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8 Day Vegetarian Yoga and Cooking classes retreat on Vis Island, Adriatic Sea
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"Estate under the Paintbrush“, Rukavac, Širokovac 17, 21480 Vis, Croatia

Yoga and Cooking Holiday Croatia

This extraordinary retreat presenting very special 8 days on the magical island of Vis is ideal for anyone who wants a relaxing break from the daily grind of urban life. If you are a vegetarian or a yogi or just curious and happy to learn new things, this is your program to unwind in relaxing surroundings and be close to the sea. During this exceptional retreat, you will experience the joy of a yoga practice combined with meditation and breathing exercises and healthy vegetarian cooking classes, a fusion of Mediterranean flavors and culinary delights. You will also join in free yoga photo shooting and hiking trips and excursion on the island of Vis. Take your chance to refresh your being, get new recipes for food and for life. This fusion of activities will boost your spirituality and creativity. Guided by outstanding instructors, you will immerse yourself in the magical world of the island of Vis, considered one of the last 10 paradise islands in the Mediterranean.

Meet the instructors

Sanjica & Jelena
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  • 7-day two-hour yoga and meditation sessions
  • 6-day Mediterranean and vegetarian cuisine cooking class
  • Boat excursion: Blue Cave, Biševo Island with a visit of the Town of Komiža
  • Hiking trips in the island of Vis and guided tour of the Town of Vis
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in eco-friendly apartments
  • Olive oil, cheese and wine tasting in a wine cave
  • 7 homemade organic breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • free yoga photo shooting

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Croatian, French
Group size: 8-15 participants
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The accommodation offered is in the House Camellia and the House Jana, amidst a lush Mediterranean garden of 1,700 square meters, vibrant with colors and fragrances that bathe the living area and spread from the rooms onto terraces, from terraces back to the garden, creating positive energy of light, scent and constantly circulating breeze.

The houses are five single-unit residential apartments: Safira, Dalia, Art, Jana, and Stefi and 2 studio apartment: Azur and Luna, that are decorated with the idea that nature and art are two inseparable terms, represented throughout, on the painted walls, furniture pieces, etc.

All rooms are air-conditioned. Kitchens are fully equipped with appliances and utensils.There is also satelitte TV and Wi-Fi internet. Cozy accommodation with all amenities provided. In the garden is a yoga shala for yoga sessions and Happy Kitchen for cooking classes, two terraces for eating and many outdoor terraces for enjoying.

Estate under the Paintbrush has opted for an unconventional approach when designing their garden space so it is at the same time playful and serene, with a hammock and casual garden beds randomly left for shady repose amid lemon and orange trees, tangerines, pomegranates, fig and almond trees, an olive grove, a walnut and a cherry tree, a peach and laurel bushes, aloe and strawberry trees, myrtle, lavender, rosemary, palm trees, roses and various flowers and an organic garden of vegetables and herbs.


Estate under the Paintbrush created a program that for a whole week, in order to offer their guests enough time to find the perfect balance between the yoga sessions, the creative and cultural activities in the island and the cooking session in their big open kitchen "Happy Kitchen", using fresh local and organic products. This is ideal place to discover, or rediscover, the pleasure and the joy of cooking together and bringing more mindfulness to nourish both our physical body and our mind.

This is a personalized, individual and creative cooking and yoga holiday for you traveling alone or together with your partner or a friend and your family away from home awaits you on beautiful Vis Island. Being able to walk on the island and have a wonderful boat excursion while taking pictures of the island's beauties and the lives of the people on the island will be an extraordinary creative process. It will also be an opportunity to immerse yourself in a whole new world and the opportunity to bring a personal vision of that world with you.

Vegetarian cookery classes

This vacation specializes in organic, healthy vegetarian cooking; a fusion of Mediterranean flavors and culinary delights. Local cheeses, fruits, and vegetables are bought directly from the farmers' markets, taking only the freshest ingredients into the large and spacious kitchen. The Estate under the Paintbrush is a hidden treasure in the heart of Vis Island.

This fun hands-on cooking adventure is all about learning simple, healthy and colorful dishes that can be easily replicated back in your own kitchen. Your cookery teacher, Sanjica, will guide you through hands-on experience including how to choose the best quality ingredients including spices, vegetables, etc. At the end of the class, you will sit down together and enjoy the results of your cooking endeavors.

At Sanjica’s workshop, you will be collecting herbs from the garden, vegetables from the estate's garden or the surrounding organic gardens and preparing meals for a joint lunch. It will be a great joy to cook and share life's energy.

Yoga session

Jelena is an experienced and passionate yoga teacher. Yoga helps to improve health and happiness. It is also a fabulous way to keep bodies supple and strong. Each morning, your yoga teacher Jelena will facilitate an optional pre-breakfast yoga session. In the afternoon, before dinner, you will have the special pleasure of practicing yoga on the seafront. A special place called Bili Bok will be your open yoga shala: by the sea, under the sky, with the scents of sea, lavender and rosemary. An exceptional experience that can only be here on the island of Vis

Food photography session

Beautiful garden of the Estate under the Paintbrush is an ideal place to design a food photography scenery. The garden full of flowers with beautiful details is a great place to tell a food story. Natural light sources, interesting shooting angles, and different solutions will help you find your style - as the most important goal in photography.

