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Rejuvenate with authentic yoga, excursions and adventure on the beautiful Croatian island, Hvar. Enjoy daily yoga sessions, meditations, relaxation and breathing exercises in a natural setting. Pristine clear sea is only seconds away. Enjoy the island explorations, boat tours to secluded beaches and much more. Deepen your yoga practice and take home new insights and tools for a more harmonious living.
The maximum participants in the group is 12.
The yoga retreat is located in Basina, a beautiful bay situated in between Stari Grad and Jelsa, looking towards island Brac, which makes it ideal for island tours and boat trips. There are many secluded beaches in Basina and nearby bays, so you can explore and enjoy your privacy.
Maya house is a three-store house with 3 apartments, 2 terraces, 3 bathrooms and a rooftop. The house has a sea view and the sea is only seconds away. Additional accommodation is offered in a neighboring house, few meters from Maya house.
Practice of yoga twice daily to balance the body and mind. Healthy nutritious meals will be served. Balance of activity and rest is emphasized so you can make the most of your time spent on this retreat. With new insights into the wisdom of yoga, gain a deeper understanding of this ancient science.
The yoga approach integrates elements from the different paths of yoga, especially Hatha yoga and Ashtanga yoga, uniting the body, mind and breath in awareness. It is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. Morning sessions will be longer and more intense and will be based on Ashtanga yoga.
Evening yoga sessions will be more calming and restorative with more emphasis on relaxation and meditation. Wisdom of yoga will be discussed in and out the yoga classes and as per group’s preference and will include Patanjali Yoga Sutras and more.
Karma yoga is also an essential part of the retreat. Participants will be given a chance to experience Seva (selfless service) by contributing some short time to help with the daily work in the retreat center. This may include sweeping the terrace or cutting vegetables.
Unless visiting a nearby town, evening times are reserved for experience sharing or just silently reflecting on the day and resting. The peaceful atmosphere and low light pollution contributes to the clear sky ideal for stargazing - weather permitting.
The house is located nearby the sea. The place is ideal for swimming, sunbathing, beach walks, exploring the nature etc.
The below daily schedule is a general outline:
07:15 - 07:30 Herbal tea
07:30 - 09:15 Yoga session
09:15 - 10:00 Breakfast
13:00 - 13:30 Guided meditation
13:30 - 14:00 Lunch
15:00 - 18:00 Beach tour (by car or boat)
18:00 - 19:00 Restorative yoga session
19:30 - 20:30 Dinner
20:30 - 22:00 Reflections / Visiting spectacular towns
Please note that the schedule might vary according to the program of excursions. All sessions are optional, so you can enjoy your time according to your preference. For your benefit, it is recommended to regularly attend all the yoga sessions. Customization in the program is possible, depending on the preference of the group.
You will enjoy tours to spectacular towns and beaches and neighboring island Brac - with its one-of-the kind famous beach Zlatni Rat.
Boat ride to nearby beaches. There are many smaller bays and beautiful sights around our retreat center, many of them are accessible only by boat.
An ancient town with a rich history on the island with the same name. Many people say of the town Hvar that it is from a fairy- tale because of its architecture, wonderful nature and its mild climate. Hvar is also very attractive for its luscious restaurants, boutiques, and a vibrant nightlife amidst its medieval streets.
Bol is situated on the southern part of the island Brac, 45 mins boat ride from the retreat centre. This little town was founded long ago and became an extraordinary tourist oasis because of the wide gravel and sandy beaches which expands over 10 kilometers. A 20 minute walk from Bol lies the beach Zlatni rat (Golden Horn) - one of the largest and most beautiful attractions of the Adriatic. This excursion is possible depending on the weather, in case of high waves, tourist boats do not sail across the canal between Hvar and Brac. On the day of the tour to Bol, yoga class in the morning and evening will be a little shorter the regular timings.
Stari Grad (literally Old Town) is one of the oldest towns in Europe. A walk through the center brings the whisperings of the past times. The town’s attraction grew in recent years with opening of some interesting and unique shops and art galleries.
Born and raised in Mumbai, India, she was introduced to yoga at the age of 8. She studied various Yoga disciplines, is a practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga and holds a bachelor's degree in Yogic Science. Teaching yoga since 2007, Ekta has traveled across India, inspiring many.
