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7 Days Relaxing & Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat in Bulgaria

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

7 Days Relaxing & Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat in Bulgaria

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

Tranquil Yoga Retreat 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.


  • 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
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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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 childrens 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 2 x 90 minutes 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

  • 08:00 - 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.


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 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.

  • Jo Crowder

    Jo's interest in Yoga started as a teenager & throughout her busy career she sought refuge & relaxation in it whenever possible. Moving to Bulgaria in 2006 gave Jo time to reflect on life and realize she wanted to develop further in this area. During this time, she has gained her Yoga Alliance certification, Yoga Teacher diploma, Reiki healing up to Reiki Master and teacher level and completed a course in Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, from the University of California.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Arrival by airplane

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 & 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.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified reviews

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    Review by Dawn Marshall from Great Britain

    Great for a relaxing break

    CONS Cons: Wasn't any really, just seemed an awful long wait till breakfast! Though I really enjoyed it when it came (after the morning yoga session).

    PROS Pros: Very small retreat so there was a lovely family atmosphere. The food is mainly targeted at vegetarians but very enjoyable even so. Jo and Mark made a great team. I was a reluctant yoga person at first (just went to keep my husband happy) but found myself getting better through the week. I also went with a bad back and it definitely improved. The guest kitchen is nice for making coffee etc.

    2017-Sep-24 05:35:00

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    Review by Marjan Van Thielen from Belgium

    2017-Aug-28 11:15:04

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    Review by Annie Sheret from Great Britain

    The best week!!!

    CONS Cons: That we couldn't stay forever!!

    PROS Pros: Couldn't have wished for a better holiday! Jo and Mark and her lovely boys made myself and my friend have the best week possible. I felt like I was visiting family friends rather than on a retreat! They welcomed us with open arms, cared for us and really ensured we were being looked after in the best way possible. Mark's cooking was amazing, every morning we were looking forward to what delicious meals we were in for!!! Take on board so many recipes and food ideas from him! The quality of the produce he used was brilliant! Absolutely loved the night we had the chocolate fondant!!! Jake and Alex made us laugh and added to the family feel the retreat brought! Jo was a great teacher, I really noticed the improvement in my practise throughout the week! And was delighted to achieve a pose I had struggled doing over the years of yoga!! Had reiki with Jo throughout my stay and that was so very relaxing! Myself and my friend both were very sad to leave, we honestly had the best, most relaxing holiday! But I think the best bit was we didn't feel like clients or customers we genuinely felt cared for like friends! Jo and Mark took an interest in getting to know us and they paid close attention to how we were feeling or what food intolerances we had etc. We would highly recommend this retreat to anyone and are itching to go back next year!

    2017-Aug-20 16:33:10

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    Review by Svetlana Rubtsova from Russia

    11/10 would do it again

    CONS Cons: Hmm... there was nothing, really, to immediately improve upon. Like I have mentioned to Jo, a couple of waterproof electrical outlets in the sweetest spot by the pool wouldn't hurt, because ipads and androids tend to go through their batteries awfully quick, but on second thought, the sun is too bright for anything but ebook screens anyway, and those are not power hungry at all. Perhaps an introductory aerial yoga session would be a bonus, since the hammocks are already in place?

    PROS Pros: This is a place where you can relax and just enjoy being cared for, on all fronts. Two yoga sessions a day, three delicious meals and a pool right in the middle of the guest area tend to take care of every emotional or physical need you might have at the moment. Two planned outings a week took excellent care of the wanderlust. The schedule leaves substantial chunks of free time as well, so you can wander around the village, curl up with a book or chat with other guests to your heart's content. In short, a great place to tune out of the city rat race for a few days. Comfortable rooms, fully functioning guest kitchen (just in case) and lots of places to chill outside, whether alone or in a company.

    2017-Aug-19 14:00:26

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    Review by Anonymous

    Totally relax

    CONS Cons: Maybe the place was too isolated from the world.

    PROS Pros: Atmosphere, food and people. The trip to blacksea and to Varna.

