Are you longing for a self-care journey on a secluded island in the Adriatic Sea?
Nourish your body and soul with gentle yoga practice, breath work,  Ayurveda, and sacred rituals.
Enjoy the Mediterranean landscapes and pristine beaches. Walking barefoot, picking figs directly from trees, having long swims, and listening to the sounds of waves.
This heavenly experience is waiting for you!


02.09. — 06.09.2023

10 people
Women’s, solo travelers


*Single Room  • 1,490 € per person
Twin Room  • 1,190 € per person
Triple Room  • 1,090 € per person
Tent  • 690 € 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 Ashtanga retreat happening the week before.  Contact us to get a special deal!


Eco-friendly villa on a secluded island
Daily Yoga, Pranayama & meditation
Ayurveda self-care rituals & Cacao ceremony
In-house massage
Boat trip & dinner with a local family


Women’s Retreat on Pakleni island includes — Feminine form Yoga and Pranayama, Ayurvedic rituals, meditation, Cacao eeremony, herbology, island hopping, dinner with a local family in Hvar, walking meditation, massages, and free time to relax and reflect.


Treat yourself to a women’s retreat in the beautiful country of Croatia. Unwind, relax and connect with like-minded women in a stunning and serene setting. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, and indulge in delicious local cuisine.
You will have opportunity to nourish your body through gentle and mindful Yoga practices, regulate the nervous system through breath work, ignite the self-healing process through the ancient science of Ayurveda and sacred rituals of heart wisdom, and take part in activities designed to cultivate self-care and self-love.
Whether you’re looking to reconnect with yourself, make new friends, or simply enjoy a much-needed break, this women’s retreat promises to be an unforgettable experience.
Come and join us for a transformative journey in one of Europe’s most enchanting destinations.


Discover day by day program of our Women’s retreat on Pakleni islands with Irena Bartolec and Petra Bianco as teacher, and Sasha as 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 our first women’s circle. Our day will conclude with a homemade dinner served on the villa’s porch immersed in green.


We will wake up early to catch the first sun’s rays and start the day with guided pranayama and intentional yoga practice, followed by long and lazy brunch.
After brunch, you will have plenty of time to relax by reading a book in your hammock, enjoying a massage or simply having a long swim in the crystal clear sea.

In the afternoon we will work with some ancient teachings of Ayurveda and the feminine aspect of it. Ayurveda, being a science of life, is a methodology of knowing yourself, your imbalances, and balances so you can heal simply by observing and opening up for self-knowledge and remedy precisely for you and your process. This idea of an ancient woman healing art becomes so natural and wildly alive in a safe space of sisterhood coming together and allowing the self-healing process to happen.

Last touch of the day – dinner under a starry sky.


On this day, we will invite sacred inner fire to our presence through our morning yoga and breathing routines. After recharging through practices, it is time for a delicious brunch. The eating process will be treated as a form of celebration or meditation. While eating, we will guide you through various ayurvedic tips and tricks to lessen toxicity and boost your belly fire.

In the afternoon, we will work on some feminine principles.
As women, we are shifting through many different cycles during our lifetime. Finding balance and accommodating each phase of our monthly cycles is crucial for our health. It is easy to get lost and forget about yourself and your needs while facing daily challenges and tasks. An overwhelming routine can affect women’s well-being. By getting familiar with our cycles and energy shifts, we can heal our feminine roots. Healing literally means “to make whole,” and this wholeness is unique for each of us. There is no fixed agenda, no stereotype of femininity except authenticity and joy for our bodies and minds.



We will access our nervous system and restore our emotional balance through our connections with mother Earth. This day is dedicated to the celebration of Shakti in all of her beauty.

After our morning grounding routines and brunch, we will sail off to simply have fun on our boat trip around the island.
Exploring secluded bays, jumping into the sea, listening to the sounds of nature and indulging our senses during a special dinner at the delightful garden of our host Mila on Hvar Island.


We will celebrate our last day on this adventure with our Closing women’s circle and fresh local delicacies.

After awakening our bodies with balancing morning routines and cuddling our souls with delicious brunch, we are ready to return home.

Rejuvenated and recharged, you are ready to return to the real world.
We will escort you to the island of Hvar, from where you can decide, whether 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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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.

Founder of Fige Yoga • Host & Guide


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 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.


Single Room  • 1,490 € per person
Twin Room 1,190 € per person
Triple Room  • 1,090 € per person
Tent  • 690 € 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 Ashtanga retreat happening the week before.  Contact us to get a special deal!


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

2 meals per day (brunches & dinners) + snacks

Feminine form Yoga & Pranayama

Ayurvedic rituals


Cacao Ceremony


Island hopping

Dinner with a local family in Hvar

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.

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