01 Nov 2020

  • Ashley Lovebox

    Classes Starting Soon

    Since her introduction to yoga in 2012, Ashlee has fully immersed herself into a yogic lifestyle and has found that the combination of breath, mindfulness, strength and flexibility (both physically and mentally) has helped her to become a better person on many levels.

    As a circus performer her yoga practise has helped her with her circus skills over the years, allowing her to better use her props and giving her more creatively, more confidently with a stronger more flexible body.

    Ashlee has 3 yoga teaching qualifications (Hatha, Aerial yoga, Gravity yoga) and specialises in yoga for flexibility (all levels) and the ways in which we can open up our body creatively and give in to the flow of life.

    She loves teaching and practising intense sessions with inversions and hand balances but also enjoys making space for more gentle practises when the body requires it.

    Most of all she enjoys working with YOUR body and mind and developing a practise suitable for you. She has worked for various studios in the UK and set up ‘Sheffield Community Yoga’ – a scheme in which to make yoga as accessible as possible with the aim of reaching diverse groups of people in Sheffield’s poorest areas.

    Now she resides in the Bulgarian countryside where she grows vegetables and looks after animals and teaches online flexibility classes to young dancers and we are so excited that she will be able to share her wonderful practices with our digital nomads and co-living guests.

    We can’t wait to start Classes – Yoga All Bodies All Levels and ‘Moving from the inside out’ – How can we really switch off and let the beat control our body?

    Please get in touch classes are provisionally scheduled to run every thursday starting from the 5th of November

  • Digital Nomad Discovery: Rising Soul Retreat in Bulgaria

    by Lexi Burgess

    Over the last year I have researched the digital nomad lifestyle in earnest. Amongst my more embarrassing searches, like what is a digital nomad, I came across flOasis. The founders of flOasis have created a network of information about all the digital nomad Europe destinations available to people who are searching for reliable, friendly, and community-driven retreats for remote workers.

    Their newest drive to bring together co-living retreats has taken the form of their pioneer programme. It was this project that first caught the attention of Rowena Auld, a qualified yoga teacher and aryyedic masseuse. Rowena is no stranger to community-driven initiatives. She founded Rising Soul Retreat in Bulgaria with the dream of creating a bespoke, inclusive, and companionable community for digital nomads around the world.

    Rising Soul Retreat stands out from the crowd because it ticks off a number of must-haves on my list. As I read on, I realised that what makes this retreat so attractive is that fact that it is run by someone who has experienced the digital nomad lifestyle themselves. Because of this, Rowena understands what facilities nomads need to complete their work, and acknowledges the need for spiritual and fitness-oriented activities.

    Why Bulgaria?

    Having not known much about Bulgaria, I was shocked to discover how low the cost of living is compared to my hometown of Manchester. I compared Manchester with Veliko Tarnovo, one of the oldest settlements in Bulgaria that is located a twenty-minute drive away from Rising Soul Retreat. I found that restaurant prices are 201.71% higher in Manchester than in Veliko, and groceries are 71.10% higher.

    Where is the Rising Soul Retreat?

    Set against the Balkan Mountains, this retreat is surrounded by life. The location sets the scene for a relaxation retreat that could destress even the most flustered remote worker. This rural spot is the perfect place to complete digital nomad work whilst still being connected to all of the amenities of modern-day life. Having experienced the issues that arise with working on-the-go herself, Rowena has created facilities that allow her guests to make private calls and conduct client meetings.

    What is on offer at Rising Soul Retreat? 

    Rising Soul Retreat is a bespoke co-living community and retreat space that caters for up to eight guests. Digital nomads can choose between a four-person dorm room, a double room with an en suite, and a twin room. 

    Guests can expect to find breakfast included in the price of their stay. Rowena makes sure to cater to all her guests with a selection of plant-based staples with a variety of additional protein side dishes for non-vegan guests. From then on, lunch and dinner are a communal affair. Guests will pair up and take it in turns to cook for their fellow digital nomad workers. Rowena provides all of the food at a cost of 5 euros per day per person, and she ensures that all of it is locally sourced, ethical, and sustainable. 

    Rising Soul Retreat has three main services. The co-living aspect of the retreat caters to digital nomads whose focus is working and socialising. Next, the relaxation retreat part of Rowena’s vision allows her guests to hire yoga mats and mountain bikes for the duration of their stay. Lodgers are free to self-practice or join Rowena’s in-house yoga classes for a discounted rate.

    Lastly, Rowena allows Guest Coaches to hire the yoga hall to host fitness and Yoga based spiritual and relaxing events that co-livers can participate in for a fee.

