KATONAH YOGA
RETREAT

WITH MANUELA IN ISTRIA

Would you like to spend a week with yoga and wine?
Manuela is ‘Yoga,’ and Sasha is “Wine”, let me explain. Manuela will take you through Katonah Yoga journey, while Sasha will show you the best of Istria; Brijuni National Park, romantic cities of Motovun & Rovinj, SUP tour around the island and so much more…
If you feel this mixture of fun and devotion suits you, then join in!

DATES

24.09. — 30.09.2022

MAXIMAL CAPACITY
12 people
SUITABLE FOR
all yoga levels
groups, singles, couples

PRICES

Twin Room • 1,190 € per person
Single Room • 1,590 € per person

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HIGHLIGHTS

Luxury villa in a quiet village with a pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi
Daily Katonah Yoga practice, restorative & workshops
Visiting Brijuni National Park
Truffles & wine dinner in Motovun
In-house massages

ACTIVITIES

Katonah Yoga is our daily routine but this retreat as well includes — restorative practice, meditation, workshops based on Katonah Yoga philosophy, visiting Brijuni National Park, visiting Rovinj, dinner in Motovun, stand-up paddle tour, massages, and plenty of free time to relax. 

OVERVIEW

This retreat brings together the power and beauty of the Istria region and the calmness and devotion of guided daily Yoga practice with Manuela.
We’ll lodge in a luxury countryside villa with a pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi immersed in Mediterranean wild flora.
We will have time for lazy afternoons and massages by the pool. As well and enjoying amazing sunset in Motovun while eating truffles with a glass of excellent local wine.
Cheers!

PROGRAM

Discover day by day program of this powerful retreat in the Istria region, Croatia.

–THE RETREAT MEETS THE HEALTH AND HYGIENE PROTOCOLS THAT THE CROATIAN GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENTED AS GENERAL COVID-19 PROTOCOL.

Day 1 — ARRIVAL + INTRODUCTION CIRCLE

You will have an organized transfer from Pula airport or city of Pula to our villa.

Once when you settle in your room, take time to ambient; you can relax by the pool and get to know other participants.
After dinner, we will set intentions for the upcoming week and have an introduction circle.

The last touch of the day is meditation under shiny stars for grounding and relaxation.

Day 2 — YOGA + LEISURE + KATONAH YOGA WORKSHOP

In the morning you will attend Manuela Yoga class, a dynamic practice that is influenced by Katonah Yoga elements and philosophy.

Following yoga time, our in-house chef will serve the brunch made of fresh and seasonal delicacies.

The afternoon is reserved for leisure activities, like massage, relaxing by the pool, swimming or simply reading the book and enjoying in the villa; your choice.

Before dinner, Manuela will hold a Workshop on Katonah Yoga Daoist philosophy, combined with a short practice. Learn about sacred geometry in our body structure and how to incorporate this knowledge in asana practice and in everyday life.

In the evening we will enjoy a delicious homemade dinner and wine.

Day 3 — YOGA + STAND-UP PADDLE TOUR

Our morning will start with the same routine as the previous day.

After Yoga and brunch, put your swimming suit on and get ready for a beach day! We are going on a stand-up paddling tour around a small island. You can expect a lazy afternoon on the beach, taking a ride on paddleboards while enjoying the turquoise Adriatic Sea, and perhaps seeing some dolphins.


Once we arrived home, a delicious dinner will wait for us. We will conclude our day with meditation for better sleep. 

Day 4 — YOGA + LEISURE + RESTORATIVE PRACTICE

After energizing with our morning routine, you’ll have free time to enjoy in the sauna, pool, and jacuzzi or to relax with the massage.

If you prefer a more active holiday, you can take in-house bicycles and explore local villages.


Before dinner, take some time to release and let Manuela lead you through restorative practice. Staying longer in different variations of pigeon pose will make your body feel fluent and alive.

After a delicious dinner, we will visit Pula city with its well-preserved Roman Amphitheater and have a drink at the main square Forum.

Day 6 — YOGA + BRIJUNI NATIONAL PARK

Repetition is the mother of knowledge- says Zig Ziglar! Today after morning Yoga practice and brunch, we are heading to one of the most beautiful National Park in Croatia – Brijuni.

There we can rent bicycles and explore this magical island with an open Zoo Park and Tito’s palace. This island has a vibe of the golden era from the sixties. We just love it!


When we arrived back, homemade dinner will wait for us at the table. It’s time to finish this active day with meditation.

Day 5 — YOGA + ROVINJ & MOTOVUN

The 6th day will start with our usual healthy practice.

The afternoon is reserved for a road trip to Istrian ‘pearl’ Rovinj and exploring the charms of its colorful streets and local artist ateliers.

Shortly after, we will head north to visit medieval hilltop town Motovun and discover further central Istria’s wonders! Motovun is world-famous for truffles, homemade pasta, and excellent vines.

