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8 Days Yoga, Art & Adventure Retreat in Croatia

  • Yoga Retreat Art and Adventure Croatia, 21480 Vis, Splitsko-Dalmatinska, Croatia

Overview

Adventure Yoga Retreat - it's all about You.

Join Yoga Retreat Adventure Croatia Retreat with inspiring yoga practice combined with meditation and breathing exercises, partner Thai massage, art therapy , joys of exploring breathtaking nature, gorgeous vegetarian feasts and plenty of time to rest and relax. Leave your stress behind, jump into yoga adventure and make this all-inclusive yoga holiday your well-being time for rejuvenation, nurturing and reconnecting with your true self. A time to learn more about yourself, explore your creativity, experience the breathtaking natural beauty of Island Vis and Croatia and celebrate the beauty of life with open arms, an open mind, an open heart, and a glass of delicious local wine while immersing into life of islanders, something completely different than you are used to.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Art therapy workshops
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Natural cosmetics workshop
  • Beach and cultural excursions
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • Thai Partner Massage
  • Wine tasting

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English, German, Greek, Russian
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Adventure Yoga Retreat offers a hand-picked of the best accommodation on Island Vis.

Yoga villa

It has a pool immersed in nature offers seclusion, privacy and peace. You deserve no less than this fabulous yoga accommodation! Yoga Villa is set within acres of flourishing vineyards and olive groves. It is charming ensemble of two lovely 19 century old stone houses, fully restored and stylishly furnished respecting the original architectonic structure and the old tradition of the typical Dalmatian house complemented by swimming pool 50m2 with jacuzzi, beautiful terrace under the pine trees with barbecue which is ideal for alfresco dining in the shade.

The rooms show off the traditional-meets-modern look creating warm and inviting atmosphere that feels like home. Tastefully furnished throughout with 100% cotton sheets, towels, hypoallergenic pillows and mosquito netting.

Outdoor areas provide ideal places for lazing by the swimming pool, lounging, reading, journaling, or rejuvenating with a refreshing afternoon nap. You will find bean bags for rolling, hammock for reading under the pine trees, gazebo in the shade by the pool, crystal clear big swimming pool with jacuzzi and inflating pool toys, game room with billiard and movie screen, floor-throw cushions.

The classic beauty of Villa combined with its history and idyllic countryside setting create the perfect backdrop for yoga retreat.

Wake up to the sounds of birds singing, enjoy the silence, summer breeze, scent of aromatic herbs from our mediterranean gardens, run down the lawn, take a nap in hammock, make your yoga holiday magical.

You can choose between 3 types of chic rooms: "Chamber of secrets", "Chat Room" and "Stairway to heaven".

Yoga Retreat Adventure Croatia Yoga Holiday Program

Each day starts with an energizing Vinyasa flow yoga; the evening classes are set at a more relaxed pace. Yoga practices consists of a combination of familiar postures, as well as more challenging poses, with adjustments and variations. You are encouraged to keep listening to the energy of the moment and to keep practicing within the limitations of your own body, with no expectations as to what could (or could not) be achieved before.

Art therapy workshop

You will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of art therapy. The goal of art therapy session is to access your playful intuition and express yourself artistically (in one of traditional forms of art such as painting, drawing, photography, and writing) under the guidance and supervision of a teacher, who will help you with interpretation and understanding of underlying messages communicated through your art. It may help you with deeper understanding of yourself, resolving issues as well as reducing stress, and improving self-esteem and awareness. You do not need to have any predispositions, just curiosity; you will be surprised how fun is expressing yourself through art.

Free time

On your free time you will have the time and space to do things just for you. Make the most out of it: relax, reflect, and rest by the pool; enjoy the silence, summer breeze, and scent of aromatic herbs from Mediterranean gardens; take a nap in a hammock, book a massage, or enjoy optional group activities discovering the beauty and wonders of Island Vis.

Sample day

  • 08:00 Morning tea
  • 08:30 Outdoor yoga and meditation surrounded by nature and fresh air
  • 10:00 Abundant and healthy buffet breakfast
  • 11: 00 Free time (excursions, art therapy workshop, Do It Yourself natural cosmetics workshop)
  • 14:30 Lunch
  • 15:30 Time for rest, relax, and reflect
  • 18:00 Late afternoon yoga
  • 19:30 Dinner under the stars, chat, and sing with new friends

Adventure Yoga Retreat is all about you. We encourage you to find your balance mentally, physically and spiritually between yoga practice, meditation and your free time. And we also offer you fun and exciting way to experience island life and local culture. We promise – everything we do has a WOW factor!

