Have you ever noticed how much more relaxed and happy you feel after being out in a natural environment? All around you; the smells, sights, sounds and touch of nature? If you have, then you won’t be surprised to learn, it’s actually ‘a thing.’ Developed in Japan in the 80s, ‘Shinrin-yoku,’ or more commonly known … Continue reading Forest-Bathing in Bulgaria
This position has now been filled by the incredible Claire Baker. However, if you are interested in visiting/helping out/volunteering at Konna Baza Sakar: Please see our WorkAway profile: here. Do you dream of escaping the rat-race and getting back to a slower, simpler pace of life? https://youtu.be/mW9xmcmkynY Do you have experience with horses, farming … Continue reading Are You Looking for Something Completely Different?
The Tundzha is Bulgaria's second largest river after the Maritza. It begins in the Stara Planina mountains in central Bulgaria and flows through the towns of Sliven, Yambol, Elhovo to Srem and then onward to Turkey. The river around Srem is prized for its sports fishing and natural beauty, and fishermen congregate in the area … Continue reading Freshwater Fishing on the Tundzha River
Located only a few kilometres from the border zone, just before the Tundzha snakes into Turkish territory, lies Solena Voda, the rarely visited and ancient salted mineral spring- revered for millennia for its healing properties. Solena Voda was all but lost to the modern day, but with the continued and concerted efforts of … Continue reading Solena Voda: Thracian Mineral Springs
The village of Srem is less than 15 Km (as the crow-flies) from the Turkish border, which, during the Communist era, placed the village firmly within the third frontier zone. According to a fascinating online booklet- 1957 partly declassified CIA handbook- titled, 'Resistance Factors and Special Forces Areas- Bulgaria (O) marked 'SECRET,' and released in 2013, … Continue reading Life on Bulgaria’s Turkish Frontier (1957)
It might seem extraordinary, yet archaeologists believe what most of us thought to be a Thracian burial mound, recently excavated in Knazhevo village (only 12 Km from Srem), is very the likely site of an important iron making centre, dating back to the days of Alexander the Great and his successor in Thrace, Lysimachus. According to … Continue reading Alexander the Great’s Weapons- Made in Knazhevo?
South East Bulgaria offers not only wild landscapes and nature, but wild horses too! https://vimeo.com/166141956 In early 2018, Reuters reported there are no true wild horses left on the planet, and while this might be true, (and of course, more than a little sad), the good news is, there is in fact, a semi-wild herd … Continue reading Bulgaria’s Wild Horses- The Turpan
In 2018, we joined the growing equine barefoot movement and today, all our horse riding and carriage driving activities are now entirely barefoot. Put simply, all our horses are shoe-less and use only what nature intended- their hooves! Going barefoot on our rocky terrain- with gluey clay mud in winter and hard baked 'cement' … Continue reading Barefoot in Bulgaria
Horse-riding isn’t all about having fun you know... there are also some seriously great physical and mental benefits linked to regular horse-riding too! Time spent with horses and riding helps a child improve their; coordination & balance, teamwork & collaboration, fitness, social connections, confidence & independence, perseverance and grit, reliance on devices, responsibility, stress-control, overall … Continue reading 9 Amazing Reasons Children Should Ride