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Croatia

with Mari Andrew

 

 
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May 26 - JUNE 01

 

We created a  writing, illustration, & travel experience in Croatia with one of our favorite illustrators Mari Andrew !  Join us on an Adriatic adventure to Eastern Europe.  Splash in some of the clearest water in the world.  Spend a day casually cruising on a yacht that will take us to explore caves + end the day with a wine tasting.  Partake in a painting workshop to learn how to capture the essence of Croatia in acrylic.  Immerse yourself in the ancient history of Croatia with a romp around the Roman Ruins of Hvar.  We will end our adventure with a giving back project where we will help the Blue World Institute with their dolphin research and we will partner with them for a beach clean up.

This creative adventure will provide a space to explore your professional and personal goals in depth with expert guidance and promises to be a transformative, once-in-a-lifetime journey like our adventure have been for so many guests.

 
 

FROM $2400 / PERSON - BOUTIQUE TRAVEL AND ILLUSTRATION EXPERIENCE

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT WITH ONLY A 30% DEPOSIT USE CODE CROATIA2019

Remaining balance due XX day (90 days before adventure) . Group size 12-15 people.

 
 
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MARI ANDREW - Illustrator / Writer WE ARE Ambassador

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Giulia Bacci - Facilitator / Founder of WE ARE

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Leia Marasovich - Facilitator / Photographer

 
 
 

WOMEN FOR WOMEN AMBASSADORS

 
 

Mari Andrew

“My name is Mari (rhymes with starry) and I'm a writer, illustrator, speaker, and aspiring flamenco enthusiast, living in New York. 

I’ve been a writer forever, but I became an illustrator when I was going through a season of grief and loss in 2016 and needed a new fun form of self-expression to lift me up. I tried guitar, salsa, surfing, and instructional cooking videos, but drawing is the hobby that really stuck.”

 
 

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VIS

Vis is a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, off the Dalmatian Coast

6 nights

 
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Stay 6 nights at Palazzo Kat

Spend the duration of this adventure at the magnificent Plazzo Kut.

Cuisine

Enjoy authentic Croatian cuisine. Enjoy a special goodbye dinner at Fort George.

Creativity

Partake in an illustration workshop led by Mari Andrew.

Culture

Tour around Vis and neighboring Croatian islands—led by a native Croat!

 
 

Details

 
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Adventure

Please note, you do not need to be a writer or illustrator to join us, nor do you need to be interested in become.  Instead we will be focused on experiencing Croatia and the Vis island and learning about unblocking our inner creativity. We will spend days exploring and we will practice yoga daily.

Creativity

Mari will lead an illustration workshop—learn how to capture the otherworldly essence of Croatia through watercolor.

cuisine

On this adventure we will be enjoying traditional Croatian cuisine. All meals will be provided during the duration of this adventure—starting from dinner on night one and ending with breakfast on our last day. We are able to accommodate dietary restrictions with prior notice. Alcoholic beverages not provided.

Included Transportation

Boat transfer from Split to Vis is included. We will set a meeting time where we will all travel to Vis together. Transfers between all destinations included in itinerary.


 
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One of the foundational principles of WE ARE’s mission is the desire to give back to the destinations visited; redefining how we answer the call to travel.  We will be volunteering our time and funds in partnership with the Blue World Institute--The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation (BWI) works to protect the marine environment in the Adriatic Sea. To that purpose, the Blue World Institute operates three programmes – research, education, and conservation. Their research focuses mainly on large marine vertebrates (dolphins and whales, sea turtles, sharks and giant devil rays) informing our education activities and conservation projects. They work from the Adriatic islands of LošinjMurter and Vis, with the local communities, and collaborate nationally, regionally and internationally to advance sustainable marine management and environmental sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin.

We will also clean up every beach we set foot in - a small and simple effort, that shines a light on the issues of waste, particularly when it pours directly into our oceans.

For every attendee, WE ARE plants a tree through the international movement, Treedom in order to help rebuild forests, capture CO2 emissions, improve air quality and create a tangible symbol for the WE ARE Mission.  