We will take you on adventure tours discovering the best of Island Vis. It is a fun and exciting way to experience island of Vis and its extraordinary beauty, authentic lifestyle and local culture. We'll go to authentic local villages Vis and Komiza for a delightful wandering around beautiful old stone buildings, line narrow streets and alleyways, bars in the squares and restaurants with fresh seafood menu along the waterfront.

In the inner part of the island you will see citrus orchards, pine and carob trees, rosemary, lavender and many vineyards and olive trees. A days in the sun we will spend at the southern coast dotted with beautiful bays, secluded beaches and extraordinary coves like Srebrna, world famous Stiniva and Stoncica.

  • Valerie Watkinson

    Valerie studied Hatha yoga in India, Integral yoga in Cambodia, and founded Blossom-tree-yoga in 2014. Valerie thrives on introducing yoga via workshops and retreats to give people a deeper understanding of the importance of the practice, and how through maintaining a regular practice, self-study, and living from the heart can change your whole attitude and outlook on life, which is a beautiful thing if seen through awakened eyes.

  • Marieke Kouwenhoven

    Marieke a yogini, bodyworker, and passionate traveler has been cultivating her holistic healing services, teachings, and yoga practice for over eight years. She offers classes, retreats, and workshops to help people connect to their authentic selves through yoga, meditation and forms of free movement. With eight-year dedicated practice of yoga, and with a wide variety of styles, and gifted teachers, Marieke now sees yoga as a journey home, reconnecting you to the deepest parts of yourself. Her classes are inspired by the teachings of Anusara, Vinyasa, Restorative yoga, Yin yoga and Ayurveda.

  • Jenn Russel

    Over the past few years Jenns style has evolved to incorporate the flow and playfulness of her dance background, whilst staying true to the traditional teachings of yoga. Her freestyle Vinyasa flow classes take you on a creative journey through traditional and modern postures, linked with creative transitions, uplifting music, some pretty funky balances, and core work.

Famous from the ancient Greek times, Island Vis in Croatia has an extremely rich history. The remains of a Greek necropolis and Roman thermal, Renaissance palaces and villas, fortresses and towers are on every step. Due to its half century isolation under Yugoslavia the island is not crowded with tourist apartments and hotels. It is the chosen destination for those people who appreciate its authenticity, acknowledged by the World Organization for Environmental Protection as one of the ten most environmentally preserved islands in the Mediterranean. The area of the island covers 90 square kilometers with its interior rich in vegetation, vineyards, and olive trees. There are no poison snakes or spiders on the island, which is full of beautiful vegetation and animal species. The island is full of little paths and roads, and is easily crossable. Whether you decide to take a swim into clear blue sea during the day or dive into the sunset at one of islands numerous bays you will experience unique sensation.

Nearby places

  • Beach (pebble and rocky) - 2 kilometers
  • Beach (sandy) - 4 kilometers
  • City center (Vis or Komiza) - 9 kilometers
  • Green market - 9 kilometers
  • Markets - 3 kilometers
  • Restaurants, bars and nightclubs - 1 to 9 kilometers
Activities
  • Art classes
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage (Thai)
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach nearby
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lounge
  • Night club nearbyTerrace
  • Restaurant nearby
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Currency exchange nearby

Every day three vegetarian meals inspired by the Mediterranean diet will be provided with tips & tricks how to make your own delicious and healthy food art. At yoga retreat dining you will experience the natural tastes of the Mediterranean tradition. We use fresh seasonal locally grown fruits and vegetables as much as possible, our homemade olive oil and herbs and spices from our garden. Meals will be served at outdoor table nestled under pine trees or in case of bad weather in our house dining area with fireplace. Variety of teas will be available at all times. Please inform us of any food allergies or special dietary requirements you may have when booking. For the full benefits of yoga retreat participants are encouraged not to smoke and drink alcohol excessively

At Adventure Yoga Retreat in your free time you will have the luxury of time and space to do things just for you. Make the most out of it – relax, reflect and rest by the pool, enjoy the silence, summer breeze, scent of aromatic herbs from our Mediterranean gardens, take a nap in hammock, book a massage or enjoy group activities discovering the beauty and wonders of Island Vis.

If you want to spend your free time on your own, we suggest some of exciting ways to explore Island Vis and its beautiful surroundings like cycling, sailing, hiking, trekking, kayaking, boat excursions. Feel free to ask your hosts for an advice and a suggestion.

