6 Days Holistic and Adventure Yoga Retreat in Croatia

  • Suncokret Retreat, St. Ana of Dol Village, Hvar Island, Croatia

6 Days Holistic and Adventure Yoga Retreat in Croatia

  • Suncokret Retreat, St. Ana of Dol Village, Hvar Island, Croatia

Croatia Holistic Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Join Suncokret Dream and co-hosts Evening and Stipe in an active yet rejuvenating mix of holistic yoga activities blended with holiday adventure designed to restore you back to balance while simultaneously showcasing the best features of the beautiful island and local way of life!

Highlights

  • 1 session of one and a half hours yoga Sadhana with Evening in nature or by the sea
  • 3 sessions of one and a half hours each yoga Sadhana with Evening at Suncokret
  • 3 evening meditation classes of 30 minutes
  • Welcome and closing circle of 90-minutes each on starting and ending day of the retreat
  • Optional organized daily outings to places of interest, according to sample Itinerary
  • 4 dinners and a sunset tour on final evening or five dinners with no sunset tour
  • Transfer from and to Stari Grad Port on arrival and departure day
  • 4 breakfasts plus one picnic breakfast
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Guests are situated in rooms within three semi-attached cottages, according to both preference and practical logistics. Cottage communal areas, including bathrooms, lounges, balconies, terraces, etc. are shared between guests and hosts alike, along with life stories and special moments. A spiritual, "shabby-chic", Dalmatian island farm-cottage ambiance prevails, and the atmosphere here is that of a supportive family of spiritually minded friends.

Earth and Fire cottage

This cottage features three single rooms with fans and space heaters, located on the upper floor of the main retreat cottage. Rooms one and three offer a single bed and room two comes complete with a double bed, perfect for individuals who require a larger mattress size. A spacious house bathroom located on the ground floor (up to three guests sharing) is reserved for residential guests only. The ground floor also features the main retreat living and dining area, which is open to all retreat participants until 10 p.m. The enclosed garden, with dining and lounge areas, is located here as well as the outdoor yoga terrace.

Ether cottage

These elegant and beautiful, newly-built attic rooms come equipped with private, en-suite bathrooms and en-suite air-conditioning or heating. Room six - "mini suite"- features a double bed, or a convertible single-double bed and an additional single cot when two friends are sharing the space. The "master suite" features two single beds that can be placed side by side for couples when needed.

Cottage residents share an indoor tea corner and outdoor terrace lounge and have easy access to the indoor yoga loft space with lounge corner and library.

Booking priority for the master suite is given to friends or couples traveling together, or solo travelers open to sharing with a new retreat mate, while the mini suite may be booked similarly, or as a single for those in need of extra privacy and comfort while on retreat during the yoga B&B events.​

The mini suite may not be available during co-hosted events with visiting teachers while the master suite is only available for single occupancy booking when all other retreat rooms are fully booked!

Wind and Air cottage

This cottage features a romantically-furnished double room that comes complete with an adjacent bathroom, kitchenette and covered terrace with a view to the veggie garden. The cottage has air-conditioning and heating and is ideal for one or two persons. Room four can be fitted with a combination of beds - a beautiful metal-framed double, a double with one twin (or) two restored twin wooden beds. A baby cot fits nicely beside the bed, too, for yogi families traveling with young children.

Booking priority is generally given to friends, couples or family members traveling together on retreat, but it may also be booked by solo travelers open to sharing with a new retreat mate. The room may also be booked as an individually priced luxury single room with private bathroom for those in need of extra privacy while on retreat.​

Shared facilities

In addition to the outdoor yoga terrace and a newly built indoor practice area, other shared facilities include the main living room and indoor dining area, an enclosed garden with outdoor dining area, as well as several other patios, decks, balconies in which guests enjoy socializing in with new retreat friends. Each cottage also features a tea-making corner, where you can prepare fresh herbal infusions using freshly picked ingredients from the garden.

Guests may borrow inspiring books, magazines, music, and DVDs from the retreat library provided they are treated with care, and washing machines are available on a pay-per-load basis.

