Slovenia is a country of stunning natural beauty and diversity, boasting gorgeous mountains, rivers and forests. We will take 7 days in the Julian Alps to hike 11kms following the iconic Soča river from its source in the mountains to the town of Bovec. Along the way we will have 5 main workshop units, plenty of free training, jam time and daily handstand practice. We plan 2 detouring hikes – an iconic workshop on top of our favourite mountain plus a two-day hike with an overnight stay in a mountain hut. These are our favourite hikes in Slovenia to combine with acro. After that we will leave the mountains on the Soča river with the kayaks/minirafts, while enjoying another 2 workshop units and solidifying the previous weeks acro skills. Expect outdoor life galore, bonfire magic, acro every day, slacklining and other outdoor action, sunshine days and starlit nights and lots of fun. The rest is up to you!
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WHEN & WHERE
The Full Description
You’ll get a feeling for this breath-taking country as we acroventure to the highlights and some hidden treasures of the Slovenian Alps.
Each day starts with a warm-up and alternating workshop unit, followed by a hearty breakfast. Each day also features an acro-workshop in a changing outdoor location and free time to relax, jam or work on your own acro practice in free training slots guided by our acro teachers, of which we will have 3 on this trip: Yanai & Noi Levor will be leading the main progressive workshop block, Eva will do the daily warm-up and share her slackline skills. All of them will be present during free training for advice.
From Ljubljana we will head into the mountains together and move along the iconic Soča River on foot and with mini rafts. Our trip starts with a hike to it’s source and we will then follow it’s emerald waters down to the town of Bovec over the course of 7 days. Each leg of the trip leads us to one of our three favourite campgrounds in the breathtaking Soča Valley.
In addition to the 11km we walk along the Soča River from camp to camp, we will do two detouring summit hikes – one with an acro workshop on top of our favourite mountain. The second is a beautiful two-day hike with an overnight stay in a mountain hut.
Main Workshop Units
Yanai & Noi will be leading the main workshop block during the trip. Get ready for a father & son teaching duo that is a power house of solid technique and teaching experience, circus background and general awesomeness. Everything they do is surfing a wave of community spirit, and balancing strength and flexibility. Their unique talent is to adapt to a groups skill level and mood and working on solid acro skills and progressions while always maintaining playfulness and fun. In this workshop they will be working on the following contents:
About the Teachers
The apple doesn’t just fall far from the tree, he is balancing the tree. They are both amazing acrobats and teachers, they are both awesome and fun, they can both pull off wearing sparkly hotpants and they are both travelling with us! Yanai has been teaching for over 15 years and his son Noi has accompanied him on many occasions. The two of them together have a very wide range of teaching skills, from L-basing washing machines to hand-to-hand dynamics. Their intention for this trip is to adjust the teaching content to the needs and levels of the participants, building each day on the lessons of the previous days.
Daily Warm-up and Handstands
Simon says “Handstand is a marathon, not a sprint! Be patient and train with passion.” This is why we do it every day on this AcroVenture. These units are about good technique, lasting progress and of course fun.
You will learn about correct body alignment, injury prevention and a structured training allowing you to progress safely to solo handstands. Understanding a handstand and correct alignment is the first step to mastering a handstand – says Simon and he knows :-)
A Typical Day
Everyday is different and depends on group motivation, temperatures and weather conditions. There are numerous possibilities for swimming, hiking, exploring, food or simply relax by the crystal clear rivers or lakes. In case of bad weather we supply a big tent to play, train and hang out in.
Wake up to mountain views, fresh air and smiling faces
Warm up & Handstand Workshop followed by breakfast
Time to snooze, get ready, play, write,… pack gear if necessary
Hike followed by lunch
Acro mountaintop workshop unit with main teachers
Back to camp (hike or drive)
Free training/jam time (teachers are there to help you with whatever you are working on)
Dinner & Campfire and free time under the stars
Arrival: Tuesday August 1st, 2017 – We will gather in Ljubljana and drive together into the Julian Alps and set up our first camp. After introduction to our weekly schedule we will start our AcroVenture.
