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Take some time away from busy everyday life and join us for a yoga retreat in stunning Croatia with one and only Irena Bartolec, KPJAYI authorised teacher that prepared an unwiding program of Mysore style ashtanga yoga in a small quiet village on the Istrian Peninsula.

There is something special about Istria. Through the intriguing myths and legends to energy fields created by the Earth's energetic meridians that cross right here on the peninsula, no wonder that it has been called the Homeland of Spirituality and that it is a favourite place for spiritual gatherings and social events. We have not yet heard of anyone returning from Istria without butterflies in their stomach, that feeling you get when you are close to someone or something you admire. Some fall in love with Istria's spiritual energy, some with the delicious wines, pastas and truffles or even the beautiful landscape with special red color of the soil, river valleys, charming hilltop towns and clear blue sea.

We will spend a luxurious week practicing Ashtanga yoga every morning, relaxing in nature and eating healthy vegetarian food prepared by our personal chef, in a beautiful restored 17th century farmhouse estate with a pool. Nature walks, evening meditation classes or simply relaxing in the privacy of your own space are available to all retreat guests after daily morning Mysore practice. Limited spaces are available so be sure to contact us as soon as possible to reserve your spot!



Our venue is situated in a small village of Orihi 20 km away from the Adriatic Sea and nearest beaches. The estate includes 2 stone villas with 8 rooms and 8 bathrooms total.

Amenities: outdoor pool, WiFi, SAT TV 2x, air conditioning, deck chairs, laundry machine, play room (darts, table soccer), fitness room, sauna


Irena Bartolec is an Authorised KPJAYI yoga teacher and head of the Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Program at The Seminyak Yoga Shala in Bali, Indonesia.

Irena has 15 years of extensive teaching and work experience in the field of yoga.  In 2004 Irena opened Yoga studio in her hometown of Zagreb, Croatia.  She operated and taught at her studio for 10 years, establishing a traditional Ashtanga and vinyasa program in a rapidly growing yoga community.





  • Daily morning ashtanga yoga Mysore classes

  • Special classes for beginners

  • Daily pranayama and meditation classes

  • 2  afternoon Restorative Yoga classes

  • Walking meditation

  • Healthy vegetarian food

  • Some time alone to reflect and relax

  • Some time together to connect and explore the beautiful Istrian Peninsula


Single room 1090 € (8000 kn)

Double room 890 € (6550 kn)

Triple room 840 € (6180 kn)

Late bird prices

Single room 1290 € (8480 kn)

Double room 1040 € (7650 kn)

Triple room 990 € (7280 kn)


  • Yoga program

  • 7 nights’ villa accommodation

  • Halfboard meals (breakfast and dinner)

  • Use of yoga equipment

  • Local taxes

  • Basic insurance




  • Airfare or transfer to the villa (feel free to contact us if you need assistance)

  • Optional trips and activities (wine tasting, hiking, cycling, kayaking, exploring, etc.)

  • Lunches

  • Travel insurance



25th May​​

  • Arriving and checking in

  • Dinner

  • Gathering / Meditation

26th-31st May

  • 7:00 Meditation / Pranayama

  • 7:30 - 10:00 Mysore Practice

  • 10:30 Breakfast

  • 5:00 pm (Sunday/ Tuesday / Thursday) Restorative Yoga / walking meditation

  • 6:30 pm Dinner

  • 7:30 pm Evening meditation

1st June

  • 8:00 Meditation / Gathering

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast

  • 10:00 Check out


  • Closest airport: Pula

  • Price of airport transfer: 30 € one way per car

In 2014 Irena received her Authorisation to teach from The KPJAYI Institute in Mysore, India.

Irena Bartolec has had the opportunity to learn from traditional teachers and masters from all over the world.  She has studied with Sri. K. Patthabi Jois, Sharat R. Jois, Rolf Naujokat, Richard Freeman, Lino Miele and many others.  Their great wealth of knowledge and generosity educated Irena in various yogic styles and philosophies.

Irena also has experience teaching Kinesiology, Prenatal and Postnatal yoga, Restorative and Vinyasa yoga, Pilates and various wellbeing programs.  Her teaching philosophy aims to balance strength with alignment for students to arrive at an open yet firm and grounded yoga practice.

Irena Bartolec lives in Bali with her daughter, and she is the creator and director at Ashtanga Yoga Mama (  She holds and organises annual retreats and workshops in Bali and Europe.

Photos: Kristina Lenard


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