8 Days Vegetarian Cooking Classes, Food Photography And Yoga Retreat On Vis Island, Croatia

Retreat organizer: „Estate under the Paintbrush“, Rukavac, Širokovac 17, 21480 Vis, Croatia, August 29 – September 05, 2020

“Enrich your life with an unforgettable holistic retreat”


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 in the beautiful Estate under the Paintbrush. This extraordinary place is so much more than a retreat place: it is a home where you feel welcome.

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 food photography 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.

 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.

The Estate under the Paintbrush is a hidden treasure in the heart of Vis Island with the eco-friendly apartments in House Camellia and House Jana, very beautifully decorated, exceptional Mediterranean garden, warm and cozy with many different eating areas and lounges, making you feel at home.


  • 7 nights’ accommodation in eco-friendly apartments
  • 7 homemade organic breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 6 day Mediterranean and vegetarian cuisine cooking class
  • 7 day two-hour yoga and meditation sessions
  • 6 day Food Photography tuition
  • Hiking trips in the island of Vis
  • Boat excursion: Blue Cave, Biševo Island with visit of the Town of Komiža
  • Guided tour of the Town of Vis
  • Olive oil, cheese and wine testing in wine cave
  • Transfer

Meet the instructors 

Photography session:  Katarina Karakaš Spiroski

My name is Katarina and I have been engaged in photography for many years. For me, photography is exploration, story hunting, storytelling, searching for invisible dimensions. I love photographing people, situations, and conveying my messages to other observers. Photography has fully revealed to me what it really means to be present in the moment. The Island of Vis is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for photography, and Estate under the Paintbrush is a space where any photographic puzzle can be set up and solved. Since cooking is the main theme of this retreat, we will be mostly dealing with food photography; how to get great food photos in a creative, imaginative and easiest way, but we will not neglect the world around us, which we can “cook” in different ways.

Cooking classes:  Sanjica Laušin

My name is Sanjica and I’m cooking on this beautiful Estate Under the Paintbrush.The first thing I want to say about me is that  I’m not a professional. I’m a self-taught cook with 5 years of cooking experience on yoga retreats and yoga teacher trainings on this Estate. I also would like to mention that cooking is my passion and I cook with lot of love and positive energy. I also believe that cooking should be fun and recipes flexible.

What we do on the Estate is cooking Mediterranean-vegetarian-vegan-food. Real food that delights the senses and nourishes the mind, body, and soul. I’m thankful to have the privilege that all wedges and fruits in my kitchen mostly come from local gardens and also from Estate garden. All other groceries are from healthy food shops. If there is special dietary requirements or food allergies I’ll do my best to accommodate such needs too. In the end I really enjoy my reward…happy people with happy faces…in our Happy kitchen.

Yoga session: Jelena Dvoržak

My name is Jelena, I live and work in Zagreb. I do yoga for 8 years now but can say that I work with my body since was a little girl. I started with ballet classes, finished high school for modern and contemporary dance where I first meet and fall in love with yoga. In the meantime, I practice aerobic, pilates and belly dance.

Life path brings me back to yoga 2012. when I started to practice Zen yoga and finished a Chan Meditation course.   2013.  I insert a Gaya yoga school and become a certified yoga instructor ( TT 200 / 2015.) Since then I actively and with love practice and teach dynamic (modified ashtanga, vinyasa, dharma) and passive styles of yoga and also finished  Yin yoga TT. 2017.

After 10 years of working dance therapy with children who have speech and hearing problems, 2019. I decided to open my own little Yoga Studio Shala Mala in Zagreb. For me, yoga is so much more than just physical practice, more like a complete lifestyle which I want with all my love to teach, experience and share with others.

Skill level:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

The maximum participants in the group is: 15

  • 8 days with instruction in English
  • The organizer also speaks: French, Croatian


  • Vegetarian Holidays
  • Organic
  • Yoga retreat
  • Yoga and Photography
  • Yoga and Cooking
  • Photography retreat
  • Mediterranean

Package includes:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 7 homemade organic breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 6 day the Mediterranean and vegetarian cuisine cooking class
  • 7 day two-hour yoga and meditation sessions
  • 6 day Food Photography tuition
  • 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 day of arrival and transfer to Estate under the Paintbrush
  • Drop off to the ferry port of Vis on day of departure
  • Olive oil, cheese and wine tasting in a wine cave
  • Tourist tax

Pricing ( 1 Person)

Select your package:

  • 1 person

Private Studio Apartment  /whole place to yourself/ 1.500 EUR                                                                                 

  • 1 person

Single room  /two-bedroom apartment: max 2 people / 1.350 EUR

  • 1 person

Shared twin room /two-bedroom apartment, max 4 people in the apartment/ 1.200 EUR                                           

Get a special discount of 5% per person! To benefit, sign up before April 15th, 2020.

