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6 Days Vegan Cooking, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Transylavania, Romania

Vegan Cooking and Romania Yoga Retreat

Join Akasha Wellness Retreat to not only practice yoga and meditation but also learn how to create variety in your kitchen through plant-based seasonal, wholesome, healthy vegan cooking, principles of integrative nutrition, and clean eating. Come to Romania and discover the amazing experiences here!


  • Daily yoga practice
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Experience vegan cooking sessions
  • Introduction to yoga philosophy and health coaching
  • Enjoy wine tasting evenings including the finest Romanian wines
  • Daily chakra balancing, superfood juice, and smoothies
  • Daily healthy vegan and vegetarian meals
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Romanian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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During this retreat, you will stay at Akasha Retreat. Its large open lounge and diner allow all guests, teachers, and friends to come together and socialize, laugh, play, and explore creative pursuits together.

The gorgeous mountain views, garden, and terraces are the kindest gift nature has given them, and they in return offer them to you. Each of the guest bedrooms is special and each has handmade decorative items, a blend of modern romantic with natural elements from the environment.

Room facilities

  • Orthopedic mattresses
  • Quality linen and towels
  • Organic toiletries
  • Seating area
  • Hairdryer
  • Cotton bathrobe and slippers
  • In-room safe

Shared twin rooms

These bedrooms are for two guests sharing one room. If you are booking on your own and you are happy to share a room with another guest this is the room available for guests sharing. Some of our twin bedrooms have private balconies and all enjoy beautiful mountain views.

Private double room

The private rooms can be booked for single use if you prefer to have your own bedroom or for double occupancy if you decide to bring a partner or a friend along.

Private queen room

The queen bedrooms are our most spacious and decadent bedrooms. The private rooms can be booked for single use if you prefer to have your own bedroom or for double occupancy if you decide to bring a partner or a friend along.

The rooms are tastefully decorated and feature floor to ceiling windows and glorious mountain views. Also, there is plenty of room for your own yoga practice should you still have the energy.

Akasha Wellness Retreat Yoga Retreat Romania Program

You will jointly create dishes that can be enjoyed by all and learn how to combine ingredients to create a plate of goodness, a plate that you can be grateful for, that is good for you and it’s not just another meal. This will be no diets, no fads, nothing fancy, and nothing fake. Simply home cooking that is plant-based, fresh, healthy.

You’ll start each day with the sunrise yoga session, breakfast, and daily cooking demonstrations and presentations that will surprise and inform you on how to form good habits and how to create a healthy home menu for yourself and the whole family. In addition, you will be joined by the country’s finest sommeliers for two wine tastings sessions which include a selection of the finest Romanian wines.

Vegan cooking course outline

  • Essentials of vegan pantry, equipment and ingredients, and vegan substitutes for traditional ingredients
  • Nutrition bases for vegans and vegetarians, food groups, superfoods, and gluten-free vegan baking
  • Healthy snacks, breakfasts, and lunches
  • Raw vegan desserts

Sample daily schedule

Day 1: Arrival day

  • 16:00 Arrival and registration, first chakra juice, and center tour
  • 18:00 Evening yoga and meditation practice
  • 19:30 Candlelit dinner
  • 21:00 Optional group activity

Day 2 - 5: Full retreat days

  • 07:00 Wake up
  • 07:30 Morning yoga and meditation practice
  • 09:00 Breakfast and chakra juice
  • 10:00 Optional workshop
  • 10:00 Free time and spa therapies
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Free time and spa therapies
  • 18.00 Evening Restorative or Yin yoga session
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 Optional group activity

Day 6: Departure day

  • 07:00 Wake up
  • 07:30 Morning yoga and meditation practice
  • 09:30 Breakfast and chakra juice
  • 13:00 Closing circle and departure

Akasha Wellness Retreat practices 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.


This retreat will take place at Akasha Wellness Retreat in Pestera Village, Romania. Akasha is a beautiful space at over 1,000 meters of altitude with unspoiled mountain views in the heart of the Transylvanian countryside. The village is called Pestera and it means "the cave" in Romanian, named after a beautiful bat cave located approximately 100 meters from the center.

