"The welcome is so friendly; the only concern of every person we met was our comfort and satisfaction." Brigitte, France
|Location||The famous wine region of Župa, Serbia |
|Open||4 - 10 August 2013|
|Activities||Yoga, meditation, cooking, crafts, walking |
|Prices||From £665 for 6 nights full board |
|Ideal for||Yoga - Cooking - Walking - Painting - Traditional Crafts - Pottery - Knitting - Weaving - Crochet - Embroidery - Solo travellers|
|Contact||> Visit website|
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Blue Plum Escapes takes you on a relaxing and light-hearted holiday combining daily yoga sessions and meditation, with traditional crafts and cooking workshops and leisurely walks in nature. The retreat is designed for those of you who enjoy good company, good food and wine, and spending time outdoors.
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A 200-year-old hamlet in the beautiful wine valley of Župa, nestled in the heart of Serbia, a little known corner of South East Europe. The nearest airport is Belgrade, 2.5hr flight from London, UK.
Two yoga sessions are offered every day of your stay. A morning Hatha yoga session is a perfect way to gently get your body moving and quiet down the mind. In the evening you can join a relaxing Nidra yoga session. The sessions are conducted by our professional and qualified yoga teacher.
Making something with your hands is a great way to unwind, stimulating our curiosity and creativity. The craft (weaving, pottery, painting, knitting, crochet, embroidery) and cookery workshops are led by local artisans; no previous experience required. You will take home new skills and the fruits of your efforts.
During the walks you will absorb the calm of nature, its sounds and scents. A mindful pause is an excellent way to develop attention and concentration, the quality of being present and enjoying the moment.
4 - 10 August 2013: £665 per person including airport transfers, accommodation, food, and all activities. (£150 supplement for a single room.)
See above web link for full programme, or link to check availability by email, or phone.
Guests stay in a renovated house in the hamlet. The rooms are cosy and colourful, decorated with restored vintage furniture. Most rooms are ensuite. Guests can also enjoy the large, lush, flower-filled garden.
All dietary requirements can be catered for. The meals are freshly prepared from organic and locally sourced ingredients. Fruits and vegetables are deliciously aromatic thanks to the warm climate. The region has a long winemaking tradition producing the best quality wines.
Children are welcome, please enquire for details.
What can I do?
See our 10 top tips on green travel - how to make your stay more enjoyable & better for the environment. Consider offsetting your car, train or plane journey via the charity PureTrust.org.uk.
How ethical is the holiday?
- Acts with respect, honesty and fairness towards guests and staff
- Employs locals
- Fosters real relationships between guests and locals and ensures that the local community benefits
- Supports a local organisation providing day care to children and young adults with learning difficulties
How environmentally-friendly is the holiday?
- Collects rainwater for use in gardens
- Composts organic waste
"The restorative, meditative yoga practice gave a note of mindfullness to all activities. A well-balanced program, peaceful and still interesting and lovely. And our kind hosts did everything to make us feel at home. We were instructed in pottery, knitting, embroidery, cooking etc. by local people, eager to share their craftsmanship. I enjoyed every minute!" - Kristina, Netherlands
"I had the most amazing time in Serbia with Blue Plum Escapes. It was everything I had expected and more: there were enough activities to keep you busy if you wanted to but also plenty of time to relax and just enjoy the beautiful village where we were staying. The food was absolutely fantastic, I still think about our meals there very fondly! I would recommend this holiday to anyone looking for something different and relaxing." - Claire, France
"I followed my wife on this retreat. As I'm not a great fun of yoga I was bit concerned, I didn't want to be under pressure. It turned out there was no pressure at all. The program was adapted to all tastes. I greatly enjoyed the pottery workshops, the wine tasting and the food, and the general take-it-easy atmosphere. The nature is superb, I made some great photos during our walks. I definitely recommend this holiday." - Aleksandar, Netherlands
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