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SUN & SOL CO.
RISE RETREAT

MAY 20-25, 2023

 

A SUPER SPECIAL RITUAL RETREATS x SUN & SOL CO. COLLABORATION

Ritual Retreats invites you to join Rachael Bischoff and Mackenzie Perna of Sun & Sol Co. for an expansive, creative, explorative journey in Croatia. Disconnect to reconnect - we’re firm believers in the notion that you need to fill up your own cup before you pour into others. That’s why we’re here. 

 

Sun & Sol Co. is a purpose-driven company with values centered around mental health awareness, environmental advocacy, elevating diverse voices, and communicating the importance of health & wellness through conscious movement. Dive deeper into your personal practice with us and be inspired by a curated approach to balanced wellness (for ourselves, for the earth, for others). We’ll focus on internal connection through conversation, immersion into nature, and creative workshops in parallel with guided yoga and meditation practices. 

 

As we adventure outward and bask in the culture and beauty of Croatia, you’ll feel compelled to venture inward, making space to attune yourself to your own inner-dialogue. This retreat is unlike any other in that the lens at which you’ll experience your time with us will be informed by purpose-driven conversations, mindfully-developed workshops, and authentic relationships. We’ll laugh a lot, release what we might be holding on to that isn't serving us, and create a safe space for all to reconnect with oneself. Enjoy world-class yoga, unwind over relaxing massages, walk through picturesque villages, swim in the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea and savor beautiful locally sourced seasonal food prepared by our incredibly talented chef, Ela.

 

This is much more than just a retreat. It is a thoughtfully-curated respite integrating wellness and the best of Croatian culture alongside an incredible group of humans. Join us for the trip of a lifetime; find yourself feeling whole with a better sense of what makes you the beautiful individual that you are. 

ABOUT BRAC, CROATIA

If your Mediterranean fantasies feature tranquil days by sapphire waters in the shade of ancient walled towns, Croatia is the place to be. Out of Croatia's 1,244 islands, the island of Brac is especially unique.  Brac, often referred to as the Pearl of the Adriatic, is the largest island in Central Dalmatia (the Croatian Coast) and one of the sunniest locations in Europe. The island is adorned with several serene villages with limestone architecture, hilltop vineyards, ancient olive groves and dramatic Adriatic landscapes of steep cliffs, crystal clear waters, and lush pine forests. 

Although Brac is famous for its radiant white limestone, used to build Diocletian’s Palace in Split, the island is most well-known for Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn), named one the Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World by Conde Nast Traveler.  The beach extends like a "Golden Horn" into the Adriatic and has water framing two sides.  The shape of the beach takes different forms depending on the wind. 

 

In addition to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Brac is home to over one-million olive trees.  Olive oil production runs deep in our blood and is steeped in the history and culture of our island.  

We will be staying on the northern side of the island, in the seaside village of Sutivan. 

RETREAT INCLUDES

6 DAYS | 5 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION IN SEASIDE LUXURY VILLA

sea view property with indoor and outdoor practice spaces

WELLNESS CENTER ACCESS

wet sauna, dry sauna and hot tub -- while massages are not in session

TWICE DAILY YOGA PRACTICE CUSTOMIZED BY RACHAEL AND MACKENZIE

On arrival day, you can expect one evening practice along with a journaling session as an integration to the retreat. For all other days, You can expect to flow and move mindfully through your practice and feel encouraged to truly express, explore and enjoy your own unique human experience. *Classes ebb and flow to create a safe, encouraging space for everyone and anyone. We develop our practice based on the overall vibe of the group while offering different ways to advance your practice through modification or posture elevation.

EQUIPMENT FOR YOGA PRACTICE

JOURNALING WORKSHOPS

We'll utilize developmental tools that teach you how to understand yourself through generous sharing, conversation, connection + kindness.

LOVINGLY PREPARED LOCALLY SOURCED MEALS

Includes a glass of wine with dinner.

Does not include meals taken during day-trips.

COFFEE AND FRUIT PRE-PRACTICE

PRIVATE FAMILY OWNED OLIVE GROVE HIKE & TASTING + COOKING CLASS WITH CHEF ELA

Journey through family groves to the acreage where the family's small batch brand of olive oil: Pipa evoo is produced. Along the way there will be discussion of all things local, historical, and agricultural.

 

Once arriving, see first hand how Mariano and his family raise the trees and olive fruit with the most natural and organic means possible, including their flock of sheep and chickens. Experience a tasting in the grove of this year's harvest - their limited 2022 reserve.

 

Learn about the quality, health benefits, and tasting of olive oil under the tree canopies that produce this miracle fruit. Descend back to the little village of Mirca with panoramic sea views of the Adriatic Sea.  

We'll return to our village and begin a cooking class with chef Ela, where we will incorporate and enjoy the olive oil in our recipes.  

