Are you longing for a transformative inner journey on a private island in the Adriatic Sea?
Daily yoga and meditation, healing rituals, raw landscapes, breathtaking beaches, and gorgeous local veggie meals - the perfect rejuvenating experience is waiting for you.


Soul-stice: Women's Yoga & Rituals Retreat - Sv. Klement (Hvar)

Are you longing for a transformative inner journey on a private island in the Adriatic Sea?

Daily yoga and meditation, raw landscapes, breathtaking beaches, 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. No noise, just quietness: you will have the luxury of waking up with the melodies of waves, jumping in the sea straight from your bed, enjoying home-grown veggies from the local gardens, and admiring amazing sunsets in the circle of the women alike.


Sandra is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), therefore this course is 20 hrs accredited for Continuing Education and for GaiaYoga TT300 Course.


"I've been taking part of women's yoga circle in Pakleni islands with Sandra D. Bianco for the past 2 years.
The place itself is pure magic. Sasha is managing the retreat effortlesly and delivering joy to everyone. She's the best host i could wish for, keeping the atmosphere playfull and honest. Sandra is a person who influenced my life profoundly with her teachings about women's true nature and spirit. I love her and am forever grateful. Karolina the cook delivered delicious healthy colorful food everyday and took care of us." - Ana Š. (Croatia)

"Life changing experience, finished the retreat a week ago and still haven’t stopped thinking about it. Absolutely perfect from start to finish - from the location, food, people, daily schedule and of course, Mirko the dog. Will be returning ASAP!" - Tori (Ireland)

"Women’s Circle Summer Retreat 2024 - if you were looking for a sign if this retreat is for you, this is it.
This short retreat would seem like ages because you will experience so much in one day. The magic of the support from other women all over the world, all women so different, but at the same time so alike, the same love, the same kindness, the same problems, the same difficulties, the same women in their bodies, giving each other support. Sharing, practicing yoga, laughing, crying, eating and enjoying wine, being here for each other every step of the way...
We returned home with our hearts full, and our souls forever connected even though we are physically apart. An amazing cook, Karolina, whose meals were out of this world, and every bite tasted like a piece of heaven. Incredible exercises with Sandra, a teacher who not only supports you in your asanas, but also with the magic of daily practice, small tasks that will help you to connect more with yourself and nature. And of course our beloved Sasha, without whom this wouldn't be possible. Have the courage to take this time for yourself and just be. Be with all the other women and be free. Enjoy exploring who you are, ignite that passion, feel that breeze, walk bearfoot, swim naked. BE YOU!" - Petra Đ. (Croatia)

"I had an amazing time on the retreat! Wonderful practice in a magnificent place..." - Klaudia J. (Germany)

"Women's Yoga retreat on Hvar exceeded all expectations, delivering an unforgettable experience. The impeccable organization ensured a seamless flow of activities, allowing us to focus on our practice and relaxation. The great teacher provided insightful guidance, deepening our understanding of yoga and spiritual practices. The stress-free atmosphere enveloped us, fostering personal growth and self-reflection. The retreat offered deep learnings that will resonate long after its conclusion, and the opportunity to forge wonderful new friendships added to the sense of community and support. The retreat's beautiful surroundings further enhanced the experience, creating a tranquil and inspiring backdrop for our journey of self-discovery. I highly recommend this retreat for those seeking a transformative and rejuvenating experience." - Iva Š. (Croatia)

"Thank you again for the magical week on the Pakleni Island. I felt connected, seen and respected from the very first moment on the retreat. Thank you!" - Kristine (Norway)



Sandra bio

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. 

With her Teacher she completed seven years of study at Academy for Personal Growth (Torino, Italy), followed by advanced 3-yrs course of study of Shamanism based on Toltec and Essene tradition.

In 2005 she earned her yoga teacher diploma, 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 of yoga, meditation, and pranayama. 

Sandra is is the founder of GaiaYoga school and shala. established in 2006 as the first Croatian Yoga Teacher Training program. She is also an Energy Therapist and teacher of Energy Method called Prana Hands since 2004.

