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8 Days Mountain Yoga Retreat in Bansko, Bulgaria

32 Bandertsa Street, Bansko 2770, Bulgaria

Yoga Retreat Bulgaria

Yoga is a science of life that gives us very valuable knowledge about what it takes to be healthy and happy. On this retreat, you will enjoy refreshing morning yoga sessions that interlace movement and breath and make both your body and mind flexible and strong.

In the evenings, you will indulge in a Restorative yoga class and yoga Nidra sessions. During the day, you can choose to chill in a thermal pool, take a walk in a thousand years old forest, or be active enjoying mountain hikes, cycling, climbing, and horse riding.

Meet the instructors

Elena
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Highlights

  • Transfers to and from Sofia Airport
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a beautiful house with a mountain view, private garden, jacuzzi, meditation room and many more.
  • Daily healthy and delicious organic meals – Full board . The meals are vegetarian and vegan.
  • Introduction to Yoga Philosophy and healthy lifestyle lectures
  • Daily mountain hikes with a certified mountain guide
  • Daily morning and evening yoga sessions
  • Whole body massage treatment by physio
  • A day at a spa with outdoor mineral pools
  • Variety of optional activities: rock climbing lessons, horse riding, mountain biking, meditation and relaxation practices,art workshops
  • Photos and Unique present for every guest

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Bulgarian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer included: Sofia Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance

The house combines the traditional alpine style exterior with original features such as a large open log fire, restored wooden flooring and exposed beams, creating a warm, homely ambiance – designed to inspire comfort and relaxation. Three rooms have private balconies with views across to the mountains, with a further balcony located off the lounge. To the rear of the chalet is a decked area with an outdoor hot tub and a large enclosed garden to practice yoga or just chill in the sun.

It has everything you need to feel at home: chill out aria, kitchen, library, garden, private yoga and meditation room, hot tub/jacuzzi,, smart games (mandala drawing, origami, dix it, henna drawings, flying lanterns and many more.

Program

We believe that the foundation of every spiritual practice is the connection to our source (Nature). It is those connections that create the insight that we are all connected and responsible for each other and the world we live in. This can sometimes feel like a heavy concept, especially considering the current events in the world.

We can all make a tremendous difference through small daily actions. As a community, the impact of our efforts is multiplied and our collective actions make a true difference for our environment and the communities we are a part of. Connecting to yourself and giving space to the things you are dealing with in your life, is the first step to stepping into and cultivating your unique strengths.

It is through this personal growth that we can share with others that we find a true sense of accomplishment, connection and meaning in our lives. We strongly believe that karma yoga makes a huge difference in the way we perceive ourselves and the world. The way we take responsibility and adapt, learn and grow in hard times.

At the epicenter of karma yoga is the idea of “karma” - The consequences of our actions, words, and deeds. It is believed to be the natural law of cause and effect. Karma is about giving your best, being present and aware of everything you do. Therefore we encourage respectful and responsible attitude toward self, others and nature.

We have chosen to live a life close to nature, because of the fun and harmony of being outdoors. Nature is a great teacher. It teaches us that in order to evolve we have to be physically and mentally strong, disciplined, adaptable, focused and at the same time that the key to happiness is just to be mindful and appreciate all the possibilities and beauty of life.

We believe that nutrition has a powerful influence on both our physical health and state of mind and that being a nature- responsible consumer is a crucial part of our sustainable evolution. Our menu is vegetarian, fresh and seasonal. All products are organic and picked at local farms. We avoid the use of packaged and preserved foods. Our menu is made by а dietitian and meets all nutritional needs.

At the same time it is very delicious. We believe that there are much better things to do than stare at a tv screen or scrolling social media, so we organize evening workshops in the art of origami, mandala drawings, flying lanterns ceremony, art meditations, yoga lifestyle and philosophical discussions.

WHAT IS YOGA RETREAT

It is an opportunity to explore yourself through your practice. We are a busy people these days, with all the distractions and diversions that surround us, it is hard to look inward, relax, and fully take advantage of what yoga has to offer. A yoga retreat offers you the chance to get away from the normal routines and customs of everyday life, which allows for a valuable perspective onto ourselves.

WHAT DO I DO AT A RETREAT

Usually, we will get up around 7:00 or 7:30 and do yoga. The program is designed to fit the needs of those attending. Afterwards you will have a delicious breakfast and get ready for your daily trip to the mountains. During the day you can choose to follow the group activities or do something by yourself. In the afternoon there is another yoga session meant to bring relaxation of your body and mind.

If you want you can skip yoga and relax in the jakuzzi and indulge afternoon tea with home made cookies. There will be time for journaling, personal growth and partner exercises to get to know each other better. The afternoon is spent either in a group adventure or on your own. In the evening after dinner you can enjoy workshops in the art of origami, mandala drawings and many more. The teachers are always available for questions and help with your personal practice. Come with an open mind and an adventurous spirit and you will not be disappointed!

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT RETREAT IS BEST FOR ME

Is it a place you have always wanted to visit? Do you want a small retreat? Do you want one with a larger group? If you are not sure of the group size, please email us and we will let you know. Do you want one more focused on personal growth ,or do you want one totally light, fun and full of adventure? Where are you in your life? Are you in a big transition or is everything coming up roses? Those are questions to take into consideration. And remember, you can always contact us for more info!

WHAT IS YOGA

Yoga is a system of physical and mental practices that originated more than 6,000 years ago. Its purpose is to assist each one of us to achieve our highest potential, improve our health and discover joy through our connection with the mind, body and spirit. With yoga we can improve the quality of our lives by reducing the levels of stress and fatigue we carry in our bodies. We can live longer and better together.

