5 elements


 5-DAY PROGRAM ( 6 nights )

To get the most of what Rovinj and the Guesthouse has to offer, join us for one week of  Yoga and Adventure Retreat!

With 5 different adventure activities in the best and remote spots around Rovinj, with unique five elements yoga concept, great food and plenty of free time to enjoy on the beach or explore Rovinj, made this retreat the most popular yoga retreat in Croatia.

 Highlights include:

  • Daily morning yoga classes

  • Daily lecture and meditation about the Five Elements

  • Kayaking

  • Stand up paddling & snorkeling

  • Windsurfing

  • Biking

  • Hiking and cave exploring

  • Boat excursion

  • Visiting biodynamic-organic farm of olive oil and wine

  • Free time to unwind, socialize, or go to the beach

  • Daily organic vegetarian or vegan breakfast and lunch

  • 6-nights' accommodation in Rovinj, Croatia


GENERAL SCHEDULE for the retreat

Begin on Sunday ( arrival day ) with the evening (sunset time ) gathering
Monday - Friday:

8:00 - 9:15 -  Morning yoga class
9:30 -  Breakfast
10:30 - Lecture and meditation
12:00 - free time to relax
14:30 - Lunch ( sometimes 13:30 )
16:00 - 20:00 Daily adventure activities (except one day)
Evening - Free time to explore Rovinj or socialize
End on Saturday with breakfast

(Please note: the itinerary of the program can change dependent on weather conditions and considerations)

daily adventures

 Biking & Kayaking
One afternoon, you will be cycling along the coast through the park and landscapes of awesome natural beauty until we rich the beach from where we continue with the kayaks. With the kayaks we will explore the waters around the Rovinj archipelago and we will stop on one gorgeous island where there is no tourist, where you can relax on the beach and swim in the beautifully clear Adriatic Sea. 

  SUP - Stand up paddling & snorkeling
One afternoon we take the SUP board and we go to have fun on some remote beach where you can relax, swim, snorkel and have fun on the SUP board and maybe try yoga on the SUP as well. 

 Windsurfing Lessons
One you will learn how to windsurf, one of the most exciting water activities! We provide all equipment and trained instructors. No previous windsurfing experience needed. You don't need to be physically fit to try windsurfing lessons with us. And/or you can do SUP ( stand up paddling ).

 Hiking Tour & Secret Cave visiting
One afternoon, you will hike, and grappling to visit a secret and real yogic caves where one saint was living 1000 years ago and which have amazing view. 

Free afternoon
One afternoon will be free from activities so that you can relax on the beach or explore the old town of Rovinj, or visit Pula. 

NOTE: all the activities will take place on the sea or beach, including hiking, so you will have opportunity to swim every day. All the adventure excursions include time to come to the spot and back, time for preparation, time for swim and relax.

Things to do - optional

  • We organize visiting the small local biodynamic-organic farm. ( Wine and olive oil tasting with an authentic dinner )

  • Sometimes we organize to go for a dinner in some good local restaurant

  • You can book a massage

  • On a free afternoon you can visit Pula with bus, or take a taxi and visit Motovun and/or Grožnjan

  • If you stay one day extra you can even visit Venice with daily boat excursions.


PRICES Start from 630€ 

1 person shared twin/ or triple room 630 € 
1 person private room  with shared bathroom 760 €
1 person private en-suite room 805 €  
1 person private studio apartment  956 €

2 persons private room with shared bathroom 1290 € 
2 persons private en-suite room  1350 € 
2 person private studio apartment  1520 €

3 person in private en-suite room 2000 €
3 person in apartment 2050 €

Included in the price:

  • 6 nights' accommodation in one of the Five Elements Guesthouse rooms or apartments

  • Daily ( 6 ) breakfast and lunch (vegetarian or vegan and mostly organic )

  • 5 different types of yoga classes, meditations, and lectures.

  • All adventure tours, gear, and instructions

  • Boat excursion

  • Free use of bicycles for all 6 days

  • Snack for the welcome evening

  • Local pick-up from Rovinj bus station or harbor

 not included in the pricE:

  • Dinner: Most guests prefer to visit the town for dinner, or you can make dinner in our guesthouse. All guests will have access to the common kitchen. Some apartments have a private kitchen.

  • Visiting biodynamic-organic farm

  • Massages

  • Pick-up from the airport ( we can organize )



Natali Podner is a physiotherapist and yoga instructor. After finishing medical school, she worked in a hospital for one year. Afterwards, she opened her own studio for massage, body care, and recreation. Through the years, Natali attended schools for body care, and specialized in individual medical and Tui Na massage therapy. Natali is now a certified yoga instructor of Ashtanga, Power and Vinyasa flow style, and is currently learning new styles as well. It is yoga that brought her to the Five Elements Guesthouse.

