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Combining movement, stillness, deep thought and free expression we will embark on a week-long healing retreat in the countryside of Transylvania. Our days will include two Hatha yoga and meditation sessions juxtaposed with poetry, mantra chanting, and music. Focusing on enabling our true voices to blossom, an emphasis is given to tuning into subtle energy frequencies and becoming more aware of the chakra system.
During this retreat, you will stay at Akasha Retreat. Its large open lounge and diner allow all guests, teachers, and friends to come together and socialize, laugh, play, and explore creative pursuits together. 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 has handmade decorative items, a blend of modern romantic with natural elements from the environment.
Twin sharing bedrooms are for two guests sharing one room. Some of the twin bedrooms have private balconies and all enjoy beautiful mountain views. Private double 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.
Private queen suites 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 or a friend 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.
Accommodation is in individual bedrooms in a single or double occupancy when friends or a couple sharing a large queen bed. Akasha Wellness Retreat provides all yoga mats and propers just bring an open mind.
Believing that the true answers to health and happiness lie within us all this system brings about deep purification, healing, and transformation. We just need to find the courage to look inside and listen more carefully to silence.
There is something different about asana practice when one's eyes are closed. There is no room for distraction, no room for comparison or communication. We become gifted with the present moment. Each morning and evening we will meet on our yoga mats to find a balance between movement and stillness.
Our teacher, Abby Dixon shares a self-adapted version of classical Hatha Yoga, inspired by Hridaya, Sivananda, and Agama traditions.
The focus is to find a space of tranquility within while activating and energizing different muscles and energy points in the body. Using the chakra system to guide yogis through their practice brings another element into the sequence, and allows for deeper exploration of these subtle energy wheels.
Drawing attention to the breath, especially during awareness phases brings yogis more in tune with their lung capacity, and its common underuse. Through breath, we are able to eliminate more toxins than through any other method of excretion.
We explore breath and its ability to cleanse and heal through pranayama practice, too. Holding postures for extended periods of time, allows the body to become more subtle and flexible without risking injury.
The states of stillness cultivated during these periods resting in posture, deepen our states of consciousness and allow for each seat to become a meditation position. Yoga is more than a workout. It makes you realize that when you surrender and when you find stillness, strength follows. This strength cultivated is both mental and physical, bringing harmony and balance to our existence.
Music is magic. We will finish each yoga practice with a mantra, and there will be many opportunities throughout the week to sing sacred songs from all over the world.
Every morning 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.
Gong bath is a therapeutic recital of sacred sounds and a meditation guided by the sound of the gong and Tibetan and crystal bowls. The planetary gongs used during the concert are Venus gong and Earth Platonic gong, played together they unify the greatest love.
The planetary gongs are instruments calibrated on the specific frequencies of the planets, set to produce harmonious sounds with healing effects on mental, emotional, physical level, and consciousness. The sounds of the gong can be likened to the primordial sound that formed the basis of the universe. Among the many benefits of the long concert, the most important are:
During this retreat, you will enjoy hiking, nature, and forest walks.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Irina has a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certificate after studying Ashtanga yoga at Kranti Yoga School in Patnem, India, and teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa and modified Ashtanga classes. From practicing yoga on the beach in Goa to remote villages in Cambodia, to traditional ashrams and discovering Ayurveda in Kerala, to meditation with Buddhist monks in Tibet and hiking the Himalayas, Irina's journey inspired her to see beyond what she has always known of yoga as the physical practice but that of an integrated lifestyle.
This retreat will be held in Pestera Village. 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. 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.
During this retreat, you will be served three organic vegan and vegetarian daily meals. Upon booking your retreat, you will be asked for your diet preferences and Akasha Wellness Retreat can cater for special diets such as lactose or gluten intolerant. All meals are at set times in the dining area and are shared among 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. For dinner, they offer a sit-down family style meal with hot soups, lentils, stuffed peppers, vegan sarmale, polenta, and much 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.
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 in strengthening the immune system).
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.
Eating organic is about avoiding chemical additives and genetically modified organisms, eliminating an unnatural, potentially harmful component from your health equation. Organic produce grows slowly because that is how nature intended it, unaltered by pesticides and chemicals designed to prolong shelf life. Organic is also about supporting and encouraging your local farmer and fruit and vegetable supplier.
When you eat organic, you also eat seasonally, you become aware and appreciative of what is available now, rather than all the varieties you could have instead. You appreciate the food by what it is, when you have it, and how much more nutrient and flavor it has when it is eaten and cooked fresh. Akasha Wellness Retreat visits the farms they work with, they look at how farmers produce their food, and they only choose sustainable and certified organic produce.
What are not offered including alcohol, coffee, and soda. What are offered including Alkaline spring water, ginger, lemon, and hot water, infused spring water, natural spring water, and organic herbal teas.
You will have unlimited Chakra balancing juices and smoothies during your retreat, and your daily chakra balancing smoothies are made with cold pressed juices, vegetable milk, organic fruits, vegetables, and essential fatty oils such as flaxseed 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.
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 a variety of homemade 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 that are lovingly made at Akasha using only organic natural products such as coconut oil, organic herbs, and specialized clays.
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. Their 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, improve your body awareness, and highlight 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.
Bathing is actually an ancient therapeutic practice called balneotherapy. Almost all ancient cultures prescribe therapeutic bathing rituals to promote overall wellness and calm the skin, body’s largest organ. Herbs and oils have long been combined with bath therapy to relax the mind, soothe sore muscles, and promote supple skin. Bathing rituals can also complement your meditation and yoga practice in clearing away aura energies, chakra balancing, and healing.
With each bath package costing 30 EUR for a 60-minute session, you can choose from
You can also combine your bathing ritual with an indulgent organic face mask, bentonite clay, seaweed, or activated charcoal facial mask blends which each costs starting from 10 EUR.
All of their therapies 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.
You can choose a spa package that complements your yoga practice. Your body will thank you, they promise.
Ritualista, this is a therapeutic treatment for your body, a package of a 60-minute body massage therapy and one bath ritual treatment that costs 65 EUR.
Inspired by the forest, this is a package of 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.
All in spa-ah dream, this 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, all costs 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).
From the airport, 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.
Direct Aeroport has a regular shuttle service from the airport to Brasov (Aro Palace station) and the cost is 80 RON, approximately 17.50 EUR one way.
Akasha Wellness Retreat can organize a private taxi transport from either Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP) or Sibiu International Airport (SBZ) to Akasha. The cost is 85 EUR for a small car (up to three people) or 120 EUR for a large car (up to eight people) one way.
The journey takes about two and a half hours and you can pay when you arrive at Akasha. If you would like a private transport, please let Akasha Wellness Retreat know your flight number, origin of flight, time of landing. The driver will wait for you at arrivals with your name on the board.
In some cases, Akasha Wellness Retreat is able to couple arrivals together so you can share the same car with other participants on the same retreat, this is a case by case only as long as arrivals are all within a short time frame of each other. If this is the case, they will let you know once they have everyone's arrival details.
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