A yoga and adventure retreat wrapped up into one, Five Elements is a rollicking health-adventure holiday set within the breathtakingly beautiful Italianate city of Rovinj in Istria. The course leader, Marin, is an adventure guide as well as a yoga practitioner with over fifteen years experience. The six-day long retreat includes tutored kayaking, windsurfing, biking, hiking, cave exploring, and fire gathering – bookended by a morning and afternoon yoga practice. Set in the lovely Five Elements guesthouse, a bohemian hang-out with earthy colours and bamboo furniture a short walk from Rovinj’s cobblestoned centre, guests are encouraged to mingle and cook together, resulting in a more communal, sociable experience all round.
Ulica Drage Gervaisa 16, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia, +385 95 571 5811
Taught by an experienced yogi on the glamorous island of Hvar, this is a great introduction for first-timers as well as more advanced practitioners. Guest rise early with a Sadhana yoga session, with afternoon and evening workshops focused around lifestyle themes including yoga, meditation, food preparation, art therapy and dancing. The programme director Evening Marie aims to install positive, life-enhancing practices to improve both mental and physical health, long after the retreat is over.
St. Ana of Dol (address supplied after booking), +385 91 739 25 26