The Happiness Retreat

About This Center

This all-inclusive 5-day retreat blends group training with individual coaching, yoga, horse riding, trekking, mountain biking, natural hot springs together with time for deep personal reflection. The retreat takes place in the historic Bulgarian town of Bansko located in the most spectacularly beautiful part of the Pirin Mountains. The rustic hotel is situated in a peaceful location with lush garden and swimming pool – ideal for reflection and restoration.  

Who is it for?

The Happiness Retreat is designed for anyone who wants to engage with his or her life and understand his or her strengths. We know that when people understand their strengths and use them effectively they are happier, more engaged, perform better and produce fantastic results. If you are feeling unfulfilled, de-energised or frustrated with a strong sense that something needs to change, this retreat is for you.

Our aim and objective is to help you understand and apply your strengths to take control of your life and feel happier.

What will it include?

The retreat is the perfect blend of activity and reflection. Each day will include a yoga class, training session and offsite activity including horse riding, trekking, mountain biking, natural hot springs and the opportunity for personal reflection. Every evening we will be venturing out to a local restaurant to enjoy local cuisine with an option of soft drinks, house wine or beer. During the retreat you will also receive a one-hour personal coaching session with a qualified strengths coach.

The accommodation is designed in a warm, rustic style in a quiet location surrounded by lush gardens in the Centre of the town. It is the perfect place for you to treat yourself or enjoy with a partner, friend or colleague.

Before attending you will be asked to complete the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to discover your unique strengths which you will be discussing and developing during the retreat.

Cost and registration

12,000 dhs (USD 3,280) per person.

Dates available

24 - 29 July 2016

21 – 26 August 2016

4 – 9 September 2016

Price includes:

Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment (to be complete at least 7 days before departure date)

Strengths training sessions

One personal coaching session

Morning meditation

Daily breakfast

Sit down or packed lunch each day

Evening meal including soft drinks or house beverages

Mountain trekking

Mountain biking with professional mountain guide

Horse riding

Longest chair ride in Europe

Natural hot springs

Free time for personal reflection, use of the hotel swimming pool and common areas or to take in the beautiful scenery

Transfer from Sofia airport to hotel in Bansko (departing at approximately 4pm)

Price does not include:

Flights to and from Sofia

Travel insurance

Visa (if required)

Massage and beauty treatments

Arriving early or late in Bankso

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Why Retreat?

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Opening up to the joy and peace of meditation and Yoga. <3 Marion

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.