WE ARE Creative Adventurers Experience

 
 
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WHAT'S INCLUDED 

  • Healthy meals for all 6 days (breakfast, lunch, & dinner + snacks) 

  • Yacht fees 

  • Daily Yoga + Meditation

  • Yacht Day

  • Special Dinner at Fort George

  • Adventure to Hvar Ruins

  • Trip to Blue Cave

  • Illustration Workshop

  • Giving back project 

  • Onsite photographer

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare

  • Accommodation in Split (if needed)

  • Travel Insurance 

  • Gratuities for guides

 

Getting Here

 
  • Flights should be booked to Split Airport SPU (AKA Resnik Airport) 

  • Arrive between XX:XX and XX:XX for a group boat transfer to Vis

The adventure begins on May 26 with a group boat transfer at XX in Split

Frequent daily flights with multiple operators to Split Airport

The adventure ends on June 1 with a closing ceremony and breakfast.

Frequent daily flights out of Split Airport. Boat transfer from Vis included.

 
 
 
 
 

Adventure in the Adriatic with Mari Andrew

@bymariandrew

 

A Croatian adventure led by a local

MAy 26-June 1, 2019 >

(TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT WITH ONLY A 30% DEPOSIT USE CODE Croatia2019)

 

PRICE XXXX

We created a  writing, illustration, & travel experience in Croatia with one of our favorite illustrators Mari Andrew !  Join us on an Adriatic adventure to Eastern Europe.  Splash in some of the clearest water in the world.  Spend a day casually cruising on a yacht that will take us to explore caves + end the day with a wine tasting.  Partake in a painting workshop to learn how to capture the essence of Croatia in acrylic.  Immerse yourself in the ancient history of Croatia with a romp around the Roman Ruins of Hvar.  We will end our adventure with a giving back project where we will help the Blue World Institute with their dolphin research and we will partner with them for a beach clean up.

This creative adventure will provide a space to explore your professional and personal goals in depth with expert guidance and promises to be a transformative, once-in-a-lifetime journey like our adventure have been for so many guests.

Please note, you do not need to be a writer or illustrator to join us, nor do you need to be interested in become.  Instead we will be focused on experiencing Croatia and the Vis island and learning about unblock our inner creativity


Itinerary 

DAY 4 - Day Excursion to Hvar

7:30-9 am Morning Yoga

9-9:30 am Breakfast

10am depart via boat to Hvar

11-1 Explore ruins of Hvar led by Leia

1-2 Lunch in city

2-2:30 Buy snacks in local farmer's market

2:30-5:30 Hike in Lavender Fields and explore Ethno-ecovillage, end up at sea for a swim

6 pm Depart Hvar

7:30 Chef’s Dinner

 

DAY5 - Giveback

7:30-9am Morning Yoga

9-9:30 breakfast

10-1 Giveback Project - mural with kids

1-2 Lunch

3-5 Sea Swim

5-7 Painting/Journaling

7:30 Special Castle Dinner - book ahead

 

Day 6 - Free Day

Morning Yoga Meditation

Breakfast

Reflection + Free Time

DAY 7 - HEAD HOME

DAY 1 Arrival in Vis

We are meeting in Split to get a private boat transportation to Vis Island

Meditation/Welcome

Free Time

Dinner

 

DAY 2 - Yacht Day

7:30-9am Morning Yoga

9-9:30am Breakfast

9:45-6:00 Island and Cave yacht tour

7:00 Dinner

8:00 Yoga and meditation

 

DAY 3 Vis Vespa Exploration

8-9:30am Morning Yoga + Meditation

9:30-10:30am Breakfast

10:00 - 1:00 Stoncitca

2:00 - 6:00 Ride Vespas across island to Komiza

7:30 Dinner at Lola

 


Panting & Writing Workshop 

 

Learn how to capture the beautiful and ethereal essence of Croatia through water colors and words.   

PICTURE YOUR DAY:

  • Early Morning Yoga and Meditation

  • Breakfast 

  • Travel to destination

  • Lunch + Free Time

  • Afternoon Activity (photography workshop - give back - creative workshop - explore)

  • Free Time + Appetizers and tea

  • Dinner

  • Free Time + night circle 

A more detailed itinerary will be sent to confirmed guests closer to date. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Daily yoga and meditation

  • Give back project 

  • Experience traditions and customs 

  • Visit Blue Cave

  • Dinner at Fort George

  • Explore Hvar Ruin + Blue Cave

  • Explore Komiza via Vespa 

  • an immersive travel & culinary experience to sate your wanderlust/ Healthy traditional meals

  • a chance to create and tell your own compelling visual story in an otherworldly setting

  • a chance to learn both the technical and creative sides of illustration and writing.

