Alchemy of Nature, The element of Space – Yoga Retreat

  • Akasha Wellness Retreat Akasha Wellness Retreat
  • Pestera, Brasov, Romania
  • Aug 10 - 15, 2018 (6 days)
  • Double Room - Private - €1,120.00 Queen Room - Private - €1,495.00 Twin Room - Sharing - €700.00

About us

Akasha (Sanskrit ākāśa आकाश) is a term for æther in traditional Indian cosmology.

This is the most subtle element in the universe  and what inspired us when we named our retreat. “Akasha” in Sanskrit translates to all-enclosing, omnipresent or all-pervading, space is the eternal observer, consciousness that sees without reacting. It is the space or home within which all objects of the universe exist, the root cause of all other elements.

The function of space is the queen of medicines in both Restorative yoga and Ayurveda. Virtually every therapeutic action we encourage involves the addition or sculpting of spaciousness. We seek space in the hollow regions of the body. We seek to expand skeletal structures for improved circulation and organ decompression. We seek space in the breath and senses, and, coherent with mindfulness instructions, we look for the space between breaths and sensations. We investigate all pauses, pregnant with meanings yet to unfold. Space in Restorative yoga bathes us in unexpressed potentials for a freer life, a more open identity.

Here’s a short time lapse we did last summer here at Akasha.

On this retreat we’ll explore the element of space from 6 perspectives:

Space in the Body  – asanas create space through lengthening & expanding muscles & tissues

Space in the Breath – on the mat, we create space in our body by breathing—we create space in the chest, the back, the belly, the ribs. Our body thus becoming as a vessel for our breath.

Space for Change – Every day, every practice is different, and we have to let the posture have its latitude to change and vary from time to time. Maybe yesterday your body was able to do a full Wheel, but today it only wants to settle in Bridge. We come with certain expectations, but often, the pose will not match them. This is why we have to come into the asana with enough room to let it be. This space allows our asanas to evolve, progress, and advance. Similarly as in life & coping with self imposed expectations.

Space to Evolve – We also have to create room in our self practice to listen to ourselves. Even with a planned practice where each asana is followed by another, we have to listen to how we feel at that moment. Allowing our plans to change when practicing is very important, and this flexibility comes from an open mind, and a capacity to keep room for change and creativity.

Space in the Mind – We create space in our minds during meditation, or breath work in the asanas, by quieting our minds and freeing a lot of the thoughts and worries that we keep there. Eighty percent of the thoughts we have every day are thoughts we may have already had the day before, and that we will have again the following day, so imagine how much space we gain by shutting them out even for just a couple minutes.

Space In Our Lives – consciously creating space in your life for self-care. By bringing mindfulness in our lives, we create space to think, to practice yamas, to care for others, to feel connected to ourselves and to the universe. This space that we free up in our minds also enables us to listen to ourselves and to others. It gives room for wisdom, freedom to change, grow, expand, and evolve to become the best version of ourselves.



  • Guided Barefoot Moss Walking Meditation, 3 Journaling Exercises in Creating Space in our lives to Accept, Change & Evolve, Guided Pranayama Practice. 
  • A 1.5 hrs Sacred Sound Tibetan Bowl session with guest performers
  • 1 complimentary 30 minute massage
  • Twice Daily gentle yoga sessions to warm up in the morning and stretch in the evening
  • Vinyasa & Yin Yoga by two different teachers, 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
  • Pick up & Drop Off to & from Brasov City
  • Integrative Medicine & Nutrition support from Medical Doctors.

Skill level

Beginner & Intermediate



Day 1 Arrival Day

16.00PM – 18.00PM Arrival & Registration

18.00PM – 19.30PM Evening Yoga & Meditation Practice

19.30PM – 20.30PM Candlelit Dinner 

20.30PM – Opening Circle & Retreat Presentation


DAY 2, 3, 4, 5 Full retreat Days

7.30AM – Wake Up

8.00AM – 9.30AM Morning Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Practice + Charkra Juice

9.30AM – 10.30AM Breakfast

10.30AM – 14.00PM Free Time & Spa Therapies*

14.00PM – 15.00PM Lunch

15.00PM – 18.00PM Free Time & Spa Therapies*

18.00PM – 19.30PM Evening Yoga & Meditation Practice

19.30PM – 20.30PM Dinner

21.00PM – Optional Group Activity*


DAY 6 Departure Day

7.30AM – Wake Up

8.00AM – 9.30AM Morning Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Practice + Charkra Juice

9.30AM – 10.30AM Breakfast

10.30AM – 11.00AM Closing Circle & Departure


Good to know

  • We can’t accommodate children on retreat unless on specialised retreats for children as well. We welcome participants over 18 years of age.
  • Accommodation is in individual bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms. Some bedrooms can be shared with other guests on retreat ( Twin Sharing Rooms) or on a Private Basis ( Double Room Private & Queen Room Private)
  • We provide all Yoga Mats & Props however you can also bring your own if you prefer.
  • Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable if you plan to go walking in nature please bring warm clothing & waterproof shoes.
  • Optional Evening Group Activities include Movie Nights, Group Games, Hang Out Nights, Kirtan Nights & more.
  • During Free Time & Spa Therapies you are free to spend your time as you want to, Massage Therapies and Salt Baths are booked & paid for separately please see our Spa Menu.
  • We practice a Digital Detox Retreat, this is to allow your mind to disconnect from the overload of digital communications and listen more deeply to life, connect with others on the retreat and live in the present moment. We provide a Guest access computer for use during the retreat. On Departure Day we will gladly provide Wifi access to get in touch with your friends & family or to share your photos on social media.
  • Every morning until breakfast time and one full morning until noon we practice a silent retreat, this is a powerful tool to connect with yourself, pick a good book and explore the true benefits of being on retreat. This is YOUR time.
  • Optional Activities whilst at AKASHA R/E.TREAT are:

    • Reading, Painting, Colouring, Creating in our creative corner.
    • Skiing in the winter we can assist with transport to the nearest skiing slope 30min away.
    • Horse Riding with local trained horses, from €25 / hour
    • Hiking in the mountains and local valleys
    • Nutrition & Lifestyle Medical Screening support from Medical Doctors as part of our team.

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Alchemy of Nature, The element of Space – Yoga Retreat

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  • Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 15, 2018 (6 days)


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