Our active yet rejuvenating itinerary blends the daily yoga sadhana & deep-dive sessions with daily outings that restore you back to balance while simultaneously showcasing the best features of our beautiful island and local way of life!
Day 1: Becoming Familiar: Retreat Start
Welcome to Suncokret! Today you'll check-in, and become familiar with your new retreat family, the surrounding area, and the weekly program.
16.30: Free Transfer from the Stari Grad Port
16.45: Check-In & Refreshments
17.30: Personal Consultation with the Program Leader
19.30: Walking Tour of Dol Village
20.30: Welcome Circle
Day 2: Earth: Getting grounded in Dol & Stari Grad
Enjoy a stroll through Croatia's oldest town where you can see ancient Greek & Roman ruins, visit historical museums, browse through funky art galleries and boutique shops, or sit in a waterfront cafe for some people-watching.
From the edge of town, catch a taxi boat to the beach resort area on the other side of the bay, or simply stroll along the beautiful coastline to find the perfect little cove in which to swim and sunbathe the rest of the afternoon away! We are also happy to drop you off in a naturist bay, from where you can stroll into town at your leisure when ready.
Recommended Free Time Activities: cycling the coast & along the peninsula or water taxi to a hidden cove
Day 3: From Earth to Water, Passage through Ager & Igniting Creativity in Soline Beach Resort
Enjoy free time in Soline, a lovely resort that features two restaurants, three boho-chic cafes, a hotel resort and spa, and a land and water sports center, all within a 10-minute stroll along the coastline. Leave the crowds behind to find your own little slice of heaven along the Soline peninsula, which offers a multitude of tiny coves with crystal clear waters, sure to take your breath away. The afternoon program will be conducted at the beach before heading back to Dol.
En-route to/from Soline, you will be taken on a safari ride through the UNESCO-protected plain called "Ager," where you will witness the pure splendor of ancient fields and vineyards that date back over 2000 years. We'll make a stop to climb an ancient field house, pick some wild herbs or flowers, and/or visit the Suncokret family vineyard & olive grove and share insight into local customs associated with these ancient plants & their delicious products.
Recommended Free Time Activities in Soline: sea kayaking, SUP, cycling & Spa services by appointment.
Day 4: From Water to Fire, Finding Your Place in Hvar Town & Beaches, Experiencing Transition in a scenic drive through Hvar's ancient "lavender villages"
Today we'll transport you to Hvar Town, where you can enjoy a multitude of historical and cultural sights, artisan boutiques and galleries, as well as a countless number or cafes and restaurants.
Catch a water taxi to the neighboring Pakleni Islands, an exotic extension to Hvar's beach-life culture, or take a refreshing dip in a town cove before heading back to the retreat.
En route to the retreat, you'll be taken on a scenic drive along the island's highlands, passing through ancient villages, lavender plantations, and impressive stone walls, beautifully framed by the setting sun.
Recommended Free Time Activities: Take a water taxi to the neighboring Pakleni Islands, visit Europe's oldest indoor theater, agave-lace exhibit, local art galleries & boutique shops.
Day 5: Air, Deepening to the Breath of Life in a Fisherman's Village & Beautiful Beach Gem
Today we'll stop off at one of the many beautiful fisherman's villages like Vrboska (the island's "Little Venice," Mala Milna (our "Little Slice of Heaven on Earth") or Zarace, (a stunning twin bay with the most amazing boho-chic outdoor restaurant & lounge). No matter the group's choice of location, today you'll enjoy sundrenched pebble beaches set alongside shady pinewood forests and hidden naturist coves.
While here you can stroll (cycle, snorkel, or kayak) along the coastline for a little exploration and enjoy another glorious afternoon of relaxation, sea, and sun in paradise. The afternoon program will be conducted at the beach before heading back to Dol.
Recommended Free Time Activities: sea kayaking, massage by the sea, SUP, enjoying a drink, snack, or meal in an outdoor waterfront restaurant.
Day 6: Sound, True Expression in Location of Choice & Sunset & Closing Celebration
Today we'll take it the group's way. One option to consider is a visit to Jelsa, the island's "youngest" seaside town, with its bustling main square featuring numerous cafes, a handful of boutiques, and famous ice cream parlors. As an alternative, we might visit the more remote villages of Stineva, Zavala, Dubovica, or Sv. Nedelja.
Recommended Activities: There are a range of optional free time activities you can enjoy in Jelsa (or in other the other mentioned locations). From Jelsa, you can enjoy cycling the coastline to the nearby sandy bays or hiking up to the cyclopean watchtower set above the town. You can also take a water taxi to beautiful bays down the coastline (like Stineva), where you can enjoy a swimming/snorkeling expedition to the hidden twin bay, etc. In Sv. Nedelja, you can hike to the hidden monetary in the cave and visit a famous winery with wine barrels in the sea! Options for location and activities will be discussed and decided on together. The evening will conclude with a sunset meditation & a return to the reteat.
Day 7: Ether, The integration of Balance & Bliss in Program Conclusion & Departures
Program Conclusion, Breakfast, Karma Yoga & Departure for Stari Grad Port at 10.45 / Free cross-over night for those attending an additional program week.
Free Cross-Over Weekend: Guests staying on at the retreat for an additional retreat week are invited to enjoy the many diverse offerings of the island in any way they choose. Manage your own free time, meals & transport as you like until program commencement on Sunday afternoon.
A Note About the Sample Itinerary:
The above is a Sample Itinerary based on our 7-day, 6-night program format. This sample itinerary may be adapted according to the season, the weekly theme, and other factors.
All outings are complimentary to your retreat stay and are not obligatory to participate in. Instead of taking part in an outing, you may remain at the retreat for a one-to-one holistic treatment or workshop, or simply enjoy free time in our beautiful surroundings, with the understanding that your day is up to you to organize independently.
Please also note that during the organized outings, your retreat hosts may take you on informal tours of the most interesting sights or simply point you in the right direction to help you find the local offerings which interest you most... whatever fits best given the present circumstances.
We reserve the right to adjust the sample itinerary according to what seems best given present circumstances during any given event. Thanks for your trust & ability to go with the flow.
"Suncokret, and both of you, have left us feeling revived and renewed; with a new perspective on life. It's impossible to capture the week; such positive energy; beautiful yoga on beaches, in ruined villages; Hvar culture & food (including "wild" parties in Jelsa); however what is and has been most special to us is the two of you. Thank you for sharing your joy of life and generous spirits with us; It was a truly unforgettable experience! With love & gratitude."- John & Andrea, Switzerland
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"You two seem to be drawing forth the very best the island has to offer." - Valerie, Travel & Leisure Magazine, New York