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A day, a weekend or a week away immersed in the ancient yogic tradition, surrounded by a like-minded community of practitioners. Dive deep, indulge in the luxury of time, reset your entire system for a fresh new start… Discover the transformative power of yoga with Evelina, where each retreat is a journey back to yourself. Join us and embark on an extraordinary experience that will restore, recharge, and realign your mind, body, and soul.

UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY | Yoga & Art Retreat

With Albena & Evelina | 12 Jul – 14 Jul 2024 | Bridgnorth, UK

We are really thrilled to invite you to an immersive exploration of body & mind, creativity & expression! 

Our weekend retreat is nestled in a tranquil rural setting and offers a perfect sanctuary to explore daily yoga sessions, guided meditations and art workshops led by myself & Albena. 

A weekend that will rejuvenate your mind, body and soul while connecting with nature. You will be encouraged to unleash your creativity and self expression, savor our healthy, home made nutritious meals, and connect with like-minded individuals.

Whether you’re an experienced practitioner in either yoga or art, or a total beginner, this retreat is an invitation to discover harmony, inspiration, foster self-expression and inner exploration through the union of yoga and art.

Albena & I have been close friends for 30 years now and we have always shared an interest in art, design and lately in yoga. This retreat is our gift to those who appreaciate art & beauty, who are need to express themselves in more than one way – movement, stillness, colours, textures, lines…

Expect to be surprised, inspired, moved and reconnected to the beautiful creator that you are – free, playful, curious & expansive!

 

The Facilitators

Yoga with Evelina

Evelina has been teaching Yoga for nearly 10 years now. Her interests encompass a wide spectrum of practices including movement, bodywork, mindfulness, trauma release, Tantra. She has dedicated the last 3 years to bringing more depth to her understanding of the Chakras and uses this valuable knowledge in her Yoga classes.  She has always felt a strong connection to her creative abilities, mainly art, colour combinations, interior design and lately playing using and chanting. 

Evelina is keen to educate her students to understand their body, mind and emotions as an entire system. Apart from the value of the content she offers Evelina enjoys bringing playfulness to her workshops, as well as sound and laugher! 

Art with Albena

Albena has been long drawn to the world of art and has walked down its many paths of expression. Initially captivated by fashion, textures and colours she started her own clothing line in Bulgaria including maternity fashion.

After her move to the UK she started exploring the design of wooden decorations and signs together with her partner.  She has also combined efforts with Evelina creating Yoga products – mainly lavender eye pillows and yoga mat bags. 

Over the last few years Albena has started running art classes for children in the local arts depot and now she is offering evening classes for adults too.

Accommodation – The Coach House, Bridgnorth

The Historic Coach House offers luxury accommodation for up to 10 people, so we are calling on 8 more keen yogis and / or art practitioners to come join us for this 3 day, 2 night retreat. 

Just 2.5 hrs away from London this stunning accommodation offers beautiful scenic views in the heart of rural Shropshire. Plenty of indoor and outdoor space surrounded by acres of serene grounds offering various walks for those who’d like to explore. 

The Coach House offers 4 beautiful spacious bedrooms for our group to enjoy – 3 double and 1 twin. Rooms are offered on first come first serve basis so please enquire during the time of your booking. 

Beautiful common spaces for our workshops and practices with option to do some or all of them outdoors if the whether allows it. 

Retreat Schedule

Note there maybe some slight changes in timings and sessions as we plan to flow with nature and the energy of the group.

