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8 Days Yoga and Healing Retreat: Essence of Yoga in Istria, Croatia

Villa Agra, Divšići, Cetinići, Pula, Istria, Croatia

Croatia Yoga Retreat

Through numerous workshops, Alida Del Bianco, owner of Surya Yoga Retreat Center in Croatia, has experienced how spiritual insights make a shift in one’s life and has decided to share her knowledge through yoga and healing retreats. On her yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India, she had met Dany from Lebanon, already a registered yoga teacher (RYT) and a multidisciplinary athlete. Soon they realized they had a strong soul connection and decided to share their knowledge together, so the idea for the Essence of Yoga Retreat was born. Join this retreat to indulge yourself, go deeper into your practice, and experience the real essence of yoga.

Meet the instructors

Alida & Dany
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  • Daily yoga classes
  • SUP Yoga - yoga on the sea
  • Intro to pranayama and chakras
  • Awareness workshops: alignment, back bending, inversions and more
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, and Restorative yoga
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily sattvic meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Croatian, German, Italian, Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Tour assistance

Agra is an old Istrian Villa offering perfect peace and relaxation. This beautiful new property has been lovingly restored to accommodate 12 persons in comfort. It consists of two buildings and a big enclosed garden with a big private swimming pool. The small building has covered an al fresco dining area.

Indoors, there is a built-in barbecue and a ping-pong table. The main building has six bedrooms upstairs, four doubles and two twins with four bathrooms. Downstairs, you will find a kitchen and dining area for 12 persons, a separate TV room, and a pool table room with a fireplace. There is also a downstairs spacious bathroom, accessible from indoors and from the pool area. The house is fully air-conditioned. The yoga shala will be indoors and outdoors, in nature.


Within this weeklong retreat, the aim is to get in touch with the essence of yoga through the mind, body, and spirit. You will take a deeper look at all aspects of one’s yoga practice, whether it is physical, philosophical or spiritual. The knowledge and practices will be offered to the attendees so that they can apply them in their everyday practice, not just temporary on the retreat. Attendees will be guided through their “yogic” journey so that they can learn how to evolve on their own through connecting with the inner intelligence and learning how to communicate with their bodies and inner selves.

You will be supported by Dany, who is always experimenting with new forms of movement and will inspire you for your own practice in many asana workshops, pranayama, and meditation. The retreat will be filled with insights, exercises, drills that will help with body awareness and mind-body connection to build a safer and stronger practice and prevent any confusion and injury.

As a healer and yoga teacher, Alida will assist you to integrate your yoga practice with your individual soul evolution and support you on your path to self-discovery. During these seven days, if you are in need for guidance, she will help you to release deep-seated obstacles through each chakra and transform fear and self-doubt in order to balance and connect to your higher chakras, soul purpose, and universal consciousness.

You will have daily yoga classes, Ashtanga Vinyasa workshops, ThetaHealing treatments, regression therapy, Thai yoga massages, aromatherapy, sound therapy, SUP yoga - yoga in the sea, Ayurvedic sattvic meals and Ayurvedic cooking workshops, beautiful surroundings, warm weather, happy teachers, and infinite knowledge to be shared with you within the workshops!


Day 1

  • 16:00 Welcome and orientation
  • 18:00 Vinyasa practice (medium level, opening and energizing the body, mobilizing joints)
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 2

  • 08:30 Morning meditation; intro to pranayama (theory, benefits, and practice); morning flow (mobility and flexibility to get ready for the day), workshop: alignment and awareness: an overview of the basics of the practice; sun salutations, twists, folds, inversions, breath through movement)
  • 11:30 Brunch
  • 14:00 Nature walk
  • 16:00 Free time
  • 17:00 Vinyasa flow, strength, and flexibility (Dany)
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 3

  • 08:30 Morning meditation; pranayamas; morning flow; workshop: back bending and back awareness: anatomy, approach, drills, exercises, and partner work
  • 11:30 Brunch
  • 14:00 Ayurveda cooking class
  • 16:00 Free time
  • 17:00 Vinyasa flow: back bending and shoulder opening
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 4

  • 08:30 Morning meditation (Tibetan singing bowls); morning flow: Tibetan rites (traditional and variations); workshop: core awareness, inversions, and arm balances (drills, approach, partner work, build up to head/forearm/handstands) learning jump backs and jump throughs
  • 11:30 Brunch
  • 17:00 Vinyasa flow, core, strength, and balance (a few arm balances to apply what was learned in the morning)
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 5 (restorative day)

  • 08:30 Morning meditation; pranayamas ( intro to Wim Hoff breathing method); morning stretching; chakra workshop with Alida
  • 11:30 Brunch
  • 16:00 Free time
  • 17:00 Restorative yoga practice with sound healing (Tibetan singing bowls)
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 6

  • 08:30 Morning meditation, pranayama, Ashtanga primary series
  • 11:30 Brunch
  • 13:00 Beach Day
  • 18:00 SUP Yoga on the sea

Day 7

  • 08:30 Breakfast

Day 8

  • Closing circle
  • Departure


Alida Del Bianco

Dany Sakr

Retreat location

The retreat will take place at Villa Agra in the beautiful Divšići village near the Pula city in Istria, Croatia. Just eight kilometers away, there is a beautiful town of Vodnjan. The beach is a short drive away and you can choose to go on the east coast (Duga Uvala) or west (Fazana). Pula, the largest city in Istria County, known for its multitude of ancient Roman buildings, is also nearby, with plenty of beautiful beaches and plenty of options for tourists.

Unique features


  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis


  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga shala


Satvic organic vegetarian food made by a dear friend of Surya Yoga and Healing. Vegan and raw food are also available. Please let them know in advance if you have any preferences.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
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)

  • Individual treatments
  • Regression therapy
  • Sound therapy
  • Thai yoga and Ayurvedic massage
  • ThetaHealing treatments
  • Aromatherapy

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes (Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, and Restorative)
  • 7 days with instruction in English
  • 7 nights accommodation in a beautifully refurbished stone-built villa with pool
  • Alignment and awareness workshop
  • Back bending and back awareness workshop
  • Core awareness, inversions, arm balances, and jump throughs
  • Intro to pranayama
  • Intro to chakras
  • SUP yoga - yoga on the sea
  • Daily sattvic meals

What's not included

  • Transportation
  • Extra treatments
  • Friday evening dinner (day out)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Pula Airport (PUY). For help with transport, please contact Surya Yoga and Healing.

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 on arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday September 21, 2019
Departure: Saturday September 28, 2019

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