The village is part of the national park of Piatra Craiului, a majestic chain of mountains and forest valleys that still harbor an abundance of wildlife from bears to mountain goats and more. Just around the corner, you can spot an even grander mountain landscape, the mystical Bucegi Mountains, and national park. Seven kilometers away, is one of the most debated Transylvanian icon, Dracula's Castle in Bran.

It is an impressive fortified castle with a large heritage and stories to match. In this quiet and small little village, you will find a handful of hard-working mountain farmers and shepherds maintaining 100-year old traditions. Set in almost an acre of green land, the retreat views over beautiful sloping hills, forests, and natural rivers that flow at the bottom of the garden.

Nearby places

  • Bat Cave, 100 meters
  • Bucarest-Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP) - 3 hours
  • Dracula's Castle, 7 kilometers
  • Sibiu International Airport (SBZ) - 3 hours



  • Cooking classes
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Stargazing
  • Wine tasting


  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala


  • Free bottled water
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Library
  • Room cleaning

This Culinary Vacation is vegetarian-friendly

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During this retreat, you will be served three daily organic vegan and vegetarian meals. Upon booking your retreat, you will be asked about your diet preferences and Akasha Wellness Retreat can cater for special diets such as lactose or gluten-free meals. All meals are at set times in the dining area and are shared among all guests and teachers. The menu consists of a combination of Romanian vegan dishes and Western.

A typical breakfast and lunch is a buffet style consisting of organic produce such as porridge, chia seed smoothie bowl, fruits, brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato, salads, homemade wholegrain bread, and mouthwatering dishes made by their resident chef.

For dinner, Akasha offers a sit-down family style meal with hot soups, lentils, stuffed peppers, vegan sarmale, polenta, and so on. Their delicious plant-based menu is designed to fortify your health using organic unprocessed seasonal produce with the highest nutrient content. A combination of ingredients that does not only work in a delicious mouthful but acts as anti-inflammatory and alkaline foods that balance hormones, blood sugar, and blood pressure will be provided.

You will form good habits about food since the application of chakra balancing foods and integrative medicine principles creates a colorful and complete menu balanced in carbohydrates, good fats, and proteins full of minerals, vitamins, and bioflavonoids (the color pigment of fruits and vegetables that have an important role in strengthening the immune system). You will taste food that is not only delicious and easily digested but deeply nourishing, sustaining, healing, and energy-boosting.

Their aim is that you will pick up good habits from being on the retreat and that you will continue to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle back home using essential principles about food and nutrition that are easily applicable in your daily lives.

You will enjoy unlimited chakra balancing juices and smoothies made with cold-pressed juices, vegetable milk, organic fruits, vegetables, and essential fatty oils such as oil and organic superfood powders. Each juice is dedicated to one specific energy center and they guarantee it will make you radiate energy throughout the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

The spa and wellness facility at Akasha is not a traditional spa, they do things differently there. You create the ritual you want to have a variety of homemade organic bath and body products. Their massage therapists that are internationally qualified in a range of treatments from deep tissue to shiatsu, Ayurveda, and Thai massage, will assist you in your choice of essential oil and body products so that your treatment complements specific conditions.

They created their own range of products that are lovingly made at Akasha using only organic natural products such as coconut oil, organic herbs, and specialized clays.

Massage and body treatments

These include shiatsu and deep tissue, relaxing coconut oil, hot stone massage, Swedish massage, and Thai massage. These bodywork therapies are designed to complement your yoga practice and are often performed by yoga instructors themselves. Their therapists understand the importance of helping you to connect to your body, releasing tension and improving your posture.

Just a few benefits of regular massage therapy as an active part of your yoga practice are releasing tension in problem areas, loosening the connective tissue in your outer thighs and increasing hip flexibility, improve your body awareness, and highlight imbalances that can then be addressed in your yoga practice.

One kind of treatment costs 25 EUR for the package that lasts for 30 minutes and 45 EUR for the package that lasts for 60 minutes.

Bathing ritual treatments

Bathing is actually an ancient therapeutic practice called balneotherapy. Almost all ancient cultures prescribe therapeutic bathing rituals to promote overall wellness and calm the skin, body’s largest organ. Herbs and oils have long been combined with bath therapy to relax the mind, soothe sore muscles, and promote supple skin. Bathing rituals can also complement your meditation and yoga practice in clearing away aura energies, chakra balancing, and healing.

