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Joy of the Mediterranean invites you to join them for an amazing yoga holiday experience of total relaxation, rejuvenation and detox week on the gorgeous Mediterranean Island of Korcula in the southern part of Dalmatia (Croatia). You will experience the joys of yoga practice combined with meditation and breathing exercises, healthy vegetarian and vegan nutrition, hiking through amazing unspoiled nature of the island, excursion to the Natural park of island Mljet, culinary tour, boat trip to neighbouring islets, sightseeing, visit to organic honey farm, visit to organic olive grove farm and wild herbs workshop - where you will be able to learn about culinary use and medical benefits of Mediterranean herbs.
The host venue for eight days is based in a lovely family run guesthouse built in a traditional stone style but with a spacious contemporary interior. Only located few meters from the sea, most rooms and dining area are overlooking the sea.
Three of the bedrooms have sea views. Bedrooms are attractive and simply designed. Most of the rooms come with private bathrooms. Two rooms share a bathroom. Room options are four double rooms for single or double occupancy and two twin rooms for double occupancy only. The venue is located on the outskirts of the beautiful, lively ancient Korcula town.
You are invited to a week-long of yoga and active holiday, relaxation, and great fun. Yoga, meditation, healthy nutrition, and hiking trips are just a few of the activities offered during the retreat. The group attending the holiday will be encouraged to open up to one another and to themselves. The retreat serves as both short training to help you get started on your spiritual path as well as a great way to relax, meet new people, and just experience a fun and active holiday.
The experienced team will provide you with personal services to ensure that your stay is comfortable, pleasurable, and effortless. The staffs' extensive local knowledge ensures that you will enjoy the best authentic sights, flavors, and experiences.
Joy of the Mediterranean hosts small groups only, 4-10 participants, so they can fully devote themselves to making this yoga holiday an enriching, enchanting and delightfully charming experience.
The schedule is designed in a way that every day is a new experience. At the evening tea time, you can discuss and reflect on the experience that you had throughout the day.
You will be able to attend morning yoga classes every day. While strengthening physical body, your mind will be balanced simultaneously.
You can expect a fusion of Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Hatha style practice as well as the use of breathing techniques such as pranayama in the classes. Each session has time devoted to meditation, self-awareness, and consciousness.
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 morning session will be an energizing, dynamic 1.5 hours of yoga practice to start your day, including Surya Namaskar (sun salutations). The 1 hour evening session is designed with a more restorative, calmer approach to end your day and to reflect on it. Think pranayama, restorative, yoga Nidra.
Please note that the program is adaptable to any age or level from beginners to advanced; you will share knowledge, create and adapt the classes in such a way that it will satisfy each individual needs so that it is comfortable, safe and supports development.
You will be able to learn more about yoga, meditation, and other techniques during the week and the teacher will be there to answer all your questions at any time.
All yoga holiday participants will fill out questionnaires which will allow you to prepare sufficiently and be aware of the yoga experience as well as health conditions of the group.
Yoga classes will be outside, but if on some days the weather does not allow it you will practice yoga indoors. All yoga classes and the entire holiday will be conducted in English.
Each evening your next day schedule with activities, tours, excursions will be brought to your room or will be given to you during a tea time. You don't have to take care of anything, you can just relax and Joy of the Mediterranean will take care of everything for you.
During the retreat, Joy of the Mediterranean will invite you not only practice yoga, meditation and other body and mind therapy forms, but also explore the beautiful island of Korcula, neighboring peninsula of Peljesac, and a national natural park of island Mljet with its salt lakes and a Benedictine monastery.
Mojca Bajt is an experienced and passionate yoga teacher. She has a unique ability to naturally inspire a deeper understanding of the flow of breath, movement, and mindful connections in yoga. In her classes, she teaches her students to be in the present moment, to explore themselves, and to empower themselves. She challenges you to increase your physical flexibility and strength, in order to transform them into inner strength, balance, harmony, and joy. Her yoga and meditation classes are suitable for everyone, from beginner to experienced yogi.
Korcula is an enchanting Mediterranean island belonging to the central Dalmatian Croatia archipelago. The island is known 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, olive groves and vineyards, picturesque villages, and for the captivating beauty of the ancient stone town of Korcula. There are many charming and breathtaking islets surrounding the island as well.
Korcula has a long, rich history. According to legend, it was founded by Trojan hero Antenor in the 12th century BC. The island was first settled by Mesolithic and Neolithic peoples 20,000 years ago and is well known for its archeological found from that era. The name of the island comes from ancient Greek times when the Greek colonists from Corfu or Corcyra founded a small colony on the island in the sixth century BC. The Greeks named it Melaina Korkyra or Black Corfu after their homeland and the dense pinewood forests that Korcula is covered with.
The island became part of the Roman province of Illyricum after the Illyrian wars from 220 BC to 219 BC. Roman migration followed and Roman citizens arrived on the island. The great migrations of the sixth and seventh 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 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 the world history.
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You will enjoy three meals per day, composed of healthy, seasonal, organic vegetarian, or vegan or raw food along with freshly prepared healthy, 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 served.
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 upfront or can be accommodated for additional fees. Please send an inquiry to Joy of the Mediterranean for more information.
For optional tours, you may seek for tour assistance from Joy of the Mediterranean any time for additional costs. For example, with Korcula being a famous wine region, you can book a bicycle wine tour guided by experts on the free day.
During the retreat, you have the option to book massages with Mediterranean essential organic oils or classical Thai massage for additional costs.
Transfer not provided
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) or Split Airport (SPU).
If you decide to fly to Dubrovnik, you can take a bus or a taxi from Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) to Dubrovnik port which takes about 30 minutes. While deciding to fly to Split, you can take a bus or a taxi from Split Airport (SPU) to Split port.
From Split port to Korcula or from Dubrovnik port to Korcula, you have to take a ferry. The journey from Split harbour takes about two and a half hours and the ferry leaves to Korcula only twice a day. The ferry journey from Dubrovnik takes about one hour and 45 minutes, and the ferry leaves once a day.
Therefore, regardless of which of the two above airports you decide to fly to, your flight should arrive no later than 2 p.m. in order to be on time for the boat transfer to the island Korcula.
From Dubrovnik Airport (DBV), Joy of the Mediterranean can arrange a shuttle transfer for you. The shuttle will be sent to pick you up from the airport and to bring you all the way to your accommodation on Korcula Island. The entire journey from Dubrovnik Airport (DBV), door to door, takes about three hours including a short ferry transfer. However, the shuttle journey from and to Dubrovnik is not included in the price.
For further information please send an inquiry to Joy of the Mediterranean.
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