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Join this relaxing, rejuvenating, and detoxing holiday and take this perfect opportunity to refill and restore your energy under the Mediterranean sun. The experienced team will provide you with personal services to ensure that your stay is comfortable, pleasurable, and effortless. The staff's extensive local knowledge ensures that you will enjoy the best authentic sights, flavors, and experiences. Also, you will be spoiled and nurtured by the chef, who will cater to your needs with love and care. This nurturing holistic well-being yoga wellness weekend is a short training that will help you get started on a balanced, healthy path and it is also a great way to relax, meet new people, and just have a joyful, restorative and rejuvenating weekend and holiday.
During this retreat, you will stay in a lovely old stone house located in the outskirts of medieval Korcula. It is right in front of the sea and it overlooks the blue Mediterranean Sea. Each room has a bathroom and there is also a large living room and a terrace with a view for all the participants to enjoy.
Experience all the joys of this rejuvenating yoga weekend on the gorgeous and unspoilt Korcula Island in Croatia. This yoga wellness weekend is a short training that will help you get started on a balanced, healthy path and it is also a great way to relax, meet new people, and just have a joyful and restorative weekend and holiday.
During this retreat, you will be able to restore your energy under the Mediterranean sun, surrounded by crystal blue sea, and bring your body and mind into balance with daily yoga classes, as well as meditation and breathing exercises.
You will also enjoy the detox with fresh seasonal organic juices, balanced meals, and a rejuvenating massage therapy. Each evening, your next day schedule will be brought to your room or will be given to you during tea time. You do not have to take care of anything, you can just relax and get everything taken care of for you.
At the evening tea time, you can discuss and reflect on the experience that you had throughout the day. Joy of the Mediterranean only hosts small groups consisting of four to eight participants, so they can fully devote themselves to making this yoga holiday an enriching, enchanting, and delightfully charming experience. This group of people will be encouraged to open up to each other and to themselves.
The experienced team will provide you with personal services to ensure that your stay is comfortable, pleasurable, and effortless. The staff's extensive local knowledge ensures that you will enjoy the best authentic sights, flavors, and experiences.
On top of it, you will be indulged by the private chef, who has a true love and deep knowledge of healthy foods and its exceptional nutritional values, with the most love and care for your needs. He always loves to share his knowledge with you.
You will able to attend morning yoga classes every day and, while strengthening your body, you will be balancing your mind. The morning session will be an energizing, dynamic practice of one hour and 30 minutes to start your day, including surya namaskar (sun salutations).
The one-hour evening yoga session, is designed with a more restorative, calmer approach to end your day and to reflect on it. This sessions may include pranayama, restorative yoga, and yoga Nidra.
The available yoga and meditation classes are suitable for everyone, from beginners to experienced yogis. They consist of the fusion of various yoga styles, including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, and elements of Kundalini, and they use breathing techniques, such as pranayama.
A professional yoga teacher will always lead the sessions and help you improve. Each session has time devoted to meditation, self-awareness, and consciousness. You will be able to learn more about yoga, meditation, and other techniques during the week. Moreover, the teacher will be there to answer all your questions at any time.
The program will include daily trips and hiking tours around the Korcula Island. You will also enjoy visits to Korcula town, boat trips to islets, secluded beaches, and bays, hiking trips through the unspoilt, wild Mediterranean nature, a culinary tour to a family run restaurant in a picturesque village, and a visit to an ecological olive grove.
Please be advised that the boat trip to secluded beaches is not included on the April 26-29, 2018 retreat. During this weekend instead of the boat tour there will be a hike in beautiful neighboring Peljesac Peninsula with amazing views of Korcula island and Korcula archipelago and a fish lunch at a local restaurant.
Korcula is an enchanting Mediterranean island belonging to the central Dalmatian archipelago. Korcula island is renowned for its crystal blue sea, lush Mediterranean vegetation of pine wood, wild herbs, orange, lemon, mandarin, and pomegranate trees, secluded little bays, and endless wild fields.
Here, you will also find olive groves, vineyards, picturesque villages, and the captivating beauty of the ancient stone town of Korcula . Many charming and breathtaking islets are surrounding the island. The natural beauty of the environment will provide a feast for your senses.
