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Experience the beauty, calm, and harmony of Rovinj, Croatia, while deepening your practice in this Five Elements yoga and adventure retreat. The program is great for singles and for couples especially when one is more into yoga and the other partner into adventure and sport. It is also for those who want a deeper knowledge about the five elements and a more enriching and spiritual experience. All of the activities are very easy to do so you don't need to be physically fit.
Five Elements Guesthouse and its yoga shala will be your accommodation and the indoor training venue during the retreat. The guesthouse is situated in a quiet neighborhood located between the center of town and Rovinj's beaches. There are cozy bedrooms, fully equipped apartments, a yoga studio, as well as a garden terrace with a common kitchen and dining area. You can come anytime before the retreat or extend their stay, however please inform Five Elements Guesthouse upon booking so they can reserve your room.
In this retreat, Five Elements will offer you a challenging but nurturing environment where you can focus on your personal growth, helping you to unwind and reconnect with your inner resources, surrounded by the healing power of nature.
Aside from the healthy meals and cozy accommodation, you will experience daily energizing yoga sessions, insightful morning Five Elements lectures, meditation time, Five Elements afternoon adventures (kayaking, windsurfing, hiking, or biking ), and plenty of leisure time to spend on the various beaches and secluded coves.
All of the activities in the retreat, including windsurfing and kayaking, are very easy to do. Five Elements Retreats will provide the equipment for beginners and you will be led by highly experienced instructors. Everyone can join, no matter age, physical condition, or previous experience.
Each day of the retreat will be dedicated to one of the great five elements (water, Earth, fire, air, and spirit). This retreat benefits all levels of practitioners regardless of where you are in your yoga journey.
Five Elements yoga is a variation of Hatha yoga, focusing on each of the five elements. This style is excellent for beginners and provides an interesting approach for the experienced yogi.
The Five Elements concept is the oldest knowledge in the world, originating as ancient religion in Egypt, India, and Sumeria. Civilizations would develop esoteric knowledge such as yoga, Tantra, astrology, numerology, feng shui, and many others based on these beliefs. To today, many mystics, yogis, saints, and hermits still use this concept to continue on the spiritual path they have chosen.
The Five Elements can shape your life and influence your perception of reality. Balance between elements develops qualities such as peace, power, joy, and harmony. You only need to discover, implement, and balance these elements in your character, as you are made from all of the five elements. As you are made from the same elements as nature, Mother Nature can be your greatest teacher.
In the retreat, you will not only learn about the Five Elements but discover which is your strongest and which ones may need attention and learn the method of bringing balance to the elements.
This retreat program will be running for five days, so that each day you can dedicate it to one element.
After lunch, you can go to the beach, have a rest or just relax before your daily adventure in the late afternoon. After the adventurous activities, in the evening you are free to explore the Rovinj and socialize.
To make this retreat more memorable, every day you will get in contact with the elements in the nature trough easy adventure tours and activities including kayaking, windsurfing, biking, hiking, and cave exploring.
During your adventure, you will visit all the best spots of Rovinj; the old town, the park and many beaches, including some islands and Lim fjord. Five Elements Retreats will choose the sequence of the elements according to the weather conditions and other considerations. In case of rain or strong wind, you will go on some other tour or you do more yoga, lecture, or meditations.
On air day, you will learn windsurfing - the most exciting water activities! Five Elements Retreats will provide all equipment and trained instructors. No previous windsurfing experience needed.
On Earth day, you will spend the afternoon hiking in the shadow of the forest and exploring secret sites.
Rovinj is home to several secret caves that few people know of. Some caves were used by Saint Romualdo over 1000 years ago to live and meditate in. The public is aware of only one, but you will be shown to another cave which is only known by a few locals! To finish the day, you have the option to try local cuisine at one of Rovinj's best restaurants located near the caves.
On fire day, you will be cycling through the city with mountain bikes, discovering trails that lead through landscapes of awesome natural beauty. You will ride along the coast so you can stop for a swim on one or more of the beautiful beaches. In the evening, you will hang out around a fire.
On Spirit day there will be a special sound meditation. The spirit day will be every day and for that element you will do yoga and meditation.
On water day, you will jump into kayaks and explore the waters around the Rovinj archipelago. You will kayak to gorgeous secluded islands and beaches where you can snorkel, swim, or just float in the beautifully clear Adriatic Sea. On the return, you will enjoy Croatian's famously beautiful sunsets, right from you kayak!
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 is a physiotherapist and yoga instructor. In her early twenties, 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.
This retreat is located in the stunning natural setting of Rovinj in Istria, Croatia.
Istria is the largest Croatian peninsula and it lies on the northern end of the Croatia’s Adriatic Coast. Often compared to Tuscany, Istria is unique with its incredible layers of culture and buildings from almost every era. There's the Roman amphitheater in Pula (the sixth largest in the world and also one of the best preserved) and the Euphrasius Basilica in Poreč (listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List) to name but two.
The fertile peninsula features green fields and valleys with romantic hilltop towns and medieval villages. The diverse coastline features mainly pebble and white stone beaches, pine trees, and lots of naturist friendly secluded coves.
Istria's cultural richness is present throughout this magical peninsula, and are perhaps most obvious in the town of Rovinj. The panorama of Rovinj with the church of St. Euphemia and its bell tower is one of the most pertinent symbols of Istria.
The beauty of Rovinj has attracted many artists inspired by its incredibly preserved old town houses and picturesque narrow streets. Among these streets, Grisia has a special place, as the artists who gather there traditionally sell their works to tourists.
Something to keep in mind is that on the west coast near Rovinj, there is also the Brijuni Archipelago, a national park, and a pearl of natural heritage in Istria. It consists of various islands with around 680 plant species and is also known also as the once luxurious state summer residence of President Tito and top officials of the former Yugoslavia.
On the far south of Istria, you can enjoy the dramatic landscapes of the protected park Cape Kamenjak, and Pula, the largest town in Istria.
The rich archaeological heritage of Istria is represented in numerous museums, the largest being the famous Archaeological Museum in Pula. Bale is a beautiful spot also worth visiting. Five Elements Retreats recommends that you pay a visit to the picturesque Kamene Priče (Stone Tales) jazz cafe and restaurant.
Because of its position, Istria is extremely accessible from all European routes and the mild Mediterranean climate invites year-round visitors.
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During your stay, Five Elements Retreats will provide nourishing and tasty vegetarian meals (breakfast and lunch) based on locally and organic grown food, cooked, and served with love.
On your free time, you can swim in the beautifully clear sea, sunbathe, socialize with new friends, book a massage, or discover the many beauties Rovinj and the Istrian peninsula - the magic land (terra magica) - have to offer.
You can book massages and healing energy treatments from the professional therapists at an additional cost.
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 flight from around Europe. You can check at Pula airport webpage. From Pula Airport (PUY) you can go to Pula city to visit Arena and then take a bus to Rovinj (30 minutes).
You can take a bus service from Rijeka (Croatia), Zagreb (Croatia), Trieste (Italy), or Ljubljana (Slovenia) to get to Rovinj. It will take 2-4 hours by bus.
The best way to come to Rovinj is by ferry from Venice. The ferry comes direct to Rovinj harbor on almost all retreats dates. Five Elements Retreats will come to pick you up at harbor. Only in June the ferry doesn't come to Rovinj, but to Pula (30 kilometers from Rovinj) and Five Elements Retreats can pick you up to Pula harbor too.