Transylvanian Wine Tasting & Yoga Retreat
- Akasha Wellness Retreat
- Pestera, Brasov, Romania
- Aug 2 - 7, 2019 (6 days)
- Double Room - Private - 1,422.50 Queen Room - Private - 1,672.50 Twin Room - Sharing - 922.50
About This Event
We love Yoga & We love Wine, are you with us?
If It’s a yes, you’re in for a re/treat.
Transylvania or even Romania may not be known for it’s wine outside our little country, and that needs to change. We’re doing our part in promoting what we believe is a culture of making wine on par to that of France, Italy or Spain. We’ve invited a local sommelier to explain a little about what why and how wine is made here in Romania, the different textures, colours & tastes of different regions of Romania that we believe are a must try.
And because with wine comes food, you’ll also enjoy a 3 course menu with each wine tasting complete with nut cheeses & canapes.
2 x Wine Tasting evenings including a selection of the finest Romanian wines, complete with 3 course plant based menu.
1 complimentary 30 minute massage
Twice Daily Yoga Practice, in the mornings to energise & awaken and evenings to relax & restore, all classes are taught in English by international qualified instructors and suitable for beginners & advanced.
3 Daily healthy plant based meals all organic and local produce, gluten & dairy free, 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 health coaching
Enjoy hiking, nature & forest walks
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 Resident Medical Doctors.
Beginner & Intermediate
About Romania’s wine making culture
Given the strong Southern European influence in Romania’s past, it is no surprise that wine has played a significant part in Romanian culture at various points. Wine and vine production pre-date even the Romans here in Romania; there is archaeological evidence that viticulture has continued here almost uninterrupted for almost 6000 years. If Romania’s history doesn’t automatically suggest it as a likely wine-producing nation, its location does. It occupies much the same latitudes as France’s key wine regions.
Our little country boasts four wine-making regions. The Murfatlar region lies near the Black Sea and enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. The area produces sweet wines. Farther north and inland, the Cotnari area also produces sweet wines and was a favorite of Stephen the Great, a 15th century Moldavian ruler who even had roads paved to the area to transport the fine wine. The Tarnave wine regions sits in Transylvania, where the high altitude produces fruity, acidic wines. In the south, the Dealu Mare region extends over the sub-Carpathian Hills and is known for its red wines.
Since the 19th century, winemakers from France, Italy and Germany have invested in Romanian vineyards. They introduced their traditional grapes, such as those used to make merlot, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, all of which now are produced in Romania. But native Romanian grapes also produce distinctive Romanian wines that are popular with locals and tourists alike. Grape varieties include francusa, feteasca alba, tamaioasa, feteasca neagra and babeasca grapes. Winemakers create both dry and sweet wines and feature many fruity, full-bodied varieties. Cadarca, a popular deep-red wine with a clove taste once was the official wine of the imperial court of Vienna in the 18th century.
Day 1 Arrival Day
16.00PM – 18.00PM Arrival & Registration & first chakra juice + Centre Tour
18.00PM – 19.30PM Evening Yoga & Meditation Practice
19.30PM – 20.30PM Candlelit Dinner
21.00PM – Optional Group Activity*
DAY 2, 3, 4, 5 Full retreat Days
7.00AM – Wake Up
7.30AM – 9.00AM Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice
9.00AM – 10.00AM Breakfast
10.00AM – 14.00PM Free Time & Spa Therapies*
14.00PM – 15.00PM Lunch
15.00PM – 18.00PM Free Time & Spa Therapies*
18.00PM – 19.30PM Evening Restorative or Yin Yoga Session
19.30PM – 20.30PM Dinner
21.00PM – Optional Group Activity*
DAY 6 Departure Day
7.00AM – Wake Up
7.30AM – 9.00AM Morning Yoga & Meditation Practice
9.30AM – 10.30AM Breakfast
10.30AM – 11.00AM Closing Circle & Departure
Good to know
Participants must be min age of 18 unless previously agreed.
Accommodation is in individual bedrooms on a single or double occupancy ( friends or a couple sharing a large queen bed) or twins sharing with other guests on retreat.
We provide all Yoga Mats & Props just bring an open mind.
Health or Travel Insurance is the responsibility of the guest.
Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable if you plan to go walking in nature please bring warm clothing & waterproof shoes.
