The Center

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Connecting youth and adults from across the globe

In 2016, Stone & Compass opened the doors to a cultural retreat center located in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains in Stolat, Bulgaria. Spread over 2,200 acres, our retreat center is geared towards bringing together people from around the world to share in all the rich heritage that Bulgaria and Eastern Europe have to offer. We provide tours, lodging, meals, and all the amenities to help make you feel comfortable, relaxed and refreshed.


We offer a variety of amenities so you can make the most out of your visit with us, whether for business or pleasure (or a little of both). We strive to offer state of the art facilities in a rustic Balkan setting for an unforgettable experience that will fondly stay with you for years to come.


4 houses that can host 20+ guests

The Barn

The Barn provides a flexible space for entertainment, dining, and yoga


The Garden

Large fenced in recreational area (multiple outbuildings, outdoor kitchen and dining, seating areas, and game area)

Sustainable Agriculture

Honey Reserve / Orchards / Vineyards


2,200 acres of forested land for exploration and solitude

Jura Soyfer Theater & Community Center

We own and are renovating a theater and community center in the heart of Stolat, Bulgaria to serve the local and international community.

Explore Bulgaria

Located in Stolat, Bulgaria, the Stone & Compass center is convenient for quick day-trips to many of Bulgaria’s cultural and geological treasures.

Quick Day Trips

  • Veliko Tarnovo – Home of the medieval fortress of Tsaravets and a quaint cobblestone street market.
  • Gabrovo (Etara) – A 30-minute drive East lands you hundreds of years into the past as you visit Etara, a living museum.
  • Emen Canyon – Hike through a beautiful canyon to a refreshing waterfall. Maybe do some rock climbing!
  • Krushuna/Devetashka – 20 miles north of Stolat is Krushuna, a series of waterfalls turned Summer waterpark.

Further Afield

  • Plovdiv – Selected the European Union’s 2019 Capital of Culture, boasting over 200 archeological sites.
  • Sofia – Capital and largest city of Bulgaria, most tours begin with a day exploring this historic cultural gem.
  • Rila – South of Sofia, the Rila mountains hold the Rila Monastery and the 7 Rila Lakes.
  • Varna – Situated on the picturesque Black Sea, even distant Varna is only a 3 hour drive from the Stone & Compass center.