, I did not know this world and it seemed like something I wouldn't find interesting, but something drew me ,to say yes.
It was the first time I remember myself recognizing the WHT IF, understanding the power of imagination and wishes. I completely went out of my comfort zone.

I met so many of my tribe, and for the first time in my life - I was really happy and complete. I fell in love with meeting people who are different from me, who came from different places and other cultures.

In 2018 following the footsteps of some friends from the Middle East, I decided to break the sequence of the past 18 years - I shall go back to my hometown, my birthplace. My culture. 

It was really powerful to walk back into the streets of Amman but also very natural. Standing in the middle of the day, in the middle of Amman, in the Middle East - my mission in life is to help connect cultures. my mission is to help out people to practice the one cure i believe can heal our world -  WHT IF

Read More...

HISTORY

Our story does not have a defined beginning. We are unable to determine exactly when it started, where the first memory was created.
We just remember that our story is a meeting between three, with one common dream.
For a long period of time, we were unable to meet each other with the third one, in our original organic surroundings Why?
The answer is found between the words in the book before you.

Nir's story

“There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask "What if I fall?" Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” ― Erin Hanson
My name is Nir Adan, I'm 44, and I live in a cozy house which I built by myself surrounded by green and nature. I am the father of two boys, Ofek and Noam. I am a native desert soul. Born and raised in the depths of the Negev desert in Israel, where my dad would take me flying, as he was a pilot, back then. Let's face it - our world is sick. That's the truth unfortunately. and I'm not referring to any pandemic, I'm referring to a loss of culture and values.

I was born into a military family. My grandfather was a famous general and a great leader, My dad - a fighter pilot. It was clear to me that I would follow in those footsteps,and so I did as expected, and joined an elite army unit, followed by 5 years at GSS, escorting 3 different prime ministers, as a personal security agent,feeling I was walking in the right direction, until . . . my journey in life took a sharp turning point, when I accidentally found myself participating in one of the projects, which would  change my life forever - the Burning Man project, where a temporary city rises from the dust in Nevada USA..
This led me to become a co-founder and CEO (for 7 years) of Midburn - the second largest regional Burning Man project in the world. Since then EVERYTHING has changed in my head and mostly - in my heart.
I came to understand the power of “WHT IF” - a state of mind, a way of thinking or just stepping out of my comfort zone. All those led me to  believe in  transformation, through participation, for the first time in my adult life - I felt peace.

But WHT IF you read deeper? 

Today I understand and feel - the only way to bring about change in our world is to bring together different cultures through shared participation. For many years I felt that my story was not special, that I am no different from any other person. I learned that the opposite is true and that my life story is significant and that it can change people's perceptions.
As a young boy I used to wake up every day listening to military sounds. This was my environment, a remote air base in the desert. The average landscape for most people is city or nature, but for me - the usual scenery was Skyhawks and Phantoms, taking off and flying. My average sounds were sirens and alarms and the buzz of military tools, that was the reality I grew up in.
It was clear to me that this was my trajectory, and so it was, I joined an elite unit, served it for 4 years, and was immediately recruited into the General Security Service. I escorted 3 different prime ministers, two presidents and countless ministers, for the Israeli government. I felt I was fulfilling everyone's expectations and at the same time,but I felt that something was incomplete. My imagination wanted to go to all sorts of strange places, but the way I grew up,had set high walls on my sides.
I did what I thought the world expected me to do...Until, quite by accident and completely unplanned, I arrived at the place where the game rules are different. How different? 
Enough to change my path in life.
Nevada, 2001, The Black Rock Desert - Burning Man.
The project is based on 10  principles,which pulsate at the same pace and create a new culture, a new way of thinking.
Suddenly for the first time I really met myself, suddenly I realized so much, in so little time.
I understood what motivated humans, and I received the greatest gift I could get — I understood my "why." I understood why I am here and what my mission is.I understand that what has enabled me to discover these many insights, is a very basic act that we all do - Imagine, to Dream, to sail truly into the unknown. Get out of my comfort zone, I call it, and with a lot of passion. I looked into it. Again and again.over and over. Since then, I returned to the same temporary city every year and after a few years I decided to promote this culture in Israel. The number of stories I kept in my head and heart, that were born out of the simple action of WHT-IF, can fill a whole book.
In 2016 I did something which was unnatural and decided to go to Amman in Jordan, after being invited to participate in a secret underground gathering in the center of the city where it's mostly religious.
The purpose of this event was to support a dream of which so many people believe in - to overcome the boundaries of culture and to bridge the gap between them.
A group of 6 of us walked into an old rooftop in downtown Amman, with a 100 humans who grew up in a culture so different from ours, but at the same time shared the same dream - to bridge it. It was tense but a certain musical artist slowly thawed us all, to become one.This night ended with 30 of us watching the sunrise and dreaming about WHT IF.So here I am, standing in the heart of Amman, Jordan, in an ancient building which is probably older than my grandfather, feeling equally frightened and excited, around people from Lebanon, Iran, Australia, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Dubai and Egypt, and I remember whispering  to myself again - WHT-IF ?