  •  a time to focus on slow living, balance, and the direction of your personal or professional life  

  • a chance to connect and build relationships with like-minded creative people

WHAT'S INCLUDED 

  • Healthy meals for all 6 days (breakfast, lunch, & dinner + snacks) 

  • Yacht fees 

  • Daily Yoga

  • Yacht Day

  • Illustration Workshop

  • Giving back project 

  • Onsite photographer

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare

  • Accommodation in Split

  • Boat Ride from Split to VIs

  • Travel Insurance 

  • Gratuities for guides


mari andrew

Our teams are made up of visual storytellers, writers, and wanderers, and we want to share both our passion for our crafts and what we, as independent entrepreneurs, creatives, and small business owners, have discovered about doing what you love for a living. While we welcome technology as a means to share and connect, the focus of our retreats is not on social media, blogging, or lectures. Instead, these retreats are immersive creative, travel, and culinary experiences. We believe that travel experiences can be transformative, and that an experience shared is an experience multiplied. 

AMBASSADOR

MARI ANDREW - Writer + Illustrator

Mari (rhymes with starry) is a writer, illustrator, speaker, and aspiring flamenco enthusiast, living in New York. 

She has been a writer forever, but became an illustrator when she was going through a season of grief and loss in 2016 and needed a new fun form of self-expression to lift her up. She tried guitar, salsa, surfing, and instructional cooking videos, but drawing is the hobby that really stuck. 

 

FACILITATOR

GIULIA BACCI - Founder of WE ARE 

Born and raised in Florence, Italy Giulia has been on her personal pursuit of what creates and maintains happiness.  Giulia's kind heart and creative spirit shine through her work and are showcased in the giving back projects WE ARE does abroad.  When she is not trying to find the key to happiness Giulia is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor and a lover of any adventure; from snowboarding on the slopes to dancing on water while surfing you will find her with a big smile and open heart.  

LEIA MARASOVICH- Yogini and water child Native Croat!

Since a young age, Leia was exposed to yoga/eastern philosophies and found great respect for these ancient teachings and traditions. She has traveled the world teaching yoga internationally- from Bulgaria to Italy, Morocco and Ecuador. Her profound connection with nature and indigenous cultures has led her to participate in authentic ceremonies and sustainability-related projects, witch which she marries a nuanced spiritual outlook and a passion for the arts. 

 

Accommodation

http://visvillas.com/listing/palazzo-kut/

Amazing six bedroom 16th century Venetian seafront palazzo located in Vis town, more precisely in Kut – the old town, offers stunning views of the whole bay. Furnished to a high standard, it is a sanctuary for a romantic get away or the perfect setting to enjoy the Mediterranean with family and friends. It is a step away to the best restaurants Vis has to offer.

 

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CUISINE

All of our meals will align with the cuisine of the local culture. ITraditional Croatian food have some similarity with Italian, Austrian, Hungarian, and Turkish food. Yet, Croatian dishes have their own distinct interpretation, and taste.

However, If you have dietary restrictions please notify us ahead of time. 


FLIGHT - HOW TO GET THERE

Flights should be booked to Split Airport SPU (AKA Resnik Airport) 

Boat Transfer should also be booked from Split to Vis

 

 


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One of the foundational principles of WE ARE’s mission is the desire to give back to the destinations visited; redefining how we answer the call to travel.  We will be volunteering our time and funds in partnership with the Blue World Institute--The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation (BWI) works to protect the marine environment in the Adriatic Sea. To that purpose, the Blue World Institute operates three programmes – research, education, and conservation. Their research focuses mainly on large marine vertebrates (dolphins and whales, sea turtles, sharks and giant devil rays) informing our education activities and conservation projects. They work from the Adriatic islands of LošinjMurter and Vis, with the local communities, and collaborate nationally, regionally and internationally to advance sustainable marine management and environmental sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin.

We will also clean up every beach we set foot on - a small and simple effort, that shines a light on the issues of waste, particularly when it pours directly into our oceans.

Help us grow our WE ARE forest.  For every retreat sign up, we will plant a tree through the international project, Treedom, to help capture CO2 emissions, improve air quality, and create a tangible symbol of WE ARE's mission.


TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT WITH ONLY A 30% DEPOSIT USE CODE Croatia2019)

 
 

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Hope to see you there!