Cycling

If you want to up the exhilaration factor, cycling is a great way to explore the Island while making the most of the fresh air and sunshine. You can enjoy cycling to City of Vis or Komiza or discovering nearby beaches.

Boat excursions

This is the perfect starting point to discover many faces of island Vis. Explore of nearby island Bisevo and world famous Blue Cave, or island Hvar. For real adventurous we offer tours of the desolated military object and labyrinth tunnels which are part of the underground military base spread for miles under the Island Vis

Sailing

It is unique opporunity to dive into history and relate to lifes of anceint traditional fishermen and sailors. In a very attractive presentation of “falkusa”, the ancient wooden fishing boat, you will be invited to experience sailing and rowing, while learning about traditional sailing and fishing techniques, life and habits of people on island Vis in previous centuries, their joys and sorrows, their coexistence with wildlife and nature.

Kayaking

The island of Vis, with its indented coast line, numerous islands and cliffs, hidden bays, sandy beaches and sea caves is one of the most attractive kayaking destinations in the Adriatic. Untouched nature and natural phenomena such as Stiniva bay, the Blue and Green cave will leave no one unimpressed. Discover the islands of Vis with professional guides and find the well hidden beauty.

Hiking & trekking

Because of the well-marked paths and trails all around the island, Vis is particularly appealing to hikers and trekkers . So hit the road, Jack.

  • 1 art therapy workshop
  • 1 yoga party with wine tasting
  • 2 daily meditation sessions
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily beach and cultural excursions
  • Tea and coffee all day service
  • Thai Partner Massage
  • Airfare
  • Optional activities
  • Transfer from Split Airport (SPU) to ferry port and vice versa
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book the flight to Split airport and look that the arrival is by 17.00h the leatest.From Split airport you can take shuttle bus (4 €) or taxi (much more expensive and not suggested) to Split center (the last bus stop). Split ferry port is just accross the street from the bus stop.

At Split ferry port you will meet our guide at 18.00h and collect the ferry tickets (which are included in the price). The ferry to Vis departs at 18.30h. When you arrive to Vis, we will meet you in the port with green land rover and take you to yoga accommodation.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga Retreat Art and Adventure Croatia an inquiry.
  • Review by Felicity Morgan-rhind from Auckland
    10 out of 10

    "We've just returned to NZ after 7 days on the beautiful island of Vis staying on the ancient vineyard and in the ancient villa of Nevenka and Ive. Words can't really describe the amazing experience we had at the yoga adventure retreat. Arriving on the island is a jaw dropping start. Ive is a warm welcoming and funny host... The location of the villa in the countryside just 15 mins from the village of Vis town and it is like stepping back in time... Vines thick with grapes line the road in. It is beyond quiet. Arriving at the villa is like walking into a movie set. Ancient stone buildings with great outside seating areas, dining areas, a perfectly positioned hammock and the cleanest bluest pool you'll ever swim in. The rooms vary in size. We are in the stairway to heaven. It's massive! The bathroom alone is bigger than the yacht we've just spent a week on and the bed is very comfy.. Sunrise wakes us every morning. Tiffany our yoga teacher has the sun shining out of every pore. Anna our vegan chef is a delight and a whizz in the kitchen. Nevenka... Is she the most beautiful Croatian woman in the world!?? I think so. With 12 sessions of yoga ahead of us Tiffany starts gently and revs us up as the days go by. We are meditating on each of our 6 charkras... One each day.. From the ground up we move through the rainbow to the brilliant white light of our crowns. The final meditation takes place at the highest point of the island as the sun sets in the most miraculous show or orange... It's beyond beautiful. "

    " I have been practicing yoga for 20 years and attended many retreats. Tiffany teaches ego free with ease and humor. Her sweet New York tones lull us into the deep recesses of our muscles and minds.. She is absolutely the best yoga teacher I've had and able to deliver her classes to a mixed level group with no trouble...it is a blessing to be here."

    "Our group is the most wonderful combination of human beings. We hail from all hemispheres We laugh till we cry... We try and understand how the world is in such crisis as we downward dog and stand on our heads. We visit the towns and beaches and go out for lunch. We take an art therapy class with the gorgeous Christina and understand a deeper level of who we are.. Truly surprising and insightful. Ive grills us the most DELICIOUS fresh whole fish with rosemary. Our wine tasting session turns into a party! Their wine is too delicious to just taste!) We dance around the fire till 3am!! AND 7 of the 8 of us make our morning yoga session smiling! As the autumn equinox promises new beginnings we leave Vis and our new friends filled with love. We are all the better for this. We are all the better for this.It really was SUCH A WONDERFUL RETREAT!!"

