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This retreat is an opportunity to relax and reset in just 4 days. In a beautiful space high above the daily city life overlooking the pristine Transylvanian countryside with unspoiled mountain views, enjoy the privilege to practice daily yoga classes and sitting meditation or chanting sessions. Learn yoga philosophy inspired by nature, take meditation and health coaching workshops, relax, and begin a healthy balanced mind and body lifestyle.
During this retreat, you will stay either in private or a shared room at Akasha Wellness Retreat Center. The center accommodates a maximum of 20 guests at one time in 10 boutique bedrooms and it features a large open lounge and diner, which allows all guests to come together and socialize. The gorgeous mountain views, garden, and terraces are the kindest gift nature has given them, and they in return offer them to you. Each of the guest bedrooms is special and each has handmade decorative items, a blend of modern romantic with natural elements from the environment.
In this room, beautiful four-poster beds and romantic decorations set it apart. The private rooms can be booked for single use if you prefer to have your own bedroom or for double occupancy, if you decide to bring a partner or a friend along. In each case, you will get to sleep in this superb double four-poster bed. From there, guests can enjoy a truly luxurious experience as each room features floor to ceiling windows and glorious mountain views.
The queen suite bedrooms are the most spacious and decadent bedrooms. The private rooms can be booked for single use if you prefer to have your own bedroom, or for double occupancy, if you decide to bring a partner along. The rooms are tastefully decorated and feature floor to ceiling windows and glorious mountain views. Also, there is plenty of room for your own yoga practice should you still have the energy!
These bedrooms are for two guests sharing one room. Some of the twin bedrooms have private balconies and all enjoy beautiful mountain views.
This retreat is designed for you to create time for yourself as an essential part of your health and wellbeing. This program pushes the reset button in just four days. Give yourself the gift to enjoy daily Hatha, Ashtanga, and Yin yoga sessions with Alyson Simeone and Paula Gibson. All ages are welcome as participants and the sessions will be divided in morning and evening practices. The morning practice will consist of 90 minutes of yoga, asana, and pranayama, and 30 minutes of sitting meditation or chanting. Until breakfast time and one full morning until noon, you will practice a silent retreat, this is a powerful tool to connect with yourself, pick a good book, and explore the true benefits of being on retreat. This is your time. Morning practice is followed by a daily chakra balancing juice before breakfast. The evening practice consists of 60 minutes of yoga and pranayama, and 30 minutes of sitting meditation. There are optional evening group activities that include movie nights, group games, hang out nights, live musicians shows both local folk, and kirtan chanting nights. This is also a digital detox retreat. This is to allow your mind to disconnect from the overload of digital communications and listen more deeply to life, connect with others on the retreat, and live in the present moment. You will be provided with a guest access computer for use during the retreat. On departure day, you will be provided with Wi-Fi connection access to get in touch with your friends and family, or to share your photos on social media. This retreat offers a daily optional workshop dedicated to improving practice which is booked and paid separately. It is aimed for those that want to further their practice or maybe set a personal practice flow. The workshops may include yoga alignment, Acro or Kundalini yoga, or a Thai massage workshop.
Katrin considers herself to be a passionate and full-hearted person, taking pleasure in sharing my enthusiasm and joy. Always keen to learn and evolve, after ten years of dedicated personal yoga practice I have taken the step to deepen my knowledge and now share my passion through teaching yoga. She has studied various styles in classes, workshops and retreats (recently at the Iyengar Himalayan Institute in Goa, India and with Rod Stryker and Elena Brower in Nosara, Costa Rica). She completed her 200Hr Yoga Teacher Training with Shiva Rea (Prana Vinyasa) in Costa Rica.
For Jesse, yoga is about being myself and observing and enjoying the richness and diversity the human experience has to offer. The catalyst for his own practice has changed many times over the years. In this moment having a balanced practice on and off his yoga mat, that is present in all layers of my daily life is the current focus of his yoga.
This retreat will take place at the Akasha Wellness Retreat Center in Pestera Village, Romania. Akasha is a beautiful space at over 1,000 meters of altitude with unspoiled mountain views in the heart of the Transylvanian countryside.The village is called Pestera and it means "the cave" in Romanian, named after a beautiful bat cave located approximately 100 meters from the center.
The village is part of the national park of Piatra Craiului, a majestic chain of mountains and forest valleys that still harbor an abundance of wildlife from bears to mountain goats and more. And just around the corner, you can spot an even grander mountain landscape, the mystical Bucegi Mountains and national park.
