- Guided meditation
- Hikes in the Carpathian Mountains
- Enjoy a visit to Dracula’s Castle and the traditional village
- Natural movement fitness, running, posture, and health coaching
- Trail running in the forest, working with branches, obstacles, and logs
- Daily organic, home-grown meals served
- 4 nights accommodation
- Airport transfers
During Dracula’s Retreat, you will stay at Nicoleta’s Inn, close to Bran Castle. The inn features all the facilities you need to have a comfortable retreat, including living rooms. You will have a room for yourself or you can share with a friend. Rooms have their own bathroom and television.
- one room per person (or couple)
- own bathroom
- Air conditioning
- Wi-Fi connection TV in room
- 1.5km from Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle)
- kitchen garden barbecue
- ping-pong table
- living room
This retreat near Dracula’s Castle and in the middle of the Carpathian Mountains will give you a unique opportunity to relax. The mountains are not manicured, fenced, and off limits. When you go hiking, you just go. You will leave behind all the worries, frustrations, and the modern world and walk into the wild, along paths and old villages, with the spirit of the ancient Carpathian Mountains.
This retreat is open to everyone. However, if you have trouble running or hiking a few miles, it would be better to skip this one. Otherwise, you may prefer to sit out on the difficult hiking sessions and participate in the ones more accessible to you. You will be out in nature most of the day.
Alexandra will be taking you through some wonderful places in and around Bran Village for natural movement fitness training, hiking, and tourism. She will emphasize basic yet challenging mindful movements, particularly ground movement with amazing benefits for overall mobility and stability, among other physical activities.
At 15:00, you will be picked up at Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP) to arrive at the inn around 21:00.
In the morning, there will be hiking and guided meditation for approximately two hours in a nearby forest. At noon, you will visit Dracula’s Castle in Bran Village. Finally, in the afternoon, there will be natural movement fitness fundamentals coaching to develop your body and turn your weak points into strengths in the nearby forest.
Today, you will enjoy an all-day hike in the mountains, coaching, and guided meditation at the top and the end of the hike. Food will be provided for picnic breaks.
In the morning, there will be a mobility and flexibility class in the garden. You will stretch with yoga and Tai Chi type movements and practice guided meditation for relaxation. At noon, there will be some time for touristic activities.
In the afternoon, there will be an obstacle and assault course in the forest. You will run through the forest, crawl under branches, jump over obstacles, and lift and throw logs. A mindfulness exercise is planned for the end of the lesson and the end of the retreat.
At 06:00, you will have an early breakfast before returning to Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP).
- Hiking in the Carpathian Mountains
- Visit to Bran Castle, known as Dracula’s Castle
- Visit to Bran village
Alexandra Merisoiu, The Body Engineer, is the Founder of The Merisoiu Technique – Institute Of Health And Human Movement and known as The Body Engineer. She is also a qualified Low Back Pain Management and Prevention Exercise instructor.
She specialises in working with runners, beginners and advanced, who want to run faster, further, with less effort and fewer injuries. This is done through Natural Movement Fitness and Running Technique and mechanics.
Since 1995 she has explored how the body and mind works. She has done this through using many different sporting techniques and working with a wide variety of highly respected coaches. She is a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Karate Shotokan, WMO Martial Arts British National Champion, has been ranked 1st in the WMO BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, 2nd and 3rd at WORLD KARATE CHAMPIONSHIP, 2 times NATIONAL KARATE CHAMPION, WORLD CUP CHAMPION. She still competes at an international level.
It is through these learnings that she has created The Merisoiu Technique and has established her own unique transformational programs that incorporate thousands of years of knowledge with Natural Human Movement.
- Sandan 3rd Dan Shotokan Karate
- Level 4 Low Back Pain management and prevention exercise specialist
- Level 3 Exercise Referral (working with GPs who refer patients to her)
- Level 3 Personal Training
- First Aid Qualified
- Certificate in Psychology in Human Intimacy
Dracula’s meditation retreat takes place near Dracula’s Castle in Bran, Transylvania. You will be right in the heart of the Romanian Carpathian Mountains.
- Bran Castle, 1.5 kilometers
- Hiking nearby
- Table tennis
- Trail running nearby
- Air-conditioned rooms
- Barbecue facilities
- Free Wi-Fi
Breakfast is included from Saturday to Tuesday and dinner from Friday to Monday. You will be eating traditional Romanian food, which means home-grown, organic vegetables, lots of fresh vegetable salads, local meat, as well as cheese, soups, broths, and barbecues. The food is locally grown.
Menus will be decided then and there depending on what the group would like to eat. For special dietary requirements, please send The Merisoiu Technique Institute an inquiry before booking.
The following meals are included:
The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:
- Other dietary requirements on request
- Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
THINGS TO DO (OPTIONAL)
- 5D cinema
- Eat out at local restaurants and pubs in Bran village
- Visit local museums
- Visit the Haunted House in Bran village
- 4 breakfasts
- 4 dinners
- 4 nights accommodation
- 10+ hours of natural movement fitness, running, posture, and health coaching
- Hike in the Carpathian Mountains
- Packed food for the Sunday all-day hike
- Trail running
- Transfers between Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP) and Bran
- Transport to and from other touristic attractions in the area (if applicable)
- Visit to Dracula’s Castle and the traditional village
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Additional activities
- Personal expenses
- Touristic attractions
HOW TO GET THERE
Arrival by airplane
Please book your flight to arrive at Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP) by 4 pm on Friday.
Transfer from and to the airport is included. The Merisoiu Technique Institute will pick you up from the airport.
Return will be at Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP) early afternoon on Tuesday, around 2 pm (subject to traffic).
Group 1: 23rd-27th June 2017
Group 2: 30th June – 4th July
The maximum participants in each group is 7
There are only 4 places left for 23rd-27th June 2017
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