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8 Days Personal Growth and Mindfulness Retreat in Brac Island, Croatia

Put Vela Luke 10, 21 400 Supetar, Brac Island, Croatia

Croatia Self-Development Program

Whether you regularly enjoy the benefits of meditation and self-development programs or can't remember when you last took time off, this retreat on Brac Island at the Adriatic coast is a perfect place for you to unwind, restore your energy, and take care of your mental wellbeing. Located on the beach in the midst of a Mediterranean garden surrounded by pine forest, the retreat is a peaceful and secluded place that ensures privacy and security. It is an ideal opportunity for self-observation and self-exploration, that is, a return to "oneself".

Meet the instructors

Mina
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Highlights

  • Meditation sessions
  • Guided visualization practices
  • Explore and experience different sights locally
  • Bond and share personal difficulties in a supportive environment
  • Daily delicious breakfast and inner
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Croatian
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Currency exchange
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Resort Velaris is located on Brac Island, a 10-minute walk from the center of Supetar. It is set in a gorgeous park with more than 16000 Mediterranean plants and offers air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and free high-speed Wi-Fi internet.

All rooms are comfortably furnished and have a sofa bed and a private bathroom. A refrigerator is also provided. Rooms are only 50 meters distance from the beach. With the windows open on a summer night, you can enjoy the evening with the peaceful sound of the sea and the smell of the pine trees.

This resort features a swimming pool, a spa area with a hot tub, a sauna, and a massage area. Guests can get active in the fitness center or on the tennis court. Bicycles are available for rent as well.

Velaris Resort is situated in the peaceful bay called Vela Luka on the West side of Supetar, on the island of Brac in Croatia. It is a perfect place to unwind, have fun, and truly relax. Discover its beautiful gardens; enjoy the pine scent, rosemary and lavender filled gardens, the sound of the sea and its beautiful pebble and sandy beach.

Velaris is a fantastic choice for groups, couples, and singles who are looking for relaxation and a general sense of wellbeing during their stay in Croatia.

Program

Complete immersion into the island's environment creates the feeling of get away from your daily routine, work, and busy schedule. It relaxes you, energizes you, inspires you, completely renews you, encourages creativity, and brings new ideas.

The group experience helps you develop listening ability and intuition, receive support from the group members and has a positive impact on all relationships, productivity, and innovation. The work that's going to be done will help you calm your mind from constant worry, planning and thinking, and give everyone the opportunity to “be in the present moment and go with the flow".

Mina's mind wellness retreat combines philosophies which focus on living in a present moment, being mindful of your own needs, thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and reactions, accepting your emotions, getting to know your underlying beliefs, how they have developed through life, and connecting them to the present everyday experiences.

The program will help you gain a new insight into your own specific difficulties, how they have developed, and help you to deal with problems in a healthy and constructive way.

This group work will focus more generally on coping with everyday life difficulties, improving social skills, helping you deal with a range of issues such as stress, anxiety, shyness, loneliness, low self-esteem, and others. The central themes around which the work will focus on are:

  • Day 1 (Sunday): A-B-C-D-E model day
  • Day 2 (Monday): Get to know and befriend your inner-critic day
  • Day 3 (Tuesday): Self-compassion and self-love day
  • Day 4 (Wednesday): Mindfulness day
  • Day 5 (Thursday): Gratitude day

The aim of this program is to positively affect your well-being by helping you achieve higher levels of life satisfaction and more optimism and vitality about life and better progress toward your personal goals.

Group work of five hours per day through five days (Sunday to Thursday) will be held after breakfast, from 09:00 until 14:00 (alternatively 10:00 - 15:00).

On the day of arrival, on Saturday, you will have a welcoming and introduction meeting from 20:00 - 21:30 at the terrace bar of the Hotel Amor in Velaris resort (ground floor next to reception). Friday will be free for possible trips around the island or to the city of Split.

The seclusion and tranquility of the green Velaris resort, with the endless horizon of the sea, forest, mountain, and blue sky is an ideal spot to meet and connect with your own essence, gain new insights, and bring right decisions.

As group setting represents a safe place, participants usually feel open to express their beliefs, thoughts, and emotions without fear of judgment or evaluation.

Diversity is one of important benefits of group work. People have different personalities and backgrounds, and they look at situations in different ways. By seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.