Seven kilometers away, is one of the most debated Transylvanian icon, Dracula's Castle in Bran. It is an impressive fortified castle with a large heritage and stories to match. In this quiet and small little village, you'll find a handful of hard working mountain farmers and shepherds maintaining 100-year old traditions. Set in almost an acre of greenland, the retreat views over beautiful sloping hills, forests, and natural rivers that flow at the bottom of the garden.
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During this retreat, you will be served three daily organic vegan and vegetarian meals. Upon booking your retreat, you will be asked of your diet preferences and Akasha Wellness Retreat can cater for special diets such as lacto or gluten free meals. All meals are at set times in the dining area and are shared between all guests and teachers.
The menu consists of a combination of Romanian vegan dishes and Western. A typical breakfast and lunch is buffet style consisting of organic produce such as porridge, chia seed smoothie bowl, fruits, brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato, salads, homemade wholegrain bread, and many more mouthwatering dishes made by their resident chef.
For dinner, Akasha offers a sit down family style meal with hot soups, lentils, stuffed peppers, vegan sarmale, polenta, and many more. Their delicious plant based menu is designed to fortify your overall health and wellbeing using organic unprocessed seasonal produce with the highest nutrient content possible. A combination of ingredients that not only work in a delicious mouthful, but act as anti-inflammatory and alkaline foods that balance hormones, blood sugar, and blood pressure will be provided.
You will form good habits about food since the application of chakra balancing foods and integrative medicine principles creates a colorful and complete menu balanced in carbohydrates, good fats, and proteins full of minerals, vitamins, and bioflavonoids (the color pigment of fruits and vegetables that have an important role for strengthening the immune system).
You will taste food that is not only delicious and easily digested but deeply nourishing, sustaining, healing, and energy-boosting. Their aim is that you will pick up good habits from being on the retreat and that you will continue to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle back home using essential principles about food and nutrition that are easily applicable in your daily lives.
You will enjoy unlimited chakra balancing juices and smoothies made with cold pressed juices, vegetable milks, organic fruits, vegetables, and essential fatty oils such as oil and organic superfood powders. Each juice is dedicated to one specific energy center and they guarantee it will make you radiate energy throughout the day.
You can book a massage or body treatment for an additional cost. The spa and wellness facility at Akasha is not a traditional spa, they do things differently there. You create the ritual you want to have from a variety of home made organic bath and body products. Their massage therapists that are internationally qualified in a range of treatments from deep tissue to shiatsu, Ayurveda, and Thai massage, will assist you in your choice of essential oil and body products, so that your treatment complements specific conditions. They created their own range of products using only organic natural products such as coconut oil, organic herbs, and specialized clays.
All of the therapies offered are complemented by aromatherapy. Each day, as they work on your chakra balancing asanas, your teacher will recommend a blend of organic essential oils, or you can choose your own to be diffused in the therapy room during your treatment and during yoga or meditation practice.
Every guest has access to unlimited outdoor Jacuzzi and sauna.
These include shiatsu and deep tissue, relaxing coconut oil, hot stone massage, Swedish massage, and Thai massage. These bodywork therapies are designed to complement your yoga practice and are often performed by yoga instructors themselves. Akasha's therapists understand the importance of helping you to connect to your body, releasing tension, and improving your posture.
Just a few benefits of regular massage therapy as an active part of your yoga practice are releasing tension in problem areas, loosening the connective tissue in your outer thighs and increasing hip flexibility, improving your body awareness, and highlighting imbalances that can then be addressed in your yoga practice. One kind of treatment costs 25 EUR for the package that lasts for 30 minutes and 45 EUR for the package that lasts for 60 minutes.
You can choose a spa package that complements your yoga practice. Akasha promises that your body will thank you. The Ritualista package this is a therapeutic treat for your body. It is a 60-minute body massage therapy with one bath ritual treatment that costs 65 EUR. The Inspired by the forest package is a 90-minute body massage therapy, two bath ritual treatments, a 30-minute private guided barefoot moss walking meditation, and one organic pine syrup mocktail that costs 145 EUR.
And finally, the All in spa-ah dream is the ultimate all inclusive treat for your body, a package includes a 250-minute to spend how you want on body massage therapy, three bath ritual treatments, 30-minute private guided barefoot walking meditation, one detoxifying organic clay facial mask, and two organic detox juices for approximately 199 EUR.
Please book your flight to arrive at Sibiu International Airport (SBZ). You may also book your flight to arrive at Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP).
Upon arrival to Sibiu International Airport (SBZ) or Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP), you may take the train that goes straight to Brasov railway station. Akasha facilitates pick up from Brasov City on the day of arrival at the retreat for those that would anticipate arriving early. Akasha can also help you with trains or taxis from the airport to Brasov or to the retreat.
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