Annual Retreat in Croatia - Hosted by Stephanie & Heather - 2021

Brac, Croatia

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15 reviews
Sep 18 - 24, 2021
Group size: 10 - 18
Annual Retreat in Croatia - Hosted by Stephanie & Heather - 2021
Brac, Croatia

  • Email address verified
15 reviews

Sep 18 - 24, 2021
Group size: 10 - 18

About this trip


Exploring the beautiful coastline of Croatia

Escape from the monotony of your busy day-to-day life and enjoy an array of experiences including island hopping, relaxing moments by the pool, soaking in some of the world's most beautiful beaches, a day trip to an ancient palace, seaside workouts, walks through picturesque villages, and local food tasting.

This is much more than just a retreat.  It's a perfectly curated vacation integrating wellness and the best of Croatian culture with an incredible group of people.




Stephanie Maxim is 50 years old and was born and raised in Roswell, Georgia.  Being in the fitness industry for more than 16 years, she has taught a wide variety of formats including Pilates, Barre, Zumba, TurboKick, TRX, RIPPED. She is also Co-Creator for DanceBattleBuild and Max Burn.  She has apprenticed under the world renown, Gin Miller, creator of Step Aerobics 

and is a Master Level Instructor under her Hierarchy Program trademarked in 2011. Dancing is one of her greatest passions in life.  


“Being able to inspire and motivate people to feel more confident with their bodies, to release inhibitions, and to step outside of their comfort zone is my favorite part about being an instructor.  Being a part of a group exercise class, whether you are the instructor or the participant, has so many benefits. Women are pulled in so many different directions 

as mothers, wives, friends, and daughters and it is great to be a part of something that belongs only to us, even if it is only for an hour a day!  We look better, feel better, think better and live longer. “ 

Stephanie is passionate about changing lives through exercise.

About Heather


With more than a decade in the Fitness Industry, Heather Bleakman is a promising innovator.  Not only does she hold a diverse range of certifications, she has trademarked her own creativity to offer other instructors something novel to bring to their own classes. After a year of teaching a boxing format, learning choreography based off of the required video curriculum, Heather delved into trying her own hand at combinations, inspired by her background in competitive athletics and dance.  She learned that she loved to create much more than she liked to imitate and thus began the groundwork for an idea to bring her three favorite formats together.  After 4 years and countless hours put into choreography, Heather made a name for herself, locally, and was recognized for her unique style.  Heather’s  class with co-creator, Stephanie Maxim was featured on CNN Health, aired September 2008, worldwide.  In the last 12 years Heather has excelled in a wide variety of formats such as Orange Theory Fitness, Reebok Step, The Life Tree, Pilates, Basic Flow, Sculpt and Strength, Kickboxing, Zumba B1, B2, and B3, TRX, Piloxing, Balanced Barre, Personal Training and is Co-Creator for DANCE.BATTLE.BUILD and MaxBurn


At the present, Heather is a partner, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and teacher.   Her favorite color is green.  The music that most touches her soul is jazz.  Her favorite food: pasta, cheese, wine and bread. What does she want to do with herlife? Laughing, she says, “Live and love to the brim”. 


“I walk into a studio room most days of the week, and I look into the eyes of many different people; some are strong, some meek.  Some are full of fire, just bursting with life, while others are hiding in a corner.  Some, natural dancers while others have at least three left feet! Each day I take them all in, each beautiful face...and I am proud to be a part of it; I am proud to be a part of them. Each person that walks into that room touches me in an indescribable way, and when I have done my job...I leave a small impression of myself on their souls.  This is what pulls me to group exercise;  it isn’t just about a physical change, though that is accomplishment.  It is about a change that moves us from the inside out.  It starts with our soul.”

Terms & Conditions

What’s included

  • Seaside Accommodation
    1 Week (7 days / 6 nights)
  • Daily Workouts
     Led by Stephanie and/or Heather
  • Island Tour 
    Enjoy our signature tour and hop from island to island to see some of the most treasured spots in Croatia, including Stiniva Cove - named Most Beautiful Beach in Europe by European Best Destinations
  • Free time
    relax or explore all the island has to offer
  • Lovingly Prepared Meals
    Breakfasts and dinners provided by our private chef. Lunches and any meals taken out of the villa are excluded.
  • Beach Day - Zlatni Rat
    Visit Croatia's Most Famous Beach, Zlatni Rat (named one of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in Europe by Conde Nast Traveler)
  • 75 Min Massage Therapy
    Put your body in good hands and calm your mind with a customized massage.

What’s not included

  • Airfare
  • Tavel Insurance
    (highly recommended)
  • Alcohol
  • Meals Outside of Villa
    Meals outside of the villa will occur on the day of the Island Tour (lunch) and during the Day Trip to Split (dinner).
  • Transport to/from Villa

Available Packages


shared bed - double accommodation

en-suite bathroom

$3,645 USD per person

$500 USD non-refundable deposit secures your spot


Individual room with sea view - single occupancy

sea view room with en suite bathroom


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This was hands down truly transforming. The location is absolutely breathtaking and the learnings and connections are honestly the very best. I would recommend this to everyone. I want to come back next year!
By Tara P for Yoga in Croatia - Hosted by Jess LeBlanc and Ritual Retreats on Oct 17, 2023
Britton and the whole team of Ritual Retreats are above and beyond the best hosts. I can not recommend their service, care, and hospitality enough. The setting was like being at the most peaceful adult slumber party ever. Amazing food 24/7, the best views, the best people, and serene adventures and yoga. I would highly recommend this retreat for anyone who is looking for a deep reset and re-connection to their heart. Thank you!
By Elizabeth B for Yoga in Croatia - Hosted by Lauren Cohen + Nat Kendall on Oct 02, 2023
If I were to sum up this retreat in one word, it would be abundance. I felt deeply cared for, taken care of, and loved by the incredible woman who hold this space for others. We ate explored dreamy islands, ate fresh food, laughed belly laughs, and breathed together. I felt like a local on this retreat and it was a humbling space to be in Croatia and not feel like a tourist but to really see the people, the land, and be a part of it. This retreat is a gift to all who say "yes" to it. I can't wait to come back and breathe here again.
By Diana S for Yoga in Croatia - Hosted by Edie Shipler & Ritual Retreats on Jun 18, 2023
Trip of a lifetime! Britton, Edie and there team gave us the most amazing getaway. Amazing accommodations, perfect itinerary, the best food and company. Can’t wait to do another Ritual Retreat.
By Maeve J for Yoga in Croatia - Hosted by Edie Shipler & Ritual Retreats on Jun 17, 2023
I've been to a lot of Yoga Retreats and this one was by far my favorite. It was the perfect combination of yoga, adventure, culture and connection. The accommodations, food and organizers were truly top notch. Traveling with the staff of Ritual Retreats is like traveling with a group of locals. I really felt like all of our experiences were really unique and something that I couldn't replicate on my own. The best part is that I didn't have to make a bunch of decisions, so I came home completely rejuvenated and rested. I would highly recommend this yoga retreat to anyone. I feel so blessed that I got to experience it. Thank you to Britton, Crystal and Edie for creating such a special week.
By Carly Y for Yoga in Croatia - Hosted by Edie Shipler & Ritual Retreats on Jun 08, 2023
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