About 2017-12-05T13:20:48+00:00

Milda Urban

Summersalt Yoga Founder and Manager

Milda is a former journalist has worked almost 10 years in health, fitness and lifestyle magazines writing articles and features on these topics. She has also worked as business reporter and in a few international business social responsibility projects, focusing on encouraging green business.
After that Milda has changed her career path to tourism and now works as event and active travel organizer. What better work can you find for an absolute travel junkie?! Her love of healthy lifestyle, yoga and the outdoors has brought her to the perfect job – organizing yoga and adventure retreats where she shares her passions with all the participants.
One of her goals in organizing the retreats is to run a socially responsible and green business in order to keep the entire vision of the holiday united – a complete harmony of the people and nature.
“I am a travel junkie (was it mentioned already?), yogi, SUP-er, I love dogs, books, good TV shows and movies, music (give me Pearl Jam, White Stripes or Jamiroquai any day!) and sleeping in. I am very passionate about the environment and animal welfare (and I try to eat plant-based as much as possible), equal rights and common sense. But most of all I love meeting new and old people, because they are the essence of life and make it so much better, interesting and more fun!”

Mario Tomasovic

Coordinator, tour and SUP guide

Being born in Split, a 1700 years old Roman built town, it was a mater of time when will he start showing interest in history and travel since Split has always been filled with travelers (and their interesting stories!) from all over the world.
After graduating history courses Mario became a licensed official tour guide for the Central Dalmatian region, so he will keep you amused during all our excursions on Vis. Mario is also working as an event organizer and logistic coordinator, so he’s an important contributor to each part of our retreat!
“In my free time I am a little bit of a sports geek – I enjoy playing football and running (but not too much of it), I also recently discovered stand up paddling and am addicted to it now. I follow every possible sport and sporting event. Apart from sports, I simply love to travel (but who doesn’t) …whether it’s a trip to a local island in Croatia, a weekend road trip, or a bigger trip abroad, I love it all! And yes, my grandpa has a little vineyard and an olive orchard. I am trying to learn the tricks of the trade so that I can carry on our family tradition of wine and olive oil making.”

Mario Tomasovic

Coordinator, tour and SUP guide

Being born in Split, a 1700 years old Roman built town, it was a mater of time when will he start showing interest in history and travel since Split has always been filled with travelers (and their interesting stories!) from all over the world.
After graduating history courses Mario became a licensed official tour guide for the Central Dalmatian region, so he will keep you amused during all our excursions on Vis. Mario is also working as an event organizer and logistic coordinator, so he’s an important contributor to each part of our retreat!
“In my free time I am a little bit of a sports geek – I enjoy playing football and running (but not too much of it), I also recently discovered stand up paddling and am addicted to it now. I follow every possible sport and sporting event. Apart from sports, I simply love to travel (but who doesn’t) …whether it’s a trip to a local island in Croatia, a weekend road trip, or a bigger trip abroad, I love it all! And yes, my grandpa has a little vineyard and an olive orchard. I am trying to learn the tricks of the trade so that I can carry on our family tradition of wine and olive oil making.”

Leah Sugerman

Yoga teacher

Leah is a yoga teacher, writer and passionate world traveler. From Leah’s very first encounter with yoga, she was hooked. She fell in love with the pure dichotomy of the practice: the stark contrast between the strength and power compared to the grace and surrender. She enjoys the beautiful dance between the two extremes that happens on (and off!) her mat every day. Leah has been a passionate, dedicated practitioner since her very first class.

A grateful student of her vastly knowledgeable teachers, Leah teaches a fusion of the many styles that she has studied with a strong emphasis on breath, alignment and the sacred balance between effort and ease in the practice. Her classes find equal emphasis on strength building of the mind, body and soul, as well as flexibility of the same. Leah has teaching experience in Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Thailand, Croatia and more.

When Leah is not teaching, she can be found practicing handstands in the sand, surfing a beautiful coastline, chasing the sun, finding magic and eloquence playing with words or traveling to far ends of the globe with her mat in hand.

