Treat yourself with immersing your body, mind and soul for 5 days retreat at one of the hidden gems of Croatian Coast, Pakleni Islands.
Enjoy daily Traditional Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama practice, playful workshops, pristine, hidden beaches, delicious vegetarian meals in the intimate surroundings of Villa Cricket.
This unique experience is carefully curated and hosted by 3 senior yoga teachers. To ensure that all of the participants receive direct and personal attention spaces are very limited.


28.08. — 01.09.2023

10 people
Yoga practitioners with established Ashtanga practice
singles, groups, couples


*Single Room  • 1,390 € per person
Twin Room  • 1,090 € per person
Triple Room  • 990 € per person
Tent  • 590 € per person
*Single Room booked for 2 people includes a king-size bed. In this case, the price is 990 € per person.
We offer the option of combining this retreat with the Women’s retreat happening the week after. Contact us to get a special deal!


Eco-friendly villa on a secluded island
Daily Traditional Ashtanga Yoga Mysore practice
Daily Pranayama practice & workshops
Sunset walks & island excursions
In house massages


Ashtanga Yoga retreat on Pakleni islands includes — daily Ashtanga Yoga Mysore practice, Ashtanga workshops, daily Pranayama practice and workshops, personal Pranayama practice structured specifically for your needs, guided meditations, lecture of Patanjali Yoga Sutras, chanting, Yoga Nidra, and plenty of free time to relax, swim and enjoy.


We will share with you our love for both Yoga Traditions and magical Pakleni islands.
Our retreat offers a well-curated program of daily Traditional Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama practices, inspiring workshops, and lots of fun. Imagine waking up with the melodious sounds of crickets and calming waves, healing massages, joyful swims, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. At our property, you can pick up veggies from the garden or have a siesta – locally known as Fjaka,  in the shades of 100 years old Olive trees.
Get enchanted by the natural beauty of our beloved Croatian Coast.


Discover day by day program of our Ashtanga Yoga retreat on Pakleni islands. Irena, Petra, and Marco will be your teachers, and Sasha will be your host


We will meet at 4 pm at Hvar main square and then head with the boat towards our villa at Pakleni islands.

After you settle down in the rooms and relax, we will have an introduction circle.
Our first day will conclude with a homemade dinner served at the villa’s porch immersed in green, and relaxing Yoga Nidra class.


We will wake up early to catch the first sun’s rays and start the day with guided Pranayama practice. You are free to join us later for refreshments before the practice based on Ashtanga Yoga method starts.
After awakening body practice, it is time for recharging with a long and lazy brunch.
After brunch we will have individual Pranayama consultations, so Petra can configure your personal practice for the coming days according to your needs and level of practice.
The afternoon is reserved for leisure activities, like massage, relaxing with a book in your hammock, or simply having a long swim in the friendly Adriatic Sea; your choice.
At sunset time, join Marco under the olive trees to reflect on Patanjali Yoga Sutras. It will be a practical and contemporary overview of how to apply yogic philosophy to support our asana & Pranayama practice.
Dinner and free time for relaxing.


Our morning will start with Pranayama, Yoga, and brunch.
The afternoon is reserved for Ashtanga workshop with Irena. Irena is a certificated KPJAY teacher and you will learn some techniques which can help you in asana practice and in daily life.

After dinner, Marco will continue with the lecture and we will learn to chant some important Sutras describing Ashtanga Yoga practice. We will end up the day with guided meditation for better relaxation and sleep.


We start the day with our morning rhythm that you already know — Pranayama, Yoga practice, and then another delicious brunch.

After brunch, Petra will hold a workshop on physiological and meditative values of Pranayama practice and give you tools and guidelines on how to maintain your home breathing practice.
The late afternoon is reserved for a sunset meditation walk through the island. Walking in silence is intended to enable you to connect deeply with the natural elements and with yourself. We believe this island has a special energy, can’t wait to hear your impressions!
Back home we will be graced again with an amazing dinner.
And the last touch of the day, gathering and sharing experiences around the bonfire.

Day 5 — YOGA + RETURN HOME or ...

We will persistently feed our last day on this adventure with our daily morning Yoga practice and fresh local delicacies.
Rejuvenated and recharged, you are ready to get back into the real world.
We will escort you to the island of Hvar, from where you can decide; or to stay to live in Croatia or to go back to your home…


The Cricket house is located only 20 minutes boat ride from Hvar island. There are no cars on the Pakleni islands, and our villa has no neighbors. The house consists of a large living room, kitchen, spacious dining room, 4 bedrooms, and 5 bathrooms. Two bedrooms are situated on the ground floor with double beds and en-suite bathrooms. On the upper floor are a triple room and a twin room with en-suite bathrooms.
Surrounding the house is a spacious Mediterranean garden with authentic herbs, figs, and olive trees. The wild flora garden is equipped with hammocks and deck chairs, making it the ideal place to enjoy nature and silence. Private beach just 5 minutes walk away.
We also offer the option of staying in the tent and using the bathroom from the house. If you are interested, let us know, so we can provide a tent for you.