    Fri 12 Jul

    • 16:30- 17:15 Arrivals & welcome drinks – fresh juice, elderflower ‘champagne’, teas & coffees
    • 17:30 – 18:15 Hip opening Yin Yoga & Om meditation (Sacral & Throat Chakra focused)
    • 18:30 – 19:15 Art & wine session (non-alcohol alternative available)
    • 19:30 – 20:30 Healthy homemade vegetarian Bulgarian-inspired dinner
    • 20:45 – 22:00 Fire ceremony, games, dancing & chanting

    Sat 13 Jul

    • 8:00 – 9:30 Dance Yoga flow, pranayama, chanting & meditation
    • 9:45 – 10:45 Healthy vegetarian homemade breakfast
    • 11:00 – 13:00 Free time for exploration, trip to the market for fresh produce
    • 13:00 – 14:00 Healthy vegetarian homemade lunch
    • 14:00 – 15:30 Siesta
    • 15:30 – 17:00 Outdoor landscape art session
    • 17:00 – 19:30 Nature walks, optional meditation
    • 19:30 – 20:30 Healthy homemade pescaterian / vegetarian dinner
    • 20:30 – 22:00 Free time, talks, shares, journaling, singing, dancing

    Sun 14 Jul

    • 8:30 – 11:00 Combined Yoga & Art session
    • 11:15 – 12:15 Brunch
    • 12:15 – 13:00 Goodbye gifts & departure

    Retreat Price & Payment Options

    Early Bird (EB) Price – £397 Until 31 May 2024

    Deposit Payment

    £200.00

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    Balance Payment

    £237.00

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    Pay In Full

    £437.00

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    INCLUDED IN PRICE

    • 2 night accommodation
    • 3 Yoga & 3 Art Sessions
    • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners & 1 lunch
    • art materials

    NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE

    • travel to & from the retreat
    • lunch on last day

     

     

    PAYMENTS, CANCELATIONS & REFUNDS

    • To secure your spot & qualify for EB discount please pay £200 deposit by 31 May 2024 
    • EB balance of £197 is required by 10 Jun 2024
    • Option to pay on full is available – £397 before 31 May, £437 after 31 May
    • 50% balance required by 10 June

    CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS

    • If you cancel 31 May you will lose your deposit

    • If you cancel after 10 June you’ll lose the total amount unless you find someone to take your spot.

    • If we need to cancel the retreat for any reason you will receive a full refun

    Bring A Friend Offer 

    Bring a friend & both of you will receive 10% off the regular price 

    Bring A Friend Deposit for 2

    £400.00

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    Bring A Friend Balance for 2

    £394.00

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    Bring A Friend Full Price for 2

    £794.00

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    SAILING YOGA RETREAT

    21 SEPT – 28 SEPT 2024 | SARONIC ISLANDS, GREECE

    I am extremely pleased & super excited to announce this new partnership with Agnieszka & Greg – a Polish couple that have been sailing the islands of Greece  & The Caribbeans for 16 years! 

    Together we are planning to take you on an unforgettable adventure along the Saronic Islands. 

    Imagine a morning yoga practice on board a luxurious catamaran surrounded by the crystal clear blue sea, listening to the sounds of the waves! An evening meditation on a quiet peaceful beach at sunset … far from tourist hustle and bustle. Organic healthy food on board prepared by Aga herself. Swimming in beautiful wild bays, exploring different islands each day, enjoying the amazing Mediterranean cuisine in local tavernas in the evenings, snorkelling & hiking, learning the Zorba dance, trips to antient landmarks and architectural wonders, wine tasting at the local vineyards and more….  In September the weather is the best – warm yet no scorching hot, calm seas both for sailing & comfortable sleeping.

    A video from last year’s trip with Aga & Greg’s smaller boat,  Saronic Islands

    Video credit – Aga & Greg

    The Catamaran

    Aga & Greg have purchased the Zorba the Cat just recently.  The catamaran has been designed and built by the famous French Shipyard, Fountaine Pajot. They are one of the world’s number one builders of cruising catamarans. This yacht was very quickly appreciated by the customers due to its sailing performances along with a high level of comfort. The shape of the hulls makes her not only beautiful, but also incredible from nautical point of view.

    Our Sailing Vehicle Zorba the Cat

    Whenever possible we are using sails so if you wish to learn how to steer, pull a rope or take part in sailing manoeuvres – there will be plenty on board. Those that wish to relax and sunbathe can do so too!

