Sunset Yoga

Nearest beach


Summer kitchen


Yoga space at Gea Viva


Milna


Sabine Engelhardt


Mladen Papic


Stone Circle auditorium with sea views

Canvas room in glamping tent

Camping area

Strawbale cabin

Delicious food


Mosaic dragon




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Finding inner peace: 7 days of Nature, Yoga and Meditation
15th-22nd September 2018
15th-22nd June 2019
6th-13th July 2019

We invite you on a journey to the origins of Yoga, which was first practiced in the midst of nature, in simple mountain monasteries. Our beautiful island retreat camp is an oasis of tranquility, where you can experience 1000 glittering stars, breathtaking sunsets, wake up to the sounds of nature and experience the beauty of our planet Earth with all your senses. This retreat will bring you deep relaxation and inner peace.

What is this retreat about?
During this lovingly created yoga retreat, our Asana practice is a flowing dynamic, linked to your breath. This quickly releases stress and aligns you with your inner thruth. We strongly believe that Yoga is for everyone, no matter which age or shape, and e will support you at whichever level you are, from beginners to intermediate practicioners.
In mindful meditations, you will learn to communicate with nature, deepen your connection with supreme consciousness and access your own inner truth and deepter knowing. Complimented by swimming in the crystal clear Adriatic sea, your own personal massage and delicious vegetarian food make this an unforgettable and lifechanging holiday!

The Venue
Gea Viva is an eco retreat camp in a tranquil olive grove, 15 minutes’ walk from the sea and the harbour village Milna on the beautiful Croatian island Brač. Being completely off-grid, Its design is based on permaculture principles featuring a geodesic dome, which is our Yoga space, a cosy Summer kitchen a stone circle for meditations, a shady pavilion to relax, a giant mosaic dragon, a permaculture garden, compost toilets, solar showers and a straw-bale eco cabin. There is a choice of accommodation: a glamping tent with camping beds and single/twin canvas rooms (bedlinen, blankets and sleeping bags provided), your own tent or camper van.

If you like additional days to relax here, you are welcome to arrive before or leave after the course. Additional nights are 13.50/16.50 Euros in the glamping tent/own camper van/ individual hire tent and 9.50/12 Euros in your own tent.
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Retreat Highlights

  • Relaxing yoga sessions that help you restore inner peace
  • Guided meditations to connect with nature
  • Swimming in the crystal-clear water of the Adreatic sea
  • Great vegetarian food (breakfast, dinner, packed lunch on two days)
  • A personal 45-minute massage
  • Being immersed in nature for an entire week
  • A trip to the highest mountain of the island and sunset Yoga there

    Sample day schedule
    We start the day with Yoga practice (Vinyasa flow and Hatha) from 8: 00 - 10:00 hrs, then we will have breakfast together, followed by a short break. At 11.00 hrs we have one hour for guided meditations including an exchange of experiences. Then we will have a light lunch, after which you can enjoy a free afternoon. The long lunch breaks allow a rest or time to go swimming during the hot hours of the day. On one day we will take a trip to the highest mountain of the island after our morning session, and will have an evening practice there with spectacular views. You can also join a hike to a wild beach and three further Asana evening practices from 18.00-19.30 hrs. Our Vegetarian dinner will served around 20.00 hrs.
    This retreat begins with a gentle evening class on 18.00 hrs on the arrival day and ends on the leaving day after breakfast around 8:00 hrs to give you time to travel onwards.


    Yoga Teacher
    Sabine Engelhardt started to practice Hatha, Asthanga and Iyengar Yoga in 1998, and trained as a Yoga teacher in India for Vinyasa flow and Hatha Yoga. Her focus in Yoga is to create an atmosphere of peace, minfulness and appreciation, in which each participant can bring out their best.

    Being the innitiator of the Gea Viva project, she spends most of her time outdoors, which has given her a deep connection to the sacred unseen layers of the Earth. She meditates regularly and has been part of numerous Earth healing projects, such as creating stone circles and space clearings, which is known as geomancy. She is passionate about supporting people to find their inner strength and unique expression in life. Yoga is a great tool in this process as it helps to restore inner peace and cultivate one's connection to supreme consciousness.

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    Massage Therapist

    Mladen Papić is massage therapist and Shiatsu practitioner who trained in Croatia, Slovenia and Switzerland. Supporting his clients to boost their body awareness and energy flow, his bodywork will , he is particulary beneficial to improve mastering the demands and stresses to cope better with the different demands and stresses of everyday life.
  • In his treatments, he takes your body to a deep stage of relaxation which activates your mind's and body's ability to self heal. Working with the Chinese concept of 5 elements (earth, metal, water, wood, fire), he assists his clients in balancing their energy and emotions. By being centered as well as present and attentive to the client's needs, Mladen creates and atmoshere of freedom, clarity and peace.

    Language
    The course language is English. Do not hesitate to ask, if you do not unterstand something, we can take it slowly. If you need, we can translate into German and Croatian.

    Price includes


    Retreat fees

    One person in glamping tent or own camper van 525 Euros One person
    in own tent

    495 Euros





    To secure your place on the course, please pay the deposit of 150 Euros at the time of your registration. Payments are by bank transfer in Croatian Kunas (HRK) or in Eurosor in cash. The deadline for registrations is two weeks before the event.

    For cancellations up to two months in advance of the event, we will deduct a handling fee of 50 Euros, and return the remainder of the deposit to you. For cancellations later than two months before the event, the deposit is non-returnable and for cancellations later than one month before the event, the entire fee is due.


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    Food and practicalities
    We have a fully equipped kitchen on site, and we will prepare vegetarian meals will be prepared for you. Jointly we take care of the washing up. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know in the registration form.
    Please note that alcohol and drugs are not allowed on site.


    The village Milna has grocery shops, restaurants, bars, cash points, a currency exchange, a doctor and a post office.

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    Getting there
    The nearest city is Split, which can be reached by plane, ferry, rail, coach and car. From there you can catch a passenger ferry directly to Milna on Brac or travel via Supetar with the car ferry (more frequent). Milna is also serviced by a ferry from Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula and Hvar.
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    What to bring
    Please bring comfortable clothing, a sun hat, sun screen, a water bottle and walking boots.

    Register here, if you have questions, please contact Sabine Engelhardt, sabine@geaviva.net , tel + 385 99 749 3711.

    Testimonials
    Gea Viva is a beautiful place where you can learn to live with nature! People I met there were very kind. Brac island is such a nice spot to camp!
    Jerome, France

    I had a great time a Gea Viva. Sabine was a terrific host. Brac is unlike any landscape I have ever seen and there were plenty of beaches within walking distance from camp. I would definitely recommend Gea Viva.
    Garrett, US

    The Gea Viva camp and Sabine hosted us for a week and we had a great time! The food was excellent: freash fish, fruits and vegetables, good coffee, awesome! Sabine is also a really good host, we had great discussions about everything, she is really a wonderful woman, full of spirit and talent. The camp has a really good way of thinking, in harmony with nature and soul. It is perfect to relax and have a break from the stressful city life. The beach is only at 20 mins walk from the camp, really peaceful. You have another one a bit more far away (40 min), really beautiful. We really appreciated our stay! Thanks again Sabine!
    Marie-Philippe, Canada