'OPEN YOUR HEART IN SloveNIA' tour, 13 days

 

Beautiful sLOVEnia, a ‘Green Patch of Europe’ lies at the crossroads of mountains, rivers, plains and the sea. It is the meeting point of Slavic, Germanic and Latin cultures, which influences local architecture, rich food and mentality of people.

‘Open Your Hearth to sLOVEnia Tour’ will take you to the most magical places of this hidden gem of Europe.

The fairytale beauty of this tiny land will blow you away. 

Throughout the tour we will replenish our energy at special places in nature, we will dance in presence of horses, walk, meditate, use sounds for healing… in varied ways broaden our state of consciousness and explore ourselves.

 

TOUR ITINERARY

 

DAY 1, 22th June, Sat.

WELCOME! 

Transfer from Ljubljana airport to the hotel. 

Upon arrival to a little picturesque capital of Slovenia, a town called Ljubljana (often called ‘Ljubljena’, meaning ‘the beloved’) you will be accommodated to a nice homestay to be able to rest and gather your energies after the long-distance flight. In the evening we will have an opening meeting and a welcome dinner at the centre of this beautiful town. 

Meals: D                                          A private hotel at Ljubljana

 

DAY 2, 23th June, Sun.

LJUBLJANA, THE BELOVED

Visit the charming capital on a guided walking tour. The town is set along romantic river banks, under a castle hill. Stroll through narrow alleys and majestic squares and learn about present, past and local legends. Revive history of the castle via the performative tour Time Machine. After this extraordinary historic journey into six time stations accompanied with six costumed characters, taking you from Roman Emona times till nowadays, we will walk & move around the Castle hill in a genuine, playful way, connecting with each other and with the forest to raise the group consciousness and harmonise with nature. You will have free afternoon in this gorgeous mini-Europe city. We will end this beautiful day with an insight into Slovenian folklore dance & music at the dinner with traditional atmosphere.

Meals: B, D                                              A private hotel at Ljubljana

 

DAY 3,  24th June, Mon.

(RE)CONNECT IN NATURE

Visit the Ljubljana marshland, a magic area South of the town. This protected plain is known for its serenity, beauty, its natural and cultural sights. The pile dwellings tell us about history of at least 9000 years. We might meet a local dragon (symbol of Ljubljana) and even get lost in the mystical fog, believed to be coming out of his mouth, but no fear, it is a nice & warmhearted one. We will trek to Saint Ana’s hill and visit Podpeč lake. On the way we’ll do some deep breathing exercises to connect body, mind & spirit and to embrace this mysterious & rustic land of dragons, dwarfs and other magical creatures. We will also do some movement exercises for sharpening your sensorial system. After lunch at an organic country estate and a visit to a unique church, designed by famous architect Plečnik, we will unwind by taking a slow canoe ride on Ljubljanica river back to Ljubljana centre. Transfer to Radomlje and its glamping, a charming camping for the next 3 nights.

Meals: B, L                                        Glamping at Radomlje

 

DAY 4, 25th June, Tue.

DANCE IN PRESENCE OF HORSES

Visiting a special and unique equine center Kiron. 

In following next two days we will dive deeper into body-mind-spirit harmonizing and presence of horses will help us achieve that. In the mornings we will honor the day with Kundalini Meditation and then we will guide you through some basic Contact Dance Tools. Easy to do, simple to share. Contact Dance demands instant presence, mindfulness and curiosity and awakens unconsciousness. It immediately confronts us with body sensations in a way that we shut down our mind and surrender to intuitive guidance of inner impulses.

After a lunch there will be some free time for silent reflection, individual work with horses or a walk in the nature. We will also have an interesting video lecture on universal archetypes and horse’s archetypes and then we will embody gained knowledge and enhance personal creativity through more guided movement and other artistic expression. Everything in near presence of horses. After dinner we will perform a ritual dance with a drum by fire (all group involved). 

Facilitated by Sandra Anais  &  Neja Meta (Center Kiron)

Meals: B, L, D                                    Glamping at Radomlje

 

DAY 5, 26th June, Wed.

EQUINE MINDFULNESS

Today you will already feel more comfortable, safe and sovereign in your relationship with the group and with horses. We will learn in encouraging way how to be more present how to work with energy and how to be more emotionally vital in your body movement.

