A naked man covered in mud lies on a beach, nearby a dreadlocked recluse reads from the Book of Exodus and a woman strikes a low soothing note from a Tibetan singing bowl.
It's sunset at the Dead Sea, where the New Age melds with a biblical vista in danger of becoming a paradise lost.
High season here is during the winter when the heat is bearable for most. And there are also those who choose to stay - indefinitely. They seek refuge from modern day life and hope to avoid the rat race.
"Half the world is hi-tech. I'm with the other half," said Mark, who did not give his surname and said he was about 60 years old. Often relying on the kindness of strangers for food, he has lived on the beach for the past 10 years, without electricity, or a mobile phone.