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Body and Soul Holistic Yoga Retreat Croatia

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Croatia.

Join Suncokret in their integrated holistic yoga lifestyle program, overseen by your host and program manager, Evening Marie, who is a yoga therapist with 18 years of experience leading top-rated retreat experiences on Hvar Island in Croatia. The program is led in collaboration with the retreat co-founder, Stipe, who is a certified chef, agro-tourism expert, and Hvar Island native who acts as our local guide. The aim of the retreat program is to provide you with a safe shelter in which to explore the various levels of your being through a unique holistic lifestyle experience that helps you regain balance and restore your natural state of bliss, while also immersing you into the local way of life and therefore providing an unforgettable holiday adventure in a paradise location that will inspire you long after you return home again!

Meet the instructors

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Evening, Edina, Spela, & 2 More…
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Highlights

  • Opening and closing circles
  • Daily integrated holistic yoga lifestyle program sessions
  • Daily Deep-dive sessions on yoga & holistic lifestyle topics
  • Daily outings that showcase the best cultural and historical gems of the island
  • 1 cooking workshop followed by the meal prepared together (instead of one dinner)
  • Sunset program on the final evening followed by a wholesome celebration
  • 6 nights accommodation in an adorable room in an ancient stone cottage
  • 6 pranic-infused, organic vegetarian breakfasts, and 5 dinners

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Croatian
Group size: 2-9 participants
Airport transfer available:
Split Airport (US$47 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:45
Check-out Time:
10:45

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library

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 & Fire cottage

This is a charming stone cottage, featuring a spacious, enclosed garden, which acts as the main hub for the retreat guests during mealtimes. The cottage has just been renovated during the winter months of 2020. It features three single rooms with fans and space heaters, located on the upper floor of the cottage, and the air-conditioning and heating unit are used, as needed, in the common living areas. The spacious house bathroom located on the ground floor is reserved for residential guests only. The ground floor also features the main retreat living and dining areas, which are 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. Rooms one and three offer a single bed, room two comes complete with a double bed, perfect for individuals who require a larger mattress size.

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 6 Mini-Suite is suitable for a solo traveler and is furnished with a double bed and dresser as well as a private, en-suite bathroom. The Master-Suite features twin beds that can be placed together, an open closet and dresser, dressing table and chairs as well as en-suite bathroom and is ideal for two householders or a couple.

Wind and Air cottage

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, this cottage can now be booked exclusively by two friends or a family of up to four persons. The cottage features a romantically-furnished room with a beautiful, metal-framed double bed, and an adjacent twin room with double doors that open to a private balcony overlooking the village. The cottage comes complete with an adjacent bathroom, kitchenette, and covered terrace with a view to the veggie garden. The cottage has air-conditioning and heating. Both rooms can be fitted with either twin or double beds, according to the needs of those booking it. Booking priority is generally given to friends or family members traveling together on retreat, but it may also be booked at custom rates by couples or solo travelers.

Shared facilities

In addition to the outdoor yoga terrace and airy indoor yoga studio, other shared facilities include the main living room and indoor dining area and an enclosed garden with outdoor dining area in the Earth & Fire Cottage, as well as several other patios and decks in which guests enjoy socializing in with other retreat guests. Each cottage also features a tea-corner, where you can prepare fresh herbal infusions using freshly picked ingredients from our 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, Wi-Fi access is available in all rooms and throughout the retreat property.

Safety guidelines

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are committed to doing our part to help stop the spread of the virus by carefully adhering to the safety guidelines issued by the Croatian Government.

  • All group gatherings are conducted outdoors, whenever possible, or that there is proper ventilation of indoor meeting areas (the shala, living, and dining areas), whenever used, during the retreat time
  • Regular cleaning and disinfection of communal retreat facilities several times daily (i.e. pre/post-practice and pre/post-meals)
  • Physical distancing measures of one and a half meters (indoors) and one meter (outdoors) in all directions is kept between the retreat members (who are not attending the retreat as householders or family members) during group gatherings
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance to each cottage and at the entrance of other commonly-shared facilities (yoga shala, communal living-dining area & bathroom)
  • Meals are enjoyed at appropriately-distanced outdoor tables, dispersed throughout our garden or, if preferred, on the terrace of each individual cottage for the "householders" or group of friends staying in that particular cottage who wish to dine separately from others. In case of the need to dine indoors due to poor weather, we will follow a similar protocol for the indoor spaces.
  • Small group sizes of up to nine attendees within our 350 square meter facility in order to ensure there maximal space for and limited sharing of communal facilities among guests
  • Scheduled outings are adjusted as necessary to ensure minimal exposure to more densely populated areas during the retreat time

Program

Suncokret hosts a range of unique Integrated Holistic Yoga Lifestyle programs every year from spring - autumn!

