RETREAT TO ROVINJ
21st September - 28th September 2024 TBC!
Enrich your life with a transformative, nourishing and balancing yoga and meditation retreat in beautiful Rovinj, Croatia.
Late September is a wonderful time in Istria, the northern most region of Croatia. The days are balmy, the Adriatic sea is calm and warm enough for swimming, and the high-season crowds have gone.
Join us for a week of yoga, mindful meditation, immersion in nature, energy work and creativity through art, movement and journaling. You can use the time to experience spiritual enhancement through guided self-realisation work with our two experienced hosts, tapping into your inner light and joy whilst forming new friendships with a group of like-minded people. All abilities and levels of yogic experience are welcome. You can also treat yourself to a therapeutic massage and partake of some individual healing sessions.
Join us in Rovinj, Croatia
Accommodation will be at the ideally located three-star Baron Gautsch Guest house which is just a five-minute walk to the beach, yachting harbour and the nature park. Within ten minutes you are in the heart of the most incredibly beautiful, ancient city of Rovinj with its intriguing labyrinth of cobbled streets adorned by quaint shuttered windows and colourful washing lines across the streets. This picturesque city has a beautiful harbour just a stroll away from the hotel, lined with super cafes, delicious home-made ice-cream shops, art galleries and gift shops.
We will walk up through the old town to reach the Cathedral of St. Euphemia with its breath-taking views of the coastline to reach one of our early morning yoga spots looking out to sea. The stunning parkland of Punta Correnta with its towering cedar and oak trees and grassy meadows gives us our second beautiful Yoga and meditation spot with the opportunity for a post yoga dip in the glistening Adriatic Sea. Evening yoga (and in the event of rain, morning yoga) may take place on the covered roof terrace at the guest house .
The package includes bed and breakfast, in private en suite rooms with A/C & fridge. Variety of room options & shared rooms available.
Also included in the package are two group evening meals based at the hotel -a chance to bond with the group over tasty food. As we are so close to the city and its many delightful cafes & restaurants, all other meals will be of your own choice and expense.
Included in the package is a full day trip around the amazing district of Istria, often compared to Tuscany with its hilltop towns and villages, wineries and olive groves.
Down time is included in the schedule so you can explore Rovinj, find little beaches, cafes, take a boat trip to find dolphins or perhaps to neigbouring Red Island to relax at the Island Hotel Istra's wellness spa.
Hatha, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Kundalini, Yin, Yoga Nidra, Qi Gong, Creative Workshops, TRE (Trauma / Tension Release Exercises), Sound / Mantra work/ Kirtan.
Yoga Styles & Other Practices
This retreat is perfect for those who want to reconnect with themselves, de-stress, find balance and grounding and feel more present. Whether you are new to yoga and meditation or not, this retreat offers the opportunity to learn ways to create calm within and tap into your inner light and joy whilst offering plenty of free time to explore the gem that is Rovinj and the surrounding Istrian Pennisula.
7 Nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation
12 + Yoga / Meditation / Yin / Qi Gong / Creative Workshop sessions
2 Group Evening Meals
1 Day Trip ( meals not included)
Optional 1:1 sessions to deepen your experience (prices on request):
TRE (Trauma /Tension Releasing Exercises) with Natasha
Reiki with Sound Healing with Jan
Native American Animal Medicine card reading with Jan
Plenty of ‘you’ time to explore Rovinj and the delights and many activites the city has to offer, be it exploring the galleries and boutiques, chatting over coffee in a local café or sunbathing on a rocky beach and enjoying the beautiful azure sea.
Sample Daily Schedule
7am Morning coffee / tea
7.30am Gentle stroll to yoga location
7.45 am Morning yoga with Natasha or Jan
9.15am Optional sea dip
10am Breakfast at Guest House
11am Free time to explore Rovinj, relax, journal, enjoy a local activity.
Each day will be different some featuring more activities / creative workshops/ included trips,
others with more free time to explore/ rest/ relax.
5pm Evening Roof top Yoga /Yin / Nidra / Qi Gong/ Meditation
7pm Free time to find a dinner spot in town (2 group dinners at the hotel are included in the package).
Meet Your Instructors
I have practised Yoga and Meditation for almost 35 years and have been teaching consistently for the last eight.
I trained in Sri Lanka and India in Hatha, Ashtanga, and Kundalini yoga and am certified as a meditation teacher. My style embraces all the eight limbs of yoga; the science and philosophy of yoga has become the basis of my life and my teaching.
