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5 Days Art of Life Culinary Vacation, Detox, and Yoga Retreat in Samaná Province, Dominican Republic

Awakening Yoga Retreat Dominican Republic

Join Hotel Villa Serena for a unique experience in personal transformation. This retreat is designed to make you become self-reliant and self-confident as you experience growth on all levels. You will learn how to get started with raw foods, benefits of raw and living food diet, hands-on raw food preparation classes, and foods to promote healing and cleansing. So, what are you waiting for? Life is a commitment to awakening!

Meet the instructors

Darko & Ana
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  • Yoga or tai chi sessions
  • Master detox and cleansing
  • A workshop on a wide variety of raw foods
  • Holistic health evaluation and program
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Daily vegan meals


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Situated right on the stunning coastline of Rincon Bay on the peninsula of Samana, Hotel Villa Serena’s setting promotes healing and optimal wellness for body, mind, and soul. The hotel has 23 spacious and comfortable rooms, all with a large private terrace and a stunning ocean view. A small island floats just in front of you while the waves break around it on never-ending coral reefs. The hotel and the adjacent villa have spaces dedicated to yoga and wellness practice and can accommodate groups up to 40 people.

Each room has a different theme, mood, and charm, and is decorated with meticulous attention to detail, reminiscent of Victorian style. You can choose between a room with a king size bed and the one with two full-size beds. Wi-Fi access is also available. The atmosphere invites you to relax, meditate, write, daydream, or just relish the sights, the sounds, and the smell of nature.


Take one, a combination of two classes, or all of them as each program is geared for anyone who is committed to following the path of transformation to healthier lifestyle and quality of living.

Art of Raw

A workshop and demonstration of a wide variety of recipes that are, not only pulsing with life but also feasts for the eyes. You will take on an exploration of exotic flavors that will trigger all your five senses.

This program is available every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, starting from December 8, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

Master Detox and Cleansing

A movement from an old to a new and better pattern of organization. This program will use various techniques designed to remove the residues and preoccupations from your past that keep you wedded to it.

This program is available every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, starting from December 15, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

Art of Life

Solving a weight problem involves working on the major aspects of the problem; nutrition, exercise, self-awareness, will-power, and attitude to maintain permanent and desirable weight. You will leave with a comprehensive holistic health evaluation and customized program and dietary recommendations.

This program is available in the alternate weeks, starting from December 4, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

Included excursions

There are snorkeling equipment, kayaks, paddle board, and bikes for you to use during this retreat.


Darko Jurić
Darko lives in Zagreb, Croatia. He is a raw food chef, writer, and holistic lifestyle and culinary consultant and educator. After working many years in upscale New York and Los Angeles restaurants, he opened a raw food restaurant called Elixir in Zagreb, one of the first in Europe. Darko has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows on the subject of health and food.
Ana Glavas
Ana Glavas is an author, certified plant-based food chef, wellness coach, holistic lifestyle educator, and fitness enthusiast. She offers raw food and detox courses to help people learn how to make delicious, healthy food at home and / or for business while providing guidance to students who wish to start their own small business in the wellness and natural product categories. She studied nutrition and plant-based food preparation with Darko Jurić. Ana overseas all the operations of "art of raw" hospitality division which includes several raw food restaurants.


This retreat will take place at the Hotel Villa Serena in Samana, Dominican Republic. Located in the middle of Las Galeras bay, on the peninsula of Samana, Villa Serena is surrounded by extraordinary virgin beaches with all white sands and turquoise waters. It has a secluded location, and is accessible on foot, by boat, by bike, or horseback.

In only 10 minutes by boat, you can enjoy Playa Rincon, voted as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. Its pristine tropical setting offers exploration and adventure. Oceanfront rooms with terraces under coconut trees, surrounded by lush tropical gardens, create a splendor of natural beauty.

Nearby places

  • Playa Rincon beach - 10 minutes
  • Samaná El Catey International Airport (AZS) - 1 hour



  • Cycling
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio


  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi


In this retreat, you will feast:

  • Decadent raw vegan desserts
  • Raw vegan soups and salads
  • Nourishing cold-pressed fresh juices
  • Gourmet raw vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinner

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegan
  • Raw food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Yoga or tai chi sessions
  • Master detox and cleansing
  • A workshop on a wide variety of raw foods
  • Holistic health evaluation and program
  • 1 group dinner with Darko Juric and Ana Glavas
  • 1 acupuncture session
  • Walking or running sessions
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Daily vegan meals
  • Snorkeling equipment, kayaks, paddle board, and bikes

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Hotel transportation
  • Beverages and alcohol

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Samaná El Catey International Airport (AZS). Alternatively, you can also arrive at Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP), Las Américas International Airport (SDQ), or Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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