We've been planning this for years, and finally, we're here. We know that some of you miss the food here, the yoga, the area or the people, reason why we came up with the idea of bringing everyone back together and have some fun! 2020 is full of challenges already and a little party never killed nobody.
As you probably know already, timing is our specialty. People in the Carpathian Mountains (like us at Akasha) celebrate the Sânziene holiday annually. Sânziană is the Romanian name for gentle fairies who play an important part in local folklore, also used to designate the Galium verum or Cruciata laevipes flowers. Under the plural form Sânziene, the word designates an annual festival in the fairies' honor.
The folk practices of Sânziene imply that the most beautiful maidens in the village dress in white and spend all day searching for and picking flowers, of which one MUST be Galium verum (Lady's bedstraw or Yellow bedstraw) which in Romanian is also named "Sânziànă". Using the flowers they picked during the day, the girls braid floral crowns which they wear upon returning to the village at nightfall. There they meet with their beloved and they dance around a bonfire. The crowns are thrown over the houses, and whenever the crown falls, it is said that someone will die in that house; if the crown stays on the roof of the house, then good harvest and wealth will be bestowed upon the owners. As with other bonfire celebrations, jumping over the embers after the bonfire is not raging anymore is done to purify the person and also to bring health.
Another folk belief is that during the Sânziene Eve night, the heavens open up, making it the strongest night for magic spells, especially for the love spells. Also it is said that the plants harvested during this night will have tremendous magical powers.
In some areas of the Carpathians, the villagers then light a big wheel of hay from the ceremonial bonfire and push it down a hill. This has been interpreted as a symbol for the setting sun (from the solstice to come and until the midwinter solstice, the days will be getting shorter).
- Daily Yoga and Meditation
- 3 workshops: core strength, hip mobility, safe backbending & inversions
- 3 daily plant-based meals + cold pressed juices and smoothies
- 5 nights boutique accommodation
- Hiking & Forest walks
- Creative Arts & Crafts
- Unlimited Jacuzzi Hot Tub & Sauna (Traditional + Infrared)
- Optional Spa Massage Therapy
- Optional: Group excursion to BRAN CASTLE & BEAR SANCTUARY ( Entrance fee and transport cost about €15 EACH)
- FREE PICK UP FROM BRASOV (3PM FROM TRAIN STATION AND 3:30 FROM THE CITY CENTER) AND DROP OFF ON THE LAST DAY AT 12PM