What is the Suncokret Integrated Holistic Yoga Lifestyle Program?

The Integrated Holistic Yoga Lifestyle Program (IHYLP) will introduce you to various yoga teachings and related body-mind-spirit practices that support your retreat journey and your life on many levels.

The program was originally conceptualized by retreat co-founder and holistic program director, Evening Marie, who currently leads the events together with retreat Co-Founder, local guide, and chef, Stipe.

The IHYLP sessions are generally divided into two parts daily: morning Sadhana and post-sadhana "deep-dive" program sessions, which are focused on exploring more profoundly various yoga-related, holistic lifestyle topics of interest.

Morning Sadhana

Sadhana is a daily spiritual practice that includes a balancing blend of yoga and other holistic mind-body-spirit techniques to help you "tune into" yourself, the intentions you have for your life, and for the day ahead. Traditionally, chanting, pranayama, meditation, asanas (postures) & deep relaxation are key ingredients of this process, though practices on offer at Suncokret may vary according to the co-hosting teacher and the event theme they are presenting.

The purpose of sadhana is to help you to start your day in a sacred, disciplined, and focused way. These sessions, generally lasting 90 - 120 minutes, 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 inner peace and clarity.

Daily "Deep-Dive" sessions

A range of practices and/or topics will be explored in the 2nd daily IHYLP session. Topics and activities related to holistic health, lifestyle management, creativity, mindfulness, movement, meditation, food preparation, art therapy, dancing, chanting, healing work, etc.. may be covered in these sessions. Topics are offered according to the weekly theme and are adjusted according to the level and wishes of the event participants.

The purpose of these sessions is to highlight holistic teachings and techniques that help to systematically balance the body, mind, and spirit in a profound way. These sessions generally last between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the topic being covered.

During theme-based events, rather than exploring a range of topics as presented above, the deep-dive sessions are instead focused on an in-depth exploration of the stated event theme. During special events with visiting teachers, the IHYLP is further expanded upon by the unique contributions these teachers are qualified to teach. These special programs are announced in our calendar below.

Autumn Calendar 2021

  • 20-26 September: Balance and Bliss co-hosted by guest teacher Tanja from Latvia
  • 3-9 October: Balance and Bliss with Evening and Stipe
  • 17-23 October: Nature Explorer, Yoga & Soft-Adventure Event with Evening and Stipe
  • 24-30 October: Taste of Hvar, Hvar Culture, Customs & Cuisine Event with Evening and Stipe

All gatherings take place in inspiring and sacred spaces; either on the outdoor terrace, beautiful indoor loft space, or in nature and by the sea, according to the program itinerary, the weather, and other considerations.

Sample six-night summer IHYLP schedule

Sunday evening

On Sunday, you will have a 60-minute welcome circle with a program introduction.

Monday - Friday

Monday to Friday you will enjoy one and a half to two hours daily of morning Sadhana at the retreat center. According to the weekly theme, the daily deep-dive sessions may be scheduled in the mornings or afternoons and may be held at the retreat, by the sea, or in nature. On Friday, the deep-dive session is usually conducted in nature, at Sunset, for an extraordinary peak of the event experience.

Saturday morning

Saturday you will attend a 60-minute closing circle with program conclusion and reflection time.

In total, there are about 12-15 dedicated IHLP hours that will be covered during the seven-day program, though timing and location may slightly vary according to what is most appropriate for the event theme being explored within any given week.

