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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.


  • 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.

  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Mountain walking / trekking
  • Rock climbing
  • Stargazing
  • 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 reviews

  • 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." Website, edited

  • 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." website, edited


  • 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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