Connecting Nomads & Yoga In Nature.
The RisingSoul Yoga Retreat was founded in 2020 with the intention of providing an ethical not for profit community. That is committed to becoming evermore sustainable and eco consious, we are a group of nomads that sustain ourselves by running yoga retreats and hosting digital nomads. We join togther daily in yoga asana, meditation practices, and plantbased meals to develop our emotional, physical and spiritual well being building positive self care routines. Surrounded by forest and nature and like minded people who are on their own journey to heal, strengthern positive life choices or find a healthy life work balance with the support of each other.
By getting to know the many nomads that have connected and stayed with us and listening to their feedback, we quickly identified the potential to expand and develop our facilities for digital nomads and potential team building events.
So in late 2021 we became passionate about developing the BalkanNomads project providing a coworking space. that enabled those with full time remote work to join us without sharing the spaces with retreat guests. We also began to support location independant workers to join our community in a longer term capacity by purchasing or renting accomodation in the village (more info below)
As the first step we began the process of securing a lease on a disused shop and election hall in the village, just a two minute walk from our base. In June 2022 we were delighted that our local Tryavna Council and Mayor voted in support of our project enabling us to secure the lease.
Whilst the project was scheduled for renovation in the winter of 2022/23 we were delighted and excited to be able to reuse this abandonned building allowing us to open the first stage of the BalkanNomads Coworking Community Space and Chai House. ahead of schedule.
What We Offer In 2023
We currently offer Nomad stays with off season accomodation at the RS Retreat (please scroll down for info) with access to the new BalkanNomads Coworking Office.
The building consists of a 20metre square coworking office with a large desk for 6 people and a smaller desk for two. A colour printer is available to use. A small private room for confidental calls can be booked for a small fee of 5lv (€2.50) per hour. Both rooms have desks, chairs, river views and log burners.
As location independent life gives us wonderful freedom, yet as digital nomads we all have to manage a life work balance, whilst travelling. So you can expect to find three sources of WIFI a 10 & 20 mb cabled WIFI with a back up of a 15mb 4G Mobex. From 2023 the Ba;kanNomads Coworking Office will have the cabled 20 – 25mb sytem and the back up the 15mb 4G Mobex system.
Whilst our wifi is very reliable please note we are a rural Bulgarian village and whilst it is rare, occasionally they may turn off the electric for servicing, our systems are electric dependant. We do have good 4G coverage and recommend that guests who are very internet dependant or have no flexability in their schedules purchase a data sim card for emergancies. A1 provide 60Gb for 20lv (prices correct 2022)
Shared use of this large community office Monday to Sunday and communal occasional use of a printer/scanner/copier will be included in your package price. If you require high quality or bulk printing we work with a printer in Tryavna that can meet your needs at very reasonable prices and quick dead lines.
The Chai House has a seperate access but is part fo the same building and it will be open Mon – Fri from 14.00 – 17.00 if you wish to purchase smoothies, tea, coffee and other plant based snacks an treats.
Working with a forest and river view certainly helps to keep you inspired and focused. But when works over you can step outside and remember that you are blessed to live in natures own rural retreat, the Balkan mountains. We are surrounded by nature and wildlife in the clean mountain valley air and spring and mineral water perfect for taking a break from your busy life and pressing the reset button.
Plus, dont forget that you don’t have to cook or shop! We provide two plant based creative healthy and delicious community meals a day for you and if you get hungry during the day you can pop into the Chai House for snacks, coffees and drinks.
Becoming a BalkanNomad
Would you like to be part of a developing sustainable nomads community? Maybe you feel like its time to have a base? Somewhere to call home thats super affordable and can even bring in an income when you are travelling! Then here is where you can read more to find out how to grow some roots in the Bohemian Balkans?
We are inspired and dedicated to developing a rural and rustic, yet vibrant nomads and travellers community, with opportunities to expand and provide long term nomads accommodation solutions.
Working with local people we are able to help with the option of buying or long term leasing various types of property in the village. This is even more appealing as we will also offer the service of managing your property as a rental income while your travelling. In light of this our once Floasis guest and now community friend Magdalena. Has purchased an old communist style bus stop and we are working with her to see what exciting referbishment plan she will decide on. she had the initiative to create a summer base that can be rented as a quirky cosy winter AirBNB hideaway.
If a yoga retreat isn’t your thing, your schedule is to busy right now to commit to practices or maybe your a solo traveller or couple interested in community life whilst still searching for privacy? Whatever your circumstances if you would like to have the life and health benefits of working in a rural mountain area, knowing that there is a social international community next door.
Then please get in touch email@example.com using BalkanNomad Project as the subtitle. We partner with a local village inn who can provide ensuite bedrooms and bedsits for long stays on a self catering bases at reasonable prices. When it comes to meeting other travellers and healthy self practices you are just two minutes away from a international community and daily yogi space of the RisingSoul Community. You are always welcome to join us for meals and events.
Scroll down or check out our blog to find out what benefits Bulgaria offers location independant workers.
RisingSoul Retreat Stays & Workcations
Then book one of our digital nomad friendly Earth & Fire Community Yoga Retreats or off season NomadStays to stay at the RisingSoul Retreat
The RisingSoul Offers a community atmosphere with rustic spaces designed to reflect our collective travel experience which has enabled us to develop practical, comfortable and social spaces that allow you to work efficiently, rest and relax, keep fit and socialise in whichever way suits you best.
This space is ideal for those with a more flexible timetable that can work along side a busier community life style. We have several work spaces outdoors and a shared living room/office indoors and are able to offer some flexibility to accommodate your work commitments in addition to the coworking space.
To keep the chill vibe in the retreat space from 2023 we will shut down our outside routers during practices and meals to support our practices and encourage being present with each other during these times. We ask that guests do not bring their phones or electrical devices withbthem during these times. But don’t worry if your working you have full access to the BalkanNomads coworking office and the guest house router will be working. Working with time differences? just let the chef know if your schedule clashes with meal times and we will bring lunch to you or save you a plate.
With a community schedule including yoga, meditation classes and often other spiritual and healing practices there is always something you can join. You will join us for all plant based community meals taking away those precious hours of cooking and shopping allowing you more time to relax and join practices. You can also opt for a more independent option with the BalkanNomads self catering option as above.
Our first summer was an amazing mixture of location independent and freelance nomads along with travellers and volunteers. A big thank you to Jorin @ Economadia, Floasis who have been actively part of our first season. In our second season we were joined by an inspiring number of solo female digital nomad guests see our blog for more info. Please get in touch to discuss if you would like to use the venue for a team building exclusive hire event or workation event.
As a community we like to get out and about with our guests so whether your here for a workcation or long stay you will be welcome to join us on day trips you can find out more on our cultures & external activities but here is a quick recap of some moments form this summer.
Our First Autumn and Winter Season Work Spaces
Benefits of Bulgaria
Why Work From Bulgaria?
Bulgaria is a cost-effective option where you get great value and quality for an affordable budget. Bulgaria has low COVID rates and is one of the only European countries where flights are still making it an accessible location for travellers and Digital Nomads. With hot summers and temperatures still warm and mostly dry during the day until late November, it’s a great place to spend the Summer and Autumn.
The colder winter months mark the start of the snowy mountain ski season which usually begins mid December. You can find out more here…