Though "switching off" is encouraged as much as possible during retreat time, there is also limited Wi-Fi access available in some areas of the retreat property. Please inquire upon booking if you are in need of internet access during your stay.

This B & B, or "beautiful and blissful", five-night yoga retreat program begins with free transfer service from the Stari Grad port at 4:30 p.m. on arrival day, a welcome snack, village tour, and dinner and 60-minute welcome circle to get you started on your holistic yoga journey.

The program continues each day with a daily one and a half-hour dose of integrated morning yoga Sadhana (including chanting, pranayama, asana, mudra, kriya, meditation, etc.) followed by brunch. Optional transport to and from places of interest based on your sample itinerary are organized for your pleasure. A 30-minute meditation session is held at the retreat prior to or post dinner. A light and delicious vegetarian or Dalmatian specialty dinner is served in the evenings. Optional one-to-one holistic therapies, spa, and workshop programs are available by appointment daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

About the Morning Sadhana

Sadhana is a daily spiritual practice that includes a balancing blend of techniques to help you tune into yourself, the intentions you have for your life and for the day ahead. Chanting, pranayama, meditation, asanas (postures), and deep relaxation are traditionally included in this process.

The purpose of Sadhana is to enable you to start your day in a sacred, disciplined, and focused way. They will awaken you profoundly; aligning you to your body, mind, and spirit while preparing you to greet life's daily adventures with a sense of peace and clarity.

Sample daily schedule

Arrival Day (usually Sunday)

  • 16:45 Check-in
  • 18:00 Dinner and Karma yoga
  • 19:00 Welcome circle and program introduction
  • 22:00 Mauna (silence) for peace of mind and inner quietude

Days 2, 3, and 4 (usually Monday to Wednesday)

  • 08:00 Yoga Sadhana
  • 10:30 Brunch and Karma yoga
  • 11:30 Optional daily transfer to various places (see sample itinerary) or optional holistic programs by appointment
  • 17:30 Optional daily transfer back to the retreat (time may be adjusted as agreed by program participants)
  • 19:00 Dinner and Karma yoga
  • 22.00 Mauna (silence) for peace of mind and inner quietude

Day 5 (usually Thursday)

  • 08:00 Morning Sadhana in surprise location
  • 10:30 Picnic breakfast
  • 11:00 Drop off in nearby town, beach, or return to the retreat

In the evening of this day guest can choose between final dinner in town or at the beach (priced separately) prior to the scheduled sunset safari drive or opt for dinner at Suncokret followed by an evening meditation at the retreat.

Day 6 (usually Friday)

  • 08:00 Morning Sadhana with closing circle and feedback
  • 09:30 Breakfast and Karma yoga
  • 10:45 Check-out

Sample itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday - arrivals and retreat start

Your retreat journey starts on Sunday afternoons with complimentary pickup service from the Stari Grad port and check in starting at 4:45 p.m. A welcome snack awaits you on arrival and you will have time to settle in. Dinner and welcome circle are scheduled in the evenings, along with an informal walking tour of the beautiful village.

In the afternoon, the scheduled transfer from Stari Grad Port is at 4:30 p.m. Please note that during the autumn events, the walking tour may take place on Monday.

Day 2 - Monday - Stari Grad Town and beaches

In the morning, you will have a Yoga Sadhana class, followed by brunch and Karma yoga, and after free time for outing to Stari Grad town and beaches.

You will enjoy a stroll through Croatia's oldest town where you can see ancient Greek and Roman ruins, visit historical museums, browse through funky art galleries and antiques shops, or enjoy the offerings of the many cafes and restaurants. From the town, you can catch a taxi boat to the beach resorts on the other side of the bay, or simply stroll along the beautiful coastline to find the perfect little cove in which to swim and sunbathe the rest of the afternoon away!

In the evening you will have a meditation session followed by dinner followed by Karma yoga and free time. At 10:00 p.m. you will start Mauna - inner quietude practice.