    2017-Aug-17 11:32:40

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    Review by Adela Greenfield from Great Britain

    PROS Pros: As soon as I arrived at Jo's I felt instantly relaxed. The gardens and rooms are beautiful and the hammock was perfect for chilling out and reading. The yoga was amazing and Jo is a great instructor so much so that by the end of the week i was doing all sorts of things that id never had the confidence to do before. The reiki and meditation was also great. Jo is very insightful and caring and tailored the sessions for each one of us. The food is amazing and Jo's family are so warm and welcoming. The trip was just what I needed and I came back rested, relaxed and raring to go!

    2017-Jul-12 18:33:32

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    Review by Sharon Gillette from South Korea

    Relaxed and rejuvenated!

    CONS Cons: Nothing!

    PROS Pros: The whole experience, from the lovely accommodations, delicious meals, and fun yoga sessions to making new friends and exploring a new country made this retreat special. I didn't want to leave at the end of the week! Jo and Mark welcomed me into their home and made me feel pampered.

    2017-Jul-04 21:20:29

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    Review by Nina Linde from Sweden

    Yoga retreat with lovely family in Bulgaria

    PROS Pros: Time to relax. To be able to take things at my own pace. Jo's actually super functioning voice for guided meditation and her openess and inspiration. Marks food and honesty. The pool. The cats. Basically just meeting unexpectably cool people and to get in contact with myself through yoga.

    2017-Jun-30 01:01:20

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    Review by Alexandra Swann from Great Britain

    Wonderful stay at Tranquil Times

    PROS Pros: There was nothing to not like - TQ is run by the most lovely, welcoming family and the facilities are great. I was only there for four days and regret not staying for longer. I will definitely return and can highly recommend a visit.

    2017-Jun-19 11:25:41

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    Review by Paula O'donoghue from Great Britain

    A Tranquil Time

    CONS Cons: N/A

    PROS Pros: I am very lucky to have spent two weeks with Jo and her family in Sadovo: I felt most warmly welcomed from the start and easily settled into the very cosy accommodation; restful sleeps ended with the lovely sound of birds chirping, the cockerel crowing and leaves from the high walnut & hazelnut trees rustling in the wind; many trails and walks were to be explored with the stunning view of rolling hills; Jo lit the "Peshka" in The Barn on cooler evenings (I arrived at the very start of the season) for some cosier yoga/meditation sessions which was also a nice space to relax/practice independently during the day. A real highlight is the delicious food prepared by Mark. Particularly memorable were his French onion soup, home-made paneer korma, his brie & almond parcels, home-made fallafel, a poached egg from one of their hens and chocolate lava cake. Mark generously shared some of his recipes...I hope I can live up to the standard! The yoga sessions were great with different asanas everyday. I personally really enjoyed the Tai Chi/Qigong & meditation sessions. Jo is a very warm & caring person & I consider Tranquil Times to not just be a place for relaxation and deeper practice but also for nurturing & healing. I really deepened my understanding of energy work. I would recommend this place to everyone. I hope to return some day.

    2017-Jun-15 14:58:03

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    Review by Helen Bakewell from Great Britain

    Such a good experience

    PROS Pros: The hospitality makes you feel like part of the family. Was so easy to relax and de-stress. The yoga was for all levels and you got individual attention.

    2017-Jun-15 06:02:39

  • Review by Angelika from Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "The seven days of yoga retreat with Jo and her family in Varna were the highlight of my summer!"