WELCOME BAG

RETREAT PHOTOGRAPHY

With your emotional space and safety top of mind, we will be offering thoughtfully-curated captures of your experience with us on retreat.

UNLIMITED SWIMS, FREE TIME TO RELAX & EXPLORE,​ MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME :) 

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

60 MINUTE MASSAGE THERAPY :155€ per person

AIRPORT TRANSFER VIA PRIVATE BOAT TO/FROM OUR VILLAGE - 150€ each way per person

please note the boat will be shared with other retreat guests

DIOCLETIAN'S PALACE TRANSFER VIA PRIVATE BOAT TO/FROM OUR VILLAGE - 145€ each way per person

please note the boat will be shared with other retreat guests

 DAY TRIP #:165€ per person

EXPLORATION OF NORTHERN BRAC VIA PRIVATE SPEEDBOAT INCLUDING:

POVLJA BAY

we'll stop for a swim and meditation in this epic bay with turquoise waters and pebble beach

LOVRECINA

a dreamy oasis with sand beach and fresh cold water springs 

DAY TRIP #2 :165€ per person

EXPLORATION OF SOUTHERN BRAC VIA PRIVATE SPEEDBOAT INCLUDING:

OSIBOVA BAY

turquoise waters and snorkeling

 

ROMANTIC BEACH

Take in 360 degree views of islands Brac and Hvar.  Dive off the boat for a swim at this locals favorite. 

ZLATNI RAT

Called "the golden horn" - this is Croatia's most iconic beach as it sticks out into the sea, with water surrounding both sides. Famous for windsurfing and kiteboarding competitions.

 

BOL TOWN

Free time for dinner. Check out Stina Winery. 

*day trips are weather permitting and fully refundable in the event of cancellation due to weather conditions*

 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?

AIRFARE

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Highly recommended.  Purchase here.

 

MEALS TAKEN DURING DAY TRIPS

CONCIERGE SERVICES

Such as flight planning and/or trip planning prior to or following the retreat.

SEASIDE LUXURY ACCOMMODATION

In an idyllic setting of the sun-soaked island of Brač, three villas that combine luxurious perfection and authenticity are set in vicinity of the centre of Sutivan village. All equally modern and chic, our villas make you feel at home as soon as you cross the threshold.
Indulge in the unspoiled beauty of Brač island, swim through the translucent waters of the Adriatic Sea, breath in salt-infused air mixed with the fragrance of majestic pine trees, all complemented by the exclusivity of these gated seaside villas.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

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SHARED DOUBLE ROOM

shared king bed in double accommodation - must book with a friend or loved one

en-suite bathroom

5,500 € PER ROOM | 2,750 € PER PERSON

1,000 € NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT SECURES YOUR SPOT

SHARED BED IN TRIPLE ROOM

shared king bed in triple accommodation - must book with a friend or loved one

en-suite bathroom 

5,250 € PER BED | 2,625 € PER PERSON

1,000 € NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT SECURES YOUR SPOT

ROLLAWAY BED OR SETTEE IN TRIPLE ROOM

en-suite bathroom

one rollaway bed or settee per triple room

2,450 € PER PERSON

1,000 € NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT SECURES YOUR SPOT

SEA VIEW PRIVATE ROOM

king bed | en-suite bathroom | sea view

4,950 €

1,000 € NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT SECURES YOUR SPOT

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CODE: EARLYBIRD

SAVE 250€ 

valid thru October 31, 2022

FLEXIBLE PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE: 

If you need help with arranging a flexible payment plan, we're here for you! We can break your remaining balance (after your deposit is paid) in up to as may as 12 payment (if paid bi-weekly) or 6 payments (if paid monthly)  -- so long as your balance is paid 60 days prior to the retreat start date.  

250 € OFF WITH CODE: EARLYBIRD

VALID THRU OCTOBER 31, 2022

CANCELLATION POLICY

Deposits secure your spot on the trip and are not refundable or transferable. Refunds for the balance payments vary depending on timing. For cancellation requests submitted with more than 90 days of retreat date: 100% of total amount (less deposit) will be refunded. For cancellation requests submitted within 90 days of retreat date, 50% of total amount (less deposit) will be refunded. Cancellation requests within 60 days of the retreat: sorry but no refunds given, no exceptions. Nobody books a retreat with the intention of cancelling it, but unexpected events do occur, so please consider purchasing travel insurance that would cover a cancelled retreat (note: as times become more turbulent, it's important to be prepared). Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including an act of God or Mother Nature, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits will be granted for failure to attend, complete or for arriving late or leaving early.  

