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8 Days Hiking Adventure and Yoga Retreat in Romania

  • Balan, Harghita, Romania

8 Days Hiking Adventure and Yoga Retreat in Romania

  • Balan, Harghita, Romania

Art, Mountains, and Yoga Retreat Romania

In a Europe that is becoming increasingly homogeneous, the mountains, forests, and villages of Transylvania, Romania remain the last outpost of a more ancient era. Romanians, Saxons, and Hungarians live in a patchwork of simple farming villages, drawing water from wells, living by near-subsistence agriculture and artisanal work. Covered by thickly forested hills and mountains inhabited by bears and wolves, where shepherds live outside with their flocks, Transylvania is a truly Arcadian place. You will be guided to a hidden location and get closer spiritually to the nature and yourself.

Highlights

  • All yoga practices
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Visit to the shepherds’ summer-hut
  • Art class of contemporary juggling, photography session, and dance classes
  • Daily guided excursion and forest adventures
  • Welcome dinner and gathering party
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All organic meals
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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The rest-house is a hut, offering two heated sleeping rooms on the ground floor, with altogether 16 to 18 beds, and a maximum of eight person per room on bunk-beds. In addition, there are 10 to 15 places on matrasses on the upper floor. The ground floor has a heated dining room with two long tables and wooden seats for about 20 people. You can take your bath every day in the river. You will taste crystal clear water, clean your eyes with vivid sharp colors, and enjoy a view of 360 degrees.

The decoration is very neat and simple, it is a minimalistic style. It is only for nature lovers, who are seeking real peace and adventure. The closest river can fill up your bottle for fresh water. Here you won’t find internet or hot water! This is an ultimate one-life-time experience to be hidden from civilization. Every day, you will enjoy a big fire where the famous Transylvanian stew will be cooked. It is a real luxury for the soul to find a place like this today.

Daily meditation classes will be offered to stimulate your subconscious, boost your creative energies and concentration level. The retreat is available to individuals, couples and groups. Yoga classes are open to all levels, from beginners to experienced. You will practice Mantra, Svadhyaya, and Silent meditation.

You will participate active meditation and sound therapy sessions in nature.

Teaching style and class levels will be fitted to accommodate participants’ needs. We work in small and intimate sized classes during the retreat to be able to give the best of our attention to everyone. Our teachers are highly-qualified and devoted souls. Our groups are joyful, we love to have fun and to be open-minded to exchange thoughts.

Daily guided excursion and wild animals stalking are included in the price.

This retreat will take place in Balan, Romania. The rest-house is located on 1503 meters, at the feet of the iconic Rock One mountain. It is framed by never-ending deep forests and green-lands. The house is completely isolated, the closest village is located at two to three hours walk on the valley. Every morning you will hear the sounds of the sheep, cows, and thousands of birds around you. You will love all the fresh air, clear water, wood for bone-fire, wild animals, never ending forest, silence, breathtaking view, and amazing mountains all around.

Activities
  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Mountain walking / trekking
  • Rock climbing
  • Stargazing
General
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • River
  • River nearby

Healthy and organic food is a part of the retreat experience. The cuisine is simple, delicious, and local, using fresh ingredients from the organic gardens and local markets. The local hosts will prepare traditional dishes from the region for breakfast and lunch. At night, you will cook dinner together on an open fire.

  • Enjoy a cheese making classes
  • Enjoy bear watching
  • Enjoy bird watching
  • Experience the life of a shepherd
  • Go hiking and mountain or rock climbing on 25 routes
  • Observe clouds
  • Watch the stars
  • 6 nights of basic accommodation
  • All fresh and organic meals
  • Art class of contemporary juggling and dance classes
  • Daily guided excursion and wild animals stalking
  • Daily meditation and yoga sessions
  • Forest adventures
  • Photography session
  • Plenty of free time with personalized assistance
  • Visit to the shepherds summer-hut
  • Welcome dinner and gathering party
  • Additional individual programs
  • Airport or train station transfer
  • Flights or train trips

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cluj International Airport (CLJ) or Targu Mures International Airport (TGM).

Arrival by train

The nearest train station is Izvorul Oltului train station.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Anonymous

    Deception

    CONS Cons: Everything but the environment and hiks ! First of all a yoga retreat is a peaceful places to live, confortable bed, hot shower and toilets near the room, a flat and nice and warm place to do yoga and vegetarian food. We did not get anything of that ! The hut is a mountain hut for eveyone that needs a place to stay so all day long people come, it is not peaceful ! The beds were like if you were sleeping directly on the wood. The chairs were wood logs. So my but and my back that have all ready had to climb the first day 1000 meter with all the weight of my bags had to suffer a week of not having anything confortable ! By the way we were not told that it was going to be that hard to go up the first day ! To start a Yoga retreat maybe not the best ! One picture in the add was a beautiful round wooden floor in the forest to do yoga..never seen that place ! The river I was told to go to wash myself..I'm still dreaming of it and never found it ! The food well first day we were told that if we could eat non vegetarian that would be preferable because it would be easyer for the cook as she cooks for all the people in the hut ! The word retreat is not for this add or maybe if you say hiking retreat for good hikers or fit people willing to live the hard way and eating heavy food 3 times per day ! Conclusion I had to stop after 3 days and do personal stuff.

    PROS Pros: The environment was the best ! It's a really beautiful place.