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Rosie Markwick

SUP Yoga teacher

Originally from London, Rosie has been passionately engaged with yoga for the past 7 years. Exploration of the yogic arts (and a constant yearning for sunnier climates) has taken to her on adventures across South East Asia and Australasia, diving deeper into the teachings on the way.
Rosie trained first and foremost in Bali, completing a Yoga Alliance 200-hour training. This was swiftly followed by a SUP yoga teacher training after falling in love with the practice on tropical lagoons of Indonesia. Since, she has furthered her qualifications in both yoga and SUP, completing a SUP instructor course as well as trainings in yin yoga, yoga energetics and craniosacral therapy. Rosie’s dynamic classes focus on healthy alignment and core stability, fused with creative flows and her yin classes focus on yoga psychology and energetics. All of her classes are powerful, inclusive and deeply healing.

Rosie founded and runs a SUP business on London’s regents canal (not quite the tropics but urban charm nonetheless!) and has worked in studios across Bali and London both as a yoga and SUP yoga teacher since qualifying. She has also facilitated numerous retreats and is deeply passionate about the power of combining yoga, SUP, adventure & nature to aid personal connection and transformation.

With a background in eastern psychology and as a qualified health and wellness coach, Rosie is passionate about yoga as a body work therapy. Her intention is to guide and support individuals on the journey back into their body. And combining all these skills to help people return to balance – physically, emotionally and energetically.

Read interview with Rosie

Rosie Markwick

SUP Yoga teacher

Originally from London, Rosie has been passionately engaged with yoga for the past 7 years. Exploration of the yogic arts (and a constant yearning for sunnier climates) has taken to her on adventures across South East Asia and Australasia, diving deeper into the teachings on the way.
Rosie trained first and foremost in Bali, completing a Yoga Alliance 200-hour training. This was swiftly followed by a SUP yoga teacher training after falling in love with the practice on tropical lagoons of Indonesia. Since, she has furthered her qualifications in both yoga and SUP, completing a SUP instructor course as well as trainings in yin yoga, yoga energetics and craniosacral therapy. Rosie’s dynamic classes focus on healthy alignment and core stability, fused with creative flows and her yin classes focus on yoga psychology and energetics. All of her classes are powerful, inclusive and deeply healing.

Rosie founded and runs a SUP business on London’s regents canal (not quite the tropics but urban charm nonetheless!) and has worked in studios across Bali and London both as a yoga and SUP yoga teacher since qualifying. She has also facilitated numerous retreats and is deeply passionate about the power of combining yoga, SUP, adventure & nature to aid personal connection and transformation.

With a background in eastern psychology and as a qualified health and wellness coach, Rosie is passionate about yoga as a body work therapy. Her intention is to guide and support individuals on the journey back into their body. And combining all these skills to help people return to balance – physically, emotionally and energetically.

Read interview with Rosie

Cynthia Mitchell

Retreat Chef

Cynthia’s love of food and travel began while living abroad her 30 ft sailboat, sailing the Bahamian and Caribbean islands. When St Thomas USVI became home, Cynthia began to share her love of food by gifting loafs for holidays and showing up to birthday parties with passion fruit cupcakes. She became known for her spontaneous approach to baking and took the opportunity to sell her vegan creations called “Happy Cakes” privately and wholesale.

Her desire for knowledge and a deepening in her yoga practice attracted Cynthia to Southeast Asia where she studied native food techniques and immersed in the local cultures, further growing her love of mindful cooking and keeping traditions alive through food. Being drawn back to the ocean Cynthia returned to the Caribbean and began cooking for sailing regattas, and aboard sailing yachts. Cynthia sees food as medicine and art.

She cooks with intention and her passion for healing humanity and the planet drives her energy into bringing us closer to the foods we put in our bodies. Keeping food more transparent and less manipulated so our bodies can receive as much nutrients as possible.

