Rila Mountains in Bulgaria and the Universal White Brotherhood

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(Note: “White Brotherhood”- ‘White’ stands as a symbol for spiritual purity and has no any reference with race)

Here is the book and there is the picture on back of it – a circle of thousands of people dressed in white, dancing in the high mountains of Rila. As soon as I saw that, I said, ‘I’m one of them. So in order for the circle to be made, I must show up and be there.’ And I feel very connected to Bulgaria. – Irena Nickels, California, USA

Irena is one of many other people from all over the world, who attend the White Brotherhood annual gathering at the Seven Rila Lakes in Bulgaria. People from different religious backgrounds dance together in the high mountains of Rila and accept the paneurhytmy as a universal dance. Paneurhytmy creates harmony and unity with nature and it’s an expression of all human values.

The Universal White Brotherhood is a religious movement founded in Bulgaria in the early XXth century by Peter Deunov. The group proposes a Christian esoterism, characterized by prayer, meditation, breathing exercises, yoga of nutrition and paneurhytmy.

Seven Rila Lakes


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The path to the Seven Rila Lakes


If you want to attend this unique event, it would take you a special planning. The White Brotherhood gathering is an annual event usually occurring August 15-20. The information about the event is updated and posted every year on the main website of the White Brotherhood However, as of now they still don’t have it translated in English. Their email address is or you can call them at +359897099147

The White Brotherhood tent camp

From Sofia, which is the capital of Bulgaria, you need to get on a small bus to Hija Pionerska in Rila Mountains. It is about 2 and a half hour drive. From Hija Pionerska, you will hike up to Hija Seven Lakes. The hike is about 3 hours. Contact the White Brotherhood and ask them; if you can sign up to get on one of their buses; where exactly they would be picking up the participants. Each year this information varies, so the best way to find out is to contact them.

Paneurhythmy in Rila Mountains
White Brotherhood followers in Rila

2 thoughts on “Rila Mountains in Bulgaria and the Universal White Brotherhood”

  1. Hello Yanina,
    thank you for your so interesting blog about the summer camp in Rila. I would like to join this summer but I found no information so far.
    Could you please tell me how it is organized, how I shall proceed in order to join.
    Is it possible to get some contacts with the White Brotherhood in Bulgaria (I speak English, French, German…) and to join a group before the final dance of the 19th?
    I would be very grateful if you could help me to organize my contacts/visit.
    Best regards,

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