SUP SAIL YOGA – A Croatian Adventure Retreat

 

 

Come Sail With Us!

Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime in Mother Nature’s abundant playground!

Living on aboard a magnificent 51ft yacht, you will be part of a crew of 8 like-minded souls, exploring the beautiful Croatian islands, stopping off for some paddleboarding, yoga and meditation in some of the most beautiful spots that nature has to offer.

The Crew

Under the guidance of Captain Nathan Williams, a fun-loving Master Mariner and owner of GoXperience, you will be learning the ropes, and experiencing first-hand what it’s like to live onboard, put all hands on deck and muck in to make some nutritious meals to enjoy on deck whilst watching the sunset.

 

 

 

With many years working at Sea you can rest assured your safety and enjoyment are at the forefront of his thoughts.

Nathan is joined by Yoga Teacher and Wellness Expert Gillie Sutherland, who as well as land-based yoga, also teaches Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga. Gillie will be taking you out of the boards, so you can not only master paddle-boarding, but also learn to do yoga on the board, which is the ultimate blend of fun and relaxation, an experience not to be missed.

 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

There will also be sessions on the beaches, combining yoga, mindfulness and meditation, drinking into the sea air, and enjoying all the health benefits of being out in nature. Sessions are appropriate for beginners as well as the more experienced. all levels, ages and abilities are catered for, although it helps if you love the water!

As a passionate health foodie, with a love of fresh fish and natural ingredients, Gillie will also be helping create some delicious and nutritious meals to enjoy onboard.

Part of the onboard experience is living and dining together, and the times of year we have chosen are perfect for eating out on deck, making the most of the balmy evening sunsets, re-living the day’s magic moments, and doing a bit of star-gazing (over a glass of chilled wine if you wish!).

Gillie’s ethos is that “the closer you are to nature, the healthier you are“, and this applies to exercise, food and lifestyle factors such as sleep (which is usually of great quality on a boat!.

She will be sharing some of her knowledge and expertise throughout the trip, so that some of the healthful effects you experience whilst on your holiday, you can take back with you and put into your everyday life.

GETTING THERE

With easy flights from Bristol, and only 15 minutes to the marina where you will join the yacht, this is an easy and accessible way to jump onboard a life-changing experience for either 4 days or a whole week!

We have dates allocated for these trips, however, if you have a group of 6 people who would like to come together, either as a celebration, a corporate event, or just a fun group holiday then please get in contact and we will see if we can accommodate you on those dates.

LIVING ONBOARD

The Yacht is a Gib-Sea 51, she has 5 double cabins, each with it’s own en-suite. She is big, comfortable and great for exploring Croatia and a very capable platform for a safe and enjoyable adventure on the water.

Although the cabins are shared, this is all part of the onboard experience, and the cabins can be made into doubles or twins, depending if you’re there as a couple or a single (we will assign your sleeping arrangements appropriately so that you feel comfortable. All cabins have their own en-suite bathrooms.

The yacht is based in Marina Kastela, with Captain Nathan onboard, near the famous city of Split in Croatia. Centrally located along the amazing coast line and perfectly situated to head North or South. Croatia has 1247 Islands to explore and we can tailor your experience to suit you, and of course weather conditions.

For these trips, we use the latest and best equipment. For Paddle Boarding Yoga we use Reds 10′ 8″ inflatable boards, with amazing stability. They are perfect not only for yoga but for the beginner and expert paddler alike to use for amazing mini adventures .

Also, as part of the yacht’s equipment, we have a large tender (small boat) for getting ashore and snorkelling equipment for everyone to enjoy and use at their leisure.

TYPICAL ITINERARY

Although we may need to “adjust our sails” according to the weather conditions, a typical day would involve some yoga, food, sailing to a beautiful location, getting on the paddleboards, doing more yoga and meditation, swimming, snorkelling, more food, and a good night’s sleep!

Here’s a typical itinerary though to give you an idea of what to expect:

Fly from Bristol airport ( or any other UK airport which flies into Split)

Bristol flights leave at 6.15am and get into Split at 9.50am

It is a short taxi ride to the Marina Kostela, where you will come onboard and settle in and get your tour and safety briefing.

We will sail to the island of Hvar and moor up around Staligrad, where we will get the boards out and enjoy some Sunset SUP Yoga, followed by a wind-down and meditation on the beach.

Dinner will be on the boat, settling in for the night, and enjoying an early bed ready for the following day’s adventures.

The following days on the boat will start with Sunrise Yoga, followed by a leisurely nutritious brunch onboard, before setting sail to find a quiet spot for some SUP action, snorkelling and swimming before lunch.

Most evenings we will dine onboard, and we will shop as we need it, buying fresh fish, mangoes, coconuts, fresh fruit and veg etc, although for an extra-special evening, we will dine at Nathan’s favourite fish restaurant on Hvar, which you can only get to by boat.

After a walk to the top of the island, we will enjoy a meal cooked on a big fire pit, before heading back to the boat for another good night’s sleep.

On the last day, we will take our flights in the morning back from Split, after a breakfast with our crew mates, and be home in the UK by lunchtime, feeling refreshed and revitalised.

COST

  1. MINI ADVENTURE

Thursday 7th June 2018 – Sunday 10th June 2018

or

 

Thursday 6th September 2018 – Sunday 9th September 2018

4 days and 3 night’s onboard the yacht

Usually £595 per person
Early Bird offer: £495 per person  (if booked and paid in full three months ahead)

NB Secure your place now with a £150 deposit

Included:

Accommodation on the
Sailing Instruction
Two yoga and meditation sessions per day
Minimum 3 Stand Up Paddleboard sessions, although there will be free time for you to take a board and explore on your own
Healthy living plan
Good times and good people guaranteed!

Extras:

Flights  are not included, however, flights are available at time of writing from Bristol airport for around £300.
For food, we all put in a kitty, and decide what we’d like to get as a group, and along with mooring fees, this usually adds up to no more than 50 euros for the half week or 100 euros for the full week. We’ve found it easiest to do it this way as some groups drink more wine than others!
If there is then anything particular you would like to bring or buy when you arrive, the choice is there.
NB Due to restriction of numbers, we only have 6 places for guests onboard at any time, we recommend early booking to reserve your place. The earlier you book, the cheaper the flight, so if you’ve nearly decided then get in touch as soon as possible with any final questions or just how to book, and we can get the ball rolling!

Come join the crew! We’d love to have you onboard.

For more information and for details how to book email gilliesutherland@me.com

 

 

 

 

 

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