5 Elements Retreats offers knowledge about the five elements and conducts unique yoga and great adventure programs in Rovinj, Croatia.

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Marin Vayu

Natali Podner

Reviews (46)

Catarina Toledo

from France, August 2021

"Very good however safety must be improved"

Location and accommodation is excellent, Marin has a lot of knowledge to share, Food is absolutely delicious and everyone in the retreat is amazing... however i cant ignore or not share the fact i got injured in the first day of activities.

Franka Dietrich

from Austria, June 2021

"had a great week with 🧘‍♀️, best food and wonderful people :)"

The yoga place in the beautiful garden, the soul food, the city Rovinj, the hosts Natalie & Marin, the house angel Katrin, the afternoon adventures, the sea, the sunsets, the nature, so many things :)

Elvira Nurmukhametova

from Croatia, October 2020

"Everything I could wish for"

My experience with Marin and Natalie was all-around outstanding. They cater for all likes and preferences offering a range of beautiful experiences, which challenge you, make you think and want to change for the better. I went their primarily for the 5 elements insight and found Marin's lectures incredibly inspiring. Being a yoga teacher myself, I always look for new paths and ways to improve my lifestyle and complement yoga practice, this was one of the missing puzzle pieces for me - to see where I am happy with myself, where I am lacking balance and what I should be focusing on more to achieve the equilibrium.

Natali's daily treats were exceptional! She has great passion for cooking delicious and healthy food and it showed in her beautiful creations. First thing in the morning yoga on the beach always set us on a good track for a peaceful and enjoyable day.

Afternoon adventures were a self-discovery to me. I by nature am not an adventurous person, but they showed exactly where I feel 'safe' and where it's good to 'stretch' myself to open up to new things. Thanks Marin for all your patience.

And I can't not mention the people I've met, which made this week complete and greatly enjoyable.

Rovinj is a magic place to experience all this and I am very grateful that I've become part of this incredible journey. Thank you Marin and Natalie for hosting it and sharing your passion and care. Thank you Sybil, Alexia and Felix for joining me on this wonderful path.

Ivellisse Velez

from Germany, August 2020

"Every time I think of Rovinj, I smile"

I loved the accommodations, the incorporation of the five elements into our daily yoga practice, the hosts, the food (delicious and healthy!) and basically everything about this trip!

I am convinced that Natali and Marin add a light to the already bright city of Rovinj. Their hospitality and warmth made us feel like we were a part of the family. Each morning, our group would ride bikes to a nook near the beach and practice yoga for about an hour. Natali was a wonderful guide, and taught me exercises that I have not seen in my 3 years of practice. My favorite part was the incorporation of the Five Elements philosophy to the practice. I appreciated that our day could be optionally packed with adventure, or we could choose to lounge around, read, visit the beach, or my personal favorite, sleep on the futons outside :) Rovinj is filled with opportunities for outdoor activities, so don't sleep too much!

Natali and Marin, thank you for the professionalism and care you dedicate to this retreat. I look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Heidi Cole

from United Kingdom, August 2020

"Beautiful homely retreat"

This felt like a home from home. So peaceful & you felt like a part of the family. Amazing food & activities along with the free bikes. Natali and Marin make you feel like you’re a part of the family, so kind. Their garden also feels magical too. And wow, Rovinj itself is so so stunning. Spend your time here, not in Pula. So many coves along pine forests leading to the ocean within a 10 min cycle of the house.

Marin’s daily chats about the 5 Elements were amazing too. Thank you it was so wonderful 🙏

Jozef Miskolci

from Slovakia, July 2020

"Truly fulfilling experience"

The whole experience included the spiritual as well as adventure aspect, which I really appreciated. It was a very nice balance between relax and action. The town Rovinj is so picturesque. The quality of the accommodation and the food was extraordinary. They were really trying to use the local and organic food. They were so sweet that they even let us stay one more day for free and rented us the bikes for the whole week for free. That allowed us to explore the whole town and its surroundings. I enjoyed the yoga and windsurfing the most. And the food, of course... The raw cakes ;-) I might appreciate a bit more of meditation, regardless, the whole experience was very worthwhile and I strongly recommend it.

