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7 Days Relaxing and Rejuvenating Yoga Holiday in Bulgaria

Tranquil Times Retreat, Sadovo 9139, Avren, Varna, Bulgaria.

Tranquil Yoga Retreat in Bulgaria

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

Come and join Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat for a wonderful week of yoga, holistic therapies, 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.

Meet the instructors


  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • 1 afternoon class of Guided Meditation
  • 1 afternoon class incorporating Tai Chi / Qigong
  • Hatha and Sivananda & Vinyassa yoga practices
  • Various therapy options to choose
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer available:
Burgas Airport (US$72 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Varna Airport (US$72 per person)
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  • 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.
  • One therapy room


  • 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
  • Open May to October
  • Spacious inside yoga barn
  • Tiled terrace for yoga and Tai chi / Qi gong
  • UK and EU electrical sockets in rooms
  • Wooden decked area for sunbathing


The holiday includes two 0 to 90-minute classes a day, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, (except for a lunch and dinner where we go out and sample the local cuisine). 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.

Daily schedule

  • 08:30 - 10:00 : Morning class (90-minute Hatha / Vinyasa flow yoga)
  • 10:15 - 11:00 : Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 14:15 : Free time for therapies, relaxation, further activity, practice, etc.
  • 14:15 - 15:00 : Light lunch
  • 15:00 - 17:30 : Free time
  • 17:30 - 19:00 : Afternoon class (60 to 90-minute Hatha, Restorative, Yin, Qigong, guided meditation or gong / sound bath)
  • 19:30 - 20:30 : Evening meal


On your retreat, you will learn and practice various aspects of yoga - asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), deep relaxation, and meditation at your own pace and within your own range. Morning classes are slightly more dynamic in order to energize and revitalize, as well as to relax, while the late afternoon classes offer a variety of yoga styles each day.

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 and those that you feel challenging and wish to work on.

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 salutation variations 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 Sivananda. Her classes have a lovely flowing sequence and although predominantly Sivananda based, incorporate aspects from many of the above styles of yoga, suitable for beginners and the more experienced.


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, inner observation, and mantra (sound). Healing chakra meditations are often included as are special confidence boosting and abundance meditations.

Included excursions

  • Beach day
  • Evening in Varna city


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.


  • Beaches - 30 minutes
  • Beach resorts - 45 minutes
  • Burgas Airport - 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Varna - 25 minutes
  • Varna Airport - 35 minutes

Unique features


  • Massage
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Bar
  • Terrace


  • Bicycle rental
  • Library
  • Wireless internet

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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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 we don't serve any red meat or mushrooms.

On your retreat, 3 meals per day are provided, apart from one lunch and dinner where we eat out. The first meal of the day is served after any early morning activities. his consists of homemade granola, fresh fruit salad, bulgarian bio yoghurt, 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.


  • Red meat
  • Mushrooms

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Pescatarian
  • Whole food
  • 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)

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, Balchick's Botanical gardens or The Eco Park.

Spa treatments

Aromatherapy massage (35 GBP)

This treatment combines the benefits of a full body massage with the healing properties of essential oils. The oils or essences are derived from many different aromatic plants, including trees, herbs, flowers, and fruit. Many are known for their powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, as well as for their more subtle effects on the mind and emotions. The massage itself lasts about 50 minutes.

Indian head massage (35 GBP)

Indian head massage is based on the Ayurvedic system of healing which has been practiced in India for over a thousand years. The aim of Indian head massage is to release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders.

Indian head massage is especially good for relieving tension, stress, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, sinusitis, and migraine. Clients report that the experience is deeply calming and relaxing, leaving them feeling energized and revitalized and better able to concentrate.

The treatment helps increase joint mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders, improves blood circulation and lymphatic flow, frees knots of muscular tension, relaxes connective tissue, and aids in the elimination of accumulated toxins and waste products.

A one-hour treatment includes a consultation, treatment of upper back, shoulders, neck, upper arms, scalp and face.

Reflexology (35 GBP) available on certain weeks

Reflexology, otherwise known as zone therapy, uses trigger points on the body to stimulate the clients own healing mechanisms. The science of reflexology dates back to ancient times. Artifacts and paintings from China and Egypt indicate that reflex points on the feet were used to promote good health as far back as 4,000 B.C.

Modern day reflexology is based on the work published by the American physician Dr. William Fitzgerald in 1915. Dr. Fitzgerald demonstrated how pressure applied to one part of the body could anaesthetize another part. During the mid-1900s, Eunice Ingham (a physiotherapist) extended and developed Fitzgeralds work and created the reflex zone maps that are used today.

Generally, the trigger points on the feet are the most responsive, which is why most reflexology treatments concentrate on these, but pressure is also sometimes applied to points on the hands, arms or legs. The treatment lasts 45 minutes.

Reiki (35 GBP)

Reiki is a non-invasive therapy whose purpose is to provide a holistic treatment to the mind, body and spirit. Reiki's natural healing energy works on every level, not just the physical, and promotes the body's regenerative self-healing ability.

The universal energy heals you and activates your body's natural ability to heal itself. Reiki goes to the deeper levels of your being, where many illnesses have their origins.

It works wherever you need it most, releasing blocked energies, cleansing the body of toxins and working to create a state of harmony and balance. It reinforces your own ability to take responsibility for your life and helps to make the necessary changes in your attitude and lifestyle in order to promote a happier and healthy life.

It is a very simple, non-intrusive and extremely powerful process. A treatment session lasts approximately 50 minutes, the client usually lies down, fully clothed on a treatment couch covered with a blanket or can be seated on a chair.

The practitioner gently places her/his hands in various positions over the body. Each position is held for a short time, there is no pressure: making it ideal for treating the very young, the elderly, pregnant women and those recovering from surgery.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation and full board meals (except for one lunch and one evening meal where we eat out locally)
  • 2 x 90 minute classes per day
  • Access to facilities, yoga mats, water, teas, and coffee
  • Beach day and evening in Varna City

What's not included

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

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Varna Airport (VAR). The transfer from and to the airport can be organized by Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat. The cost of the transfer is approximately 55 GBP if traveling alone, less if sharing with other course participants. You can also arrive at Burgas Airport (BOJ) and the cost of the transfer is approximately 55 GBP per way or alternatively rent a car to arrive at Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat. There are also many cheap flights to Sofia and then take an internal flight to Varna.

Varna International Airport is 35 minutes away from our retreat, with Bourgas International Airport our next closest airport at 1.5 - 2 hours away. They both offer direct flights from regional airports in most European countries, including Scandinavia, the Middle East, and Russia. Please check out the Wikipedia page online for Varna or Bourgas Airport. If you look at 'Airlines and Destinations' you will see a current list of scheduled and charter flights from your nearest airports or alternatively contact Tranquil Times for more information.

There are daily internal flights from Sofia to Varna operated by Wizz Air and Bulgaria Air and a good network of trains and coaches within the country and down the Black Sea coast to Istanbul. Many guests fly via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines.

Once you land, Tranquil Times will be happy to arrange transfers with our driver from the airport to the retreat or supply you with information on Public Transport or directions if you are coming by road.

Airport: Burgas Airport Airport transfer available: Burgas Airport (US$72 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Varna Airport Airport transfer available: Varna Airport (US$72 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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