Yoga Student Testimonials

Felicity  from New Zealand, September 2016

“We’ve just returned to NZ after 7 days on the beautiful island of Vis staying on the ancient vineyard and in the ancient villa of Nevenka and Ive. Words can’t really describe the amazing experience we had at the yoga adventure retreat. Arriving on the island is a jaw dropping start. Ive is a warm welcoming and funny host… The location of the villa in the countryside just 15 mins from the village of Vis town and it is like stepping back in time… Vines thick with grapes line the road in. It is beyond quiet. Arriving at the villa is like walking into a movie set. Ancient stone buildings with great outside seating areas, dining areas, a perfectly positioned hammock and the cleanest bluest pool you’ll ever swim in. The rooms vary in size. We are in the stairway to heaven. It’s massive! The bathroom alone is bigger than the yacht we’ve just spent a week on and the bed is very comfy.. Sunrise wakes us every morning. Tiffany our yoga teacher has the sun shining out of every pore. Anna our vegan chef is a delight and a whizz in the kitchen. Nevenka… Is she the most beautiful Croatian woman in the world!?? I think so. With 12 sessions of yoga ahead of us Tiffany starts gently and revs us up as the days go by. We are meditating on each of our 6 charkras… One each day.. From the ground up we move through the rainbow to the brilliant white light of our crowns. The final meditation takes place at the highest point of the island as the sun sets in the most miraculous show or orange… It’s beyond beautiful. “

” I have been practicing yoga for 20 years and attended many retreats. Tiffany teaches ego free with ease and humor. Her sweet New York tones lull us into the deep recesses of our muscles and minds.. She is absolutely the best yoga teacher I’ve had and able to deliver her classes to a mixed level group with no trouble…it is a blessing to be here.”

“Our group is the most wonderful combination of human beings. We hail from all hemispheres We laugh till we cry… We try and understand how the world is in such crisis as we downward dog and stand on our heads. We visit the towns and beaches and go out for lunch. We take an art therapy class with the gorgeous Christina and understand a deeper level of who we are.. Truly surprising and insightful. Ive grills us the most DELICIOUS fresh whole fish with rosemary. Our wine tasting session turns into a party! Their wine is too delicious to just taste!) We dance around the fire till 3am!! AND 7 of the 8 of us make our morning yoga session smiling! As the autumn equinox promises new beginnings we leave Vis and our new friends filled with love. We are all the better for this. It really was SUCH A WONDERFUL RETREAT!!”

 

Diana from Sweden, May 2016

“Villa Dojmi is heaven on earth and an incredible beautiful place on Vis. This yoga retreat week has been fantastic, a perfect combined program organized by the great hosts Ivica & Nevenka, who guided us on the lovely island of Vis through their eyes and making us feel welcomed.They offer inspiring yoga classes performed by the sweet and outstanding Valerie who guided us to the right direction and who also gives excellent massage. They had delicious, healthy and tasty vegetarian food cooked by our master chef, Brane. And last but not least, it was fun to be with a happy bunch of girls creating a joyful atmosphere.”

 

Rhonda from Irland, September 2015

“Thank you for a great week – very warm welcome from fabulous hosts. Fantastic food for every meal. Delicious baked goodies. The day trips were great – loved them all. Enjoyed the yoga although I am only beginner, so bit challenged at times. Really liked silent meditation, in particular a restorative yoga. You have created a wonderful space and place here. “

 

Sanjo from Hong Kong, September 2015

“Thanks for everything during the retreat, I truly enjoyed the stay.  I felt your passion from every single dish that you made, loved the amazing music that you have, the programs that you arranged, and also Valarie is a great teacher that offers a lot more than yoga practice.  Last but not least, great rides and energy from Ivica.  A big thank to you both and take care!!!”

