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7 Day Colors Of Istria Transforming Experience with Five Elements Yoga & Adventure Retreats, Croatia
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Five Elements Yoga & Adventure Retreats Croatia

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Croatia.

Join this Unique holiday that has the power to transform your life. A thoughtfully designed retreat program to deliver an incredible experience, a blend of adventure and insight. You will be taken to Istria, Terra Magica. (Magical land). Nature shares its wisdom through the language of the elements. In human perception, the uniqueness of these patterns is perceived as harmony and beauty. The Five Elements center is a place where you will experience that nature’s wisdom is your own and that understanding the language of the elements is understanding your own character. This is what makes change natural and spontaneous. Your life too, your thoughts, feelings, words, and actions can be an expression of nature’s harmony, creativity, and beauty. Morning is for subtlety and yoga. Day for adventure. Each day a different one. Both Five Elements holiday programs, "Rovinj Retreat" and "Colors of Istria" hold the same vision of love, beauty, and wisdom. We just use the most from the Istrian peninsula depending on the month of the year.

Meet the instructors

Marin & Natali
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Highlights

  • Uniquely design program to transform your life
  • The retreat center is in Rovinj one of the most beautiful towns in Croatia
  • Daily morning different yoga classes and unique lectures about the Five Elements
  • Daily adventure excursions: Kayaking, biking, hiking, windsurfing, and SUP
  • Visiting the best spots of the most magical Istria region in Croatia
  • Daily healthy homemade vegetarian/vegan brunch
  • Visiting biodynamic farm of olive oil and vine
  • Dining in a local authentic restaurant
  • 6 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Croatian, Italian
Group size: 3-10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Pula Airport (US$71 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Since 1989, Marin’s family Guesthouse has been offering a peaceful stay for travelers and visitors of Rovinj. In 2010 a Yoga shala was built, so the house became a Yoga Center for locals and travelers. From 2017, we started to offer Yoga & Adventure retreats hosting people from all over the world.

The House offers accommodation to suit every need. From single and double rooms for couples or friends to fully equipped apartments with a kitchen and private balcony. The Zen garden is for socializing with an outdoor kitchen and dining area. Outdoor yoga shala space is available to you always.

Program

Morning rhythm

Start the day by waking up the body with yoga in the outdoor shala space. Some of the days your hosts take you to the beach forest, so the day begins with yoga and a morning swim. Diverse classes are guided through the Five Elements knowledge.

Brunch is an abundant celebration of all that nature provides. In colors and tastes. Your hosts feed you joyfully. Organic, vegan/vegetarian. Inspiring and interactive daily talks with Marin about the wisdom of the Five Elements.

Adventure and the daily tours begin

You travel by van to a start point and continue explorations with your daily adventure equipment. Kayaks, bikes, SUP. Or hiking, and windsurfing.

  • Visiting the most charming places of Istria including Pula, Bale, Motovun, Grožnjan, Kamenjak, Lim, and Rovinj
  • Afternoon hours, dining in the exceptional local restaurants around the Istrian region. (not included in the price)
  • Evenings are free to explore the streets of Rovinj, or we gather around the fire and share impressions of the day.

General schedule for the week

Begin on Sunday (arrival day) at 17:00 with the welcoming gathering and introduction

  • 19:00 Evening gathering and light dinner included

From Monday to Friday:

  • 08:00 to 09:15 Morning yoga class
  • 09:30 to 10:30 Interactive talks with Marin about the Five Elements
  • 11:00 Brunch
  • 12:00 to 19:00 Daily adventure tours (see below)
  • 17:00 Lunch in some local restaurant
  • 19:30 Gathering around the fire and sharing experience
  • End on Saturday morning with breakfast at 9:30

Included excursions

Biking:

The biking trail is one hour from Rovinj and is the most beautiful bike trail in Istria. It passes through the old train tunnel, across the old bridge and through many vineyards with great views at the Motovun valley. The path is not only the best because of its beautiful scenery but it is situated between two of the most beautiful medieval towns on the hills of Motovun and Grožnjan which we are visiting as well.

It is a 2-hour easy bike ride, mostly downhill. In the end, you will go for dinner (late lunchtime) at Motovun town which is the most known place in Croatia for truffles. Excellent, authentic, fairly inexpensive local restaurant.

Kayaking:

Time to take you to the very bottom of the Istrian peninsula. It’s only one hour drive from Rovinj. On the way, you visit Pula so you get to see the famous Arena, one of the best roman amphitheaters still standing.

