Are you longing for a transformative inner journey on a private island in the Adriatic Sea?
Daily yoga and meditation, raw landscapes, breathtaking beaches, island hopping, and gorgeous local veggie meals - the perfect rejuvenating experience is waiting for you. Keep reading!
In collaboration with Fige Yoga Sandra D. Bianco invites you to celebrate and reconnect to your true nature as a woman, to fall in love with yourself again, to be nourished and supported by yogic and shamanic practices, and Nature elements - crystal clear water, warm sun, fragrant air and fertile earth - so you can ignite a true process of transformation and self healing in a small and safe group of like-minded women.
This retreat is a full immersion into the calmness and wildness of the Pakleni Islands — an archipelago of Hvar island.
Disconnect to connect. No cars. No neighbours. You will have the luxury of waking up with the melodies of waves, jumping in the sea straight from your bed, enjoying picking home-grown veggies from the garden, and admiring amazing sunsets in the circle of the women alike.
Sandra D. Bianco is a dedicated yoga practitioner who has been studying and practicing yoga for more than 20 years, teaching it since 2005. She started her spiritual research at a young age of 15, first through books, then by meeting yoga, buddhist meditation and shamanism, until she met her spiritual Teacher in 1995. That encounter changed her perception of Life and of her Purpose, and became the foundation of her way of living and of her teachings today.
In 2005 she got the blessing to teach yoga from her first Ashtanga & Vinyasa teacher Sonja Rzepski, becoming one of the pioneers of dynamic yoga in Croatia. Her thirst for knowledge made her travel around the world, to study with a great number of prominent teachers and masters. One of the most precious encounters was with O.P. Tiwariji from Kaivalyadham Institute (India), who initiated her in the practices and teaching of Pranayama.
Sandra is is the founder of GaiaYoga school established in 2006 as the first Croatian Yoga Teacher Training program, and of GaiaYoga Prenatal TTC.
She is an experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT500, RPYT) IYF and European Yoga Federation, and a Teacher Trainer licensed to certify students at the 200 & 500 hour levels. She has in-depth knowledge of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Pranayama, Meditation and yoga philosophy.
She is also trained in Shamanic Medicine with Andean Q’ero shamans, as well as Energy Therapist and teacher of Energy Method called Prana Hands since 1999.
Sandra je certificirana Sr. učiteljica (E-RYT 500 / 1100), jedna od pionira dinamične joge u Hrvatskoj, osnivačica GaiaYoge i voditeljica prvog hrvatskog programa za obuku učitelja.više
We are excited to share with you our love for both Yoga practices and the island of Hvar!
Imagine waking up with the melodious background sounds of waves and crickets, enjoying long swims, quietness, and your own personal journey of transformation and self discovery in a small group of like-minded women, supported by experienced teacher who will guide you and hold the safe space for you.
We’re surrounded by breathtaking, wild nature while staying in a beautiful eco-friendly, newly built villa located on the Pakleni islands - an archipelago of Hvar, one of the most beautifu islands of Adriatic Sea. The Cricket House is located only 20 minutes boat ride from Hvar island. There are no cars on the Pakleni islands, and our villa has no neighbors.
The house consists of a large living room, kitchen, spacious dining room, 4 bedrooms, and 4 bathrooms. Two bedrooms are situated on the ground floor with double beds and en-suite bathrooms. On the upper floor are a triple room and a twin room with en-suite bathrooms. Surrounding the house is a spacious Mediterranean garden with authentic herbs, figs, and olive trees. The wild flora garden is equipped with hammocks and deck chairs, making it the ideal place to enjoy the nature and the silence. Private beach just 5 minutes walk away.We also offer the option of staying in the tent and using the bathroom from the house. If you are interested, let us know, so we can provide a tent for you.
Day 1: Monday June 19th - ARRIVAL & OPENING CIRCLE
We meet at 4pm at Hvar's main square and then head with the boat towards our villa at Pakleni islands.
A gentle meditation practice to help you setltle down will be followed by a homemade dinner served at the villa's porch.
Day 2: Tuesday June 20th - EARTH ELEMENT PRACTICES & CACAO CEREMONY CIRCLE
We will wake up early to catch the first sun rays, and start the day with a guided meditation and a gentle earthing yoga practice.
Long and lazy brunch will give you time to settle and enjoy your new home for the next days. We will guide you through exercises for connecting with the Nature, with the Earth and with your Self. The afternoon is reserved for leisure activities like massage or energetic treatments (optional, by request), relaxing with a book in your hammock, or simply having a long swim in the crystal clear sea.
At sunset time we will gather in a circle for Cacao Ceremony and sharing time, and we will end the day with delicious local dinner.
Day 3: Wednesday June 21st - FIRE ELEMENT PRACTICES & SOLSTICE CEREMONY CIRCLE
We start the day with the sunrise meditation and gently challenging vinyasa practice, followed by rich and slow brunch.
