Ashtanga Yoga Retreat Europe

Yoga Dharma Europe offers the best affordable yoga retreats in Europe. Your yoga holiday from the centre in Bulgaria, includes morning Ashtanga Mysore classes, afternoon yoga workshops, trips and full board for a budget price.

Yoga Dharma Europe is a yoga centre set in a beautiful Balkan nature reserve, and close to Veliko Tarnovo. The centre is a restored traditional farm house with ensuite rooms, yoga studio, large private garden, orchard, small pool and stunning views from every direction.

Set in a secluded hamlet the centre is the perfect setting for a relaxing and restorative yoga holiday. The gardens are unoverlooked with lots of space to relax and restore. The centre is modernised and comfortable, with single and double rooms. The yoga studio is large and looks out over the mountain.

Your yoga retreat has two yoga classes per day. The morning class is Ashtanga Vinyasa Mysore style with full support and the afternoon class is a yoga workshop, with a theme each day. The teaching is highly individual with modifications for all levels, and you will be guided by your teacher Fran Thompson who has the expertise and experience to nurture you practice what ever your level. Yoga Dharma Europe is an Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga centre that embraces all levels of practice.

The stay includes all meals and refreshments at the centre and we are a vegan and vegetarian. We shop at the markets, using local seasonal produce. All your meals are freshly prepared with nutrition and health in mind. We harvest wild herbs from the mountain and use the fruit from our orchard.

Your yoga holiday includes trips to local beauty spots and places of interest. The yoga centre is in an area of history and nature, with natural springs and water falls all around. The spa town of Voneshta Voda, is just below us and is renowned resort. Travellers from across Europe and Asia come to take the waters and benefit from the natural therapies. We visit local spots off the beaten track, where you can swim in natural mountain spring waters, or shop from local artists. We visit the town of Veliko Tarnovo, one of the best places to visit in Europe. You will see the heritage quarter, with cobbled streets and artisans, and the Tsarevets castle.

Yoga Dharma Europe is in an area of outstanding beauty, set in a nature reserve abundant with local flora and fauna. You will have the opportunity to take walks over the mountain and beyond. If you like walking, then the opportunity to take long hikes is there. Your walk will take you up over our mountain through local villages and stopping on the way at a local cafe. There are often local festivals taking place, and the locals always make you welcome.

You can’t help but be influenced by the serenity and space of Yoga Dharma Europe. The setting has been described by our visitors as “a little piece of paradise” You will feel the effects as you unwind and relax and begin slowing to the local pace.


Martin Thompson