Our food is prepared with fresh and seasonal ingredients from local farmers because we love to support the local economy.
During your stay, you’ll be delighted with two rich daily meals and snacks made by the in-house chef. Brunches and dinners are mainly vegetarian and vegan. The gluten-free options are available – let us know ahead about your special needs.
Coffee, tea, fruits, and snacks will be available throughout the day.


Pakleni Island is a gorgeous chain of wooded isles that stretches out immediately in front of the town of Hvar.
Although the name literally means ‘Hell’s Islands’, it’s thought to derive from ‘paklina’, a pine resin that was once harvested here to waterproof boats. The more descriptive name will be ‘Green and Blue Paradise’ of the Dalmatian coast, for plenty of deep blue caves and tiny white sandy beaches.


…your teachers, and your host
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Certified Yoga Teacher 1000 E-RYT • Ashtanga Yoga & Pranayama • Shakti meditation


Petra grew up in a yogic environment in Zagreb, as her parents practiced and taught yoga in the eighties. In 2001, when she was working worldwide as a successful professional model, yoga became her daily practice, helping her to balance worldly life under the fashion industry's reflectors and her intimate nature of yearning for connection from within. Very soon, she realized the yogic path was her life calling. After finishing her career in 2010, she enrolled in a teacher training program in Rishikesh with Kamal Singh and Sunil Sharma and started teaching the Ashtanga method daily. Today she is studying the Ashtanga system with Eddie Stern, who also introduced her to the power of mantra chanting and puja setups.

In 2012 her intense passion for breath work brought her to study under the guidance and tradition of O.P. Tiwari, one of the few living masters in India teaching pranayama practice in a traditional way. With his blessing, guidance, and extensive yearly education in the pranayama teacher training program at Kaivalydhama Yoga Institute of India in 2015, she became the first registered pranayama teacher of this tradition in Croatia. A few times each year, she returns to Kaivalydhama to continue her pranayama studies with Tiwariji and his son Sudhir Tiwari.

In 2012, with her husband Marco, she opened the Pink Elephant Yoga House, a well-known house for Yoga in Croatia, and since then developed 300 hours and 600 hours teacher training program taught in Zagreb, Rijeka, and worldwide called Pink Elephant Yoga Institute.

Petra is a passionate meditator and certified Shakti meditation teacher very grateful to her guide Ananda Vdovic, a well-known meditation teacher, painter, and musician, for guiding her on the path of self-discovery since she was a teenager. Her interest in yogic philosophy brought her to study with Dr.Rajani Pradhan, with whom she is studying Sanskrit, particularly the chanting of Patanjali Yoga Sutras. She is currently dedicated to a Wellness Coaching Program specializing in feminine form healing arts, particularly Ayurveda and Tantra, folk herbology, contemporary neuroscience, somatic psychology, and functional medicine.

Besides teaching, she is a passionate traveler and sociologist by profession who loves to share her energy with people around the globe. Petra's teachings are based on a deep understanding of all aspects of yoga: anatomical, philosophical, and experiential. Today her way of teaching is mainly oriented toward classical pranayama and different aspect of working with Prana Shakti. In teaching Ashtanga and Hatha yoga, she works a lot with mindful hands-on adjustments and energy transfer, breath, and bandha work by focusing the attention of students on their personal experiences and discoveries.

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Certificated Yoga Teacher 1000 E-RYT • Ashtanga & Vinyasa Yoga • Shakti meditation


Born and raised in Italy, Marco dedicated his life to the wisdom of yoga by spreading it to people worldwide. Today he lives in Zagreb with his wife, Petra, taking care of different schools and programs dedicated to yogic education. He is the advisor for Croatia at the European Yoga Council, delegate of the European Yoga Federation, and international advisor of the World Yoga Council.

He met eastern philosophies very young in the late 80s and, since then, in his rich life experience, he had the opportunity to meet and work with many great teachers of many different traditions such as Iyengar Yoga, Shivananda Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga. Besides his excellent knowledge of the asana practice and anatomy of the human body, he is a passionate meditator, meditation teacher, and philosophy scholar in the field of Patanjali Yoga Sutras. In the nineties, he received his education in yoga from Carlo Patrian, the teacher who, after spending many years in India in contact with the most renowned yoga teachers of the 19th and 20th centuries, was the first to bring yoga to Italy in the 60s. After several years of study in direct contact with his teacher and mentor Carlo, Marco received the diploma of Yoga Teacher in Milan at Carlo’s “Istituto Yoga.”

In 2005 he moved to Croatia, where he was invited to teach, and soon after, he developed the first Croatian training program for yoga teachers according to the high international standards of the European Yoga Federation, Yoga Alliance, and International Yoga Federation.

In early 2012, he opened the Pink Elephant Yoga House with his wife Petra, and together, they created a new program for yoga teachers called Pink Elephant Yoga Institute and a three-year program called School of Consciousness dedicated to the practice of yogic philosophy. The Institute is registered by the European Yoga Federation and recognized by the “World Movement for Yoga and Ayurveda” and “World Yoga and Ayurveda Community”.