A Croatian who is a graphic designer by profession. Started his yoga journey in 2002. Conducts yoga workshops since 2006. Since several years, teaches yoga between India and Europe. Currently lives in Bangalore, India.
The island of Hvar is the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands. Hvar is proud that it has the most sunny hours of all the islands in the Adriatic Sea. The vast fields of lavender, gorgeous beaches with tiny inlets and secluded coves, ancient olive trees and lush vineyards create immaculate harmony between man and nature. "The Traveller" has given the island of Hvar a title of being one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world.
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You will be offered three healthy vegetarian meals per day. Breakfasts will consist of porridge, fruits, milk, bread, butter, cheese, jam.
Lunch and dinner will be tasty and balanced meals prepared by our local chef.
Herbal teas will be offered in the morning, before yoga sessions. Smoking and drinking alcohol is not permitted on the retreat premises.
Dining outside the retreat center is possible in case of visiting a nearby town, but will depend on the group’s preference whether to eat in retreat center or outside. For dining outside of the retreat center, extra charges apply.
The following meals are included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Yogic and Other dietary requirements on request.
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
If you are coming with a car, please inform us for further travel assistance.
Direct flights connect many European cities with Croatian city of Split via Split Airport (SPU). There are regular shuttles between the Split Airport and the Split ferry port. For more information on airport to ferry port transportation visit the following link http://www.buscroatia.com/airport-split/
If you’re looking for alternatives, there are flights connecting many European cities with town of Zadar, from where you can take a bus ride (2-3 hours long) to reach Split. Split main bus station is just opposite the ferry port.
Split is a beautiful old town and the centre is just 10 minutes walk from the port. If you have time between the flights and ferries, do take a walk and explore.
From Split, there are direct ferry lines to Stari Grad town on island of Hvar. We will pick you up in Stari Grad at the timing of your arrival. The usual ferry timings are at 2:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. from Split, they are arriving at Stari Grad port at 4:30 pm and 7 pm respectively. On the day of departure, we will drop you off in the Stari Grad port at 10:30 a.m. to ensure you catch the 11:30 a.m. ferry to Split. The pick up / drop off is included in the price. See the timings here: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/ferry-croatia.
"Me and my boyfriend had a great time in Hvar. Plakor and Ekta are amazing people full of love and made us all feel like one big family. This was my first yoga retreat and I can say that I didn't have any problem following their yoga sessions. It was my pleasure learning from Ekta who is authentic yoga teacher and her voice is just perfect for relaxing and meditating. Plakor was amazing not only in yoga sessions but also when it comes to organising everything, taking us around Hvar and Brač for sightseeing and simply enjoying some of the nicest beaches in Croatia. Location is also just perfect, you wake up and the first thing that you see is the beautiful Croatian sea. What else could you ask for?"
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"First, a big thank you! After almost a week of feeling the bliss that is called yoga we're sitting on a bench and think of what we have experienced and learned. That's actually quite a lot. Gently guided by both the instructors we went from very easy and simple yoga postures to still very easy but not quite as simple postures. It's just as hard as you want it to be. Furthermore there was plenty of meditation. We both found that pretty challenging, since we're both blessed with an agile mind. BUT after the first class already we felt an astounding difference. It was almost upsetting how big the difference was. So based on this we can say that this cute ‘yoga couple’ of instructors knows how to get the feeling across in a nice and helpful way.And never forget: “breath out completely” :)"
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"Our hosts, Ekta And Plakor took such good care of us, they were very sweet, attending to all needs And wishes. I enjoyed practicing yoga with Ekta in the morning. Although I am a Sri Sri Yoga teacher, we practiced a different set of postures, which I did Not Know so It was interesting to learn them. Also practicing yoga on the Terrace in front of the sea was amazing, it was the ideal place! About the excursions: what to say! Perfect, beautiful beaches, I really liked having some Time sun bathing, And swimming in the sea, this was the main reason that I came to Croatia. The food was very good. I would also like to add that I was amazed And inspired by the way Plakor could always answer the questions of the participants of the retreat, whatever the topic, with such Wisdom And knowledge! "
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"I went in one week yoga retreat to the island of Hvar in Croatia at Plakor and Ekta. This is a beautiful place Basina Bay and a very good selection of yoga teachers (Plakor and Ekta). During this retreat I did yoga every day and it made me a lot of good, I needed it because I was pretty stressed by my work, urban lifestyle and I could focus on myself -even during this period. During this retreat I meditated. This helps to stop, not to be in this constant race that moved the body into a frenzy against nature and alters cellular memory. It also gives access to sensations / forgotten feelings and, thereby, changing the chemistry of the body. The most beautiful trips is that in itself does. Looking after his body - including his intestine, which is our first brain - it opens incredible opportunities. I also wanted to emphasize the wonderful welcome we had from Plakor and Ekta. I have one thing to say is that I recommend yoga retreat in Plakor and Ekta, you will not regret the trip. Croatia (and the island of Hvar in particular) is a beautiful country. Go there, you will not regret it!"