Day 3 - Tuesday - Ager and beach getaway

In the morning, you will have a Yoga Sadhana class, followed by brunch and Karma yoga, and after free time for outing to Ager and Soline Beach Resort

You will have the chance to enjoy a safari ride through the amazing UNESCO protected Stari Grad Plain, or "Ager", where you will catch sight of ancient fields and vineyards that date back over 2000 years, with perhaps a stop to climb an ancient field house, pick some wild herbs or flowers or visit a vineyard and olive grove. The tour ends at Soline Beach Resort, which features a restaurant, cafe, bathrooms, and showers beside a busy family beach. Stunningly beautiful "naturist-friendly" coves and bays are a short walk away.

In the evening you will have a 30-minute meditation session followed by dinner followed by Karma yoga and free time. At 10:00 p.m. you will start Mauna - inner quietude practice.

Day 4 - Wednesday - Jelsa Town and beaches

In the morning, you will have a Yoga Sadhana class, followed by brunch and Karma yoga, and after free time for outing to Jelsa Town and beaches.

You will visit Jelsa, the islands "youngest" seaside town, with its bustling main square featuring numerous cafes and ice cream parlors. Explore windy cobble stone streets with hidden restaurants, churches, boutiques, and funky art galleries, then head back to the main promenade that leads to the town beaches set on either side of the wide town bay. Stroll over to the local town beach or enjoy a longer walk under the shelter of the pinewood forest before arriving at the much-appreciated sandy-bottomed bays with crystal clear waters that the town is famous for.

In the evening you will have a 30-minute meditation session followed by dinner followed by Karma yoga and free time. At 10:00 p.m. you will start Mauna - inner quietude practice.

Day 5 - Hvar town and sunset safari yoga tour

On the final day, you will enjoy a yoga safari outing, picnic breakfast, mini tour, and drop-off in the world-famous Hvar town! The morning starts with a trip to the yoga safari location, followed by a two-hour yoga Sadhana.

A picnic brunch is available after yoga proceeded by karma yoga and a mini tour of the surprise location. After the morning yoga outing, you will be dropped off in the world-famous Hvar town, a "living museum," where you can visit a multitude of historic and cultural treasures, browse through a variety of fancy boutiques and shops, or people-watch in a stylish cafe along the famous square or harbor promenade - you might even catch a glimpse of a celebrity or two!

Then walk over to a town cove for a dip in the crystal clear sea, or perhaps hop onto a taxi boat for an excursion to the Pakleni Archipelago, for an exotic extension to Hvar beach-life culture. Participants will opt to either have dinner in town (separately priced) followed by a guided sunset safari tour of the island, or alternatively to return to the retreat for a final dinner on location (with no tour option). At 10 p.m. you will start Mauna (inner quietude).

Day 6 - Friday - Retreat conclusion and departures

The program ends with a final 90-minute closing circle, karma yoga, and free transport at 10:45 a.m. to the Stari Grad port.

Guests staying on at the retreat for an additional retreat week ahead are invited to manage their own free time, meals, and transport until program commencement on Sunday evening.

  • Ager (an ancient Greek plain) and beautiful beach getaway with option to stroll to nearby fisherman's village with impressive early-Croatian fortress and cathedral
  • Jelsa town and beaches
  • Morning yoga safari outing to surprise location followed by a mini tour and drop off in world-famous Hvar town where you can catch all the sights
  • Stari Grad town and beaches
  • Evening Marie

    Working together with Evening Marie, you will discover a refreshing, spiritually enriching, and deeply profound retreat experience - one that blends tradition with intuition to render a transcendental journey that is appropriate for both new and seasoned path walkers alike. Marie is a highly qualified holistic yoga therapist with over 500 hours training and 13 years teaching practice running back to back weekly retreat events who is able to adapt to and challenge varying levels of experience.

Suncokret welcomes you to retreat in the charming village of Dol Sveta Ana, a pristine 12th century hamlet discretely nestled into the verdant brush and pinewood forest which majestically rises above the island's oldest settlement, Stari Grad.

