It all started when...


We realised there is more to life than cities.

That's the bottom line. We realised we wanted to live in symbiosis with nature, far from the crowds, pollution and coldness of city life. That's when we decided to give up the so called comforts of our life in London, move to rural Romania & create a space that was in line with our personal & spiritual values. In our "previous lives" we were doctors, business & finance professionals with hardly any time to step on our yoga mat once a week or so.

One day, our practice of yoga & meditation literally changed our lives, we became healthier & happier and that's what we ultimately believe everyone can do. Mind, body & soul interconnect, all it's needed is space & time to just relax & be still. 

AKASHA came to us as a natural progression, here was a space of unspoiled natural abundance where we can all practice meditation & yoga as an integrated part of daily life & be surrounded by a kind, wonderful community that supports it. 

And so, we begun building the concept of AKASHA and like us, it turns out, there are others. Talented yoga instructors, volunteers & community members that all believe in our mission. 






A little bit about us

Irina Raileanu - Resident Yoga Teacher Ashtanga | Vinyasa | Yin

Irina Raileanu - Resident Yoga Teacher

Ashtanga | Vinyasa | Yin

Valentin Poleanu - Resident Yoga Teacher Hatha | Ashtanga | Iyengar | Restorative

Valentin Poleanu - Resident Yoga Teacher

Hatha | Ashtanga | Iyengar | Restorative

Wendy Cohen Resident Massage & Energy Work therapist

Wendy Cohen

Resident Massage & Energy Work therapist

Daniela Raileanu Founder & Retreat Coordinator

Daniela Raileanu

Founder & Retreat Coordinator

Dr Elena Toma MD Functional Medicine Consultant

Dr Elena Toma MD

Functional Medicine Consultant

Dr Ana MAria Stoica MD Metabolic Balance Consultant

Dr Ana MAria Stoica MD

Metabolic Balance Consultant

Natu. r/e.TREAT

Many of our guests come here to detach from city life without compromising on simple home comforts. What we offer is a place where you have the freedom to explore nature, reawaken the magic & mystery of life & restore your inner peace, and all of this in a cosy, comfortable & beautiful setting. 

A treat for your mind, body & spirit. 



Spa therapies & Nutrition

Organic Produce sourced from local farms

Delicious home cooked vegan & vegetarian meals 

Nutrition & Dietary support & advice from Integrative Medicine Doctors

Chakra Balancing Superfood Detox Juices 

Outdoor Jacuzzi Hot Tub

Traditional Nordic Sauna & Infrared Sauna

Salt Bath Therapy & Herbal Rituals


Massage Therapy including Relaxation, Swedish & Energy work

Yoga & Meditation

Beautiful Yoga & Meditation Shala with mountain views

All Yoga Props

2 x International Resident Teachers


Library, large collections of international books 

Cinema & screenings of documentaries & Dharma talks

Arts & Crafts area where you can explore & express your creative side 

Walks in nature & virgin pristine forests

Hiking, Horse riding or observing local village life


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.

Every morning until breakfast time and one full morning until noon we practice a silent retreat, this is a powerful tool to connect with yourself, pick a good book and explore the true benefits of being on RETREAT. 


Local Area

Pestera Village & Dracula's Castle in Bran

Our village is called Pestera and it means "The cave" in Romanian,  named after a beautiful bat cave approx 500m from our centre. The Village is part of the National Park of Piatra Craiului, a majestic chain of mountains & forrest valleys that still harbour an abundance of wildlife from bears to mountain goats and more. 7km away is one of the most debated Transylvanian icon, Dracula's castle in Bran. It's an impressive fortified castle with a large heritage & stories to match. 

Bucegi Mountains

On a bright clear day we can see the top of the Bucegi Mountains, another main National Park in Romania where you'll find the mystical Romanian Sphinx. If you have time to explore, this is truly one of nature's wonders and worth visiting. 

Brasov & Poiana Brasov

The main city of Brasov is just over 30km away, it's a beautiful pretty town set in Hungarian style architecture. Being one of Romania's larger towns and one of the most beautiful in terms of style we recommend browsing the main market and the fortified church. Not to far from it you'll find Poiana Brasov, one of the main skiing resorts in Romania, recently developed you'll be surprised by the quality and sheer size of the sloaps.