ARE THESE RETREATS FOR EVERYONE

Yes! You do not need to be a yoga rock-star or flexible like a pretzel to fully enjoy a retreat. Retreats often vary in their specific yoga styles, and amenities, but they are often more similar than not when it comes to accommodating all levels of practitioners. The purpose of yoga is to get to know yourself, realize both your strengths and weaknesses and work toward improvement. All the programs are modified according the individual characteristics and needs of the client.

CAN I GO ON A RETREAT BY MYSELF

Most do! Yoga retreats can be great for couples, friends, and families, but the majority of retreat takers go solo. The reason is that yoga retreats are by definition a get away. A retreat away from the norm. People who attend yoga retreats tend to be respectful, community-driven, and generally well centered, so its a great place to make new friends. It also allows one to find their own grove again, or just relish in being in their own personal space.

DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IS EVERYTHING SCHEDULED

No! You can have your own pace and choice of activities as this doesn't disturb the program. We can provide assistance in finding alternatives. The aria provides limitless options to move or relax, just don`t hesitate to ask us.

WHAT TO BRING?

Comfortable ( sports ) clothes and shoes – both warm and cold

We can provide all kinds of equipment necessary to practice outdoor sports: hiking, climbing, mountain biking. You can hire or bring your own.

QUESTIONNAIRES to fill in before arrival

HOUSE RULES

  • Be open, friendly and respectful
  • No shoes in the house
  • No smoking, drinking, drugs in the house
  • Our menu is vegan and vegetarian
  • Be quiet after 11:00 p.m.
  • You break you buy

PROGRAM

Saturday

  • Transfer from Sofia Airport to Bansko
  • Welcome tea/fresh juice and home-made cakes (introductions and team building games)
  • Lecture - introduction
  • Dinner

Sunday

  • 07:30 Yoga
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Transfer to starting point for day hiking
  • 10:30 Hiking
  • 15:30 Transfer back to Bansko
  • 16:00 Afternoon snack, personal time (massage optional)
  • 18:00 19:00 Yoga (stretching)
  • 20:00 Dinner

Monday

  • 07:30 Yoga
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Transfer to starting point for day hiking
  • 10:30 Hiking
  • 15:30 Transfer back to Bansko
  • 16:00 Afternoon snack, personal time (massage optional)
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Yoga
  • 20:00 Dinner

Tuesday

  • 07:30 Yoga
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Optional activities
  • 18:00 19:00 Yoga workshops (Acro Yoga, mantras chanting, dancing and meditations)
  • 20:00 Dinner

Wednesday

  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Trip to 7 Rila lakes (breathing and meditation lesson), afternoon snack, personal time
  • 18:00 Yoga (optional)
  • 20:30 Dinner.

Thursday

  • 07:30 Yoga
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Spa day at the mineral pool and massage, optional activities (bicycle, riding, climbing – optional), yoga, art and meditation workshops

Friday

  • 07:30 Yoga
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Transfer to starting point for day hiking
  • 10:30 Hiking
  • 15:30 Transfer back to Bansko
  • 16:00 Afternoon snack, personal time (massage optional)
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Yoga (Hatha yoga)
  • 20:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Flying lanterns ceremony.

Saturday:

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Sofia Airport

Instructors

Elena Kemileva

Retreat location

Bansko is a picturesque town located in the foothills of Pirin natural reserve. Its beauty and natural treasures - thousand years old forests, mountain lakes, mighty peaks, thermal springs, wild berries make of it a peace of paradise on earth. In summer it is sunny and quiet and it is a perfect place for a break from the city madness, connection with nature and self-discovery. Bansko provides all the tools to achieve a perfect balance of active and passive aspects of energy. We encourage our guests to maintain this balance by combining physical activity and relaxation practices. How about having a great workout for the body and soul in the mountains and then relax in a thermal pool, go to a music festival or have a massage by a professional physio?

Unique features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Hot spring
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain walking
  • Rock climbing
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Balcony
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

We believe that nutrition has a powerful influence on both our physical health and state of mind and that being a nature- responsible consumer is a crucial part of our sustainable evolution. Our menu is vegetarian, fresh and seasonal. All products are organic and picked at local farms. We avoid the use of packaged and preserved foods. Our menu is made by а dietitian and meets all nutritional needs. At the same time it is very delicious.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
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)

In order to meet everyone's individual needs we offer different workshops and activities you can attend in your free time or if you are not in a mood for the regular daily schedule. They are payed extra but on a very preferential prices. You can choose among:

  • Spa day at a mineral pool
  • Massage
  • Breathing and Meditation lessons
  • Appointment with physiotherapist
  • Climbing lesson
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Individual yoga lesson
  • Art meditation
  • Art workshops

Spa treatments

Massage therapy, sports massage, classic massage, aromatherapy, physiotherapy service, jacuzzi, and spa with thermal pools.

What's included

  • All transfers
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a typical Bulgarian house / chalet (private and shared rooms)
  • Full board healthy and delicious vegetarian and vegan organic meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, non–alcohol drinks)
  • Introduction to yoga philosophy and healthy coaching lecture
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Daily mountain hikes with a certified mountain guide
  • 1 whole body massage treatment
  • 1 day at spa with outdoor mineral pools
  • Photos and unique present for every guest

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Personal insurance
  • Optional activities: rock climbing, mountain biking, horse riding, off-road jeep tour

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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