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Thoughtfully designed retreat to deliver an exceptional experience, a blend of adventure and insight. A unique holiday that has the power to transform your life.
Join this retreat in the splendid beauty of Croatia’s nature to discover the language and wisdom of the elements in your life. Be nourished, inspired, and empowered.
Morning rhythm is for the subtlety of yoga. Day for adventure. Each day a different one. You will be taken to remote locations far from the crowds. Seagulls in the sky. Salty skin. Windy touch.
Dynamics of the group. Synergy. Cooperation. Energy and challenge. Solitude and surrender to the great body of water.
Breath. Beauty. The rhythm of the whole. Possibly, dolphins passing by in your sunset sky. Restful tired body, grateful heart.
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.
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.
Story founded on love and wisdom of Nature, in the pearl of the Mediterranean, city Rovinj.
The program gives you the taste of its rich history but also takes you to destinations far from the crowds, hidden small islands, and your own sunset sky.
Evenings are free to explore the magical old town and get lost in the summerish tourist buzz if you wish.
Temperatures call for wise movement, refreshing sea, and shady trees. And that is exactly the rhythm of the retreat.
All adventure programs are guided by us. Equipment is the best there is for each adventure. Professional and personal care is yours to enjoy.
In human perception, 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.
Yoga reminds your attention how it loves to be integrated and still. Adventure immerses the body, mind, and senses in the picturesque scenery of Istria, letting your spirit soar.
Whereas the understanding of the language of the elements, oldest knowledge in the world, woven in every aspect of the retreat, opens your eyes to a richer, deeper, and more spirited experience of the life of tolerance and true connection. This is why we do this.
Mornings are for subtlety and yoga. Song of the birds on our Zen garden cherry trees. A gentle bike ride to the beach forest. Breath traveling through the movement, waking up the vital energies of the body. Dive in the sea. A good moment to say: “Hello beautiful day!” Peaceful and still but ever so lively.
Adventure begins. Each day a different one. New horizons, new skills, new experiences, new challenges, learning to enjoy them all, each day breathtaking sunsets, the wisdom of nature revealing itself to you.
You are free to explore the city, go for dinner and a walk, or stay in our Zen garden and enjoy a peaceful night. We encourage you to move in your own rhythm.
One afternoon will be free from activities. You can relax on the beach or explore the old town of Rovinj.
Begin on Sunday (arrival day) with the evening (sunset time) gathering
Monday - Friday:
Evening - Free time to explore Rovinj or socialize
Can't wait to meet you, and you are so very welcome!
Marin & Natali
Cycling along the coast through the parks and landscapes into charming natural beauties until we reach the beach from where we continue with the kayaks. Exploring the waters around the Rovinj archipelago and stopping on the gorgeous island far from the crowds.
Boat excursion. We take the SUP boards with us. Exploring and enjoying the remote beach where you can relax, swim, snorkel and just absorb nature's magnificence. Yoga on the SUP is a fun challenge invitation.
Ready to try windsurfing yet? Have some fun with the wind? All equipment is provided by trained instructors, Marin being the main one.
No previous windsurfing experience needed. You don't need to be physically fit to try windsurfing lessons with us. If you prefer you can also choose to do SUP (Stand Up Paddling).
Hike and grapple to a secret and real yogic cave where one saint was living 1000 years ago. Inspiring story and splendid scenery. One of our dearest places and the story is the basis of our retreat program.
The hike is short but intense (medium inclination) with plenty of time to relax on the very remote beach, swim, and meditate in the cave.
I am Marin, your adventure & meditation guide. My life was transformed by the knowledge of Five Elements, set me on a journey in the world of yoga for over 20 years. I've been teaching yoga and meditation for last 10y. Before that I was teaching windsurfing and drumming in the circle. I've published several books about Five Elements and share the transforming beauty of Nature's wisdom as our own. In the early years I was practicing many extreme sports because I loved the adrenaline. With meditation life became deeply alive, especially just being with Nature in silence and enjoying her beauty.
Hello! My name is Natali. Yoga changed my life and gave me stability for so many other talents to express themselves. Most of them i share with you on our retreat program. Aa a certified physiotherapist my great passion is body work and various types of massage. Have more than 10 years experience in my own studio. Thai yoga massage and oil massages are my signature treatments. Also certified yoga instructor in Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Yin but practicing and leading many different styles as well. Love welcoming you in our paradise, enjoy a glass of wine and explore all the beauty of the world.
Marin’s father Frane loves creating with hands, so all the wooden furniture like beds, cupboards, benches, tables, yoga floor you will enjoy, is made by him.
Marin’s mom Anica is caring for the garden and all the impeccable housekeeping. In a hopeful “is it time for a treat yet” eyes gaze, she is usually followed by our cats Micho and Mucko, a furry part of the team and family.
Located in a peaceful and quiet neighborhood, Five Elements House is a 15-minute stroll into the old town of Rovinj, and only a 10-minute walk to some of Rovinj's best beaches.
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Five Elements Retreats provides nourishing and tasty vegetarian/vegan meals (breakfast and lunch) based on seasonal, local, and mostly organic grown food, cooked with care and served with love.
We love our food, are fully dedicated to making it creative, nourishing, and inspiring. That means we love feeding you well.
In your free time, you can swim in the beautifully clear Mediterranean sea, sunbathe, socialize with new friends, book a massage, or discover the many beauties Rovinj and the Istrian peninsula, the magic land or Terra Magica, have to offer.
Transfer available for additional US$72 per person
Venice Marco Polo Airport
Transfer not provided
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).
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.
It is possible to come to Rovinj by ferry from Venice. The ferry comes directly to Rovinj`s harbor on almost every day, but please do not take a ferry on Sunday because it arrives too late for the program. In this case, we suggest you arrive one day before, on Saturday. From Rovinj harbor or bus station, we will come to pick you up.
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