Along the Path running through the Al Ayoun communities, walkers can visit the Soap House, the Biscuit House, and the Calligraphy House where women from the area produce natural, local, and handmade items for sale. They are very welcoming and always happy to show visitors the tricks of their trade.
The Soap House produces and presents an array of beautifully scented olive oil soaps and scrubs using plants grown in their herb garden. Manager Reema can provide a brief tour in English and recommend soaps for your skin type. Suffering from dry skin? The pomegranate soap will help that; or use the mint soap for washing oily hair; or the goat’s milk soap for youthful skin. Location: On the road between Rasoun and Orjan.
The Biscuit House is the place to pick up your trail mix and snack bars to keep you energized on your hike. All the products are made on the spot and with local ingredients. Don’t leave without tasting the molasses and tahini sandwich cookies or the olive oil crisps. Anwar is in charge and will be glad to show you around. Location: On the lower road between Rasoun and Orjan, follow the signpost from the Soap House.
At the Calligraphy House, try your hand at the various styles of Arabic calligraphy such as Kufi, Diwani or Farisi. Faryal and her team will be happy to teach you the basics and can give you an introduction in English to the history of the different scripts. The shop also sells various crafts, such as t-shirts and greetings cards with calligraphic art. Location: Rasoun Village.
At the Ajloun Reserve Nature Shop you can buy a little of everything on offer from the area. The shop also sells RSCN products from the other nature reserves around the country.
Sites in the Ajloun Region:
From the few columns, stretches of stone pavement, and other remains which are visible in Pella today, it is hard to imagine the historical importance of this site or its once immense size. Pella has been inhabited for over 10,000 years, though, consistently from the Neolithic Period to the Ottoman rule of the area in the late 1800s.