You will spend time moving in your body in near presence of the herd, deeply sensing their spirit and dancing bare feet, playing on soft sand in an open air riding area and deepening your creative potentials. Surrounded with pristine nature just a few minutes walk away from the venue you will have a chance to visit a nearby botanical garden, embrace the silence within and later on spend a night looking into the stars above accompanied with enlightening conversations by the fire. 

Facilitated by Sandra Anais  &  Neja Meta (Center Kiron)

Meals: B, L, D                                    Glamping at Radomlje

 

DAY 6, 27th June, Thu.

WELCOME TO THE MOUNTAINS

On route to the mountains, we will visit a natural healing centre and sink into its many energy points. The findings of researches carried out here pointed out several energy springs with special healing effects on one or more organic systems in a human body. With a bit of movement we’ll raise the awareness of the nature around us and perceive it as a “living entity” that needs to be approached in a same way as humans. It needs to be listened, smelled, touched, talked to… A proposition to train group’s instant and active 

imagination. Afterwards we’ll drive through gorgeous countryside to Bled and visit its medieval castle with fascinating views of the lake, made by white fairies. Free time at the lake. Afternoon hike through a stunning gorge nearby. River Radovna with its waterfall at the end of the gorge will revive us with negative ions. Dinner at Bled, chilling out, perhaps deep hammock (-ing) and star gazing in the night included. 

Meals: B, D                                              Glamping at Bled

 

DAY 7, 28th June, Fri.

ENCHANTING BOHINJ VALLEY

Visit the stunning lake Bohinj, embraced by Alpine peaks. We will do a ‘silent & sensorial hike’ along the lake to its end. Weather permitting, a cable car will take us to an elevation of 5000 feet for an energising view of Julian Alps and their highest mountain, Triglav. We will have plenty of time to explore… not solely with our eyes, but using all our sensations and body as a whole. There will be time for silent meditation and and feeling one with Mother Nature. A short scenic ride will take us back to Bled. Pamper yourself in another free evening at Bled lake.

Meals: B, L                                             Glamping at Bled

 

DAY 8, 29th June, Sat.

THE SECRETS OF THE EMERALD RIVER

A train will take us on a breathtaking journey through Julian Alps, to another jewel of Slovenian Alps - the Soča valley. Walt Disney Narnia 3 was filmed here, the valley looks like a fairytale. The river’s colour is a symbol of revival and new life. 

Following the footsteps of our ancestors we will visit a stone circle in the mountains, a heritage of the oldest Slovenian belief system - a kind of slavic paganism. We will perform a ritual, connect with this sacred place and those energies around and collect all the group together in unified energy. 

Lunch in Kobarid and a chance to visit a WW 1 museum, addressing the  amazing, but sad part of the valley’s history. 

Continue to the oldest pagan cave in Slovenia, sacred Babna cave, a sanctuary and a devotional place of an ancient local cult (visited only on foot). It is an amazing place with special bio-energies located at the emerald river Soča. There we will have a special sound bath with a sound healer & singer. It is also possible to swim in the most famous and beautiful Slovenian river Soča there (just next to the sanctuary).

In the evening we will drive to Goriška Brda hills for the next two nights. 

Meals: B, L                                          Hotel at Šmartno, Brda

 

DAY 9, 30th june, Sun.

IDYLLIC BRDA HILLS

Wake-up with a mesmerizing view of Slovenian ‘Tuscany’, full of hilltop medieval villages, surrounded by vineyards. Brda hills are a place where colours and scents of nature awaken one's long forgotten senses. Take a beautiful hike and stroll through Šmartno village, learn about life of locals living with nature. During the hike we will do some breathing session to empower our root chakra, activate the Qi energy and lift it upward. We will use this energy for group creation and after having trekked the vineyards of Brda, we will explore the little walled village Šmartno in a playful & expressive way.

This charming day will finish with the afternoon wine-tasting with a meal and an extraordinary contemporary performative concert, a cultural fusion of Slovenian folklore and other influences.

Meals: B, D                                            Hotel at Šmartno, Brda

 

DAY 10 , 1st July, Mon.

