Transylvanian Healing Journey 2019
The Transylvanian Healing Journey is an invitation to collaboratively travel onto a path of self-discovery and self-healing through the surrounding elements of nature and the sacred spirit of the land. What is offered here is a journey through an ancient land, Transylvania, the heart of Romania. Despite the mythical legend of Dracula and other vampire stories, Transylvania is a hidden treasure of natural beauty, geo-bio-energetics and an abundance of natures’ healing resources. This self-inquiry through a multi-dimensional immersive experience is the aim of the journey.
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Intro to the Journey
According to geophysics, astrology and bioenergetics our planets’ 15 major energy points are arranged in the form of a spiral whose end is in Romania. Seven of these points are in Transylvania and each of these points are having a major correspondent significance in the old history of these places, geographically marked by megaliths. From a bioenergetic point of view, Earth is a formation with geo-energetic lines that intercede, binds in knots and changes under the influence of geophysical and cosmic processes. When crossing with cosmic energy emissions, these power lines reach the maximum force in certain areas, which emit positive radiation called in local language “intelligence bio-currents”. Not at all incidentally, those areas are considered ‘divine places’ by natives and have been since ancient times endowed with temples, hermitages, churches, monasteries, places of worship and contemplation.
Our journey will start in Bucharest, making our way through the Bucegi mountains, then further north towards Transylvania where we shall rest recover and rejuvenate in a traditional health retreat. At the Herghelia medical spa we will treat ourselves to hydrotherapy, mud therapy, thermo-therapy, heliotherapy and local plant medicine. Then back through the south-western side of the Carpathian mountains and return to Bucharest. The journey’s main focus will be to experience and meditate in some of these major energy points, visit places of prayer, intermingled with indulging in salt lakes, special water springs, breath clean air, walks in nature and mountain treks to areas of pilgrimage and exquisite beauty.
I welcome you on this journey back to my homeland, with me, and wish you a deeply inspirational and regenerative journey.
- 17 nights’ twin share accommodation in beautiful surroundings
- Expert guides in mesmerising locations
- 7 night stay in an amazing health retreat
- Entry to too many beautiful sites to list
- Hike in the stunning Bucegi Mountains
- Visit the sacred waters of Zamolxe and bathe in the Salt Lakes
- Incredible access to sacred Romanian sites
- Comfortable coach with PA for travel teaching
- Accompanied by Alina throughout
- 2 meals a day, great quality food
- All accomodation (twin share)
- All entrance fees to listed sites
- All guide fees
- Ground transport in comfortable coach
- International Flights
- Spending money
- Meals not stipulated
- Comprehensive travel insurance (required)
DAILY ITINERARY (available as a download at pdf downloads tab)
Day 1-2 Bucharest (19 Aug – 21 Aug)
Arrival (airport shuttle will be available, people arriving at different times). Group gathers
at hotel (1st night). Time permitting, first afternoon/evening can be relaxation at the
Therme (the baths).
Guided sightseeing with visit of open-air Village Museum followed by walking tour of the Old City centre, through the Belle-Epoquebuildings. Lunch at the traditional Hanul Berarilor in the Old City centre and afternoon relaxation at the Therme (optional).
Drive to Pestera (less than 4 hours)
Day 3-5 Pestera, (21 Aug – 24 Aug) ~ Stay at Hotel Pestera 3 nights
Departure from Bucharest. Visit of Viforita Nunnery, then arrival at Pestera in the
Visit of Cheile Zanoagei with the famous ‘7 Rivers’, ‘Gura de Rai’ and Scropoasa Lake.
Afternoon visit of Pestera Ialomita (pestera means cave in Romania) and its Monastery.
Pestera Ialomita above and the 7 Rivers below
Mountain trek ‘Divine Triangle’ – cable car to Babele and the Sfinx continued with trek to
Omu. Evenings sauna and relax at the hotel.
Babele Bucegi, Sfinx
Drive to Sighisoara (approximately 3h30)
Day 6 Sighisoara: medieval town (24 Aug)
Visit legendary Dracula’s Bran Castle. Visit Sinca Veche Temple Cave. Arrive late afternoon at the medieval town of Sighisoara, the birthplace of Dracula. Stay at Vila Franca Hotel one night.
