In this 5th year of hosting our annual summer retreat with Nina Vukas on our home turf in Croatia, we are more excited than ever to welcome two beautiful groups of yogis from all over the world. Some of those joining us have come yearly for this magical week at the sea, and others are making the journey for the first time - traveling to Croatia for a week of practice, reflection, delicious eats and Mediterranean summer magic.
Our location, the Dalmatian island of Brac, is one of the largest in the Croatian archipelago and just a short ferry ride from Split. Brac's most famous beach, the iconic Zlatni Rat, is - without a doubt one of the most beautiful European beaches.
The island's lush forests are peppered with charming, antique stone houses, lining the rustic, stone-paved streets. Brac's rich cultural and historic heritage, delicious Dalmatian cuisine, beautiful beaches and bays and crystal blue sea, are just some of the reason why we love gathering here in summertime...
But mostly we come to chill!
Our home for the week is located just above a pebbled beach directly on the crystalline Adriatic Sea in the tranquil village of Mirca - a short 10 minute drive from the ferry port.
We gather here in this sleepy village to celebrate and enjoy Nature's abundance, both wild and humble - reveling in the simple pleasure of a farm-to-table meal at sunset or meditating on the spectacular view of the Dinara mountains on the nearby mainland.
The turquoise sea, the sun and the wind all invite us to engage in transforming the raw energy of the elements to support us in simplifying, clearing, cleansing, rejuvenating and reconnecting with the source. In our small village of Mirce, time seems to slow, inviting just the sort of reflection, introspection and deceleration that our retreat-atmosphere fosters.
Reminding ourselves to embrace the perfection of simplicity.
To sleep deeply.
To breathe fully.
To revel in the flavors of ripe summertime.
To surrender to sweetness.
To live mindfully.
In twice daily Yoga and meditation sessions, Nina invites us to link the intelligence of our breath to the intelligence of our bodies. Moving, stretching, and allowing life energy to flow through us without restriction, we deepen our Yoga practice while embarking on a journey to learn more about our own inner workings.
Reiki sessions and shamanic healing modalities with the wonderful Jo Lewins support this process of deep surrender and renewal. Jo creates a safe space in which the body/mind can release held tensions and past hurts, thus reclaiming energies that are blocked, making them accessible again and allowing us to unfurl our true potential.
Every year, we have left the island with cheeks sore from smiling, bodies aglow, loads lightened and hearts full to bursting from heart-ful connections made...
THERE ARE STILL SOME SPOTS LEFT ON OUR 16-23 JUNE WEEK YOGA RETREAT IN CROATIA
Photos: Sanjin Kastelan