Yoga Dharma Veliko Tarnovo Retreat Centre – Set high in the tranquil rolling hills of the Balkan mountain range offers yoga holidays and yoga teacher training.


Yoga Dharma is a traditional farmhouse fully modernised with all its natural charm. The main house was constructed from local stone and wood, with many exposed beams, stone floors and walls.

The centre is South facing and unoverlooked with spectacular views across the distant mountains. With large grounds and a small pool there is lots of space to relax and sunbathe.


The centre has a variety of rooms for all tastes, including private en-suite, double, family and single accommodation, and we do not charge supplements!

Facilities include a student lounge, movie nights, a small library, free laundry, yoga equipment, garden furniture, all day refreshments included in the student lounge.



Yoga holidays include one or two classes per day, depending on demand. The Yoga Dharma teaching team led by Martin and Fran offers unsurpassed expertise, with Martin and Fran both having over 40 years of experience. The rest of the team are expected to have a minimum of 700 hours of teaching qualifications each, so you can expect the best!



Yoga on the holidays offers a range options, which include workshop style classes, led classes and Mysore style. The experience of the teaching team ensures lots of one to one support and adjustments.

Yoga teaching on the training courses is led by Martin Thompson with the support of two assistant teachers.

Our linage is the Ashtanga vinyasa system of Pattabhi Jois which evolved through Krishnamacharya and incorporating the alignment of Iyengar. We are a Hatha yoga school which draws heavily from the Tantric teachings of the Bihar school of yoga with an underpinning sutric philosophy.


Yoga on either holidays or training includes all hatha yoga techniques including, shat karmas, pranayama, asana and meditation. On the retreats yoga philosophy is weaved into your stay, while on the training courses is in set lectures.

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The yoga studio is in the converted barn and is large and airy with views over the hills. It is fully equipped with mats, blocks, straps and lecture facilities.


The menu is planned around seasonal produce from traditional family farmers and sold from local markets, ensuring freshness and quality.

Menus are either vegan or vegetarian and we can adapt the menus to meet most demands. The teacher training courses have a professional chef on hand, and the holidays either a chef or highly experienced cook.


Holidays will include some trips to local beauty spots or places of interest. The training courses include a free day and we can help you if you want a trip into Veliko Tarnovo. The centre overlooks the village of Voneshta Voda which has a spa resort and includes sulphur baths, alternative therapies, massage etc.

The centre is in a nature reserve which is rich in local culture. There are many monasteries close by, walks to a ghost village where it is said treasure is buried, waterfalls and the historic city of Veliko Tarnovo.


  • Call Martin on: 00447787357306
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  • Centre address: Gartsite (Гърците), Voneshta Voda, Veliko Tarnovo. 5035


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