Release the stress and toxins during this Yoga and Ayurveda weekly retreat on Korčula island

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Health & wellness trip

Korčula Island Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat

This yoga and ayurveda retreat is set on a paradisiacal island location - Korčula, the birthplace of Marco Polo, where you will explore all your mental and physical well-being goals in a healing and friendly environment, supported and led by two subject matter experts in yoga and ayurveda. And to top it all off, you will be accommodated in a high-end villa in the medieval Korčula town.

For all those in need of an escape from the chaotic external world and in search of inner peace and harmony, or who want to make a connection between body and mind while releasing the stress and toxins, Korčula yoga and Ayurveda weekly retreat is just what the doctor ordered. Dare to be and feel better by experiencing obvious changes in your mental preparedness by at the same time developing flexibility, endurance and even observing the evident changes related to your physical health.

Daily Ayurveda lessons based on balanced food will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about healthy living while simultaneously nourishing your body, mind, and soul. These will transform your life and fill it with joy, love, self-awareness and greater consideration and awareness towards those around you.

A full day boat trip to the local island of Vrnik with additional yoga sessions, some island exploring, a pinch of hiking, and some gourmet exposure, will nicely round up your overall relaxing experience.

Trip highlights

  • Explore and sharpen your yoga and meditation skills daily
  • Attend daily Ayurveda cooking classes on the topic of balanced food preparation and the overall lifestyle (theory and practice) plus workshops on medicinal herbs
  • Enjoy the deluxe accommodation in a 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom, outdoor swimming pool villa (with additional outdoor barbecue area, jacuzzi and an inside gym with a view of Korčula town)
  • Explore all the nooks and crannies of “little Dubrovnik”, as they have dubbed Korčula town
  • Visit, practice yoga, and hike on Vrnik, the little sister island of Korčula’s for your day trip

Trip availableShoulder season
15-22 May
22-29 May
High season
11-18 September
18-25 September
Duration8 days
Suitable for6-8 people
SupportFully guided
Languagesen
Price per personfrom 1,669.00 €
Great for
  • Small groups of friends
  • Young and middle-aged individuals 25+
You’ll be accommodated in
  • Villa Gabriela in Korčula town
Alka Uroda Bio
Trip designed by Alka Uroda

Passionate tourism consultant and an aficionado of all things exotic.

Activities are taking place on Korčula island

The week on Korčula island presents a chance to deepen and renew your Yoga and meditation practice, or just discover their healing benefits through daily Yoga classes and guided meditations. Here you can learn a few basic interesting facts about the places you are going to visit and about the professional instructors that are going to work with you during your stay on the Korčula island.

Korčula

Known as the "mini Dubrovnik", Korčula is famous for its quiet coves, wine, small sand and pebbly beaches, glorious old town part and is the perfect place to acquire specific knowledge of the famous Croatian grapes over a wine tasting. If you wish you can kayak, bike or hike your way through or around the island as well.

Vrnik

Despite no cars, no roads and no shops, this intriguing little island with shaded swimming coves and a newly opened art gallery is the only one that is still inhabited in this archipelago except for Korčula.

The second-largest island in the archipelago offers its visitors pebbly beaches in tranquil surroundings of a picturesque island village.

Previously an important point of origin for many stonemasons, sculptors and stone quarries, it nowadays offers the best insight into one of Korčula’s most important crafts.

The well-built houses and homes around the island testify to the centuries-old craft of the local population that peaked at almost two hundred at the beginning of the 20th century.


Ayurveda and Yoga are two science-sisters of the Indian Vedic wisdom. Both the sciences were born together, developed together and are practiced together.

Ayurveda is known in India as the “hand of the Mother”. These workshops will offer a basic knowledge of Ayurveda that can be applied in your daily life and “mother” you whenever necessary.

Brigitte Bauer, certified Ayurveda teacher and therapist

Brigitte discovered her love for nature and plants in early childhood and at the age of 13 she got her first initiation into transcendental meditation. At the age of 25 she met her first Ayurveda master and graduated at the Istituto Italiano di Ayurveda di Firenze (The Italian Ayurvedic Institute, Florence). She studied under Vaidya Bhagwan Dash and Lalita Kashap, to whom she owes her love of this ancient art. They are directors of an Ayurvedic hospital in New Delhi, where she practised various treatments, including Panchakarma.

She continued her studies in Rishikesh in Northern India, where she offered Ayurvedic massage therapy in ashrams (spiritual retreats). She also began practising and expanding her knowledge of massage for babies and children in Orissa, at the Prabhuji yoga school.

