Hiking & Yoga Retreat – Alchemy of Nature, The element of Earth

  • Akasha Wellness Retreat Akasha Wellness Retreat
  • Pestera, Brasov, Romania
  • Sep 7 - 12, 2018 (6 days)
  • Double Room - Private - €1,151.00 Queen Room - Private - €1,526.00 Twin Room - Sharing - €731.00

About us

Prithvi (Sanskrit: पृथ्वी) “the Vast One” is the Sanskrit name for the element of earth.

The main principle of earth is structure & stability. It cradles and holds all creatures of the planet giving them support, food and shelter. Within the body it predominantly manifests as the solid structures such as bones, muscles, cartilage, nails, hair, teeth and skin.

In our Yoga practice the earth element is to surrender to gravity and compression, to sink down and find connection with the experience of limitless support. Earth element invokes trust. Earth provides the still, quiet affirmation that everything is supported, and that everything returns home. This is powerful medicine for the ungrounded, for the dissociated, for those far from home, for those in unstable relationships with other or with their sources of support, for those who tremble subtly with anxiety.

In our Yoga practice this is manifested through solidity, rooting through hands and feet, and bringing more body weight into the bones, creating a sense of stability in poses by shifting the weight into the bones of the body.  This allows you to stand firm when circumstances of life require it.

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On this retreat we’ll explore the element of earth from 5 perspectives:

Grounding Yoga Asanas – focused on stability & strength in the hands and feet

Barefoot Walking Meditation – connecting with the energy of Mother Earth through the soles of the feet

Full day hike & trip to Bucegi and the Romanian Sphinx & the Grandmothers – On a bright clear day we can see the top of the Bucegi Mountains, another main National Park in Romania where you’ll find the mystical Romanian Sphinx. A place with incredible ancient energy and potential to heal. In old Romanian language “a bucegi” means “to choose” – these are “the chosen” mountains; and for good reason. The legendary Sphinx of the Bucegi Mountains (2200 m altitude) is a rock shaped by wind and other natural phenomenon as a man’s head. It is considered to represent a spiritually powerful place and a symbol of the spirit of the Dacians, ancestors of the Romanian people.

Planting trees in our forrest & Creating a Healing Intention – trees are guardians of the earth, our connection with nature surrounding us must come from a place of respect, humility and love.

Encouraging an attitude that firmly establishes our right to the life we truly want – The earth element is represented in the first root chakra of the body. The more inner stability we can mentally create, the more grounded life becomes, and the better we are able to cope with change. Journaling exercises that helps us identify insecurities started from the root chakra will help us find balance & purpose.




  • A full day hike & visit to Bucegi mountains, the Romanian Sphinx & “Babele” with transport to/from & packed lunch & snacks
  • 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

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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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Hiking & Yoga Retreat – Alchemy of Nature, The element of Earth

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  • Sep 7, 2018 - Sep 12, 2018 (6 days)


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