NICOSIA – A Cypriot mountain resort is providing free spa treatments, acupuncture, gourmet food, meditation, yoga, music and therapy sessions to Israelis who survived Hamas terrorist attacks at a Supernova party.
The Secret Forest retreat center is owned by an Israeli, Yoni Kahana, 35, and is working with trauma experts to organize five-day getaways for the party survivors, 50 or so at a time, said the The Times of Israel.
Some 1,400 people were killed in the assaults, and 239 taken hostage, still being held in the Gaza Strip that Israel has bombarded and invaded in a hunt for them and to root out the terrorists.
The terrorists especially targeted the Supernova music party, a desert rave event that had some 3,000 attendees, many of whom were in various states of inebriation, the paper said.
“We were here on Simchat Torah, we love our country and our people, and we thought, how can we help from here? We saw all the people who had survived the party… sitting at home with all the trauma they had and all the stress in Israel. They lost friends but they themselves were saved. We thought of bringing them out here, to a quiet, healing utopia in nature,”said Kahana.
Kahana, who grew up in the Chabad movement, said: “It’s emotional to see the influences this has had on them. They told me they hadn’t eaten, didn’t sleep well and were traumatized. But suddenly, the passion for living returned.”
Secret Forest, which caters mostly to Israelis, has a kosher kitchen and attracts a mix of religious and secular people and has facilities including treatments and holistic healing sessions.
Kahana said he’s absorbing much of the cost and has opened a crowdfunding drive to get donations to help because a waiting list has grown to more than 1,400 people who want to benefit.
Cyprus has been a refuge for Israelis wanting to get away from the war while Palestinians are trapped in Gaza and hoping for humanitarian aid with reports more than 10,000 civilians have been killed in Israeli shellings, many children.