Start August 31st 2019
End September 5th 2019
Join us for a 6 day / 5 nights yoga and massage women only retreat in northwestern Istria. We will focus on awakening the feminine energy through themed Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga classes paired with the powerful self abdominal massage and taoist practices for women's wellbeing. You are in for a transformative treat that will leave you deeply rested and moved.
Gea is a devoted and experienced Vinyasa Flow Yoga (RYT500) and Prenatal (RPYT90) teacher from Croatia living in Seattle.
She's a yoga teacher at the University of Washington and works in yoga studios around the city.
Her classes are an integration of rich, intelligent asana sequencing with a focus on proper alignment for your body, wrapped in fluid movement and creative flow. You can expect a dive in pranayama (breath work practices), meditation, myth, mudra (gestures as offerings) and chanting.
Through the integration of these tools Gea creates a safe yoga practice based on Vinyasa Krama - a system of progressions in unfolding your mind and body. Her teachers are Nina Vukas, Greta Hill (Rasa Yoga), Shiva Rea and others.
Suzana is a yoga teacher (E-RYT500, RPYT), body therapist, and a massage teacher. Her extensive studies through the last
25 years include yoga, Thai and abdominal massage, Shingon buddhism, Tantra, martial arts (Kempo & Baguazhang) and Chi Kung.
She devoted a great part of her life to explore Thai massage - ranging from the traditional approach, Thai acupressure, Osteo Thai, Myofascial approach and Craniosacral therapy, alongside with Prenatal massage.
In the past few years her interest transitioned deeply into abdominal area, taoist Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal massage and internal organs detox), Kersai Nei Tsang (massage of the pelvis area) and working with diaphragms.
Suzana is a founder of the Yoga Zanshin studio in Pula where, in the past 15 years, she holds space for yoga and massage practices. Today, you can find her mostly on the road, sharing the knowledge of abdominal and Thai massage.
During these 6 days you will:
Mornings will be reserved for an energizing, solar practice, focusing each day on different qualities of the feminine energy. You can expect rich, intelligent asana sequencing with a focus on proper alignment of your body, wrapped in fluid movement and creative flow, inspired by myths and storytelling intertwined with the theme. In the afternoons we will dive into the Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra, to rest and regenerate your mind, body and soul with the lunar energy. It will be an open invitation to turn inwards, tap into the stillness, calmness and mystery.
Suzana will share her knowledge of the taoist abdominal self massage for women, and teach you to use this powerful
technique for your everyday well-being.
You will work on pelvic diaphragm activation, combined with breath retentions and simultaneous massage of the lower abdomen. This technique softens the space around the organs, with an emphasis on the female reproductive system.
Abdominal self massage is known for awakening the so-called ‘inner fire’, a powerful center of energy flow that can support you when you are faced with challenges of your female reproductive system (menstrual problems, absence of your period, fertility challenges, post operative care, menopause).
As a little surprise, Suzana will share with you some of the other taoist techniques of working with Chi, the vital energy, for feminine health and wellbeing.
You will enjoy delicious vegetarian meals prepared by our personal chef. All produce is organic and locally sourced. Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions and we will see if we can adjust the menu for your needs. Please make sure to write those in the registration forms!
Example of one day at the retreat:
* Everything on the schedule is optional. Changes are possible depending on the rhythm of the group.
* You can book the Abdominal or Trigger points massage with our licensed therapists for 350kn/50€.
During the retreat our home is a villa located in the northwestern Istria.
The villa features luxurious rooms, all of them overlooking the sea, an outdoor space for the yoga practice, an outdoor salt water pool, and a meditation terrace, being an ideal venue for this retreat. The villa is surrounded by a beautiful mediterranean garden with lavender, rosemary and olive trees where you can unwind and enjoy your time in solitude or in company.
Amenities include private bathrooms for each bedroom, free parking on site and air-conditioning in all areas.
The nearest airport is Pula, 73 km away and we can help you arrange a shuttle or a shared ride with other attendees. The airport in Zagreb is 3 hours away by car.
In your free time, you can explore hidden gems around the area: the western Istrian coast and its numerous small
villages with pebble stone beaches and the charming cities like Rovinj, Novigrad, Grožnjan (known as 'the city
of artists') or Motovun (a city on the hills, famous for the black and white truffle). When in doubt, ask for recommendations.
We can also arrange things to do as a group, like a one day boat trip or wine and olive oil tastings. Please note that this is not included in the packages, and you can choose for yourself how you want to spend your time.
Every package includes accommodation (5 nights, 6 days in our villa), 3 organic meals per day,
practices enlisted in the programme and a gong bath.
The price depends on the type of the room you choose.
The package does NOT include: transportation, extra meals and activities and your travel insurance.
TRIPLE ROOM: sea view | en suite bathroom
TWIN ROOM : sea view | en suite bathroom .
DOUBLE ROOM - shared occupancy: sea view | en suite bathroom.
DOUBLE PRIVATE ROOM : sea view | en suite bathroom | for one person only
Once you send a registration, we will get back to you via email.
Please add firstname.lastname@example.org in your address book.
In order to reserve your spot you need to pay a non-refundable deposit (30% of your full price) or a full price.
We will confirm with you when we have enough participants for the retreat so that you can buy flight tickets.
If you want to share a room with your friend, please mention that in the questions.
If you have any dietary restrictions, be sure to mention them here, and we will let you know if we can support it.
In the unlikely event of retreat cancellation, your payment will be fully refunded.