Arrival in Sofia, Bulgaria and travel to the Stone & Compass Center in Stolat. Stone & Compass staff will greet you at the airport and take you to the retreat center in the heart of the Balkan Mountains.
TRAVEL TO THE CENTER IN STOLAT, BULGARIA
The Stone & Compass Center includes a 300 square meter barn where one can enjoy a relaxing time looking out at the Balkan Mountains. The Center includes 2000 acres of land.
Relaxation and fun abound as guests can enjoy our gardens, pool and open areas complete with lawn games and night time stargazing.
View from the yoga studio in the barn
DAY 2: ETARA & BACHO KIRO CAVE
Step back in time as you enter the gates of Etara, a living museum featuring a traditional craft marketplace. Waterwheels power machinery used for woodcarving, pottery, weaving, and silversmithing, among others. Try traditional apple pastry from the bakery or Turkish coffee brewed over hot sand while you watch the artisans at work and shop for unique handcrafted items.After lunch we will drive to Bacho Kiro Cave and take a walk with views of a waterfall and the picturesque cliffs of the Dryanovo river gorge.
DAY 3: RELAXING DAY AT THE CENTER
This will be a day full of yoga and fun openhearted workshops balanced with plenty of time for reflection and relaxation. You may choose to go for a walk, spend some time relaxing by the pool or take a nap in a hammock. In the afternoon we will drive to Sevlievo a local town and have the opportunity to explore their farmers market and buy any local produce and products to enjoy for the rest of your time at the center.
DAY 4: HIKE TO EMEN WATERFALL
Spend a day in the wilderness hiking along a ravine down to Emen Waterfall. Part of the walk will be a silent walking meditation. After the hike we will enjoy a picnic lunch and an opportunity to swim through the waterfall!
DAY 5: RELAXING DAY AT THE CENTER
Wake up rejuvenated knowing you have the full day to enjoy the 2000 acres of the retreat center. Yoga, meditation, lounging by the pool, taking a dip, sleeping in the hammock, hiking, whatever your heart desires this day will bring fulfilment to your inner spirt.
DAY 6: VELIKO TARNOVO
Explore Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of Second Bulgarian Empire. Climb the steps of the medieval fortress of Tsarevets for panoramic views of this city and the river that winds around it. Inside the reconstructed church atop the fortress you will see unique modern frescoes reflecting the long history of this site.
DAY 7: Relax at the center
Enjoy another relaxing day at the center. Here is a view from the historic home you will be staying at.
DAY 8: TRAVEL TO SOFIA
Awaken your senses with one last morning cup of coffee or tea in the barn. Breathe the fresh air and relish the peace and serenity that is Stone & Compass. Reflect on your experience as you travel back to Sofia Airport. View the landscape and imagine when you will return . . .as you will want to return!