    2017-Aug-30 08:14:03

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    Review by Susan Wagland from Great Britain

    Not a yoga retreat at all

    CONS Cons: The holiday was not as described in the web page, and written communications were misleading. We spent a very uncomfortable time on this so-called yoga trip and were glad to leave early. Expecting a relaxing yoga and hiking retreat, with organic vegetarian food, we were given rudimentary accommodation and meaty, fatty food, in a location with no space for yoga, or proper yoga teaching. When we objected, the tour operator’s view was that it was an “adventure” and that we were not fit enough for hiking. The tour operator, Lili, requested 100% of the holiday payment up front and imposed a 45 day deadline for a full refund. After the 45 day deadline Lili told us via messaging that the accommodation was a mountain hut, a 2-hour hike from a village, and that we had to carry all our luggage including sleeping bag and yoga mat. We discussed cancelling but decided to go ahead, as cancelling might mean losing our entire holiday payment of 1100 euros for two, plus all the pre-arranged flights and hotel bookings. This walk to the hut was a strenuous 2-hour hike with 1000m of ascent, which most British yoga and hiking holidaymakers could not have achieved while carrying a full rucksack. There were also serious concerns about the transfer and the information provided in advance.

    PROS Pros: meditation sessions Lili's friends were very nice Daniela was lovely but did not offer the yoga teaching we had been promised beautiful place but so difficult getting there and being there that we could not enjoy it

    Organizer response: We are really sad to hear such an unfair judgment. In our hiking retreat it was clearly mentioned that guests has to climb 2-3 hours on arrival. Susan arrived with her dauther. Since the first time they both had a negative impact which was very hard for the group in a place where we have breathtaking views and peace. Susan's dauther arrived with a serious ankle injury which made her unable to walk and participate in yoga. Her accident happened 3 month before the retreat.This is a yoga and hiking retreat and it should had been the responsibility of Susan to pick a different vacation, she could have full refund. The dauther had complains as she was bored. Susan is from a city and I admit we should be more clear about needing a basic physical condition to complete the hiking. On the mountains our hiking level is 1and 2 out from 5. Our yoga teacher is a professional and we were sad to hear that Susan was not understanding that in the yoga sessions we have different exercises such as breathing practise which she found unnecessary. It is a yoga retreat where we are surrounded with simple local people where we can get lost in the beautiful nature, have a bonfire , learn from the sheperds, share amazing experiences. We tried to make Susan and her dauther comfortable after the first day complains. They had an option to leave next day. They stayed 4 nights out of 7, still requesting full refund and we refunded 40% for no reason. Unique places and nature is not for everyone :-)

    2017-Aug-26 12:03:55

  • Review by James Patten from Australia

    "Ive just tried this and I love it! Its a well-proportioned mixture in every sense. the other guests and the teachers at the retreat were all coming from different backgrounds, different levels and nationality. Loved the vibe of this we are all one, and we are all open mentality that came from it. Made for a great little community.It was just as diverse activity-wise; visual stimulation for the mind, music for relaxation, dance as a form of active meditation, yoga for soul-searching and consciousness, while I didnt have to miss out on taking advantage of the location. I got to do the touristy stuff as well - Marrakesh, Atlas Mountain. Somehow, it all came together and complement each other. Props to the hosts for coming up with this combo!"

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  • Review by Pedro from Mexico

    "Yoga Art was a far cry from a surf camp: its a spiritual getaway to rebuild yourself in every possible way: mentally, physically, emotionally. And when you are becoming One with the universe, you probably want to become one with the ocean as well. Go with the flow and feel the waves. It worked well for me and my travelling buddies were not complaining either. If you are a surfer aching for a higher level experience, look no further. Although I did the retreat as a beginner surfer with little experience in yoga, it worked perfectly for me as well."

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  • Review by Anastasia Algerho from Spain

    "I would gladly recommend it! Ive considered their instructors more of teachers, which tells a lot. They really focus on spirituality, not just on body exercise (which doesn't mean they ignore it, but just that they really taking it to another level). Its not just an active holiday, but a full reinvention of yourself. They really focus on mindfulness, which in my experience not necessarily something thats true for most of every yoga holiday."

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  • Review by Andre Holmes from France

    "Luxury and yoga rarely go together, so Yoga-Art is absolutely filling a gap! At least for me it was a perfect combination. I really appreciated the comfort, and the option of not giving up on anything I would want in a holiday, but still having the purpose of practising yoga. I was more than happy with the classes and lectures and the accommodation as well.The one week program was filled with so many different activities. Everybody from the party I was going with found their own ways to enjoy it (spiritual-journey fanatics were as delighted as my friend, who never tried yoga before but was looking for a artist-y getaway). So to sum it up, absolutely no complaints whatsoever. After that Im absolutely convinced that yoga-holidays are the best way to escape from the world for a while."

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  • Review by Luciano Bordeno from Italy

    "I was simply looking for some kind of exotic vacation when I found Yoga-Art but I came back from a complete spiritual cleansing. I attended some yoga classes before, but the 6 days I spent at the retreat really helped me progress. As a holiday it was a mind blowingly fulfilling, but the takeaway was even better: a relaxed body and soul and the willingness to incorporate it (and yoga) into my life from now on."

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  • Review by Thomas Wattson from United States

    "To sum it up, great yoga experience and the most comfortable, visually pleasing, peaceful accommodation ever! Nice bonus: I got to activate my artistic side as well. Virtual high-five to the crew."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Boris Chapajev from Russia

    "I had the pleasure of working on myself with the teachers or trainers of Yoga-Art. I am not exactly an expert in yoga (or consciousness for that matter), but I could tell that they were all experienced - and moreover interesting - people in their own fields. They have different approaches for reaching the same goal: experiencing the world on a different level. Some of this ways were more, some of them less useful for me - but the beauty of the whole concept is that they werent trying to tell me how to achieve this peace, but offering options for me to find my own way. As someone who cant be bothered to join in on anything rigorous, I would truly recommend it to anyone whos either a born-and-raised free spirit, or who would really like to be one!"

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