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May - Nov

A Unique Stay!

Welcome to life life in rustic rural Bulgaria, we wanted to create an authentic experience that was welcoming and diverse. So we have blended sustainable ethos and the Bulgarian mountain way of life, that connects you to the land and mountains to create a place where you can relax and enjoy time with friends and family, find your own life work balance with the support of our daily self practices or join in with our community life and become part of the family.

READ MORE We offer both fully inclusive (Community Guest), Digital Nomad (Long Stays) and self catering options in the RisingSoul Lodge. The property is a traditional Bulgarian Village House restored with the charm of the cosy homely Irish country cottage, that I grew up in. Our guests say “its a place that takes you back to childhood memories and immerses you in nature”.

In the winter we close the volunteers house and old stable accommodation so we are only able to accept Community Guests & Community Friends. When we winter here we live as a family style community, in the main lodge so you can expect a busy atmosphere with puppies, log fires, retro CD’s and videos, books and board games, vinyl records, occasional nights of red wine and Netflix around the fire.

In the Summer its time for outdoor dining and chill out, fairy lights veggie BBQs and Bulgarian & Vegan/Veggie cooking workshops. We spend evenings around the camp fire as a community and have daily well being and spiritual practices in the meditation room and Yoga Barn, just check our Daily Schedule. In between retreats and group bookings, we function as a international Community, with people dropping in from all over the world to rest or rejuvenate, work remotely, retreat or volunteer in nature. Its the perfect place to build your own self practices many of our volunteers share skills and teachings with our international nomads and of course as part of a rural Balkan community its a great place to soak up some local culture.

All our packages are available from May until October for out of season stays please get in touch so as we can best help you with your enquire. In the Summer you can stay at the lodge as a self catering guest, rent the whole lodge for a group gathering or private use, or stay fully inclusive eating Community Meals with us as a Community Guest. You can find out about our packages and prices HERE .

Accommodation

We currently provide retreat guest accommodation in the villa for a maximum of ten people in four bedrooms with an additional court yard summer accommodation available “Old Stable Superking & Eco Ensuite”. For large groups we can cater for an additional 12 guests at our partner venue BalkanNomads

Lodge Bedrooms

Kingfisher Ensuite

Our ensuite king size bedroom with fabulous double windows looking over the mountains and church sunrise views in bed are something special. The room has storage for two people and a small wet room with shower, sink and WC. The post-box red antique Pechka wood burner is a rare model and sets this room off with its fabulous oak floor.

Fire Fly Twin

Our twin room room is furnished with a double wardrobe and side draws with ample underbed suitcase storage. The room has its original wooden floor and a bespoke antique Bulgarian Pechka wood burner to keep it cosy. This room has a double aspect with views over the courtyard and yoga barn and the mountain and village in the other direction.

Grasshopper Dorm

Our four bed dorm with mountain village and Church views, each bed has its own independent charging point, light, shelves and curtain with a large storage space under the bed, hanging hooks and storage boxes. The room has its very own antique Bulgarian Pechka wood burner, original wooden floor and a shared clothes rail.

Old Stable Super King & Eco Ensuite

This authentic court yard room has a Super King Size bed and its own independent access and a eco bathroom attached. The room was originally a stable and benefits from thick stone walls that have been sympathetically restored. The room is refreshingly cool in the summers as it is partially built into the mountain. Outside is a wonderful eco ensuite with stone floor, dry compost toilet, solar heated shower and antique Bulgarian bottle windows.

Community Guests

Guest Space

As a community Guest you will become part of the community eating with us and in our experience socialising and partaking in activities with us. Those who have been her on long stays have become part of the family and enjoyed sharing their culture and practices with us. Head over to Community Life to find out more.

At a community guest you will be free to share all areas with us at times the Lodge is booked out for private self catering use and on these occasions we would not use the house or front garden. We have a fabulous private courtyard with garden furniture and a spectacular mountain and church views. Along one side runs a traditionally Bulgarian roofed open fronted stone building which we have converted into a summer kitchen and dinning room. This area is perfect for relaxing, socialising, working and eating in during the spring and to autumn seasons when you can watch the stunning sunrise. We often spend our time here or on the yoga barn veranda in the summer. There are several outdoor work station options for Nomads workers and you can check out our daily schedule in the Yoga Barn

Whats Included?

All about the food? Well to to find out more about our plant based cooking ethos, delicious balanced meals, eating as part of the community, costs and how it works head to Community Meals

Nomad Stays

After a busy summer we were delighted that so many location independent workers, freelancers and digital nomads came to visit us for short breaks or longs stays. Our experience this year was that Nomads preferred to stay as community guests. The social aspect was diverse and interesting and the dynamics of living and eating together as part of the community work very well leading to many fabulous times. For long stays we recommend the Old Stable room which is set up as a superking bed, and eco bathroom, with notice the room can be changed to a twin and it has its own independent access. To find out more about staying with us as head to our BalkanNomad page.

Self Catering

For guests who would like to experience living along side a community this is the perfect option. The lay out of our property allows us to give guests their own independent spaces if they wish. Whilst the courtyard provides a multi use social area for interacting and relaxing with us and you will always be welcome to join any social evenings or hang out with. In addition you can join any of our daily practices in the Yoga Barn or book a Treatment. At times we practice silence in the courtyard area to allow for treatments, and meditation practices. Guests will be made aware of this and would be welcome to join the practices or use the front garden at these times. We also often have Digital Nomads staying with us and as a community we are respectful of their need for quite time to focus on work in the work space areas. The house is suitable for groups, family’s, solo travellers and couples.

Eating Spaces

Guests who stay in the lodge will have the use of the guest kitchen in the house for making and eating meals, drinks and snacks. There is also private use of the front garden area with seating and a BBQ. In these areas you may cook and eat as you wish. Our summer kitchen is a plant based kitchen only, and is not available for self catering guests to cook in. However, if you wish to join us for some meals then you are very welcome, you can enquire about the daily menu and book in as you wish. More about our delicious plant based food in Community Meals.