Balkan Beats music & meditation retreat
Come and study traditional Bulgarian music and meditation at Wild Thyme. Your music tutor is professional musician Dimitar Trifonov. Mitko is an excellent teacher who has been playing the accordion and teaching Bulgarian folk music for over thirty years.
Each day kicks off with an active meditation to get your energy flowing. Meditations are led by Claire Sulochani, an experienced meditation facilitator. After breakfast, the group of musicians meets to learn new tunes. The session involves one to one time with Mitko as well as group work where all the musicians play together. The songs you learn are either dances (horo) or songs usually accompanied by singing voices (pesen). You will learn a few of each. There is time for practice in the afternoon and the day ends with an active meditation.
What to expect
The traditional instruments in Bulgarian folk orchestras in this region are the accordion, a large drum (tapan), a form of upright violin (gedulka), a wooden flute (caval) and the Bulgarian bagpipes (gaida). However the music suits a whole range of western instruments such as the violin, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, clarinet, saxophone and flute. Mitko is assisted by Chris, who plays the violin along with the group and helps out with language translation.
These sessions suit musicians of any level of expertise apart from absolute beginners. Some of the tunes are easy to play whilst others are much more demanding and fast. No previous knowledge of Balkan or Bulgarian music is required. Just bring yourself, your instrument and a willingness to learn something new.
The lessons are generally suitable for those who want to learn the songs and dances by ear and a recording device is always a good accessory to bring along so that you do not forget the basics of each tune overnight. Mitko provides sheet music if required. The holiday ends with a small concert where students play their newly learned tunes.
OSHO, created a large number of meditations for the modern active mind which include a stage of movement, including jogging, jumping or dancing, to help release blockages, before sitting in silent meditation.
Meditations on the retreat may include:
*OSHO Mandala meditation
*OSHO Natraj meditation
*OSHO Kundalini meditation
*OSHO Dynamic meditation
*OSHO Chakra breathing meditation
*OSHO Chakra sounds meditation
Dimitar Trifonov (Mitko), has been playing the accordion all his life and has worked as a professional musician for over twenty years. Mitko teaches at the Popovo Music School but also acts as musical director for the Palamartsa folk ensemble, a renowned group who sing, dance and play music in the local Kapantsi tradition. He has a deep knowledge of Bulgarian traditional music. He played for many years in the Popovo orchestra and ran the orchestra for the famous Popovo traditional dancing school. He has travelled all over Europe performing with his students.
He is a patient teacher and will pass on his encyclopedic knowledge of Bulgarian dances and songs for any instrument.
Your meditation facilitator Claire Sulochani is an experienced Reiki practitioner, teacher trainer, meditator and meditation facilitator.
She is trained in Family constellations, OSHO Art Therapy, OSHO meditation facilitation and ayurvedic and deep tissue massage.
She and her husband Chris moved to Bulgaria 9 years ago and set up Wild Thyme, an organic small holding and eco-retreat. She has been offering workshops at Wild Thyme since 2013.
Cost: 350 euro
- 4 nights accommodation at peaceful Wild Thyme Organic Farm
- 3 three-hour music classes
- 7 60-minute meditation classes
- Professional experienced tutors
- Freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner with many ingredients sourced from the farm (includes dinner on the first evening; and breakfast on Day 5)
- Selection of local herb teas, coffee, snacks, spring water
- Evening by the campfire and barbecue
- BBQ and garden concert
- Small group of maximum 5 people
- recording device
- walking shoes for local walks
- sun hat, sun cream & sunglasses
Non participating partners are welcome.
- Extra drinks
- Massage therapy
- Flights & transport of musical instruments
- Transport from airport. We can help arrange this.