WHY WE CREATED THIS WELLNESS COLIVING EXPERIENCE
👉 Living the digital nomad life is living the dream, but it also comes with a lot of unique challenges. We understand how difficult it is to create and maintain healthy habits while on the road – changing locations, time zones, languages, cultures, even grocery stores… It’s not always easy to figure out food, incorporate some movement, have a productive professional life, and stay sane while making travel plans and working.
👉 Retreats are pricey, require time off and we never transfer the practices learnt into our everyday lives. With this month we aim to do exactly the opposite – incorporate wellness & self care into your already existing routines, so you can keep these habits with you for as long as you wish.
👉 We have been taught self-care practices and routines, but as location independent professionals our daily life is so different from those of most people, so why would the conventional ways work for us? It doesn’t make sense and oftentimes, trying to follow them makes us feel more frustrated than anything else.
👉 We have chosen an unconventional lifestyle and in the same way, we explore the world and find which places we feel good at, we should also explore self-care practices that feel good for us personally, and adapt to our way of life, instead of struggling to follow what everyone tells us we should do.
👉 The purpose of this magical month is for you to explore and find what feels good. Discover what brings you joy, what helps you be healthier, more energised, more mindfully productive, to give you all the tools and tips that you can take with you on the road in order to make the best of your nomad lifestyle.
👉 You can find the perfect balance that works for you without sacrificing your health or professional development, without hustling or starving yourself, mindfully and positively with the help of professionals and a supportive like-minded community.
MEET YOUR HOSTS
With 500 hours of training, Salomé spent one year doing the 380H international certification in Hatha / Vinyasa (accredited by the International Yoga Federation and the Fédération Francophone de Yoga) with Sylvie Tremblay at Yoga Sangha, Montreal. She also studied Yogatherapy and Anatomy with Laurier-Pierre Desjardins and Yin Yoga with Albert Bissada. Beside yoga, she is learning and practicing Reiki (level 2).
Her vision is to offer an experience that is both inspiring and full of simplicity, where the gesture carries us to a meditation in movement. In her opinion, Yoga allows us to inhabit our body a little more and to open up, to our heart and to the whole world. It is a real journey that begins on the mat with each practice, a meeting with oneself that connects us and develops a serene balance, both physically and mentally. Yoga is also a state of mind and a way of life she tries to cultivate and share everyday through the practices, on and off the mat.
Born and raised in Burgas, she knows the region inside out and would love to share its beauty with you. At Burgas Coliving, Katya has created a unique space for everyone to work productively, eat organic local food, discover an off-the-beaten-path nomad destination and make lifelong friendships with a great international community.
ACTIVITIES & WORKSHOPS
You will have the opportunity to attend 4 workshops (one per week) by internationally recognised professionals who are also nomads and understand the location independent lifestyle, covering topics like: psychological shifts, movement, nutrition, nomadic lifestyle, etc.
Daily, you will also explore a wide variety of professionally led self-care practices to see what fits your personality and schedule best, including: different styles of Yoga adapted to all levels, shorter and longer workout sessions, hikes, runs, meditations, breathing techniques, art & mindfulness practices, dance workouts, etc.
Leah has always been an ardent traveler. She became a full-time digital nomad in the summer of 2022, and has successfully navigated the often difficult world of staying healthy while on the road. Through her own experiences overcoming challenges on the road, and also working with digital nomad nutrition clients, she has a wealth of knowledge to help digital nomads navigate the unique challenges this lifestyle presents and improve their health even while on the road.
Leah is a foodie and a firm believer that eating healthy does not mean you have to sacrifice taste or enjoyment. Her holistic approach to nutrition emphasizes the importance of incorporating a healthy balance of evidence-based nutrition, as well as helping clients tune into their own unique bodies and intuition to live their healthiest lives. She believes in the body’s innate intelligence, and the importance of incorporating the mind, body, and soul in healing.
Leah loves cooking, spending time in nature, self-growth and personal development, yoga, meditation, surfing, going for walks and listening to podcasts, and trying new restaurants and coffee shops around the world. She is also a certified yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
The passionate Leah will give you all the tips, information and more about HOW TO EAT WELL ON THE ROAD. In this precious workshop, you will learn:
- WHY you should prioritize focusing on nutrition as a digital nomad: the role of nutrition on energy levels, productivity and mood
- WHAT: the top foods and nutrition topics to focus on as a digital nomad: grocery shopping, reading food labels, how to create a routine while being a nomad
- HOW to actually eat as a digital nomad, (scientific & practical perspectives): gut health, inflammation, blood sugar, recipe ideas and e-book
- OTHERS: how to deal with jetlag, alcohol, eating out, supplements to consider and other health hacks for digital nomads…
ABOUT KATYA & TONY
Seven years ago they started running from scratch, while battling various health problems, and now they have more than 50 running races behind them – city marathons, trail runs, 55+ km ultramarathons, all successfully finished.
