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7 Day of Sun, Sea, Sweat, and Soul Yoga Retreat on Brač Island, Adriatic Sea

Villa Vela Luka, Put Vele Luke 10, 21400, Supetar, Croatia

Summer Yoga Retreat Croatia

As the last rays of summer linger, slow down and embrace the pace of life in a seaside village in Croatia. Inhale energizing sun, healing sea, sweat, and soul-nourishing yoga. Join yoga retreat teachers Nina Butler and Lauren Duker in a historic villa on a hidden gem island. Braç rests along the sparkling blue, ancient Adriatic Coast. Explore the white sand beaches around Supetar, dive into warm crystalline waters, savor the scent of lavender and pine forests, dine on fresh, local cuisine, and toast to the glory of late summer light. Let this be your harvest time; collect all that is beautiful, pure, and sublime.

Meet the instructors

Nina & Lauren
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Highlights

  • Twice daily yoga
  • 1x 50-minute massage session
  • Private speed boat trip around Braç Island and Hvar
  • 3-course dinner at a local organic restaurant each night, with a glass of Croatian wine
  • Half-day trip to Split with a ferry and Split guided tour
  • 3-hour SUP (stand up paddle) with a guide
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily brunch buffet

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
Airport transfer included: Split Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:30
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Health Club
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Seaside historic villa

Set amongst lush Mediterranean gardens and only steps from the sea and beach, the historic Villa Vela Luka looks through tall pines to blue waters. The yoga classes will take place on a spacious outdoor balcony, in an indoor yoga room with wooden floors, and on various platforms extending over the water.

Choose from a shared or single seaside room, all with an ensuite bath and a balcony overlooking the sea. Retreat with Nina Butler offers single private en-suite rooms with king/queen-sized beds. They offer shared en-suite room options for couples, friends traveling together, or solo female travelers looking to be matched with a roommate.

Program

Program

Day 1: Arrival

  • 15:00 Meet at Ferry Port Divulje to board boat taxi
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Arrival at Villa Vela Luka and check-in; settle in rooms
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Meet for jet lag recovery session and opening circle
  • 18:45 Meet for the shuttle to Grill Garden
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Dinner at Grill Garden

Day 2: Monday

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Fresh fruit, tea, coffee available
  • 08:00 - 09:30 Vinyasa energy flow (Nina)
  • 09:45 - 11:00 Brunch buffet at the villa
  • 11:00 - 14:00 Free time to relax, spa, or outdoor activities
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Optional guided bicycle ride
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Slow alignment flow (Lauren)
  • 18:45 Meet for the shuttle to Grill Garden
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Dinner at Grill Garden

Day 3: Tuesday

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Fresh fruit, tea, coffee available
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Vinyasa flow (Nina)
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Brunch buffet at the villa
  • 10:30 - 17:00 Split day trip with guided walking tour and boat transfers
  • 17:00 - 18:45 Relax, unwind, book a massage
  • 18:45 Meet for the shuttle to Grill Garden
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Dinner at Grill Garden

Day 4: Wednesday

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Fresh fruit, tea, coffee available
  • 08:00 - 09:30 Vinyasa flow (Nina)
  • 09:45 - 11:00 Brunch buffet at the villa
  • 11:00 - 14:00 Free time to relax, spa, or outdoor activities
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Guided SUP (stand up paddle-board) session
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Slow alignment flow (Lauren)
  • 18:45 Meet for shuttle to Grill Garden
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Dinner at Grill Garden

Day 5: Thursday

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Fresh fruit, tea, coffee available
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Alignment flow and meditation - Lauren
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Brunch buffet at the villa
  • 09:30 - 17:00 Speed boat trip to Hvar and around Braç Island
  • 17:00 - 18:45 Relax, unwind, book a massage
  • 18:45 Meet for the shuttle to Grill Garden
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Dinner at Grill Garden

Day 6: Friday

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Fresh fruit, tea, coffee available
  • 08:00 - 09:30 Vinyasa flow (Nina)
  • 09:45 - 11:00 Brunch buffet at the villa
  • 11:00 - 16:30 Free time to relax, spa, or outdoor activities
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Slow alignment flow (Lauren)
  • 18:45 Meet for the shuttle to the local restaurant
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Dinner at the restaurant in town

Day 7: Departure

  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast buffet at the Villa
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Check out
  • 11:00 Boat taxi departs for Split Airport - drop off at Ferry Port Divulje

Day boat adventure

Discover hidden caves, stroll on white-sand beaches surrounded by dramatic cliffs, and swim in untouched lagoons on the Adriatic Coast. Stop in Hvar for lunch and explore the fairy-tale ancient architecture. Appreciate the quaint and beautiful Hvar after the summer crowds have left!

Day trip and tour around Split

You will take a day trip by ferry over to the charming, old-world, coastal town of Split, rich with Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Venetian influences. The day will include a guided tour, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Diocletian’s Palace, and free time for exploring and shopping.

