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AROMATHERAPY TOUR  2019 
May 09 – May 14

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For all Nature lovers, aromatherapists and people who admire the true beauty of pure essential oils and want to learn more about Bulgaria – the biggest producer of rose essential oil.

Participants arrived in Sofia on Thursday, May 9th and departed from Sofia the following Tuesday, May 14th.


DAY 1 – 09.05.2019


⊕   Arrival at Sofia Airport
⊕   Transfer to the Rose Valley
⊕   Check-in at a family hotel on the river in Kalofer
⊕   Welcome Dinner


DAY 2 – 10.05.2019


⊕   7:30 – 8:30 Morning Aroma Yoga (1 hour) in the hotel garden (optional)
⊕   9:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
⇒  10:00 – 13:00 WORKSHOP “NATURALS – MAKING OWN PRODUCTS” IN A BEAUTIFUL KALOFER GARDEN
       Cooking with Essential Oils Workshop
–     10:30 – 11:30 Understanding the benefits of using essential oils in cooking
–     – Essential oil Safety – usage of essential oils in cooking and standard precautions;
–     – Essential oils as a flavour substitute – discussion on the advantages of using essential oils as hard-to-find ingredients;
–     – Combining essential oils for flavouring food and drinks – how and when to dilute essential oils in the proper medium – honey, alcohol, vegetable oil;
–     11:30 – 13:30 Cooking with rose essential oil, rose floral water and rose petals
–     – Bulgarian rose and its place in culinary. How to properly use rose essential oil and floral water in cooking;
–     – Rose tea recipes. How rose and lavender can help improving digestion, urinary problems, menstrual pain, sleep disorder, anxiety, stress, depression.
–     – Rose latte with rose petals and cooking raw truffles with rose.

⊕   13:30 – 15:00 Lunch in the garden. Relax. Free time
–     – Kalofer;
    – Google picture of Kalofer.
⊕   16:00 – 17:00 Visit of the Rose Museum in Kazanlak and depending on schedule free time
⇒  18:00 – 19:00 VISIT A SMALL VILLAGE IN THE ROSE VALLEY WHERE PARTICIPANTS WILL MEET FAMILIES FROM THE LOCAL MINORITY GROUPS (ROSE PICKERS) AND LEARN ABOUT THEIR LIFESTYLE
⊕   20:00 Dinner


DAY 3 – 11.05.2019


⊕   7:00 – 8:00 Morning Aroma Yoga (1 hour) in the hotel garden
⊕   8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
⇒  10:00 – 11:30 ROSE AND LAVENDER FIELDS – EDUCATIONAL PICKING SESSIONS AT ENIO BONCHEV’S PLANTATION
⇒  12:00 – 13:30 VISIT THE OLDEST ROSE AND LAVENDER OIL FACTORY FOUNDED 1909 – ORGANIC ROSE OIL AND WATER PRODUCTION, FAMILY MUSEUM
⊕   13:30 – 14:30 Lunch in the company’s Old Distillery gardens
⇒  15:00 – 18:00 SKINCARE AROMATHERAPY WORKSHOP WITH A FOCUS ON ROSE AND LAVENDER OILS
⊕   15:00 – 16:30 Learning the healing and beautifying properties of essential oils, carrier oils and floral waters
     – Focusing on Bulgarian essential oils (rose, lavender, zdravetz) and carrier oils (rosehip, peach kernel, plum kernel, apricot kernel, sesame, grapeseed);
Note: If it will be interesting and useful for the participants, there will be a small part on Zdravetz essential oil which is one of the most popular ones on the Balkan Peninsula.
–     – Analysing the chemical compositions of rose and lavender essential oils and their relevance to skincare aromatherapy;
–     – Comparing the benefits and properties of rose otto, white rose otto and rose absolute;
–     – Reviewing various floral waters and their application in skincare.
⊕   16:30 – 17:00 Applying aromatherapy for everyday skin care
–     – Blending principles in skincare aromatherapy;
–     – Usage rates for different products – facial and body
⊕   17:00 – 18:00 Making of skin care product with precious essential and carrier oils
–     Preparing 2 products: facial oil and body cream
–     – Facial oil will be a mix of essential and carrier oils suitable for all skin types
⊕   18:00 – 20:00 free time
⊕   20:00 Dinner


DAY 4 – 12.05.2019


⊕   7:30 – 8:30 Morning Aroma Yoga (1 hour) in the hotel garden (optional)
⊕   9:00 – 9:30 Breakfast
⇒  10:00 – 12:30 MOUNTAIN EXPEDITION WITH A MONASTERY VISIT
⇒  12:30 – 13:30 AROMA MEDIATION ON PILLOWS ON A BEAUTIFUL MEADOW WITH A PANORAMIC VIEW
⊕   13:30 – 14:30 Lunch in the mountain (depending on the schedule restaurant or lunch box)
⊕   14:30 – 17:00 Walk back and trip to the hotel
⊕   17:00 – 20:00 Free time
⊕   20:00 Dinner


DAY 5 – 13.05.2019


⊕   9:00 – 10:00 Breakfast and check-out
⇒  11:00 – 13:00 VISIT PLOVDIV. SIGHTSEEING TOUR

    – Plovdiv’s official page
⊕  13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
⇒  15:30 – 16:00 OPEN MARKET, SHOPPING AND FREE TIME
⇒  16:00 – 17:00 VISIT OF THE BACHKOVO MONASTERY
⊕   18:00 Check-in at the Hotel in Plovdiv
⊕   20:00 Dinner


DAY 6 – 14.05.2019

⊕   Breakfast, check-out and group transport to Sofia airport
⇒  IF NEEDED INDIVIDUAL TRANSFERS – from PLOVDIV to SOFIA (140 km) – EUR 80,- / CAR (up to 3 passengers)

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