Since Veche Cave Temple, Bran Castle
Drive to Herghelia (approximately 1h20)
Day 7-13 Herghelia – 7 nights (25 Aug – 1 Sept)
Herghelia is a traditional health retreat. It is a combination of medical investigations and traditional lifestyle therapies: elements for healing, hydrotherapy, thermal therapy, mud therapy, salt therapy, food therapy, aqua aerobics, walks and exercise in nature, traditional
Drive to Ocna Sibiului (approximately 2h30)
Day 13-14 Ocna Sibiului (1-2 Sept)
Day 13 & Day 14
Visit and bathing at the salt lakes and visiting the surrounding area.
Drive to Sarmisegetuza (approximately 2h) and & the Godeanu Mountains (1h30)
Day 15-16 Sarmisegetuza and Godeanu Mountains (3-4 Sept)
Visit the region of Sarmisegetuza and the Godeanu Mountains, where we will stay for two night.
Visit of the Gugu Peak.
Drive to Polovragi Cave ( 3h15) and to Bucharest (3h30)
Day 17 (5 Sept)
Visit of Polovragi Cave after which we will drive to Bucharest.
Day 18 (6 Sept)
We are staying in the same hotel in Bucharest and prepare for our return home.
RAMADA HOTEL ~ BUCHAREST ~ August 19 – 21 ~ https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/ramada/bucharest-romania/ramada-bucharest-majestic-hotel
HOTEL PESTERA ~ PESTERA ~ August 21 – 24 ~ https://www.hotelpestera.ro/
HOTEL VILLA FRANCA ~ SIGHISOARA ~ August 24 – 25 ~ http://www.vilafranka.ro/
HERG HEALTH C ~ HERGHELIA ~ August 25 – September 1 ~ https://herghelia.org/
LACURI NATURALE ~ OCNA SIBIULIU ~ September 1 – 3 ~ http://www.lacuriocnasibiului.ro/
TO BE DETERMINED ~ GODEANU MT ~ September 3 – 5
Meet Your Guide
Being born and raised in Romania, most places of this journey are memories of my childhood. So I return to them with joy and a new sense of wonder. Although having left my native country many years ago, I am at home with the language, the land, and the Romanian spirit, returning regularly to visit family and connect with the land. My ancestral heritage for healing and genuine wellbeing has been at the forefront of my life for as far as I can remember. Having trained and worked as an integrative naturopathic physician for the past twenty years in Europe, Asia and Australia, today I practice in Sydney and Byron Bay area, specialising in naturopathic neuro-endocrino-immunology and emotional stress release. I believe we all possess the ability to heal our body mind and spirit when placed in the right conditions and circumstances. Hence, travelling to sacred places is offering ourselves optimal conditions for healing and self-discovery. And what a joyful process this can be when doing it collaboratively and while journeying together.
Please enjoy reading the story of journey together but know that the itinerary is not set in stone, we are permitting space for spontaneous occurrences, acts of grace and fate.
Points of Interest
We will be stopping for meditation, lunch and lying down grounds for auspicious circumstances for the trip at the Viforita nunnery, built in the 15th century, at the feet of the Carpathian Mountains, where lies a miracle-making icon of Saint George (the riderwarrior saint defeating the forces of the evil).
Peles Castle (for those who choose not to trek in the Bucegi mountain)
Situated at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains, in Sinaia, Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many one of the most stunning castles in Europe.
Commissioned by King Carol I in 1873 and completed in 1883, the castle served as the summer residence of the royal family until 1947. Its 160 rooms are adorned with the finest examples of European art, Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows and Cordoba leather-covered walls. Peles Castle was the first European castle entirely lit by electrical current. The electricity was produced by the castle’s own plant.
Gura de Rai
‘Gura de Rai’ or the ‘Entrance to heaven’. It is a square kilometre area in the Bucegi Mountains where the human body does not feel fatigue, and the physio-chemical functions suddenly reinvigorate. It is a slope on which an atypical magnetic anomaly is manifested with exceptional therapeutic effects – a true “Heaven’s mouth”, as described in native mythology.
Seven Rivers – 7 Izvoare
In native mythology these springs are considered the ‘sacred waters of Zamolxe’ also named the ‘Springs of Immortality’. Positioned at a height of 1,300 meters, the pure waters are from an infinite underground lake, which has never dried up for the past 2000 years since it’s been first documented. The water has a flow of 400 litres per second, a spectacle of nature which always induces silence and awe in me. For the purity of the water there are two theories; the river passes through a magnetic field, anomalies of this kind being discovered in the area, or a subterranean silver deposit that purifies the water. Under scientific scrutiny since the beginning of last century, the scientific community agrees that the water that springs from this waterfall would be one of the purest in the world, especially without nitrogens and a null bacterial content, with optimum purity parameters.
