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Mindful hiking and yoga retreat On the Way Up has been designed as a unique fusion of experiences embracing some of the most beautiful Croatian seaside and mountain sights, wrapped in a personal journey. Take this mindful journey and enjoy sunny promenades along Kvarner bay, continue further up discovering magic hidden places of the hinterland and reach rocky mountain tops of the green inner land of Gorski Kotar, while looking at the crystal blue Adriatic Sea. Raise your limits, explore new heights and soak in some profound energy of nature!
Villa Ursula was built in 1906 in Art Nouveau style and renovated in 2013, preserving the centennial shine and historical character from the Austro-Hungarian times. It is a remarkable rustic house on 3 floors, surfacing 300 square meters, which brings you back in time, yet providing modern comfort with a touch of luxury.
The villa has 5 spacious bedrooms which can accommodate up to 12 guests, in addition to a lounge with a dining room and a kitchen. Each bedroom has its own bathroom and a magnificent sea view. Beside a balustrade - a covered terrace with a dining table, the main attraction of the house is a swimming pool with a dazzling sundeck, ensuring a superb relaxation and enjoyment under the Mediterranean sun.
You will begin your day with yoga exercises to pleasantly energize your body and spirit. You will then go hiking to some of the gorgeous mountain sights in Croatia. You will be walking consciously; observing the magnificent natural forms and receiving messages from nature in the unique Mediterranean and mountain surroundings. You will boost your mindfulness with a meditation during the hike; moreover, you will experience the power of aromatherapy encouraged by essential oils.
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Nature has always been one of our greatest teachers. However, stressed by demand of modern life, constantly chasing time and success by all means, people tend to forget the primary power of nature.
The concept of mindful hiking has been put up to bring people the experience of nature, to enable them to climb mountains with as fewer efforts, to inspire them for life. Hikes are attentively guided while the focus is given to breathing techniques during activities as well as to personal senses. On the Way Up will demonstrate techniques for steady ascending / descending, balancing physical stamina and breathing, suggest on useful hiking equipment and balanced nutrition. At the same time, they will empower the mindful approach, a focus on the present moment and a deep contact with nature with outdoor meditations and aromatherapy, through the inhalation of selected essential oils during relaxation and meditation.
Risnjak is the national park, one of the most beautiful and outstanding mountain tops in Croatia, 1528 meters high.
Snjeznik is a remarkable stony peak surrounded by steep meadows, at the altitude of 1.505 meters, offering one of the most attractive views in Croatia.
Celestial labyrinths present a piece of art made by a Croatian artist, assembled in 10 formations along a walking plateau 800 meters long, above Novi Vinodolski. The view from this highland is magnificent, extending over the coastline.
Stony stairs trail is a circular walking trail starting and ending at the center of Grizane village. The environment along the trail is stunning, including the remarkable natural and cultural-historical monuments.
On the Way Up program comprises morning yoga sessions supported by aromatherapy and scents of essential oils. Hatha, Vinyasa and Kundalini yoga will be practiced and guided by qualified yoga teachers.
Yoga sessions will be held outdoor, beside the Villa Ursulas swimming pool, or alternatively, in case of a bad weather, at the covered terrace or in the living room.
Moreover, yoga is an important part of hiking excursions. In order to encourage the balance of energies stimulated by physical activity, each hike will end with selected yoga asanas experienced in mountain environment.
The excursions of mindful hiking during the program are supported by aromatherapy in nature through the inhalation of selected essential oils during relaxation and meditation with the aim of deepening contact with nature and raising the energy of the body.
Every guest will also get a personal experience of aromatherapy consisting of a relaxing aroma massage in duration of 60 minutes, which is a very pleasant, fragrant and relaxing treatment for deep relaxation. Treatments will be done by a trained aroma therapist in the private area of Villa Ursula.
During this retreat, 4 hiking excursions and 1 visit to the coast and sightseeing of coastal towns Crikvenica is scheduled within a 6-day period.
Grizane is a charming village, situated above the Adriatic sea, in the area of Kvarner. It has been built on Roman fortress ruins and has a rich cultural-historical heritage. It is located 7 kilometers away from the coast and beneath striking rocky cliffs. Nestled just behind a popular seaside resort Crikvenica and on the feet of mountains of Gorski Kotar, it offers an irresistible sea and mountain ambiance. Your connection with nature will be upgraded by amazing accommodation in rustic villa, which is located in the hinterland connecting sea and mountains, in the picturesque village of Grizane.
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You will indulge your senses with delightful and harmonized savors. Selected vegetarian specialties, occasionally supplemented with fish and seafood, prepared tastefully using Mediterranean recipes, will be home-cooked with love and care, respecting natural balance, in order to harmonize your body and spirit. Home cooked breakfasts and dinners are included in the price of the retreat as well as lunch boxes for the excursions, tea, coffee and juices during the meals.
Do some shopping
Eat out at local restaurants
Explore the local village of Grizane
Rent a bike
Swim and sunbath at the villas swimming pool
Swim in the beach
Take a boat trip
Take aromatherapy treatments
Visit seaside towns (Crikvenica)
Walk on the beach
Every guest will also get a personal relaxing aroma massage in duration of 60 minutes. Additional aromatherapy treatments will be available during guests stay in Villa Ursula at surcharge.
You have to book flights to Rijeka Airport (RJK) or Zagreb Airport (ZAG) and take the local bus to Crikvenica.