Rebeca Jimebez

from Mexico, October 2019

"Highly recomended"

Yoga class, lecture, food and hosts

Sheila Omahony

from Ireland, September 2019

"Amazing Experience"

The 5 elements retreat was a truly fantastic experience. Marin and Natali are an inspirational couple who made me feel very much at home and went out of their way to help everyone on the retreat. I met many lovely like-minded people and enjoyed lots of new experiences. I hope to implement many of Marin and Natali's practices into my own life.

Katherine Doherty

from United Kingdom, August 2019

"Yoga Retreat in Rovinj"

This was our first Yoga Retreat and we had a brilliant experience. The organisation from the moment the Retreat was booked was excellent and continued throughout our holiday. The hospitality, food and accommodation exceeded our expectations. It was a wonderful holiday. We met a fantastic set of people and the yoga and activities were so special it is something we will never forget.

Marin and Natali are wonderful people.

Nathalie Girardin

from France, August 2019

"Wonderful experience ! Great mix between pleasure & yoga "

Quality of food is incredible great ! Thanks to chef Paul

Wonderful experience: new insights, great moments and wonderful encounters

Katie Banfielf

from United Kingdom, August 2019

"A perfectly balance retreat with insightful guidance "

When sourcing a suitable retreat we knew that we were not looking for total silence and mindful simple household tasks. We wanted some calm reflection, stretching of our bodies, to learn something about ourselves and others but also to appreciate the beauty of the country and some water sports - 5 elements provided this. Not only did it provide but exceeded our expectations. The cuisine showed that vegetarian cooking can be so varied and was fine cuisine standard. The hosts were generous and accommodating, the space charming and relaxed. Also loved the bike mode of transport which enables you to see so much.

Rebecca Wilkinson

from United Kingdom, August 2019

"Most amazing experience"

The food the yoga the activities were fabulous making the week both relaxing, physical and mentally stimulating and you were made to feel like part of a family. The only negative was having to come home!

Louise Toyberg-frandzen

from Denmark, August 2019

"Outstanding and enriching experience! "

There was truly nothing I did not enjoy. Marin and Natali offered a truly amazing experience and I am so grateful to them!

Jake Corke

from United Kingdom, August 2019

"Perfect 5 elements."

I loved the whole concept and design of the course. The significance of the 5 elements have been recognized in all cultures all over the world since the early beginnings. I liked the way each day was dedicated to a certain elements. 90 minutes of yoga in the morning followed by the most amazing vegetarian breakfast that anyone could dream of (really amazing food). We then had a philosophical talk and meditation paired with our daily element. A wonderful lunch followed. Then some free time and a daily activity such as kayaking, wind surfing, hiking, boat trips, SUP, etc. Both Marin and Natali were wonderful and caring hosts. The perfect re-introduction to yoga dn meditation for me. I would highly recommend this retreats to all looking for a combination of yoga, meditation and activities. Rovinj is also a beautiful part of the world. The water, climate and old town are all just perfect! Enjoy!


from United Kingdom, July 2019

"Perfect balance of yoga/meditation and adventure activities "

A fantastic stay with a range of different yoga styles, different meditations, info about the five elements, really enjoyable adventure activities, delicious food and a beautiful location! Exactly what I needed, Natalie and Marin are great hosts.

Irena Raeva

from Bulgaria, July 2019

Very balanced :) mixture of "food" for mind, body and spirit


from United Kingdom, July 2019

"In our element!"

Courteous, professional, skilled and fun hosts. Food was amazing. Yoga very varied and absorbing with new approaches that were enlightening. Natalie’s teaching was gentle and graceful - so inspiring. Adventure activities were really well planned, took us to places we would never usually see, and catered for all fitness levels.


from Sweden, July 2019

"A wonderful place!"

A perfekt mixtur between yoga, meditation and ”adventure”, nice atmosphere, wonderful food and nice caring leaders. Marin shared his thoughts of life with us in a personal way and Natali was an inspirational yoga leader. The vegetarian food was delicious and it was nice to be in a group and get to know people from different countries. Perfect to have your own bike!


from United Kingdom, July 2019

"Asana, adventure, meditation and philosophy"

Nice to have a yoga holiday that included philosophy and meditation as well as asana practice. Activities were very enjoyable too. Lovely creative yoga classes.

The retreat centre is basically a house in the suburbs of Rovinj. It is very quiet and pleasant with an outdoor area for eating. You get bikes for the duration which you can use to get to the beach/town (10/15 mins away).