Departure: Saturday August 11th, 2017 – We will conclude the Mountain Week of our AcroVenture with a bonfire feast and fresh trout from the Soča River near Bovec on the 7th of August. The Kayak Days start on the 8th in the morning when we make our way from Kobarid to Mostna Soci. Our last night together is the 10th before we depart back to Ljubljana in the morning of the 11th of August.
All of our favourite things: acro, the great outdoors, hiking, and exploring!
3 vegetarian meals per day (warm dinner).
Accommodation on campgrounds.
One night in mountain hut.
Minimum one acro unit per day with alternating teachers.
Free training time with all our teachers present.
Daily warm-up and progressive handstand training.
All guided outdoor activities we do.
All transportation during our trip.
What You Will Need
- Copy of passport
- Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag going down to 5°
- Sleeping mat
- Large water bottle at least 1L
- Tupper ware box for lunch, optionally also a plate, zip bag for trail mix, mug, camping cutlery/knife/fork/spoon
- Torch, ideally head light so that you can have your hands free
- Comfortable backpack for day trips and one overnight hike on which we will carry our sleeping bags (you may leave your large bag in the transport van)
- Blister plasters
- Toiletries and medicine if you know you need any
- Clothes to acro and hike in
- Clothes for a temperature range of 5° to 25° – warm day, cool night.
- Fleece jacket – or similar
When we write number of days, this means full days. There are no half days on an AcroVenture, we have a lot we want to share!
650€ Mountain Week (7 Days)
280€ Kayak Days (3 Days)
850€ Mountain Week & Kayak Days (10 Days)
710€ Mountain Week (7 Days)
310€ Kayak Days (3 Days)
890€ Mountain Week & Kayak Days (10 Days)
To really make the most of our time together and with our teachers we want to ensure that we have a similar acro level in the group. Prior skills we ask you to have as a base or flyer when working with someone around your skill level are:
- Safely spotting tricks at your level
- Jump up into a handstand on ground (you can have a spotter but without help to get in)
- Hold a handstand at the wall for at least a minute.
- Star (shoulderstand on feet)
- Free shoulderstand in hands for 30 seconds (flyer holding bases arms)
- Foot to Hand – L-basing, long arms and short arms, regular and reverse
- Standing on shoulders/2 man high
- General good health and fitness
We ask you to make a quick video of you performing the prerequisites and upload it in the registration process. This is because we want to make sure each AcroVenture group is around the same skill level to really make the most of our time together and with our teachers. We feel that these skills are important building blocks in acro. You may use spotters if necessary, however they must not help the tricks, only spotting for safety.
Teachers & Team on This Trip
On this AcroVenture you will have the opportunity to travel, play and train with four, yes thats right, FOUR different international teachers. Each one of them is excited to be going on a trip like this and to be sharing their knowledge with such a small group in such unique settings.
Leading the main workshop block
Yanai is a longtime student of Iyengar yoga and has been practicing circus skills for over 15 years. He has performed with his family on various stages in Israel and abroad and has taught countless acrobalance and handstand workshops in places such as New Zealand, Spain, France, Scotland, USA, Canada & Russia. He currently teaches acro at the Israel Circus School at Kfar Yehoshua, including a parents & kids acro class. Yanai specializes in handstand techniques and loves all things inverted. He switches between being "base" and "flyer" and thrills to be the middle in a trio. Yanai’s goal in teaching acro is to help each person be the best version of themselves that they can be.
Leading the main workshop block
Noi started to perform as a circus artist very early. At 15 he performed with his family in a circus and acro show while travelling around the world.
In the last 6 years Noi has been learning, performing and teaching at different events and recently graduated from circus school. What he loves the most in acro is seeing people do silly stuff and laugh out of joy when trying to nail a new skill together.
His dream is to explore the world while sharing his passion and skills for acro. He also has a strange and strong love for fixing and making things with duck tape and hopes to employ this “outdoor skill” on this trip.
Our local expert for Slovenia and master of movements
Eva is our partner for AcroVentures Slovenia. She is a seeker of all sports and activities that take her into the great outdoors. Her mantra is less gear, more freedom of movement. As a certified Vinyasa Yoga and acro teacher (Acro Montreal) she is forever patient and compassionate and emphasizes cooperation with effective technique to build confidence and a solid foundation for your personal practices.
