Yoga holiday in Croatia
Description from the holiday company
Yoga holiday in Croatia: the story of this holiday company
Organizing a retreat that covers yoga, personal development and exploration of local Croatian culture and nature was always one of our dreams, but only recently, after having the chance to fully explore the unique island of Vis we’ve realized that we finally found the perfect location for it! Having assembled a team with knowledge and experience in yoga, various therapies, tours and work in social responsibility we’ve created a retreat program that we believe offers just what we wanted our guests to experience. We’re beyond excited to welcome everyone to our retreat and we’re giving 100% to make it unforgettable!
Responsible tourism: Yoga holiday in Croatia
All our meals (3 times per day) are cooked in the villa, eliminating the delivery cost. All meals are vegetarian or vegan cooked using the locally and ecologically grown produce
We use energy efficient light bulbs, none of our appliances are ever on standby – when not used they are turned off completely. All appliances have the highest energy efficiency grades. Our staff checks and turns off all the lights/appliances in case the guests have left them on by chance, however, on the first day of retreat all of the guest have a short introduction to energy and resource saving.
After our guests arrive to Split they all together travel to the island of Vis where they are picked up by a single vehicle therefore we avoid multiple taxi or individual car use. All of the tours are also organized using the single vehicle (our groups are small so one vehicle is enough) or by foot. All the island tours are done by a single local mini-bus to minimize the transportation use as well as some of the tours are done by foot
We use roof drainage system that ends in one large water butt. We do have showers and half flush toilets. We change sheets and towels once a week – when the group of guests changes. During the week the sheets and towels are not changed. The villa is equipped with specialized recycling bins: we have separate waste containers for organic waste, paper, plastic and glass. Even though we minimize the use of any plastic (we use multiple use bags, we don’t use bottled water or any other drinks) we have this option in case some of the guest bring certain products with themselves. We return plastic bottles to a local recycling point.
We use Croatian made eco cleaning products – soda bicarbonate, cleaning lemon acid, cleaning salt, cleaning ethylene alcohol, ground natural soap for laundry. We use them for the entire villa and laundry.
The guests also receive locally made soap.
The only fertilization used for our garden is our compost. The garden waste (grass, leaves etc.) is being placed in a special area of the garden for natural decomposing and is later used for garden fertilization.
All conservation projects are ran and supported by the government, so the only way for businesses and private individuals to participate is to renovate and conserve their own real estate, which was done with the villa our retreat takes place in.
Our guests are taken to the local conservation sites during our guided tours to get to know the local projects (e.g. Vis Fort from 19 century, ancient Roman thermae, and ancient Greek necropolis). 2 lectures about the local wildlife (flora and fauna) are delivered during each retreat
We’re in the process of starting our cooperation with local environmental NGOs.
In our program we have visits to the local towns where the guests are given the opportunity to visit local artist shops, local restaurants, green markets, bakeries and shops. They have enough free time to use this possibility to buy the local produce or eat local dishes.
During our tours we have a professional guide who introduces all the most important local attractions (sites, museums) and events if such are happening at that particular time. The guests visit some of the attractions together (e.g. walking tour to the world famous Stiniva bay and beach, walking tours in the towns Vis and Komiza) with the group and some on their own (local town museums, galleries).
The information about the local nature, it’s unique traits and ways to preserve it is delivered to our guests in their electronic information packages, we also do a short introduction to it on our welcome seminar the first day of the retreat as well as the continuous information about it is included in most of our daily tours around the island.