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Immerse yourself into this yoga retreat that will provide you with a safe haven in which to explore the various levels of your being through holistic lifestyle practices and conscious hiking as well as walking that help you regain balance and restore your natural state of bliss. These will also be providing a relaxing holiday adventure in gorgeous natural surroundings that will inspire you long after you return home. Try out the latest in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, relax your body and mind alike on a beautiful estate in Continental Croatia and in or next to some of its prominent forests, parks, rivers, and summits.
Ekodrom Estate features garden views, free Wi-Fi and free private parking, set in Vojnić near Karlovac and 4 major Croatian rivers and a little over an hour away from the capital- Zagreb.
Accommodation is comprised of a living room, a kitchen with a fridge and an oven, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with hot tub and shower. All units are air-conditioned and include a seating and/or dining area plus free Wi-Fi.
The holiday home offers also a hot tub. A garden, barbecue, and a terrace are featured at Ekodrom Estate for your best comfort.
If you crave some time out, away from the buzz and grind of daily life and have a love of yoga, trekking, and nature; then you are in the right place. This 5-day package set in the heart of Continental Croatia will give you a complete mind, body, and soul reset.
Do enjoy the simple countryside life, the local products from nearby farms (such as homemade jams, fresh cottage cheese or organic fruits, and vegetables), and most importantly – morning yoga sessions, yoga sessions in nature, pranayama breathing exercises, stretching exercises, meditation, and a purposeful combination of conscious trekking and walking in nature (hand picked canyons, rivers and hill ranges).
Sandra's yoga practice is a combination of hatha and vinyasa styles with a therapeutic approach. Morning sessions might include hormonal balance yoga as well, with a purpose of stimulating the metabolism.
Yoga sequence is always carefully prepared, respecting age and health limitations of all participants. Yoga in nature, during treks and hikes, starts with warm-up asanas, followed by warm-up pranayamas. During outdoor activities, a walking meditation will be included. Each trek and hike ends with cooling and stretching asanas. Evening yoga sessions include relaxation and yin asanas, a meditation as well as a short session of face yoga to enhance the-end-of-the-day relaxation and calmness.
During each day trip, the yoga instructor will use additional methods to direct your attention to the present moment, increase conscious experience and relaxation (meditation while trekking and during breaks, use of essential oils, message cards).
Excursions and day trips have been carefully selected for people who are moderately active, with average physical aptitude and abilities and those that have relatively little mountaineering experience but have a passion for nature and hiking. The aim of this yoga retreat is to improve the quality of life, promote stays in nature and in the mountains and to carry out a mix of activities that deliberately connect nature and the human being.
After your arrival at the Franjo Tuđman Airport (ZAG) or the Zagreb centre, your private group transfer awaits to take you and the other participants to Ekodrom Estate, your base for this retreat with its bucolic scenery and cabins a bit to the higher end spectrum of the accommodation comfort level.
Depending on the arrival, you will have a late afternoon walk and an inception yoga session in nature. Short walking tour around the property follows, in addition to the breathing exercises (pranayama) and stretching sessions on one of the surrounding meadows. You will have dinner on the estate and an overnight stay.
An hour-long morning Hatha yoga (on the terrace or in the hall, pending weather conditions) is the first thing to get your day going. After a homemade breakfast, there will be a transfer to and a hiking day tour to Gorski kotar region and the Kamačnik canyon. Your group and the yoga instructor-cum-guide will take a walk from Vrbovsko along the canyon to the Kamačnik spring at the 410 metres above the sea level.
You will tread through a tourist-built path through the forest, with yoga exercises during the trek. In one of the breaks, you will take a time-out for refreshments i.e. packed lunch. Upon returning down to Vrbovsko, your private minivan will transfer you and the group back to the Ekodrom estate. You will have dinner on the estate and an overnight stay.
