Our first retreat!

ESSENCE OF BELLYDANCE™

Retreat & More 

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27 - 31. July 2022

Bulgaria

Our retreat is designed to be an unforgettable and transformative experience. With guided trainings, live discussions, and tailored support, you’ll leave this retreat aligned and ready to embrace your best life.  

 

What is included?

DANCE

Bellydance, fusion bellydance, improvisation, authentic movement, veil dance and more.

MINDFULNESS

Meditation, body-mind connection, awareness, somatic work, breath work and more.

PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES

Exercises, awareness, connection to your pelvic floor. Inspired by Coco Berlin's Pussy Yoga

OTHER TECHNIQUES

Essence of Bellydance™, Gyrokinesis®, Franklin Method®, Dance Therapy, Rolfing® and more.

The retreat is based on the ESSENCE OF BELLYDANCE™ method, created by COCO Berlin. This is a holistic method, merging modern bellydance techniques, Pelvic Floor Integration Technique™, mindfulness exercises and more.  Take time to connect to nature and yourself with the beautiful practice we have prepared especially for you. A combination of dance, meditation and mindfulness, pelvic floor exercises and many other important methods, we are ready to transform your summer!

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Bonuses

Apart from lots of fun, positivity, warmth, sun, togetherness, and inspiration through dancing, meditation, pelvic floor exercises, and other techniques, you will also get the following bonuses (and more...).

Bulgarian Night

Tap into the culture and traditions of one of the oldest countries in Europe! 

Try traditional vegetarian Bulgarian food, learn the traditional Bulgarian dance "horo", and learn more about the culture with this traditional evening, organized especially for you!

Special Gift

We have prepared very special gift that will make you feel better!

From traditional Bulgarian sweets to especially prepared welcoming materials for you and some additional surprises, we have made sure to make you feel special in our retreat!

Video Project

Something for you to keep as a memory or share with your family and friends!

For the ones of you who want to keep a special memory from the retreat, we will create an original choreography and record a video, which you can then show to your loves ones!

Trip in Nature

Enjoy the beautiful unadulterated Bulgarian nature with a small adventure!

One of the days, we will take a bit of time to visit the nearby beauty of nature. Close to the retreat center can be found beautiful mountain paths, waterfalls, and monasteries.

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Meet Your Hosts

Meet Sofiya, Wiebke and Lea. We are three women, dancers and teachers from different backgrounds. We combined our strengths and created a rejuvenating retreat experience in Bulgaria for you. Rooted in the ESSENCE OF BELLYDANCE technique by Coco Berlin, we are happy to offer the first retreat of that method flavoured with our unique gifts. We honour the chance of meeting and relating to you in person. This is what we were yearning for a long time.

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Lea

Lea is a passionate dancer who received her professional training at Folkwang University of Arts. She is also a Gyrotonic- and Gyrokinesis®, Rolfing® and  ESSENCE OF BELLYDANCE™ trainer and is currently continuing her studies as an alternative practitioner in Munich. In her teaching, Lea combines her knowledge as a bodyworker with her dance in a playful way.

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Sofiya

Sofiya is a dancer, teacher and movement coach based in Berlin. She is a certified  ESSENCE OF BELLYDANCE™ and Franklin Method® trainer and has been trained in fusion bellydance by some of the most skilled dancers. In her teaching, Sofiya  places great importance on functional and dance anatomy and focuses on making her students feel comfortable and confident in their own skin.

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Wiebke

Wiebke is a dancer and dance pedagogue based in Munich. She is a certified ESSENCE OF BELLYDANCE™ teacher and teacher trainer, and is currently continuing her study as a dance therapist. In her teaching, she offers both tools for women expressing authenticity on stage as well as diving deep into dancing also as a resource during pregnancy and postnatal recovery.

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What do people say?

Here is what people have to say for Lea, Sofiya and Wiebke.

Maj

“Lea’s warm and lively nature and her varied teaching style continuously motivate me. I keep discovering new possibilities to dive deeper, feel at ease and challenge myself."

Germany

Georgia

"Sofiya is a very knowledgable, patient teacher who creates a very welcoming, comfortable atmosphere in her lessons. I always feel so great after her classes!"

United Kingdom

Hedwig

“Wiebke’s warmth and love for dance creates an inviting atmosphere and a place of security and acceptance, in which every woman is seen and valued for who she is.”

Austria

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Why Bellydance?

Bellydance connects people. Dancers and audience enter a mesmerizing dialogue. Beyond that, this dance has the potential to open hearts, unleash the feminine power and to guide you to your inner being. It bridges age gaps, reunites cultures and is one of the most inclusive art forms. 

Let’s plant trees of liberation, love and healing and make this a priority. We are getting there. We promise you that.

Schedule

Here is what we are planning to bring to you in our reteat! 

