Rose Retreat in Bulgaria May 2023

The Bulgarian Rose Valley in Kazanlak grows half of the world’s roses for the fragrance and pharmaceutical industries. In 2019, I partnered with Silvia Yonkova of Roseoverdose to teach a rose accords workshop during her annual Rose Retreat. Silvia was a wonderful host, and she made the whole experience magical. Now the Rose Retreat returns again, and while I won’t be teaching this time, I’m delighted to share the news.

During the Rose Retreat, which takes place from May 22nd to May 26th, 2023, you will participate in the rose harvest and learn how rose oil and rose water are made. You will have a perfume-making workshop with guest perfumer Sarah McCartney of 4160 Tuesdays. You will visit the rose museum and distillery. You will explore the Valley of Thracian Kings and discover why this region of Bulgaria is one of Europe’s hidden treasures.

Of course, you will be surrounded by roses. Silvia’s family has been growing them for generations and you will visit different plantations to learn about the difference between rosa damascena and rosa alba. I’m sure you will find the experience as unforgettable as I did when I took part in it.

There will be 2 different price categories for Rose Retreat 2023 released as follows:

“Rose Retreat 2023 Early Bloomer”, starting at 1300 Euros/Person – from November’22 to January’23

“Rose Retreat 2023 Standard”, starting at 1650 Euros/Person – from February’23 to April’23

Bois de Jasmin readers can receive a 10% discount by using the code BOISDEJASMIN (valid until March 1, 2023). To book and to learn more details about the Rose Retreat 2023, please visit Rose Overdose.



  • Violet: This sounds like an amazing experience. I would love to go! February 3, 2023 at 2:32pm Reply

  • Michelle: So they do this every year? Would love to plan a trip for maybe next year. Do you know of any other fragrance focused travel trips like this? Perhaps in Grasse? Thank you for this info! February 3, 2023 at 3:54pm Reply

  • Old Herbaceous: What a wonderful trip this would be! My May ’23 travel plans are already set, but I’m adding this to my future travel bucket list. February 5, 2023 at 8:49am Reply

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