    "It was a perfect mix of relaxation, inspiration and warm reception in a beautiful environment. Right from the start, I felt most warmly welcomed; the house and the garden are beautiful and cosy; the garden invites to linger and enjoy nature; the swimming pool is perfect to refresh or just to lie in the water and enjoy the view of the lovely trees and flowers around. The Yoga Sessions were brilliant; twice a day on Jo's terrace with a view to the sky, wonderfully guided by Jo's warm and meditative voice. All meals were a feast, starting from self-made granola and many other things in the mornings to Mark's refreshing lunches and excellent dinners in the evening - a pleasure for the eyes and the gum, always including fresh ingredients from the garden. Altogether, I absolutely enjoyed my stay with Jo and her wonderful family and I can recommend this experience full-heartedly to anyone!" website, edited

  • Review by Emma from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The whole family are fantastic hosts and you really feel part of the family. Mark is also a fantastic chef - you will not go hungry." website, edited

  • Review by Maja from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed my stay with Jo and her family. They were nice and friendly. They respected their guest's need for space and stillness and were comfortable to be around. We had good talks and laughs. The pool was nice and the food was delicious. The yoga was relaxing and well suited for the warm weather. I really feel like I got what I wanted and needed from my week in Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat. I got stillness, peace, and renewed energy.", edited

  • Review by Shanta and Fern from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a lovely stay on your retreat. We both had such a good break and timeout from work and really enjoyed our introduction to Bulgaria. We are looking for a place to take time out and practice yoga we stumbled across Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat. Set in a beautiful humble surroundings of the Bulgarian countryside, Jo and her family have made a small haven away from the busy city world where you will find roaming chickens, the family dogs, and some young kittens (if you are lucky) playing in the garden. Nothing was better than waking up in the morning sun and a slowly warming up into our yoga poses, then grabbing some ripe and ready hazelnuts from the tree by the terrace for a quick snack. The treatments available help fully wind down and relax. We recommend the Indian head massage in particular. As well as restful days by the pool, we also enjoyed a couple of day trips around Bulgaria taking in a flavor of the local culture. It was like staying with a friend at Jo's place and we left feeling rejuvenated and ready to face our home lives. Thank you, Jo and boys. We hope we keep in touch. Best wishes!", edited

  • Review by Aleks, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "This is just a short note to thank you for the fabulous time I've spent at your wonderful oasis. Thank you for all the wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable days and all the fun we've had. Do you remember us not going to the fancy restaurant we've chosen in Varna? I was enjoying myself a lot. Since my return, I've managed to start my day with a short yoga session every morning. Thanks for everything. Kind regards and a big hug!", edited

  • Review by Jennifer Aberdeen, Scotland
    10 out of 10

    "I want to convey a big thank you, your family, and Lesley for my week. It was truly a blessing to have such a relaxing yet fulfilling week. I feel I have improved my yoga practice so much (even doing neck rotations on the train) and really appreciated the personalized advice you gave us. I will miss the food and conversation especially. Who knows, maybe I shall return next year and see the new barn.", edited

  • Review by Sheila from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "This was my first trip to Bulgaria and the first time going to a yoga retreat by myself. I arranged that Jo collected me from the airport, reducing the stress of traveling by myself either on public transport or by taxi. Even though my flight was delayed for an hour making my arrival time 2 a.m., I had a lovely welcome and relaxing journey to the retreat. On arrival, I was shown around my room and facilities, not feeling rushed even with the early hour. The yoga was discussed at length prior to booking as currently I have tendonitis in the left foot. Jo showed knowledge when discussing this problem and monitored my foot throughout the stay. The yoga classes have been fantastic. Even though I am a relative beginner, time has been taken to ensure poses and the alignment is correct and carried out at a wonderful relaxing pace. The improvement I have made in a week is astonishing. I'm far more supple, have enjoyed every session and felt so very calm especially at the end of the day. While there, I had two wonderful treatments, Indian head massage and aromatherapy massage with Reiki healing Both are truly wonderful and leaving me a dribbling, serene person not remembering when I have felt this way. The accommodation is clean ad well-equipped. The showers are wonderful. There is a good sized swimming pool and plenty of areas to sit in the shade or sun yourself. The food is cooked so it's both a pleasure to the eye and also the palate. I have some allergies which have been catered for and I wish Mark would come and live with me so he can cook for me every day. The hosts Jo, Mark, the boys Alex and Jake, and their friend Lesley who helps are all very welcoming, friendly without being intrusive. I've enjoyed all of their company. One evening, we went to Varna for a stroll and a meal which was a wonderful experience.", edited


