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Life Changing Yoga Retreat Bulgaria

RisingSoul Retreat welcomes you to join them in nature as part of a vibrant Nomads community who practice yoga and meditation twice a day in balance with amazing home-cooked plant-based food that they take care to source locally and as naturally as they can. They are a vibrant and social international community running a friendly retreat and guest lodge where digital nomads and location independent workers can take a complete holiday or workcation. They run flexible sessions to accommodate guests' work routines and the hall is available for self-practice. There is Wi-Fi and work-friendly spaces indoors and outdoors so guests can enjoy a healthy life-work balance.

Meet the instructors

Rowena & Petter
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Highlights

  • Hiking session
  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Use of facilities and self-practice
  • Mats and yoga equipment
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Brunch and dinner

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Burgas Airport (US$159 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Sofia Airport (US$212 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Varna Airport (US$159 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Honesty bar
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laptop rental
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

A unique stay!

Welcome to life in rustic rural Bulgaria, we wanted to create an authentic experience that was welcoming and diverse. There are blended sustainable ethos and the Bulgarian mountain way of life, that connects you to the land and mountains to create a place where you can relax and enjoy time with friends and family, find your own life-work balance with the support of their daily self practices, or join in with their community life and become part of the family.

RisingSoul Retreat offers both fully inclusive (Community Guest), Digital Nomad (Long Stays), and self-catering options in the RisingSoul Lodge. The property is a traditional Bulgarian Village House restored with the charm of the cozy homely Irish country cottage, that they grew up in. The guests say “it's a place that takes you back to childhood memories and immerses you in nature”.

In the winter, they close the volunteers' house and old stable accommodation so we are only able to accept community friends. During winter, you will live as a family-style community, in the main lodge so you can expect a busy atmosphere with puppies, log fires, retro CDs and videos, books and board games, vinyl records, occasional nights of red wine, and Netflix around the fire.

In the summer, it’s time for outdoor dining and chills out, fairy lights veggie BBQs, and Bulgarian and vegan/veggie cooking workshops. You will spend evenings around the campfire as a community and have daily well-being and spiritual practices in the meditation room and Yoga Barn, just check their daily schedule.

In between retreats and group bookings, you will function as an international community, with people dropping in from all over the world to rest or rejuvenate, work remotely, retreat, or volunteer in nature. It's the perfect place to build your own self practices many of the volunteers share skills and teachings with the international nomads and of course as part of a rural Balkan community it's a great place to soak up some local culture.

Accommodation

All of the packages are available from May until October for out of season stays please get in touch so as they can best help you with your enquire. In the summer, you can stay at the lodge as a self-catering guest, rent the whole lodge for a group gathering or private use, or stay fully inclusive eating community meals with us as a community guest.

RisingSoul Retreat currently provides retreat guest accommodation in the villa for a maximum of ten people in four bedrooms with an additional courtyard summer accommodation available “Old Stable Superking & Eco Ensuite”. For large groups, they can cater for an additional 12 guests at their partner venue BalkanNomads.

Program

A unique experience!

The diverse range of travelling residents and volunteers in the community gives you the opportunity to experience and learn from RisingSoul's personal journeys and unique styles of yoga, Daoism and other spiritual and self-care practices. Their flexible approach enables you to respond to the guest's needs and modify the practices in accordance.

This retreat is a relaxed atmosphere with structure around daily practice and meals to keep things running smoothly. You will be invited to become part of the family for your stay. RisingSoul encourages guests to get involved with community life and you are welcome to share cooking, gardening, music and any other skills they may have and wish to share.

However, there are many personal spaces and reflection times within the retreat and community spaces to allow you to process and spend time with yourself when needed.

RisingSoul Retreat provides the perfect place to “Connect Yoga & Nature” in a community setting.

RisingSoul is passionate about delivering a diverse, holistic, and welcoming Yoga Retreat that is a hub for social connection. Around this hub, they aim to rejuvenate abandoned village properties to develop an Eco-Community of Nomads who choose to live in nature but enjoy an interactive yet simplistic life.

RisingSoul is developing as a community that values equality, sustainability, freedom of expression, and mind-body and spiritual awareness. They welcome all travellers and are especially conscious of providing a safe space where solo female and male travellers can feel at home, safe, respected, and comfortable.

