Break free from the stress, and pressures of the modern world.
Clear and calm your mind.
Get a fitness and weight loss boost.
Enjoy healthy and organic traditional Transylvanian cuisine.
Explore the Transylvanian culture, history and Dracula’s story and his castle.
Dracula’s Retreat takes place near Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania, in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains. We will be within walking distance from the castle itself.
Besides Dracula’s Castle as a must see, the mountains aren’t manicured, fenced and off limits. When we go hiking….we just go. We 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.
GO WILD, RECLAIM YOUR NATURE AND NURTURE INNER PEACE
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.
We 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 – including Dracula’s Castle.
Alexandra will emphasize basic yet challenging, mindful movements, particularly ground movement with amazing benefits for overall mobility and stability, among other physical activities.
You will enjoy:
- Hiking in the Carpathian Mountains
- Visiting Dracula’s Castle and the village
- Natural Movements fitness coaching (logs, rocks and trees included!)
- Trail running
- Organic, home grown food
- And more
Alexandra Merisoiu is the Founder of The Merisoiu Technique – Institute Of Health And Human Movement and known as The Body Engineer, specialising in Low Back Pain Management and Prevention (Level 4 Certified).
She works with people who have a passion and want to excel through strong foundations. It is more than just fitness and fun, it is body mastery based on Martial Arts Wisdom and Natural Human Movement.
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.
Alexandra’s mission is to challenge the status quo of how to achieve a truly strong, fit and powerful body. This is done through building strong, lasting foundations in the natural outdoor environment; reducing the risk of injuries and educating people on the power of the fundamentals of Natural Human Movement and Martial Arts Wisdom.
RETREAT BRIEF ITINERARY
- 4-6 pm car pickup at Bucharest Otopeni Airport (exact time to be decided by April 2017) – you are responsible for booking your flights to Bucharest Otopeni Airport
- 9-10 pm arrival at inn (aprox 1.5km from Dracula’s Castle)
Where: Nearby forest
What: Hiking and guided meditation(s) aprox 2hrs
Where: Bran village
What: visiting Dracula’s Castle
Where: Nearby forest
What: Natural Movement Fitness Fundamentals coaching. Develop your body and turn your weak points into strength.
All day hike in the mountains, coaching and guided meditation(s) at the top and the end.
What: Mobility and flexibility class – stretching – Yoga and Tai Chi type movement. Guided meditation for relaxation.
Where: To be confirmed
What: Obstacle/assault course. Have fun while running through the forest, crawling under branches, jumping over obstacles and lifting and throwing logs. Mindfulness exercise planned for the end of the lesson and the end of the retreat.
- early breakfast and return to Bucharest Otopeni Airport
RETREAT 1: Friday 23rd June – Tuesday 27th June 2017
RETREAT: Friday 30th June – Tuesday 04th July 2017
Seven (7) participants per RETREAT.
£550/event/person* (£100 non-refundable deposit)
- transport between Transylvania and Bucharest Otopeni Airport
- accommodation for 4 nights
- breakfast (Sat, Sun, Mon, and Tue) and dinner (Fri, Sat, Sun, and Mon) (for special dietary requirements please contact us before booking)
- 10+ hours of natural movement fitness, running, posture and health coaching
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- plane tickets
- touristic activities
- 1.5km from Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle)
- ping-pong table
- living rooms
- one room per person (or couple)
- own bathroom
- Air conditioning
- complimentary Wi-Fi connection
- TV in room
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q. Can anyone participate in this retreat?
A. This retreat is open to everyone who doesn’t suffer from health conditions or injuries that can be aggravated by exercise and long periods of walking.
Q. How fit should I be?
A. You don’t need to be super fit. If you can run and hike a few miles you are good to go. We explain more in this YouTube video:
Q. Is this a boot camp retreat?
A. Training will be as difficult as you make it (unless we are hiking, then the mountains decide). The difference between a natural movement fitness retreat and a boot camp retreat is the education – you will be coached on posture, body alignment, and taken the time to work in the technical aspects of movement.
Q. What if I have an injury or health condition?
A. As long as your doctor is ok for you to exercise you should be fine. If you are unsure book a (free) call with Alexandra and talk through it.
Q. Is there the risk of wild animal attacks?
In Romania, the brown bear is very common. There is always a risk. However if you follow simple guidelines and safety you will be fine. For example if you go camping (we won’t) make sure you don’t cook or leave food near your tent. Avoid area with bear warning signs, of course. Stay on trails used by everyone. Ask if there were bear sightings lately.
Bear in mind that there are thousands of tourists and hikers in the mountains, I went camping and hiking myself, and may never even see bears. I only saw them about rubbish binds looking for food. So while, there is the danger (we are in the mountains!) people don’t even see any bears.
Q. What kind of food will we be eating?
A. Traditional Romanian food, which means home grown, organic vegetables (cooked, and fresh), lots of fresh vegetable salads, local meat and cheese, soups and broths, barbecues. The food is locally grown. Menus will be decided then and there depending on what we, as a group, would like to eat.
Q. What temperatures should I expect?
A. Between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius
Q. What should I bring for the trip?
A. We are putting together all this information, if you message us we can send you this information and further updates.
*plane tickets and lunch, drinks etc not included (breakfast and dinner included)
*accommodation and meals between events not included in listed price, please contact us for more information if you wish to stay for both events.