outdoor yoga



Choose from a yoga or art retreat or a combined yoga/art holiday.

‘I’ve just arrived home from a perfect relaxing week. What an amazing experience for my first of hopefully many visits to Bulgaria.  I’m missing your practice already.’  Jo Brown, UK, Sep 2011

Yoga Retreat

A relaxed week of yoga in peaceful and sunny surroundings, staying in our eco guesthouse.  Take time to yourself, meditate and detox on a diet of home cooked, home grown organic food.  Included is an archaeology excursion and there is also time to add extra classes in reiki, massage therapy or art.  Alternatively explore the local area, experience village life or just relax in this wonderful haven. 

‘I admire your style of teaching.  You make yoga fun and enjoyable.  I will be back.’, Dave West, Aug 2010

Sarah Astbury, your yoga tutor, is an internationally renowned yoga teacher with a reputation for bringing out the best in her students.

Classes are tailored to suit individual needs and ability.

All levels welcome.  Suitable as a yoga course for beginners.

Art Retreat

Watercolour painting Wild Thyme Farm Bulgaria

Enjoy a daily watercolour painting class under clear blue skies.  On completion of the course, you will be able to paint trees in watercolour, scenes of village life, beautiful rolling landscapes and life on the farm.

Martin Stephenson, your tutor, is a watercolour painting artist and a private art teacher.

Classes are tailored to suit individual needs and ability.

All levels welcome.




  • 2 group yoga classes per day, starting with morning class on 25th May, finishing with an evening class on 29th May (10 classes in total)
  • and/or a 3 hour art lesson every afternoon
  • All materials
  • Sarah’s e-book, ‘The Yoga Handbook’.  It provides information about yoga practice at home and leading a yoga lifestyle.
  • Martin’s e-book, ‘Watercolours for beginners’, includes 20 lessons on the theory and practice of watercolour painting
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Help yourself to selection of teas through the day
  • 6 nights accommodation based on twin share (or double for couples)
  • Non participating partners welcome
  • An optional afternoon excursion to archaeology site, led by archaeologist, Dr Chris Fenton-Thomas (held Wednesday afternoon)
  • An evening of Bulgarian films at our garden cinema
  • A meal at a Bulgarian restaurant
  • Cost 700 lev (350 euro) for yoga or art only (900 lev/450 euro for Art & Yoga combined)


Wild Thyme Organic Farm, Yoga HolidaysSarah has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching yoga in Bulgaria for the past eight.  Her philosophy is to ‘practice yoga from the heart’.  Classes combine dynamic practice with breath work, yoga meditation and yoga relaxation techniques.  Sarah is influenced by Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa and Jivamukti yoga.

She is an international yoga teacher, having taught extensively in the UK, Asia and Bulgaria. She has been successfully running holidays in yoga in Bulgaria for eight years.  She spends her winters in Asia where she teaches in some of the world’s most prestigious health spas.

Art holidays, Wild Thyme Organic Farm, Palamartsa

Martin Stephenson is a talented teacher who as a self-taught artist has a natural flair for passing skills on to his students.

He specialises in watercolour painting.  His love of watercolour is based on its delicate washes and immediacy as a medium.  His style has been described as ‘atmospheric, serene and fresh’.

Born in Yorkshire and now settled in Bulgaria, Martin recognises the importance of capturing Bulgaria’s rapidly changing rural life and fading city facades.  He spends his winters in Asia where he creates beautiful watercolours of landscape and village scenes.

See Martin’s teaching style by clicking here.



Daily Programme

8.30am Morning Yoga class

10.15 Great healthy breakfast

11.30 Free time/Therapies available

1.15pm Lunch

2.30 Free time/ Classes in art (or massage therapy – ask for details)

5.00 Evening yoga class

7.30 Dinner

Begins with evening meal on Monday and finishes with breakfast on the following Sunday.

If you would like to go on an outing for the day, a packed lunch can be arranged.




  • loose fitting, comfortable clothing to wear in class
  • favourite brushes, if you have any
  • walking shoes for archaeological excursion
  • sun hat, sun cream & sunglasses

We advise you take out travel insurance.

Not included:

  • Additional therapies & classes
  • Beverages
  • Flights
  • Transport from airport.  We can arrange this.

Getting here:  Click here for information.


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We offer additional holistic healing therapies in reiki, massage and reflexology.  Click here for further information.




Wild Thyme Organic Farm & Eco-holiday, Kliment Ohridski 9, Palamartsa 7850, Popovo, Bulgaria; hello@wildthymefarm.org; Ph: (00359) 0876562746 or (00359) 0877383790