ABOUT THE RETREAT
Join Kate Sondag & Tara McLaughlin for a retreat in Brac, Croatia and press pause on your daily routine
as you indulge in the yoga practice, community and culture of Croatia!
This retreat will be limited in size, offering an intimate space for guidance and support throughout the week.
This includes twice-daily world-class asana practice, seaside accommodation at one of our luxury island villas, and lovingly prepared Dalmatian inspired meals served by our private chef.
Expect rich conversation, space to reflect, and fresh approaches to classic asana.
Kate & Tara hope that each student will leave the retreat feeling refreshed and inspired
to move forward from a place of intention and mindfulness.
In between the yoga sessions, there will be plenty of time to relax, enjoy a swim, or book a therapeutic massage. There'll also be plenty of time to explore Brac's magnificent beaches and stroll at its lively villages. A day trip to Blaca's 16th Century Monastery is always a must, followed by a scenic boat ride to Croatia's Most Famous Beach, Zlatni Rat. Enjoy an island tour exploring some of Croatia's most beloved beaches.
Feel free to check out the extras and we can help you customize your journey.
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION IN SEASIDE LUXURY VILLA
DAILY YOGA PRACTICE CUSTOMIZED BY TARA & KATE
twice-daily practice with exception of arrival and departure days
EQUIPMENT FOR YOGA PRACTICE
includes mats, straps, blocks and blankets for savasana
LOCALLY SOURCED MEALS LOVINGLY PREPARED BY OUR PRIVATE CHEF
(still & sparkling water // coffee // tea included)
*Does not include meals taken outside of villa*
TALK FROM DR. GEORGE SLAVICH, PHD
Professor Slavich, Director of UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research will give a talk on the physiological effects of stress and inflammation on health. He will also discuss the benefits yoga and mindfulness play in preventing disease and increasing life expectancy.
Dr. Slavich completed undergraduate and graduate coursework in psychology and communication at Stanford University, and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon. After graduate school, he was a Clinical Psychology Intern at McLean Hospital and a Clinical Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He subsequently completed postdoctoral training in psychoneuroimmunology as an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Health Psychology Program at UCSF and also at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA.
UNLIMITED SWIMS, FREE TIME TO RELAX & EXPLORE
MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME :)
1-HOUR MASSAGE THERAPY
curated assortment of our favorite wines from around Croatia
AIRPORT TRANSFERS TO/FROM VILLA
DAY TRIP #1
3-ISLAND TOUR VIA PRIVATE SPEEDBOAT INCLUDING:
STINIVA COVE ON ISLAND VIS
Named Most Beautiful Cove in the World by National Geographic & Most Beautiful Beach in Europe by European Best Destinations
HVAR TOWN ON ISLAND HVAR
Frequented by A-listers such as Beyonce & Gwyneth Paltrow
BLUE LAGOON IN PAKLENI ISLANDS
a locals favorite
DAY TRIP #2
EXPLORATION OF BRAC INCLUDING:
HIKE TO 16TH CENTURY BLACA MONASTERY
on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List
PRIVATE SPEEDBOAT TRANSFER FROM BLACA BAY TO BOL TOWN
Take in 360 degree views of islands Brac and Hvar. Dive off the boat for a swim at a hidden beach.
TAKE IN 360 DEGREE VIEWS OF ISLANDS BRAC AND HVAR.
FREE TIME IN BOL
Home of Zlatni Rat, Croatia's most famous beach. Check out Stina Winery.
SEASIDE LUXURY ACCOMMODATION
CLICK PHOTOS BELOW TO VIEW GALLERY OF VILLAS
Located within a short swim, SUP ride, or stroll from one another, our two villas create a synergistic oasis for rest and relaxation, far away from the stresses of everyday life. Both villas are nestled along the Adriatic Sea and surrounded by fragrant pine trees. The villas have several terraces and magical areas perfect for decompressing. You will find several lounge areas and garden swings. This is the perfect place for relaxing while listening to the serene sound of the sea.
Our property has private sea access perfect for those epic feel good "jumping into the water" moments, twi infinity pool perfect for lounging the afternoon away, various outdoor lounge spaces, and plenty of areas for group gatherings as well as private space for self-reflection.
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SHARED TRIPLE ROOM
individual bed in shared triple accommodation
floor to ceiling sliding glass doors open to sea view terrace
en-suite bathroom with sea view soaking tub & shower
SHARED DOUBLE ROOM
individual or shared bed (based on preference) in shared double accommodation
sea view or garden view terrace
Kate grew up traveling from place to place and always relied on yoga to help find “home.” Yoga became her touchstone, allowing her to find community in times where she was living in the unknown. It was her way to create home both internally and in the outside world.
In addition to her yoga practice, Kate works on contemporary paintings. Like the way she approaches a painting, she believes yoga is a balance between structure, fluidity, and energetic expression. In her class, she provides space for free movement to reconnect with the creative child that lives inside us all. She curates space by sequencing a class that invites her students to get out of their minds and into their bodies. Kate received her 200 hour training at YogaWorks in New York City and continued her education at YogaFlow under Erin Gilmore. Join her on the mat to breathe, play, and find home.
Tara McLaughlin teaches a vinyasa based class with an emphasis on proper alignment and movement to breath. She has been practicing yoga since 2010 and teaching since 2014. Tara completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at YogaWorks in New York City and has been accredited E-RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance, having taught over 1,000 hours. Tara continued her education completing her Level 1 Children's Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training, Mindful Schools Mindful Educator training, Stand Up Paddle board Yoga Teacher Training, Reiki 1 Certification and a trauma sensitive training with the Art of Yoga Project. Tara teaches a variety of classes in San Francisco and has had the opportunity to teach abroad in Brac, Croatia, St. Barths, French West Indies and Florence, Italy. Her intention is to create an empowering class that fosters a sense of coming home in the body and mind.