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4 Days Relaxing and Rejuvenating Yoga Holiday Varna, Bulgaria

Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat, Sadovo 9139, Avren, Varna Province, Bulgaria

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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Bulgaria.

Come and join Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat for a wonderful four days of yoga, holistic therapies, as well as healthy and delicious vegetarian food with non-veggie option in a relaxing rural location, close to the Black Sea beaches, near Varna, Bulgaria. Enjoy the atmosphere of serenity and being in harmony with nature and take the opportunity to relax, restore, rejuvenate, and reconnect with your inner self.

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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Guided meditation practice
  • Beach day and evening in Varna City
  • Full board meals and access to facilities
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • water, teas, and coffee

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer available:
Burgas Airport (US$64 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Varna Airport (US$64 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Honesty bar
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi

The rooms have been individually designed with attention to detail and your comfort in mind. Light and airy bedrooms are located in the bungalow by the pool and also on the top floor of the main house. There is also a communal kitchen and lounge with double sofa bed.

Rooms offered in the bungalow

Two en-suite twin bedrooms with single beds suitable for shared or single-use

Rooms offered in the main house

Two double bedrooms with balcony (suitable for couples or for single use). These two bedrooms share a spacious bathroom with bath and shower. There is also one therapy room.

Amenities

  • Barbeque and summer kitchen area
  • Bike hire
  • Book and DVD library
  • Color TV and DVD, hairdryer and ironing facilities on request
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, and honesty bar
  • Large gardens with sun loungers, hammocks, and shaded seating areas
  • Large swimming pool with shallow children's section (the children's area of the pool is also great for anyone who wants to cool down, take a dip, but is unable to swim)
  • Spacious inside yoga barn
  • Tiled terrace for yoga and Tai chi / Qigong
  • UK and EU electrical sockets in rooms
  • Wooden decked area for sunbathing

Program

The holiday includes 2 x 90 minutes classes a day, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, (except for a lunch and dinner where you go out and sample the local cuisine dependant on when you arrive in the 7-day schedule). Tranquil Times Holistic Retreats is specialized in tailoring programs to your individual requirements to give you the ultimate holistic experience. Classes are suitable for all ages and beginner and intermediate levels.

Yoga

On your retreat, you will learn and practice various asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), yoga Nidra (relaxation), and meditation at your own pace and within your own range. Morning classes tend to be slightly more dynamic in order to energize and revitalize, as well as to relax, while the late afternoon class includes more yoga Nidra and meditation.

The classes include sun salutations with variations depending on your level. Classes are small and informal so there will be plenty of time for individual attention and to concentrate on poses suitable for you and your body. Over the years, resident instructor Jo has practiced and studied various styles of Hatha yoga and has been influenced by the correct alignment that Iyengar yoga teaches, the breath-synchronized flowing movements of Vinyasa with its sun salutations and Viniyoga with its individualistic approach and gentle flow.

Her main influences in recent years are Integral yoga which incorporates gentle Hatha practice and focuses on the healing power of meditation and Sivanander. Her classes have a lovely flowing sequence and although predominantly Sivanander based, incorporate aspects from many of the above styles of yoga, suitable for beginners and the more experienced.

Meditation

Meditation expands awareness and develops calmness, serenity, and focus, ultimately leading to a deeper understanding of our inner nature. Meditation also has much to offer as a tool for enhancing concentration, willpower, and resistance to stress. It allows us to ride the waves of life without being disturbed by them.

The meditation techniques are taught systematically, and over the course of the week may cover body and breathe awareness and inner observation. Healing chakra meditations are often included as are special confidence boosting and abundance meditations.

Daily schedule

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Morning class (90 min yoga)
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 14:00 Free time for therapies, relaxation, further activity, practice, etc.
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Light lunch
  • 15:00 - 17:30 Free time
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Afternoon class (90 minutes yoga or meditation)
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Evening meal

Please note that morning class will start between 08:00 and 08:30 depending on the heat of the season. Flexibility and individual requests are always allowed.