The RisingSoul Team will arrange a variety of social events, off-site group activities, visits, and mountain sports. At home RisingSoul's well-equipped work areas and leisure facilities allow digital nomads and location-independent workers to excel in their working life inspired by nature and thrive in a unique blend of community, social activity, and mind-body retreat.

Please note that there are two scheduled yoga and meditation classes daily that are part of this program.

Yoga Styles

Hatha

Most forms of yoga in the West can be classified as Hatha Yoga which simply refers to the practice of physical Yoga postures meaning your vinyasa, ashtanga, power classes are ALL Hatha Yoga. The word ‘Hatha’ can be translated into either ‘wilful’, ‘forceful’ OR the yoga of activity as the sun (ha) & moon (tha) - the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are preparatory processes of Yoga and are designed to align and calm your body, mind and spirit in preparation for meditation as well as giving you opportunities to take you beyond certain limitations, yet fundamentally, it is physical preparation.

In classes that are referred to as Hatha, you can expect a gentle introduction to basic breathing techniques and static yoga postures that are held for multiple or more breaths with a focus on alignment.

Vinyasa Flow

Vinyasa Yoga is focused on continuous deep breathing and synchronising movement with breath as it links one posture to the next. When postures are practised in such a manner, they flow into each other and that’s why Vinyasa is often referred to as ‘Flow yoga’.

The word vinyasa has many meanings in Sanskrit, however, in this context can be interpreted as a practice with a ‘special way/order; with attention’ as it often has a theme or purpose consisting of poses linked and associated together. Vinyasa is also the term used to describe a specific sequence of poses (Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward Facing Dog) that comes from Ashtanga tradition and is commonly used in classes.

Restorative

Gentle, slow, still practice of yoga that involves long, passive holds in a series of 5-7 poses and often uses props like folded blankets, blocks, bolsters to support your body, deepen the pose and help the body to relax. The purpose of this practice is to release muscular tension and gently stimulate internal organs. Restorative yoga allows you to relearn the art of relaxation while developing your ability to self-soothe and so enhances your healing capacity by helping you to regulate the stress response and re-balance the nervous system.

Ashtanga Vinyasa

Dynamic, physically demanding practice that synchronises breath with a progressive series of postures in order to produce internal heat designed to purify and detoxify the body. The result is improved circulation, a strong, light body and a calm mind. Often practised in the Mysore style, here at the RisingSoul they will teach as a lead class to support beginners.

Kundalini

Kundalini yoga is an ancient art and science dealing with the transformation and expansion of consciousness, the awakening and raising of Kundalini Energy up the spine through energy centres called Chakras. It is quite different to other forms of yoga with smaller movements that are accompanied by prana breathwork. Psychic energy, sometimes called Shakti, is often symbolised as a coiled, sleeping serpent. Which lies dormant at the base of the spine (Kundal means curl). Once awakened it uncoils and ascends through the central channel in the spinal column (Sushumana) to the crown chakra (Sahasrara) at the top of the head, triggering an awakening of consciousness and a transcendent spiritual state.

Aerial

Instead of performing yoga poses on a mat, aerial yoga utilises a silk hammock or sling that is suspended from the ceiling to perform those same movements. The purpose of the hammock is to provide support through your yoga flow, while also improving flexibility and range of motion.

Sample of a daily schedule

  • 07:00 Morning bell. Tea and fruit are available until brunch in silence.
  • 07:30 Kundalini Yoga and meditation or Tai Chi practice
  • 08:15 Yoga or Qigong
  • 09:30 Karma yoga followed by community brunch
  • 11:00 Rest and digest. Treatments and creative workshops are available.
  • 13:30 High protein vegetarian or vegan snack
  • 16:00 Yoga practice
  • 17:30 Community dinner followed by Karma yoga
  • 19:00 Sharing circle/meditation/breathwork
  • 20:00 Light balanced vegetarian or vegan snacks
  • 20:30 Fire, music and social

Included excursions

  • Hiking
  • Horseriding

Instructors

Rowena

Petter Pan

Retreat location

The RisingSoul provides the perfect place to “Connect Nomads & Self Practices In Nature” allowing their amazing residents and guests to find their own mind, body, and spiritual connection. The venue is built from earthy organic materials and brings their guests a fusion of rustic practice spaces, mountain valleys, and ancient church views.

The RisingSoul is developing as a community that values equability, sustainability, freedom of expression, and mind-body and spiritual awareness. They welcome all travelers and are especially conscious of providing a safe space where solo female and male travelers can feel at home, safe, respected, and comfortable.