  • Review by Isabelle from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "My week at Tranquil Times Yoga Retreat was wonderful! So relaxing and special, just what I needed! Jo is an excellent Yoga teacher and was very attentive to my special needs during practise and meditation. Every single meal was absolutely tasty and after two yoga classes and swimming in the pool I was always looking forward to the yummy dinners Mark prepared. The whole place was created with great care. My little apartment by the pool had a lovely charm and I felt very much at home there. I also enjoyed the trips down to the beach and to Varna. I wanted to learn a bit about Bulgarian culture and Jo has lots of knowledge that she was happy to share. Overall I can highly recommend staying here!"

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  • Review by Lesley from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Just to say how fantastic our yoga week was with you & your family. Not only was the yoga restorative & energising but also a positive spiritual experience. Added to that was the wonderful food that Mark produced plus the lovely environment you have created. Thank you for an amazing week!"

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  • Review by Heike from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "My stay at Tranquil Times was wonderful and it felt more like staying with a relative/friend than in a retreat. Jo and her family were super welcoming from the very first sight."

    "The place itself is amazing - my room (I booked a private) was spacious including a modern bathroom with a wonderful rain shower. I absolutely enjoyed sleeping with open window, watching the huge pool and listening to the sounds of nature- jackals, dogs, birds, chickens, cats - HEAVEN! This sound underlined the Yoga outside the terrace. Jo is a very good teacher and made sure that we get the relaxation and flexibility needed. My highlight was the guided meditation which revealed a lot of interesting insights."

    "The food made by Jo's husband Mark was always fresh cooked with healthy ingredients and always super, super tasty. My stay was overall absolutely enjoyable and I would highly recommend this place if you are looking for relaxation, good company with very few people in a family surrounding and a less developed country! Thanks a lot for this amazing week! Hope to be back soon!"

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  • Review by Tiziana from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I have just come back to the UK after having spent a fabulous week at the Tranquil Times Yoga retreat. I feel so calm, happy and content. I can’t thank Jo, Mark and their boys enough for having made me feel so welcome and comfortable there. The place is set in rural Bulgaria, surrounded by trees, birds and nature and its best. There’s nothing quite like practicing Yoga under the blue skies and with birds chirping around you. Jo’s Yoga classes are easy to follow and Jo is an excellent teacher, always so patient and understanding, and always ready to adapt the practice to your level of ability. The food is absolutely DELICIOUS and it was definitely one of the highlights of my stay there. The rooms are clean, cozy and very quiet and they foster the best of sleeps. Thank you so much for the wonderful time I had there. I will never forget you and I will definitely recommend you to all my friends and patients alike."

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  • Review by Sarah from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I booked to stay at Tranquil Times in May half term this year. Although my flight was delayed 3hrs, Mark was there to bring me to the retreat. My week was just wonderful!!. The food superb & organic as most of the veg came fresh from Jo's garden. The weather very warm mostly 28 - 30 degrees Celsius,so I made use of the pool every day. We had a great trip into Varna to the market & a walk in a city sea gardens, to a beach & swam in the Black Sea. The yoga & meditation made me feel healthy & strong again after having a shoulder operation earlier in the year. The accommodation is clean & roomy, I will definitely book again as I loved it!"

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  • Review by Christine, Hilarie, Lesley & Tricia from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We are a group of 4 yoga friends who had a lovely one week holiday with Jo, Mark and the boys in July 2016. We stayed in the cottages which were beautifully done out - comfortable mattresses, blankets if needed, decent water pressure and plenty of hot water in the shower etc. Mark's food was wonderful, and Jo is a lovely, warm, friendly host and teacher. We had two sessions a day, mostly yoga but Jo was also very happy to throw in some Tai Chi for beginner’s sessions too. She also took us out on several excursions, which made a nice change. We had gorgeous weather, so the pool was much appreciated too. All in all we had a wonderful stay - highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Julia and Linda from Finland
    10 out of 10

    "My sister and I spent a lovely week at Tranquil Times. We loved every minute of it! The daily rhythm was perfect in terms of balance between yoga/meditation practice and free time. It gave us enough time to reflect, do some reading/swimming and digest our personal journeys. Jo provided gentle guidance and led the practice in a way that suits all levels. She has an amazingly soothing voice! Still in mid winter Finland, it feels warm when I imagine myself lying on the warm rooftop yoga terrace.…We had such a lovely time and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this yoga retreat to anyone needing a space to breathe, relax and reflect."