    The Catamaran can accommodate up to 10 guests in 4 double + 1 twin cabin (description below), each with its own ensuite electric toilet with hot shower. She has air-conditioning, generator, water maker, solar panels and other amenities which makes her independent, self-sufficient sailing vessel. She is one of the biggest catamarans available in Greece. Her size guarantees stability and comfort with at least four separate areas in common spaces that provide a lot of privacy +  spacious cockpit and a saloon with three different tables.

    Guest Cabin Accommodation

    Cabins allocated on first come first serve basis – please request the type of cabin you prefer at time of booking

    4 DOUBLE CABINS 

    • 2 x Forward cabins 
    • 2 x Master cabins 

      1 TWIN CABIN

      • Master port cabin – 2 x single beds  

      THE TEAM

      Aga & Greg

      private yoga classes

      Polish couple Aga and Greg have been organising sailing holidays in Greece, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean for more than 15 years. With a long list of happy customers from all over the world, they spend half of the year in Greece and the other half in the Caribbean.

      Greg has been sailing all his life. When he was younger he was racing in regattas as part of the professional Polish sailing team, where he gained the experience to cope with all possible weather conditions. He has sailed thousands of miles on different seas and oceans.

      Fifteen years ago he gave up his role as Director in a big international company and started to live on his boat permanently. He realised that life is too short to spend it in the office and the world is too beautiful to leave it unexplored.

      Aga (a film producer) joined Greg six years ago when she came for a sailing holiday on Zorba and never left! Since that moment it has been her job to take care of all guests and make them feel at home – something she’s certainly a natural at. She will show you all the hidden gems, take you to the best local tavernas and solve any issues that may arise. She knows what each island has to offer and can recommend the best view points and local spots. Her enthusiasm to give guests the best sailing experience on Zorba is unquestionable and her love of Greece is truly infectious!

      Aga & Greg took part in a polish breakfast show last year. Take a look at this video if interested. 

      Evelina

      private yoga classes

      Evelina is a yoga teacher with nearly 10 years of experience. Originally Bulgarian she has lived in the UK for the last 23 years. Evelina’s journey has been marked by many endings and beginnings – life always had a way of making her constantly move & flow in order to find her purpose.

      She left Bulgaria in 2001 leaving behind her then 2 year old daughter which broke her heart. But she was looking for a better life in the UK together with her ex husband. After more than a decade of building her life in a foreign country, raising a kid, going through a divorce & working in a highly masculine world, Evelina was burnt out and heavily disillusioned by life in the big city.

      She found yoga in 2014 and this was her light in the dark that gave her hope and the courage to eventually quit the corporate world in 2019. She left behind her career as a Structural Engineer and spent a year in Thailand, devoted to yoga & other self healing practices.

      After her return to the UK in 2020 and the incredibly difficult pandemic period, Evelina established her small Yoga & Thai massage business and since then has been spreading her love for yoga and slef-discovery. Over the last few years she has worked with numerous students both privately and in groups and has delivered a number of workshops & retreats.

      Evelina’s interests are heavily rooted in the antient wisdom of the yogic scriptures & the Chakra system. She has keen interest in body work, trauma release, energy healing, Daoism, Tantra and a lot more…

      Itinerary by Aga & Greg

      On the first day we’ll meet in Perdika on Aegina Island. During the length of the trip we will cover the following islands and activities:

      Epidavros – the best preserved ancient theatre in the world. It has incredible acoustics – when you drop a coin on stage you can hear the sound in the last row. In Epidavros we will have dinner in our favourite family-run Taverna where the tables are situated under the Orange trees – absolutely stunning.  You can just pick an orange directly above your head. Plus the owner is a woman, which is not very popular in Greece, which makes the place magic!

      Sunken City – We will enjoy snorkelling from the boat over the ancient town below the water at depth  1.5-2m;  

      Aegina Island – Also known as the “pistachio island” is beautiful and unique place. We’ll take a walk up the hill to see the stunning Temple of Aphaia – one of the ancient architectural wonders of the area. Here we also have a possible trip to the family-run pistachio plantation, where you can see how the pistachio grow and find out why there is only one male tree per 100 females.

