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Joy of the Mediterranean invites you to join their amazing seaside yoga holiday, designed to nourish your body, mind, and soul. Be surrounded by unspoiled nature and Croatia's crystal blue sea while experiencing total relaxation and rejuvenation! During this retreat you will experience the joys of yoga practice by the sea combined with meditation and breathing exercises and explore the rich cultural heritage of the country with a hiking through the beautiful nature of the island, a visit to an organic olive grove farm, a wild herbs workshop where you can learn about culinary use and medical benefits of Mediterranean herbs, culinary and sightseeing tours, a boat excursion to the Island Mljet were you will visit the island's natural park with its famous salt lakes and an organic honey farm. On your free day you can also book a bicycle wine tour with local experts.
The maximum participants in the group is 8.
The host venue for eight days is based in a lovely family run guesthouse built in a traditional stone style but with a spacious contemporary interior. Only located few meters from the sea, most rooms and dining area are overlooking the sea.
Three of the bedrooms have sea views. Bedrooms are attractive and simply designed. Most of the rooms come with private bathrooms. Two rooms share a bathroom. Room options are four double rooms for single or double occupancy and two twin rooms for double occupancy only. The venue is located on the outskirts of the beautiful, lively ancient Korcula town.
You are invited to a week-long of yoga and active holiday, relaxation, and great fun. Yoga, meditation, healthy nutrition, and hiking trips are just a few of the activities offered during the retreat. The group attending the holiday will be encouraged to open up to one another and to themselves. The retreat serves as both short training to help you get started on your spiritual path as well as a great way to relax, meet new people, and just experience a fun and active holiday.
The Mediterranean yoga holiday is perfect for everyone who loves nature and wants to recharge their batteries under the Mediterranean sun, detox body and mind and achieve harmony, rediscover and reconnect with themselves, feel joy and awaken their senses while learning, exploring, and having fun, and wants a relaxation break from the daily grind of urban life.
Yoga classes are held outside. If on some days the weather does not allow it, the yoga practice will be held indoors. Each evening, your next day schedule with activities, tours, and excursions will be brought to your room or will be given to you during your tea time. You can just relax and Joy of the Mediterranean will take care of everything for you.
The experienced team will provide you with personal services to ensure that your stay is comfortable, pleasurable, and effortless. The staffs' extensive local knowledge ensures that you will enjoy the best authentic sights, flavors, and experiences. On top of it, you will be indulged by the private chef who has true love and deep knowledge of healthy foods and its exceptional nutritional values with most love and care for your needs, and he always loves to share it with you.
The schedule is designed in a way that every day is a new experience. At the evening tea time, you can discuss and reflect on the experience that you had throughout the day.
You will be able to attend morning yoga classes every day. While strengthening physical body, your mind will be balanced simultaneously. The morning session will be an energizing, dynamic one and a half hours of yoga practice to start your day including Surya Namaskar or sun salutations. Meanwhile, the one-hour evening session is designed with a more restorative, calmer approach to ending your day and to reflect on it. Think about pranayama, restorative, and yoga Nidra.
You can expect a fusion of Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Hatha style practice as well as the use of breathing techniques such as pranayama in the classes. Each session has time devoted to meditation, self-awareness, and consciousness.
A professional yoga teacher will always lead the sessions and help you improve. Each session has time devoted to meditation, self-awareness, and consciousness. You will be able to learn more about yoga, meditation, and other techniques during the week. Moreover, the teacher will be there to answer all your questions at any time.
Hike through Korcula's lush and unspoiled wild fields, enjoy the crystal clear blue sea and the hidden bays of breathtaking beauty and site, and see your way around the ancient and well-preserved old stone town of Korcula. You can also experience excursions to the magical nature park of island Mljet with salt lakes and most of all to discover all the joys of Mediterranean and have a lot of fun in the process.