TRAVEL INSURANCE
We request all of our retreat guests to purchase travel insurance. Please click here to purchase your travel insurance. We respect our terms and offer no exceptions for refunds within the 60 day mark of a retreat start date. By opting out of Travel Insurance you are taking full responsibility for any unexpected circumstances that may hinder your attendance on a retreat. For more information on our travel insurance recommendations, please check our travel insurance page here.  

ABOUT RACHAEL

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Rachael Bischoff | rachaelbischoff.com | @rachaeladab 

Self-awareness first, self-care second. We are living within a social environment that, more-often-than-not, expects us to operate the same way our devices do - instantaneously. Enter: burnout. For the past decade, I’ve been facilitating various styles of mindful movement and introspection practices in parallel to my big kid corporate j-o-b. My fascination in studying the intersection of yoga and hustle culture has sparked a continuous interest in digging deeper into the physical stress-response cycle. I’m a firm believer in that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to facilitating anything - a yoga class, a journaling workshop, a hike with guided conversation. Some days we need to meditate, some days we need to throw shit. I’m here to help you find what you need and to help you fulfill it in a healthy, productive way. 

 

In my classes, you can expect an open curiosity in what makes us the unique, beautiful humans that we are. I love open conversation, endless giggles, and making sure we’re never taking ourselves too seriously (I mean, you’re sticking your head extremely close to your bum, ya know?) We’ll work through elevating our human experience through adding new tools to the box both in movement and in stillness. 


When I’m not teaching, I’m usually sliding around on a left-hand point-break or scribbling philosophical questions and ideas into my journal. To learn more about me, visit rachaelbischoff.com & @rachaeladab.

ABOUT MACKENZIE

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Mackenzie Perna | mackenzieperna.com | @mackenzieperna

 

We’ve been taught to problem solve, which means we’ve been unintentionally conditioned to find problems to solve. The beauty of our minds however is that they’re multifaceted. They have many functions. We’re capable of finding beauty in the small things. To take a moment to stop and bask in the sunshine. To slow down, even for a moment, and focus on the blessing that each and every day is. We’re often at a tug of war; with our to-do lists, our never-ending inbox of unread emails, the concerts we can’t miss and everything else life throws our way.  

 

When joining me on the mat, I invite you to drop the tug-of-war rope and just. show. up. Feel like progressing your practice? Sweet! Wanna hang in savasana for an hour? I love that for you. All I ask is that you show up in your most authentic way. Being ourselves is the most selfless thing you can do: for yourself and for those around you. 

 

I’m fascinated by the power of our funky little brains and how they work with our bodies to carry us through each and every day. Our bodies and minds open the doors to explore mindful movement - whether that be a slow and silky Yin practice or dancing on the couch to 2006 HipHop Throwbacks at 9 PM. I’m here to laugh with you, dance with you, move and groove with you through mindful movement - however that looks on you. 


Off the mat, you can find me soaking up the sun on a surfboard or skateboard, while squeezing in the occasional hike trailing the other half of my heart: my pup Sunny. If you’d like to learn more about me, check out mackenzieperna.com & @mackenzieperna.

FAQ's

How far is the house from the airport? What is the best way to get there?

The property is only a ~35 minute boat ride away from the Split Airport. If you fly into Split, we recommend selecting an airport transfer via private boat as an add-on, as this is really the RIGHT way to arrive.  You will have 360 degree views of the islands and far less transitions than dealing with a ferry and/or taxis.  

If you fly into Brac Airport, the drive to our property is approximately 40 minutes. Unfortunately Uber and apps like this don´t work in the island and the public transport is not very reliable, which is why we would recommend to book a private driver as one of your add-on options.  

 

Which airport should I fly to? 

Split International Airport (SPU) or Brac (BWK). 

How far is the house from the beach?

The property is first position to the water and approximately 50m to the water.

 

How is the weather in Croatia?

It's mostly warm and nice from May to October, however, and especially in the beginning and the end of the summer, it can be a bit unpredictable, with rains and chilly nights, bring some cozy layers of clothing.

Do I need to bring my yoga mat?

No, unless you prefer to do so. We have mats so no need to have that extra weight during your trip.

Do I need to have experience to join this retreat?

It´s always good to be familiarized with yoga before coming however it´s absolutely not necessary to have previous experience to join a retreat. If you are starting your yoga journey, you will be amazed by how much you can learn in such a short amount of time. 

Am I required to attend all of the yoga classes?

Absolutely not! This is YOUR time to do what feels right and honest for YOU. We encourage you to engage and attend as much as you desire.

Can I arrive earlier than the check in time? 

Our team is working very hard the hours prior to your arrival to prepare everything for your stay, so check-in time is from 4pm and not before.

Do people ever attend alone?

100%, yes! It is very common for people to attend the retreats independently.  The retreat is a great opportunity to connect deeper with yourself and make new connections with incredible humans! If you're attending solo, we recommend booking a private room as the beds in our double rooms are shared.