Belitsa is a small Bulgarian Mountain Village with room for the community to develop and expand. Set between Tryavna and Voneshta Voda Mineral Spa in the Balkan Mountain region of Gabrovo, it is surrounded by natural parks and rivers. With the old capital Veliko Tarnovo, just 25min North East. (Famous for protecting the Balkans from the Ottoman invasion) and one hour South West from the Valley of the Roses, Shipka Pass, and the Uzana ski resort.

They are delighted that with the help of WorkAway volunteers despite a long COVID induced delay they were able to launch their Yoga Barn and our BalkanNomad venue for digital nomads and solo travelers. Their fun, friendly team provides a supportive, flexible, non-judgemental environment for a diverse community of travelers, volunteers, and nomads to share their creative ideas, yoga, travel, and work experience.

The RisingSoul Team will arrange a variety of social events, off-site group activities, visits, and mountain sports. At home, their well-equipped work areas and leisure facilities allow you to excel in your working life and thrive in your own unique blend of community, social activity, and mind-body retreat. Guests can join any part of the ashram-style daily schedule, they hold daily meditation and yoga practice sessions. All BalkanNomad, RS Lodge and RS Community guests can join classes for the single class minimum donation of 7lv, for longer stays a pass can be agreed.

Subscribe to receive updates on the unique and individually designed affordable guest coach yoga retreats. All guests will have the option to hire their yoga equipment set for the duration of their stay in addition to mountain bikes. You are free to self-practice as you wish and they provide on-screen classes for those community members who prefer to do their own personal yoga practice.

They are also super excited to offer Ayurvedic massage, private Aerial yoga, and at times weekly classes with local external coaches. In addition, many of the international travelers/ volunteers that stay with them bring a wealth of practices, which they are often willing to share with their residents and guests.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Ethical and eco-conscious practices are important to us at the RisingSoul Community!

Therefore they always strive to reduce waste, unnecessary journeys, avoid plastic and eat a homegrown or sustainable locally sourced plant-based diet. RisingSoul support local producers and the village wherever they can. They understand that everyone has their own personal dietary needs and they will do their best to cater for you as an individual where required.

At the RisingSoul community and yoga retreat, you will start the day with the sunrise and a range of metabolism-boosting and detoxing herbal teas, and for those who are not partaking in intermittent fasting local honey and fruit.

Community Brunch

This is a sit down buffet-style health-conscious menu with delicious homemade granola, sourdough bread, local yoghurt, honey, locally grown salad, seeds, nuts, free-range eggs, cheese and fresh garden veg. As well as tea, coffee, spring water and fruit. RisingSoul likes to keep things fresh so you will find that there are always new additions to brunch. Later guests will have tea, coffee and a high protein snack which can be taken with you if you wish to explore in your free time.

Community Dinner

After your late afternoon class, it's time for your main community meal. RisingSoul has decades of combined vegetarian and vegan international recipes to share with you and plan meals around guest requirements. They do take requests and encourage and welcome guests to share their recipes and culinary skills.

For those who are not partaking in intermittent fasting a range of light healthy evening snacks will be available and alcoholic beverages and mocktails can be purchased if required on designated social evenings.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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
  • Energy healing
  • Meals out
  • Cultural activity
  • Horse riding

Spa treatments

  • Massage
  • Mineral spa pool (off-site)

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Brunch and dinner
  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Use of facilities and self-practice
  • Mats and yoga equipment
  • Hiking

What's not included

  • Outside activities
  • Ariel hammock
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Horse riding

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions

A rental car is cheap and easy, RisingSoul recommends TopCarRental, but you can make it as far as Tryavna or Voneshda Voda by bus or train, they provide free pick up from here.

Arrival by airplane

The cheapest airlines with regular flights are Wizzair, Ryan Air, and Easy Jet. You can fly to Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv or Sofia. Without a car, Burgas or Plovdiv is easiest with a wonderful mountain train to Tryavna for less than 10 EUR.

Arrival by bus

There is a bus from the village to Veliko Tarnovo and Tryavna-Gabrovo. Taxis are cheap and they can arrange an airport transfer if needed. However, the train or bus is considerably cheaper.

Please get in touch for help with travel arrangements.

Airport: Burgas Airport Airport transfer available: Burgas Airport (US$159 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Sofia Airport Airport transfer available: Sofia Airport (US$212 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Varna Airport Airport transfer available: Varna Airport (US$159 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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