Sharing your own difficulties with others and listening to theirs also helps you put your own problems in perspective. Engaging in a group dynamic filled with meditation and relaxation exercises in a Mediterranean island surrounding can be a profoundly healing experience.

Mina is looking forward to welcoming you and treat you with a rewarding group experience!

Instructors

Mina Dordevic

Location

Island Brac, the largest island of the central Dalmatian group of islands, the third largest among the Adriatic islands. The highest peak of the island, Vidova Gora (Vitus' Mount) (778 meters), is also the highest peak of all Croatian islands.

Velaris Resort is situated in the peaceful bay called Vela Luka on the West side of Supetar on Brac Island. Supetar is a real island town and the biggest Brač’s village. A real heart of the island located in its northern part. It is also an excellent starting point for exploring this beautiful, diverse, and very interesting island.

Supetar is also administrative, cultural, economic and touristic center and has a very good ferryboat connection with Split. This is ferry connection is very suitable for afternoon trips to the beautiful coastal city of Split (45 minutes ferry boat ride in one direction).

Composed primarily of limestone and dolomite, the quarries of the island of Brac have been a source of stone for building decorative stonework for centuries. The old Romans have known its quality and used this very stone to build cities, amphitheaters, temples, palaces, and graves all over Dalmatia.

Major quarries, where the famous Brac building stone is excavated, are located near Pucisca, Selca, Postira, Splitska, and Donji Humac (this kind of building stone was used in the construction of the White House in Washington and the Palace of Diocletian in Split).

A road network has been constructed throughout the island; ferry lines Split - Supetar, Makarska - Sumartin; ship lines with Supetar and Bol. Airport "Brac" (for smaller aircraft) is located above Bol.

The town of Bol is situated on the south side of Brac Island. It can be reached by bus from Supetar, Velaris resort. The one-way bus ride takes about 45 minutes and is ideal for an afternoon trip. Once, Bol was an area for winegrowers, fishermen, and seamen; today it is a spectacular tourist destination.

Bol is a favorite destination for excursion boats and yachtsmen; there is a special berth for yachts in the harbor. Bol is an attractive tourist destination with a recognizable cultural identity and local specialties that delight visitors.

Bol is known for its Zlatni rat beach (Golden horn) and it is unique in the world. Like a little tongue, it extends out nearly half a kilometer at a right angle to the sea. The tip is of this renowned beach is constantly changing shape due to the effect of the waves and currents. Measurement has shown that every year Zlatni rat gets longer.

The total surface area of the beach is 19.900 square meters while the wooded part is 8.600 square meters. The beach is two kilometers from the center of Bol Brač. The promenade to the beach is also paved and you can also reach Zlatni rat by boat or a tourist train. Last year, the global travel site Big 7 Travel has released their official list of the "Top 50 Beaches in the World 2019" with Zlatni rat beach on the island of Brač voted number one.

Small Murvica, with its vineyards and beautiful beaches, is an idyllic place for Bol tourists. It is famous for its monuments and remains, especially Dragons cave, a miniature church in a cave where carved reliefs and religious figures have been sculpted.

The Blaca, at the foot of the steep cliffs surrounding the bay, impresses with a monumentally stunning setting in which hermits placed stylish furniture, a piano and a telescope, valuable paintings, a library, and a collection of antique weapons and clocks.

The monastery has existed for four centuries and today it is a unique cultural monument to the human work and endurance of those who lived an exemplary ecological, inspirational, and contemporary life.

The villages of Gornji Humac and Pražnica are in the upper part of the island. They have their own unique atmosphere, specialties, and interesting objects. Whilst staying in Bol, a visit to Vidova Gora is a must, providing spectacular views of the island and summer days that enrich life.

Features

Activities

  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Currency exchange
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

In the Velaris Resort, everything is natural. When you choose Velaris for your home away from home, you will relax your body and soul surrounded by the beautiful Mediterranean gardens, full of local greenery and flowers.

Velaris will not only offer healing surroundings but also healthy naturally grown food. Namely, the hotel grows its own vegetables and melons in its own fields and brings them directly to your dining table. Velaris' own olive grow has 4,500 olive trees. Each year they make cold-pressed, gold medal winner, extra virgin olive oil that the chef uses to make delicious meals.