 

Tricia from United Kingdom, September 2015

“Hi Nevenka and Ivan, I hope you are both well happy. I want to thank you both for making my holiday a really wonderful experience. As you know I came just after the passing of my mum (100 years old!) I really needed somewhere to go where I could show my feelings and not be judged but find support. Everything I hoped for from my holiday I found and much more.The Villa. More beautiful than imagined. I can’t believe I didn’t go in the pool! The food. What can i say Soooo good. So varied, so tasty, so much! Thank you.The trips. It was lovely to visit the towns and beaches on Vis, I will definitely come back! The yoga. Ok, I wasn’t the best but that’s the great thing about yoga, you do what you can. Valerie pushed (in a good way) the best to do more, encouraged the debutant (sonia)to achieve a lot and gave her confidence and then me…. helped me do what I was able to do, let me cry and made me laugh – very important in yoga! I would not hesitate to recommend your yoga retreat. I wish you both all the best of everything, thank you.”

 

Jacqueline from United Kingdom, June 2015

“As a novice Yogi i was uncertain what to expect from a retreat (i’ve never been on one before) but was blown away by what an amazing time i had; i’m converted! The location, instruction and your hospitality were fantastic. From the moment we arrived i felt welcome and the effort you both put into showing us around the Island, ensuring we felt at ease in your beautiful home and cooking some of the best veggie food i’ve had, was very impressive. For me, the timetable allowed for the perfect mix of Instruction, relaxation and mini adventures. Marieke was wonderful too. I was new to yoga but by the end of the week i felt i’d improved substantially. The morning sessions were invigorating and being by the pool was a lovely setting. The afternoon session was particularly interesting and, If you embraced everything that was offered and kept an open mind, it was a great opportunity to try out different styles of meditation and relaxation. I’ve continued practising since returning and now can’t imagine life without Yoga!Thanks again and I hope to visit again in the future.”

 

Krisztina from Budapest, Hungary, June 2015

“This has been my first vacation alone and also the first yoga retreat and I have to say even though I had no idea what to expect I ended up having the best time ever. Ivica and Nevenka are amazing hosts and beautiful people! They did everything to make our stay as pleasant as possible. I pretty much felt home thanks to their hospitality and the amazing homemade meals. Marieke, our yoga instructor, didn`t just make yoga greatly enjoyable on physical level but with introducing different theories and talking about different styles, showing meditation forms made yoga  just such an amazingly interesting experience! So much that I`m thinking of doing a YTT. The art therapy with Kristina was a lot of fun and a great way to release. I loved that after every dinner Nevenka and Ivica joined us and we were sharing stories and laughs, all of them were available all the time in case we needed anything. The yoga party was lovely and so much fun. I cannot say anything bad about this vacation. I look back at it as one of the best decisions I have ever made! And I could never thank enough for them to make my time there so awesome! Oh, and the island and the villa are just beautiful!”

 

Sophie from Switzerland, June 2015

“Dear Nevenka, Dear Ivo,

Thank you so much for this amazing week. The yoga retreat was way beyond all my expectations. I had chosen this retreat because of the location (Mediterranean sea), because of the program and because the villa looked really nice at the pictures. The villa is indeed wonderful. I really liked the fact that it is isolated, in the middle of the vineyards and the olive trees, that it is an old stone house with a lot of charm, that it is tastefully decorated and that there are several different „corners“ where we can chill (bean bags hammock, swimming pool). Then the food was excellent: the variety, freshness, quantities, nice touches…Every meal was pure pleasure.

And you two! You are so welcoming, warm, funny, helpful, available. You are both perfect hosts! I really liked the moments you spent with at the table, the adventures we all were on…Precious memories. The activities you proposed were really well chosen: a nice balance between physical, artistic, visits to towns and beaches. I really appreciated discovering a bit of the beauties of this island.

It was my first visit in Croatia and I certainly will come again. It is such a beautiful and rich country (culture, nature, people…). The yoga and meditation were great. Marieke is such an amazing teacher,very experienced and sweet. She adapted the program to our needs, shared a bit of her preciuos knowledge both a theory and practice. She is a very warm and welcoming person too. I really enjoyed being thought about many different styles and approaches. Kristina for the art therapy was great too. Such an interesting personality. You just feel home here from the first day to the last.