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  • Review by Diana Maraska from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "Villa Dojmi is heaven on earth and an incredible beautiful place on Vis. This yoga retreat week has been fantastic, a perfect combined program organized by the great hosts Ivica & Nevenka, who guided us on the lovely island of Vis through their eyes and making us feel welcomed.They offer inspiring yoga classes performed by the sweet and outstanding Valerie who guided us to the right direction and who also gives excellent massage. They had delicious, healthy and tasty vegetarian food cooked by our master chef, Brane. And last but not least, it was fun to be with a happy bunch of girls creating a joyful atmosphere."

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  • Review by Jacqueline from UK

    "As a novice yogi I was uncertain what to expect from a retreat (I've never been on one before) but was blown away by what an amazing time I had; Im converted! The location, instruction and your hospitality were fantastic. From the moment we arrived I felt welcome and the effort you both put into showing us around the island, ensuring we felt at ease in your beautiful home and cooking some of the best veggie food Ive had, was very impressive. For me, the timetable allowed for the perfect mix of instruction, relaxation and mini adventures.Marieke was wonderful too. I was new to yoga but by the end of the week I felt Id improved substantially. The morning sessions were invigorating and being by the pool was a lovely setting. The afternoon session was particularly interesting and if you embraced everything that was offered and kept an open mind, it was a great opportunity to try out different styles of meditation and relaxation.Ive continued practising since returning and now cant imagine life without Yoga!Thanks again and I hope to visit again in the future."

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  • Review by Sanjo from Hongkong

    "Thanks for everything during the retreat, I truly enjoyed the stay. I felt your passion from every single dish that you made and loved the amazing moments!"

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  • Review by Tricia from United Kingdom

    "Hi Nevenka and Ivan, I hope you are both well happy. I want to thank you both for making my holiday a really wonderful experience."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Thanks for everything during the retreat, I truly enjoyed the stay. I felt your passion from every single dish that you made, loved the amazing music that you have, the programs that you arranged, and also Valarie is a great teacher that offers a lot more than yoga practice. Last but not least, great rides and energy from Ivica. A big thank to you both, and take care!"

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  • Review by Krisztina from Budapest, Hungary

    "This has been my first vacation alone and also the first yoga retreat and I have to say even though I had no idea what to expect I ended up having the best time ever. Ivica and Nevenka are amazing hosts and beautiful people! They did everything to make our stay as pleasant as possible. I pretty much felt home thanks to their hospitality and the amazing homemade meals. Marieke, our yoga instructor, didn`t just make yoga greatly enjoyable on physical level but with introducing different theories and talking about different styles, showing meditation forms made yoga just such an amazingly interesting experience! So much that I`m thinking of doing a YTT. The art therapy with Kristina was a lot of fun and a great way to release. I loved that after every dinner Nevenka and Ivica joined us and we were sharing stories and laughs, all of them were available all the time in case we needed anything. The yoga party was lovely and so much fun. I cannot say anything bad about this vacation. I look back at it as one of the best decisions I have ever made! And I could never thank enough for them to make my time there so awesome! Oh, and the island and the villa are just beautiful!"

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  • Review by Jacqueline from United Kingdom

    "As a novice Yogi I was uncertain what to expect from a retreat (i’ve never been on one before) but was blown away by what an amazing time I had!"

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  • Review by Sophie from Switzerland

    "Dear Nevenka, Dear Ivo,Thank you so much for this amazing week. The yoga retreat was way beyond all my expectations. I had chosen this retreat because of the location (Mediterranean sea), because of the program and because the villa looked really nice at the pictures. The villa is indeed wonderful. I really liked the fact that it is isolated, in the middle of the vineyards and the olive trees, that it is an old stone house with a lot of charm, that it is tastefully decorated and that there are several different corners where we can chill (bean bags hammock, swimming pool). Then the food was excellent: the variety, freshness, quantities, nice touches...Every meal was pure pleasure.And you two! You are so welcoming, warm, funny, helpful, available. You are both perfect hosts! I really liked the moments you spent with at the table, the adventures we all were on...Precious memories. The activities you proposed were really well chosen: a nice balance between physical, artistic, visits to towns and beaches. I really appreciated discovering a bit of the beauties of this island.It was my first visit in Croatia and I certainly will come again. It is such a beautiful and rich country (culture, nature, people...)."