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Laima

Web and digital marketing manager

Laima is helping us to build our brand’s digital presence. She has been working in the web & digital marketing industries for more than 7 years now & is digital agency’s Urban Based co-owner.
Laima moved to Melbourne, Australia, to gain different professional experience in a new market. Seeing kangaroos, quokkas, ocean & desert, travelling across the continent in a van and live like a vagabond is, of course, on the to-do in Australia list too.
“I am a tech & digital geek, travel addict, dog lover & true urban. I find inspiration in everything that surrounds me and transform those experiences into digital creations. Absorb environment, learn from what you see & turn that into something great. That’s what I love doing and what is my true fuel in life.”

Laima

Web and digital marketing manager

Laima is helping us to build our brand’s digital presence. She has been working in the web & digital marketing industries for more than 7 years now & is digital agency’s Urban Based co-owner.
Laima moved to Melbourne, Australia, to gain different professional experience in a new market. Seeing kangaroos, quokkas, ocean & desert, travelling across the continent in a van and live like a vagabond is, of course, on the to-do in Australia list too.
“I am a tech & digital geek, travel addict, dog lover & true urban. I find inspiration in everything that surrounds me and transform those experiences into digital creations. Absorb environment, learn from what you see & turn that into something great. That’s what I love doing and what is my true fuel in life.”