An Organic Oasis for the Soul

Dol Sveta Ana is often compared to Provence and Tuscany, with its sprawling vineyards, noble olive groves, fragrant lavender plantations, fertile fields, and charming stone cottages, so eloquently framed by the distant blue sea and open sky. The village is brought to life by the colorful sounds of friendly sun-kissed locals and their range of hearty farm animals going about their day-to-day lives. Located only minutes away from the island's major attractions, yet peacefully tucked away from bustling tourist towns, St. Ana provides an ideal escape from ordinary life to an extraordinary organic haven.

Villa surroundings and ambiance

The complex of semi-attached stone villas is nestled into a secluded corner of Dol, Sveta Ana. The retreat neighborhood remains un-populated much of the year, providing deep peace and tranquility for the guests. During summer months, however, the village tends to fill up with holidaymakers, including natives taking up residence in their ancestral summer cottages that have been in the family for generations. The atmosphere becomes a more vibrant one - a true immersion into authentic village lifestyle on Hvar.

Village offerings versus town conveniences

The village features two local restaurants and a local cafe with Wi-Fi access within walking distance from the retreat. There are no shops, banks or ATM's, post offices, etc., so please plan ahead, though there is plenty of pure nature with inviting footpaths to explore and unlimited supplies of fresh air to help you relax and disconnect from the stresses of city life. Enjoy it.

Getting around

For your convenience, as part of the foundational retreat program package, Suncokret Dream provides complimentary scheduled transport to and from various points of interest each day of the retreat week. Guests may opt to remain at the retreat for quiet time during the day instead and arrange their own transport needs.

The nearest town, Stari Grad, is located two kilometers from the retreat. The journey to Stari Grad takes about 40 minutes on foot, 10 to 15 minutes by bike, and only five minutes by scooter or car (rental options are available in Stari Grad).

Nearby places

  • Stari Grad, 2 kilometers - 40 minutes on foot

Residential guests are offered half-board (two meals per day) as part of the yoga B & B program package. The meals are predominantly made up from fresh, organic, locally produced island ingredients, and are prepared and served with love and simplicity.

A light welcome snack of fresh seasonal fruit and nuts (or perhaps local cheese, bread, and spreads) awaits you on arrival, followed by a dinner and welcome circle in the evening.

From Monday to Wednesday and Friday, Suncokret Dream serves a beautiful brunch in the garden post-yoga practice, while on Thursday a picnic breakfast is served on location after the morning yoga safari outing. Brunch usually consists of fresh seasonal fruit, nuts, warm, and cold cereals, fresh farm eggs, local bread or pastries, veggie and cheese spreads, yoghurt and milk, organic rice or almond milk, and, quite possibly, tasty left-overs from the previous night's dinner (they don't believe in letting precious quality food go to waste)!

Dinner usually consists of a soup and salad starter, followed by a main dish. A self-service breakfast buffet is offered on departure day prior to the closing circle and 10:45 a.m. checkout time, to ensure that you depart from the retreat well-nourished for your journey ahead.

Local tap water, mineral water, herbal tea (and home-made organic cordials, when available) are provided with each meal. As a safe shelter from addictive substances, the policy is to not serve coffee, but you may bring your own emergency supply along, if necessary, or perhaps savor in an occasional cup of the local brew in the town cafes when the need or mood strikes.

Please state any dietary needs at the time of booking.

During your free time, you may want to try a little island adventure. Suncokret Dream can help you to organize activities offered by local providers, including art therapy and painting classes, scuba diving, kayaking, wind surfing, free climbing, hiking, cycling, boat excursions, boat, scooter, or car rental.

Dedicated healing and self-exploration time

While here, you may consider dedicating time to working one-on-one with Evening Marie, who is a holistic yoga therapist, spiritual life coach and energy worker. One or more well-being issues may be addressed through tailor-made personalized holistic programs that will provide you with a useful toolkit along with the nurturing care and attention you deserve to get yourself back on track!

