5 ELEMENTS RETREATS, YOGA AND ADVENTURE

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

Instructors 2

Marin Vayu

Marin is an adventure guide, nature lover, and an instructor in the Five Elements. He has been in the world of yoga for over 15 years, and has been a lecturer on the Five Elements for over eight years. He is also the author of "Dance of the Wind", a novel about yoga inspired by his travels and the Five Elements.

Natali Podner

Natali Podner is a physiotherapist and yoga instructor. In her early 20s, she traveled around the world as a model and she experienced a lifestyle that was beautiful from the outside. Today, she is finding more beauty and peace inside, and she tries to find love in doing small things.

Reviews 53

Anonymous

from United States, September 2018

"Everything was great!"

Retreat was super organised, food was amazing (Iskra congratulations for your cooking:). I loved meditation with Marin, specially the last one with sounds. Lectures about 5 Elements were very interesting and eye opening. Yoga with Natali was super nice as she is very dear and caring person. Overall retreat was exceptional. Thank you Natalie and Marin!!

Anonymous

from United States, September 2018

"Perfect Retreat"

This retreat was exactly what I was looking for. Natali & Marin provided a beautiful space to explore my spirit, the 5 elements, while offering fantastic food, incredible yoga and adventure activities. They are unimaginably kind & fun. A significant part for me was connecting with my fellow retreaters, as we all got along and enjoyed the experience wholeheartedly together. Rovinj is beautiful and this retreat provides a thorough opportunity to see many parts of it.

Carolyn Crafer

from Great Britain, September 2018

"Family Experience"

Absolutely loved everything! Came with my (unwilling) husband, 17 year old son and 26 year old daughter wanting a different sort of family holiday and it had something for everyone. The balance of yoga, meditation and water based activities was perfect. The group size worked really well, you could be sociable or not depending how you felt. We all came away inspired to change our lives, and that's saying something! Plus Nathali gave the best massages ever, and we've had a few!

Dominic Waithe

from Great Britain, August 2018

"This trip really lived up to and exceeded my expectations. "

The range of activities was excellent, so was the food, the yoga and the people. Marin and Natali were excellent hosts, very warm and accommodating. There was very little waiting around, activities were well planned and smooth running. This course was very suitable for people who are reasonably fit, who can cycle, swim, hike etc. My favourite thing was kayaking to an island and then exploring this island and swimming in the surrounding water, before paddling back as the sunset.

Raija Laaksonen

from Finland, August 2018

"A fullfilling experience"

The contents of the retriet was very nice - a good combination of yoga, meditation, theory on the 5 elements and nice activities. If you like the above elements, you cannot find a better option!

Alexandra Helm

from Great Britain, July 2018

"Highly enjoyable week! Thank you!"

Marin and Natali were the most welcoming hosts that you could hope for. I enjoyed starting the day with Natali's yoga session and was interested in the philosophy of the five elements. It proved to be a useful discussion point for the week and I will keep thinking about ideas raised. Breakfast and lunch were veritable feasts. I particularly enjoyed all the activities that brought us close to the water and the heart of Croatia. There was plenty of organised time but also enough unstructured time. We were all happy cycling to get around during our free time. The beach is about 5 mins away by bike and the town was about 10-15 mins. We were encouraged to share evening meals together (a group whatssapp was formed) and one of the many highlights was a visit to an organic vineyard/ olive oil farm where we luxuriated in the sunset, company, good food and wine tastings.... followed by a swim in the moonlight.

Jenna Sullivan

from Australia, July 2018

"Excellent value for money and a wonderful time "

I absolutely loved the daily adventures. Marin put a lot of thought into how to make the adventures exciting and reflective of the local area. eveeything was made easy for us so we could relax and enjoy our time.

Natalie's yoga was a beautiful way to start the day and she was so kind and hospitable. It was great to have each day based on an element.

The food was beyond lovely and we were very well fed. I met a lovely group of people and enjoyed my time very much. Perfect for a solo traveller.

Esther Purkiss

from Ireland, July 2018

"An amazing experience!"

Where to start? The room, I stayed in the fire room, perfect, perfect size, lovely balcony, lovely en suite, spotless! The food, the food! The delicious homemade granola and fresh fruit for breakfast, the bread and homemade jam, the savoury cheese or egg dishes everyday. Then there was lunch; every day a different dish, rice, quinoa, pasta all flavoured with different sauces and spices, different vege burgers, and so much of it, then the sweet dessert after lunch, lemon cheesecake has to be my favourite! The yoga, Natali was amazing, she didnt push us all too much and was so respectful of our different abilities, she knew every day where our aches and pains were and she guided us through yoga so well! The lectures and mediation were brilliant; Marin explained the elements so well and how they relate to life and he was a fantastic guide for our daily meditations. The location, Rovinj is beautiful and being able to hop on the bike and go to the beach or the town was so great, some fantastic local restaurants too! And finally, the adventures, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, cycling, hiking. I had so much fun doing all the activities, it was great to be outdoors in the elements experiencing all these different activities in such a beautiful place! Thank-you to Natali and Marin for being such wonderful hosts, I will hopefully return soon!