Included excursions

You will enjoy a beach day and an evening in Varna City depending on the weekly schedule.

Instructors

Jo Crowder

Retreat location

Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat is located in Sadovo, an authentic Bulgarian village. The venue is nestled in a valley surrounded by vineyards, forest and beautiful countryside which is part of the Kamchia Nature Reserve. Situated just a short 25-minute drive from Varna city center, the sea capital of Bulgaria, you will find the retreat is easily accessible.

Nearby places

  • Beaches - 30 minutes by car
  • Beach resorts - 45 minutes by car
  • Varna, 28 kilometers - 25 minutes by car
  • Varna Airport (VAR) - 35 minutes by car

Unique features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Honesty bar
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Library

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Vegetarians and non-vegetarians are equally welcome at the retreat. Special menus for each group of visitors are designed and prepared, so you can be sure that there will be a plentiful supply of delicious healthy food to suit your tastes. Please note, however, that many of the meals will be vegetarian and Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat doesn't serve any red meat or mushrooms.

On your retreat, three meals per day are provided, apart from one lunch and dinner where you eat out. The first meal of the day is served after any early morning activities. This consists of homemade granola, fresh fruit salad, Bulgarian bio yogurt, freshly baked bread, local village honey and homemade preserves. A light lunch is served in the early afternoon and includes salads.

A two-course evening meal is served a short while after the late afternoon classes. There has always been wonderful feedback about the food as it is super tasty, varied and produced from as much locally sourced produce as possible. Drawing on culinary influences from around the world, subtle herbs and spices are used to produce classic and innovative meals.

It is a promise you will not be left hungry and if you have sweet cravings, scrumptious desserts will be happily prepared too! There is a well-stocked organic vegetable garden, over 30 fruit, and nut trees on site and eggs from free-range hens.

Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements, you will have the opportunity to tell on the questionnaire after booking and Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat will do their best to accommodate.

Exclusions

  • Red meat Mushrooms

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

You will have plenty of free time to contemplate, to have therapies, go swimming and walking, mountain biking, or simply relax and recharge those batteries while sunbathing with a good book around the pool. Alternatively, you may wish to visit local attractions such as the city, beaches, Varna City, mineral spas at St. Constantine, Balchik Botanical Garden or The Eco Park.

Spa treatments are also available at an extra cost. There are:

  • Aromatherapy massage (35 GBP)
  • Indian head massage (35 GBP)
  • Reflexology (35 GBP)
  • Reiki (35 GBP)

What's included

  • Daily morning 90-minute yoga class
  • Daily afternoon 90-minute yoga or meditation class
  • Beach day and evening in Varna City depending on weekly schedule
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Full board meals (except for one lunch and one evening meal where you eat out locally depending on weekly schedule)
  • Access to facilities
  • Water, teas, and coffee
  • Yoga mats

What's not included

  • 1 evening meal
  • 1 lunch
  • Bar drinks
  • Optional trips
  • Therapies
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Varna Airport (VAR). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat will do where possible to keep costs down by journey sharing with other participants (Allow up to 60 EUR (80 USD) return from Varna Airport (VAR) if traveling alone, less if sharing with other course participants). Transfer from Burgas Airport (BOJ) costs 60 EUR (one way).

Arrival by taxi

Alternatively, car hire is available from the airport and is useful if you wish to explore and see more of Bulgaria. It is found that some of the guests have flown into and out of different Bulgarian airports because they want to experience more of the country and / or to get the cheapest available flights.

Arrival by train

There is a good network of trains and coaches within the country and down the Black Sea coast to Istanbul. Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat will help make your holiday as hassle free as possible, so please feel free to contact them for any help or advice, including changing timetables

Airport: Burgas Airport Airport transfer available: Burgas Airport (US$64 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Varna Airport Airport transfer available: Varna Airport (US$64 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 36% 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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