The kayaking will take place in a natural protected area with many beaches. Lasting about 2 hours and is an easy journey with stops for swimming and relaxing on one of the islands, or at the popular water cave. There is a unique beach bar with basic food like sardines, calamari, or sandwiches where you can have your meal. The hosts and their guests find it quite amazing.

Windsurfing:

On the windsurfing day, you go to Red Island, the biggest island in the Rovinj archipelago, uninhibited with a lovely story. More of its history will be shared when you will be there. It is the spot for windsurfing, SUP (stand-up paddling), or just swim and relax on the beach. There is a nice restaurant and pizzeria too. You will start with bikes from the House to the Rovinj center where you take a boat to Red island.

Hiking:

Hiking is the slowest activity with stopping stations to enjoy the panoramic views, smell the diverse aroma of the herbs along the way, and just breathe in all the beauty around you. The highlight is a visit to a yogic cave, very dear to your hosts' hearts. Its story gave foundation to our retreat and Marin shares its deep meaning and history.

If the weather is good, you go to the hiking place with SUP boards. Adventure meets meditation tour.

Things to know

  • All the 5 tours start from Rovinj (Five Elements House) at 11 and you are back around 7 p.m.
  • Your hosts pack you with fruit snacks for the adventure tours. Lunch is in the later afternoon hours. Cca 5 p.m.
  • The program is flexible and changeable according to weather like strong winds or rain. In case of canceling the tour (which is extremely rare) because of very heavy weather conditions, you will do indoor activities.

Instructors

Marin Vayu

Natali Podner

Retreat location

This retreat takes place in the magical region of Istria, Croatia. Five Elements Guesthouse is a 15-minute stroll into the old town of Rovinj, and only a 10-minute walk to some of Rovinj's best beaches. It is located 1.4 kilometers from the beach, 2 kilometers from the city center and old town of Rovinj, 200 meters from markets, and 300 meters from restaurants.

Adventuring through Istria, also called little Tuscany.

Known for its natural wonders, stone cities situated on the historical hilltops, surrounded by entrancing nature, graceful vineyards and fields of olive trees, old roads made for long eye gazing into the colorful landscapes. Both soothing and inspiring songs.

Land and the food. All locally sourced. Gastronomic delight. Hedonistic challenge. Resist it not. May and September are just magical to explore the Istrian land. We escape the mass fluctuation of tourists, and the temperatures are kind enough to make the van travel time enjoyable.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Daily vegetarian or vegan, fresh, seasonal, local, and mostly organic brunch is included in the price. During the adventure activities you will also have a fruit snack included.

Lunch: For the lunches, you will be out on the adventure tours where there will be a restaurant at the spots, ( Lunch around 5 p.m., not included in the price, the price of a meal with drink in a restaurant start from 15 EUR )

Dinner: Note that you always have a big brunch and late lunch. Some guests prefer to visit the town for dinner, or you can make dinner in the Zen garden outdoor kitchen. All guests will have access to the common kitchen. Some apartments have a private kitchen. However, most of the guests do not have dinner or just some snacks, because of the late lunch.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 nights' accommodation in one of the Five Elements House rooms
  • Daily brunch (vegetarian or vegan and mostly organic)
  • Daily yoga classes and lectures
  • All adventure tours, transport, gear, and instruction
  • Local wine and snack for the welcome evening
  • Fruit snacks for adventure tours
  • Pick-up from Rovinj bus station at 16:00 on Sunday
  • Drop to Rovinj bus station on Saturday at 11:00

What's not included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Pickup from Pula Airport (PUY)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Pula Airport (PUY). The nearest airport is Pula - 40 kilometers from Rovinj. This is a small airport but it has some direct flights from around Europe you can check at Pula airport's webpage. From Pula Airport (PUY), you can go to Pula city to visit the famous amphitheater and then take a bus to Rovinj (30 minutes).

Arrival by bus

You can take a bus service also from Rijeka, Croatia, Zagreb, Croatia, Trieste, Italy, or Ljubljana, Slovenia, to get to Rovinj. It will take two to four hours by bus.

Arrival by ferry / boat

  • It is also possible to come through Venice, Italy. From Venice, there is a ferry to Istria every day, to Pula, Poreč, or Rovinj, which takes about 3 hours.
Airport: Pula Airport Airport transfer available: Pula Airport (US$71 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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