They also have a special treat for you, they make homemade products such as fruit jams and bake their own bread, rolls, and cakes. They do not only serve their jams and olive oil in the hotel restaurant but also sell them to hotel guests in the gift shop or at the reception desk of the hotel.

You can purchase extra virgin olive oil and homemade fruit jam made from executive chef's recipe (fig, plum, tangerine, and grapefruit jam) as well as dried lavender from the Velaris gardens.

Breakfast is available from 07:30 to 10:00 and is a full cooked style spread with a wide range of eggs, sausages, pancakes, homemade loaves of bread, rolls, jams, fruits, yogurts, cereals, and a selection of cold meats and cheese to choose from.

Dinner is available from 19:00 to 21:00 and offers an extravagant array of both local and international foods, with a large selection of meats, fish, and Dalmatian inspired dishes to choose from. Salads and vegetables are prepared daily from what they grow themselves so as to be as fresh as possible.

Just like at breakfast, they have a large selection of cold meats, cheeses, and fruits to choose from. A selection of Italian style pizza is prepared fresh throughout the evening. For dessert, there are fruit salads, ice-cream, mousse, and at least three different types of Croatian style cakes to choose from.

In addition to this, they regularly have sessional dishes and desserts available, based on the supply of their own fruit trees on and off the property.

Beach restaurant

During lunch, it is possible to choose between prepared foods, side dishes, salads and fast-food (dining at the beach restaurant is available at additional charge).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

In addition to the retreat program, free afternoons shall allow time for the guests to enjoy the beach, cycling in nature, book spa treatments, or explore the culture and history of the island by getting on the various trips offered by the resort.

Beach restaurant

During lunch, it is possible to choose between prepared foods, side dishes, salads, and fast-food. Dining at the beach restaurant is available at an additional charge.

One-day excursions

The resort is an ideal starting point for those who wish to explore and experience different sights locally, on the nearby islands, Dalmatian coast, or inland. Visit landmarks of Brac (Blaca Monastery, Dragon's Cave, Dominican Monastery, stone quarries such as Skrip, and more), take a guided tour to other islands (Hvar, Korcula, Mljet), climb Vidova Gora (the highest peak on the island), visit ancient Dubrovnik or any other Dalmatian coastal town, Krka waterfalls, and many other locations. You can go on your own or take one of the many guided tours available.

Rent Robert’s watersport and bike center

Robert’s watersport and bike center offers a number of boat excursions to other islands and destinations tailored to your requests, boats for rent, water sports activities, bikes, and bike tours over the island of Brač.

Spa treatments

Spa Treatments at the resort:

If you wish to experience a relaxing stress release surrounded by the scent of essential oils, a comprehensive system of facial and body treatments, unique rituals and regenerative massages, Amor Wellness Spa is the right place for you!

Thanks to their experts and cutting edge equipment, they can offer you a wide range of treatments that include:

Classical, relaxation, sports, Amor Relax, vulcanic stones, foot, facial, head and scalp massages

Facial care (moisturizing facial treatment, anti-aging facial treatment, treatment of sensitive facial skin, tranquility facial treatment)

Body care (body scrub, hand care, foot care, permanent nail polish)

Depilation

Cellulite treatment (individual approach to each client)

Chromotherapy (color therapy)

Spa rituals (sauna)

Use of the gym

Spa treatments are available at the Velaris resort at an extra charge and are payable directly to the resort:

What's included

  • Meditations and guided visualizations
  • 5 days of personal growth intensive group program
  • 4.5 hours a day of encouraging and affirming to yourself with positive energy, joy, vitality, and pleasure
  • 7 nights of accommodation in a beautiful garden resort on the beach surrounded by Mediterranean forest
  • Buffet breakfast and dinner that pays homage to Brac’s traditional Mediterranean cuisine

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Flight
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Brac Island and Supetar where Tourist Velaris is located can be reached by plane, car, bus, and train. If you are flying, you will first reach the Split Airport (SPU) then fly to Brac Airport Bol Airport (BWK). Otherwise, you can continue your journey from Split by bus, rent-a-car or taxi, which will take you to the island by a ferry or catamaran.

Arrival by bus

If you are traveling by bus, car, or train, you will first have to reach Split then travel by ferry or catamaran to the Island of Brac.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 50 days before arrival.
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