We will have our spot reserved at one of the best local restaurants for a romantic sunset dinner.

Day 7 — RETURN HOME

… this will be the end of the retreat.

At this point, you will have the choice between going back to your home place or staying in Croatia forever. 

LODGING

Villa Panorama is a luxury villa placed in the quiet village Gajana, nearby Pula, the largest town in Istria.
Surrounding the house is a 2500 m² plot of Mediterranean wild flora, making it the ideal place to retreat from urban daily life. The Interior is furnished carefully, blending contemporary styles with a traditional design.
In front of the Villa is a garden with a pool with air massage waterfalls. Next to it is a spa area, including a sauna and Jacuzzi. On one side of the Villa is a spacious summer kitchen with a fireplace, billiard, and table soccer.
The house consists of seven charming bedrooms with their own bathrooms, air conditioning, TV, and stunning window views. The living room is very spacious and includes a fully equipped modern kitchen.
Last but not least, at your disposal are 8 bicycles.

FOOD

The food is prepared from fresh and seasonal ingredients purchased from local farmers. We love to support local economy!
Our in-house chef provides two, mainly vegan or vegetarian meals a day — brunches and dinners. Gluten-free options are as well available.
Coffee, tea, fruits and snacks will be available throughout the entire day.

LOCATION

Istria is known as ‘Terra Magica’ and often compared with Italian Tuscany aside from being the Adriatic Sea’s largest peninsula.
The entire region is famous for its petite hills with enchanting medieval hamlets, evergreen Mediterranian pine trees and plenty of fascinating beaches. Nevertheless, it is known for its abundance of truffles, vineyards, olive groves, homemade pasta,  prosciutto, cheese and Malvazija wine.
This Mediterranean peninsula flourishes with artistic and bohemian vibes, mystical atmosphere and rich historical heritage — 3000 thousand years old Roman town Pula, charming Rovinj and the magical hilltop of Motovun.
According to community destination votes, in 2021, Lonely Planet greeted Istria with the Best Olive Growing Region in the World award title.

MEET OUR TEAM

…your teacher, your guide and in-house chef
Certificated Yoga Teacher E-RYT500 • Vinyasa & Katonah Yoga

MANUELA HUBER

Manuela has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and she is teaching for more more than a decade. Coming from a martial arts background Manuela has always been into a dynamic Yoga style with focus on Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga. Being one of the first certified KATONAH YOGA Teachers in Germany and Europe.
Certificated Yoga Teacher E-RYT200 • Tour Guide

SASHA DAKIC

She is a passionate yoga practitioner, experienced yoga teacher and tour guide. She was working several years for one of the world's biggest travel companies, leading tours in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia and her love for travel, tourism, yoga, and adventures made her found Fige Yoga Adventures®.
Sasha became a certified yoga teacher in 2018 by www.gaia-yoga.com school in Croatia. Her teaching style is Ashtanga Vinyasa, and she is skilled at demystifying complex concepts and making yoga feel accessible to beginners and teachers alike.
Dog lover, she enjoys spending time hiking, swimming and horseback riding.
Mediterranean Vegan Fusion Cook

SANJA HRVOIC

Vegan, vegetarian and Mediterranean cuisine are Sanja's specialties, which all come for personal experience, cooking for herself and her loved ones. The passion for cooking rose in 2017 after her travel to India. In 2019 she started writing her blog — Moksha, where she freely shares her culinary ideas and recipes.
In the meantime, she left her corporate day job and completed teacher training for Asthanga yoga.
More recently, Sanja started cooking at retreat events. Extraordinary food combinations and ideas are always flowing through her mind, especially before bedtime when next-day-lunch recipes appear out of thin air.

PRICES

Twin Room  • 1,190 € per person
Single Room  • 1,590 € per person

INCLUDING

7 days & 6 nights in luxury villa with a pool

2 meals per day (brunch and dinner) + snacks

Daily Yoga classes 

Restorative practices & meditation

Katonah Yoga workshop

Visiting Pula

Half day trip to Rovinj & Motovun

Stand Up Paddle tour

All excursions transfers

Group transfer from airport or Pula and return

EXCLUDING

Transfers to destination

Travel insurance

Entrance fee to Brijuni National Park

Dinner in Motovun

RESERVATION POLICY

Your reservation is confirmed by payment of 200 € to the Gipsy Travel Agency account. The rest of the event amount price can be paid at the arrival.

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

The retreat meets the health and hygiene protocols that the Croatian governments implemented as general COVID-19 protocol.

CANCELLATION POLICY

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 any regular* cancellation no later than 14 days before starting the event. The GTA may consider allowing the person to use the reservation amount for another event in some exceptional cases.

Due to the pandemic time we live in, a person is obligated to inform GTA the same day the Country issues the travel restriction, as the same GTA will do in return. If a person were not allowed to travel to Croatia due to international COVID-19 travel restrictions, GTA would agree to change the booking for another event or to send deposit back.

*regular = not caused by Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions