Yoga & Hiking Retreat in Sutjeska National Park – Bosnia

The striking beauty and diversity of Sutjeska river and nature around will leave you speechless and wondering why it took you so long to discover this place!
Only two hours drive from Sarajevo, the retreat offers:
– daily yoga and meditation classes with an experienced teacher (morning and late afternoon classes),
– hiking through Sutjeska National Park
– visiting one of the last remaining primeval forests of Europe – Perućica (might be 20.000 years old).
– rafting on Tara River
– swimming in glacial lakes

Date:

6 – 12 August 2022

Accommodation and Food:

You ´ ll be accommodated in two houses nestled next to a deciduous forest, very close to Sutjeska River, and only 1.4km away from a small lake. Brand nes spacious luxurious suites can be shared between 2, 3 or 4 people.
The food is delicious vegetarian food prepared only for the group in a traditional bosnian restaurant nearby. The food is vegetarian, made up of local ingredients – vegetables, fruits, grains, locally produced dairy, honey, eggs etc. You can enjoy daily brunch and dinner. If you need a lunch to take away during hikings, you can order them at the restaurant as well (upon additional price) or make a snack on your own – every suite in the retreat accommodation has its own small kitchen.

Yoga during the Week & The Yoga Teacher:

On most days, you will practice two times a day on a soft grassy meadow next to your accommodation. The experienced yogateacher Marija teaches Hatha yoga, focusing on mindful movement, body awareness and the proper alignment,  rather than on achieving certain postures. The classes are organized as workshops, during which you ´´ ll explore different physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the practice. The primary aim of these classes is to gain a better understanding of your body and of the underlying principles of yoga and meditation practice. The retreat is suitable for all levels. Beginners will have the chance to get the taste of yoga and build a strong foundation for their yogic journey. More experienced yogis will deepen their understanding and get some inspiration to further develop their practice. ​

Marija started practising yoga while still a university student. She had a chance to learn from many wonderful teachers from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, USA, Turkey and Serbia, all of whom influenced her teaching style. She teaches Hatha Yoga, infused with elements of Iyengar and Vinyasa Flow, with an emphasis on proper alignment, breathing, and focus. For her, to touch the essence of asana practice is to move mindfully, to develop body awareness and learn how to listen to our bodies with kindness and understanding. Meditation is an essential part of her classes, and there’s always a guided sitting meditation at the end of each class, following the simple techniques of just observing what is – observing our breath and the sensations in our bodies. Apart from the obvious love for yoga, meditation and travelling, she finds a lot of joy in dancing, Haruki Murakami’s books, philosophy podcasts, Thich Nhat Hanh’s poems, avocados, Tibetan singing bowls, and randomness of any kind. ​

Program:

7.30 – 9.30 am – Morning yoga practice
9.45 am – Breakfast
11.00 am – Afternoon activity or free time (varies daily)
5.30 – 7.00 pm – Evening yoga practice
7.30 pm – Dinner
8.30 pm – Free time

All activities and classes are optional, and everybody is welcome to skip any of them any time they feel like it. Afternoons are filled with various activities like:
– hiking through the National Park
– visiting the nearby World War II memorial
– exploring Perucica the primeval forest
– rafting on Tara River
– swimming in glacial lakes

Prices:

€ 400.- per person, in a suite shared by 4 guests (still some free places)
€ 450.- per person in a suite shared by 3 guests (still some free places)
€ 550.- per person, suite shared by 2 (fully booked!)

Inquiry:

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