Transylvania Hiking the “OM” Peak & Yoga Retreat, Romania

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Have had a great week. The yoga taught by Alex and Irina was fantastic, villa is beautifully decorated, clean, spacious and located amidst stunning scenery on top of a mountain. The other yogis were fun and great company. Excellent vegan food and massage from the in house massage therapist, Mario. Thank you Daniela and Irina for a fabulous week, looking forward to coming back!

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Overview

This Yoga and Hiking retreat goes to the core of the purpose of Akasha, how to connect with nature, explore the forests, hiking trails, and expanding your ability to recognize how vulnerable this planet truly is. You will start each day with an invigorating yoga (Beginner or Intermediate) session and breakfast and after that explore as far as you can go. If you like walking and the outdoors, this retreat is for you.

Program Description

Morning practice consists of 90 minutes of yoga asana with pranayama, sitting meditation or chanting. Morning practice is followed by a daily chakra balancing juice before breakfast. Evening practice consists of 90 minutes of yoga asana with pranayama, sitting meditation or chanting. Optional evening group activities include movie nights, group games, hang out nights, live musicians of local folk music, and Kirtan chanting nights.

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 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 01-November-2019 To 06-November-2019 Duration: 6 Days Area: Moeciu, Brasov, Romania Food: Vegetarian,Vegan,Organic,Dairy Free Surrounding Area: Close To Nature

Curriculum

DAY 1 Arrival Day

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

DAY 2, 3, 4, 5 Full R/E.TREAT Days

  • 6.30AM - Wake Up
  • 7.00AM - 9.15AM Morning Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Practice + Charkra Juice
  • 9.15AM - 10.00AM Breakfast
  • 10.00AM - 13.00PM Free Time & Spa Therapies*
  • 13.00PM - 14.00PM Lunch
  • 14.00PM - 18.00PM Free Time & Spa Therapies*
  • 16.00PM - 17.00PM Optional Yoga or Meditation Workshop*
  • 18.00PM - 19.30PM Evening Yoga & Meditation Practice
  • 19.30PM - 20.30PM Dinner
  • 21.00PM - Optional Group Activity*

DAY 6 Departure Day

  • 6.30AM - Wake Up
  • 7.00AM - 9.15AM Morning Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Practice + Charkra Juice
  • 9.15AM - 10.00AM Breakfast
  • 10.00AM - 11.00AM Closing Circle & Departure

On occasion, we publish shorter retreats that follow the same program as above with the only difference being the length of full retreat days. 

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.

What we Offer

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

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

 

What Makes This Program Special?

For those that like activities this is a retreat packed with them, and some added relaxation which you will indeed need. In Romanian “Piatra Craiului” means “Prince’s Stone”. The Piatra Craiului mountains form a narrow and saw-like ridge, which is about 25 km (16 mi) long. The highest elevation in the massif is the “Vârful La Om” at 2,238 metres (7,343 ft), the “OM” peak.

Hence, we’re going to attempt to summit the “OM” peak in 1 day. This is a both challenging and rewarding climb done at a steady pace with an experienced mountain guide. On your way up the mountain you may spot some wildlife, and incredible views!

Inclusion

  • Introduction to yoga philosophy and practice through dedicated workshops
  • 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
  • Integrative Medicine & Nutrition support from Resident Medical Doctors.
  • 1 x full Day Guided Hike to the top of the “OM” Peak, over 2238m above sea level with packed snacks & lunch
  • Visit to Dracula’s Castle in Bran & Bear Sanctuary
  • 5 nights accommodation in boutique rooms with en-suite bathrooms and glorious mountain views
  • All drinks on retreat, cold pressed juices & smoothies, filtered water & organic detoxifying teas
  • Enjoy hiking, nature & forest walks
  • Introduction to yoga philosophy and health coaching
  • Group activities, cinema & library, creative arts & crafts
  • Unlimited Jacuzzi Hot Tub & Sauna
  • Optional Spa Massage Therapy & Salt Herbal Bath Soak Rituals
  • Pick up & Drop Off to & from Brasov City
  • Full Day Guided Hike on Piatra Craiului

What to Pack

  • Good Hiking/trekking waterproof shoes and walking sticks if you have them

  • Waterproof clothing
  • Water bottle & Small Backpack.

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Extra excursions
  • Spa treatments

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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