WOMENS RETREAT CROATIA
With Irena Bartolec & Petra Bianco
Sept 02 - Sept 06, 2023
Pakleni Island Experience
Treat yourself to a women’s retreat in the beautiful country of Croatia. Unwind, relax and connect with like-minded women in a stunning and serene setting. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, and indulge in delicious local cuisine.
You will have opportunity to nourish your body through gentle and mindful yoga practices, regulate the nervous system through breath work, ignite the self-healing process through the ancient science of Ayurveda and sacred rituals of heart wisdom, and and take part in activities designed to cultivate self-care and self-love.
On this journey, Petra and Irena will share with you traditional Ayurvedic and Yogic tools and rituals that will nurture and celebrate your female embodiment. Our intention is to uplift the feminine form movement and healing arts by remembering the wisdom of the body. Using different modalities, we will create a sacred space for you to hear and allow the wisdom to come through. Allowing the body to be “Her Majesty” is a powerful act of remembering the ultimate source of creative and spiritual authority within.
Whether you’re looking to reconnect with yourself, make new friends, or simply enjoy a much-needed break, this women’s retreat promises to be an unforgettable experience. Come and join us for a transformative journey in one of Europe’s most enchanting destinations.
Pakleni Island is a gorgeous chain of wooded isles that stretches out immediately in front of the town of Hvar. Although the name literally means ‘Hell’s Islands’, it’s thought to derive from ‘paklina’, a pine resin that was once harvested here to waterproof boats. The more descriptive name will be ‘Green and Blue Paradise’ of a Dalmatian coast, because of plenty of deep blue caves and tiny white sandy beaches.
Our yoga retreat is taking places at “The Cricket house” , located on Pakleni islands, 20 minutes boat ride from Hvar island. There are no cars on the Pakleni islands, and our villa has no neighbours.
Surrounding the house is a vast 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 retreat from urban daily life. From there, you can reach the private beach in just a 5 minutes walk.
Food is prepared with fresh and seasonal ingredients purchased from local farmers, because we love to support the local economy.
You’ll be delighted with two daily meals in our retreat, made by the in-house chef. Brunches and dinners are mainly vegetarian and vegan. The gluten-free options are available. Coffee, tea, fruits and snacks will be available throughout the day.
Day 1 — ARRIVAL + Opening Ceremony
We will meet at 4 pm at Hvar Island main square and then head with the boat towards our villa at Pakleni islands.
After you settle down in the rooms and relax, we will have our first women’s circle.
Our first day will conclude with a homemade dinner served on the villa’s porch immersed in nature.
Day 2 — Vata Balancing Practice + AYURVEDA SELF-CARE RITUALS
We will wake up early to catch the first sun’s rays and start the day with guided pranayama and intentional yoga practice, followed by long and lazy brunch.
After brunch you will have plenty of time to relax with the book in your hammock, get a massage or have a long swim in the crystal clear sea.
In the afternoon we will work with some ancient teachings of Ayurveda and the feminine aspect of it by guiding you to find the simple remedy whispered by the wisdom of your heart and awaken genuine affection for the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of your body. Ayurveda, being a science of life, is a methodology of knowing yourself, your imbalances, and balances so you can heal simply by observing and opening up for self-knowledge and remedy precisely for you and your process. This idea of an ancient woman healing art becomes so natural and wildly alive in a safe space of sisterhood coming together and allowing the self-healing process to happen.
Day 3 — Pitta Balancing Practice + Feminine Principles
On this day, we will invite sacred inner fire to our presence through our morning yoga and breathing routines. After recharging through practices, it is time for a delicious brunch. The eating process will be treated as a form of celebration or meditation. While eating, we will guide you through various ayurvedic tips and tricks to lessen toxicity and boost your belly fire.
In the afternoon, we will work on some feminine principles.
As women, we are shifting through many different cycles during our lifetime. Finding balance and accommodating each phase of our monthly cycles is crucial for our health. It is easy to get lost and forget about yourself and your needs while facing daily challenges and tasks. An overwhelming routine can affect women’s well-being. By getting familiar with our cycles and energy shifts, we can heal our feminine roots. Healing literally means “to make whole,” and this wholeness is unique for each of us. There is no fixed agenda, no stereotype of femininity except authenticity and joy for our bodies and minds.
Day 4 — Kapha Balancing Practice + Boat Trip and dinner at Hvar Island
We will access our nervous system and restore our emotional balance through our connections with mother Earth. This day is dedicated to the celebration of Shakti in all of her beauty.
After our morning grounding routines and brunch, we will sail off to simply have fun on our boat trip around the island.
Exploring secluded bays, jumping into the sea, listening to the sounds of nature and indulging our senses during special dinner at the delightful garden of our host (name) on Hvar Island.
Day 5 — Closing Circle
We will celebrate our last day on this adventure with our Closing women’s circle and fresh local delicacies.
After awakening our bodies with balancing morning routines and cuddling our souls with delicious brunch, we are ready to return home.
Rejuvenated and recharged, you are ready to return to the real world.
We will escort you to the island of Hvar, from where you can decide, whether to stay to live in Croatia or to go back to your home…
Meet Your Hosts
On this journey, we want to share with you traditional Ayurvedic and Yogic tools and rituals that will nurture and celebrate your female embodiment.
Our intention is to uplift the feminine form movement and healing arts by remembering the wisdom of the body. Using different modalities, we will create a sacred space for you to hear and allow the wisdom to come through. Allowing the body to be “Her Majesty” is a powerful act of remembering the ultimate source of creative and spiritual authority within.
Irena & Petra
Retreat Package Includes:
- 5 days & 4 nights in luxury eco-friendly villa
- 2 meals per day (brunches & dinners) + snacks
- Daily yoga & pranayama classes
- Ayurveda workshop
- Feminine Principles workshop
- Guided meditations
- Boat trip around Pakleni Island & Hvar
- Dinner with a local family
- Boat transfer from Hvar and return
Single room – 1,490 €
Twin room – 1,190 €
Triple room – 1,090 €
Tent – 690€
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