FAQ

 

I'm a beginner at Yoga is the retreat suitable for me? 

Absolutely, all our classes are designed for beginners and intermediates with dynamic classes in the morning, more energising and more restorative, relaxing in the evening. Meditation is part of our practice too. 

Is there anything I must know about the retreat? 

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

Currency & Payment

We accept payments in € EUR and Romanian (RON) by VISA or Mastercard or cash. Be sure to take out cash before coming to the retreat as there are no cash facilities here in the village. To book we require a deposit mentioned on the program page and the remaining at the centre when you arrive. We accept payment on our website via all major credit/debit cards & Paypal.  

What is the nearest airport? 

The nearest airports are Sibiu or Bucharest International (most frequent flights). Low cost flights are available from most European destinations to Bucharest, check WizzAir, BlueAir, and Rynair for frequent flights from the UK. We also recommend to check Skyscanner for flights to Bucharest. 

How do I get fro the airport to Akasha? 

Here is some helpful information about how to reach Akasha. 

We offer a free transport on Day 1 of arrival at 3PM from Brasov train station and on the day of departure at 11AM from Akasha to Brasov. 

FROM BUCHAREST OTOPENI AIRPORT - AKASHA

BY PRIVATE TRANSFER -  We can organise Private taxi transport from the airport to Akasha. The cost is €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.  If you would like a Private transport please let us 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 we are 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 we will let you know once we have everyone's arrival details. 

BY BUS - Direct Aeroport has a regular shuttle service from the airport to Brasov ( Aro Palace station) - https://www.direct-aeroport.ro/en/program-curse.html the cost is 80RON ( approx. €17.50) one way. The service leaves every hour as per below

Departs Otopeni       Arrives Brasov (Aro Palace)
02:00                      05:00
04:00                      07:00
07:30                      10:30
10:30                      13:30
12:30                      15:30 ( free transport to Akasha Day 1) 
14:00                      17:00
15:00                      18:00
16:00                      19:00
18:00                      21:00
19:30                      22:30
22:00                      01:00
23:30                  02:30

From Aro Palace Brasov there is a transport included on Day 1 of arrival at 15.30PM to Akasha. At all other times the transfer from Brasov to Akasha is €25 one way. 

BY TRAIN - Bucharest Airport doesn't have a train station. From the airport you will need to get a short taxi to Bucuresti Nord station and from there a train to Brasov. Trains run every hour from Bucharest to Brasov, the journey is approx. 2hrs 45 min. The train that leaves Bucharest at 12:15PM arrives in Brasov at 14.57PM is a fast train that will drop you off in time for the transport at 3PM. 

On departure the train leaves Brasov at 13.30 and arrives in Bucharest at 16.00PM. 

Check train times here: http://www.mersultrenurilorcfr.ro/imtif/rute.aspx?lng=en
 
BY CAR - The full address is: 87 Strada Principala, Sat Pestera, Comuna Moieciu, Brasov 507136, Romania. We are on Google maps here: https://goo.gl/maps/iHMCnD43VSp . Drive towards Bran, pass the castle ( Bran Castle) and continue driving north towards Moieciu de Jos 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. Recommended car rental is Avis - https://www.avis.com/en/locations/ro/bucharest/otp

If you are already in Bucharest before the start of the retreat please note our drivers can only pick up from the airport in Bucharest and not the city centre. If you wish to be added to a transport that leaves Bucharest Airport towards Akasha you will need to make your own way to the Airport - Arrivals. 

We recommend UBER app for transport within Bucharest. 

If you're planning on being in Brasov before the start date of the retreat please note there is a group transport from Brasov to Akasha included in the retreat rate which is at 3PM on Day 1 of the retreat from Brasov Train station. You will need to make your own way there. 

FROM SIBIU AIRPORT - AKASHA

BY PRIVATE TRANSFER  -  We can organise Private taxi transport from the airport to Akasha. The cost is €85 for a small car ( up to 3 people ) or €120 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.  If you would like a Private transport please let us know: your flight number, origin of flight, time of landing. The driver will wait for you at arrivals with your name on the board. 

BY TRAIN - Sibiu Airport doesn't have a train station. From the airport you will need to get a short taxi to Sibiu train station and from there a train to Brasov. Trains from Sibiu are not as regular as from Bucharest. Below are the fast train times ( approx 3 hrs) from Sibiu:

Departs Sibiu     Arrives Brasov
10.32                13.16
15.13                18.18

On departure the train leaves Brasov at 13.00 and arrives in Sibiu at 15.55PM. 

