WOMEN'S YOGA
RETREAT
ON PAKLENI ISLANDS

WITH SANDRA

Looking for a transformative experience on a secluded island in Croatia?
Waking up with the melodies of waves, jumping in the sea straight from your bed, enjoying quiet mornings on your own personal journey of transformation and self discovery 
 the perfect rejuvenating experience is waiting for you!
Keep reading!

DATES

19.06. — 24.06.2023

MAXIMUM CAPACITY
10 people
SUITABLE FOR
all yoga levels
women’s

PRICES

*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 15% less for each person.

HIGHLIGHTS

Luxury villa on a secluded island
Daily Yoga classes, Yoga Nidra & meditation
Solstice fire & cacao ceremony
The rite of the womb worskhop
Silent sunset walks & island excursion
Dinner with a local family

ACTIVITIES

Women’s  Yoga retreat on Pakleni islands includes — Daily Yoga classes based on Elements of Nature, guided meditation, cacao ceremony, Yin Yoga, Solstice fire ceremony, Yoga Nidra, Rite of womb workshop, island hopping around Pakleni islands and island of Hvar, dinner with a local family in Hvar, meditation walks, in-house massages, energetic treatments and free time to relax and enjoy.

OVERVIEW

We are excited to share with you our love for Yoga practices and the island of Hvar!
Celebrate and reconnect to your true nature as a woman, fall in love with yourself again, be nourished and supported by yogic and shamanic practices, and Nature elements – crystal clear water, warm sun, fragrant air and fertile earth – so you can ignite a true process of transformation and self healing in a small and safe group of like-minded women.
This retreat is a full immersion into the calmness and wildness of the Pakleni Islands — an archipelago of Hvar island. Disconnect to connect. No cars. No neighbors. You will have the luxury of waking up with the melodies of waves, enjoying long swims, massages, picking home-grown veggies from the garden, and admiring amazing sunsets.

PROGRAM

Discover day by day program of Women’s Yoga retreat on Pakleni islands with Yoga teacher Sandra and host Sasha

Day 1 — ARRIVAL + OPENING CIRCLE

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

A gentle meditation practice to help you setltle down will be followed by a homemade dinner served at the villa’s porch.

Day 2 — EARTH ELEMENT PRACTICES + CACAO CEREMONY CIRCLE

We’ll wake up early to catch the first sun rays, and start the day with a guided meditation and a gentle earthing yoga practice.

Long and lazy brunch will give you time to settle and enjoy your new home for the next days. We will guide you through exercises for connecting with the Nature, with the Earth and with your Self.

The afternoon is reserved for leisure activities like massage or energetic treatments, relaxing with a book in your hammock, or simply having a long swim in the crystal clear sea.

At sunset time we will gather in a circle for Cacao Ceremony and sharing time, and we will end the day with delicious local dinner.

Day 3 — FIRE ELEMENT PRACTICES + SOLSTICE CEREMONY CIRCLE

We start the day with the sunrise meditation and gently challenging vinyasa practice, followed by rich and slow brunch.

The afternoon is reserved for a meditation walk through the island – walking in silence will allow you to connect deeply with the natural elements as well as yourself. We believe this island has a special energy, can’t wait to hear your impressions!

At sunset we will have a restorative Yin Yoga practice, followed by a yummy dinner. After dinner we meet for the Solstice Fire Ceremony and a circle of sharing.

Day 4 — AIR ELEMENT PRACTICES + ISLAND HOPPING

Our day will start with meditation, light and spacious yoga practice and breath work (pranayama), followed by healthy veggie brunch.

Today’s plan is island hopping around Pakleni islands and the island of Hvar. We will enjoy snorkeling in hidden bays, mud baths known for healing effects, and refreshment at a beautiful beach bar. Last stop is Hvar where we have free time for exploring charming Venetian architecture spots and art shops. For dinner, we will be hosted by the friendly local family in their charming garden.

Back to our magic little island we will end the day with guided Yoga Nidra under the starry sky.