Brigitte has also travelled extensively in India in order to deepen her knowledge of Ayurveda. These journeys have allowed her to establish a profound contact with the practice of Ayurveda and to incorporate it into the life she shares with her family and with her clients and her students.

Ayurveda is known in India as the “hand of the Mother”. As the mother of three it is this aspect of her training and learning that really speaks to her and has inspired her in her professional trajectory.

The knowledge and practical skills that you learn during her courses can transform your life and fill it with joy, love, self-awareness, greater consideration, and awareness towards those around you.

These courses offer a basic knowledge of Ayurveda that can be applied in your daily life.

She also offers consultations and treatments in:

- Diet and the use of plants and spices in Ayurveda

- Ayurveda massages and specific treatments

- Ayurvedic practices to implement in daily life to improve lifestyle

During the last 10 years she studied and developed a bridge between the ancient tradition in India and Western, more modern modality.

Nina Fabris Telenta, certified Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga instructor

Nina has discovered a passion for Yoga thanks to her friend Petra Carmichael, Ashtanga Vinyasa instructor, back in 2008. Nina's education began at the Divya Yoga school, focusing on the Dharma Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and the styles originating from it - Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Power Yoga, Slow Flow, and Restorative Yoga. Nina has successfully completed Vinyasa Multistyle 200 RYT certification at the Divya Yoga school. Each year Nina attends several workshops, including those organized at the very source and cradle of yoga - India. There she has successfully completed the Hatha Yoga 300 YIC certification at the Svyasa Yoga University. In the year 2017 she opened a Yoga studio called "Balanca" in her hometown, on the magnificent island of Korčula...and her Yoga journey is surely going to last forever if you ask her, that much is her passion and love that is dedicated to her teaching and methods.

Nina and Brigitte are friends from childhood who have grown up together in the magical old town of Korčula. They both share a love for traditional knowledge as well as pure and mystical nature.

Now they want to share this treasure of insight with you!

Day-by-day itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival to your Korčula island retreat

Plan to arrive to the magnificent Korčula island and Korčula town by catamaran. The villa owners or staff will take care of your transfer from the port to your not so humble abode, the deluxe 4-bedroom villa with a beautiful swimming pool, billiards, and various other amenities. You will get settled in and check in in the afternoon hours, around 4 p.m. You will have some time to freshen up or enjoy the views of Korčula town.

There will be a welcome gathering and introduction by your retreat hosts and instructors at around 5 p.m., followed by pranayama and meditation sessions.

At 6 p.m. and onwards you can hit the town to enjoy dinner on your own in one of the many local restaurants offering typical Mediterranean, Croatian and, what’s more, Korčula dishes.

Overnight in Korčula town.

DAY 2-4

Yoga and Ayurveda Explorations in Korčula Town

Tea or coffee at 7:30 a.m. will mark the start of your day. At 8:00 a.m. outdoor morning yoga session will ensue at the villa or indoors in the nearby town yoga studio in case of rain or adverse weather conditions.

At 9:30 a.m. enjoy your wholesome breakfast. As of 10:00 a.m. you can enjoy some free time to hit the beautiful pebbly local beaches, or you can simply rest or relax with a book in your hand.

Daily ayurveda cooking class on balanced food and lifestyle (theory and practice) and workshop on medicinal herbs will take place at noon.

Lunch is next, replenish your bodies at 1:30 p.m.

After 2:30 p.m. enjoy additional free time where you can get an optional massage from Brigitte, your Ayurveda teacher or you can simply return to the beach and take a nice swim, should the weather permit.

At 6 p.m. prepare for your meditation, pranayama or relaxation techniques with Nina, your yoga instructor.

Evening is reserved for some exploration time on your own in Korčula town or time to socialize with the rest of the retreat participants.

Overnight in Korčula town.

DAY 5

A day off to enjoy on your own

In between or after breakfast or lunch would be a good time to wander off to explore Korčula on your own if you have not done so already, submerge into the crystalline waters in your pool or the gorgeous Korčula beaches if the weather permits, or do whatever energizes you or relaxes you. Dinner on your own that you can either prepare at the villa or enjoy at some of the local gourmet hotspots.

Overnight in Korčula town.

DAY 6

Explore Vrnik, the little gem island next to Korčula

Tea or coffee at 7:30 a.m. will get you going before your yoga class which follows at 8 a.m. again.

9:30 a.m. is your regular breakfast time after which, at 11:00 a.m., you depart with your instructor hosts for a day trip by boat to island Vrnik, a tiny island in the Korčula archipelago, well known for its deep stone quarries dating back to the Roman times. Vrnik is rich in secluded coves ideal for swimming if the temperatures permit and also plenty of Mediterranean pine trees for those who prefer the shade.