      In the evening we’ll have dinner with live bouzuki music – a typical Greek instrument, and we will learn how to do the Zorba dance!

      Hydra – We’ll visit Hydra, also known as the jewel of the Saronic. This is an island with no car traffic. All the transportation is carried out by donkeys. The sunset in Hydra is said to be even more beautiful than in Santorini. No wonder why this island is a place for summer houses for many film stars and singers. We’ll take a hike to the top of the hill to enjoy the views and can visit the monks in the monastery. The architecture is absolutely amazing and one of a kind. The maze of streets was built that way to protect the island from Pirate attacks. Getting lost there can be an exciting experience.

      Salamina – The place where the largest naval battle took place.

      Perdika – We’ll sail to this small fishing village where you can meet the nicest people in the world! We’ll visit the family that runs Aga’s & Greg’s favourite Taverna. Kalotina and Notis will make sure that you get the best service and be treated with care. ‘Mamma’ cooks the absolute best moussaka in the whole of Greece! The tzatziki with homemade yogurt is a life changer too.

      Secret Harbour – This is a place with one family-run taverna and no shops. The harbour can that can fit only 7 boats. A very small local place known only by those who have sailed in the area for many years. Here we can take a trip to a nice winery and try some famous Peloponnese wine!

      Poros – An island with magnificent views and the best grilled dorada! After supper at Mike’s we’ll go for a nice walk up the hill to  a small typical chapel from where you can enjoy one of the best views in the Saronic! A short meditation at the top will be a perfect ending of a day full adventures. On the way back down we’ll stop at an ice cream place. We recommend you try the one from locally grown pistachio nuts – it will make you come back for more! 

      Yoga with Evelina

      Over the course of the 7 days Evelina will provide two daily yoga sessions. They will be suited both for beginners and more advanced practitioners. You’ll start your day with an invigorating 90min morning practice that will open your entire body and get you ready for a day of adventures. The sessions will finish with various Pranayama (breathwork) and Meditation practices to help cultivate inner peace.

      In the afternoons you will enjoy a mellower, more soothing and nurturing 60min practice which will be held either on board or at the beach. The afternoons will offer more relaxationmindfulness practices to nourish our hearts &  souls.

      Each day Evelina will offer different styles to suit the activities of the day and to resonate with the collective energy. You will enjoy classical Hatha Yoga and learn some interesting information about the Chakra theory. Evelina will introduce you to some fun partner poses too and take you on a journey from the most dynamic (Ashtanga & Vinyasa) to the most restorative styles (Yin, Restoratice Yoga & Yoga Nidra) over the course of the 7 days and try and impart the wisdom of the antient yogic scriptures through some contemplative and meditative work.

      She’ll be bringing along her ukulele and shruti box so also expect music, chanting & dancing. Both on and off board!

      Evelina is also a Thai Yoga Massage & a Reiki practitioner so you can schedule sessions with her in your free time. She has recently completed a Thai Massage Chakra Healing course too which works deep on releasing locked traumas from the body.

      Daily Schedule

      Note that the below is an example daily schedule in order to give you an idea of what we are planning to provide on a daily basis. There will always be a certain level of flexibility – we are all yogis after all, and we’ll strive to move with the flow of the day.

      Greg we’ll be in charge of the sailing and take us to all the places in the itinerary above.

      Aga will be looking after our bellies, filling them in with delicious, healthy, locally sourced home made food.

      In the meantime Evelina will ensure you have your daily dose of yoga & meditation practices.

      DAY 1

      6pm – Meeting at Egina harbour

      7pm – Aperitives and first dinner together

      DAY 2 to DAY 7 

      7:30am – 8:00am Rise & shine

      8:00am – 9:30am – Morning Yoga practice 

      9:30am – 10:00am – Healthy vegetarian breakfast

      10:00am – 11:00am Coffees & walk in the village we are anchored

      11:00am – 14:30pm – Sailing to various bays for swimming /snorkelling / sunbathing

      14:30pm – 15:00pm – Healthy vegetarian lunch

      15:00pm – 18:00pm – Rest / free time / organised trips

      18:00pm – 19:00pm  – Evening Yoga session

      19:00pm – 20:30pm – Dinner on a different island each day

      20:30pm – 22:30pm – Evening chats, music, chants, dancing, games

      23:00pm – Lights out

      DAY 8

      7:30am – 8:00am Rise & Shine

      8:00am – 8:30am Pack

      8:30am – 9:00am Good-bye breakfast

      9:00am – Departure

      Getting There & Back

      The nearest airport to Aegina Island is Athens. 