THE UNDERGROUND BEAUTY AND THE SEA

One of Slovenia's distinct regions, Kras lends its name to geological phenomena of caves and sinkholes worldwide. As a place of rocks, windy meadows, underground mysteries and terra rosa (red soil), it calls for a visit to a cave and a wine cellar. Škocjan caves are an UNESCO site and a hike takes you over the world’s deepest underground canyon. Local producers have some of the country’s best wines. We will taste it combined with other famous local goodies. We will also stroll through medieval Štanjel and visit its beautiful Ferrari gardens.

After taking in its riches and maybe see some Lipizzan horses originating in this area we will leave Karst behind and head for Piran, a coastal town gem at the Adriatic sea. 

Meals: B, L                                                            Hotel at Piran

 

DAY 11, 2nd July, Tue.

THE JEWELS OF THE COAST

Little Piran, everyone’s favourite town at Slovenia coast invites us to get lost in its narrow streets. We will end up on the medieval walls, enchanted by amazing views of the surroundings and three different countries at the same time. Free time for swimming. 

Afternoon visit of the magic salt-pans of Sečovlje with its tradition of salt production since 804 AD. Water and mud from the salt pans have been used for baths and body treatments for a long time. We will enjoy the Thalassotherapy at the salt-pans’ spa and have an experiential movement session that will enhance our vivid imagination and create “moving sculptures”. 

Dinner will be served in the hinterlands of Slovenia's coast, at a remote ‘shamanic village’ at Koštabona, where we will spend the following two nights, immersing ourselves into self-exploration and relaxation. 

Meals: B, D                                                  Beds at the healing centre

 

DAY 12, 3rd July, Wed.

WORKSHOP AT THE ‘SHAMANIC VILLAGE’

And here we come to the last day of our journey. We will spend it in close proximity of nature, in a special village on the top of the hill, just above the sea. We will have a private Istrian house, originaly built in 17th century. In recent years, it has been completely refurbished exclusively with organic, natural materials. We will have an option to walk to  Dragonja river bank, meditate, reflect on the past days and relax in Finnish sauna with a soothing view of the river valley. In the afternoon, a little artistic surprise will await you and  in the evening we will have a closing circle with meaningful and open-hearted conversations sharing by the fireplace.

Meals: B, L, D                                       Beds at the healing centre

 

DAY 13, 4rd July, Thu.

UNTIL OUR PATHS MEET AGAIN

Transfer to Ljubljana. Our warmest hugs will set you on your way.

Meals: B

 

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PRICE pp:

2.045,00/ EARLY BIRDS, until 15. May 2018

2.445,00 EUR/ REGULAR PRICE

 

What is included:

  • accommodation hotels/glampings in double rooms or more (only last 2 nights)
  • half-board and full board (only 2 days at workshop at Radomlje and 1 day at Koštabona village)
  • comfortable air-conditioned minibus with a professional driver
  • gas, road tolls, parking fees
  • tour guide
  • workshop facilitator
  • entrance fees to the sights in the program
  • workshops and events 
  • transfer from Ljubljana airport to the hotel
  • transfer from the coast to Ljubljana

What is not included:

  • airfare 
  • additional meals
  • drinks
  • souvenirs
  • tips for the driver (recommended - 2 eur pp/day)
  • tips for the guide & facilitator (recommended - 6 eur pp/day)
  • transfers from/to other airports (we can help organise it)

* Organisers have the right to change the locations and program activities from the itinerary due to weather inconsistencies or late reservations of accommodations.

 

Payment terms: 

30% of tour price per person is required to secure your reservation. Full payment is required 45 days prior to tour departure.

DINERS, VISA, MASTERCARD or wire transfer to: 

Company name: OKARINA, d.o.o.

Address: Jamova cesta 50, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Bank: NLB d.d., Trg Republike 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia SWIFT code: LJBASI2X Bank account: IBAN SI56 0205 3025 5258 694

At payment, please refer to tour title ‘OPEN YOUR HEART IN sLOVEnia TOUR’.

 

PLEASE NOTICE

If you are to participate in this journey, it should NOT be confused with professional therapy or counselling for specific conditions in your personal or professional life. As a trip participant you shall agree to be mindful and personally responsible for your own wellbeing during the journey and if needed, to seek professional & licensed medical treatment in your state/country. We do not provide medical, therapeutic or psychotherapeutic services. What we do is to facilitate conditions and space for your personal growth.