women yoga retreat croatia

WOMEN'S YOGA
RETREAT
PAKLENI ISLANDS

WITH SANDRA Đ. BIANCO

Looking for a transformative experience on the paradise islands of Croatia?
Imagine waking up to the melodies of waves, diving into the sea straight from your bed, and enjoying quiet mornings on your own personal journey of transformation and self-discovery 
— the perfect oasis for rejuvenation is waiting for you!
Keep reading!

DATES

25.06. — 30.06.2024

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

PRICES 

*Single Room  • 1,590 € per person 
Twin Room  • 1,290 € per person 
Triple Room  • 1,090 € per person 
Tent  • 790 € per person 
 
*Single Room booked for 2 people includes a king-size bed. In this case, the price is 1,100 € per person.

HIGHLIGHTS

Eco-friendly villa on a secluded island
Daily Yoga based on Nature Elements
Cacao Ceremony & Sacred Fire
Island hopping & exploring
Silent sunset walks & meditations

ACTIVITIES

Women’s Yoga Retreat on Pakleni islands includes — Daily Yoga classes based on Elements of Nature, guided meditation, breathing practices, Cacao ceremony, Yin Yoga, Sacred fire ceremony, Yoga Nidra, Rite of womb ceremony, Despacho ceremony, 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 Pakleni islands!
This retreat is a full immersion into the calmness and wildness of the Pakleni Islands — one of the world’s very best islands. 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.
Disconnect to connect…
No cars. No neighbors. Just the sea in front and amazing nature behind you.
Celebrate and reconnect to your true nature as a woman, 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.

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 meet at 4 pm at Hvar’s main square and then head with the speedboat towards our villa at Pakleni Islands.

The evening unfolds with a Despacho Ceremony, a heartfelt gesture of giving back to Mother Earth. Following this, engage in a serene meditation practice designed to help you settle down and connect with the natural surroundings.

As the night sky unfolds, relish a homemade dinner served under the stars, creating a perfect beginning to our transformative retreat experience.

Day 2 — EARTH ELEMENT PRACTICES + CACAO CEREMONY

We will wake up early to catch the first sun rays and start the day with a guided meditation and a gentle earthing/grounding Yoga practice. Long and lazy brunch will give you time to settle and enjoy your new home for the next days.

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!

You can also have a healing mud bath to connect even more to Mama Earth. We will guide you through exercises for connecting with Nature, with the land, and with your Self.

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

Day 3 — FIRE ELEMENT PRACTICES + FIRE CEREMONY

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

The afternoon is reserved for leisure activities like massage or energetic treatments (optional, by request), relaxing with a book in your hammock, walking through the island, or simply having a long swim in the crystal clear sea.

At sunset, we will have a restorative Yin Yoga practice, followed by a yummy dinner. After dinner, we gather in a circle around the fire to share and connect, feeding the fire with our intentions and Despacho.

Day 4 — AIR ELEMENT PRACTICES + ISLAND HOPPING

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

A speed boat will then take us to explore the Pakleni Islands: we will enjoy snorkeling in hidden bays, skinny dipping, and refreshments at a beautiful beach bar.

We will have dinner at the Fisherman’s House restaurant at the beach, and 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 slow flow Yoga class and healing pranayama practices, and nurturing our senses with delicious brunch, we will connect to the Water element and receive its teachings.

In your free time, you can relax with the massage or energy treatments, explore the hidden bays, or visit a magical treehouse nearby. Optional: Blue cave visiting.

At sunset we will celebrate the completion of this week through elements with a very special Womb healing ritual from shamans of the Andes, followed by a yummy dinner.

Day 6 — CLOSING THE CIRCLE or...

The last morning practice will be dedicated to Pachamama who hosted us so nicely 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 into the real world.

We will take you back to the island of Hvar, from where you can decide to continue your vacation or to head back 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 with fresh and seasonal ingredients purchased 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 our 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.

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. Imagine an island that is almost entirely covered by a lush Mediterranean forest, where waters dazzle, and it’s still not overrun by tourists. Everything about this place is unique. You can expect to swim in some of the clearest water and enjoy the deep blue caves and pristine white sandy beaches just for yourself.
And if you’re looking for a real break, this is just the place to relax and live a true island experience.

MEET OUR TEAM

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

SANDRA Đ. BIANCO

Sandra Đidara 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.
Sasha Dakic Fige Yoga Founder
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.
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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  • 1,590 € per person
Twin Room 1,290 € per person
Triple Room  • 1,090 € per person
Tent  • 790 € per person

INCLUDING

6 days/5 nights in eco-friendly villa on a secluded island

2 meals per day (brunches & dinners) + snacks

Boat trip around Pakleni islands & Hvar

Island excursions

Daily Yoga classes

Meditation & Pranayama

Despacho Ceremony

Cacao Ceremony

Yoga Nidra & Yin Yoga

Sacred Fire ceremony

The Rite of the Womb

Boat transfer from Hvar and return

Local host & guide available all the time

Private chef

EXCLUDING

Airplane tickets

Travel Insurance

Dinner in restaurant Fisherman’s House

RESERVATION POLICY

Your reservation is confirmed upon the payment of 200 € to the Gipsy Travel Agency account.

The remaining balance must be settled at least 2 weeks before your arrival. For booking and payment details, please visit Book Now section on the website.

CANCELLATION POLICY

The reservation fee is 200€ and is non-refundable unless Gispy Travel Agency (GTA) cancels the program. In this case, the reservation amount will be fully refunded. GTA is committed to informing participants about any cancellations at least two weeks before the scheduled start of the retreat.

GTA is open to considering alternatives for individuals unable to attend the original retreat. Specifically, participants may have the option to apply the reservation amount towards a future retreat. This provides flexibility and a potential solution for those facing unforeseen circumstances.