FIVE ELEMENTS YOGA & ADVENTURE RETREAT IN ISTRIA, cROATIA
5-DAY PROGRAM( 6 nights )
This is the new retreat program that we start in 2018. It is the similar program like the one in Rovinj with longer adventure activities and exploring not only our town Rovinj but also the whole magical region Istria.
- Daily morning 5 Elements Yoga classes
- Daily adventure excursions: kayaking, windsurfing, biking and hiking
- Visiting the best spots of Istria including Motovun, Grožnjan, Kamenjak, Učka, Kotle, Rovinj and Pula
- Daily organic vegetarian or vegan breakfast
- 6-nights' accommodation in Rovinj, Croatia
GENERAL SCHEDULE for the retreat
Begin on Sunday ( arrival day ) with the evening (21:00 sunset time ) gathering
8:00 - 9:15 - Morning yoga class
9:30 - Breakfast
11:00 - 18:00 Daily adventure tours (see below)
End on Saturday morning with breakfast
(Please note: the itinerary of the program can change dependent on weather conditions and considerations)
Fire day - Biking:
The biking trail that we choose is one hour from Rovinj and is the most beautiful bike trail in Istria. It passing through the old train tunnel, across the old bridge and through many vineyards with great views at the Motovun valley. The path is not only the best because of her beautiful scenery but it is situated between 2 most beautiful medieval towns on the hills, Grožnjan and Motovun which we going to visit. It is an easy trail, mostly downhill but the last part is very sharp uphill for those who want build up the fire energy. Others can wait at the bottom and relax. In the middle of the journey we will stop for lunch time at the Livade village which is bdw the most known place in Istria for the truffle. There are restaurants and grocery shops.
Water day - Kayaking:
For Kayaking we choose the very bottom of the Istria peninsula. It is only one hour driving from Rovinj and we will pass through Pula so you will see the famous Arena, one of the best roman amphitheatre still standing. The kayaking place will be at the place call Kamenjak. It is a natural protected area with many beaches. There at the spot you will have time for swimming, snorkeling, and amazing cliff jumping or just relaxing on the beach until lunch time. There is a fast food restaurant where you can have your meal. After the lunch time we will take a kayak tour around the island. Kayaking will be only 1or 2 hours depende of the wind.
Air day - Windsurfing:
On the windsurfing day ( which should be on wednesday ) we will stay in Rovinj and visit Red Island where you can do windsurfing with our instructor, SUP ( stand up paddling ) or just swimming and relaxing on the beach. There is a restaurant and pizzeria too. We start with bikes from our Guesthouse to the Rovinj center where we take a boat to Red island.
Earth day - Hiking:
One hour driving from Rovinj is the mountain Učka which have spectacular view to the landscape of Istria region and some Croatian islands. Učka have many hiking trails but you will have oportunity to choose betwean 2 trails. The one that is going to the top is a hard one but with incredible view from the top if the weather is nice ( 1:15 min to the top ). The other trail is one very easy trail with many Land art places for meditating and connecting with the Earth and nature ( around 3 hours ).
For Spirit day we will go for a hike and visit one small river with 5 waterfalls. The waterfalls are not so big and spectacular like in Plitvice but the trail is very nice, and worth visit. On the end is a very small and old Istrian village with nice waterfalls and one few restaurants. We stop there for lunch and then we will go to visit Motovun the most famous medieval town in Istria. Motovun is in the middle of Istria region and in the esoteric world known as the most magical town.
All the 5 tours start from Rovinj ( Five Elements Guesthouse ) at 11 and we are back around 6-7 PM.
All the transport, guide, instructors, equipments are included in the price. lunch and dinner is not included in the price. You can bring your own sandwich or something or you can eat in the local restaurant at the spot .
Note that the program is flexible and changeable according to weather like strong winds or rain. In case of canceling the tour because of very heavy weather condition we will have more Yoga classes in the afternoon in our guesthouse.
PRICES Start from 680€
1 person shared twin room 508 €
1 person private room 580 €
2 persons private room 1015 €
Included in the price:
- 6 nights' accommodation in one of the Five Elements Guesthouse rooms
- Daily breakfast (vegetarian or vegan and mostly organic )
- Daily Yoga classes
- All adventure tours, transport, gear, and instruction
- Local wine and snack for the welcome evening
- Pick-up from Rovinj bus station or harbor
not included in the pricE:
- Lunch: for the Lunch we will be out on the adventure tours but there will be a restaurant at the spots.
- Dinner: Most guests prefer to visit the town for dinner, or you can make dinner in our guesthouse. All guests will have access to the common kitchen. Some apartments have a private kitchen.
- Pick-up from Pula airport is with aditional cost of 50€
Natali Podner is a physiotherapist and yoga instructor. After finishing medical school, she worked in a hospital for one year. Afterwards, she opened her own studio for massage, body care, and recreation. Through the years, Natali attended schools for body care, and specialized in individual medical and Tui Na massage therapy. Natali is now a certified yoga instructor of Ashtanga, Power and Vinyasa flow style, and is currently learning new styles as well. It is yoga that brought her to the Five Elements Guesthouse.
“In my early twenties, I traveled around the world as a model and I experienced a lifestyle that was beautiful only from the outside. Today, I’m finding more beauty and peace inside, and I try to find love in doing small things. My dream came true when I opened my massage studio and from then my biggest joy is to help others feel better. Rovinj, for me, was always one of the best places, and now I’m happy to have the opportunity to work here doing all the things that I love.”
MARIN G VAYU
Marin G Vayu was born and raised in Rovinj, Croatia, and has been in the world of yoga for 15 years. He has visited India many times, practicing a variety of different styles of yoga with many different teachers. His other passions include windsurfing, which he taught for several years, and drumming, which he learned to play in Africa. His life has always been centered around teaching people; first windsurfing, then drumming, and later yoga. Marin published his first book Dance Of The Wind in 2009, which is available in English on Amazon.
“To be in nature is much more than just having fun and noticing its beauty. I enjoy very much reaching desert islands with my kayak, feeling the wind in my sail, listening the silence of the caves, or simply watching the sunset or sunrise. I can feel that the Elements are alive and I enjoy being connected to their spirits. I feel it’s a blessing to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, because in Rovinj, I can really experience all of that beauty every day. Now I’m happy to show the beauties of my hometown to other travelers, and if they are interested to learn more about the elements, I’m glad to share my knowledge.”
If you are interested in the Yoga Retreat or you have questions, please send an inquiry.
Limited availability for this program is up to 10 persons.
istria Yoga RETREATS DATES for 2018:
6 - 12 May 2018
13 - 19 May 2018
20 - 26 May 2018
27 May - 2 Jun 2018
3 - 9 June 2018
10 - 16 June 2018
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