Day 5 — WATER ELEMENT PRACTICES + THE RITE OF THE WOMB

After awakening our bodies with flow yoga class and healing pranayama practices, and nurturing our senses with delicious brunch, we will connect to the Water element and receive it’s teachings.

In your free time you can relax with the massage or energy treatment, explore the hidden bays or visit a magical treehouse nearby.

Around sunset, we will gather under the olive trees for a healthy nutrition and phytotherapy workshop. We will celebrate the completion of this week together with dinner around the bonfire, followed by a very special Womb healing ritual from shamans of the Andes.

Day 6 — RETURN HOME or...

The last morning practice will be dedicated to Pachamama who hosted us in this week, and through our life, followed by the closing circle of sharing, yummy fresh brunch and the last sea dip.

Rejuvenated and recharged, you are ready to go back in the real world.

We will take you back to the island of Hvar, from where you can decide; or to stay to live in Croatia or to go back to your home…

VILLA

We’re surrounded by breathtaking, wild nature while staying in a beautiful eco-friendly, newly built villa located on the Pakleni islands – an archipelago of Hvar, one of the most beautifu islands of Adriatic Sea.
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 the nature and the 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.

FOOD

Our food is prepared only 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 made by the local 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.

LOCATION

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 a Dalmatian coast, because of plenty of deep blue caves and tiny white sandy beaches.

MEET OUR TEAM

…your teacher, your guide and in-house chef
YOGA CROATIA RETREAT
Certified Yoga Teacher 500 E-RYT • Ashtanga & Vinyasa Yoga

SANDRA D BIANCO

Sandra D. Bianco is a dedicated yoga practitioner who has been studying and practicing yoga for more than 20 years, teaching it since 2005. She started her spiritual research at a young age of 15, first through books, then by meeting yoga, buddhist meditation and shamanism, until she met her spiritual Teacher in 1995. That encounter changed her perception of Life and of her Purpose, and became the foundation of her way of living and of her teachings today.
In 2005 she got the blessing to teach yoga from her first Ashtanga & Vinyasa teacher Sonja Rzepski, becoming one of the pioneers of dynamic yoga in Croatia. Her thirst for knowledge made her travel around the world, to study with a great number of prominent teachers and masters. One of the most precious encounters was with O.P. Tiwariji from Kaivalyadham Institute (India), who initiated her in the practices and teaching of Pranayama.
Sandra is is the founder of GaiaYoga school established in 2006 as the first Croatian Yoga Teacher Training program, and of GaiaYoga Prenatal TTC.
She is an experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT500, RPYT) IYF and European Yoga Federation, and a Teacher Trainer licensed to certify students at the 200 & 500 hour levels. She has in-depth knowledge of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Pranayama, Meditation and yoga philosophy.
She is also trained in Shamanic Medicine with Andean Q’ero shamans, as well as Energy Therapist and teacher of Energy Method called Prana Hands since 1999.
Certificated Yoga Teacher E-RYT200 • Tour Guide & Host

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.
Yoga retreat Croatia
Macrobiotic Vegan Chef

KAROLINA PAVIC

Karolina is a long time Buddhist practitioner, Shiatsu masseur and Macrobiotic chef. When she is preparing a food, you can feel all her energy and love in that meals. She uses seasonal ingredients and makes the best of it.
Karolina was the owner of Zagreb famous restaurant, Veganspek, first vegan and meat restaurant in Croatia.

PRICES

Single Room  • 1,490 € per person
Twin Room 1,190 € per person
Triple Room  • 1,090 € per person
Tent  • 690 € per person

INCLUDING

6 days/5 nights in luxury eco-friendly villa

2 meals per day (brunches & dinners) + snacks

Daily Yoga classses

Meditation & Pranayama

Cacao ceremony

Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra

Solstice fire ceremony

The rite of the womb workshop

Boat trip around Pakleni islands & Hvar

Dinner with a local family

Boat transfer from Hvar and return

EXCLUDING

Transfers to destination

Travel insurance

In-house massage/energetic tretments

Extra boat transfer is 30€ 

RESERVATION POLICY

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 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 retreat in the future.

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 is 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