Note

If you are arriving from outside of Europe, Retreat with Nina Butler strongly advises arriving in Croatia one day before the retreat starts, so that travel delays do not cause you to miss the private boat transport. For guests arriving the night before, Retreat with Nina Butler recommends staying at Hotel Ola, near the airport. They will put you in touch with their Croatian travel expert to assist with any pre- or post-retreat travel concerns.

Included excursions

Excursions included in the retreat package:

Private speed boat trip

Discover hidden caves, stroll on white-sand beaches surrounded by dramatic cliffs, and swim in untouched lagoons on the Adriatic Coast. Stop in Hvar for lunch and explore the fairy-tale ancient architecture. Appreciate the quaint and beautiful Hvar after the summer crowds have left!

Split day trip

You will take a day trip by ferry over to the charming, old-world, coastal town of Split, rich with Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Venetian influences. The day will include a guided tour, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Diocletian’s Palace and free time for exploring and shopping.

Bicycle adventure

You will stretch your legs with a leisurely afternoon bike ride through the surrounding landscape and around the seaside village of Supetar on the island of Brac.

SUP fun in the sun

Find your poise on a guided SUP (stand-up paddleboard) yoga session in sparkling waters off Villa Vela Luka’s pontoon.

Instructors

Nina Butler

Lauren Duker

Retreat location

Sparkling blue Brač Island

Escape to authentic Croatian island life. Stroll through quiet village streets and dive into azure seawater. Breathe in the aroma of wild pine forests and savor wine and olive products from local farms. Delve into the fascinating local history, dating back to Neolithic times. Brač is the ‘hidden gem’ of the Dalmatian Coast. Despite its proximity to Split, and glittering natural beauty, Brač remains unspoiled by tourism. Enjoy unhurried afternoons and silent, sparkling mornings on this retreat.

Unique features

Activities

  • Gym
  • Health Club
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

During this retreat, you will be served daily brunch and dinner.

Brunch

After morning yoga, you will have brunch on a long table on a balcony overlooking the sea. The extensive buffet includes fresh fruits, pastries, cured meats, cheeses, eggs to order, and freshly baked breads. Come mid-afternoon, if you desire a light lunch or snack, walk to the nearby village, or choose something from the resort restaurant.

Dinner

Dinners will be enjoyed together at a local restaurant Retreat with Nina Butler adores, which sits on a hill amongst olive groves looking out to the blue Adriatic! Grill Garden prides itself on fresh, local, and organic cuisine. Taste the Mediterranean and discover Croatian seaside delicacies. Grill Garden is a short drive from Villa Vela Luka and all transport is provided. On your last night, you will wander into a nearby town, Supetar, to celebrate with a surprise meal together!

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Free activities:

  • Basketball
  • Table tennis
  • Bocce
  • Fitness gym
  • Hiking
  • Tennis (tennis equipment is offered free of charge.)

At an extra charge:

  • Diving
  • Water skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Jet skiing
  • Water skiing
  • Scooter and bike rental
  • Rock climbing
  • Boat rental or local speed boat excursions

Spa treatments

  • Classical, relaxation, sports, Amor Relax, Vulcanic stones, foot, facial, head, and scalp massages
  • Facial care (moisturizing facial treatment, anti-aging facial treatment, treatment of sensitive facial skin, tranquility facial treatment)
  • Body care (body scrub, hand care, foot care, permanent nail polish)
  • Depilation
  • Cellulite treatment (individual approach to each client)
  • Chromotherapy (color therapy)
  • Spa rituals (sauna)
  • Use of the gym

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation at Villa Vela Luka seaside room
  • Daily brunch buffet with coffee, tea, and fruit juices
  • Dinner daily (all dinners are at a local restaurant and include a glass of Croatian wine)
  • Speed boat transfer to and from Ferry Port Divulje (600 meters from the airport)
  • Twice daily yoga
  • 1x 50-minute massage
  • Half-day trip to Split with a ferry and Split guided tour
  • 3-hour SUP (stand up paddleboard) with a guide
  • 3-hour bike ride
  • 6/7hour private speed boat trip around Braç Island and Hvar

What's not included

  • Flights to/from Croatia (Split - Resnik Airport)
  • Alcohol (additional to the glass of wine provided at dinners)
  • Lunch (There is a large late brunch after yoga, so you may not need much more food. Lunch is readily available in many nearby places)
  • Optional activities with Villa Vela Luka

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Split Airport (SPU). On September 20th, the speedboat departs from the Ferry Port Divulje at 3 p.m. The ferry port is 600 meters walking distance from Resnik Airport. If you are arriving from outside of Europe, Retreat with Nina Butler strongly advises arriving in Croatia one day before the retreat starts, so that travel delays do not cause you to miss the private boat transport.

For guests arriving the night before, Retreat with Nina Butler recommends staying at Hotel Ola, near the airport. They will put you in touch with their Croatian travel expert to assist with any pre- or post-retreat travel concerns. Boat transport to Ferry Port Divulje, arriving at approximately 11:30 a.m. Resnik Airport is a short walk from the Pier. Retreat with Nina Butler advises scheduling your departing flight no earlier than 2 p.m.

Airport: Split Airport Airport transfer included: Split Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday September 19, 2021
Departure: Saturday September 25, 2021

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