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Unforgettable Yoga Retreat in Romania

Wellness is a family thing. In Romania, people celebrate Kids Day on first of June, so this time Akasha Wellness Retreat has planned a fun, healthy, packed with activities retreat for all the family including young ones too. The truth is kids are overloaded with information, gadgets, TV blurb and all sorts of distractions that not only influence the way they live, grow up and develop mentally, physically and emotionally but also cause unnecessary amounts of stress, potentially anger and be harmful to their health. Teaching mindfulness to kids is as important as getting them to eat their vegetables. This retreat will be doing that too, of course. Bring the kids, the pets, the grandparents or the neighbors up to you. This is a family retreat!

Retreat highlights

  • Vinyasa and Yin yoga practice
  • 2 daily yoga sessions for adults
  • Daily yoga and dance class for kids
  • Introduction to yoga philosophy and practice
  • Group activities for kids and adults
  • Pick up and drop off at Brasov
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Romanian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 18
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Accommodation

During this retreat, you will stay at Akasha Retreat. Its large open lounge and diner allow all guests, teachers, and friends to come together and socialize, laugh, play, and explore creative pursuits together. The gorgeous mountain views, garden, and terraces are the kindest gift nature has given them, and they in return offer them to you. Each of the guest bedrooms is special and each has handmade decorative items, a blend of modern romantic with natural elements from the environment. The room facilities include orthopeadic mattresses, quality linen and towels, organic toiletries, seating area, hairdryer, cotton bathrobe and slippers, and in-room safe.

The spa and wellness facility at Akasha Wellness Retreat is not a traditional spa. They do things differently there. You create the ritual you want to have, from a variety of homemade organic bath and body products. The massage therapists that are internationally qualified in a range of treatments from deep tissue to shiatsu, ayurveda, and Thai massage, will assist you in your choice of essential oil and body products, so that your treatment complements specific conditions.

The spa facility created its own range of products that are lovingly made at Akasha Wellness Retreat using only organic natural products such as coconut oil, organic herbs, and specialized clays.

Twin sharing

These bedrooms are for two guests sharing one room. Some of the twin bedrooms have private balconies and all enjoy beautiful mountain views.

Private four-poster

Beautiful four-poster beds and romantic decorations set these rooms apart. The private rooms can be booked for single use if you prefer to have your own bedroom or for double occupancy, if you decide to bring a partner or a friend along. In each case, you will get to sleep like a prince or princess in this superb double-four poster bed. From there, guests can enjoy a truly luxurious experience as each room features floor to ceiling windows and glorious mountain views.

Private queen suite

The queen suite bedrooms are the most spacious and decadent bedrooms. The private rooms can be booked for single use if you prefer to have your own bedroom or for double occupancy, if you decide to bring a partner or a friend along. The rooms are tastefully decorated and feature floor to ceiling windows and glorious mountain views. Also, there is plenty of room for your own yoga practice should you still have the energy.

Akasha Wellness Retreat Romania Yoga Retreat Program

During this retreat, there will be daily fun, interactive yoga practice for the kids. Akasha Wellness Retreat will add some dance moves too. Walks in nature, learn about herbs and growing vegetables, and plant trees. There will be plenty of fun group games for all the kids to do together, cooking workshops, creative workshops, and outdoor games. The whole point is you and your kids will both be busy but relaxed and above all having fun, the well way and without the need for digital devices.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day

  • 16:00 Arrival and registration + center tour
  • 18:00 Evening yoga and meditation practice
  • 19:30 Candlelit dinner
  • 21:00 Opening circle and retreat presentation

Day 2 - 3: Full day

  • 07:30 Wake up gong
  • 08:00 Morning yoga, pranayama and, meditation practice
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Free time and spa therapies
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Free time and spa therapies
  • 18:30 Evening yoga and meditation practice
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 Group activity

Day 4: Departure day

  • 07:30 Wake up gong
  • 08:00 Morning yoga, pranayama, and meditation practice
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Closing circle and departure

Note

  • Akasha Wellness Retreat provides all yoga mats and props. However, you can also bring your own if you prefer.
  • During free time and spa therapies, you are free to spend your time as you want to. Massage therapies and salt baths are booked and paid for separately.
  • Akasha Wellness Retreat practices a digital detox retreat. This is to allow your mind to disconnect from the overload of digital communications and listen more deeply to life, connect with others on the retreat and live in the present moment. Akasha Wellness Retreat provides a guest access computer for use during the retreat. On departure day Akasha Wellness Retreat will gladly provide Wi-Fi access to get in touch with your friends and family or to share your photos on social media.
  • Every morning until breakfast time and one full morning until noon, you will practice a silent retreat. This is a powerful tool to connect with yourself. Pick a good book and explore the true benefits of being on retreat.