Around 11:30 a.m. you will commence a hiking trip and explore the local quarry, followed by a workshop on indigenous healthy plants. At 1:30 p.m. sit down for a healthy traditional lunch in the local restaurant called "Vrnik arts" followed by some free time on your own to make the best of the beach time, take a dip in the clear waters or go for a walk immersing yourself in the nature there and soaking it in with all your senses. Just before departing back for Korčula, you will partake in additional relaxation techniques at 5 p.m. At 6 or 7 p.m. (depending on the boat schedule) you will return back to your Korčula villa and have dinner on your own.

Overnight in Korčula town.

DAY 7

Yoga and Ayurveda Explorations in Korčula Town

At 7:30 a.m. tea or coffee will mark the start of your day. At 8:00 a.m. outdoor morning yoga session will ensue at the villa or indoors in the nearby town yoga studio in case of rain or adverse weather conditions.

At 9:30 a.m. enjoy your wholesome breakfast. As of 10:00 a.m. you can enjoy some free time to hit the beautiful pebbly local beaches, or you can simply rest or relax with a book in your hand.

Daily ayurveda cooking class on balanced food and lifestyle (theory and practice) and workshop on medicinal herbs will take place at noon.

Lunch is next, replenish your bodies at 1:30 p.m.

After 2:30 p.m. enjoy additional free time where you can get an optional massage from Brigitte, your Ayurveda teacher or you can simply return to the beach and take a nice swim, should the weather permit. Another optional activity is to go for a hike as per your hosts’ suggestions or kayak around the town or along some of the island’s bays and coves.

At 6 p.m. prepare for your meditation, pranayama or relaxation techniques with Nina.

Evening is reserved for additional time on your own in Korčula town, other interesting Korčula locations, or time to socialize with the rest of the group over dinner and a great autochthonous Korčula “Grk” wine variety.

Overnight in Korčula town.

DAY 8

Leaving Korčula and Croatia fully in sync, both body and mind

Have some tea or coffee to get you going on the last day of your Korčula retreat. At 8:00 a.m. a farewell pranayama and meditation session will ensue at the villa before the 8:30 a.m. breakfast.

By 10:00 a.m. you will have checked out and will be transferred by the villa hosts/staff to the catamaran port in Korčula where you will end your Croatian yoga retreat and head back to your further outbound travel points. Stay healthy and well!

What's included?

  • Private transfer for the retreat participants from the Korčula port (catamaran) with an English-speaking driver to their Korčula private luxury villa accommodation and base on Day 1
  • 7 overnights in a double occupancy room (shared bed) in a private luxury villa Gabriela, with breakfast and lunch included, a swimming pool, billiards, gym, outdoor barbecue, tourist tax
  • Daily morning yoga sessions outside on the villa grounds plus meditation and relaxation sessions during afternoons as per itinerary
  • Ayurveda lessons on balanced food and lifestyle theory and practice through cooking classes and food preparation (lunches) as per itinerary
  • English-speaking yoga instructor and trip manager throughout the retreat plus English-speaking Ayurveda teacher and therapist
  • Privately guided day trip to the island of Vrnik with an English-speaking yoga instructor and Ayurveda teacher, with a visit to the quarry included, lunch, a workshop on local healthy herbs, and a relaxation session along with a return boat transfer on Day 6
  • Private transfer for the retreat participants from their Korčula private luxury villa to the Korčula port (catamaran) with an English-speaking driver Day 8
  • Trip preparation fee
  • VAT 

What's not included?

  • International airfare to and from Croatia
  • Transfer from/to the international airports of Split or Dubrovnik and their catamaran ports to/from Korčula island and town
  • Entrance fees and catamaran tickets
  • Meals (dinners), drinks, and services other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Ayurveda treatments and consultations
  • Private Yoga sessions
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities (tips are always appreciated but not mandatory) 

Reductions and supplements

  • For single room (on request)
  • For twin (separate beds) double occupancy room 

Remarks

  • In case of rain or poor weather conditions in general all yoga, meditation and relaxation activities will take place in the Korčula town yoga studio / shala
  • Meal options: vegan / vegetarian / Ayurvedic
  • Please note the itinerary can change somewhat depending on weather conditions
  • Minimum 6 participants per retreat date

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What happens when you request an offer?

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We will double-check availability and make reservations for your rooms, restaurants, guides etc.

2

With reservations confirmed, we will prepare the best offer possible in regard to your arrival date & party size

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You will get the offer via e-mail, along with the payment options. Feel free to request further customisations!

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