Morning Practice consists of 90 minutes of yoga asana & pranayama and 30 minutes sitting meditation or chanting.
Evening Practice consists of 60 minutes of yoga and pranayama and 30 minutes sitting meditation.
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.
Optional Activities whilst on retreat are:
Horse Riding with local trained horses from €25/hr
Hiking in the mountains and local valleys with a local guide, price on request
Nutrition & Lifestyle Medical Screening with the Resident Medical Advisor
Akasha 🙂paradise within the mountains, that would be the best way of described it. It is situated in lovely peaceful area surrounding Bran where the air is so pure and the scenery is breath taking. This experience is only paralleled by the hospitality and the friendliness of the Akasha team. They immediately welcomed everyone into the retreat and made everyone feel relaxed and gave us a sense belonging. Akasha helps you to connect with your inner self, the earth and nature .The yoga classes channel your thoughts and energy into positivity and appreciation of the natural world. Thank you Anna for being so inspiring and so helpful.The food was delicious and appetizing ,lovely fruits and vegetables .The flavor combinations that the chef creates is astonishing and inspires you to consider plant based meals.Unfortunately my time there had to end but I have experienced a direct connect to nature. So if you are looking for a yoga retreat and a place you can really connect with yourself and nature and meet lovely people I really recommend Akasha! I want to thank Akasha for the experience and look forward to my return. Ps : Daniela you and your team are doing great job!🙂🌱😘
Venue HighlightsThe AKASHA experience
SPA, WELLNESS & NUTRITION
Organic Produce sourced from local farms
Delicious Home cooked vegan & vegetarian meals
Nutrition & Dietary support & advice from Integrative Medicine Doctors
Juice Bar with Superfood Detox Juices & supplements such as Omega 3, Kale, Multivitamins
Outdoor Jacuzzi Hot Tub
Salt Bath Therapy
Massage Therapy including Shiatsu, Thai & Relaxation massage.
YOGA & MEDITATION
Beautiful Yoga & Meditation Shala
Fire & Cacao Ceremonies
Guest Teachers & Musicians
2 x Resident Teachers
Library, large collections of international books
Cinema, screenings of movies & Dharma talks
Arts & Crafts area where you can explore & express your creative side
Walks in nature & virgin pristine forests
Hiking, Horse riding or observing local village life
AccommodationsFor when you need a night of truly restful sleep. All rooms include:
En-Suite Bathroom & Toiletries, Cotton Bath Robe & SLippers
Quality Linen & Towels
Seating Area, Retreat Handbook
Hairdryer, In-Room Safe
Some Rooms have balconies
MOUNTAIN VIEWS> THE PIATRA CRAIULUI NATIONAL PARK & BUCEGI NATIONAL PARK
- Free Parking
- Hot Tub
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
Menu/CuisineTraditionally in Romanian culture, food is king. Although plant-based food is a new term in Romania, vegetable fermentation, organic farming & meat/dairy free are widely practiced traditions. You'll also receive all our recipes at the end of the retreat so you can keep on eating the same Akasha delicious food at home.
Directions187 str Principala, Sat Pestera, Com. Moieciu
Jud. Brasov, 507136
The nearest airports are Sibiu or Bucharest International (most frequent flights). The nearest town to Akasha is Brasov.
We organize a free shuttle service from Brasov on Day 1 of the retreat at 3 PM for all guests. And on return at 11 AM to Brasov. If you are arriving/departing outside of these times private taxi service to Brasov is €45/one way.
From Bucharest International Airport.
BY PRIVATE TRANSFER
Pre-booked taxi through Akasha €120 for a small car ( up to 3 people ) or €200 for a large car ( up to 8 people) one way. The journey takes about 2.5hrs and you can pay when you arrive at Akasha.
BY BUS TO BRASOV
Direct Aeroport has a regular shuttle service from the airport to Brasov (Aro Palace station), approx. €17.50 one way. The service leaves every hour.
BY TRAIN TO BRASOV
Main train station, Bucuresti Nord to Brasov. Trains run every hour, the journey is approx. 2hrs 45 min.
Drive towards Bran, pass Bran Castle and continue north towards Moieciu for another 15 min you will see a signpost towards Pestera on the right. Continue driving up the hill until you reach the village, pass Casa Tabacaru on the right and continue another 200m we are on the left and the car park is on the right.
100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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