Breakfast and lunch included. Food was varied, pleasant and plentiful. There are supermarkets nearby so if you don't want to go into town to eat in the evening, you can get food from there and prepare it in the outdoor kitchen at the retreat.

Andy Hooke

from United Kingdom, July 2019

"A fabulous week with inspiring, friendly and fun hosts."

The warmth of Natali and Marin was evident from the introductory talk, ceremony and the excellent finger buffet. I felt a real sense of welcome and willingness to help.

The daily yoga was based upon the day's theme.This was taken from the 5 elements. i.e. Monday Fire, Tuesday Water, Wednesday Air, Thursday Earth and Friday Spirit. The yoga was taken by Natali, who was able to provide challenges for all levels of experience, whilst ensuring people undertook the practise safely. The yoga sessions lasted for approximately 90 minutes.

An amazing breakfast was served after the yoga. Home made breads, humous, vegetable dishes and preserves were made from local, organic produce presented by the very talented chefs Paul and Naomi.

After the breakfast Marin provided a talk upon the Element of the day. This was always interesting, Marin spoke from the heart, with good humour and opportunity created for discussions. After the talks we took part in meditation ( a first for me) and Marin provided thorough explanation and guidance to ensure that optimum benefit was gained from the session.

Lunch was always excellent, filling and served with joy....again by Paul and Naomi.

The late afternoon adventures took advantage of the lovely, refreshing Adriatic waters. No experience was necessary and real fun was had. I learned to stand up on a windsurfer and paddle board. Snorkelling, kayaking and a hillside hike to a cave were also amongst the adventures. The whole programme was great fun.

Julia Bettermann

from Germany, September 2020

"Abwechslungsreiche und wundervolle Woche"

The two hosts (especially Marin) are fully absorbed in the 5-Element Retreat Program. The yoga classes, which are different in content and adapted to the elements, took place outside on the beach. Since the originally booked program did not take place due to the number of participants, we were offered an alternative for two days, so that we could still spend a varied week and enjoy the various adventure excursions. The breakfast Natalie prepared herself is different every day and simply wonderful - no wishes were left unfulfilled. You didn't have to expect to be hungry until late afternoon. The bikes are available around the clock and could be used at any time. There is a fully equipped kitchen where you can store and prepare your own food. If you are lacking something, Natalie was happy to help you out.


from Austria, August 2020

"Beinahe perfekt"

Art der Durchführung

Irene Wielemaker

from Belgium, August 2019

"My first yoga/retreat experience"

The overall picture was right. Rovinj is a beautiful place like in a fairy tale. The accommodation has everything you need. I really liked the bikes which we could use to go to the city/beach whenever we liked. The food was restaurant quality and I really liked the vegan/veggie experience (might try it at home). Marin and Natali immediately make you feel welcome. I’ve learned so much from the lectures and during yoga class but also from the other participants. There was a very good atmosphere in the group. I think the success factor of this retreat is the combination with the activities. I loved each one of them! And I can definately recommand Natali’s massage, she is doing magic with her hands!

Sara Ruiz Chaves

from Spain, August 2019

"100% recommended"

This yoga retreat has been an amazing experience. It's a perfect balance between nice yoga, meditation and water activities to enjoy beautiful croatian's landscape.

During these days I could discover and feel a lot of things about my self, about nature and concerning the other people experiencies.

Thanks a lot to excellents coockers to make us find out such a delicious and healthy food every day.

Thank you very much, Marin and Natalie, for give us the oportunity to life this retreat: fabulous planning,  plenty of nice moments and where any detail was made with love.

It was a wondefull week that I will never forget. ❤

Regula Ulrich

from United States, August 2019

Alles, die grosse Abwechslung, die schöne Landschaft, die lockere Atmosphäre, die netten und friedlichen Kursteiler/innen und Menschen, die

nette Unterkunft und dann die vielen interessanten Yoga und Meditationsstunden.

Anita Pernegger

from Austria, July 2019

"Jeder Tag ein besonderes Erlebnis"

Jeder Tag entsprach einem der 5 Elemente und waren Yoga, Meditation & Abenteuer, ja sogar das köstliche Essen, perfekt darauf abgestimmt. Sehr spannend und erlebnisreich!!

Arlette Mettler

from Switzerland, July 2019

"Ein Urlaub den man nicht verpassen darf."

Mir hat der ganze Urlaub sehr gefallen. Die Gruppe war echt toll.

