Yoga and Self Care Adventure in BULGARIA; A Land of Flowering Beauty… Moving toward Brightness!
with Michele Dante, Heath Reed and special guest Nicole Reed
May 21st – June 2nd, 2019
Join Michele, Heath and Nicole and be transported to a world of untouched splendor, a melting pot of cultural heritage and an opportunity to be spoiled silly with an immersion into wellness, experiencing the healthy food, ancient therapies and nature of Bulgaria.
All spring long, you’ve been planting seeds, starting projects, and embarking on new beginnings. Our ancestors spent the entirety of spring cultivating the land and restocking themselves with food, etc.. By the time the summer solstice took place (which we will be approaching), they were finally able to take a rest and relish a period of comfortable ease. Midsummer is an ideal time to fully embrace everything that you love about life.
On this retreat, we will be finding our own unique way to observe this time of the year,
Moving Toward Brightness!
- Receive Ancient Therapeutic Treatments Melting, Healing, Restoring Health at a 5-Star Medical Spa!
- Immerse in this Rich and Diverse Culture.
- Yoga Every Day and Great Food!
- Let Nature bring you back to Your Delightful Bright Self!
- Beautiful Accommodations.
- Travel Easily with Like-Minded Community!
- Return Home Renewed in Every Way, Inside and Out!
It’s hard to explain the delight you will feel from this experience.
May 21 (Tue)
Departure from Phoenix (RT travel, individually arranged)
May 22 (Wed – Day 1)
When you arrive in Sofia, Europe’s second oldest city, founded 7000 years ago, we will give time for you to ‘land,’ checking into our hotel and unwinding with yoga in a beautiful park, enjoy a lovely dinner and then rest for the night.
May 23 (Thur – Day 2)
Journeying to Vitosha Mountain via Gondola for Yoga on top of the mountain and light hiking. There we will enjoy lunch and amazing views. With time to rest, later we will have a Special welcome Dinner, with surprise entertainment, unique to Bulgaria!
May 24 (Fri – Day 3)
A National Holiday for Bulgarians, celebrating the creation of the Cyrilian Alphabet – yup, it was created here – We will enjoy the festival atmosphere in the Capital city and leave in the afternoon for the Beach! After checking into our luxurious 5 star hotel, get ready to be SPOILED! Gentle unwinding yoga overlooking the beach, welcome dinner and sweet dreams of therapeutic treatments yet to come!
May 25-28 (Sat-Tues – Day 4-7)
We will be helplessly drawn to the freshening sea breeze and miles of turquoise water. Each day we will wake and do yoga, have breakfast then spend 4 hours luxuriating as you wish – Four (4) treatments of healing, medicinal mud, salt pack therapy or Physical Therapy (you choose!) is included in the retreat. Perhaps enjoy one each day and spend the rest of the time having free access to the rest of the Spa – enjoying Turkish Baths, Russian Baths, Salt room, Soaking Pools, Hot springs, Saunas and an enormous list of Free offerings.
There are also medical and therapeutic treatments available for ALL health conditions. You will have the opportunity to meet with the resident Doctor, to be advised on which therapies may be best for you! Exciting! Come back feeling healed and awesome!
On these days, we will have afternoon excursions in nature, sacred Beklintash Reserve, the old Greek towns of Sozopol and Nessebar, Kayaking, Hiking, Sunset activities overlooking the Sea, Beach time – ALL optional, as you wish.
May 29 (Wed – Day 8)
Yoga and breakfast precede some more free time in the Spa before we check out and leave for Veliko Tarnovo, the old capital city! After we check into hotel, relax before dinner. Later we will enjoy a private viewing of the Sound and Light show, viewed from an amazing observation deck.
May 30 (Thur – Day 9)
After Breakfast, traveling to Etara – a medieval city run by WATER power! Enjoy the unbelievable architectures as we are transported back in time. Lunch here and time to explore.
Then to Arbanasi, another unique Bulgarian town where we will practice Yoga in a gorgeous spot in nature and learn about yogurt, one of Bulgaria’s many national treasures.
Later, after getting cleaned up, Dinner with local folk music and dancers!
May 31 (Fri – Day 10)
After breakfast, we will leave for Kazanlack, another beautiful place in nature, otherwise called the Valley of the Roses… On the way we will bring and find peace, practicing yoga and meditation at the Shipka Memorial.
After checking into our comfortable hotel, settle in and rest up as we will go out later to watching the crowing of the Rose Queen! Celebrate and explore and then off to bed!
June 1 (Sat – Day 11)
Awaken early to learn about and pick rose petals and how they are pressed into the most sought after rose oil in the world. The fragrance will fill your senses and inspire a short meditation!
After this, we will formally eat breakfast and rest. Before lunch, we will practice yoga, still enjoying the fragrance of rose and thenyou are free to explore the festival and enjoy more free time!
Later in the day, leaving for Sofia – ON the way, enjoying a Special Closing Dinner! Sleeping in Sofia, ready to depart the next day! Wow!
June 2 (Sun)
Depart for Phoenix or wherever your ticket says you are heading!
All pricing is based on double occupancy. If you do not come with someone or choose your roommate, Michele will hook you up with someone wonderful!
$2,199 by April 20 – WOW!
$2,599 between April 20 and May 4
$600 non-refundable deposit holds you space!
Prices include at least 2 meals per day, except on free day, all accommodations, transportation to and from hotels and transportation to scheduled activities, 4 therapies (listed above), entrance fees to scheduled activities and daily yoga and meditation classes, including yoga nidra, and some of Michele’s, Heath’s and Nicole’s special magical classes.
Does NOT include flight/transportation to Sofia, Bulgaria, arriving May 22nd.
Single Occupancy at an additional fee available with inquiry to email@example.com.
You will receive more details once you register.
Inner Vision reserves the right to cancel this retreat if registrations are fewer than 15 people. All deposits will be refunded. See website for terms of cancellation.
Can’t wait to see your name on the registration list!
Like a flower, seeks the light, get ready to Blossom and Shine!
With Loving Kindness, Michele, Heath and Nicole
Some more details about where we are headed:
Bulgaria is an ancient Balkan nation, with a diverse natural landscape, ranging from breath-taking mountains to lowland plains and river valleys, including the famous Danube and home to almost 200 miles of magnificent Black Sea coastline, the Bulgarian Riviera is lined with beautiful golden beaches and this peaceful sea.
With a clean fresh water surface, swimming in the Black Sea is possible; though offer a different experience from other water bodies. With its strange features, including the high level of minerals and salt, normally the objects tend to float on the water. Get ready to float!!
A cultural melting pot with Greek, Slavic, Ottoman, and Persian influences, it has a rich heritage of traditional dance, music, costumes, and crafts. At the foot of domed Vitosha mountain is its capital city, Sofia, dating to the 5th century B.C.
It’s history is so dynamic and rooted at its core in democracy, fairness and justice – a small country with a big story.
Bulgaria is internationally known are yogurt and white brine (feta) cheese. Fresh delicious food, locally grown is commonplace everywhere we travel.
The Rose is the symbol of Bulgaria. Rose picking, one of the oldest and traditional customs of Bulgarians. Carpets from the time of the Bulgarian Revival are now highly valued works of art. Along with traditional handicrafts, Bulgaria’s people have also preserved a wide range of traditional popular customs and songs as folk music and dance are a staple in their culture.
During the Bulgarian Revival, the monasteries served as centers of artistic and educational activity. There are still many working monasteries in the country that we will be visiting!
Get ready to be pleasantly surprised!