    "The yoga and meditation were great. Marieke is such an amazing teacher,very experienced and sweet. She adapted the program to our needs, shared a bit of her precious knowledge both a theory and practice. She is a very warm and welcoming person too. I really enjoyed being thought about many different styles and approaches. Kristina for the art therapy was great too. Such an interesting personality. You just feel home here from the first day to the last.The schedule was just perfect too. Start the day with a nice practice outside, eat a fabulous breakfast, then activities, then delicious meal, then relax and free time, then restorative yoga then amazing food again. We were a really nice small group and we had a lot of fun. I am really happy I met you, and I came here. I came because I wanted to relax, discover a new place and get back to a regular yoga practice, and I had all that and so much more! Just keep in the amazing work you are doing here, hoping to see you again someday. Take care, thanks a million!"

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  • Review by Volker from Germany

    "Dear Nevenka and Dear Ivo,You both are wonderful, beautiful people. You created a stunning place that is very hard to leave. I enjoyed your company, your humor, your presence very, very much. For a savage like me, with your great cooking of vegetarain dishes, I didn't miss a second piece of meat on the plate. Of course, the exception the grilled fish was a fingerlicking treat and our evening all together "that" night is one of these unforgetable nights... With Marieke you picked the very best Yoga teacher I could imagine. Thanks to all of you."

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  • Review by Kriszti from Hungary

    "Dragi Ivica and Draga Nevenka and Marieke,First of all you guys are awesome! I came here with a lot of issues and with no idea what to expect. This was my first vacation alone and I'm so happy I chose your retreat for that. I honestly cannot point out one thing that I didn't like about this week. I loved it the way it was!You guys put so much into it that we all felt so welcome and home. I couldn't imagine better hosts! And I'm not saying that I found all the solutions for my problems but I had everything here to maybe get a bit closer to solve them. And I fell in love with Yoga again! I just wanna thank you guys all for that. For Everything. Much love."

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  • Review by Stephanie from Switzerland

    "Dear Ivo & Nevenka,Thank you so much for your hospitality! I spent a great week here with you. Thank you for being so friendly and available for us. Ivo is certainly the funniest Croatian ever and Nevenka the most beautiful Croatian women :)The yoga courses were awesome. Marieke is a really good and nice teacher. I really like having an energizing yoga course in the morning and a restorative yoga in the evening. Marieke explained very well the postures and theoretical information about yoga. Moreover she tried to teach us different types of yoga which was very interesting.Thank you for having us discover so many places. The activities proposed were diversified and I was happy to discover all beauties of the island. The house is really beautiful and the surroundings amazing. The room was awesome, very clean, very big. The food was excellent. Thank you so much for the fish. The yoga party was a very good evening and it was good to spend the evening with you. Please don't change, you are the best hosts ever! I wish I could come back soon. Thank you for everything."

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  • Review by Alice from San Francisco, USA

    "Art & Adventure Yoga Retreat completely exceeded my expectations. The hosts, Nevenka and Ivica, are amazingly warm and generous caretakers. They take thoughtful consideration into everything from detailed travel logistics pre arrival to daily island experiences and even to beautiful homecooked meals. The variety of therapeutic activities ranging from ashtanga yoga, restorative yoga, dance, art workshops and more offer a diverse way for restful rejuvenation. The genuine love that the hosts and instructors provided spread warmth to every minute and experience while here. To top it off, the villa and Croatia itself is so gorgeous that it's almost impossible not to be overcome by all the beauty. Thanks for a truly wonderful time Nevenka, Ivica and Marieke."

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  • Review by Susan from Ireland

    "I would highly recommend Art & Adventure Yoga Retreat Vis to everyone. It is a great combination of yoga, fun day trips, relaxing time and great food. The yoga classes were great, Marieke is very attentive to everybodies different needs and you can see she puts great time and effort into her classes. Ivo is a fun and enthusiastic tour guide for some day trips that were fantastic and the food is healthy, delicious and plentiful. Nevenka and Ivo are great hosts with great hospitality that make you feel right at home in their beautiful countryside villa."

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Vis, Croatia

Yoga Retreat Art & Adventure Croatia is a boutique wellness sanctuary dedicated to create a well being journey through daily creative mixed-style yoga classes and meditation, art and dance workshops.

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