6 Days Restorative Yoga & Meditation Retreat, Romania

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Akasha is a magical place set in the gorgeous countryside of rolling hills. 5 days wasn't enough! It's an incredible value for the money, comfortable rooms, wonderful staff, healthy vegan food, jacuzzi and hot sauna, fun and diverse yoga classes. I felt so relaxed and pampered. As someone who organizes and leads yoga retreats myself, I can totally recommend Akasha. <3

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Overview

Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices, the hectic pace of every day life and an excellent antidote to stress.Every morning until breakfast time and one full morning until noon we 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 a retreat. This is your time to relax and unwind.

Program Description

We’ll be learning and practicing a challenging but rewarding 90 min class that you can continue to do at home each morning, followed by meditation, pranayama or mantra chanting. During the retreat you will also access 4 further classes each working a specific area of the body: building core strength, hip mobility, safe back bending & confident inversions. The evening classes will be a mixture of Yin/ Restorative classes, Yoga Nidra & Guided Meditations.

Our Teachers

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Irinia Raileanu

Core Subject: 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.

Location

Akasha Wellness Retreat in Transylvania187 Strada Principală Pestera, Brasov Romania.

Our village is called Pestera and it means "The cave" in Romanian,  named after a beautiful bat cave approx 500m from our center.

The Village is part of the National Park of Piatra Craiului, a majestic chain of mountains & forest valleys that still harbor an abundance of wildlife from bears to mountain goats and more.

7km away is one of the most debated Transylvanian icon, Dracula's castle in Bran. It's an impressive fortified castle with a large heritage & stories to match.

Summary

Types: Yoga Retreat Date: From 13-September-2019 To 18-September-2019 Duration: 6 Days Area: Maierus, Brasov, Romania Food: Vegetarian,Vegan,Organic,Dairy Free Surrounding Area: Forest,Mountain,Close To Nature

Curriculum

Day 1 Arrival Day

  • 4 Pm Arrival, Registration & First Chakra Juice + Center Tour 
  • 6 Pm Evening Yoga & Meditation Practice
  • 7.30 Pm Candlelit Dinner & Fire Pit
  • 9 Pm Optional Group Activity

Day 2-5 

  • 6.30 Am Wake Up
  • 7.00 Am Morning Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Practice + Chakra Juice
  • 9.15 Am Breakfast
  • 10 Am Free Time & Spa Therapies
  • 1 Pm Lunch
  • 2 Pm Free Time & Spa Therapies
  • 4 Pm Optional Yoga Or Meditation Workshop
  • 6 Pm Evening Yoga & Meditation Practice
  • 7.30 Pm Dinner
  • 9 Pm Optional Group Activity

Day 6 Departure Day

  • 6.30 Am Wake Up
  • 7 Am Morning Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Practice + Chakra Juice
  • 9.15 Am Breakfast
  • 10 Am Closing Circle & Departure

Accommodation

  • Check-in Time: 16:00
  • Check-out Time: 11:00

During this retreat, you will stay at Akasha Retreat. Its large open lounge and diner allows 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 each has handmade decorative items, a blend of modern romantic with natural elements from the environment.

Room Facilities

  • Orthopaedic mattresses
  • Quality linen and towels
  • Organic toiletries
  • Seating area
  • Hairdryer
  • Cotton bathrobe and slippers
  • In-room safe

Shared Twin Rooms

These bedrooms are for 2 guests sharing one room. If you are booking on your own and you are happy to share a room with another guest this is the room available for guests sharing. Some of our twin bedrooms have private balconies and all enjoy beautiful mountain views.

Private Double Rooms

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.

Private Queen Rooms

The queen bedrooms are our most spacious & 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 & glorious mountain views. Also, there is plenty of room for your own yoga practice should you still have the energy!

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Food

During this retreat, you will be served three organic vegan and vegetarian daily meals. Upon booking your retreat, you will be asked about your diet preferences and Akasha Wellness Retreat can cater for special diets such as lacto 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 are 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 chef. For dinner, they offer 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.

Forming Good Habits About Food

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). 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.

Organic and Locally Sourced Food

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. They visit 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 Offereing

  • Alcohol
  • Soda

What we Offer

  • Alkaline spring water
  • Ginger, lemon, and hot water
  • Infused spring water
  • Natural spring water
  • Organic herbal teas

Unlimited 24/7

Chakra balancing juices and smoothies, their 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 following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Paleo diet

If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What Makes This Program Special?

Enjoy the privilege to practice a simple philosophy inspired by nature, clean eating, relaxation, spirituality, and a balanced healthy mind and healthy body lifestyle. We practice 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.

Inclusion

  • Twice Daily gentle yoga sessions to warm up in the morning and stretch in the evening. Vinyasa & Yin Yoga styles, all classes suitable for beginners & intermediates
  • 3 Daily healthy plant based meals all organic and local produce, nutritionally balanced, varied & delicious!
  • All drinks on retreat, cold pressed juices & smoothies, filtered water & organic detoxifying teas
  • 5 nights accommodation in boutique rooms with en-suite bathrooms and glorious mountain views
  • Introduction to yoga philosophy and practice through dedicated workshops
  • Enjoy hiking, nature & forest walks, reading & relaxing in our common spaces
  • Group activities, cinema & library, creative arts & crafts
  • Unlimited Jacuzzi Hot Tub & Sauna, traditional & infra-red
  • Optional Spa Massage Therapy & Salt Herbal Bath Soak Rituals
  • Pick up & Drop Off to & from Brasov City
  • Group Excursion to Bran Castle. Optional guided tour of Dracula’s Castle ( you cover your entrance fee & transport costs, about €15)
  • Integrative Medicine & Nutrition support from Medical Doctors.

Center

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Akasha Wellness Retreat

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.


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Why choose Akasha Retreat

Modern yoga practitioners have ancient tools at their fingertips to approach living to the fullest, optimising the mind and body through peak experiences in all sensory dimensions. This retreat is geared towards the yogi who wants to  switch the mind from a state of turbulence to the bliss of tranquility, restore calm, mobility & reconnect with the body.

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