Included excursions

  • Ager (a UNESCO-protected site of ancient Greek plains, olive groves, vineyards, and ancient agro-architecture)
  • Dol Village (2400-year-old inland settlement with impressive churches and pristine landscape)
  • Jelsa (or Sv. Nedelja) seaside resort town with historical sites and beautiful sandy-bottomed coves
  • Hvar Town where you can catch all the sights of this "living museum"
  • Soline beach resort set on a stunning nature reserve
  • Stari Grad town and beaches (Croatia's oldest and most charming town, dating back 2400 years!)
  • Vrboska (the "Venice of Hvar" with quaint footbridges, impressive early-Croatian fortress, and cathedral)

Instructors

Evening Marie

Edina Husanovic

Spela Koderman

Davorka Tolic

Kristina Pejovski

Retreat location

Suncokret welcomes you to retreat in the charming village of Dol Sveta Ana, a pristine 12th-century hamlet discretely nestled into the verdant brush which majestically rises above the island's oldest settlement, Stari Grad in Hvar Island Croatia. Stari Grad is located 2 kilometers from the retreat and we offer free transport from Stari Grad to Suncokret.

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.

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).

Distances

  • Stari Grad, 2 kilometers - 40 minutes on foot

Unique features

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

From Monday to Thursday, Suncokret Dream serves a beautiful brunch in the garden after morning Sadhana practice, and once weekly, a picnic brunch is served on location after the morning Sadhana practice which is held in nature.

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, served Monday to Thursday, usually consists of a soup and salad starter, followed by a main dish. After the Saturday morning closing circle, a self-service breakfast buffet is served in the garden, prior to the 10:45 a.m. check-out 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 the meals. As a safe shelter from addictive substances, we generally do not serve coffee, but you can order one from our Chef if needed or help yourself to an emergency supply in our kitchenettes, or perhaps savor the occasional cup of the local brew in the town cafes when the need or mood strikes.

Please state any dietary needs you might have at the time of booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
  • 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)

The daily itinerary provides ample time to relax and explore each day. You are warmly invited to take advantage of the complimentary transfer service that takes you to and from a range of nearby towns and beaches where you can spend your day doing exactly what serves you best.

On Tuesday and Thursday, the yoga program is held at the magnificent beach locations you are brought to by free transfer in the morning, while on Monday and Wednesday the yoga program is held back at the retreat, making the latter ideal days in which to stay behind at the retreat for optional holistic treatments or workshops in case you are in need of pampering or holistic support.

For guests who are staying for two back-to-back event weeks, weekends are an ideal time 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, windsurfing, free climbing, hiking, cycling, boat excursions, boat, scooter, or car rental.

Spa treatments

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 or organic spa treatments to make the most of your time. Please contact Suncokret Dream for details.

What's included

  • 2 daily Integrated Holistic Yoga Lifestyle Program sessions (including daily Yoga Sadhana + daily "Deep-dive" session - the content and schedule of the deep dive sessions may vary according to the event)
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • A complimentary transfer from the Stari Grad port at 4:30 p.m
  • Check-in at 4:45 p.m. with refreshments and time to get settled
  • 60-minute Welcome and Closing Circle
  • Welcome Tour of the property & surrounding area
  • Two daily Vegetarian Meals during your program stay + Dinner on program start date & Breakfast on the conclusion date
  • Free access to an assortment of books, music, films & games
  • Free access to organic herbs for making tea in our tea corner
  • Daily outings to places of interest including waterfront towns, beautiful beaches, historical, and cultural sights
  • Relaxing evenings at the retreat and Mauna (quiet reflection) from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Scheduled transfer to the Stari Grad Port on departure day at 10:45 a.m.
  • Seva (Karma Yoga) program to build a sense of a caring, community spirit
  • Walking tour of the village
  • Wi-Fi access in all rooms and throughout the property
  • Deep-dive workshops and activities as scheduled in the chosen event week

What's not included

  • 1 dinner on the sunset tour day (you are given a mid-day cooking workshop instead)
  • Any other costs you may incur that are not mentioned in the package
  • Extra activities
  • Holistic workshops or treatments other than the ones specified in the itinerary
  • International flights

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Zagreb Airport (ZAG). From there you can book a connecting 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.

From Zagreb Airport (ZAG), you can also book a bus transfer with Flixbus to Split which takes approximately 2 hours and then a ferry from Split to Stari Grad. When you arrive at the Stari Grad port, you will be picked up by Suncokret Dream at 4:30 p.m. to be transferred to the resort.

Arrival by bus

Outside the Split airport, 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

From the Split airport a taxi to Split old town costs about 33 to 40 EUR. You can book a taxi online or we can book one for you for a small processing fee. 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.

Airport: Split Airport Airport transfer available: Split Airport (US$47 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.

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Special discount

You will be offered a 10% discount on the listed prices when you stay for two program weeks in a row, 20% when you stay for three, and 30% when you stay for four!

 
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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