TESTIMONIALS

What a fantastic week it has been. Everything has been what we hoped for and perhaps even more. Delicious food, the friendly group guided safely by sweet and strong Vanessa, a fantastic Villa with the most spectacular view and Milda and Mario, who are amazing hosts. We were sad to leave but take with us beautiful memories.
Katarina and Magnus (Sweden)
I had a really lovely week at the retreat. Milda, Mario and the rest of the staff were so accommodating. Everything such as trips, the boat, extra activities was all inclusive so it was so nice to not worry about anything. The island of Vis is so interesting and the host Mario has an amazing knowledge of it. The week is very busy with classes and trips, but equally the holiday is allowed to be yours and you do as you like with no pressure. All the veggie food was lovely and creative.
Ellie B. (United Kingdom)
I liked everything about the week I spent at yoga retreat: the villa was beautiful; yoga classes were great and I could feel a gradual progress; we had wonderful trips in between and I have learnt so much about Croatia, and last but not the least: Milda’s cooking is amazing. I highly recommend this yoga retreat.
Olga S. (Belgium)
This was my first yoga retreat and I enjoyed it very much. We became a little family in the end and I am happy I met so many beautiful people here. The place was amazing and yoga classes great. I leave this place with a sore, but healthier body, peace in my mind and new friends.
Nina L. (Norway)
Thank you. I have had such an amazing week, it exceeded expectations and you are all truly amazing hosts + teachers. I will be taking back with me a little bit of everything yoga, meditation, great food and history. Looking forward to joining you guys again hopefully next summer. Peace and love.
Nicola A. (United Kingdom):
It’s the last day. I have had such a fantastic time here. It’s such a great retreat, fabulous food (I have eaten so well), and company. Do yoga and meditation have meant so much to me and hope I retain the peace and will to practice more. Vanessa – you are a kind and thoughtful teacher. Milda and Mario – thank you for looking after us. Love.
Kate R. (United Kingdom):
Excellent yoga instruction – great food for the stomach and the soul – fantastic bunch of participants, what more can one ask for! I enjoyed every bit of this experience and forward to the next one.
Michelle D. (Germany)
Dear Milda, Vanessa and Mario, my holy trinity of relaxation :). Thanks a million for creating a week full of happy moments, stuffed bellies and faces full of laughter, it was just heaven. Will be back for sure!
Sabine M. (Switzerland)
Milda, Mario and Vanessa, Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality, friendship, kindness and support during the wonderful retreat here. It has been pleasure to meet you all and to partake in all the yoga, tours and food!! What an amazing package. Thank you and all the very best in future endeavours. Love and hugs.
Pam G. (United Kingdom)
Dear Milda, Vanessa and Mario, thank you for a fantastic week on the seaside. It was the perfect balance (pun intended) of fun yoga sessions, yummy food and outdoor adventures. I can only recommend Summersalt! Namaste 🙂
Tina B. (Austria)
Dear Milda, Vanessa & Mario, HVALA – thank you so much for a wonderful and inspiring experience on this beautiful and magical little island! We hope to see you again very soon. All the best for you and keep up the beautiful work. Much love!
Marcella and Nicole (Germany and Switzerland)
Milda, Vanessa & Mario. Thank you for a wonderful holiday. Its been an amazing time on the island of Vis. The group was very welcoming and you did lots to make our visit extra special. I have found a re-newed love for yoga thanks to Vanessa’s wonderful classes that has inspired me to practise more. The food throughout the stay has been absolutely delicious and I eagerly await Milda’s recipes. Finally, the trips to the Blue cave and the local towns were great. Mario’s knowledge of places was fascinating. The accommodation was beautiful, right by the sea. So thank you for a wonderful holiday!!
Hayley (United Kingdom)
Dear Milda, Vanessa and Mario. Thank you for a relaxing holiday. Well organized, good food, varied yoga and cosy atmosphere. The villa is super and Mario’s help planning outings was great. Milda makes you feel at home and Vanessa is a dedicated yoga teacher. Hope to return for another great week in the next year or two.
Ann D. (United Kingdom)
Dear Milda, Mario, Vanessa and Lauren. I came exhausted and with no more expectations than getting a rest – and then it turned out awesome! Intense, mindful, peaceful, with lovley people, gorgeous food and this crazy beautiful house with view! You made me really appreciate what I have accomplished in the last couple of months, with you I was able to calm down, focus and be present. Thank you for the light! I hope I see you again, I wish you all the best. Love!
Kristina H. (Germany)
Dearest Milda, Mario, Vanessa and Croatia :). Thank you for your attention to detail, your warm energy and your welcoming tours.
Kavitha (United Kingdom)
Ode to Summersalt yoga retreat:
Milda and Mario the perfect team
and with Melissa from Norway my yoga dream
Delightful food from morning till night
having gluts crunching too tight
Kiki our driver speeds over the hills
to charming bays and refreshing hills
We love our retreat in beautiful Vis
so to marvelous Summersalt we give you a kiss.
The retreat is an experience I would definitely recommend to everyone who needs a break from stressful life and wants to restore. Nature, good food, nice place, nice villa, caring staff and of course full time yoga practice and meditation. All one could need to restore.
Leila L. (Italy)
It was my first vacation by myself and I was a bit hesitant, however they managed from the very first day to create a very close and warm group I now consider my friends.
Nicola O. (Italy)
I would fully recommend this retreat to the beginner and more experienced people practicing yoga. The location is beautiful and the house very comfortable. All the staff put a lot of effort to make your stay very enjoyable. I had an excellent week! Many thanks.
Emily B. (United Kingdom)
Thank you for a wonderful week off extended summer. The Villa is in such a lovely location. I will miss those sunsets and the coastline. Vanessa – it was fantastic to be taught by you and to see your practice. Great classes, fun and challenging and relaxing. Milda and Mario, you have put together a great package make up relaxation entertainment and beautiful scenery. I will recommend!
Alex S. (USA):
We had a wonderful week at your retreat! Once a year the three of us meet for relaxation, fun and good food and we couldn’t have picked a better place this year. Many thanks for everything.
Astrid, Anne and Nina (Germany):
I have enjoyed Croatia very much!! I came here not having much experience with yoga and the little that I had was not nearly as enjoyable as what I have learned here. Vanessa was an excellent teacher as she has inspired me to continue with yoga. I hope I can find a teacher as good as she is. I have learned deep breathing correctly finally and how to relax. I thank Mario and Milda and Vanessa for the wonderful experience I have had on the island of Vis.
Brenda F. (USA):
This has been such a wonderful experience. For somebody that struggles to relax and appreciate the moment, I have felt instant calm and contentment. A Perfect blend of yoga, meditation and delicious foods, on the backdrop of such a beautiful, historical Island delivered by perfect hosts. Thank you so much. I look forward to joining you on one of your next yoga retreats.
Nicole A. (United Kingdom):

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