33 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Croatia

  • Kastela, Croatia

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Essential Elegance Yoga Teacher Training Croatia

  • 33 days with instruction
  • Adopt a yogic lifestyle, get a chance to honestly look inside yourself to clean out what was not yours in the first place, and reclaim who you are. This retreat is all about paying attention to the subtlest layers of your inner being by activating your sensory systems. You will learn to listen beyond what your ears can hear and observe beyond what your eyes can see. You will refine your intuitive nature and awaken your inner senses.


    • Daily yoga Nidra practice
    • 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification
    • Asana, meditation, and pranayama sessions
    • Participate in karmically brilliant group discussions
    • Enjoy a healthy breakfast every day
    • 32 nights accommodation

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 20.


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    During this holiday you will be staying in an apartment sharing a kitchen, living room, and bathroom. There are two apartment buildings where you can stay. The first one is a 10-minute walk from the sea, it has mountain views, and is the same building where you will find the yoga studio. The second one is a two-minute walk from the sea and 10 minutes away from the practice space. You can choose between a queen or single bed in a private room and a single bed in a shared room.

    This training is in accordance and registered with Yoga Alliance as a recognized 200-hour yoga teacher training. You will be able to teach all over the world with this designation.

    This training is multi-dimensional, with a balance of many different aspects of the practice. The primary learning tool of the training will be through the experiential practice of the ancient techniques of yoga. Every day, there will be asana, meditation, pranayama, and yoga Nidra. You will dive into anatomy on the physical, energetic, and emotional levels.

    You will look at the nature of the mind, the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious mind, and how you can expand your awareness to awaken to the many layers and dimensions of existence. You will look at the subconscious programs that run behind the scenes, directing the attention and actions of the conscious mind and then learn tools to evolve.

    Conversations and contemplations of philosophy will provide opportunities to open your mind in perspective shifting and freedom granting ways. Frequency and vibration are languages you will begin to translate and sound will take on new meaning as you look at mantra methodology and conscious use of language.

    Nature is one of the highest teachers you will study. You will learn about the rhythms of the moon and the dance of the stars. You will interact with the elements to understand how they influence life, as well as how you can use them in your healing and understanding of self.

    With almost a decade of this work under her belt, Jana works in intuitive ways to help coax your truth to the surface. You will receive personal coaching, participate in karmically brilliant group discussions, and practice guiding each other in meditation, yoga asana, breath work, and yoga Nidra.

    By the end of the month together, you will emanate light from your highest degree of personal expression. You will be able to guide creative flow classes, yin style practices, meditation, and yoga Nidra. You will be more comfortable in your own skin and a new found embodiment of your unique essence. Yet most importantly, love will flow through you with ease.

    • Jana Roemer

      After traveling the globe in search of spiritual sights, teachers, and experiences, time and time again, Jana finds the best teacher to be life experience itself. Hand in hand with her steady teachers of prayer and meditation, the moon, and mother earth, forever admitting that she does not know, deep listening and surrender, the journey deepens. The nature of the mind and power of beliefs fascinate her to no end, using her own experience as the laboratory. Jana relates more to the role of a hunter who returns to tell her tribe what she found on her journey than the role of a teacher.

    • Shannon Solieva

      Shannon has spent her life studying people and cultures, formally through a degree in Psychology and Anthropology, and informally by living in five countries, traveling through numerous others, learning multiple languages, and forming some of the most extraordinary friendships around the world. Shannon is an insatiably curious student, a scientist, an observer. Her intention is to ground the more esoteric aspects of yoga and to bridge the mystic experience with an earthly, scientific explanation.

    Croatia is a gorgeous country in the Balkan, most recognizable by its sweet orange rooftops and its bright, checkered red, white, and blue flag.

    In general, Croatia is very safe and friendly. Tourism is the country's main industry and the locals go to great lengths to really offer the best of this country and its various gifts to their guests.

    It has three regions, which are all culturally, gastronomically, and even linguistically distinct: Dalmatia, with most of the coast and islands, Slavonia, eastern inland, and Istria, the Croatian peninsula closest to Italy.

