Balance in Bulgaria Adventure | September 13 - 22, 2019


Balance in Bulgaria Adventure | September 13 - 22, 2019

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Balance in Bulgaria Adventure



Life learning


Nature! Nourish body mind and spirit!

Core strength! Connection with self and others

Eat delicious healthy food! Expand your horizons! Explore


DATES FOR EXTENSION TRIP September 23-25, 2019

Departure from the US should be on 9/13/19 arrival in Bulgaria should be on 9/14/19 to Sofia International Airport.

Departure from Sofia International Airport is on 9/22/19.  Extension trip departure is 9/25/19*

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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. In addition to the Balkan Mountian in central Bulgaria you will also hike the awe inspiring 7 glacial lakes on top of Rila Mountain in South Bulgaria where you will spend an evening at a spa resort soaking in the healing natural hot mineral springs. After visiting Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will head to Stone & Compass where you can call its 2200 acre center home for 4 restorative days. At Stone & Compass you will challenge your body, mind, and spirit at whatever level is right for you with classes offered in Pilates with Beth Johnson, yoga/ knitting for stress relief with Carol Caparosa, and dance of life coaching workshops with Sue Riordan. The atmosphere of the beautiful open air barn at the center lends itself to peace tranquility and creativity.

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, translate, and making everything work like clockwork. Nightly campfires underneath a blanket of brilliant stars and a cultural night dancing with Bulgarian dancers make your evenings memorable.

Wonderful short day excursions are also included for short hikes and to explore local waterfalls, caves, and villages.

There is an extension trip option for this trip at the reduced rate of $375 additional dollars for a 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.


$1075.00 USD

All inclusive includes:

10 days with 9 nights accommodation. 2 nights lodging in Sofia, 1 night lodging at a spa resort, and 5 nights lodging in a traditional, restored Balkan farmhouse. All instructional classes included (yoga, meditation/mindfulness, Pilates, dance, life coaching). 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. Flights not included. Alcoholic beverages not included.

Itinerary Overview

Day 1 Friday, September 13: Departure from US (fly overnight)
Day 2 Saturday, September 14: Arrive in Sofia, Bulgaria (lodging in Sofia)
Day 3 Sunday, Sep 15: Travel to Rila Mountains, hike 7 Rila Lakes (lodging at a spa resort)
Day 4 Monday, Sep 16: Check out of spa, travel to Rila Monastery, travel to center
Day 5 Tuesday, Sep 17:  Relaxing day at center
Day 6 Wednesday, Sep 18: Day excursion to Etara & Bacho Kiro
Day 7 Thursday, Sep 19: Relaxing day at center
Day 8 Friday, Sep 20: - Possible morning hike to Emen Waterfall (or other waterfall) with afternoon at the center, OR relaxing full day at center/time to pack
Day 9 Saturday, Sep 21: Travel to Sofia for evening tour (lodging in Sofia)
Day 10 Sunday, Sep 22: Departure returning home

Black Sea Extension Tour

Day 8 Saturday, September 21– Drive to Sozopol via Shipka Peak (lodging in Sozopol)
Day 9 Sunday, September 22 – Sozopol (Lodging in Sozopol)
Day 10 Monday, September 23 – Sozopol (Lodging in Sozopol)
Day 11 Tuesday, September 24 – Drive to Sofia stopping along the way to see different sights. (Lodging in Sofia)
Day 12 Wednesday, September 25 – Fly home

Detailed Itinerary

Partner Run Tour

Here are the bios of the three instructors for this trip.