Included excursions

  • Hiking
  • Nature and forest walks

Instructors

Irina Raileanu
In her “previous life,” Irina ran a travel startup in London and since then has traveled to India and beyond in search of a dedicated yoga and meditation community in line with her spiritual values. From practicing yoga on the beach in Goa to remote villages in Cambodia, to traditional ashrams and discovering Ayurveda in Kerala, to meditation with Buddhist Monks in Tibet and hiking the Himalayas, her journey inspired her to see beyond what she has always known of yoga as the physical practice but that of an integrated lifestyle. Something that everyone can do, that is for everyone.

Retreat location

This retreat will be held in Pestera Village. The village is called Pestera and it means "the cave" in Romanian, named after a beautiful bat cave located approximately 100 meters from the center. The village is part of the National Park of Piatra Craiului, a majestic chain of mountains and forest valleys that still harbor an abundance of wildlife from bears to mountain goats and more. Seven kilometers away is one of the most debated Transylvanian icon, Dracula's Castle in Bran. It is an impressive fortified castle with a large heritage and stories to match.

Nearby places

  • Bat Cave, 100 meters
  • Dracula's Castle, 7 kilometers

Unique features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

Food

During this retreat, you will be served three organic vegetarian daily meals. Upon booking your retreat, you will be asked of your diet preferences and Akasha Wellness Retreat can cater for special diets such as lacto or gluten intolerant. All meals are at set times in the dining area and are shared among all guests and teachers. The menu consists of a combination of Romanian vegan dishes and western.

A typical breakfast and lunch are buffet style consisting of organic produce such as porridge, chia seed smoothie bowl, fruits, brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato, salads, homemade wholegrain bread, and many more mouthwatering dishes made by their chef. For dinner, you will be offered a sit-down family style meal with hot soups, lentils, stuffed peppers, vegan sarmale, polenta, and many more.

The delicious plant-based menu is designed to fortify your overall health and wellbeing using organic unprocessed seasonal produce with the highest nutrient content possible. A combination of ingredients that not only work in a delicious mouthful but act as anti-inflammatory and alkaline foods that balance hormones, blood sugar, and blood pressure.

Forming good habits about food

The application of chakra balancing foods and integrative medicine principles creates a colorful and complete menu balanced in carbohydrates, good fats, and proteins full of minerals, vitamins, and bioflavonoids (the color pigment of fruits and vegetables that have an important role for strengthening the immune system). Food that is not only delicious and easily digested but deeply nourishing, sustaining, healing, and energy-boosting.

The aim is that you will pick up good habits from being on the retreat and that you will continue to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle back home using essential principles about food and nutrition that are easily applicable in your daily lives.

Organic and locally sourced food

Eating organic is about avoiding chemical additives and genetically modified organisms, eliminating an unnatural, potentially harmful component from your health equation. Organic produce grows slowly because that is how nature intended it, unaltered by pesticides and chemicals designed to prolong shelf life. Organic is also about supporting and encouraging your local farmer and fruit and vegetable supplier.

When you eat organic, you also eat seasonal, you become aware and appreciative of what is available now, rather than all the varieties you could have instead. You appreciate the food by what it is, when you have it and how much more nutrient and flavor it has when it is eaten and cooked fresh. They visit the farms they work with, they look at how farmers produce their food and they only choose sustainable and certified organic produce.

What are offered

  • Alkaline spring water
  • Ginger, lemon, and hot water
  • Infused spring water
  • Natural spring water
  • Organic herbal teas

What are not offered

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Soda

Unlimited 24/7

Chakra balancing juices and smoothies, and the daily chakra balancing smoothies are made with cold-pressed juices, vegetable milks, organic fruits, vegetables, and essential fatty oils such as flaxeed oil and organic superfood powders. Each juice is dedicated to one specific energy center and they guarantee it will make you radiate energy throughout the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Massage and body treatments

These include shiatsu and deep tissue, relaxing coconut oil, hot stone massage, Swedish massage, and Thai massage. These bodywork therapies are designed to complement your yoga practice and are often performed by yoga instructors themselves. Their therapists understand the importance of helping you to connect to your body, releasing tension and improving your posture.