    Through the years, each of those areas has had a largely independent history, yet they all came together as one nation under the rule of King Tomislav around 925 AD, when Pope John the 10th recognized and blessed the kingdom.

    The area you will be spending most of your time in is Dalmatia. You will be adventuring along its incredible coast line, strolling among its spectacular vineyards and abundant fruit and olive trees.

    This teacher training will be taking place in the coastal city of Kastela, the city of seven castles, with a settlement formed around each one. You can learn all about it on one of the walking tours led by a local archaeologist.

    One of the sunniest places in Europe, Kastela is a charming city of gorgeous stone houses, narrow winding streets, and lush greens that sway happily to greet you wherever you find yourself.

    Surrounded by the sea in one direction, overlooked by majestic mountains from its north east, and nestled between some of the most gorgeous historical sites, Kastela is the perfect combination of ancient history, modern culture, breathtaking nature, and unforgettable adventures.

    The crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic span for kilometers in either direction. They bring so much spaciousness to your mind and heart, and make an excellent setting for your daily meditation.

    Kastela is also the living embodiment of the Balkan lifestyle. Something you will often hear from the locals is polako, which means slowly. It is an invitation to spend some time enjoying yourself and your surroundings, instead of chasing your worries.

    The local language is Croatian, although a lot of younger people will also speak or at least understand English. Upon arrival, you will learn some words for local pleasantries and greetings, so you will be well equipped for your stay here.

    People here are an odd combination of everything. With one foot in the European Union, and another foot in its traditional, Catholic South Slavic past, it is really hard to present this country as a unified nation of certain qualities. There are huge cultural gaps between generations, with the new one bearing hardly any resemblance to their grandparents.

    You will see it all for yourself, but in general, the locals have a live and let live approach to travelers that come through. They are often warm, helpful, and welcoming if you engage with them or ask for help, but usually they will just let you do whatever you are doing and observe you with curiosity as they sip on their espressos.

    The local food is exactly what you would expect from a Slavic country; most traditional dishes are hearty, heavy meals with lots of potatoes and meat. Since they are on the coast, plenty of traditional dishes are made with fish. The most common meats are pork and chicken. Since Dalmatia is a very rocky area, there is not enough grass to support larger livestock.

    Most food available around is locally grown and a big portion of the population has their own vegetable gardens and fruit and olive trees. Because of that, the local stores are mostly filled with seasonal fruits, berries, and vegetables. Dalmatian produce is generally fresh and fragrant, and they can make sure to take weekly trips to a large farmers' market in Split.

    There, you can find just about anything from massive, ripe watermelons and locally grown figs, to lavender honey, lampshades made of locally collected shells, hand-painted ornaments, and even antique trinkets.

    A few minutes away there is also a large grocery store that carries the more exotic and imported foods. There is much more selection, and you are bound to find anything else you might be looking for.

    Croatia is still catching up to vegetarian and vegan food, so it is much harder to find those options in local restaurants than it would be in North America. Everyone will have access to a fully stocked kitchen, so make sure you save some of your favourite recipes and look forward to sharpening your cooking skills!

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
    • 32 nights accomodation
    • 200 hours of Yoga Alliance teacher training with Jana Roemer
    • All taxes, tuition, and fees
    • Daily healthy breakfast
    • Some extra surprises
    • Airfare
    • Airport transfers
    • Dinners
    • Lunches

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Split Airport (SPU). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

    Arrival by bus

    If you are planing to explore a little bit before the training, you can fly into any other airport and then take a bus to Kastela. Croatia is pretty well connected by buses.

    Once you arrive in Kastela, there is a city bus number 37 that runs every 20 minutes, and has two terminals: one in Trogir and one in Split. It runs along the line that connects you to Trogir, Split Airport (SPU), Kastela, Solin, and Split. Chances are you can find a bus or ferry from Split to take you to literally any other part of Croatia you would like to visit, so you would really be in the heart of it all.

    Arrival by train

    You can also take a train to get here; however, it often takes longer, costs more, runs less often, and the train stops are a lot less central and do not exist in all parts of Croatia. All in all, it is a lot less convenient option to take a train unless you have a thing for them.

    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


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