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Asanas in Istria

Yoga retreats are a convenient way to combine my two main interests: yoga and travel. They’re also a great way to meet like-minded people. And the food! It’s usually so tasty that you don’t only stretch your muscles but also your belly.

Even though my travel style is quite budget orientated, I don’t mind paying more for yoga retreats. The money is deposited to the best bank possible — my wellbeing.

I have been to a budget yoga retreat before. For 30 € a night I got one class of yoga and a big breakfast. The rest of the meals I cooked myself and accommodation was in tents. While the experience was absolutely amazing and I would gladly go again, I like trying new things. And sometimes it’s nice to pamper yourself instead of worrying about money.

As I found a retreat that coincided with my travel dates, I decided to go there after exploring other parts of Croatia.

In May I experienced an intense three day retreat in Finland — this time I opted for something a bit more relaxing. The seven day retreat was held on the Istrian peninsula, in a tiny village called Orihi. A typical day consisted of a two hour vinyasa flow class in the morning, followed by brunch. In the late afternoon we were pampered with a one hour restorative class and a three course dinner!

A big villa complex was exclusively in our use during the retreat.
A big villa complex was exclusively in our use during the retreat.
Classes were held in the patio turned into an outdoor yoga shala.
Classes were held in the patio turned into an outdoor yoga shala.
The outdoor area was decorated with colourful flags and fabrics, which added a lovely atmosphere to the classes taught by Nina Vukas.
The outdoor area was decorated with colourful flags and fabrics, which added a lovely atmosphere to the classes taught by Nina Vukas.
The interior of the villa was also super cozy.
The interior of the villa was also super cozy.
In between classes there was free time which was usually spent swimming, reading, talking or napping.
In between classes there was free time which was usually spent swimming, reading, talking or napping.
Nina's dog was also enjoying the sun.
Nina’s dog also enjoyed the sun.
Seeta, named after the hindu goddess, became everyone's friend.
Seeta, named after the hindu goddess, became everyone’s friend.
Professional chef Maja Kefecek worked hard every day to serve us healthy and delicious vegetarian food.
Professional chef Maja Kefeček worked hard every day to serve us healthy and delicious vegetarian food.
Brunch was huge, with a selection of bread, cheese, omelettes, pastries, salads, soups, vegetables, yogurt, granola, smoothies, tea — just to name a few.
Brunch was huge, with a selection of bread, cheese, omelettes, pastries, salads, soups, vegetables, yogurt, granola, smoothies, tea — just to name a few.

For 700 €, I got an entire week of yoga, food, excursions and a bed in a three person room. I think it’s funny how the cheaper option (not getting a private room) is almost always more fun! There wouldn’t have been as much laughter if it wasn’t for my roommates.

There were also different treatments on offer and I went for the one hour abdominal massage. Like I said, I like trying new things, and even though an abdominal massage sounded pretty intense, it ended up being a really relaxing experience and something I definitely want to do again.

Walking through the tiny village of Orihi takes about five minutes.
Walking through the tiny village of Orihi takes about five minutes.
One of the village locals.
One of the village locals.
One afternoon some of us made an excursion to the medieval town of Motovun.
One afternoon some of us made an excursion to the medieval town of Motovun.
Motovun is located on a hill 270 meters above sea level.
Motovun is located on a hill 270 meters above sea level.

Beautiful Monja, who in addition to being my roommate, definitely became a soulmate.
Beautiful Monja, who in addition to being my roommate, definitely became a soulmate.
Halfway through the retreat we visited an olive farm where we learnt about the harvesting process and got a chance to buy olive oil so tasty that you could eat it with anything (I have to try it with vanilla ice cream, as recommended by the farmer)!
Halfway through the retreat we visited an olive farm where we learnt about the harvesting process and got a chance to buy olive oil so tasty that you could eat it with anything (I have to try it with vanilla ice cream, as recommended by the farmer)!
On the second last night of the retreat, we visited Rovinj, and old city on the western coast of Istria. We went on a tour with a boat that was conducted by a Finnish man! He told me the story of how he works the summers on the boat in Croatia and the winters in a resort in Lapland.
On the second last night of the retreat, we visited Rovinj, and old city on the western coast of Istria.
We went on a tour with a boat that was conducted by a Finnish man. He told me the story of how he works the summers on the boat in Croatia and the winters in a ski resort in Lapland.
We went on a tour with a boat that was conducted by a Finnish man. He told me the story of how he works the summers on the boat in Croatia and the winters in a ski resort in Lapland.
Afterwards we walked around the old town.
After the boat trip we walked around the old town.

In Rovinj there are many small shops and galleries selling quirky artwork.
In Rovinj there are many small shops and galleries selling quirky artwork.
With my yoga retreat roommates in Rovinj.
With my yoga retreat roommates in Rovinj.
At the yoga retreat, I met so many amazing women, who provided me with inspiration, support, growth and laughter.
At the yoga retreat, I met so many amazing women, who provided me with inspiration, support, growth and laughter.
Final night at the yoga retreat — last chance to enjoy Maja's cooking.
Final night at the yoga retreat — last chance to enjoy Maja’s spectacular cooking.

Even though this retreat had more laughter than the previous one, a lot of tears were shed on the last night. It feels like we didn’t do that much, but time went so quickly, and true friendships were formed. I will definitely miss everyone I met in Orihi.

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