Pack your bags, get your passport ready and let’s GO…Bulgaria here we COME!
Embark on a journey to refresh your spirit, rekindle your PASSIONS and cultivate VITALITY and BALANCE in your life. This fun filled health and wellness retreat combines physical, mindful, and spirit-filled activities with amazing adventures that will enliven, refresh, and encourage self-confidence and self-expression.
We will visit the soul-stirring Balkan Mountains where nature abounds, immersing you in gorgeous landscapes. Activities in this unique environment spark your senses, revitalize your body, and soothe your soul. We will tour Sofia the capital city and at one time one of the largest Roman cities in the world. We will follow the Yellow Brick road, the actual place where the book “the Wizard of Oz” was written. You will then head to Stone & Compass where you can call its 2200 acre center home. At the center you will open your body, mind, and spirit at whatever level is right for you through multiple sessions with Susan Sloan and Michelle Benton.
There will be various different sessions at different times, all with the goal of expanding your knowledge in the field of mindfulness, yoga, and the art of living a healthy life. The atmosphere of the beautiful open-air barn at the center lends itself to peace tranquility and creativity. You will even get a chance to take a private healthy traditional Bulgarian cooking class.
Enjoy healthy, fresh, and delicious meals throughout the trip prepared in the rustic farmhouse kitchen or at a restaurant carefully picked by the incredibly knowledgeable support from Stone & Compass’ Bulgarian guides. These new friends will take the best of care of you with cooking, transporting, translation, and making everything work like clockwork. Nightly campfires underneath a blanket of brilliant stars and a cultural night dancing with Bulgarian dancers will make your evenings memorable.
Wonderful short-day excursions are also included for short hikes and to explore local waterfalls, caves, and villages. And we even get to visit and climb the largest castle in Europe!
3-day excursion to the ancient seaside town of Sozopol on the Black Sea Coast. Sozopol is a fortress cobblestone street town. This quaint architectural and archaeological sanctuary with white sand beaches is a perfect way to wind down from this adventure.
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11 days with 10 nights accommodation. Air fare, 2 nights lodging in Sofia, first and last night and 2 nights lodging in Sozopal during our Black Sea visit), All meals included (vegan and vegetarian options available). All ground transportation upon arrival in Bulgaria including airport transfers. All cultural excursions, tours, guided walks, and translators included. While at the Black Sea, we will visit Sozopal, an ancient walled city; swim in the Black Sea, and also visit Nessebar, a UNESCO world Heritage site. Food, fun and evenings sitting on the patio by the ocean sipping wine and relaxing.
Overnight flight to Bulgaria
Arrive in Sofia, Bulgaria
Lodging in Sofia
Take a walk down 2000 years of history as we explore this European capital city. In the afternoon travel to the Stone and Compass center!
Awake to the sounds of nature and enjoy a morning session led by Susan and Michelle. In the afternoon we head out on a cave hike!
In the AM enjoy another wonderful health and wellness session led by Susan and Michelle. Take an afternoon hike to Emen Waterfall and spend the afternoon at the center. Then we have a special treat; a cultural dinner complete with traditional dancers!
Today we head out on an exciting site-seeing day! We go adventuring with a day excursion to Etara a traditional craft market & Bacho Kiro cave and monastery!
Enjoy an AM session with your instructors Sue and Michelle then it’s off to Veliko Tarnovo! Today we visit a 10th century castle and also visit the city and walk the cobblestone roads and meet the locals. We will also get to take a private pottery class with the foremost potter in Bulgaria
Your second adventure begins today as we head to ancient seaside town of Sozopal, the Black Sea after your morning session with Sue and Michelle! You will then be returned to Sofia on the evening of May 2nd to fly home on May 3rd
We will spend the day in Sozopal, an ancient walled city; swim in the Black Sea, and also visit Nessebar, a UNESCO world Heritage site
Enjoy one last day at the Black Sea and a session with Sue and Michelle before we head back to Sofia to check into our hotel.
Payment can be made in full or following the payment schedule below.
Due: November 1, 2019
Due: February 1, 2020
Due: April 1, 2020