      Aga & Greg can organise group transfers in both directions for those who’d like to join. All details will be clarified and shared with you closer to the time of the retreat.

      Alternatively you can catch a taxi from the airport to the port of Piraeus, then a ferry to Aegina Island. Or there is bus X96 from the airport that will take you directly to Piraeus port. It takes an hour and a half and costs €6.00.

      Retreat Price Options 

      Double Occupancy Cabin – £1,800

      PAYMENT SCHEDULE

      • Deposit – £900 at time of booking
      • Balance – £685 by 1 Jul 2024
      • Cash balance – €250 on arrival 

      Single Occupancy Cabin – £2,850

      PAYMENT SCHEDULE

      • Deposit – £1425 at time of booking
      • Balance – £1210 by 1 Jul 2024
      • Cash balance – €250 on arrival

      INCLUDED IN PRICE

      • Shared / single occupancy cabin accommodation
      • Breakfast & Lunch meals on the boat
      • Snorkelling, swimming, trips & sightseeing to the various destinations as per the itinerary

       

      NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE

      • Flight ticket
      • Transfers to and from airport
      • Dinners
      • Travel & Health Insurance

       

      Deposit Payment

      £900.00£1,425.00

      Balance Payment*

      £685.00£1,210.00

      (double occupancy)   |   (single occupancy )

      *Required no later than 1 Jul 2024. You will receive an email reminder with instructions on how to forward payment. 

      Booking Your Retreat

      Please contact me if you have any queries. 

      15 + 12 =

      Cancellations & Refunds 

      • In case of retreat cancellation full refunds will be issued.
      • Your deposit will be refunded if we can sell your spot.

      Past Retreat Testimonials

      Tom Evans, 11 Apr 2024

      ‘It was a wondrous and enjoyable event that really helped me reset an over-energised nervous system and helped me focus on the light, on the breath, on the real fundamentals of life. Highly recommended.’

      (Drakness to Light Day Retreat, Dec 2023) 

      Retno Widuri, 25 Aug 2017

      Great location, gorgeous cottage…it was very relaxing!

      When it came to yoga, I was a real beginner but Evelina made it so easy for me.

      ‘ 

      Albena Varbanova, 17 Jun 2017
      ‘I had an incredible experience during my 2-night yoga retreat in Cornwall with Evelina. This retreat was an absolute gem – the perfect combination of relaxation, yoga, healthy food (including vegan options), and wonderful company. We stayed in a lovely, cozy house in a peaceful area, but not too far from the town for those, like me, who enjoy walks in small countryside towns. The surroundings were perfect for leisurely walks in the scenic area. Our daily yoga practice took place in a beautiful rustic barn with a mesmerizing view of the garden. Evelina was warm and led us through two daily yoga sessions, including breathing practice and meditation. The companionship was great, and I enjoyed our evening gatherings and the time spent together. I came back home recharged, relaxed, and energized, all at the same time. :-)’
      Toni, 2 Jul 2017

      ‘Evelina’s retreat was simply blissful! We were located in a little piece of paradise, the food was delicious and nutritious and Evelina’s yoga was nourishing in everyway.

      I have come home recharged, balanced and full or gratitude.’

      Past Yoga Retreats

      About Me

      My name is Evelina and I am here to share my passion for yoga with you. I invite you to come with me on a journey back to your true powerful selves, to your loving nature and to a world of endless potentials!  

      Opening Hours

      Mon-Fri: 7:30 AM - 7 PM
      Sat & Sun: 10 AM - 3 PM

      Address

      Mill Hill, London
      United Kingdom