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 Yoga session-morning practice
  • 08:30 Buffet style breakfast
  • 09:30 Hiking with photography or excursion
  • 13.00 Cooking workshop
  • 14:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 Free time
  • Different daily activity
  • 18.00 Yoga and meditation/sunset/Bili Bok
  • 20:00 Four-course wholesome Mediterranean dinner

Included excursions

Trip to the city of Komiža and the Blue Cave on the island of Biševo

The Blue Cave is one of Croatia’s natural wonders. The sunset-facing town of Komiža is the jewel of Dalmatian architecture, beautiful beaches, and interesting people: a true sensation for all senses and a visual experience.

The guided tour of Vis

Fascinating Vis town is the administrative and cultural capital of Vis Island yet retains a homey, small-town atmosphere. At the foot of the wide Bay of St George, Vis welcomes regular ferries from Split into its long harbor. From the harbor, a seaside promenade takes you to the highlights of Vis town which include Greek and Roman ruins, Renaissance churches and palaces and an archaeological museum with artifacts from ancient Vis.


Sanjica Laušin

Jelena Dvoržak


Estate under the Paintbrush

The Estate under the Paintbrush is a fascinating place, an island on the island, a unique blend of beauty, art, and nature. It is situated in the small cove of Rukavac, a quiet and pleasant village perfect for relaxation, in the southeast of the island of Vis, 8 kilometers away from the town of Vis and 20 kilometers from the town of Komiža. The estate is 800 meters away from the sea and offers no view of the shore, but it is a magical oasis of harmony, beauty, and creativity.

This extraordinary place is so much more than a retreat place: it is a home where you feel welcome. It is a hidden treasure in the heart of Vis Island with the eco-friendly apartments in House Camellia and House Jana, a very beautifully decorated, exceptional Mediterranean garden, warm and cozy with many different eating areas and lounges, making you feel at home.

Island of Vis

The island of Vis is an exceptional place which captivates the visitor with its natural and cultural heritage along with its energy. It is located in the sea between Croatia and Italy, 25 miles southwest from Split, which makes it the most remote inhabited island off the Croatian coast. On the island, there are two towns harmoniously intertwined with the landscape: Vis to the north and Komiža to the west, which both boast interesting architecture, rich history, and friendly inhabitants. Besides the two towns, there are numerous villages, such as Rukavac, which offer ample opportunities for a pleasant and relaxing stay.

Fascinating, divine, the jewel of the Adriatic, a paradise, these are just some of the epithets the enchanted visitors from all over the world have used to describe the island of Vis. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has listed it among ten last paradises in the Adriatic. You will be captivated by the beauty of its vistas, its coves, its caves, the richness of its sea bed, by the abundance of its fields and also surprised by the quaintness of its cultural heritage which bears witness to the millennia-old Mediterranean civilization.


  • Sea, 800 meters
  • City of Vis, 8 kilometers
  • City of Komiža, 20 kilometers
  • Split, 25 miles


You will be enjoying three daily healthy, seasonal, organic vegetarian, vegan, raw food meals along with freshly prepared healthy, detox juices, and herbal tea. Chef Sanjica will be spoiling you with delicious, nutritious meals, with a Mediterranean touch. Food will be eco and locally sourced adapted to personal needs. The type of food will depend on the initial request. Fruit and vegetables served during your stay will be seasonal, organic foods from the Bio garden of Estate under the Paintbrush and small local ecological gardens.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 7 homemade organic breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 6 days of Mediterranean and vegetarian cuisine cooking class
  • 7 days of two-hour yoga and meditation sessions
  • Hiking trips in the island of Vis
  • A trip to the town of Komiža + Blue Cave, Biševo Island
  • Guided tour of the town of Vis
  • Pick up from the port of Vis on the day of arrival and transfer to Estate under the Paintbrush
  • Free yoga photo shooting
  • Drop off to the ferry port of Vis on the day of departure
  • Olive oil, cheese and wine tasting in a wine cave
  • Tourist tax

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Travel or medical insurances
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and snacks between meals
  • Tips for local staff
  • Massage session
  • SUP yoga on the beach

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

If you are arriving by airplane, please book your flight to arrive at Split International Airport (SPU).

Arrival by ferry

To come to Vis, you have to take the ferry or the catamaran, which undocks from Split. The ferry takes 2 hours and 15 minutes, and the catamaran takes an hour and fifteen minutes to arrive at Vis. The team will wait to greet you at the port in Vis. Transpiration to Estate under the Paintbrush is included in the package. Drop off on day of departure is also included. They will come down to the ferry port in Vis to say goodbye.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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