Payment of 30% /non-refundable/ confirms your reservation.The remaining amount to be paid upon arrival.

Retreat location: 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. 

Nearby places: City of Vis, 8kilometers, City of Komiža, 20 kilometers

 Retreat accommodation:

  • Check-in Time:15:00
  • Check-out Time:12:00

Estate under the Paintbrush, Rukavac, Širokovac 17, 21480 Vis, Croatia

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 km away from the town of Vis and 20 km 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.

The accommodation we offer is in the House Camellia and the House Jana, amidst a lush Mediterranean garden of 1.700m2, 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 5 single-unit residential apartments and 2 studio apartments that are decorated with the idea that nature and art are two inseparable terms, represented throughout, on the painted walls, furniture pieces, etc. Cozy accommodation with all amenities provided. In the garden is our Yoga Shala for a yoga session and Happy Kitchen for Cooking Classes, 2 Terraces for eating and many outdoor terraces for enjoying.

We have opted for an unconventional approach when designing our 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.


  • „Happy Kitchen“ in the garden for Culinary Classes
  • Bio Garden with vegetable and herbs
  • Dining area / 3 terraces/
  • Yoga Shala
  • Garden
  • 2 Barbecue
  • 2 Outdoor shower
  • Utility room shared with washing machine
  • Fully equipped kitchen in the apartment
  • Air-conditioned apartment
  • Bedding and towels high-quality cotton
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • TV-SAT
  • Free parking


You will be enjoying 3 daily healthy, seasonal, organic vegetarian, vegan, raw food meals along with freshly prepared healthy, detox juices, and herbal tea. Our chef Sanja 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

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free
  • Raw food
  • Lactose-Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • If you have special dietary requirements it’s a good idea to communicate it to the organizer when making a reservation.


  • 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- 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.

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 Yoga session-Morning practice
  • 08:30 Buffet style Breakfast
  • 30 Hiking with Photography or Excursion
  • 00 Cooking workshop
  • 14:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 Free time

 Different daily activity

  • 00 Yoga and Meditation/ Sunset/Bili Bok
  • 20:00 Four-course wholesome Mediterranean Dinner


We created a program that for a whole week, in order to offer our 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 our big open kitchen/ HAPPY KITCHEN/, using a fresh local and organic product.

This is an 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.

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 farmer’s 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  I have the privilege to visit and enjoyed many summers on the Estate under the paintbrush so I am really honored to be a part of this beautiful retreat on the Island of Vis. We will start early in the morning in the beautiful shala, located on the Estate under the Paintbrush with some slightly breathing( pranayama) and cleaning ( kriya ) exercises and proceeded with easy body flow – sun salutation, Ying – yang asanas and finish classes with restorative poses. Evening yoga program will be gauded outside, on the beautiful beach near the Estate. We will enjoy meditation, yin yoga and yoga Nidra during the sunsets, fresh air and beautiful sounds of the sea. Can we ask for anything more?

Food Photography session

The beautiful garden of the Estate under the Paintbrush is an ideal place to design 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.

Vis Island is a beautiful pearl in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. The amazing island and the beautiful surroundings are a perfect oasis for immersion into the knowledge of yoga practice and teachings, to offer yourself time to remember you very best, tuning in with the pure surroundings. This is an ideal area for photography. You will go on a hike with Katarina around the island and have a chance to learn how to take great images in a relaxed and creative way. Professional photographer Katarina will ensure that you return home with some fabulous, well-crafted images.

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       

If you are arriving by airplane please book your flight to arrive at Split International Airport (SPU). To come to Vis, you have to take the ferry or the catamaran, which undock from Split. The ferry takes 2 hours and 15 minutes, and the catamaran takes an hour and fifteen minutes to arrive at Vis.

For a detailed schedule of both the ferry and the catamaran, please check out the official site of the company: www.jadrolinija.hr

For information regarding the airport in Split, please check the following link: www.splitairport.hr

For information regarding the train transport, please click here: www.hzpp.hr

For information regarding the bus transport, please click here: www.akz.hr

We will wait to greet you at the port in Vis. Transpiration to Estate under the Paintbrush is included in the package. Drop off on a day of departure is also included. We will come down to the ferry port in Vis to say our goodbyes.

For registration and more information please send us an email to katjaklimt@gmail.com.

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