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

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

  • Akasha Wellness Retreat Center, 187 Strada Principala, Sat Pestera, Moieciu, Brașov County 507136, Romania

Wine Tasting 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. Wine tasting sessions will be also one of the retreat’s programs you can enjoy. Come to Romania and discover the amazing experiences here!

Highlights

  • 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
  • 6 days with instruction
  • Romanian, English

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During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or shared room at Akasha Wellness Retreat center. The center accommodates a maximum of 20 guests at one time in 10 boutique bedrooms and it features a large open lounge and diner, which allows all guests to come together and socialize.

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 has handmade decorative items, a blend of modern romantic with natural elements from the environment.

Private four-poster room

In this room, beautiful four-poster beds and romantic decorations set it apart. 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. In each case, you will get to sleep in this superb double four-poster bed. From there, guests can enjoy a truly luxurious experience as each room features floor-to-ceiling windows and glorious mountain views.

Private queen suite

The queen suite bedrooms are the 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 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!

Twin rooms

These bedrooms are for two guests sharing one room. Some of the twin bedrooms have private balconies and all enjoy beautiful mountain views.

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

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.

You can book a massage or body treatment for an additional cost. 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 using only organic natural products such as coconut oil, organic herbs, and specialized clays.

Aromatherapy

All of the therapies offered 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.

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. Akasha's 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, increasing hip flexibility, improving your body awareness, and highlighting 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.

Spa packages

You can choose a spa package that complements your yoga practice. Akasha promises that your body will thank you. The Ritualista package this is a therapeutic treat for your body. It is a 60-minute body massages therapy with one bath ritual treatment that costs 65 EUR. The “inspired by the forest” package is a 90-minute body massage therapy, two bath ritual treatments, a 30-minute private guided barefoot moss walking meditation, and one organic pine syrup mocktail that costs 145 EUR.

And finally, the all in spa-ah dream is the ultimate all-inclusive treat for your body, a package includes a 250-minute to spend how you want on body massage therapy, three bath ritual treatments, 30-minute private guided barefoot walking meditation, one detoxifying organic clay facial mask, and two organic detox juices for approximately 199 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
  • 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
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Spa treatments
  • Horse Riding
  • Excursions

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

Upon arrival to Sibiu International Airport (SBZ) or Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP), you may take the train that goes straight to Brasov railway station. Akasha Wellness Retreat will pick you up from Brasov City on the day of arrival at the retreat for those that would anticipate arriving early. They will also drop you off to Brasov City on the departure day. Akasha can also help you with trains or taxis from the airport to Brasov or to the retreat.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Sat Pestera, Romania

Akasha Wellness Retreat is a centre for conscious living and offers yoga and meditation retreats in Transylvania, Romania throughout the year and in Goa, India.

  • Availability: The Culinary Vacations of this organizer are available 85% of the time.
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