Finest Romanian Wine Tasting & Yoga Retreat, Transylvanian

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Spent a weekend with a friend at the lovely Akasha Wellness Retreat. Feels like visiting family, warm and welcoming. Food was amazing, views cannot compare and everyone there makes the experience something to remember.

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Overview

Transylvania or even Romania may not be known for it’s wine outside our little country, and that needs to change. We’re doing our part in promoting what we believe is a culture of making wine on par to that of France, Italy or Spain.

We’ve invited a local sommelier to explain a little about what why and how wine is made here in Romania, the different textures, colours & tastes of different regions of Romania that we believe are a must try.

Program Description

Every morning until breakfast time and one full morning until noon we practice yoga retreat, which is a powerful tool to connect with yourself, and explore the true benefits of being on a retreat. This is your time to relax and unwind.  And because with wine comes food,  you’ll also enjoy a 3 course menu with each wine tasting complete with nut cheeses & canapes.

Our Teachers

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Irina Raileanu

Core Subject: Yoga Instructor
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.Her 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 PrincipalăPestera, BrasovRomania. 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 04-October-2019 To 09-October-2019 Duration: 6 Days Area: Moeciu, Brasov, Romania Food: Vegetarian,Vegan,Gluten Free Surrounding Area: Forest,Mountain,Close To Nature

Curriculum

Get to know about the whole journey with this daily schedule:

Day 1 Arrival Day

  • 16.00PM – 18.00PM Arrival & Registration & first chakra juice + Centre Tour
  • 18.00PM – 19.30PM Evening Yoga & Meditation Practice
  • 19.30PM – 20.30PM Candlelit Dinner
  • 21.00PM – Optional Group Activity*
     

DAY 2, 3, 4, 5 Full retreat Days

  • 7.00AM – Wake Up
  • 7.30AM – 9.00AM Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice 
  • 9.00AM – 10.00AM Breakfast 
  • 10.00AM – 14.00PM Free Time & Spa Therapies*
  • 14.00PM – 15.00PM Lunch
  • 15.00PM – 18.00PM Free Time & Spa Therapies*
  • 18.00PM – 19.30PM Evening Restorative or Yin Yoga Session
  • 19.30PM – 20.30PM Dinner
  • 21.00PM – Optional Group Activity*
     

DAY 6 Departure Day

  • 7.00AM – Wake Up
  • 7.30AM – 9.00AM Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice
  • 9.30AM – 10.30AM Breakfast
  • 10.30AM – 11.00AM Closing Circle & Departure

Accommodation

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 has handmade decorative items, a blend of modern romantic with natural elements from the environment.

Private double room

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.

Twin sharing

These bedrooms are for two guests sharing one room. Some of the twin bedrooms have private balconies and all enjoy beautiful mountain views.

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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 of 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 between all guests and teachers.

What Makes This Program Special?

Romania boasts four wine-making regions. The Murfatlar region lies near the Black Sea and enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. The area produces sweet wines. Farther north and inland, the Cotnari area also produces sweet wines and was a favorite of Stephen the Great, a 15th century Moldavian ruler who even had roads paved to the area to transport the fine wine.

The Tarnave wine regions sits in Transylvania, where the high altitude produces fruity, acidic wines. In the south, the Dealu Mare region extends over the sub-Carpathian Hills and is known for its red wines.

Inclusion

  • 2 x Wine Tasting evenings including a selection of the finest Romanian wines, complete with 3 course plant based menu.
  • 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
  • Group Excursion to Bran Castle. Optional guided tour of Dracula’s Castle ( you cover your entrance fee & transport costs, about €15)
  • Pick up & Drop Off to & from Brasov City

Center

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Akasha Wellness Center

You'll find us in a village called Pestera (the Cave) right in the centre of the beautiful Piatra Craiului National Park. One of the most majestic mountains & unspoilt natural reserves of Romania. Just around the corner you'll see Bran Castle or Bram Stoker's famous Dracula Castle & the mystical Bucegi mountains with it's majestic all natural Sphinx. Some call it "the village in the clouds", and we actually are.

At over 1000m altitude, the landscape here is an ocean of green rolling hills overlooking the Piatra Craiului Massif (2200m). From Akasha there are a number of trekking trails that can lead to near by villages and even to the top of the mountain, the "OM" Peak. You can also visit Cheile Zarnestilor not too far, recognisable in the backdrop scenes of the movie Cold Mountain.

Set in almost an acre of greenland, our boutique and luxurious yoga retreat has 360 degree views over beautiful sloping hills, forests & natural rivers that flow at the bottom of our garden.


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Why choose Akasha Retreat


Akasha is a beautiful space at over 1000m altitude with unspoiled mountain views in the heart of the Transylvanian countryside.

 

From here, high above the daily city life, you can  practice a simple philosophy inspired by nature, clean eating, relaxation, spirituality,  a balanced healthy mind healthy body lifestyle and can enjoy Cadarca, a popular deep-red wine with a clove taste ,once was the official wine of the imperial court of Vienna in the 18th century.

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