The schedule was just perfect too. Start the day with a nice practice outside, eat a fabulous breakfast, then activities, then deliciuos meal, then relax and free time, then restorative yoga then amazing food again. We were a really nice small group and we had a lot of fun. I am really happy I met you, and I came here. I came because I wanted to relax, discover a new place and get back to a regular yoga practice, and I had all that and so much more! Just keep in the amazing work you are doing here, hoping to see you again someday. Take care, thanks a million!”

 

Volker from Germany, June 2015

“Dear Nevenka and Dear Ivo,

You both are wonderful, beautiful people. You created a stunning place that is very hard to leave. I enjoyed your company, your humor, your presence very, very much. For a savage like me, with your great cooking of vegetarain dishes, I didn’t miss a second piece of meat on the plate. Of course, the exception – the grilled fish was a fingerlicking treat and our evening all together “that” night is one of these unforgetable nights… With Marieke you picked the very best Yoga teacher I could imagine. Thanks to all of you.”

 

Kriszti from Hungary, June 2015

“Dragi Ivica and Draga Nevenka and Marieke,

First of all – you guys are awesome! I came here with a lot of issues and with no idea what to expect. This was my first vacation alone and I’m so happy I chose your retreat for that. I honestly cannot point out one thing that I didn’t like about this week. I loved it the way it was!You guys put so much into it that we all felt so welcome and home. I couldn’t imagine better hosts! And I’m not saying that I found all the solutions for my problems but I had everything here to maybe get a bit closer to solve them. And I fell in love with Yoga again! I just wanna thank you guys all for that. For Everything. Much love.”

 

Stephanie from Switzerland, June 2015

“Dear Ivo & Nevenka,

Thank you so much for your hospitality! I spent a great week here with you. Thank you for being so friendly and available for us. Ivo is certainly the funniest Croatian ever and Nevenka the most beautiful Croatian women :)

The yoga courses were awesome. Marieke is a really good and nice teacher. I really like having an energizing yoga course in the morning and a restorative yoga in the evening. Marieke explained very well the postures and theoretical information about yoga. Moreover she tried to teach us different types of yoga which was very interesting.

Thank you for having us discover so many places. The activities proposed were diversified and I was happy to discover all beauties of the island. The house is really beautiful and the surroundings amazing. The room was awesome, very clean, very big. The food was excellent. Thank you so much for the fish. The yoga party was a very good evening and it was good to spend the evening with you. Please don’t change, you are the best hosts ever! I wish I could come back soon. Thank you for everything.”

 

Alice from San Francisco, USA, June 2015

“Art & Adventure Yoga Retreat completely exceeded my expectations. The hosts, Nevenka and Ivica, are amazingly warm and generous caretakers. They take thoughtful consideration into everything from detailed travel logistics pre arrival to daily island experiences and even to beautiful homecooked meals. The variety of therapeutic activities ranging from ashtanga yoga, restorative yoga, dance, art workshops and more offer a diverse way for restful rejuvenation. The genuine love that the hosts and instructors provided spread warmth to every minute and experience while here. To top it off, the villa and Croatia itself is so gorgeous that it’s almost impossible not to be overcome by all the beauty. Thanks for a truly wonderful time Nevenka, Ivica and Marieke.”

 

Susan from Ireland, June 2015

“I would highly recommend Art & Adventure Yoga Retreat Vis to everyone. It is a great combination of yoga, fun day trips, relaxing time and great food. The yoga classes were great, Marieke is very attentive to everybodies different needs and you can see she puts great time and effort into her classes. Ivo is a fun and enthusiastic tour guide for some day trips that were fantastic and the food is healthy, delicious and plentiful. Nevenka and Ivo are great hosts with great hospitality that make you feel right at home in their beautiful countryside villa.”