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Bring Home More Than Memories

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

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.

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Marin & Natali
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  • Uniquely design program to transform your life
  • This retreat is in Rovinj one of the most beautiful towns in Croatia
  • Different types of yoga classes, meditations, and unique lectures about Five Element
  • Delicious homemade breakfasts and lunches (vegetarian or vegan and mostly organic)
  • Five Elements Adventure tours (kayaking, biking, hiking, SUP, and windsurfing)
  • Enjoy a boat tour around Rovinj's archipelago
  • Free time to explore the old town Rovinj
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Every day on the beach

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Croatian, Italian
Group size: 3-12 participants
Airport transfer available:
Pula Airport (US$71 per person)
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  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

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.

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.

Taking the insight into experience deep within Nature's 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.

Morning rhythm

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.

  • Diverse style of yoga each morning
  • Breakfast is festive in colors and tastes. Celebrating the abundance and nourishment of nature, we feed you joyfully and well. Organic, vegan/vegetarian
  • Inspiring and interactive daily talks with Marin about the wisdom of the Five Elements following with different meditation each day
  • Few hours to relax, have contemplative leisure time, enjoy a massage, have a swim. Move at your own paste
  • Food again. Lunchtime. Extended version of the morning feast and we confess, we love feeding you. A lot

Into the day

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 dinner is included in the program, where and when we will keep it as a surprise
  • Rest of the nights you are welcome to make your own dinner in the outdoor kitchen space, have it ordered, or go to the restaurants and have a taste of the city’s summer night
  • Logistics are simple and can be easily arranged

Free afternoon

One afternoon will be free from activities. You can relax on the beach or explore the old town of Rovinj.

  • On that day we usually organize an optional visit to the biodynamic organic farm
  • Note that all the activities will take place on the sea or beach, including hiking, so you will have the opportunity to swim every day
  • All the adventure excursions include time to go to the spot and back, time for preparation, time for swimming, and relaxing

General schedule for the retreat

Begin on Sunday (arrival day) at 17:00 welcoming gathering, introduction

  • 19:00 - Light dinner

Monday - Friday:

  • 07:30 - 08:45 Morning yoga class ( 07:15 if we go to the beach )
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Lecture and workshops
  • 12:00 Free time to relax
  • 14:30 Lunch ( sometimes 13:30 )
  • 16:00 - 20:00 Daily adventure activities (except one day)

Evening - Free time to explore Rovinj or socialize

  • The program ends on Saturday with breakfast

Can't wait to meet you, and you are so very welcome!

With love,

Marin & Natali

Included excursions

Daily adventures


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.

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) and snorkeling

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).

Hiking and cave exploring

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.


Marin Vayu

Natali Podner

Retreat location

A family and welcoming vibe of the House

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.

  • 2 kilometers from the city center and old town of Rovinj
  • 1.4 kilometers from the beach
  • 200 meters from the market
  • 300 meters from restaurants

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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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.

  • Apart from daily breakfast and lunch, 2 light dinners are also included as a part of the program
  • Rest of the days you are welcome to use our Zen garden open space kitchen
  • Restaurants in the area are close by, charming with an excellent offer

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

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

Things to do (optional)

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.

Optional activities

  • We organize visiting the small local bio-dynamic and organic farm. (Wine and olive oil tasting)
  • Sometimes Five Elements organize dinner in some good local restaurant
  • You can book a massage (preferable to book it in advance because of limited places)
  • On a free afternoon, you can visit Pula with a bus, or take a taxi and visit the famous small town on hill Motovun and/or Grožnjan
  • If you stay one day extra, you can even visit Venice with daily boat excursions

What's included

  • 6 nights' accommodation in one of the Five Elements Guesthouse rooms or apartments
  • 6 breakfasts and lunches, 2 light dinners (vegetarian or vegan and mostly organic)
  • 5 different types of yoga classes, meditations, and lectures
  • All adventure tours, gear, and instructions
  • Boat excursion
  • Free use of bicycles for all 6 days
  • Pick-up from Rovinj bus station on Sunday around 4 p.m.

What's not included

  • Visiting biodynamic-organic farm (about 30 EUR)
  • Massages from 60 EUR
  • Pick-up from Pula Airport (PUY) (can be organized for 60 EUR)
  • Dinner (most guests prefer to visit the town for dinner, or you can make your own dinner in the guesthouse. All guests will have access to the common kitchen and some apartments have a private kitchen)

How to get there

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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 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.

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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