Time To Relax And Unwind.
Jo & Mark – Your hosts

Some twelve years ago, we decided to buy our property in Bulgaria, purely as a business investment. We visited several times a year and whilst starting the slow renovation process, we truly fell in love with the place. Although we were leading happy and successful lives in the UK, we had dreams of a new challenge, leading a self sufficient life at a more relaxed pace, opening a guest house/retreat and most importantly spending more time together as a family. In July 2006, we made the decision to relocate to Bulgaria to bring up our young family.
Jo's background

After initial college training in beauty/holistic therapies and hairdressing, Jo went on to specialise in Media & Theatrical make-up and pursue her childhood ambition of becoming a Make-up Artist.

With an international career covering all areas of the media, Jo's work has appeared extensively on television, films and in theatre, and has graced the pages of magazines, national newspapers and books. In addition to this, she ran the Make-up Artistry Department at Liverpool Community College for six years and is also co-author of 'Level 3 Professional Beauty Therapy' having responsibility for writing the professional make-up chapters.

Jo's interest in Yoga started as a teenager and throughout her busy career she sought refuge and relaxation in it whenever possible. At one point due to clashing schedules, she started Taichi Qigong sessions instead and continued for several years, including whilst being in labour with her children! “ I was running two businesses, a college department and had a young family – I needed something to stop me going mad, to slow me down and keep my health on an even keel. You have to take some time out for yourself before you burn out!”

Moving to Bulgaria gave Jo time to reflect on life and realise she wanted to develop further in this area. During this time, she has gained her Yoga Alliance 200 hours teaching certification, BSY Yoga Teacher Diploma, Reiki levels I and II and completed a course in Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, from the University of California. She has also completed training courses in Mind control and meditation, encompassing The Law of Attraction and related areas in order to help others heal and create better lives.

Mark's background

Mark is our onsite chef and has a great passion for creating healthy food from around the world. He attended catering college on leaving school, but life was to take him off in another direction and he spent several years working in all areas of construction, which transpired to be a handy skill for the renovation projects here in Bulgaria. Mark is a keen and talented guitar and flute player who studied music at college. Having attained his qualifications he worked as a professional musician and spent a number of years travelling nationwide and abroad with his band. Just before the Millenium, Mark and Jo decided to open a costume hire business, which Mark ran successfully for seven years before moving to Bulgaria. He is responsible for all the delicious meals here and general maintenance of the houses, pool and grounds. You may even find him somewhere on the premises playing a few tunes!

The Team
Our professional, fun and friendly team all live locally and are dedicated to making your stay special and memorable.
Your Therapist


Marianne offers aromatherapy massage, reiki and counselling at Tranquil Times. Living in many countries as a child, her interest in sports massage started in High School. Under the watchful eye of her trainers she began to help out and was amazed at the results. A few years later, this lead to her qualifying as a holistic therapist, reiki master and counsellor in order to provide an all round service which so many guests have loved and benefited from over the years.

Your Driver

Dave is originally from the UK and is our designated driver if you need picking up from Bourgas or sometimes Varna airport. He's been living in Bulgaria for several years and has extensive knowledge of the area so will keep you entertained on your journey. Dave also runs jeep safaris to remote beaches on the Black Sea Coast and thrives in the great outdoors. In his former life before moving to BG, Dave was in the army and worked for several years as a fireman, so you can be assured that you're in safe hands.


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