Ialomita Cave and Monastery
The most famous cave in the Bucegi Mountains, but also the most important, is the Ialomita Cave or the ‘Cave of the Kings’. Its importance is rooted in the historical, archeological, mythological, and geographic sources of Antiquity. The springs of Ialomiţei was a place of prayer and retreat for the orthodox hermits already long before the 15th century, when Ialomiţei Monastery was erected, right at the entrance to the Ialomiţei Cave.
Divine Triangle – Babele-Sfinx-Omu
In Romania, the most famous energy triangle is Babele-Sfinx-Omu, of an incalculable power. Around it, at certain intervals, appear white-milky light cones, which rotate like a vortex of clouds, boosting the extrasensory perception. There are also radio signals coming from inside the mountain. Since 2003 a whole network of tunnels was discovered deeply in the mountain, beneath the Sfinx and Babele.
Sinca Veche Temple Cave
A prehistoric temple carved in sandstone, with uncertain date of origin, considered a place of healing as to the celestial energies that inhabit the place. According to the legend, it is a place where wishes come true for those with a pure heart. Inexplicable shapes and colours appear in photographs taken at this place. Other names of this special place are ‘The Temple of Fates’ or Aliens’ Temple.
Bran Castle – alias Dracula’s Castle
Built in 1212 by the Teutonic Order, the fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Commonly known outside Romania as Dracula’s Castle. Although it is one among several locations linked to the Dracula legend, it is arguably it is arguably referred to as the home of the title character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The castle is now a museum dedicated to displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie.
The place is well known for its salt lakes and mud therapy. The salt lakes were created after several old salt mines had been inundated. Salt mines in the antiquity and medieval times were exploited in a bell shape, which explains the depth of the lakes. The speciality of the place is mud packing, heliotherapy, aerosols treatments and salt water baths in lakes. These natural treatments have been used here successfully in the treatment of rheumatic, dermatological, neuromotor, endocrine and gynaecological affections, as well as asthma.
The ancient capital of the Dacian people, Sarmisegetuza estimated between approx. 100 B.C. and 100 A.D., Sarmisegetuza was a true megalopolis. It stretched for dozens of hectares and was protected by a ring of fortresses located on the surrounding hills. It was built on a terraced hill by the mysterious Dacians, the same way the Inca tribes terraced their mountains, but only a thousand years later. The amount of stone brought to these hills in order to build those amazing walls and fortresses around is greater than the volume of stone in the pyramid of Cheops. The stone was brought from quarries at 50-60 kilometres, the most plausible version states that the stone was brought during wintertime with the help of the sledges, yet it remains a mystery. Stone blocks weight from 200 kilograms to several tons each. Sarmisegetuza was a true pantheon of spiritual knowledge. There, on a plateau almost inaccessible, enclosed on three sides by deep chasms, there was a megalithic shrine on which there are inscriptions in an unidentifiable language. Its calendar and solar clock are vestiges of time measurement accuracy from ancient times. Sarmisegetuza is said to be an area that activates creativity and skills for learning.
Gugu Peak, the holy mountain of the Dacians
The Gugu Peak of the Godeanu Mountains at an altitude of 2,291 meters is one of the most mysterious places in Romania. Tourists from all over the world are attracted to “the mountain that disappears,” considered a sacred place by the Dacians. The legends say
that the peak Gugu is the sacred mountain of the Dacians because here was the home of Zamolxe (also known as Zamolixis), the supreme god-king-healer of the Getae and Dacian people, who are also the ancestors of the Latin people. Locals believe that, for these reasons, on the peak Gugu is a hidden part of the Dacian treasure, hidden by Decebal, because the spirit of Zamolixis will protect it. In addition, tourists who have climbed the peak Gugu have seen explosions that gushed from the mountain, which, in reality are ball lightning. Jules Verne wrote about peak Gugu in his ‘Castle in the Carpathians’, while Victor Kernbach thinks that the massif is one of the “essential energy points” of the Earth.
The Polovragi Cave is another geoenergetic place located in Târgu Jiu, between two major mountains. The multi-leveled cave is also known as the ‘cave without end’, as its length is known to go way beyond the documented 24km. It is believed this was the place where Zamolxis, was teaching to his healer apprentices techniques for healing of the soul and body. Zamolxis was known for detaining the knowledge and gift of immortality. Polovragi is in the popular psyche believed to be a place for the overall toning of the organism. It is
said that here, the healers were processing a rare plant called a povraga, or polovraga, used as a remedy against all disease. At the place where Zamolxis throne can be found, visitors often describe experiencing a state of deep tranquility and peace.