Music festivals and wellness retreats have both long preceed the history of Defected Croatia, however for many years the pair have existed in isolation from one another. As the Croatia festival has developed we have tried to bridge this divide - providing a space for people to release their inhibitions and have fun with their friends, but also find tranquility in the stunning surroundings and focus on their wellbeing.
After starting the mindfulness program at the festival last year, we saw how many of you enjoyed the relaxation element of the festival, as it offered a much welcome dose of calmness after a few nights partying. This year we have some really special additions as well as returning favourites to the programme, find out more below...
Forget everything you previously knew about the practice of yoga, Smokin Joga is a unique concept that combines house music, old skool rave vibes and downward facing dog for a truly unique fitness experience. Making its' Defected Croatia debut, former Space Ibiza resident Jo Joseph's class may be a little different to your average Vinyasa Flow - but the core ideas of tranquility and mindfullness remain. Meditative focus enhanced by the wicked sountrack provided by Jo.
Smokin Joga will take place on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the festival on the Wellbeing stage.
Shovell will lead a group in observing the parallels that are present between our environment and ourselves. Returning for the second time to the festival, this tranquil experience makes a perfect fit for the stunning settings. "We are our environment, we create the environment we live in by our actions, the eternal energy of life, is inherent within us," explains Shovell, continuing "the rythms of the seas, the planets, the stars the seasons, all play a vital, life enhancing part in our moment to moment living."
The workshop is all about slowing down, noticing breath and taking time to listen to our bodies rather than the voice in our minds.
Universal Rhythm with Shovell will take place on Tuesday 13th August.
KaRavan with Pierre Ravan
The core belief behind KaRavan is that partying and wellbeing should not be separated and should be experienced as one single journey. Returning from last years' event, the two hour experience will combine Heartfulness Meditation and Spiritual House music, a unique concept designed by Pierre. "Heatfulness is all about living by the heart. The purpose of Heartfulness Meditiation is to reconnect to our higher Self within, so as to reveal the infinute potential of the heart," Pierre explains. The music acts as a bridge to bring party people and spiritual seekers together as one and connect.
By letting go of mental complexities and tuning into our hearts the program offers the chance to find inner balance and calmness. As Pierre describes, "Heartfulness nurtures the qualities of love, unity, peace, harmony, moderation, joy, oneness, intuition, creativity and courage."