Class Types

We have prepared a large range of classes. From movement and anatomy techniques, to dance therapy and choreography.

Lea's magic

5 classes:

  • Awakening of the Senses (Gyrokinesis)
  • Stage Presence
  • Expressive hands & arms
  • Dance Technique
  • Choreography

Sofiya's magic

5 classes: 

  • Emotional Release
  • Anatomy of Isolations (Franklin Method)
  • Emotional Expression
  • Body Isolation technique
  • Choreography

Wiebke's magic

5 classes:

  • Dance Therapy wake up technique
  • Authentic movement
  • Maksum Rhythm
  • Veil Dance Technique
  • Veil Choreography

Location

The retreat will take place in the Trinity Retreat Center, which is located in central Bulgaria, close to the longest mountain in the Balkan Peninsula - Stara Planina. 

The center is one of the best places in Bulgaria that specialize in the organization of retreats. They have many years of experience and work with a lot of love and care. 

The hosts, Moksha and Teodora, are there to support us in any way.

Space

The classes will take place in a beautiful space prepared especially for dance and yoga events. The space provides mats and is adjusted to fit your needs. The big windows allow for all the light to enter from both sides of the room, so you can enjoy the sun.

When the weather allows, we will dance outdoors in the garden, where we can connect to nature and enjoy the fresh mountain air. 

Everything is prepared for you to enjoy the relaxation and calmness of our retreat. 

Space

The classes will take place in a beautiful space prepared especially for dance and yoga events. The space provides mats and is adjusted to fit your needs. The big windows allow for all the light to enter from both sides of the room, so you can enjoy the sun.

When the weather allows, we will dance outdoors in the garden, where we can connect to nature and enjoy the fresh mountain air. 

Everything is prepared for you to enjoy the relaxation and calmness of our retreat. 

Food

The food is vegetarian/vegan and is prepared with a lot of love and care. Everything will be organized according to your dietary and allergy restrictions.

Some traditional Bulgarian dishes will be offered, so that you can explore the culture and cuisine.

The first evening there will be a special welcoming dinner with traditional Bulgarian food, traditions, and dances.

Rooms

Trinity Retreat Center has 7 rooms, divided in two floors, and there is a separate bungalow in the garden, accommodating a total of 21 people. Each room has its own bathroom and toilet. Several rooms contain single beds only, some contain double beds only and some contain a double and a single bed. For the participants who don’t mind sharing a double bed, we offer a cheaper price option. 

In your reservation, please indicate your preferred accommodation option, so we can fit your preferences.

Rooms

Trinity Retreat Center has 7 rooms, divided in two floors, and there is a separate bungalow in the garden, accommodating a total of 21 people. Each room has its own bathroom and toilet. Several rooms contain single beds only, some contain double beds only and some contain a double and a single bed. For the participants who don’t mind sharing a double bed, we offer a cheaper price option. 

In your reservation, please indicate your preferred accommodation option, so we can fit your preferences.

Area

The retreat center is located at the foothills of the mountains, which allows us to enjoy the clean fresh mountain air, calming walks in the woods and beautiful views. 

Right outside the retreat center is the beginning of the woods. Close by, can also be found a trekking road through the mountain Stara Planina through which one can reach the highest peak in the Balkan Mountains (Stara Planina). Nearby, there are also several monasteries and waterfalls offering a beautiful respite.

Where exactly will we be?

Here is a map of the exact location where the Trinity Retreat Center is located. You will be transported from Sofia Airport to the retreat with a special shuttle just for us. And will be returned back to Sofia Airport on Sunday once again with a special shuttle just for us.

Prices

What does positive transformation cost for you?

There are 3 different prices, which differ by the accommodation type and whether you want to bring a friend. For more information on what the difference is, please check the FAQs below. 

Regular Price

655€

Only 3 available

  • 4 peaceful nights
  • 3 full training days
  • 3 delicious meals per day
  • Transport from Sofia airport
  • A Bulgarian night
  • Special welcoming gift
  • Single bed in a shared room

 

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Share a Double Bed

605€

Only 2 available

  • 4 peaceful nights
  • 3 full training days
  • 3 delicious meals per day
  • Transport from Sofia airport
  • A Bulgarian night
  • Special welcoming gift
  • Share a double bed with a friend

 

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Bring a Friend

555€

Only 4 available

  • 4 peaceful nights
  • 3 full training days
  • 3 delicious meals per day
  • Transport from Sofia airport
  • A Bulgarian night 
  • Special welcoming gift
  • Bring a friend + share a double bed
  • Your friend and you have your own bedroom!
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Do you want your own private room?

Yes, it is now possible! You can get accommodated in a double room by yourself at an extra fee. The price for the special accommodation option is 755€ and you can book it HERE.

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