Balance in Bulgaria Adventure | September 13 - 22, 2019
Balance in Bulgaria Adventure | September 13 - 22, 2019
Balance in Bulgaria Adventure
Nature! Nourish body mind and spirit!
Core strength! Connection with self and others
Eat delicious healthy food! Expand your horizons! Explore
**EXTENSION TRIP AVAILABLE TO BLACK SEA** (additional $375.00 USD)
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*
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.
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.
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
Friday & Saturday, September 14 & 15: Welcome!
Depart the US and fly overnight to Bulgaria. Upon arrival in Sofia, Bulgaria you will be greeted by Stone & Compass staff and be transported to your hotel. Our first group gathering will be a welcome dinner in the evening, spend some time getting to know one another and building connection as a group.
Sunday, September 15: Wake up & Hike up!
The first full day of this trip in Bulgaria will include traveling to the Rila Mountains, just south of Sofia. After an exhilarating ski-lift ride to the top, we’ll shake off the last of our jet lag with a challenging hike to view the beautiful 7 Rila Lakes. Bring your warm clothes because it’s cold up there! Afterwards, we check into a spa resort for a well-deserved rest where we can let the healing hot mineral waters of Bulgaria take our stress away.
Monday, September 16: Exploration!
Enjoy a spa breakfast and perhaps a last mineral soak before checking out of the spa resort. A stop at Rila Monastery with its stunning views and spiritual serenity will be a striking memory as we travel to the Stone & Compass retreat center, our home for the week.
Tuesday, September 17: Diving in!
This day is about settling into our programming. You choose what works for you while also having enough ‘me’ time to relax and center yourself on your own. Morning yoga and Pilates classes will be offered as well as afternoon life creative movement and knitting. Don’t forget to leave some time to enjoy the pool and 2200 acres of the property.
Wednesday, September 18: Exploration!
A brief drive allows us to take a step back in time as we enter the gates of Etara, a living museum featuring a traditional craft marketplace. Wind your way along the river while the 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 strolling the many facets of the historical village, we explore Bacho Kiro Cave. Late afternoon time by the pool and/or participating in a life coaching, dancing, mediation, yoga, or Pilates class.
Thursday, September 19: Dive deeper
Balancing excursions with total relaxation and rejuvenation is what this trip is about and thus on this day you get to choose what relaxation and rejuvenation means to you at this moment. Sleeping in? Early morning yoga? A walk in the woods? All this and more will be options for you pick from on this day where Stone & Compass is your home away from home.
Friday, September 20: Wrapping It All Together!
We will take in majestic sights as we hike along Emen Gorge and end up at a beautiful waterfall and watering hole to have lunch and check off ‘swimming under a waterfall’ from our bucket list. In the evening our final group dinner at the center will include an interactive dance performance by Bulgarian traditional dancers in the barn.
Saturday, September 21: Sofia!
If you are not choosing to extend your stay to Sozopol (see extension options) you will wake and travel to Sofia in the morning. In the late afternoon/evening you will have a guided walking tour of this beautiful capital city of Bulgaria.
Partner Run Tour
Here are the bios of the three instructors for this trip.
Sue Gundy Riordan is a Health and Life Coach, who has spent most of her life pursuing her passions as an athlete, skier, dancer, and personal trainer which she enthusiastically shares as a teacher and coach. Her 40 years of experience as a professional in these fields coupled with a BS in Exercise Physiology and Certification at Myotone Institute for Muscular therapy, gives her a deep understanding of the human body. Sue has also lived a life interested in personal development through Outward Bound programs, as well as her pursuit of a Masters in Social Work, and completing her Life Coach Training with CTI (COACHES TRAINING INSTITUTE). This unique blend of experiences and expertise in many different disciplines gives her a unique approach to Life Coaching, integrating the whole person: the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Gundylife www.gundylife.com Coaching integrates Life Coaching with movement, connection with nature, and a deeper connection with self and others. It’s through finding our edges and greater body awareness that we work through our blocks, restore balance, and connect with our authentic voice. It is then we can begin to truly embody these principles of confidence, strength, courage, and wisdom promoting joyful movement through life.
“Move everyday, nourish your body from the inside out, and believe anything is possible!”
Beth Johnson, owner of Energy Within, Inc, a boutique fitness center specializing in Pilates, Gyrotonic, TRX training and one on one private training.
Beth has been in the fitness field for over 37 years. She has presented Master level classes at Reebok, Canyon Ranch Resort Spa, Lenox MA, Endicott College.
Plus, TV appearances on Channel 7 Health Report, Channel 2 Greater Boston, Channel 5 Good Day Show, Continental Cable and Channel 56 New England Today.
My motto is: Exercise is the fountain of youth! And we need a variety of different movement modalities to keep the body healthy.
Carol Caparosa has been practicing yoga regularly for the last 8 years and completed her 200-hour teacher training certification program at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in February 2016. She focuses her teaching on beginner students introducing them to the many facets of yoga including postures, breathing techniques, mind/body connections and taking it “off the mat.” Carol has taught at Source Yoga and Fitness Break, both in Northern Virginia. She is a member of Yoga Alliance and Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association.
Carol has a special interest in helping people who are in stressful situations, especially those in health care related environments. As a result of her experience being the Mother of a pediatric patient many years ago, she started a non-profit organization, Project Knitwell, in 2010. Its’ mission is to utilize knitting as a wellness tool for people in stressful situations. Carol is a volunteer knitting instructor at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital where she teaches patients, family members and health care providers how to knit. Those she teaches tell her continuously that they are calmer, less stressed, and feel a sense of accomplishment as a result of learning to knit. Knitting has a meditative quality and recent literature explores it as an important practice in mindfulness. Carol sees many connections between yoga and knitting and has participated in events combining the two.