Read More...

Ifat's story

“What you are the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.” Jiddu Krishnamurti
I am Ifat Golan, 44 years old, born and raised in a small village in Israel. My parents were farmers, so I grew up between the flowers, trees and plantations. This was a period when we worked together with our neighbors from the nearby Arab villages. Borders and separations were not an issue. It broke my heart when the conflict escalated and we could not see our friends and workers anymore. My entire life, I am a seeker of truth, seeker of inner work and self growth, which led me to travel the world, connect with different people. Fascinated by the trillion contrasting ways of living that I met. Opening my heart and exploring different ways of living, really taught me the power of WHT IF state of mind, by getting out of my comfort zone. That also broadened and uplifted my consciousness. 

Coming back from my travels straight to the first Burning Man gathering in Israel, adding the layer of inspiration to my experiences, I immediately decided to  dedicate myself to building this culture in Israel, serving for several years in key positions, including the Board of Directors.  

In parallel to that, another door opened to the spiritual world of Sufizm, learning the path of love. I participated in gatherings of people from different countries of the Middle East, no barriers, no borders, no flags. Think how amazing it could be if we could live like that.

I was initiated ‘Sema Zen’ at the Sufi Mevlevi order, taking part in traditional ceremonies, and leading workshops and retreats in Israel, Turkey and even Jordan.

For me, when I move around connecting people and worlds, looking from the eyes of my heart, speaking it’s language, the magic of WHT IF, happens. 

But WHT IF you read deeper? 

Today I understand, looking at my life experiences, that whenever we choose to say ‘YES’ to an inner calling, all the wonders of the world, synchronize and miracles happen. I believe we were all born seekers, and what we seek most, can be found in ourselves and right beneath our noses. As it all goes in circles, bringing us back to the essence of our being and fulfilment. All we need to do is listen. That very same impulse we identify within ourselves, will continue to show in our life, in different variations. 

I grew up in a small village. My parents were farmers, and I spent my entire childhood around the farm. Our friends and workers were from the nearby Arab villages. I grew up with them, they were an inseparable part of our lives. Back then, all the crossways were open, borders were not an issue to pass. It was all open. When the conflict escalated it broke my heart. Our entire world changed. Many people and close friends disappeared from our lives. I remember taking walks in my childhood on the old railway that was used by the Turkish train, that once took people from Jerusalem to Beirut. Imagining, WHT IF we had no borders again, and we could all connect, simply, as human beings. 

The urge and curiosity to connect with different cultures was always burning in me, and pushed me to travel the world. Even when I was taking projects as an Organizational Consultant, I was always looking for these global ones, so I can continue to explore. 

A very significant giant leap happened In 2012, coming back from a 6 months journey to India, which was a huge jump and broadened my consciousness. Coming back to Israel, two major elements came into my path and at the same time opened the next chapter of my life!  It was Burning Man and the practices of the Sufi path. My attraction to whirling drew me to Sufizm, I got to know my teachers in Israel. The encounter with the path, went through a very powerful opening of the heart. From there I was drawn deeper, traveled to Turkey, met with different teachers, took part in Sufi gatherings with people from all over the Middle East, in wonderful oneness. My journey took me to Konya (Turkey), connected to a Sheik and teacher of the rare kind, who eventually initiated me as Sema Zen in the Sufi Mevlevi Order. The practice of whirling and ceremonies of this path are directed towards the opening and expansion of the heart. This is a way of life and a way of thinking, where unity exists in everything and the whirling  expands, opens and bridges between worlds. 

The encounter with the Burning Man culture, also brought big revelations to my life. Amazed by the way each individual could truly show up authentically and participate in his own unique creation, inspire and get inspired. Seeing the potential impact of this on the culture in Israel,led me to step in and dedicate myself in different leading positions. 