A few months after they started running, things escalated so much that Tony even started his own brand of running clothes.
Over the years they have had good experiences, bad experiences, good decisions, bad decisions, pain, suffering, joy, happiness and now they would like to share their big lessons, the DOs and DONTs and help others start their running journey.
Now they are advocates for running, promoting the benefits of running and the secrets of how anyone can become a marathoner without much effort, without depriving yourself of anything, by keeping balance in your life and just enjoying every moment when you are out in nature and just running.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Tony and Katya will give you everything you need to know as a beginner in running
- WHY running is a perfect sport for digital nomads
- WHAT you need before you start – including gear, mental and physical preparation
- HOW to set a smart running goal
- HOW to warm up your body, stretch, breathe, maintain correct body positions
- TIPS on how to reach higher endurance levels while running
- The right diet for runners
- Physical and emotional benefits of the running
- Outdoor practical lessons
Brainspotting is a somatic mind-body approach which helps clients feel less activated in our bodies after processing traumas and other issues. In order to help her patients manage, she teaches them coping mechanisms. In order to make her clients feel seen, heard, and validated, she uses an anti-racist and culturally sensitive approach.
Nancy is aiming to help you feel empowered and find your voice, learn to set boundaries and break cycles because you deserve healing.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
If you’re feeling tired, anxious, and stressed, burnt out from taking care of everyone else around you except for yourself, this workshop will show you a different perspective of how to evaluate what is best for you at this moment. You might think you are taking the time for self-care, but you still feel exhausted and don’t know why but something is not working.
It could be because self-care and rest were never modeled for you and you now find yourself trapped in a hustle culture. It could be that nobody ever taught you what self-care is and what it needs to look like for you.
You will also get a chance to try Brainspotting, a somatic approach that helps us connect with our bodies and tune in to what is preventing us from really practicing sustainable self-care aka Soul Care.
🧐 This Wellness Coliving Experience is not a retreat or a holiday. We would like you to enjoy self-care, learn and build habits while you’re living your everyday life, so there will be enough time dedicated to productive work sessions
🧐 This will not be a boot camp where you’ll be killing yourself exercising – it’s all about exploring what works best for you and all sessions are optional
🧐 This is not a weight loss program – it’s about helping you to build healthy habits and a solid base for feeling good in your mind and body
🧐 This is not a place where you will be on a diet and eat green salad for a month. We love good food (and wine) and we will give you the tools for preparing nutritious and delicious food that is good for your mind, body and soul, but that is also adapted to the ever changing nomad life.
🧐 This is not a yoga and meditation retreat – while we will offer a wide variety of yoga and meditation practices for you to try, we totally understand if this might not be your cup of tea. Don’t worry even if you minimise or skip altogether the spiritual part of it, you will still have plenty of other activities to choose from and nomad life hacks to learn (but promise us to keep an open mind and try at least one session, because it might be very different from a yoga practice you’ve tried before)
🧐 This is not a strict program, we recognise that each individual has a different set of needs and we aim to provide the tools that work for you in a safe and non judgmental space
🧐 This is not a regular Coliving & Coworking Pop Up – while all activities are optional, there will be a lot of added value for you. You have workshops with respected international professionals, many skillshares, workbooks and resources to take with you. You will learn a lot and will possibly dramatically improve your life
- 14 or 28 nights accommodation package in the beautiful Burgas Coliving on the Bulgarian seacoast – comfortable rooms & large shared areas, fully-equipped coworking space on site with 500mbps internet, plenty of outdoor space (and outdoor coworking), secured parking. You can find more details about Burgas Coliving here.
- 30min initial consultation with our host instructor – Salomé, to better understand your challenges and personal needs
- A variety of professionally lead self-care practices to explore and see what fits your personality and schedule best, including: yoga practices of different styles and adapted to all levels, shorter and longer workout sessions, hikes, runs, meditations, breathing techniques, art & mindfulness practices, dance workouts, mindshift practices, intention setting, practical tips for travel days or busy times, women’s health and cycles, journaling and mental health practices
- 4 workshops by internationally recognised professionals (who are also nomads and understand the location independent lifestyle) covering topics like – psychological shifts, movement, nutrition etc.