The afternoon is reserved for a meditation walk through the island - walking in silence will allow you to connect deeply with the natural elements as well as yourself. We believe this island has a special energy, can't wait to hear your impressions!
At sunset we will have a restorative yoga practice, followed by a yummy dinner. After dinner we meet for the Solstice Fire Ceremony and a circle of sharing.
Day 4: Thursday June 22nd - AIR ELEMENT PRACTICES & ISLAND EXPLORING
Our day will start with meditation, light and spacious yoga practice and breath work (pranayama), followed by healthy veggie brunch.
A speed boat will then take us to explore the Pakleni Islands, and the island of Hvar - we will enjoy snorkeling in hidden bays, mud baths known for healing effects, and refreshment at a beautiful beach bar. Visit to Hvar is planned for the afternoon, and free time for exploring charming Venetian architecture spots and art shops. Then we will be hosted by the friendly local family and will join them for dinner in their charming garden!
Back to our magic little island we will end the day with guided Yoga Nidra under the starry sky.
Day 5: Friday June 23rd - WATER ELEMENT PRACTICES & THE RITE OF THE WOMB
After awakening our bodies with flow yoga class and healing pranayama practices, and nurturing our senses with delicious brunch, we will connect to the Water element and receive it's teachings. In your free time you can relax with the massage or energy treatment, explore the hidden bays or visit a magical treehouse nearby. Around sunset, we will gather under the olive trees for a healthy nutrition and phytotherapy workshop.
We will celebrate the completion of this week together with dinner around the bonfire, followed by a very special Womb healing ritual from shamans of the Andes.
Day 6: Saturday June 24th - CLOSING THE CIRCLE
The last morning practice will be dedicated to Pachamama who hosted us so nicely in this week, and through our life, followed by the closing circle of sharing, yummy fresh brunch and the last sea dip. Rejuvenated and recharged, you are ready to go back in the real world.
We will take you back to the island of Hvar, from where you can decide to continue your vacation or to head back home.
Our food is prepared only with fresh and seasonal ingredients from local farmers because we love to support the local economy.
During your stay you'll be delighted with two rich daily meals made by the local chef. Brunches and dinners are mainly vegetarian and vegan.
The gluten-free options are available - let us know ahead about your special needs.
Coffee, tea, fruits and snacks will be available throughout the day.
Reservation of your spot is possible only upon the payment of 200€ non-refundable deposit.
|IN SINGLE ROOM ROOM||1.490€|
|IN TWIN ROOM||1.190€|
|IN TRIPLE ROOM||1.090€|
|IN TENT (per person)||690€|
*Discount for Croatian / GaiaYoga TT yoginis
All prices include 6 days / 5 nights in luxurious villa with private beach, 2 daily vegetarian meals (brunch and dinner) and drinks (tea, coffee, fruits and snacks), group transfer to the Pakleni island and back, island hopping.
Not included: travelling, travel insurance (we recommend to get one prior to your arrival), optional energy treatments and massages.
Spaces are limited to max 10 women!
The reservation ammount is 200€, and it is not refundable unless the GT Agency cancels the program, then the reservation amount is fully refunded back.
The GTA is obliged to inform the participants about any regular* cancellation no later than 14 days before starting the event. The GTA may consider allowing the person to use the reservation amount for another retreat in the future.
Due to the (post)pandemic time we live in, a person is obligated to inform GTA the same day the Country issues the travel restriction, as the same GTA will do in return. If a person were not allowed to travel to Croatia due to international COVID-19 travel restrictions, GTA would agree to change the booking for another retreat.
*regular = not caused by Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions
By registering for this programme, you voluntarily understand and accept the following terms and conditions as set out below:
I am aware that participating in the programme requires a certain level of fitness and general physical health. I acknowledge and voluntarily assume my responsibility to assess my level of fitness and the risks of injury that are associated with physical activity of any kind including any variety of yoga. I confirm that I shall retain all control over my activities at all times. I voluntarily assume full liability and accept the risk of harm, including physical injury and discomfort as a result of my participation in the activities in this programme. I will inform the teachers and/or assistants of any limitations or medical conditions that may affect my practice.
I agree that organisers reserve the right to accept or kindly decline the application of a participant at any time, to make changes in the schedule whenever reputed necessary for the comfort and convenience to all participants. In the case that the event is cancelled or postponed organisers shall have no responsibility beyond the refund of money or expenses paid by the participant if the event cannot be re-scheduled.
I understand that photos may be utilized for communications efforts. To that end, I hereby grant the organizer permission to record the name, image and/or appearance on the above referenced date or dates of me and to use and publish the pictures, video and digital images and the like without compensation, and I waive any right to inspect or to approve any project that may be created using these materials.
Your reservation is confirmed by payment of 200€ to the GT Agency account. The remaining balance must be paid at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.
For booking and payment coordinates, please go directly to the reservation section of the page.
The retreat meets the health and hygiene protocols that the Croatian governments implemented as general COVID-19 protocol.
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