Mojca Bajt is an experienced and passionate yoga teacher. She has a unique ability to naturally inspire a deeper understanding of the flow of breath, movement, and mindful connections in yoga. In her classes, she teaches her students to be in the present moment, to explore themselves, and to empower themselves. She challenges you to increase your physical flexibility and strength, in order to transform them into inner strength, balance, harmony, and joy. Her yoga and meditation classes are suitable for everyone, from beginner to experienced yogi.
Korcula is an enchanting Mediterranean island belonging to the central Dalmatian Croatia archipelago. The island is known for its crystal blue sea lush Mediterranean vegetation of pine wood, wild herbs, orange, lemon, mandarin and pomegranate trees, secluded little bays and endless wild fields, olive groves and vineyards, picturesque villages, and for the captivating beauty of the ancient stone town of Korcula. There are many charming and breathtaking islets surrounding the island as well.
Korcula has a long, rich history. According to legend, it was founded by Trojan hero Antenor in the 12th century BC. The island was first settled by Mesolithic and Neolithic peoples 20,000 years ago and is well known for its archeological found from that era. The name of the island comes from ancient Greek times when the Greek colonists from Corfu or Corcyra founded a small colony on the island in the sixth century BC. The Greeks named it Melaina Korkyra or Black Corfu after their homeland and the dense pinewood forests that Korcula is covered with.
The island became part of the Roman province of Illyricum after the Illyrian wars from 220 BC to 219 BC. Roman migration followed and Roman citizens arrived on the island. The great migrations of the sixth and seventh centuries brought Slavic invasions into this region. In the 12th century, Korcula was conquered by the Venetians, incorporated briefly into the Venetian Republic and rechristened Curzola.
The statute of Korcula was first drafted in 1214, largely guaranteeing the autonomy of the island. The town statute also prohibited slavery, making Korcula one of the first places in the world to outlaw the practice. Today, Korcula is often called Marco Polo Island, since the town is revered for being the possible birthplace and residence of one of the greatest travelers in the world history.
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You will enjoy three meals per day, composed of healthy, seasonal, organic vegetarian, or vegan or raw food along with freshly prepared healthy, homemade raw snack delights, detox juices, and evening herbal tea. The experienced chef will spoil you with delicious and nutritious meals with a Mediterranean touch.
Fruit and vegetables served during your stay will be locally-grown, seasonal, organic foods from small local ecological farms and gardens which will be combined with freshly picked Mediterranean herbs.
Bread will be homemade using ecological flour and the cheese will be supplied by local goat farmers. The cold pressed extra virgin ecological olive oil from Korcula will be used as well.
Many times, participants have special dietary requests or allergies, and the chef has to prepare an additional menu just for that person on top of regular meals. Therefore, special dietary requests can be communicated up front or can be accommodated for additional fees. Please check with Joy of the Mediterranean.
For optional tours, you may seek for tour assistance from Joy of the Mediterranean any time for additional costs. For example, with Korcula being a famous wine region, you can book a bicycle wine tour guided by experts on the free day.
During the retreat, you have the option to book massages with Mediterranean essential organic oils or classical Thai massage.
Please book your flight to arrive at Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) or Split Airport (SPU). Transfer from and to these airports are available upon request. From Dubrovnik Airport (DBV), Joy of the Mediterranean arranges a shuttle transfer for you. The shuttle will be sent to pick you up from the airport and to bring you all the way to your accommodation on Korcula Island. The entire journey from Dubrovnik Airport (DBV), door to door, takes about two hours including a short ferry transfer. However, the shuttle journey from and to Dubrovnik is not included in the price.
If you decide to fly to Split, you will take a bus from Split Airport (SPU) to Split port which takes about 30 minutes while deciding to fly to Dubrovnik, you will take a bus from Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) to Dubrovnik port.
From Split port to Korcula or from Dubrovnik port to Korcula, you have to take a ferry. The journey of both ways takes about two and a half hours and ferry leaves to Korcula only once a day. Therefore, your flight should arrive no later than 2 p.m. in order to be on time for the boat transfer to the Island Korcula.