Jeanette Bergh

from Sweden, July 2018

"This was the most amazing retreat!"

Hi had the most amazing week! It was way much better than I expected!

Marin and Natali were so hospitable and took good care of every single person who participated.

The food! Yoga! Meditation! The activities! The garden! Everything has been incredible.

I've been playing for a whole week and laughed so much!

I have so many new experiences and memories. I feel so grateful - Thank you!

Love!

Jeanette

Jayne Bailey

from Great Britain, July 2018

"An unforgetable experience in many ways"

Marin and Natalie were very welcoming to my daughter and myself. We immediately felt comfortable on arrival. The expectations of the week were clearly laid out to us in a respectful manner. The week really ran like clockwork, but with a laid back vibe - we all knew where and when we needed to be somewhere and the whole group responded well. Activities were amazing, lecture and meditation was surprisingly interesting and effective and the yoga was energising at the start of the day. As an experienced yogi it was good to have some alternative routines and my daughter as a beginner was able to follow most of the yoga. Having access to bicycles for the duration was great. Rovinj is beautiful, shops were close by and the accommodation was fine.

Michael Anderson

from Croatia, July 2018

"Excellent variety!"

I particularly loved this retreat as it was a more mature group (i.e. not a bunch of partying 20 year olds :) )

It was also great having yoga and meditation in the morning, and doing amazing adventure activities in the late afternoon.

The food was top notch and catered for difficult people like me (vegan and gluten free)

They also weaved in the 5 elements into everything we did. It's really quite well done.

Everything was done with love and care, and it was truly an exceptional experience.

Suzana Brooke

from Qatar, July 2018

"Discovery and exploration of the self through the 5 elements"

The philosophy and concepts were very interesting and easy to implement into daily practices and activities.

Hayley Sulsh

from Great Britain, July 2018

"Life Changing Experience"

Marin & Natali are the most wonderful hosts, teachers & loving people.

From day one I felt relaxed & at home.

Met a wonderful bunch of people from all over the world. So much fun, laughter & learning together.

The mix between yoga, meditation & activities along with free time is perfect. (Especially if you use some of that time receiving a massage from Natali)

There were some very special moments & experiences. This trip has changed my perspective & made me much happier and able to deal with the stresses of life. I will return in a heartbeat.

I must also mention the food. An abundance of beautiful veggie & vegan creations. Thank you Iskra the cook & Natali.

Lucrecia Sandoval

from United States, June 2018

"Balanced, restored and relaxed"

This retreat was superb in so many ways. Marin and Natali are amazing hosts who make you feel at home and go out of their way to meet your needs. The retreat was coordinated wonderfully and we really felt taken care of. We were transported to and from the ferry upon our arrival and departure. The entire retreat was coordinated wonderfully and we thoroughly enjoyed the yoga classes, the meditation sessions, the adventures, the accommodations and the amazing food. We could not have asked for anything more. I'm so grateful for all of the experiences that were available during this retreat and for the wonderful people I had the opportunity to meet.

Jennifer Hutain

from Sierra Leone, June 2018

"An adventure in relaxation"

This was my first yoga retreat and I found it to be the perfect balance between yoga, adventure activities, and doing absolutely nothing. The house is a place of great peace and even sharing a room, I slept so well. The food by Iskra was absolutely incredible and for those with special dietary preferences (vegan, gluten free) she made special. The adventures in the afternoon were my favorite, particularly learning to windsurf, a special love for host Marin. There were bikes always available for going into town or the beach.

Namquyen Le

from United States, June 2018

"A perfect place to reset, relax, and ruminate :)"

Natali and Marin have clearly put a lot of thought and effort into organizing this retreat, and it's very obvious that they care deeply about how everyone is doing and feeling during yoga, meditation, activities, breakfast and lunch. They are extremely receptive to feedback and always try to accommodate everyone's needs.

Natali and Marin are extremely quick to get back to you if you have any questions before booking your retreat, and they are very helpful in making sure that all prior necessities (e.g. booking, transactions, transportation to and from the bus station, etc) are planned for and taken care of.

