Yoga & Healing Retreat with Integrative Nutrition Course

  • Akasha Wellness Retreat Akasha Wellness Retreat
  • Pestera, Brasov, Romania
  • Oct 25 - 30, 2019 (6 days)
  • Double Room - Private - €1,422.50 Queen Room - Private - €1,672.50 Twin Room - Sharing - €922.50

About This Event

A week of learning & discovering – Integrative nutrition course with yoga & wellness

Join us in a week of learning how to prevent disease & integrate holistic remedies in your daily life. We will look at lifestyle, diet, exercise & what it means to have all elements symbiotically in balance.  We will also explore plant based seasonal, wholesome, healthy vegan cooking, principles of Integrative Nutrition, and clean eating so that all participants obtain all the skills & knowledge they need to implement these at home.

The presentations  will be done by our founding doctor Dr Elena Tome, MD specialised in Integrative & Functional Medicine.

We’ll start each day with sunrise yoga session, breakfast & daily seminars and presentations that will surprise and inform you on how to form good habits and how to create a healthy balanced lifestyle for yourself and the whole family.

What is Integrative Medicine?

Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process. All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, and community, as well as the body.

Who are our Doctors?

Dr Elena Toma

Dr Toma has been practicing as a psychiatrist in the UK National Health System for the last 10 years. She is passionate about nutrition & lifestyle medicine and has been studying principles of integrative medicine extensively for the last 5 years. Elena is a fellow of the American Metabolical Medicine Institute, also studied with Institute of Functional Medicine and attended multiple courses in London & abroad on Nutrition & various aspects of Integrative Medicine.

Dr Toma provides advanced medical treatment on health promotion, wellness, prevention & management of disease with evidence based metabolic, functional & nutritional approaches.

Dr Toma is a founding member & non executive director of Akasha and visits us regularly. She participates actively in creating an extensive and thorough nutritionally balanced programme and oversees progress our guests make during their retreat. For consultations, Dr Toma runs a private clinic in London with a holistic approach helping patients balance optimal mental & physical health.

Dr Ana Maria Stoica, MD

Ana Maria Stoica, MD is a board certified physician specialised in functional medicine to help patients find root causes for their illnesses. She does not believe in just treating symptoms.

Dr. Stoica received her MD from Bucharest Medical School in Romania in 2008. She then completed a residency in Family Medicine in Bucharest. She became a metabolic balance® Coach in 2010 and is participating in different nutrition and integrative medicine courses.

She uses an integrative holistic approach to wellness utilising conventional medicine and evidence based complementary therapies. She believes in treating the patient as a whole (body, mind, and soul) and places a strong emphasis on preventive care, nutrition, and lifestyle changes. Within our retreat Ana Maria contributes to our nutrition programme in partnership with Dr Toma and offers assistance on balancing food with overall health.

What is covered in this course?

Organic Foods and what to look for

What is and why go Sugar Free, Gluten Free & Dairy Free.

Supplements & Superfoods

Healthy Fats

How to live a balanced lifestyle

Included:

3 x 2hr presentations by Dr Elena Toma & Dr Ana Maria Stoica on the principles of Integrative Nutrition

A 30 min Private Medical Consultation with Dr Elena Toma

1 complimentary 30 minute massage

Twice Daily gentle yoga sessions to warm up in the morning and stretch in the evening

Ashtanga & Yin Yoga by two different teachers, all classes suitable for beginners & intermediates

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.

What’s not included:

Your flights

Transfers to/from airport, these can be booked for €85 one way per car

Travel or Health Insurance

Massages or other therapies offered in house

Skill level

Beginner & Intermediate

RETREAT PROGRAM

Day 1 Arrival Day

16.00PM – 18.00PM Arrival & Registration

18.00PM – 19.30PM Evening Yoga & Meditation Practice

19.30PM – 20.30PM Dinner 

21.00PM – Optional Group Activity*

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DAY 2, 3, 4, 5 Full retreat Days

7.00AM – Wake Up

7.30AM – 9.00AM Morning Yoga Practice 90 min

9.00AM – 10.00AM Breakfast

10.00AM – 12.00PM Free Time & Spa Therapies*

12.00PM – 14.00PM Integrative Nutrition presentation

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*

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DAY 6 Departure Day

7.00AM – Wake Up

7.30AM – 9.00AM Morning Yoga Practice 90 min

9.00AM – 10.00AM Breakfast

10.00AM – 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!🙂🌱😘

Schedule


Venue Highlights

The 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
Infrared Sauna
Salt Bath Therapy
Aromatherapy
Massage Therapy including Shiatsu, Thai & Relaxation massage.

YOGA & MEDITATION

Beautiful Yoga & Meditation Shala
Fire & Cacao Ceremonies
Guest Teachers & Musicians
2 x Resident Teachers

ACTIVITIES

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

Accommodations

For when you need a night of truly restful sleep. All rooms include:

En-Suite Bathroom & Toiletries, Cotton Bath Robe & SLippers
Quality Linen & Towels
Orthopedic Mattress
Seating Area, Retreat Handbook
Hairdryer, In-Room Safe
Some Rooms have balconies
MOUNTAIN VIEWS> THE PIATRA CRAIULUI NATIONAL PARK & BUCEGI NATIONAL PARK

Amenities

  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

Traditionally 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.

Directions

187 str Principala, Sat Pestera, Com. Moieciu
Jud. Brasov, 507136
Romania

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.

Directions

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.

BY CAR
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.

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

My inspiration sparks from my innate charge to connect with a collective innate goodness. I aspire to live in a way that continuously blossoms and embraces my wise and compassionate human nature. Freundl
 

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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.

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