An hour-long morning Hatha yoga (on the terrace or in the hall) is there to relax you just before a rich breakfast takes place. Enjoy next the excursion to the Mrežnica River and its lush, green banks, some 30-40 minutes away from the estate. River walk ensues, with a guided yoga (a combination of Hatha and Vinyasa) and meditation sessions.
If the temperatures and weather permit, you can take a swim in the crisp and very clean waters of Mrežnica River, and afterwards enjoy your packed lunch box with organically prepared food as per your dietary choosing. The minivan will transfer you all back to the estate just in time to freshen up, change, and head for homemade dinner. You will overnight stay at the estate.
Start off your day right with a morning Hatha yoga (a combination of Vinyasa) on the terrace or the studio hall depending on the current weather conditions.
Fuel up during a scrumptious breakfast before your half-day trip to Petrova Gora/hillside, at some 20-minutes’ drive in your minivan from the estate. There, you will trek along the educational forest trail encumbering conscious walking and meditation on the fly with guided instructions.
A 15-minute yoga stretching at the end of the tour will circle down the whole outdoors experience. Transfer back to the estate for a lunch there in great company of the estate hosts, your instructor, and other participants. Late afternoon free and on your own - you can walk around the estate, enjoy the garden there, take some plum slivovitz (schnapps) or just relax with a book, meditate, or even mingle with the rest of the group. Dinner will be served at the estate followed by an overnight stay there.
Final morning yoga session before your breakfast and a check out. Say bye to your friendly estate hosts. The group will gather to be transferred back to Zagreb or Franjo Tuđman Airport (ZAG) depending on the group’s flight schedules and departure plans. You get to enjoy the green pastures and the surrounding nature on your way to Zagreb before saying farewell to Croatia.
Sandra Brborović (born in 1971) is a president of the On the Way Up Association in Zagreb, Croatia. She is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-500). She has been practicing yoga for 20 years. In addition to her yoga training skills, she is a qualified guide, licensed by Croatian Mountaineering Association, strongly attached to nature and mountains. She has been hiking for over 15 years, has climbed many demanding peaks in Europe, including a number of summits above 4000 meters in the Alps, including peaks in North Africa and Himalayas.
There are many interesting places to visit and fun things to do near Ekodrom Estate. The city that “lies on four rivers”, Karlovac is half an hour away by car. Rivers Korana and Mrežnica offer many locations for swimming and water sport activities. The very popular national park Plitvička Jezera is just an hour away by car. Also, there are places close by where you can go horse riding or biking if you wish to extend your stay. The ones you will visit during the retreat:
This protected landscape can be found near Vrbovsko, in Gorski kotar mountainous region on the way from Continental Croatia to the coast. The Kamačnik River canyon is a 3,200-meter long water course with a hiking trail that follows the crystal-clear rivulet surrounded by lush vegetation and a large number of protected animal species.
A walking trail, wooden bridges, and galleries were all made in 1961. Kamačnik cut its gorge into the Velika Kapela massive. It cascades down the river Dobra since it was at its entrance turned into a lake by a dam.
The Mrežnica River is one of the four rivers that meet in Karlovac. Flowing in its green canyon and dammed by the natural waterfalls, it is perfect for swimming, paddling, and relaxing in nature. It springs near Slunj and flows through karst terrain until it joins Korana River.
Petrova Gora is a hill range in central Kordun region of Continental Croatia, administratively part of the Karlovac County. It extends northeast-southwest, some 25 kilometers along the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is a wooded and hilly area above Vojnić, with various points marked by historic importance, from king Petar Svačić’s grave, the underground partisan hospital from WWII, to the great monument on its top. Today, the main attraction is the Muljava hunting lodge and picnic area.
The available food types include vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, and meat. You can have a maximum option of 2 combinations.
Franjo Tuđman Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Franjo Tuđman Airport (ZAG) or the city centre of Zagreb (Bus station or the main train station) throughout the morning of the start date of the retreat. Return transfer from the airport or the city of Zagreb is included in the price.
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