For scale: this was the first time I have ever done a foreign transaction, and Natali was extremely helpful in confirming and making sure that all of the money was received for the deposit. She also made sure that I was picked up from the bus station in Rovinj even though it was my first time in Croatia and I wasn't familiar with the area, and I had also arrived a day late.

The yoga and meditation were exactly what I needed, and I really liked the different lectures that Marin provided. I also really enjoyed how the activities played into each meditation and element. Biking, kayaking, wind surfing, and hiking were only a the starters of what I consider one of the best experiences I have ever had. Natali, Marin, and everyone who was a part of the retreat truly made this experience special for me – notwithstanding how beautiful Croatia is :)

Iroda Asqarova

from Ukraine, October 2017

"Yoga Adventure retreat in Rovinj"

I liked everything about this place, Marin and Natalie were wonderful to meet and spend time together. The retreat was well organised and managed. Rovinj is a beautiful place to explore and Marin took us to see the best of it.

Also I personally wanted to thank Marin for making me feel confident and comfortable during windsurfing and kayaking, as it was my first time to try these activities out and I do not swim well. It was a great experience.

I wanted to thank Natalie as well for gluing the team together, treating us with her great hospitality and being so wonderful with us. I had a great time!

Cormac Corcoran

from Ireland, September 2017

"Great experience and insight into the five elements. "

Everything

Michael John Delaney

from Ireland, September 2017

"My thoughts."

I liked the mix of activites/yoga.

Food was brill.

Lectures and meditation provided a nice counter balance to the activities.

Nice group of well matched people.

Close to town but not "in town"

I liked all the activity afternoons.

I liked the yoga sessions they were a good start to the day even though I may not be the most flexible.

Gowsi Ananthan

from Great Britain, August 2017

"Amazing! Enjoyed everything about it!"

Everything! All adventures, Food, location, hosts, and mostly yoga & meditation! People who I have met in this retreat also made it enjoyable and pleasant.

Michelle Moran

from Great Britain, August 2017

"Five elements yoga retreat"

Marin and Natali who were both hosts and teachers have enabled us to have both a wonderful personal experience as well as a wonderfully relaxing yet exciting holiday.

Natalie is great at teaching yoga in her second language which cannot be easy. The content of the classes perfectly matched the concept of the five elements.

Marin was our guru and delivered thought provoking and inspiring lectures on the five elements and guided us through life changing meditation ( for me personally).

They both served us with delicious home cooked vegetarian food and nothing was too much trouble to make our stay enjoyable.

The activities programme was fun filled, challenging and unique. Marin took us to visit places and people that we would never have experienced if we had visited Croatia by ourselves.

Cheryl Anson

from Great Britain, August 2017

"Exploring the Elements...."

I loved how the yoga and activities were centred around the five elements. Relaxing, exciting & thought-provoking all at once!

The food is up there with the best vegetarian food I've ever tasted and even as a non-veggie, I promise you, you won't go hungry!

Guest house is spotlessly clean and comfortable and has all the facilities you'll need.

Natali & Marin were the perfect hosts and I would recommend the retreat to anyone.

Kayleigh Carr

from Great Britain, July 2017

"Kayleigh' s review "

The guest house was very clean and tidy with regular cleaning times done by Natali herself! All the food was amazing and was freshly prepared everyday by Natali. Marin did lectures everyday on the elements and how this related to the yoga and meditation he is insightful and knowledgeable and his book complements his wisdom. The time effort and preparation that went into the adventure activities was beyond anything I've experienced! The yoga lessons delivered by Natali were active and easy to follow while challenging you mentally and physically. Natali and Marin clearly put their heart and soul into the retreat to ensure you have the most amazing time!

Leon Kuhn

from Sweden, July 2017

"In my element"

Great concept combining the 5 elements with the yoga sessions, activities and at times even the food. All in all a wonderful way to experience both yoga and the surrounding area. The food was excellent and rooms clean. Very relaxed accomodation and hosts. Thanks again Marin and Natali

Erika Boström

from Finland, July 2017

"Thank you so much, had amazing vacation!"

Super super super retreat! Guesthouse is comfy and silent place in a beautiful city of Rovinj. It's was perfect combination of yoga and other activities, we got a change to see such a beautiful places and scnereries. The canyon we went to see, oh my! That place would be great place for a meditation :) Marim and Natalie, it was great to meet you! Your presence is calm and peaceful and you made your effort for us to feel great, thank you so much! The food you prepared was super delicious! Big hug!

Danielle Bromage

from Great Britain, June 2017

"Amazing time at the Five Elements Retreat (Rovinj)"

The combination of relaxation (yoga) and adventure (hiking, cycling and kayaking) was just what I needed....... made even more memorable by the great company of fellow travellers at the retreat :-)

Manuela Kallinger

from Germany, September 2018

"I was so happy in the 5 elements retreat, such a nice place!"