Check train times here: http://www.mersultrenurilorcfr.ro/imtif/rute.aspx?lng=en

BY BUS  - There is a regular service from Sibiu to Brasov for more details please see here: http://www.autogari.ro/Transport/Sibiu-Brasov/

BY CAR -  The full address is: 87 Strada Principala, Sat Pestera, Comuna Moieciu, Brasov 507136, Romania. We are on Google maps here: https://goo.gl/maps/iHMCnD43VSp . Drive towards Brasov and then towards Bran, from there, pass the castle ( Bran Castle) and continue driving north towards Moieciu de Jos 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. Recommended car rental is Avis - https://www.avis.com/en/locations/ro/bucharest/otp

If you need anything else to help you plan your journey please let us know. 

What time should I arrive on the first day? 

We can arrange pick up from Brasov at 3PM on arrival day or if you prefer to get here by yourself please arrive by 4PM so that we can take you through the retreat program, schedule & you can enjoy a light snack with the rest of us. 

Can I arrive late? 

Our retreats are run as 6 Day/ 5 Nights Residential Courses. Please take a look at our daily schedule for more details. We understand that you may need to arrive a few hours late on the first day because of travel arrangements, or to leave early on the last morning or previous evening. We recommend planning to arrive in Brasov at least one day prior to the retreat in order to be well rested for the first day of the retreat. We can help with transportation & accommodation if needed. 

Can I book extra nights? 

Yes, extra nights can be booked on the registration page together with the retreat or separately, please contact us if you need help. 

Can I stay less than 5 nights? 

Yes, a minimum of 3 nights, look for our Flexible Date option. Our packages are designed to promote a full mind & body immersion and we don't believe a shorter period achieves the same results. If you do need to leave earlier, we understand and we can help you with your onward travel however we can't offer a discount or a different rate than the retreat package for shorter stays. On occasion we may publish shorter retreats. Please check the retreat dates & schedule. 

What is the daily schedule? 

Here is a typical 5 night retreat schedule:

 

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 Workshops/presentations as per retreat

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

Cancellation Policy

Our deposits are nonrefundable. If you are unable to attend a retreat, then you can use your deposit towards another retreat valid for up to 6 months. Please inform us that you will not be attending the retreat in advance. You will be charged the full amount for your retreat, even if you do not stay for the full course.

Do I have to bring my own mat? 

All yoga and meditation gear (yoga mats, meditation benches and cushions) are supplied on site. If you prefer to bring your own yoga mat or other gear you are welcome to do so.

What is the weather like? 

We are at over 1000m altitude above sea level, it can get quite cold here at night time. If you are planning to explore the local countryside and nature which we highly recommend then it is advisable to bring waterproof shoes & warm clothing. In the summer it is very warm and sunny, recommended to bring sunscreen. 

What kind of food do you provide? 

Our delicious meals are vegan and vegetarian options. Upon booking your retreat you will be asked of your diet preferences and we can cater for special diets such as lacto or gluten intolerant. All meals are at set times in the dining area and are shared between all guests & teachers. The menu consists of a combination of Romanian vegan dishes and western. A typical breakfast and lunch is buffet style consisting of organic produce such as porridge, chia seed smoothie bowl, fruits, brown rice, Quinoa, Sweet potato, salads & homemade gluten free seed bread and many more mouthwatering dishes made by our chef. 

What pets do you have? 

Well, our pride & joy of the retreat & forever zen are our 3 dogs Toni, Luna & Bursuc. They certainly add spice to our lives here. They're always happy to guide you on walks in the forest and further afield!  Make sure you take some treats though. And a new addition is a baby kitten called Beasly who makes us laugh every day, we couldn't imagine live without them all. Don't worry they all have their homes so it shouldn't affect those with pet allergies. And just for the record, they adopted us not the other way around. 

 

This is my first retreat what should I expect? 

Congratulations! We're so happy to have you! Welcome to our little universe. A retreat is very different to any other holiday you may have had. The main difference being that you would be healthier, happier and a lot more full of energy coming from a retreat than coming from holiday. A few things to note are that there is a daily schedule of activities for the whole group such as yoga & meditation practice, group activities & meals & you also have free time for relaxing, reading or jumping in the jacuzzi. All meals at set times and this is the best time to get to know other group members better & make friends! Ultimately the retreat is about how to form healthier habits and give your mind & body space and chance to practice intensive yoga & meditation. Something that many of us don't have back home space, time & knowledge of how to. We promise you won't want to leave. 

What other animals can I see when I'm there? 

Every day is different here, one day you may see horses, another cows, another sheep, plenty of chickens, a few pigs, maybe some donkeys. This is a farming village and the locals look after the animals quite well, it's how they live & survive for generations in quite difficult terrain far from city life. One thing is for certain there is no shortage of wildlife and not too far from us there are bears, foxes & wild boars. We've yet to see them in our garden, that would really go down well on Instagram.