    Is there a community at Rising Soul Retreat?

    The sense of community at Rising Soul Retreat has encouraged me more than ever to begin my digital nomad lifestyle. Whilst staying with Rowena, guests can expect to participate in communal meals, game nights, and group outings to local towns to see traditional architecture and monasteries.

    Digital nomad work can be lonely. The prospect of being able to live with likeminded people against the beautiful backdrop of the Balkan Mountains is too good to pass up, especially considering the low cost of living in Bulgaria.   

    Learn More

    Digital nomads around the world searching for a sense of community can find it at Rising Soul Retreat. It does not just offer a host of useful amenities, but also a communal living space that is headed by someone who has experienced the nomad lifestyle herself. Explore Rising Soul Retreat’s blog page to read more about this hidden gem.  

    To read more from Lexi, head over to her blog at https://makingalongstoryshort.com/

  • Covid & Digital Nomads

    Are Digital Nomads one step ahead in the current global collective life situation? 

    Covid 19 has thrown the population into turmoil a way of life that reverses our social and working patterns into complete. The world is now depending on our brave front-line workers to continue providing essential services. However, in the background it is the ability to work from home that will keep the hamster wheel turning. It could be the difference between economic global meltdown and surviving.

    For Digital Nomads, the change is not at all the same as for most of the world. As a Remote Workers, it’s business as usual. These alternative workers have been tapping their laptop keyboards from all over the world for some time. Co-working and living is on the rise as our Digital Nomads seek to find the perfect travel, work life balance.

    However, for Digital Nomads, the world has also rapidly become a very different place. No longer are they free to work wherever they please.  Travelling and working from the hidden places and wonderful corners of the planet has come to an abrupt halt.

    Recently I found myself stranded in Morocco, because of the sudden closing of borders and flight cancellations that left us in unusual circumstances. I spent my 25-day wait sharing my days with other Digital Nomads and travellers also stranded. In a country, they had not expected to be spending so much time in. Unprepared and far away from friends and family, some with no homes to go back to.  Yet still able to work and find the positives in the situation’s unease.

    This Nomadic community are experts in remote work and social remote connection. So we will tap into their strategies and share their top tips, and life hacks with our community.

    So if you are a Digital Nomad with a story to tell or information to share, please get in touch with us at blog@risingsoulretreat.com

  • Digital Nomads Love Bulgaria for Visa & Tax Benefits.

    Why Bulgaria is earning its place on the map for Digital Nomads and backpackers and freelance travellers.

    In Europe, a Schengen visa is a short stay visa that allows you to circulate in the Schengen area. 

    The Schengen zone includes 26 countries with no border controls between them. The Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

    A Schengen visa allows you to stay in the Schengen zone for no more than 90 days in any 180 days period (“short stay visa”).

    Bulgaria is in the European Union but is not in the Schengen zone.

    This means that non-EU passport holders can stay 90 days in the Schengen countries then 90 days in Bansko during a 180 day period. This then makes you eligible to stay another 90 days in Schengen!

    There are other non-Schengen countries in Europe where you can also reset your Schengen visa including the Ukraine, Croatia, Serbia and other Balkan countries.

    But Bansko has something that those countries do not: the most amazing digital nomad community we have ever been a part of.

    Tax Benefits for EU Nomads

    For EU resident nomads, Bulgaria has a very attractive tax scheme.

    Tax rates in Bulgaria are a flat 10% for business income, 10% for personal income and 5% on dividends.

    And as an EU citizen if you live in Bulgaria for at least 6 months in a tax year you pay tax on your worldwide earned and dividend income at Bulgaria’s 10% and 5% rates.

    Getting a residency visa requires navigating Bulgarian bureaucracy but is relatively straightforward. And residency can lead to citizenship after 5 years.

    The price of real estate also makes Bansko Bulgaria an attractive place for EU citizens to put down some part-time roots. The Great Recession left Bansko with a glut of housing that still hasn’t been filled. Studio apartments sell for as little as 9,000 euro.

    Malta, Cyprus and the British Dependencies may have better tax benefits but RS Co-Living provides a low cost of living and a connected digital nomad community.

  • Guest Coaches

    We believe that if you align your body, mind and soul anything is possible suddenly life becomes less complicated and you find that the universe seems to bring the right people to the right place at the right time.

    We find an abundance of creativity and are able to achieve extraordinary things. At the RisingSoul we want to support other amazing people to share their knowledge and talents with our Co-Living digital nomad and solo traveller guests.

    So we are super grateful to already have some unique and talented guest coaches working with us to facilitate classes and retreats.

    Coming Soon…

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