TRANSYLVANIA RETREAT


Transylvania Hiking, Yoga & Discovery Retreat 2-8 Sept 2018

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Set in a picturesque village inside Romania’s most beautiful National Park, Piatra Craiului (King’s Stone) mountains, our Transylvania yoga & hiking retreat will be an experience of a lifetime!

Yoga, breathing and meditation practices to recharge your body and mind combined with nature and mountain walks to nurture your soul are complemented by historic outings to Transylvania’s most emblematic sites, like the Dracula Castle and stunning countryside.

The Piatra Craiului National Park, one of the most majestic mountain ranges & unspoilt natural reserves in Romania harbors huge expanses of unspoilt forests and is home to wild bears, mountain goats, wolves and lynx …some of which are the last surviving species in Europe.

In this quiet & quaint village you will find a handful of hard working mountain farmers & shepherds maintaining traditions going back hundreds of years, transporting you back in history.

The Transylvania yoga & hiking retreat includes:
        Pick up & drop off to Bucharest airport (at a given time)
        6 nights accommodation with en-suite bathroom
        Daily healthy vegetarian meals all organic and local produce
        Hiking, historic & wildlife outings with a professional guide
        Dracula’s Castle, Bear Sanctuary, Saxon fortified church, etc.
        Daily yoga sessions
        Local transportation
        Sauna  & massage therapy
        A tree planted to offset your flight and stay with Mossy Earth

Accommodation
Our Transylvania yoga & hiking retreat centre, based in Magura, is a luxurious location
sitting at an altitude of over 1000m surrounded by unspoilt mountain views in the heart of the local countryside. It has boutique bedrooms, all equipped with ensuite bathrooms. Some of the twin bedrooms have private balconies, while the single rooms feature glorious views of the mountains.

The retreat has magnificent views over both the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului mountains as well as surrounding hills, forests & rivers.
You will be inspired by nature, clean eating, relaxation and a healthy mind healthy body lifestyle.

Meals
You will enjoy 3 delicious vegan/vegetarian meals each day as well as fresh fruit and teas available all day.

The delicious menu is designed to fortify your overall health & wellbeing using organic unprocessed seasonal produce with the highest nutrient content possible. The food here is not only delicious and easily digested but deeply nourishing, sustaining, healing and energy-boosting.

The aim is that you'll pick up good habits from being on retreat and that you'll continue to live a healthy & balanced lifestyle back home using essential principles about food & nutrition that are easily applicable in our daily lives.


The Yoga Program
The yoga program is appropriate for all levels from total beginners to seasoned yoga students and includes Asana, Meditation and Pranayama (breathwork). You’ll be guided to get out of your comfort zone in a safe and loving environment and receive individualized attention. 

We will have daily yoga practices to complement the deeply connecting work we will be doing with the natural environment. Connecting to your body and moving it into places of new possibility. We will be working with a combination of Ashtanga Yoga and Somatic Awareness-Based practices. 
By the end of our yoga retreat you will feel deeply recharged and empowered: physically, emotionally & in spirit.

The attendance to the yoga program and all activities is optional. If there is a morning you prefer to sleep in or an afternoon you would rather hang out in the sun than come to class, that's ok! Whatever makes you feel best, please do that.


Transylvania hiking & yoga retreat sample program           

7.30 – 9h Yoga
9 – 10h Breakfast
10.30 – 17h Guided Hikes
19 – 20h Dinner

Daily program:

Day 1: Welcome to the Carpathian Mountains
12-14h pick up from airport*
14 - 16h Arrival + retreat centre tour
18 – 19h Yoga Practice
19 – 20h Candlelit Dinner

Day 2: Magura and Pestera – the Kalibash Villages
We hike through the rather original villages Magura and Pestera, situated on a plateau between the mountains Piatra Craiului and Bucegi. Due to the secluded location of these villages they still preserve traditional rural life, as it can no longer be experienced in Western Europe. People live mostly on what their sheep give, everyone has a cow in the stable and a few happy chicken in the yard.
At noon we visit a traditional farm where a transylvanian picnic awaits us.
Late afternoon we return to the villa.
Distance: 10 km approx.  Duration: 5 h approx.             

Day 3: Wolkendorf and Bear Sanctuary
In the morning we drive to Zarnesti, where we first visit the bear reserve established in 2005. Nearly 80 European brown bears have found a new home in an oak forest. All these bears were saved from imprisonment and can now live their lives in a natural environment. From the bear reserve we start a 3-hour hike over a gentle ridge to Wolkendorf village. On the hike we can see many birds, among others, this is the habitat of the Red-backed Shrike or Black-fronted Warbler, but also of Woodpeckers or the Hoopoe, as the path leads through open hills with large, solitary trees and through deciduous and coniferous forests.
In Wolkendorf we are welcomed with coffee and cake, then we explore the well restored and lovingly maintained fortified church. We drive back to the villa in our minibus.
Distance: 8 km approx.                                    Time: 2-3 h approx.             