“In my early twenties, I traveled around the world as a model and I experienced a lifestyle that was beautiful only from the outside. Today, I’m finding more beauty and peace inside, and I try to find love in doing small things. My dream came true when I opened my massage studio and from then my biggest joy is to help others feel better. Rovinj, for me, was always one of the best places, and now I’m happy to have the opportunity to work here doing all the things that I love.”


Marin G Vayu was born and raised in Rovinj, Croatia, and has been in the world of yoga for 15 years. He has visited India many times, practicing a variety of different styles of yoga with many different teachers. His other passions include windsurfing, which he taught for several years, and drumming, which he learned to play in Africa. His life has always been centered around teaching people; first windsurfing, then drumming, and later yoga. Marin published his first book Dance Of The Wind in 2009, which is available in English on Amazon. 

“To be in nature is much more than just having fun and noticing its beauty. I enjoy very much reaching desert islands with my kayak, feeling the wind in my sail, listening the silence of the caves, or simply watching the sunset or sunrise. I can feel that the Elements are alive and I enjoy being connected to their spirits. I feel it’s a blessing to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, because in Rovinj, I can really experience all of that beauty every day. Now I’m happy to show the beauties of my hometown to other travelers, and if they are interested to learn more about the elements, I’m glad to share my knowledge.”


If you are interested in the Yoga Retreat or you have questions, please send an inquiry.

Limited availability of the house is up to 15 persons. 

Yoga RETREATS DATES for 2019:

From 16 June to 1. October the Yoga and Adventure retreat will start every Sunday.

June 16 - 22
June 23 - 29
June 30 - July 6

July 07 - 13
July 14 - 20
July 21 - 27
July 28 - August 03

August 04 - 10
August 11 - 17
August 18 - 24
August 25 - 31



Natalie and Marin are the most amazing hosts! Genuinely the best place I have stayed. I joined them for the adventure yoga retreat and every day was packed with yoga, meditation and an activity which allowed me to view some of the most beautiful places in Rovinj! The guest house is clean and tidy and the rooms are ideal for single travellers of couples! Natalie also offers massages and after receiving one, I have to say it would be worth going to the guest house just for the massage! I will be back!
— Kayleigh Carr
I had an amazing time  Such a memorable week. Marin and Natali are amazing hosts. Our apartment was comfortable and clean, the food that Natali made for breakfast and lunch was so delicious, the yoga classes were challenging and the lectures and Marin’s stories always fascinating to hear. My absolute favourite part were the activities, in particular the kayaking and the wind surfing days. It might have been our group in particular, but there was such an amazing vibe at the guesthouse throughout the week and by the end we were all feeling so close, like a new found family. And Marin and Natali always went the extra step to help us with whatever they could. I have such amazing memories from the week, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!
— Alex Marmo
I had the BEST experience with Five Elements. Marin and Natali are amazing hosts, warm, friendly and so accommodating!

Lets start with the food, its all vegetarian, and everyday Natali provided yummy homemade locally sourced meals. Breakfast consisted of locally sourced fruits, eggs and homemade muesli and fresh Turkish coffee. Lets not forget those freshly baked cakes from Marin’s mum too! Our lunches were different each day with veg stir fry one day, stuffed Aubergines with melted cheese the next, one day Natali made the most incredible roasted beetroot with Ricotta cheese and fresh from the garden basil! She should be posting more of this food on Instagram and Facebook!! You eat together with Marin and Natali and the rest of the group, sat outside and its a great way to bond with the other people booked onto the 5 Elements programme.

The yoga in the morning is at 8am sharp and is mostly ashtanga, I have problems with my hips so was a bit nervous about the levels of experience of yoga in the group, but I thought I’ll book it anyway! So glad I did, although I struggled with some poses Natali always gave me some alternatives and I never felt out of place, which was a massive relief for me.

The activities were fantastic and well thought out, Marin is an incredible man with an incredible mind and an infectious passion for the elements! To get to the kayaking and windsurfing activities you can use a mountain bike or Natali does offer to drive if you’d prefer. I loved every single activity, especially the kayaking and windsurfing! Either during or after each activity Marin holds an hour lecture on the element of the day which I found really interesting, I loved hearing all about my element; water!

The evenings you have to yourself and Rovinji is a great town to explore with great restaurants; we visited Serjios in the old town (Pizza) and La Pulina (Sea food) which served great meals and would highly recommend a visit.

