Transformative Yoga and Sound Healing Retreat at Lake Skadar
“My family and I were fortunate enough to attend the Yoga and Raw Food retreat at Villa Miela. Despite trying not to, I admit I had high expectations, but they were quickly and easily surpassed. Emma and Ben are so welcoming, and the location is so serene and inspiring, that you immediately feel like you’ve arrived somewhere special.”
Igor St, September 2020
Montenegro gong yoga week with nature activities and plant-based food
2020 dates: 9th-16th May 2021
Reconnect with yourself on a unique gong yoga retreat held in the heart of Lake Skadar National Park and led by gong yoga expert Natalia Dylawerska. Nourish, nurture and strengthen your body and mind with evening gong sound baths and morning hatha yoga workshops held outdoors. Enjoy and learn how to prepare delicious and healthy raw vegan food and draw energy from nature-based activities like silent hiking and kayaking and the incredible natural surroundings of our retreat centre Villa Miela by Virpazar.
Our goal is to support you in moving forward with confidence in these times of uncertainty, drawing strength from your peace within and the beauty of Montenegro. There will also be the chance to enjoy nature-based activities such as silent hiking, kayaking on Lake Skadar’s tranquil waters and bathing in hidden pools. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert at yoga, we invite you to join us for an amazing, rejuvenating experience!
The purity of Lake Skadar makes it the ideal base for a holistic vegan retreat, offering clean air, fresh water and rich wildlife, set in some of the most spectacular scenery Montenegro has to offer. Find out more about the itinerary and price by using the tabs above.
Book to Give Back – every booking sparks a donation to our chosen local environmental and community causes!
About Natalia Dylawerska
Hatha yoga teacher, sound healer, certified Gong Master and a MEM Gong Yoga kriya design scientist, Natalia studied sound healing and sound therapy with Tibetan singing bowls at the Peter Hess Academy (Poland/Germany). She then learned the art of Gongs from Gong Master Don Conreaux and Gong muse Mojca Malek. Natalia has also studied MEM Gong Yoga of Holistic Resonance with Petra Trtnik and Tim Byford.
About our retreat chef, Myriam Bakhti
Myriam is an author, a yogi, an organic gardener, a blogger and a raw vegan chef. Her cuisine is not the common cuisine of the common chef, it encompasses extensive and deep knowledge about Mother Nature and the human body, and the relationship between the two. During the retreat she will introduce you to a gourmet raw vegan cuisine to inspire you in how to make your kitchen vibrant and delicious. She also shares free content on her social media platforms to assist you daily with recipes and tips.
About MEM Gong Yoga
MEM= Muscles, Emotions, Meridians
MEM Gong Yoga is a combination of breathing exercises, body movement, intention and sound to release old patterns and emotions that reside on our bodies. After a series of body movements that activate specific muscles and meridians we lay down for a Gong bath.
MEM Gong Yoga focuses on 39 Muscles; each one of them linked to one of the 12 main Meridians and the emotions that they hold. By bringing in breath, movement, intention, sound and affirmations, we release stuck emotions, congested energy and old patterns stored in our bodies promoting health, well-being and inner peace.
MEM Gong Yoga is a yoga practice created by Gong Grandmaster and Kundalini Yoga Teacher Don Conreaux. He was one of the first students of Yogi Bhajan being introduced to the gong. It is yoga of self-responsibility to feel and focus and decide yourself the way to adapt it due to your needs. The exercises can be adapted to sitting, lying and standing positions. It is a yoga of creativity and oneness.
– 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
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Arrival at Lake Skadar. Check-in to Villa Miela or Badanj Villa Rooms. At 17.00, join our sound healing expert, Natalia, for an outdoor gong bath on Villa Miela’s covered deck. Group dinner at 19.00 on Villa Miela’s terrace.
Monday – Saturday
Each of the following six days begins with a 1.5 hour gong yoga workshop at 08.30 on the deck, which is followed by a delicious plant-based brunch prepared by our retreat chef. We will return to the gong each day at 17.00 for an hour long sound bath. In between, we are offering a selection of optional afternoon activities. The details and start times are listed below, along with the prices for each event. Group dinners are at 19:00.
Throughout the week Natalia is available to give 30 minute singing bowl massages for up to four people at €20pp.
11:30 – a silent hike to fully immerse in nature, including a visit to bathe in a waterfall hidden deep in the forest. €20pp.
14:00 – 3 hour boat trip on Lake Skadar, taking in some lovely swimming spots and bird-watching areas. €10pp
17:00 – Our retreat chef Myriam Bakhti will hold a 2 hour raw food workshop, so you can learn to prepare her delicious menu and even eat it yourselves for dinner! €15pp
13:00 – kayaking trip on Lake Skadar with BCU guide Ben. This short paddle from Virpazar to a nearby freshwater beach will take you past gorgeous lily pads and a former island prison! Paddling duration is about 2 hours plus plenty of swimming time. €20pp.
11:00-15.00 – a photo safari to the northern shores and a short hike to energising waterfalls. €25pp.
No activities – a chance to relax and enjoy Villa Miela’s wonderful natural surroundings and facilities.
10:00 – Departure.
Price: £695pp based on a shared bedroom. £200 supplement for solo use of a bedroom.
- 7 nights’ shared twin/double bedroom with private bathroom at Villa Miela or neighbouring Badanj Village House
- 6 morning gong yoga workshops (hatha practice)
- 6 evening gong sound baths
- 7 raw vegan dinners & 6 raw vegan brunches
- non-alcoholic drinks.
- Raw vegan food workshop with our specialist retreat chef & food writer Myriam Bakhti – €15pp
- Silent forest hike (3 hours) – €20
- Lake Skadar boat cruise (3 hours) – €10pp
- Lake Skadar kayaking (3 hours) – €20pp
- Photo safari and hike (4 hours) – €25
- Singing bowl massages with Natalia – €20pp
VILLA MIELA and BADANJ VILLAGE HOUSE
Accommodation for our guests is spread over two beautifully renovated neighbouring farmhouses in the hill village of Zabes, close to Virpazar. Villa Miela is the retreat centre and brings together all our yoga guests to enjoy its purpose-built yoga/chill deck, panoramic views, large terrace for group meals, swimming pool, relaxing sun-loungers, fire pit and orchard gardens.
At a glance
- Sleeps 8-10 with 2 double bedrooms, 1 twin and one bunk bedroom, each with private bathroom
- Swimming pool
- Covered outdoor deck / art studio
- Modern kitchen with all amenities
- Free WIFI
- 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 minute drive or 20 minute walk 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.
Some guests will be hosted at our neighbouring guesthouse, Badanj Village House, just 500m up the road from Villa Miela, and owned by legendary local raconteur and friend, Nenad Petranović. This beautifully restored farmhouse has all the usual comforts as well as an unexpected dash of style! Those guests staying here are of course also welcome to use Villa Miela’s facilities.