She is also trained in Shamanic Medicine with Andean Q’ero shamans, a mesa carrier of the Q'anchis Ylla tradition (7 Rays of Rainbow lineage), and is initiated in Munay Ki Rites. Besides training the new yoga teachers, she teaches regular yoga classes, workshops, retreats and energy trainings, supports women in sacred circles, shares cacao ceremonies, and holds space for her students to support their growth and healing.

Sandra Đ. Bianco

yoga učitelj | | Founder · Teacher Trainer | YT 1100 | E-RYT500 & RPYT | YACEP

Sandra je certificirana Sr. učiteljica YT1000 (E-RYT 500 | RPYT | YACEP) i jedna od pionira dinamične joge u Hrvatskoj, osnivačica GaiaYoge i voditeljica prvog hrvatskog programa za obuku učitelja.


Program details

We are excited to share with you our love for both Yoga practices and the island of Hvar!
Early summer is the perfect time for 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: Tuesday June 24th - ARRIVAL & OPENING CIRCLE

    We meet at 4:00pm at Hvar’s main square and then head with the private speedboat towards our villa at Pakleni Islands. The evening unfolds with a Despacho Ceremony, a heartfelt gesture of giving back to Mother Earth. Following this, engage in a serene meditation practice designed to help you settle down and connect with the natural surroundings. As the night sky unfolds, relish a homemade dinner served under the stars, creating a perfect beginning to our transformative retreat experience.


    We will wake up early to catch the first sun rays and start the day with a guided meditation and a gentle earthing/grounding Yoga practice. Long and lazy brunch will give you time to settle and enjoy your new home for the next days.
    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! You can also have a healing mud bath to connect even more to Mama Earth. We will guide you through exercises for connecting with Nature, with the land, and with your Self.
    At sunset time we will gather in a circle for the Cacao Ceremony and sharing time, and we will end the day with a delicious local dinner.

  • Day 3: Thursday June 26th - FIRE ELEMENT PRACTICES & FIRE CEREMONY

    We start the day with the sunrise meditation and gently challenging Vinyasa Yoga practice, followed by rich brunch.
    The afternoon is reserved for leisure activities like massage or energy medicine treatments (optional, by request), relaxing with a book in your hammock, walking through the island, or simply having a long swim in the crystal clear sea. At sunset we will have a restorative Yin Yoga practice, followed by a yummy dinner. After dinner, we gather in a circle around the fire to share and connect, feeding the fire with our intentions and Despacho.


    Our day will start with meditation, light and spacious Yoga practice, and breath work (pranayama), followed by a healthy veggie brunch.
    A speed boat will then take us to explore the Pakleni Islands: we will enjoy snorkeling in hidden bays, skinny dipping, and refreshments at a local beach bar. We will have dinner at the Fisherman’s House restaurant at the beach, and end the day with guided Yoga Nidra under the starry sky.


    After awakening our bodies with slow flow Yoga and healing pranayama practices, and nurturing our senses with delicious brunch, we will connect to the Water element and receive its teachings. In your free time, you can relax with the massage or energy medicine treatments, explore the hidden bays, or visit a magical treehouse nearby. Optional: Blue cave visiting.
    At sunset we will celebrate the completion of this week through elements with a very special Womb healing ritual from shamans of the Andes, followed by a yummy dinner.

  • Day 6: Sunday June 29th - CLOSING THE CIRCLE

    The last morning practice will be dedicated to Pachamama who hosted us so nicely 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 into 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.


  • sunscreen & hat
  • beach towel (not provided)
  • mosquito repellent
  • light shawl for the evening practices
  • yoga mat (we also provide some, if you don't have your own)
  • a blocknotes for journaling
  • refillable water bottle 
  • biodegradable cosmetic products - we care about Nature here!



Reservation of your spot is possible only upon the payment of 200€ non-refundable deposit.

IN TWIN ROOM      1.290€
IN TRIPLE ROOM    1.090€
IN TENT (per person)       790€

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), and a group transfer to the Pakleni island and back. The price for the tent includes a tent and a mattress.

Not included: travelling, travel insurance (we recommend to get one prior to your arrival), energy treatments and massages, excursion to Hvar island.

Spaces are limited to max 10 women!

Terms & Conditions

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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