Thank you, Marin and Natali, for all you did for me.

You ´ re wonderful people!

Anonymous

from United States, August 2018

"Amazing retreat"

I had a great retreat in 5 Elements. We had different adventures every day, food in the guest house was simply amazing. My room was very clean and comfortable. All activities were safe and well organized. The Rovinj region by itself is very lovely with a clear blue sea water and beautiful landscapes. Thanks to Marin and Natali for the organization

Rosan Breman

from Netherlands, August 2018

"Great retreat"

The five elements retreat was a fantastic experience. The balance between doing things and learning stuff, between doing things and doing nothing is outstanding

Edouard Steinthal

from France, August 2018

"Awesome"

Tasted every second of my stay like an elixir

Carola Ehret

from Germany, August 2018

Die Yogaeinheiten waren sehr gut, die Nachmittagsaktivitäten waren super! Das Essen sehr lecker und alles mit viel Liebe zubereitet. Nette, sehr engagierte Kursleiter!!!

Marcello Gariglio

from Switzerland, July 2018

"Entspannende Woche"

Sehr gute Programm. Feines Essen. Tolle und professionelle Yoga-, Meditations- und Sportessions.

Alles in allem ein sehr gelungener Aufenthalt.

Marlies Naeyaert

from Belgium, June 2018

I've had the opportunity to stay 2 more days in the lovely guesthouse and reflect over the past week. It has been an amazing experience for body, mind and stomach :) The passion and professionalism of Marin and Natali is unseen, whether it is yoga, massage, meditation, supporting the sports activities, cooking.... I really liked the balancing of the more 'quiet' activities and the sports, suitable for every level. Being with them and the whole group gave me new insights and great talks with like-minded people, but also a lot of fun and laughter. The nature around is stunning and we discovered great places: small islands, hiking in the wild...Definitely will come back again to get more of these experiences!

Hartmut Haubrich

from Germany, August 2017

"Tolle Kombi Yoga und Aktivitäten"

Morgens Start mit abwechslungsreichem Yogaprogramm, tolles Frühstück, wir haben einiges über die 5 Elemente und Meditation gelernt, supergute Aktivitäten!

Arjet Stevens

from Netherlands, August 2017

"Wonderful hosts, program, yoga and food. ❤️"

Combination of yoga, activities, informality, and place.

Marin and Natali were also perfect!!

Testimonials 5

Kerstin Rudnik

5 ELEMENTS RETREATS, YOGA AND ADVENTURE Website

Natali and Marin are so cordial hosts. I liked Yoga with Natalie very much and the sound mediation on the last day was the best. I will now integrate the five elements always in my daily yoga! The Istria program was soooo overwhelming beautiful. They showed us so great places, and that always in perfect combination with particular activity, finely adjusted to the element of the day. That was very well considerate. Since they put so much focus on healthy nutrition, we got delicious food at very special places. Same with the home-made breakfast: it surprised me every day again (the recipe for the musli I just tried at home). The city of Rovinj is also very nice. All places are easily accessible with the bike they placed at our disposal. Several supermarkets were nearby. My room with the small kitchenette was very nice, I slept always very well. I got to know cool people and want to repeat these days!

Katie Hagen United States

Five Elements Retreats website

After a week of kayaking, windsurfing, hiking, biking and yoga, I left with a big smile on my face, a new appreciation for vegan eating, and great new friends. Thanks!

Iuliia Melian Russia

Five Elements Retreats website

My first thought before I had even started listening to the first lecture was - what am I doing here? But right after the beginning I realized - I’m here to change my life. The whole course of the Five Elements lectures got me thinking about philosophical questions and raised many hidden and uncertain things in my head. I also started doing yoga - and that was an absolutely incredible experience. I not only felt calm and chilled but - I’ve never felt so healthy in my entire life! Thank you Marin for being the best teacher - in the right time and in the right place.

James & Rebecca Australia

Five Elements Retreats website

It was a workout for the senses and a treat for the memory bank! A highlight of our trip!

Diana Canada

Five Elements Retreats website

I was a bit nervous about our windsurfing day. I wasn’t sure I would have the upper body strength or stamina but Marin assured me I would be fine. I am glad he insisted. I must admit as I paddled out in the sunshine looking down in the crystal clear water, how wonderful it felt to be in that moment and I was jittery with excitement. I did it! I had forgotten how good a physical challenge could be and proud to say I did not fall in and I felt the wind in the sail! Thank you Marin!

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