Free time to explore

With the light daily schedule, each day you will find there is plenty of time to relax and explore. Take advantage of the complimentary transfer service that transports you to and from a range of recommended nearby towns or beaches each day. The outing locations are flexible for the participants to decide upon at this time of year, though the standard summer itinerary acts as a guide for the possible location points that may be visited while here.

Free time to relax

Alternatively, spend your days soaking up precious moments in the fresh and untouched pinewood forest areas surrounding the retreat, or simply relax the day away in a hammock, lounge chair or sofa scattered in and around the retreat property, sipping freshly brewed organic herbal tea, and snacking on fresh seasonal fruit, as you spend time journaling and reflecting, or perhaps borrowing offerings of the spiritual, travel, and leisure library.

During your retreat time at Suncokret, you may want to enhance your experience by adding on a range of holistic services that can be tailored to your unique needs. If you would like to address a specific well-being issue, or simply pamper yourself with an extra dose of TLC while on retreat, consider adding on one, or a combination of, the holistic therapies, life-empowerment workshops and organic spa treatments to make the most of your time in the retreat! Please contact Suncokret Dream for further details.

  • 1 one and a half hour yoga Sadhana session in nature or by the sea
  • 3 one and a half-hour morning yoga Sadhana sessions at the retreat (on the outdoor terrace or in the yoga studio)
  • 4 breakfasts plus one picnic breakfast
  • 4 dinners and a sunset tour on final evening or five dinners with no sunset tour
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 90-minute welcome and closing circle of first and last days
  • A complimentary transfer from the Stari Grad port on Hvar Island on scheduled arrival day at 4:30 p.m
  • Check-in at 4:45 p.m. with welcome snack and time to get settled
  • Free access to spiritual, travel, and leisure library
  • Optional daily outings to places of interest including waterfront towns, beautiful beaches, historical, and cultural sights
  • 3 30-minute meditation sessions in the evening at the retreat
  • Relaxing evenings at the retreat and mauna (quiet reflection) after 10 p.m.
  • Scheduled transfer to the Stari Grad Port on on departure day at 10:45 a.m.
  • Seva or Karma yoga program to build a sense of caring community spirit
  • 1 dinner on the sunset tour day
  • Any other costs you may incur that are not mentioned in the package
  • Extra activities
  • Holistic workshops or treatments
  • International flights

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Zagreb Airport (ZAG). From there you can book a connection domestic flight to Split Airport (SPU).

From Split, you will have to take the ferry to get to Stari Grad. You will be picked up by Suncokret Dream from the Stari Grad port at 4:30 p.m. to be transferred to the resort.

Arrival by bus

A bus operated by Croatia Airlines departs from just outside the terminal door. You buy the ticket from the driver, 4 EUR. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the city center. There is also a local bus that goes to the bus station in Split to and from Trogir every 20 minutes from a stop on the road in front of the Airport Terminal. The price of the ticket is approximately the same.

After you have reached Split Port, you will need to get a ferry transfer from Split Port to Stari Grad Port. You will be picked up by Suncokret Dream from the Stari Grad port at 4:30 p.m. to be transferred to the resort.

Arrival by ferry

After your bus transfer to Split Port you will need to get a ferry transfer from Split Port to Stari Grad Port.

The airport bus stop is just next to the old town. From there you can see the ferry, a short walk away.

Next to the ferry / bus / train / taxi station are ticket booths for Jadrolinija, the ferry company, where you can buy your ferry tickets. Alternatively, you can buy your ticket at the booth in the ferry terminal itself or online.

You will be picked up by Suncokret Dream from the Stari Grad port at 4:30 p.m. to be transferred to the resort.

Arrival by taxi

A taxi to Split costs about 33 to 40 EUR. You can book a taxi online. Once you have reached Split Port, you will need to get a ferry transfer from Split Port to Stari Grad Port. You will be picked up by Suncokret Dream from the Stari Grad port at 4:30 p.m. to be transferred to the resort.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Hvar Island, Croatia

Suncokret Dream is a retreat center located in St. Ana of Dol, Croatia. Often compared to Tuscany, they offer yoga retreats in a stunning location.

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