Yoga and Activity Holiday at Montenegro’s Lake Skadar National Park
“(A) perfect yoga week with great hosts in beautiful nature – Lake Skadar is one of the most beautiful spots I’ve ever been and Villa Miela was the perfect place to spend my holiday.”
Eva Bergold, May 2017
Montenegro yoga and activity holiday with an expert instructor in Hatha/Vinyasa.
2019 departure dates: 12th May, 19th May
Enjoy a week’s yoga, relaxation and activities in the untamed natural beauty and pristine environment of Montenegro’s Lake Skadar National Park. Based at beautiful Villa Miela, a renovated stone villa close to the lake, you can recharge and relax as you participate in daily hatha or vinyasa yoga flow sessions. Workshops take place on the villa’s hillside terrace and at other spots around the lake, such as hidden freshwater beaches and panoramic viewpoints. In addition to yoga, guests can choose to go out on other guided excursions such as hiking, wild swimming and kayaking; or simply relax at the villa.
The purity of this hidden lake makes it the ideal base for a holistic retreat, offering clean air, fresh water and rich wildlife, set in some of the most spectacular scenery Montenegro has to offer. This is a small group holiday for up to eight guests. Get in touch now to register your interest or book for 2018 (April 29th-May 6th, May 6th-May 13th) yoga holidays.
Haydana Mugoša is a homegrown Montenegrin expert in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga instruction and a pioneer of yoga and fitness coaching in this country for the last 15 years. She has her own studio in Montenegro’s capital city, Podgorica and regularly appears on Montenegrin TV’s Atlas channel as a health, fitness and lifestyle presenter. Haydana also contributes regularly to Montengrin lifestyle publications as a health and fitness guru. You can see Haydana in action at her studio on YouTube.
Hatha Vinyasa Flow is a form of yoga combining a physical, mental and spiritual yoga which encourages students to find a subtle balance between effort and relaxation. Hatha in particular uses movement and breath together, to produce a ‘flow’ of postures that lead from one to the next. The goal is to develop strength, flexibility and relaxation in both body and mind.
Classes will include a warm-up looking at correct alignment and breathing, a dynamic flowing sequence followed by standing and seated postures combining stretches, twists and forward and back bending, finishing with deep relaxation and meditation. Workshops are mostly in the morning at Villa Miela, lasting up to 90 minutes, but will also take place at some amazing locations in the National Park. Whether experienced or an absolute beginner, you’ll feel energised and ready for all our awesome activities!
– Build strength, stability and stamina
– Increase flexibility and muscle tone
– Focus and concentrate the mind
– Encourage physical and mental balance
– Develop body awareness and proper alignment
– Reduce stress
– Increase a sense of calm and peace
– Develop increased lung capacity for better breathing
– Understand elements of yoga philosophy
– Learn meditation and relaxation
– Become your own teacher
Arrival at Lake Skadar National Park. Welcome and check-in to the beautiful Villa Miela, your accommodation for a week filled with yoga and adventure. Welcome dinner and drinks on the terrace.
Morning yoga and a hike to the waterfalls of Poseljani village (picnic lunch included). Walking along the greenest of mossy trails, today you’ll experience wild nature close-up, its sights and sounds about as far from the modern world as you can get. Arriving at Poseljani village at Lake Skadar’s shore, we take the chance to plunge into beautiful hidden waterfalls, emerging energised and ready for our return to Virpazar, which is by boat. Mirrored waters, carpets of lilypads and birdsong will delight and ease you into the evening, which is free to dine at a local restaurant or self-cater.
Morning yoga and a kayak trip to Beška island monastery (picnic lunch included). Today we head to the village of Murići on the southern shores of the lake for a gentle excursion by kayak to visit the nuns of 14th century island monastery. You’ll have the lake all to yourself as you swim and kayak in crystal clear waters and take in the awesome views, varied bird-life and glorious solitude. In the evening, we visit the Dajković family homestead and honey farm as a group for a divine “zero mile” dinner of organic, home produced food and beverages.
Yoga practice at medieval Besac fortress, Virpazar. We start early with a 15 minute walk to 14th century Besac fortress to practice yoga in the unique setting of its newly restored roof terrace. The natural sounds, historic setting and panoramic views will leave you revitalised and ready to enjoy the rest of the day, which is free to spend however you wish (a group visit to the UNESCO heritage site of Kotor can be arranged on request). The evening is also free to dine at a local restaurant or self-cater.
Hike to Godinje hill village and yoga practice in an ancient stone corn circle (picnic lunch included). Setting off on foot from Villa Miela, today’s adventure offers glorious lake views and the scent of wild herbs as we walk an old donkey trail forgotten by the modern world. Arriving at 15th century Godinje village, we relax with a drink of homemade elderflower or pomegranate cordial before beginning an hour’s yoga practice in the village “guvno” (corn circle) – once used for folk dance and song. We stay on for a group dinner at the Leković family wine cellar and restaurant.
Morning yoga and a visit to the northern shores (lunch included). After breakfast, we head off to see the spectacular wetlands and winding rivers of the northern part of the National Park. Part car safari, part hiking, we’ll take you to stunning natural pools with waterfalls, an impressively large cave, and for more wild swimming at the source of a magificent river. Lunch is at the picturesque and historic lake village of Rijeka Crnojevića. The evening is free to dine at a local restaurant or self-cater.
On our last day, we take an extended yoga and meditation session in the morning, with the rest of the day free to relax or do your own thing. Our final group dinner is at Villa Miela.
Depart. Check-out is at 10am.
Price – £ 695 per person
Price includes daily coached yoga sessions, 7 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at Villa Miela in shared twin rooms, 4 evening meals, including welcome dinner, and 4 great excursions with the group including hiking, kayaking, wine-tasting. Flights, optional massage and meals at restaurants excluded. Breakfast is self-serve.
A beautifully renovated farmhouse with modern facilities, Villa Miela is the ideal base for guests on our Lake Skadar multi-activity holidays. With panoramic views and a prime location offering easy access to the lake’s southern and northern shores as well as Virpazar’s restaurants and shops, it’s the perfect place to stay for families, couples and groups of friends. Make new friends as you share the well stocked kitchen, gorgeous outdoor terrace, gas BBQ and swimming pool, or take over the whole complex if your group numbers 6 or more (a supplement may be charged).
At a glance
Sleeps 8-10 with 2 double rooms, 1 twin and one 4-bed dorm room, each with private bathroom
Modern kitchen with all amenities
Open-plan living room with TV, DVD player and library of books and films
Large terrace with gas barbecue, loungers, hammocks, boules court, swimming pool; incredible views over lake, valley and mountains
Extensive grounds with natural orchard and wild tortoises
Two minutes from the lake shore, 30 minutes from the Adriatic coast
Free use of mountain bikes
Exposed stone details and wooden ceilings and floors add to the charm, with locally produced, handmade bedspreads and bathroom soaps also handmade from olive oil. Stunning views are offered up by each bedroom and the open-plan living area.
The modern kitchen comes equipped with washing-machine and dishwasher.
Staying at Villa Miela is recommended by top travel media such as the Lonely Planet and Bradt Guides to Montenegro, the Guardian and Daily Telegraph newspapers and National Geographic Traveller magazine.