I shared the vision with Nir, when we first met, of how necessary it is to ingrain a new culture in the world (and in our region!) that will connect people together,who don’t  usually get to meet.

 I was not surprised that Nir shared the same vision and inner flame, and we started weaving our mutual dream. Planting seeds in various places, wandering between different locations, and waiting patiently for these to  start sprouting, so we could manifest our vision into reality. Allowing things to unfold at their own pace, and the path to reveal itself, we found ourselves taking another trip in 2017 to tour the region. This time to Jordan, accepting an invitation to a party in downtown Amman. With excitement mixed with fear, entering a space where people look exactly like us, celebrating freedom. On that rooftop, our paths crossed with Abdul, standing there after 18 years of absence from his place of birth, not believing the sight he was just witnessing. 

This night, this celebration, was for me one of these moments, where all the WHT IF’s were connected to one.

So… WHT IF!?

Read More...

Abdul's story

Your vibes attracts your tribes
My name is Abdul I was born in Amman, Jordan on January 6th 1983..I'm the youngest of 2 sisters. I went to private school with the upper class kids, with a lot of connections.. Brought up in a house that taught me that not everyone is equal. Most of my environment as a kid growing up in Amman, practiced hate sometimes towards others. 

Since I was young, I never cared to do my school homework or do well in exams!  My teacher always told my mom “ your son will never have a degree, but he so smart and loves life and will be someone successful “ My heart was always in hospitality  and creating fun spaces! 

I'm a visionary street smart and connected to my heart! 

I've always followed my heart and it has always taken me to amazing journeys!

It was a spontaneous call in summer 2017 when I heard about an underground party in Amman Jordan, when my heart led me to it!  After I hadn't been to Amman in 18 years! There magic struck me, when I met with Nir and Ifat and a few other friends who shared the same vision! 

I believe in evolution and change. After my transformation, I understand my dream is to connect people from different cultures to step out of their comfort zone and allow them to participate in growing and transforming ! 

But WHT IF you read deeper?

My grandfather was born in Hebron in 1923 and moved to Amman Jordan in 1948 with three kids. My father is the fourth born in Amman.My mother's parents also came to Jordan in 1948. I remember my grandfather as a successful entrepreneur in Jordan. He had been an expert  in manufacturing pvc pipes, for many years. He had been recognized and appreciated by the Jordanian government.  Many times and as a kid, I remember how proud I was of him  
He passed away in 1991 and  left the family in Jordan with lots of resources, but sadly, my family didn’t manage to maintain it.

My father was not an entrepreneur and after almost 10 years living like royalty, my grandfather's resources that he had left us - disappeared.  I remember that day as if it was yesterday. 

It's the early 2000 and my dad was diagnosed with cancer and some doctors in Jordan, recommended him to go to the US. to have the treatments there. So we moved to the US in December 2000, with the notion of, what if I don’t come back to Amman? I was 18 years old and was really afraid of the unknown. I was frustrated and sad and felt like my life was going out of control. I lost the connection to my culture and in just a few months, I moved away from my family, to Texas to earn money. It was clear to me that I shall never return to Amman, Jordan

I was working and making some money, laying floors for a living, with an unknown company, until I felt I was in a loop, I needed to do something else and so, I don't know where I had the courage but I quit my job and started my own flooring business. I am now my own master. It felt good. One of the people I knew back then- was Yehuda, who introduced me to the Goldman family, who invited me for a Shabbat dinner. Here I am sitting with a culture I had never met before around a table, breaking  bread together. I was a bit confused. How is this possible,that I am sitting with those people, I was taught to hate?

How can it be that I feel these people are my tribe? 

We talked a lot about everything, and after a few years an offer came by, to go to Burning Man, I did not know this world and it seemed like something I wouldn't find interesting, but something drew me ,to say yes.
It was the first time I remember myself recognizing the WHT IF, understanding the power of imagination and wishes. I completely went out of my comfort zone.

I met so many of my tribe, and for the first time in my life - I was really happy and complete. I fell in love with meeting people who are different from me, who came from different places and other cultures.

In 2018 following the footsteps of some friends from the Middle East, I decided to break the sequence of the past 18 years - I shall go back to my hometown, my birthplace. My culture. 

It was really powerful to walk back into the streets of Amman but also very natural. Standing in the middle of the day, in the middle of Amman, in the Middle East - my mission in life is to help connect cultures. my mission is to help out people to practice the one cure i believe can heal our world -  WHT IF

Read More...