Just a few benefits of regular massage therapy as an active part of your yoga practice are releasing tension in problem areas, loosening the connective tissue in your outer thighs and increasing hip flexibility, improve your body awareness, and highlight imbalances that can then be addressed in your yoga practice. One kind of treatment costs 25 EUR for the package that lasts for 30 minutes and 45 EUR for the package that lasts for 60 minutes.

Bathing ritual treatments

Bathing is actually an ancient therapeutic practice called balneotherapy. Almost all ancient cultures prescribe therapeutic bathing rituals to promote overall wellness and calm the skin, body’s largest organ. Herbs and oils have long been combined with bath therapy to relax the mind, soothe sore muscles, and promote supple skin. Bathing rituals can also complement your meditation and yoga practice in clearing away aura energies, chakra balancing, and healing.

With each bath package costing 20 EUR for a 60-minute session, you can choose from

  • Homemade bath salts packs infused with your choice of organic essential oils
  • Herbal tea bath rituals with your choice of organic herbal tea blends and flowers
  • Milk bath rituals with your choice of vegan milk and essential oil infusions

You can also combine your bathing ritual with an indulgent organic face mask, bentonite clay, seaweed, or activated charcoal facial mask blends which each costs starting from 12 EUR.

Aromatherapy

All of the therapies are complemented by aromatherapy. Each day, as they work on your chakra balancing asanas, your teacher will recommend a blend of organic essential oils, or you can choose your own to be diffused in the therapy room during your treatment and during yoga or meditation practice.

Spa packages

You can choose a spa package that complements your yoga practice. Your body will thank you, they promise.

  • Ritualista: this is a therapeutic treat for your body, a package of a 90-minute body massage therapy and one bath ritual treatment that costs 65 EUR.
  • For / rest package: inspired by the forest, this is a package of a 120-minute body massage therapy and two bath ritual treatments 104 EUR.
  • All in spa-ah dream, this is the ultimate all-inclusive treat for your body, a package includes a 240-minute to spend how you want on body massage therapy, two bath ritual treatments, and one detoxifying organic clay facial mask all for 165 EUR.

Other activities

  • Hiking in the mountains and local valleys
  • Horse riding with local trained horses
  • Mandala paintings, dreamcatcher, and art
  • Nutrition and lifestyle medical screening with the resident medical adviser
  • Visit the Dracula's Castle located nearby in Bran

What's included

  • Daily yoga and dance class (for kids)
  • Daily group activities for kids (cooking, coloring, walks in nature, planting vegetables and trees, and mindful creativity)
  • 2 daily gentle yoga sessions to warm up in the morning and stretch in the evening (for adults)
  • Vinyasa and Yin yoga by two different teachers
  • Introduction to yoga philosophy and practice through dedicated workshops
  • Hiking
  • Nature and forest walks
  • Group activities, cinema and library, creative arts and crafts
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • 3 daily healthy vegetarian meals
  • Drinks on retreat, cold pressed juices and smoothies, filtered water and organic detoxifying teas
  • Unlimited use of jacuzzi hot tub and sauna, traditional, and infra-red
  • Pick up and drop off to and from Brasov
  • Integrative medicine and nutrition support from medical doctors

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Extra excursions
  • Spa treatments

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP) or Sibiu International Airport (SBZ). Transport from and to the airport is not included.

Arrival by train

From the airport, you may take the train that goes straight to Brasov railway station. Akasha Wellness Retreat facilitates pick up from Brasov city on the day of arrival at the retreat for those that would anticipate arriving early. Akasha Wellness Retreat can also help you with trains or taxis from the airport to Brasov or to the retreat.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Arrival: Friday June 1, 2018
Departure: Monday June 4, 2018

Pricing information
  • There is no charge for babies up to 3 years old in the same room with parents. Akasha Wellness Retreat doesn’t provide baby food or baby beds so you will need to bring this with you.
  • Kids from 3 - 15 years old can participate in the activities. The charge for the kids when sharing a room with parents is 150 EUR / 3 days.

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