Day 4: Hike to Dracula’s Castle
For centuries, Bran Castle secured the pass road into Wallachia against invading enemies. In
addition, it served as a toll station for the traders who traveled from Kronstadt towards as far as Turkey. From Magura we walk over the hills and through the forest to Bran. Nowadays, the castle is better known as the castle of the bloodthirsty Count Dracula. We will find out what this legend is all about.
We return back to the villa in the afternoon in our minivan.  Motivated hikers can of course walk back to Magura.
350 m 350 m   Distance: 10 km      Duration:  4 h

Day 5: Horse carriage ride into the Burzental & wild bear safari
Typical Romanian: with the "caruta", the horse-drawn carriage, we ride into the Burzental. There we hike uphill over flower meadows until we reach a hermitage on a ridge. In the Middle Ages Zarnesti's population withdrew here from attacks by the Mongols and Tartars, and a chapel carved into the rock has been preserved from this period.
We stop to meet the monks and enjoy their tea from self picked wild herbs.
In the valley, the horse-drawn carriages await to take us back towards Magura.
In the evening it is possible to observe wild bears from a secure high seat in the forest with a ranger (optional, extra charge 50 Euro).
200 m            250 m             Distance: approx. 10 km            Duration: approx. 5h

Day 6: Through Carpathian Gorges to the King’s Stone Mountain
In the morning we hike down into the valley to then go up through the Zarnesti Canyon, which was dug into the rock about 3 million years ago by water, to arrive at a summer pasture. On the way we take a rest and at tea at a hut. If the weather and physical fitness allow, we climb from the hut to the small King’s Stone (1816 m). If you do not want to climb up there, you can stay at the hut and reach the meeting point on a different route.
250 m  900 m  900 m   Distance: 16-20 km approx. Duration: approx. 6-7h

Day 7: Goodbye Transylvania
Today we say goodbye by getting together in a closing circle. Transfer to the airport in Bucharest.

*Airport pick-up outside this schedule is not included in the package and needs to be organised separately (85 € aprox.)


Package price per person (excl. flights)

Shared twin, ensuite bathroom all inclusive: 835€ (early bird rate 20% less)
Single, ensuite bathroom, all inclusive: 1177€ (early bird rate 20% less)

SAVE 20% early bird until Feb. 15.

EARLY BIRD RATES:
Shared twin: 699€            Single room: 980€

Getting there 

Bucharest International Henri Coanda airport, Romania and get picked up there by our team and enjoy a scenic 3 hour drive. The closest towns are Bran and Brasov. 

Booking

To book and secure a place on our Transylvania yoga & hiking retreat you need to pay a deposit of €200. The remainder will be due by July 1st.


Teacher - About Masha:

Masha is a yogi, rock climber and nature lover. She teaches her unique and transformative classes and retreats across Europe and was part of the Sivananda Yoga team in Teacher Training Courses in France and India. More recently, she has made a commitment to yearly trips to India to study with her teacher at KPJAYI in Mysore.

Masha’s teaching offers a heart-opening, invigorating and experiential practice, grounded with a focus on both physical and energetic alignment. Yoga, when practiced with this holistic awareness becomes fluid movement therapy.

Her own practice and therefore teaching encompasses Asana, Pranayama, Relaxation, healthy diet, positive thinking & Meditation.
She is currently doing a 4 year long Feldenkrais Method teacher training, seeking to fine-tune her knowledge of anatomy, alignment and the mind-body connection. Masha also teaches in German, Spanish and French.


Reviews

"I have always wanted to practice yoga but had never found a yoga teacher that I felt connected with. With Masha, I had my a-ha moment and it was everything I imagined yoga to be. I felt relaxed and the class flowed with ease. I left feeling restored and possibly a few inches taller! An amazing experience which I will want to repeat in the near future. I couldn’t recommend her more highly!"
S.J, London, UK

"I have gained a lot from Masha's Yoga classes. She is a very technical teacher who is able to describe, in stages, all the muscle groups and body landmarks involved in an Asana to help me find that 'extra' bit of release and comfort in a pose. I love how she integrates mantras and pranayama into her class and how she is able to adapt her lessons to the needs of students. Her knowledge of yoga is integrated and deep and I look forward to learning more from her."

Fiona M., Massage Therapist and Ayurvedic Life Coach, Australia

I walked into my first yoga class with Masha and my life has never been the same! She is a truly gifted yoga instructor and the most serene and calming person I have ever met. I took several one on one sessions (I am a beginner). Masha is extremely educated in all yoga practices and is a student of all subjects as well. I felt through a combination of her yoga instruction techniques and words of wisdom she knew exactly what I needed to guide me spiritually, mentally and physically…

…while Masha is encouraging she also promotes happiness, serenity, integrity, truth, love and grace. I can honestly say after my sessions with Masha I walked away with a new strength in my body, a new air of positivity and a sense of "weightlessness".
A.L., USA, Texas

YogaMasha retreats take place in carefully selected locations with abundant nature. In an effort towards sustainable traveling we have joined up with mossy.earth to offset each of our guest's travel and stay through planting trees and rewilding projects.


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