Korcula has a long, rich history. According to the legend, it was founded by the Trojan hero, Antenor, in the 12th century BC. The island was first settled by Mesolithic and Neolithic people 20,000 years ago and is well-known for its archeological finds from that era. The name of the island comes from ancient Greek times, when the Greek colonists from Corfu (Corcyra) founded a small colony on the island in the 6th century BC.
The Greeks named it Melaina Korkyra (Black Corfu) after their homeland and the dense pine wood forests that Korcula is covered with. The island became part of the Roman province of Illyricum after the Illyrian Wars (220 BC to 219 BC). Roman migration followed and Roman citizens arrived on the island.
The Great Migrations of the 6th and 7th centuries brought Slavic invasions into this region. In the 12th century, Korcula was conquered by the Venetians, incorporated briefly into the Venetian Republic, and rechristened Curzola.
The statute of Korcula was first drafted in 1214, largely guaranteeing the autonomy of the island. The town's statute also prohibited slavery, making Korcula one of the first places in the world to outlaw the practice. Today, Korcula is often called Marco Polo Island, since the town is revered for being the possible birthplace and residence of one of the greatest travelers in world's history.
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You will be enjoying three meals every day. Each meal consists of healthy, seasonal, organic, vegetarian, vegan, or raw food, along with freshly prepared homemade raw snack delights, detox juices, and evening herbal tea.
The experienced chef has a true love and deep knowledge of healthy food. He is exceptional and he always loves to share his knowledge with the participants. He will concentrate on the nutritional, healthy value of the locally grown, fresh mediterranean food and will be spoiling you with delicious, nutritious meals, with a Mediterranean touch. Please note that on this retreat, there will be no sugar used in foods, as well as no meat and alcohol.
Fruit and vegetables served during your stay will be locally-grown, seasonal, organic foods from small local ecological farms and gardens, which will be combined with freshly picked Mediterranean herbs. Additionally, since the retreat location is on the Mediterranean coast, fish and seafood can be occasionally served upon request or during the culinary tour.
Bread will be homemade, using ecological flour, and the cheese will be supplied by local goat farmers. The cold pressed extra virgin ecological olive oil from Korcula will be used as well to supplement the meals.
Many times, participants have special dietary requests or allergies, and the chef has to prepare an additional menu just for that person on top of regular meals. Therefore, special dietary requests can be communicated up front or can be accommodated for additional fees. Please send an inquiry to Joy of the Mediterranean for more information.
During this retreat, one 60-minute Ayurvedic massage is included. It will be performed by an Ayurvedic masseuse in a five-star spa. Considered as one of the most complete massage techniques available, Ayurvedic yoga massage combines traditional Indian massage (Abhyanga) with yoga postures. It uses slow, rhythmic, and deep touches, using natural oil and calamus powder.
Ayurveda yoga massage works all the muscles and joints, improving breathing and blood circulation, as well as boosting vital energy, promoting the individual's balance. Because of its complexity, sophistication, and depth, Ayurveda yoga massage brings benefits at every level: physical, mental, and energetic.
Please book your flight to arrive at Split Airport (SPU) or Dubrovnik Airport (DBV). Transfer from and to Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) is available upon request.
If you decide to fly to Split, you will be taking a bus from Split Airport (SPU) to Split Port, which takes about 30 minutes. From Split port to Korcula, you have to take a ferry. The journey takes about two hours and 30 minutes and the ferry leaves to Korcula only once a day; therefore, your flight should arrive no later than 14:00 in order to be on time for the boat transfer to the Island Korcula.
If you decide to fly to Dubrovnik, you will be taking a bus from Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) to Dubrovnik Port. From the port to Korcula you have to take a ferry. The journey takes about two hours and 30 minutes and the ferry leaves to Korcula only once a day; therefore, your flight should arrive no later than 14:00 in order to be on time for the boat transfer to the Island Korcula.
If you want Joy of the Mediterranean to provide the transfer, a shuttle will be sent to pick you up from the airport and to take you all the way to your accommodation on Korcula Island. The entire journey from Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) takes about two hours, including a short ferry transfer. The shuttle journey from Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) is not included in the price of your yoga holiday and it is more expensive than taking a ferry.