Marco is often invited to teach as a guest teacher in many different countries. He constantly collaborates with many teachers, particularly with Ayurveda and Yoga master Swami Suryananda (Amadio Bianchi), with whom he is bound by profound respect and a long-term friendship. He teaches Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, meditation, and philosophy classes. Marco’s classes contain a great sense of precision, alignment, fluidity, strength, philosophical wisdom, and a touch of fun!

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KPJAYI Authorised • Ashtanga Yoga


Irena Bartolec is an authorized KPJAYI Yoga Teacher, currently living in Costa Rica. She holds and organizes annual Retreats, Workshops, and Teacher Trainings internationally in Bali, Europe,Costa Rica and beyond.

Irena has 20 years of extensive Teaching and Management experience in the fields of Yoga, Health, Wellness and Mindfulness. She is the Creator and Director at Ashtanga Yoga Mama, established in 2014.

Irena has studied Yoga and Meditation extensively with Sri. K. Patthabi Jois, Sharat R. Jois, Rolf Naujokat, Richard Freeman, Lino Miele, Nancy Gilgoff, Eddie Stern, Dr. Jayashree and Prof. Narasimhan, Sharon Salzberg, Bodhi College. Their great wealth of knowledge, generosity, and tutelage have formed the pillars for Irena’s own yogic teaching style, and accompanying philosophies.

In 2014 Irena received her Authorisation to teach Ashtanga Yoga from The KPJAYI Institute in Mysore, India. She spent many years in Mysore, returning annually, establishing a deep relationship to the Ashtanga practice and the traditional lineage, at the time.

Irena Bartolec had the rare opportunity to study Yoga and Mindfulness beside a carefully curated group of noted and revered spiritual Teachers and Masters. Her search for knowledge has taken her all over the world, from India to the USA, Europe to Asia, Central America to Hawaii. She remains committed to spending time with teachers whom she admires, and they dutifully inspire her teaching path.

Irena Bartolec received her Master of Science in Kinesiology Degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia in 2004 where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Physiology. Her final thesis was titled “ The Influence of Yoga on the Cardiovascular and Respiratory System.”

Irena continued her education in various Yoga schools such as The Yoga Workshop in Colorado, Samahita in Thailand, and The Birthright School in the U.K.

This extensive education gives Irena a strong platform to teach different levels of classes and meet her student’s individual needs. She is fully versed in anatomical studies, various physical therapy programs, and has worked extensively with clients who suffer from various physical and mental dis-eases. Irena’s refined teaching philosophy balances well honed strength with proper alignment, ensuring that students develop an extensive yet firm Yoga practice, equally pledging importance on Creativity, Individuality, Discipline and Tradition.

In 2004 Irena opened The Body Element Studio in her hometown of Zagreb, Croatia. She designed, conceptualised, created, managed, owned and taught at Body Element for 10 years. Her passion for Yoga and Wellness supplied Irena with the vision and fortitude to establish the first traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa program in Croatia. Her early teaching choices and business inceptions laid the foundation for a rapidly growing and currently successful Yoga community in Croatia.

In 2014 Irena Bartolec moved to Bali where she taught at Seminyak Yoga Shala until May 2019. She developed and lead their Ashtanga Yoga program, overseeing and teaching a very successful and influential Mysore program that drew students from all over the world.

She is a creator and lead teacher for Cosmos Yoga Academy Teacher training program.

In 2020. due to unpredictable global events, she ended up in Costa Rica where she is currently living and hosting private tailored retreats on a Pacific Coast of Guanacaste.

She is Forever grateful to this beautiful country and opportunity to create and share this peaceful oasis with the community.

Irena is a published writer on The Medium, contributor at Sensa lifestyle Magazine since 2008 and meditation teacher at InsightTimer.


Single Room  • 1,390 € per person
Twin Room 1,090 € per person
Triple Room  • 990 € per person
Tent  • 590 € per person
*Single Room booked for 2 people includes a king-size bed. In this case, the price is 990 € per person.
We offer the option of combining this retreat with the Women’s retreat happening the week after. Contact us to get a special deal!


5 days/4 nights in a modern eco-friendly villa

2 meals per day (brunches & dinners) + snacks

Three senior teachers at your disposal

Traditional Ashtanga Yoga Mysore practice & workshops

Daily Pranayama & workshops

Guided meditations

Personal Pranayama practice structured specifically for your needs

Patanjali Yoga Sutras practical theory


Boat transfer from Hvar and return


Transfers to destination

Travel Insurance


Your reservation is confirmed by payment of 200 € to the GT Agency account. The remaining balance must be paid at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.

For booking and payment coordinates, please go directly to the reservation section of the page.


The reservation price is 200 €, and it is not refundable unless the GTA cancels the program, then the reservation amount is fully refunded back.

The GTA is obliged to inform the participants about cancellation no later than 14 days before starting the event. The GTA may consider allowing the person to use the reservation amount for another retreat in the future.