Some of our group stayed for an extra day after the 5 Elements programme had finished, I’d recommend to do that as the 5 days can be quite full and intense with yoga, meditation and lectures, I know I definitely needed a chill out day before heading home for sure!

If you are looking for an adventure with a mix of sun, this retreat is for you! I loved every moment and would go back in a heartbeat! Great hosts, great location, only 2 kilometers from the beach and 45 minutes taxi ride from the airport. GET IT BOOKED NOW!
— Lisa Mulhall
From the first minute after arrival for the 5-elements-retreat I felt so welcome - like visiting old friends!! Natali & Marin are so easy-going, authentic with an open heart and caring great for all of your needs.

Atmospheric yoga shala and lessons with charming Natali. Interesting 5-elements lecture with Marin, which gave me a more structured view on the interaction in human life. I also enjoyed the chilled (not too over styled) activities like kayaking, hiking etc. - try a drumming session with Marin, it’s real fun!

Located close to the beautiful southern beaches of Rovinj in a peaceful, green living area. Cosy shady garden with common outdoor kitchen and different places to socialize, relax or read. Loved my appartment with balconies, kitchenette and own bathroom (with good water pressure ;-)!

During the retreat food was served twice a day, which was always delicious, plenty and served with a smile. The value of price and service is highly reasonable and I can absolutely recommend this guesthouse to anyone, who doesn’t expect high perfection, but warmth and authenticity!!
— Susanne Brunner
I liked everything about this place, Marin and Natalie were wonderful to meet and spend time together. The retreat was well organised and managed. Rovinj is a beautiful place to explore and Marin took us to see the best of it.

Also I personally wanted to thank Marin for making me feel confident and comfortable during windsurfing and kayaking, as it was my first time to try these activities out and I do not swim well. It was a great experience.

I wanted to thank Natalie as well for gluing the team together, treating us with her great hospitality and being so wonderful with us. I had a great time!
— Review from bookyogaretreat.com by Iroda Asqarova from Ukraine (
Everything! All adventures, Food, location, hosts, and mostly yoga & meditation! People who I have met in this retreat also made it enjoyable and pleasant.
— Review from bookyogaretreat.com by Gowsi Ananthan from Great Britain
Marin and Natali who were both hosts and teachers have enabled us to have both a wonderful personal experience as well as a wonderfully relaxing yet exciting holiday.

Natalie is great at teaching yoga in her second language which cannot be easy. The content of the classes perfectly matched the concept of the five elements.

Marin was our guru and delivered thought provoking and inspiring lectures on the five elements and guided us through life changing meditation ( for me personally).

They both served us with delicious home cooked vegetarian food and nothing was too much trouble to make our stay enjoyable.

The activities programme was fun filled, challenging and unique. Marin took us to visit places and people that we would never have experienced if we had visited Croatia by ourselves.
— Review from bookyogaretreat.com by Michelle Moran from Great Britain
I loved how the yoga and activities were centred around the five elements. Relaxing, exciting & thought-provoking all at once!
The food is up there with the best vegetarian food I’ve ever tasted and even as a non-veggie, I promise you, you won’t go hungry!
Guest house is spotlessly clean and comfortable and has all the facilities you’ll need.
Natali & Marin were the perfect hosts and I would recommend the retreat to anyone.
— Review from bookyogaretreat.com by Cheryl Anson from Great Britain
The guest house was very clean and tidy with regular cleaning times done by Natali herself! All the food was amazing and was freshly prepared everyday by Natali. Marin did lectures everyday on the elements and how this related to the yoga and meditation he is insightful and knowledgeable and his book complements his wisdom. The time effort and preparation that went into the adventure activities was beyond anything I’ve experienced! The yoga lessons delivered by Natali were active and easy to follow while challenging you mentally and physically. Natali and Marin clearly put their heart and soul into the retreat to ensure you have the most amazing time!
— Review from bookyogaretreat.com by Kayleigh Carr from Great Britain
Super super super retreat! Guesthouse is comfy and silent place in a beautiful city of Rovinj. It’s was perfect combination of yoga and other activities, we got a change to see such a beautiful places and scnereries. The canyon we went to see, oh my! That place would be great place for a meditation :) Marim and Natalie, it was great to meet you! Your presence is calm and peaceful and you made your effort for us to feel great, thank you so much! The food you prepared was super delicious! Big hug!
— Review from bookyogaretreat.com by Erika Boström from Finland
As a beginner to yoga dragged there by by my yogi wife this was honestly the best holiday I have had in years. A fantastic week with great people. Food and accommodation great. Hosts loveliest people you could meet. The afternoon activities memories I will keep. Top holiday. Thanks Natalie and Marin.
— Lloyd Williams


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