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"Yoga retreat on Hvar in a beautiful natural setting gave me a possibility to reflect on my habits and find new strength to change them into potentialities for happiness. Since leaving Hvar I have not missed a day of yoga. I will be eternally grateful for this experience!"
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"I have had an amazing and relaxing holiday at the Hvar yoga retreat hosted by Ekta and Plakor. Hvar Island is truly beautiful and the retreat itself is located in a wonderful, peaceful bay away from touristic spots and seconds from the pristine sea. From the minute I arrived, I have experienced a feeling of peace and mindfulness which only increased as the days went by. Ekta and Plakor are truly wonderful humans and their yoga class are calm yet soothing & energizing, enriched with breathing techniques and meditations which I have added to my daily routine. They took really great care of us, taking us out and about visiting nearby amazing beaches and villages , adapting their schedule to our needs, as well as feeding us fresh and tasty vegetarian meals every day. I have also made some new amazing friends and hope to see everyone again in the future. I recommend this retreat to any solo or group traveler looking for an enlightening and relaxing break in beautiful Croatia."
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"Hvar Yoga Retreats is my first yoga retreat. I am not a yoga pro but I felt very comfortable with their classes, they accommodated beginner and advanced moves. I am not a vegetarian and I was worried but to my surprise the food was delicious. They also always left so much fruit for us to snack on. The accommodations were lovely. The house is full light and the people in it make it warm and welcoming. Plakor is a hilarious character with immense patience with me. Etka is truly an incredible soul, her aura is calming and nurturing. She would sing to us at the end of morning yoga and it was so lovely it would put me to sleep :) We went to nearby beaches and to nearby towns and I have to admit this is one of my favorite trips ever went on. I also made some good friends while I was there. I will definitely be back. "
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"I have been to Croatia numerous times and one of my favorite ever memories of beautiful Hvar has got to be doing yoga with Ekta & Plakor, as well as meditations. They are such genuine, motivated, patient and inspirational people that I have taken their teachings and I practice daily. Yoga changes one's life, health as well as a positive outlook on life and Plakor's playfulness & Ekta's attentivness are proof. Such calm, patient yet passionate devotees to what they teach, the time they dedicate to their students goes beyond the time spent doing postures & breathing techniques. It's an actual reminder of what a life lived true to oneself feels like. I cannot thank them enough for this gift of serenity. "
"The physical and spiritual dimensions of yoga always attracted me, but at the same time I was refused by the ethereal new-age world that usually goes with it. I could not decide to take the first step and go through a serious, quality program, until I met Plakor. Being honest, straightforward and authentic (virtues which are rare in this world full of people who try to be someone else) - he intrigued me to move. I never regretted it, in fact, I plan now to visit him in India and join his retreats."
"I've tried many yoga styles, but I found a very profound guidance and inspiration with Ekta and Plakor. The classes are profound, and the island Hvar is definitely worth visiting."
"One of my favourite ever memories of beautiful Hvar is doing yoga and meditatations with Ekta & Plakor. They are such motivated, patient and inspirational people that I have taken their teachings for my daily practices. There is no doubt in my mind that yoga changes one's life, health as well as a positive outlook and Plakor's playfulness & Ekta's attentivenes are proof. The time they dedicate to their students goes beyond the time spent doing postures & breathing techniques. It's almost more of a reminder of what a life lived true to oneself feels like. I cannot thank them enough for this gift of serenity."