On our Slovenia AcroVentures she will be guiding our hikes and offering her input on improving overall body awareness and movement. As a Yogaslackers teacher she will for sure bring along her slackline and teach you some tricks. She can even do Thai Massage in case you are sore from all the fun.
Leading the daily warm-up and progressive handstand workshop
Simon is a sports nut, forever thrilled by the diversity and fun of all kinds of movement and striving to understand alignment and the learning process. His experience in teaching gymnastics to senior beginners allows him to adapt his instructions to each individual. Other than teaching handstands on this trip he will most likely propose all sorts of funky things to you: his passion is everything upside down and Icarian Games and he is excellent at making these tricks accessible to people from a variety of levels. If he is not working on his free database for acrobatic poses and transitions (Acrodicted.com), you will find him on the ground with someone wearing a happy smile on his feet.
Professional chef, traveller, acroyogi
Having studied Restaurant Management in Canada and worked as a professional chef, Chris is now back at university becoming a social worker. At the same time he is teaching immigrants and people with social difficulties how to cook in a community centre in Montreal.
Because he loves acro, travelling and feeding people he is joining us in Slovenia in August. His food, he says, reflects his emotions and personality. He goes freestyle most of the time while diving into different cultures for inspiration and always looking for fresh, local produce. Good food, to him, lets people come together and share a good time and he firmly believes that through sharing food we share our love for each other.
Jared van Earle
Co-founder, photographer and videographer
Jared is our Jack-of-all-trades: from sparking the idea over planning routes up to building our website, his talents show in every aspect of our trips. Many of them he acquired in the last 4 years, during which he left his job in graphic design and photography to go travelling. As a master of combining work and pleasure, he is the official photographer at several acro conventions and also teaches Thai Massage and acro.
On out trips you will find him behind his camera, restocking the fridge with chocolate or doing acro. As the co-founder of AcroVentures, his kind and reassuring nature is the magic ingredient that allows Lilli to hold the vision and trust the process.
Co-founder and organisational mastermind
Lilli is the spark that lit the AcroVentures flame - a warm hearted, outspoken and fun loving traveller with a passion for bringing people together. When Lilli left her job as a careers counsellor for international students she just wanted a break, lots of sun and time for acro. Two years later, she is working on a more balanced lifestyle that combines everything she loves: outdoor living, travelling, creating magic through connecting people, bonfires – and of course acro. A boyscout at heart, she is happiest in the mountains or in the water with the sun on her face. During our trips Lilli is our organisational mastermind as well as esteemed ambassador for the Ministry of Silly Walks.
The Group So Far…
AcroVentures are built on a sense of community. Here you can see all currently approved members of this trip. Click a member to view their public profile and get excited about new friendships and experiences that await.
Once you are approved as part of the group you will also share a spot here.
Main Teacher, Base, Flyer
Teacher, Flyer, Base
Main Teacher, Base
Teacher, Base, Flyer
Organiser, Photographer, Base
Bus Station Ljubljana (http://www.ap-ljubljana.si/en/) is right next to the train station and has services throughout Slovenia, as well as to foreign countries.
Direct international connections: Croatian coast, Trieste (2 hours), Venice (4 hours), Banja Luka (5 hours), Bihać (6 hours), Bologna (6 hours), Munich (7 hours), Florence (8 hours), Tuzla (8 hours), Zenica (8 hours), Belgrade (8 hours, including 2 overnight services – EUR 35), Ulm (9 hours), Stuttgart (10 hours), Sarajevo (10 hours, or 12 hours overnight – EUR 41), Niš (12 hours), Karlsruhe (12 hours), Mannheim (13 hours), Frankfurt (14 hours), Skopje (15 hours), Tetovo (16 hours), Sofia (16 hours), Pristina (18 hours), Copenhagen (19 hours), Malmö (20 hours), Gothenburg (24 hours), Linköping (28 hours), Örebro (34 hours), Stockholm (36 hours).
There are incredibly cheap connections with companies such as flixbus https://www.flixbus.de/ or hellö https://www.helloe.com/en/ from Germany and Austria. Search engines like http://www.goeuro.com/ help you find the best offer.