- 1 full body massage (60min)
- 5 x access to nearby SPA facility with healing mineral water (sauna, steam bath, swimming pools, relax areas)
- Day trips on weekends and local activities to discover the area
- Digital library with handpicked resources and workbooks that you can use for the future
- 10% discount if you wish to stay at Burgas Coliving before or after the Wellness month of October
- 10% discount for a stay at Chateau Coliving in France (valid from October 2023 to May 2024)
- Healthy takeaway lunches with fresh local ingredients (5-10€)
- Guided day trip in the local mountains with lunch included (price to be determined)
- Boat Trip and Lunch at Saint Anastasia Island (price to be determined)
- Wine and / or Beer Tasting with a Sommelier (20€)
- Birdwatching trip at the Salt Lakes of Burgas (price to be determined)
- Weekend trips to Varna, Plovdiv, Sofia, Istanbul or Bucharest (price to be determined)
Eastern Europe is famous for its inexpensive and very high quality beauty services. We’d be happy to recommend you tested beauticians for waxing, facials, mani/pedi, hairdressing, massages and other beauty treatments for a fraction of the price you’d pay elsewhere in Europe.
ROOMS & RATES FOR 1 PERSON*
Please note that reservations close on August 15th, 2023.
Double Room with private bathroom – 2100€ / month 1260€ / 2 weeks
Double Room with shared bathroom – 1900€ / month 1140€ / 2 weeks
Single room with shared bathroom – 1800€ / month 1080€ / 2 weeks
Single bed in a double room with private or shared bathroom – 1400€ /month 900€ /2 weeks
👉 Fixed dates for the 2 week packages are 1st to 15th Oct or 15th to 29th Oct.
👉 We’ll do our best to distribute the content equally throughout the month however we will not be able to repeat workshops or skillshares for the participants who are joining only for 2 weeks, e.g. they will only have half of the content that is planned for the month.
👉Note: Minimum 10 and maximum 14 participants. From our experience of facilitating international communities – this is the perfect group size that allows creating meaningful connections, accountability and personalised approach. The organisers reserve the rights to cancel the pop up and fully refund the participants in the event of not meeting the minimum number of 10 participants for the month.
700 € deposit at the moment of reservation
Final payment latest 3 days prior to arrival
The initial deposit is non refundable, however if you are unable to come, someone else can take your spot at no extra cost or you can use the deposit as a credit for future events.
For cancellations made between 30 and 5 days prior to the start of the event, the client is due 20% of the total rate – in addition to the first deposit.
For last minute cancellations of less than 15 days prior to the start of the event, the client is due 40% of the total rate – in addition to the first deposit.
Bulgaria is in EU, but is outside the Schengen Zone, which means free movement and unlimited stays for EU nationals and up to 90 days visa-free stays for most other nationalities. Staying in Bulgaria doesn’t take up your Schengen days allowance.
Burgas is situated on the Black Sea coast and has a population of 200 000 citizens. With its beautiful beaches, nearby mountains and a couple of UNESCO sites in the vicinity of the city, the area is very popular for travellers during the summer months.
October is still pretty mild in Burgas and temperatures are expected to still be pleasant (around 18° degrees Celsius during the day). Just remember to bring a sweater or jacket for the evening.
It’s also right after the high tourist season, so the city will be lively with locals but not overcrowded.
Burgas Airport is 15min away from the Coliving and offers direct flights to UK, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Norway, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Slovakia and more.
Varna Airport is 2 hours away by bus or 1h 30min by car from Burgas Coliving
Sofia Airport is the main airport in the country with a number of international flights. The drive to Burgas is 3h (highway road only), alternatively there are many buses and trains that connect the two cities.
Istanbul Airport – one of the main airport hubs in the world is 5 hours away from Burgas and there’s a convenient bus connection. Important: please note that since Turkey is a non-EU country crossing the land border may take 30 min to 2 hours time depending on the traffic. Also you won’t be able to rent a car from Istanbul and drive to Bulgaria, so the bus connection is the best option.
We will connect the registered participants on slack prior to the event in case you’d like to share car rentals for the month or taxis/carpool to and from the airports.