RAKSummer Retreat 2020. with Mercedes

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RAKSummer Retreat with Mercedes

27-30. August 2020, Zánka, Lake Balaton, Hungary

Exhale, inhale… Join me in this exclusive and magical summer experience! Let’s spend together four days of summer joy, relaxation, and recharge: more than 15 hours of dance and movement, a beautiful location with nature all around, healthy food, friendly atmosphere – in an exclusive group of maximum 15-17 dancers.


Do you sometimes find the speed of everyday life too exhausting? Do you sometimes feel that you are under too much pressure when it comes to your work, social media, or even your dance career? Do you also love dancing but feel lost sometimes how to go on with it, how to develop your connection to it, and your inner world? Then we already have something in common. There’s much to learn from quarantine times – one thing definitely is trying to appreciate the moment while it lasts, dig deeper than the surface, and… slow down. Join the Soul Garden and learn to slow down with us. Get deeper into dance and be more present through connections we will create – with each other, with nature, and most of all – with yourself.

Soul Garden is a new step of a decade long tradition of my belly dance camps. I would like to focus on the personal connections and development of each participant as well as offering an interesting schedule and space and time to connect, recharge, ask questions, experiment.


I’ll be joined by some lovely fellow instructors at Soul Garden Retreat. The team is created out of friendships and years-long professional and personal relationships. Together we will create a safe space for you and guide you to immerse in your own creativity.

Your host and organizer:

Mercedes Nieto – oriental dance: expressive technique, musicality, creativity and choreography classes & trainings

Amira – hatha flow yoga with philosophy

Rhea – expressive fusion with storytelling

Anita – Salsation

Detailed timetable is coming soon…

The classes are on intermediate level and above.


The location was a love for first sight to me: Zen Garden Resort in Zánka – a lovely and brand new resort right by the Lake Balaton with a private beach, zen garden, outdoor bio pool, sauna, surrounded with raw nature, huge old trees, lots of space to explore and lots of fresh air to soothe our minds. You can rent a bicycle at the resort to get around the area, or rent sup to immerse into the peacefulness of the lake.

Accommodation is non-smoking and air-conditioned bungalows for 4 persons (two bedrooms), equipped with private bathroom, kitchen, terrace, free wi-fi.

You can easily get to the Garden from Budapest by train (appx. 2 hours) or car (appx. 1,5 hours). We will help you to arrange your trip from the airport and pick you up from the train station.

The most famous gastro and cultural village of the Lake (Köveskál) is just a 10 minutes ride (car or bike).


The amazing chef of the resort has created a menu especially for us: healthy, fresh from local ingredients – it will keep us moving. Any special requests and diets are doable too.

All the meals are included (breakfast, lunch, dinner) in the full pass – but you can also order your pass without food if you wish to take care of it on your own.

And more…

Welcome gift bag with lovely Soul Garden surprises

Bazaar (with dance costumes and accessories, audio and video materials)

Closing night hafla where you can perform or just watch and enjoy the summer evening

New friends, sunshine, fresh air


DISCOUNTED prices for returning RAKSummer students and for Nimfeum students:

ORCHID Pass (Full Pass):

Accommodation, meals (3x daily), all the classes and activities:

390 €

IRIS Pass:

Accommodation and all the classes and activities (without meals):

290 €

GENERAL prices

ORCHID Pass (Full Pass):

Accommodation, meals (3x daily), all the classes and activities, welcome gift bag, transfer from and to the station:

450 €

IRIS Pass:

Accommodation and all the classes and activities, welcome gift bag, transfer from and to the station (without meals):

350 €

COMPANION Pass (for accompanying family members)

Accommodation and meals without classes, transfer from and to the station:

310 €

(Free for children up to 2 years old)

Payment and Payment Plan

You can pay the camp fee in one, two, or three parts – please choose the most convenient for you.

Deadline of the application and the first payment: 27th July 2020

Amount of the first payment (deposit): 100 €

(or the whole fee, if you wish to pay in one part)

Second payment deadline: 13th August 2020

Amount: 150 €

(Or the whole remaining fee)

The completion of the third part of the payment can be done by cash on the spot.

The first part of your payment serves as a deposit and it’s non-refundable in case of cancellation from the participant’s side. In case of any unforeseen situation occurs due to the pandemic and the camp needs to be canceled all paid fees will be reimbursed (minus automated bank transaction and exchange fees) or offered to be used in 2021. The organization doesn’t take responsibility for fee losses in case the camp will be held but a foreign participant can not travel due to local regulations of their countries – but a voucher for 2021 will be offered in such cases too.

Please kindly let us know if you follow a special diet or if you have any special requests.

More information and application: info@nietomercedes.com

I’m waiting for you with love,