Jože Pučnik Airport, commonly referred to as Brnik Airport. From the airport the cheapest way are regular public buses (€4.10, 50 min) and minibuses (€9, 30 min, available also on demand) to the main Ljubljana bus and train stations, located next to each other in the city centre; tickets are bought from the driver, detailed timetables and contacts can be found here (http://www.lju-airport.si/en/passengers-and-visitors/getting-here/bus/). Alternatively, a metered taxi from the airport to the centre will cost €30-40. Cheaper options are city taxi companies such as Airtrail that offer a fixed price of 25 Euro to Ljubljana downtown, but must be prebooked at +386 41 281 228.
Renting one or coming with a car is also an option, especially if you are visiting remote destinations outside of Ljubljana and plan to travel around the area. During the AcroVenture you will not need your own car. Please let us know if you bring your own car.
You can also check the message board behind your AcroVentures login for ride shares or travel mates.
Check the “My Group” tab in your profile.
We don’t make individual travel arrangements but have summarised how to get to Ljubljana in the previous question.
There are several Airbnb places in Ljubljana and a very helpful acro community that you could reach out to on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/167541533299769/
On the AcroVentures message board behind the Login you can also get together with others and share a room or flat. Campgrounds around Ljubljana are not really convenient as they are too far from town.
Check the “My Group” tab in your profile.
Apart from nailing the prerequisites you will need everything on the trip’s specific packing list.
OR if you have already applied for a trip you can find a comprehensive packing list by logging into your AcroVentures profile and clicking the “My Trip” tab, then by clicking on “+Packing List”
You are expected to bring everything from the essentials list.
It is up to you if you like to bring anything from the optional extras lists.
Most nights we will be staying in our tents (everyone is bringing their own tent) on campgrounds with nice toilets and hot showers. One night will be spent on top of a mountain in a dorm.
In the spirit of adventure and community, we keep camping together during the trip. Ask us for tricks that can turn your tent into a tiny, super-comfy sleeping bubble.
You will receive a detailed itinerary about two weeks before the trip, at the latest.
Please see the detailed itinerary in your trip profile. For directions see elsewhere in this FAQ section.
Please get in touch with us via email or telephone if you can’t make it so that we can figure out a solution.
We travel together from Ljubljana into the mountains, everyone should be there on the morning of the first day. 😉
Included is all food, accommodation, the workshops and non-alcoholic drinks.
Temperatures range from 5° at night to up to 28° on a sunny day. We found a wooly hat is nice to have on the evenings in the mountains.
We will have a camp van to carry our tents and luggage when we change camp but we carry our own daypacks on the hikes – depending on the day, these may contain snacks, water, lunch, towel.
On our 2 day hike to the mountain hut you will also need to carry your own sleeping bag and change of clothes, etc, as necessary.
We will have vegetarian food while making sure that there is enough protein. Lunch will be cold, as we take it along on the hikes. We will have a warm cooked dinner every day. Please let us know if you have any allergies or other dietary needs.
There will be a lot of food, you wont go hungry.
There will be tea and coffee for breakfast and fresh, clean water from the river. Beer and wine is available (we will have some along in our transport van) but is not included in the price.
Yes! There is an AcroYoga Elemental Immersion on Lake Bonhinj from 22.6. – 28-6.2017 (https://www.acroyoga.org/events/slovenia-elemental-immersion)
Acroatia from 31.07. – 09.08.2017 (http://acroatia.org/)
International Acrobatics Convention (IAC http://acrobatics.nl/next.php) from June 24.6. – 1.7.2017
Slovenian Acrobatics Convention (SAFE) should also be in June.
You can also check the acrocalendar for events http://www.acrodicted.com/acrocalender.
There are many many other beautiful things to see and do in Slovenia, as we are only moving in a small area of this stunning country. There are caves, lots of other lakes and hikes, Italy and Austria and the beaches of Croatia are only a stone’s throw away. The Slovenian Tourism page is a good starting point if you want to further explore the area. http://www.slovenia.si/visit/ Sportswise you can do pretty much any outdoor sport such as rock climbing and bouldering, rafting, kayaking and mountain biking. There are stables for horse riding or you can go on a sailing trip in Croatia if that tickles your fancy!
Also consider the International Acrobatics Convention in Croatia this year (IAC http://acrobatics.nl/next.php) from June 24.6. – 1.7.2017