Updated: Sep 7
“Retreat is a way to withdraw from ordinary daily life and tap into a deeper sphere of oneself – which is a creative and inspiring source of all knowledge and perception. Refreshed from within, daily life becomes inspired by deeper intuition, that like a compass navigates us towards living fully.” - Lea
Rejuvenate and integrate your senses through embodied yoga, local vegan delights, daily swimming and basking in the sun, great personal coaching and by living in a picturesque village at Iz island in magical Croatia. Iz Island is only a two-hour flight and one hour boat ride from any city in Europe, but at the same time, it is a place beyond time and space, in tune with healing, nature, and the rhythm of life as it once was. Enjoy slower pace, time for yourself, and time for the practice and contemplation that bring more health, balance and clarity to life.
Take a peak here at one of the previous Divine Summer Yoga Retreats with Lea:
Practice Embodied Yoga with Lea
Get an opportunity to learn from Lea, your yoga coach for the week – a yogini with over 30 years of international experience in sharing and teaching yoga, she is a true health advocate and supportive guide in personal change processes. Emphasis will be on gentle Vinyasa yoga flow, where Lea skilfully integrates elements from different yoga traditions, such as classical hatha yoga, Tibetan yoga and modern vinyasa or yin yoga, to create an embodied feeling of peace, calmness and joy. Lea will also guide you through breath work and meditation, and talks /coaching on mindful living. Embodied Yoga means that all the experiences of life are stored and potent in the body, and through wise yoga practices we empower the body towards its potential. This retreat is limited to 15 people, in order to give high-quality guidance and assistance. Retreat is suitable for new beginners and intermediate level of practice. Pressure off :)
A typical day
07:15 Breathing and Meditation
08:00 Explorative Vinyasa Yoga practice
10:00 Breakfast with local veggie delights
11:30 Coaching, Q&A (optional)
12:30 Free (nap in the forest, explore the surroundings or sun & swim)
18:00 Yin or Tibetan yoga gentle class
19:30 Delicious dinner
21:00 Evening gathering (optional) Contemplation, Meditation and Chanting ·
One day will be off, with free options such as sunrise mountain walk or morning boat excursion to spot dolphins!
Visit local beaches
Visit local villages
Rent a bike, explore the island
Healthy local lunches
Purity experienced - Creating a sacred space
Retreat aims to create a toxic-free environment; During the retreat days, let your senses explore new tastes and smells, relax your eyes on green fields and beautiful blue sea, and withdraw your usual alertness or stimuli seeking into a softer inner awareness.
Please bring with you very comfy, clothing (cotton or natural material). It will be warm during the day, but in case of a cool evening or occasional shower, have a shawl or sweater, as well as socks.
Island of Iz, Croatia - undiscovered perl of Adriatic sea
The hotel where we will stay is clean and monk-like simple, with spacious rooms facing the sea. The hotel has a beautiful outdoor yoga shala, and 2 indoor shalas. It is the only 100% vegetarian/vegan hotel in Croatia, dedicated to host yoga guests, retreats. With its relaxing scent of pine trees, and laidback atmosphere, as well as crystal clear waters, your process of retreat will be well supported. The average temperature in the summer period is above 28°C so get ready for a daily swim just seconds away from your room!
The hotel has taken all the advised epidemiological measures , and has been Covid19-free as per current date.
How to get there
Zadar is your nearest flight destination. From Zadar airport, you take the bus or a taxi to the port, to catch the boat to Veli Iz. Boasting a historic old town of Roman ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and quality museums set on a small peninsula, Zadar is an intriguing city. It’s not too crowded, it’s not overrun with tourists and its two unique attractions – the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation – need to be seen and heard to be believed.
There are direct flights to Zadar from a number of major European cities:
For flight prices and destinations check skyscanner.com
Boat lines from Zadar to Veli Iz:
G&V Line : www.gv-zadar.com/
Boat transfer Iz island on 18 th July: will be announced
Arrival day - Sunday, 18th July 2021
17:00 Gathering and introduction
18:00 Gentle yin/restorative yoga
Departure day - Saturday 24th July 2021
Morning Yoga practice at 07:15 am followed by breakfast at 10:00am
Check out time: 11:00am
Price is per person and includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner, and yoga classes.
· 850 € en-suite shared twin room with balcony sea view – share your room with 1 person.
· 1250 € en-suite single room with balcony sea view - full privacy.
Sign up before 31st January 2021 and receive 20% discount .
350€ non-refundable deposit confirms your reservation.
The remaining amount is to be paid prior or upon arrival.
Price does not include
extra meals (lunch)
Registration and information
M +47 90171433 (NO)
Once you registre by sending an email inquiry, we will send you welcome letter with essential information and payment details.
NB: Limited spaces.
About Lea - your yoga coach for a week
Is a dedicated yogini, with over 30 years experience in Yoga. Her background is in various yoga styles and traditions (Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Integral, Sivananda and Therapeutic yoga, Tibetan Lu Jong Yoga), which she has studied in India, USA, and Europe with great teachers including Swami Satchidananda, Swami Ramananda, K.Pattabhi Jois and his family, Tulku Lopsang Rimpoche and many others. Lea is also deeply inspired by Buddhist Vipassana meditation and is an advocate of the vegan culture. Her work and writings have inspired and motivated hundreds of people to change their lifestyle habits, and improve their health. Lea is a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT-500 with the Yoga Alliance) and the founder of a Scandinavian yoga centre Zenit Yoga (over 25 years ), a place to go for Yoga education in Scandinavia, which created also this international TTC 300 program. Lea is also an associate at the Institute for the Health in Split, Croatia; besides yoga, she is currently working on PhD in psychology at NTNU, Norwegian University where she is teaching psychology.
“Dear Lea, Thank you for sharing your wisdom and spiritual guidance through yoga practices, meditation and example. We are very grateful for this wonderful experience and the many gifts we bring home.” Holly and Emma, Canada
“Lea it has been such an incredible journey with you. What an incredible inspiring yogi you are. Always in my heart with precious memories.” Love, Meghan, UK
“Beautiful Lea! You are truly and inspiration and have made a huge impact in my life. Much love, Aloha ! ” Sandy, Hawaii
“Beautiful spirit, loving soul. Love,” Robert, USA
“The unforgettable, divine time in Croatia with you, and the rest of wonderful people you have introduced us to, will be cherished in our hearts forever. “Alinka & Margarita, Poland & Spain
“I just want to thank you again for everything. The knowledge you have shared, patience, effort and openness. I have learned so much, and it is still unveiling to me.” Nives, Croatia