With each bath package costing 20 EUR for a 60-minute session, you can choose from

  • Homemade bath salts packs infused with your choice of organic essential oils
  • Herbal tea bath rituals with your choice of organic herbal tea blends and flowers
  • Milk bath rituals with your choice of vegan milk and essential oil infusions

You can also combine your bathing ritual with an indulgent organic face mask, bentonite clay, seaweed, or activated charcoal facial mask blends which each costs starting from 12 EUR.


All of their therapies are complemented by aromatherapy. Each day, as they work on your chakra balancing asanas, your teacher will recommend a blend of organic essential oils, or you can choose your own to be diffused in the therapy room during your treatment and during yoga or meditation practice.

Outdoor Jacuzzi and sauna

Every guest has access to unlimited outdoor Jacuzzi and sauna.

Spa packages

You can choose a spa package that complements your yoga practice. Your body will thank you, they promise.

  • Ritualista, this is a therapeutic treat for your body, a package of a 90-minute body massage therapy and one bath ritual treatment that costs 65 EUR.
  • For/Rest Package: Inspired by the forest, this is a package of a 120-minute body massage therapy and two bath ritual treatments 104 EUR. *All in spa-ah dream, this is the ultimate all-inclusive treat for your body, a package includes a 240-minute to spend how you want on body massage therapy, two bath ritual treatments, and one detoxifying organic clay facial mask all for 165 EUR.

Besides spa and massage, there are other activities you can enjoy such as:

  • Horse riding
  • Mandala paintings, dreamcatcher, and art
  • Mountain hiking
  • Nutrition and lifestyle medical screening
  • Optional yoga and meditation workshop
  • Salt bathing or body treatment
  • Visiting Dracula's Castle
  • Winter skiing

What's included

  • 2 daily yoga practices
  • 2 daily meditation sessions
  • 4 vegan cooking sessions
  • 2 wine tasting evenings
  • 2 different yoga teachers with a mixture of dynamic and restorative styles
  • Chakra balancing, hot tub night, dharma talks, and intention setting fire ceremony
  • 3 daily healthy vegan and vegetarian meals
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily chakra balancing superfood juice and smoothies
  • Introduction to yoga philosophy and health coaching
  • Group activities, cinema and library, and creative arts and crafts
  • Unlimited Jacuzzi hot tub and sauna
  • Pick up and drop off to and from Brasov City
  • Integrative medicine and nutrition support from resident medical doctors

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Spa treatments
  • Horse Riding
  • Excursions

How to get there

Driving directions from the airport

  • Drive towards Bran, pass the Bran castle Bran Castle and continue driving north towards Moieciu de Jos for another 15 minutes.
  • 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 200 meters.
  • Akasha Wellness Retreat will be on the left and the car park is on the right.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sibiu International Airport (SBZ). You may also book your flight to arrive at Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP).

Arrival by train

From the airport, you may take the train that goes straight to Brasov railway station. Akasha facilitates pick up from Brasov city on the day of arrival at the retreat for those that would anticipate arriving early. Akasha can also help you with trains or taxis from the airport to Brasov or to the retreat.

Arrival by bus

Direct Aeroport has a regular shuttle service from the airport to Brasov (Aro Palace station) and the cost is 80 RON, approximately 17.50 EUR one way.

Arrival by taxi

Akasha Wellness Retreat can organize a private taxi transport from either Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP) or Sibiu International Airport (SBZ) to Akasha. The cost is 85 EUR for a small car (up to three people) or 120 EUR for a large car (up to eight people) one way.

The journey takes about two and a half hours and you can pay when you arrive at Akasha. If you would like a private transport, please let Akasha Wellness Retreat know your flight number, origin of flight, time of landing. The driver will wait for you at arrivals with your name on the board.

In some cases, Akasha Wellness Retreat is able to couple arrivals together so you can share the same car with other participants on the same retreat, this is a case by case only as long as arrivals are all within a short time frame of each other. If this is the case, they will let you know once they have everyone's arrival details.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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