I also include Shaolin Qi Gong into my practice.
I recently spent the winter in Sri Lanka teaching at an Ayurvedic hospital and each summer I give regular private and group yoga and meditation classes in Rovinj where I have lived for the last seventeen years. In addition, I practice Reiki and Sound healing which have developed over the last twenty years since my first initiation into the Medicine Buddha Sadhana, a powerful Tibetan practice. Now studying part time for an MA in Buddhism.
I am also an artist and have run a summer gallery in the heart of the old town for the last 16 years. Art and Yoga together allow me to live a very creative life, I love to share this with my students. I love living in Rovinj, and I can show you all those wonderful energetic places and secret, magical corners of this wonderous place.
Practicing yoga since 1999, I chose yoga as a healing path after a serious illness in 2014 and have been teaching since 2016.
Good health is paramount for happiness; tension and trauma held in the body can lead to a variety of symptoms both physically and mentally, finding techniques to nurture the body and mind and aid in the journey to better health has been the primary influence in my work.
Trained in Tantric Hatha Yoga, Yoga with Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy , Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, TRE & Trauma Informed Yoga, all of my practices come from a place of self-nurture, development and positive change sharing what I love with integrity, kindness and often humour.
As we delve into inner connection, creativity begins to flow more easily and from this I have developed a love for Mandala drawing and sometimes share this in meditative, mandala drawing workshops. More recently attuned to Seichim Devine Feminine energy healing leaning into this intuitive practice in one to one sessions.
Based in Braunton, North Devon I currently teach at Saunton Sands Hotel, Yeotown (Detox Retreat), I also running local yoga classes, TRE sessions and share my offerings with private clients at home and virtually.
Double with balcony (sole occupancy)- £1160 / €1335
Double with balcony (shared occupancy)- £985 / €1150
Twin (no balcony) share- £940 / €1100
Shared *triple room with balcony: 2 share - £985 / €1150
Single room - £940 / €1100
Retreat Only ( No Accommodation) - £625 / €735
*(1 x double bed, 1 x single bed)
Rooms subject to availability / other options available
7 Nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation at 3* Guest House Baron Gautsch
Morning tea/ coffee
12 + Yoga / Meditation / Yin / Qi Gong / Creative Workshop sessions
Art & Journaling materials
2 Group Evening Meals
1 Day Trip (meals not included)
What’s NOT included:
Lunches & 5 dinners
Bookings confirmed upon receipt of 25% non – refundable deposit.
All payments can be made in either Sterling or Euro by bank transfer to £ /€ account.
Final balance due 30 days prior to arrival (21st August 2024).
Cancellation policy / Travel Insurance
Cancellation before 21st August 2024 - loss of 25% non refundable deposit.
Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cover the full cost, as cancelling after 21st August 2024 will result is loss of full payment. Please make sure your Travel Insurance Policy has cover for cancellation that may be due to Covid 19.
'I had such a relaxing wonderful experience at your retreat! Surrounded by truly amazing people. I came away feeling positive, calm and truly supported from my time with you. Time where I was able to reflect and be kind to myself. Your yoga and meditation classes are suited to all abilities and I thoroughly enjoyed having the chance to tap into my creative side with art and music. I shall be returning in September for another beautiful week. Thank you Natasha and Jan xxx ' Carol E.
'The whole experience made be challenge myself from the get go, as I had to fly alone to Croatia. As a 56 year old woman who has only ever travelled with others, it felt very liberating. Belief in my self - I have courage. On arrival I met my fellow yogis who were open and welcoming. I was able to embrace all aspects of the retreat and looked forward to each day's schedule. The weekly programme included various yoga practices, mediation, art workshops, nidra and kirtans, as well as a day trip to enjoy the Istrian countryside, visiting a number of historical sites/villages. Every day involved different types of practices to open up our minds and bodies in energetic, physical and spiritual ways. As a first Retreat experience, I could not have asked for anything more fulfilling and uplifting, and I thank Natasha and Jan for making this happen. I feel blessed to have met such a lovely group of women and hope to meet you again in the future x.' Michelle I.
'Come join an amazingly friendly group of people, looking to connect with themselves and others in a more positive and loving way. Don't think, just jump in and take a chance and you too could find new creativity, improvement both body & spirit, plus fantastic new friends in beautiful Croatia.I took the plunge last year and totally loved every moment, can't wait for this year's retreat, there's no doubt it's one of the best things I've ever done for myself. Huge thanks to Natasha & Jan, two incredible ladies. xx' Joy D.