Acem Meditation World Retreat in the Rhodope Mountains

Course type: Einwöchiger Kurs mit Langmeditation

Where you’ve never been

One week of meditation, yoga and self-exploration in the Bulgarian mountains close to Greece – an ideal place to delve into areas of your mind that you have never visited.

Acem Meditation World Retreat in the Rhodope Mountains


Course starts
Samstag 24 Juli 2021, 19:00
Course ends
Samstag 31 Juli 2021, 14:00
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Registration opens on 15 June, 2020.

Early bird fee before 1 February, 2021.

Meditative melting pot

We expect hundreds of participants from different continents. This will be the perfect opportunity to build Acem communities across borders, a melting pot for meditators from various cultures.

You will be met at the airport in the capital Sofia and taken by bus to the retreat site at a minor extra cost. The younger part of the crowd partly follows their own program and stay at their own hotel.

Rich program

We will have plenty of time for self-exploration in long meditations followed by guidance in small groups led by experienced meditation guides. There will be opportunities for doing yoga together every day, as well as other forms of bodily expression. We can choose from several parallel workshops. And the social dynamics will make it easy to feel at home, and to get to know people from widely different backgrounds.

The evening seminars will be held by Are Holen, who founded Acem in 1966 and who now serves as chief lecturer and training supervisor in Acem International. The seminars are based in part on questions and other input from retreat participants.

Five star luxury

We will be staying in luxurious hotels in the ski resort Pamporovo, at an altitude of 1650 meters: the recently renovated Hotel Perelik (five stars), Hotel Orlovetz (five stars), Hotel Orpheus (four stars), and Hotel Dafovska (three stars), all in close proximity to each other. We use double rooms with ensuite bathrooms as single rooms and multi-room apartments as double rooms, with plenty of space for yoga and meditation. We will be served high-class lacto-vegetarian food, partly based on local food traditions. The lecture hall and meeting rooms are of a very high standard and are very suitable for our purposes.

The retreat area is surrounded by roads and paths for afternoon and evening strolls. All hotels have full access to fitness equipment, and all participants have access to a 25-meter swimming pool in Hotel Perelik. A year-round lift can take us up to 2000 meters in altitude, with wide views of the area. A short kilometer from the hotels lies the local Orthodox Church.

Good holiday opportunities

The place offers countless opportunities for holiday stays before or after the retreat. You can choose well-known holiday destinations on the Black Sea coast or in Greece. But you can also choose to stay in southern Bulgaria. Just an hour's drive from the retreat is the country's second largest city Plovdiv, which was the European Capital of Culture in 2019 and is Europe's oldest city, dating back to the 6th millennium BC, full of historical memories of the Thracians, Romans, Byzantine Christianity, Ottoman Islam and modern times, including the communist era. The 2000-year old Roman amphitheatre still hosts concerts and other performances.

In addition to the Rhodope Mountains, southern Bulgaria also boasts two other beautiful mountain areas, the Pirin Mountains and the Rila Mountains. All three mountain areas have large historic monastery facilities and extremely beautiful scenery.


The course is arranged by Acem International School of Meditation


Bulgaria's low prices, as well as the unpaid efforts of all Acem volunteers, make it possible to arrange such a retreat at a very moderate price. The course fee includes board, lodging and all course activities, while the journey to and from the retreat site is paid for by each participant.


Halvor Eifring

General Secretary of Acem International. Professor of Chinese, University of Oslo.

Eva Skaar

Head of Acem UK. Acem Meditation Initiator. Artist.

Petter Halvorsen

Acem Meditation Initiator. Lawyer.