Natali ist eine unglaublich liebenswerte Person, die auch noch super massieren kann. Eine Frau die man lieben muss.

Marin hat alles super gut organisiert und war immer sehr bemüht um das Wohl aller. Die 5 Elemente waren sehr spannend.

Das Essen war der absolute Traum. Ich habe in meinen ganzen Ferien noch nie so gut gegessen. Absolute Spitze!!

Lesley Watson

from Netherlands, June 2019

"Great place/Great people"

Verschillende nationaliteiten deelnemers.

Mooie locatie

Gastvrije eigenaren

Mooie excursies

Prachtig omgeving met ongerepte landschapen

Zwemmen tussen de eilanden

Yoga en meditatie

Lekker eten

Julia Lobenwein

from Hungary, September 2021

"Amazing holiday! Very nice people! "

The organization was very professional and relaxed in the same time, the food was amazing and the adventures always good fun! I had a great time and would recommend it any time! Natali and Marin are very nice People who really do their best all the time and do everything with a lot of love!

Victoria Sargent

from United Kingdom, September 2019

"This retreat will uplift your spirits"

The whole lot... exciting new experiences/adventures every day, amazing people to connect with, delicious meals, traveling&exploring beautiful hidden little towns near by, philosophy of 5 elements and unique personalities of organisers.

This retreat will uplift your spirits and put a smile on your face;)

Maja Mule

from Serbia, September 2019

"The missing element :)"

Extraordinary yoga, delicious food, phenomenal adventures, all in all an adventure that must be lived :)

Alba Avarello

from United Kingdom, September 2019

"Great retreat, I highly recommend it!"

Each day is dedicated to a different element and the retreat feels a bit like a path you do together with other like minded people.

Everything was better than I expected... The whole organisation was very good from the moment of booking to the end of the programme, as well as the care of the guests. I loved Natali's yoga classes, each class was based on a different element and therefore the routine was different everyday. The breakfasts were amazing (thank you Ana!): fresh and homemade, very rich and with different food everyday; basically you could arrive at dinner time without feeling hungry :-)

The adventures were great: we visited beautiful places in combination with some physical activity (kayak, cycling, windsurf, SUP and hiking) and we always stopped for lunch in very nice places with great quality fresh food.

Thank you Marin for sharing your personal experience and knowledge about the 5 elements.

Svjetlana Cvijanovic

from Germany, September 2020

"Authentisch und liebevoll, ein perfektes Team!"

Unser Urlaub war wunderschön, die Erwartungen die wir hatten wurden übertroffen. Das Abenteuer, Spirit, die menschliche Freundlichkeit und Wärme hat uns so sehr beeindruckt und inspiriert. Der Service, die Professionalität der Kurse, die Hilfsbereitschaft sind top, wir danken Natalie und Marin, Hvala puno 🙏🙏

Katrin Zincke

from Germany, July 2019

"Best holiday I had in a long time - so good! "

OMG what DIDN'T I like?! It was wonderful, from the first day to the last, from the calm and spiritual Marin to the bubbly and super-lovely Natali and their mega nice and excellent (!) chefs, from The Best Breakfast Ever(y day!) to all the other things we got to taste with them. And yes, I'm also and especially talking about the activities: The Windsurfing, the spiritual and just-the-right-amount-of-challenging hiking, the kayaking, swimming, Stand-Up-Paddling, cycling - I adored every moment of it. It was just what I needed. Feeling so blessed.


from Germany, June 2019

"sweet retreat"

Natali and Marin are incredibly kind.

The atmosphere of the place is warm and welcoming.

The food was amazing, and you need to try natalis massage skills!

Highly recommanded, especially if you are a (female) first time solo traveller and feel insecure about it- this place gives you the ideal balance between a community feeling (meeting up with other solo travelers) and self time.

Veronika Pichler

from Austria, May 2019

"Herzliche Gastgeber, tolles Haus, wohltuendes Yoga"

Sehr herzlicher Empfang durch Natali und Marin. Schönes Haus mit herrlichem Garten und angenehmem Yoga-Raum. Fahrrad inklusive, man kann damit wunderbar die Gegend erkunden. Hatte einen sehr schönen Tagestrip mit Kayak und SUP. Vielfältiges Frühstück mit vielen selbstgemachten Leckereien - der absolute Hit! :)