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  • Review by Jacalyn M from Scotland
    10 out of 10

    "After hours of research, we chose Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat because it is a non-corporate retreat run by a family using local resource. The accommodation was excellent, very modern with great facilities. Jo and Mark managed to achieve a great balance of making you feel part of the family but without encroaching on your personal space. Mark prepared most of the meals which were delicious and used local fresh ingredients, many home grown. Jo ran the excellent yoga and tai chi sessions which were tailored to our needs and abilities. Jo and Mark have superb knowledge of Bulgaria and the local areas of interest. One day we walked through beautiful Bulgarian countryside, past local goat farmers and their flocks to a local lake at the Eco Park where Mark and the boys met us for lunch. We spent another day at a thermal spring at Saint Constantine, known locally for their healing qualities. I strongly recommend Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat and Bulgaria as the perfect yoga retreat in a beautiful country."

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  • Review by J. Lunn from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "This was a very relaxing holiday in peaceful countryside but with opportunities to explore the area, particularly the coast, so it was ideal for me. Jo and Mark were extremely helpful and very hospitable hosts. I felt very welcome and enjoyed sharing meals with them and their two boys. The fresh produce, home cooking, and plentiful breakfasts were great. Although visiting alone, I never felt lonely. The pool was lovely for swimming. Jo and Mark speak Bulgarian fluently, which was very helpful. They are very knowledgeable about Bulgarian life and culture and this helped me to understand more about the country at the time I was there. Overall, I found this a refreshing, relaxing, enjoyable, and very interesting holiday."

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  • Review by Marcia T. from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I found Jo an excellent teacher who successfully manages to adapt to different people's needs within a class. The classes were well paced with a nice flow to them."

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  • Review by G. Hall from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Our accommodation was brilliant and we really enjoyed our stay. Jo and Mark have created a wonderful calming space with a fantastic pool in a beautiful garden. Altogether, it's a very homely experience with great rooms and spacious facilities."

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  • Review by D. Kehoe from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Excellent value for money. Food was very good, plenty of choice and, superbly cooked. To my surprise, I absolutely loved the yoga even though I'd previously thought my body wasn't suited to it. What a difference a great teacher and that personal touch makes! I feel like a new woman and I will definitely keep it up at home. The Qigong was heavenly and I've learned so much about energy work. I really can't thank you enough. I got wonderful memories and overall it's a completely relaxing holiday."

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  • Review by Johanna from Finland
    10 out of 10

    "I spent a very nice relaxing week at Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat on July 2014. The family was very welcoming and hospitable. The room was nice and neat and all the food was fresh, local, and delicious. I felt like I was eating in a restaurant all week and I enjoyed especially as the kids helped set up the dinner table in the garden every evening. Jo's yoga lessons were absolutely amazing. I felt so much better after a week and I have continued to do some of the stretching techniques and relaxing movements at home. Jo also did couple of meditation sessions which I found very relaxing. Jo and myself both share a passion and interest for healthy nutrition and we had nice chats about it together. I learned from Jo to add tofu into berry smoothie and I have continued to do so at home. I also learned a lot about Bulgarian life and culture and had a chance to visit Varna. I highly recommend Tranguil Times Holistic Retreat to anyone who is looking for a nice, relaxing, and neat yoga resort. I am sure I will be back one day."

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Varna, Bulgaria

Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat is a small family run accommodation that offers week long holidays incorporating yoga classes with meditation & Qigong, therapies, and delicious healthy food.

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