Ashtanga yoga Retreat "Into the wild Bulgaria" with Marque Garaux 2024

Ashtanga yoga Retreat

Into the wild Bulgaria

22-30 June 2024

Gudevitsa, Bulgaria


Marque Garaux is back to Bulgaria!


We invite you with great excitement and joy to a mountain adventure with Marque Garaux and Zornitsa Zaykova!


We will combine intensive Ashtanga yoga practices, workshops and sessions on pranayama, meditation and philosophy with activities in nature! We will be in the wild! We will wander in the forest, we will light a campfire, around which we will gather in the evening for sharing and singing, we will climb, we will meet deer on the mountain paths…


We will deepen our personal yoga practice and connection with nature!


It is an extraordinary opportunity for all of us to share this time with Marque!


🏡 Where?


Bulgaria, Gudevitsa village, Training Center “Nature School”


In the divine Rhodope mountain, where mystery and reality meet, we enrich the process of personal development and learning inspired by nature!


“Nature school” is located among breathtaking views in a building more than 100 years old,  the old school in nearly abandoned village Gudevica, surrounded by

beautiful nature, high in the Rhodopy Mountains. The center is dedicated to sustainable development and the connection with nature. It has an accommodation house built of wood, stone and clay, a spacious practice hall and a close-knit community spirit. This flexible environment in which you can lie, play, sing and laugh during the program is unique and activates all the senses. And through the windows, the mountains and forests peek out!


There are a lot of nature phenomenon around: Springs of Arda River, Uhlovica and

Golubovica caves, Peak Kom and also natural reserves. Today in the village lives only 18 people.


So you have to be prepared to live very close to the nature, in a small community very far from the city civilization!!!! It will be perfect if you like outdoors and country life.

🧘‍ Who is Mark Garaux?

 Marque Garaux, a US Marine Veteran, long time rock climber and overall outdoor enthusiast, discovered Ashtanga Yoga while seeking different ways to alleviate his lower back pain. After noticing an almost immediate physical change, Marque then slowly began to see other positive changes happening in his life as well.

With no Ashtanga teachers in the area, he found himself with no choice but to get up early and practice with his wife before work everyday. During this time Marque also attended a 200 hour teacher training and several Ashtanga workshops and intensives to deepen his understanding of this beautiful system. 

    In the fall of 2014 Marque decided to follow in the footsteps of the teachers that he most respected and applied for study at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI).

Marque was accepted and spent the first 2 months of 2015 in Mysore, India learning under the guidance of R. Sharath Jois. Since that first trip, Marque has practiced with Sharath during multiple US tours and has also returned to India several times and has practiced under both Sharath and Saraswathi.

Marque received the blessing as an Authorized Level 2 teacher from Sharath on December 12th, 2017 during his morning practice.

    Marque and his wife Sarah are the owners of Great Lakes Ashtanga Yoga which is located on eight wooded acres in Geneva, Ohio. They offer a full Mysore program, private lessons and workshops.


🗓️ When?


22 – 30 June 2024 


Check-in: 22.06. (Saturday) during the day. The program starts after 18:00

Check out: 30.06 (Sunday) till 12:00

🔥What practices will be included?


  •  Daily Ashtanga Yoga Practice Mysore Style with Marque and 
  • Led class Full Primary
  • Workshops
  • Chanting
  • Philosophy classes
  •  Breathing and meditative practices, creative activities, group games
  • Hiking
  •  Adventures in the Golubovitsa cave system (weather permitting)


✔️The practices are also suitable for absolute beginners! ✔️ No yoga experience necessary!

📜What does the retreat include?


– 8 Nights in a shared space;


– 2 meals a day (brunch and dinner). The food is vegetarian, ecologically clean and extremely tasty. We follow the principle of using local food. During the day we will have additional fruit, tea, coffee… <3


– All practices in the program;


🚗✈️The transport costs are not included. There are cheap flights fo Sofia, Bulgaria. We will help you with the transport from the airport and we will organise a shared trip to Gudevitsa. We can also help you with a place to stay in Sofia if needed. 🙂 


💵How much will it cost?


Early registration until 31.01: 700 EUR


Standard price from 01.02: 750 EUR


For the community of Tristana Ashtanga yoga Sofia there is a discount from 150 EUR.


The free spots for the event are limited.


Link for registration:

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