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This is the retreat program for you to discover mindfulness, relaxation, and happiness. Enjoy a healthy lifestyle, relax, detox, and heal your body and soul near the beautiful Croatian blue sea and green landscape. During this retreat, you will be able to get rid of the stress and balance the harmony of your body and mind with everyday tai chi, Qigong, and Zen yoga. All these practices are practical philosophy that will change you on so many levels.
You will be provided seven nights of accommodation at the Hotel Ola. This little piece of heaven on earth is a beautiful, modern, and four-star hotel that possesses a special esoteric spirit that will capture you at the front gate. Enjoy the unique mix of relaxation, activities for the body and mind, as well as natural beauty.
Adding to the breathtaking view of the surroundings and an amazing blue sea, every morning as you wake up, the philosophy of the Ola Hotel is based on a lifestyle concept enabling you to live a modern life in harmony with nature and your inner self. Putting aside the busy everyday life, the hotel allows you to enjoy a unique vacation, coupled with traditional diet and various relaxation methods.
Tai chi, Qigong, and Zen yoga practices can change you on many levels. These practices boost your immune system, improve bone density, balance, flexibility, and strength, and they make more relaxed and agile body, lower blood pressure, delay the effects of aging, improve blood, and lymph circulation. For your energy level, your vital energy will be able to develop and circulate without blockages through the body.
For your mind level, you will become more alive, alert, and clear. Lastly, on a spiritual level, these practices will bring peace and harmony to your mind and body so you connect more with yourself and the world around you.
Qigong training consists of gentle exercises that connect our body, breath, energy, and mind into one integrated whole.
Tai chi (or taijiquan) training consists of exercises like Qigong with added circular, spiral movement that simulate inner martial art principles.
Zen yoga and Qigong training consists of yoga poses and asanas, sitting meditation, and Qi gong exercises.
Shiatsu, craniosacral, fascia, and central channel treatments are energizing massages that follow the same principle. Shiatsu massage stems from traditional Chinese medicine as well and stimulates a free flow of energy through the body. Through the deep relaxation, the body's natural ability to heal itself comes into play.
Your obligation in life is take care of yourself and enjoy your life. Rejuvenation, relaxation, and joy in this retreat will inspire you to transform you in your everyday life and find your essence. Escape to magical world of wellbeing and let expert therapists remove your stress off.
Start you day with Tibetan stretching adjusted to all kinds of fitness levels and suitable for everybody. Experts will guide you through exercises to start your day with healthy and fit body and an impulse of happiness.
Sonja Jukić has been practicing Qigong and taijiquan for 12 years, Zen yoga (or Chinese yoga) and Chinese calligraphy for 6 years, and shiatsu massage and craniosacral therapy for 5 and 2 years. In 2011 and 2015, she spent 3 months in China practicing taijiquan and calligraphy. She acquired a certificate as an authorized instructor for taijiquan in 2011 under the grandmaster Chen Xiaowang (the 19th generation lineage holder of Chen-style taijiquan) and has been teaching it since then. She also combines Qigong and Zen yoga in her classes.
This retreat will be held at the Hotel Ola in Seget Donji, Croatia. The islands of Central Dalmatia are the ones which are the most beautiful in Mediterranean, keepers of ancient historical stories and culture with foundations in the time of ancient Greeks.
The islands of Šolta, Brač, Hvar, Vis, Čiovo, Jabuka, and Biševo are the heart of Dalmatia. With the smells of lavender, grape vine, and olive oil and the turquoise sea, these islands are the paradise for those who want to feel the real Mediterranean and all its magic. Find your inspiration by long winter walking tours on the sunny side of the island.
On this retreat, you will be served daily Mediterranean meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is scientifically proven that Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest in the world. Besides healthier and more balanced body and soul, it affects beauty, too, as well as skin, weight, and fitness level. The Mediterranean diet is a cultural, historical, social, territorial, and environmental heritage.
It is a set of skills, knowledge, practices, and traditions ranging from the landscape to the table, which ends up on the tables. Mediterranean, and then of course Dalmatian diet, is consisted of the meals made from the local products: olive oil, local fruit and vegetables, meat from the locally grown animals and wine, as a very strong social component.
How to eat healthily and enjoy the food? Stay fit and never be hungry? How to detox your body? A doctor nutritionist will prescribe you balanced healthy meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) suitable for every diet habit or preferences for the everyday of your retreat.
The quote “Walking is man’s best medicine" is probably one of the most popular quotes by Hippocrates. To walk in company or alone is an activity that offers genuine healing effects.
In the immediate vicinity of the hotel, there is the Napoleon's Road, also known as the Route of Health, taking you to the St. Elias Church from the 13th century and to the peak of the mountain of Vlaška, where you will come across intact stone, immortelle, common heather, and sage.
Exploration of this route is one of the favorite activities of many guests. The Napoleon’s Road hasn’t changed since 1807 when it was built, and it still offers numerous visitors the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view of the Seget Valley and of the archipelago of Central Dalmatian islands, the Drvenik, Šolta, Brač, Hvar, and Vis.
At your choice, you may go as well on a unique experience in the heart of Croatian Mediterranean, the Split. The largest Dalmatian city, Split, a modern coastal Mediterranean town which was elected as the most alluring heritage site to live in from those on the UNESCO's World Heritage List, has developed out of a palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian, which was one of the famous Roman wellness and spa.
He chose, out of the whole mighty and grand Roman Empire, a little town under the Marjan hill to spend his retirement days because of the sulphuric waters and medicinal mud that was a natural heal for the rheumatic diseases.
You may also enjoy a great variety of massages at your choice and needs, indoor and outdoor heated pool, Finish and Turkish sauna, gym, and various kinds of beauty and anti-aging treatments in the hotel.
It is also recommended for you to try one day of therapy and a nice trip to Kairos vineyard enjoying an amazing and relaxing landscape and let your soul be healed with native Croatian wines and food.
One individual energizing massage for 60 minutes is included in the price. Access to the indoor and outdoor pool, Turkish and Finish saunas, and gym are also included.
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