About 2017-07-05T09:17:08+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.”

Vanessa Fleming

Yoga teacher

Vanessa Fleming started practicing yoga regularly almost 10 years ago, after her a doctor recommendation to help alleviate a range of anxiety and depression-related issues. After 5 years of practicing and a little kismet sign from the universe, she completed her 200-hour training through YogaWorks Soho under the guidance of Chrissy Carter.
In 2013, Vanessa broke away from her mold known as the office chair, and took off for greater sites around the world. It was in the world where her yoga practice grew beyond the asanas, into a spiritual and inspirational empowerment from a variety of sources around the world.
Since then, Vanessa continued her studies and became more fascinated by the power of quiet practice. Meditation, yin, and intuition are currently what’s driving Vanessa’s practice for herself, and how she’s infusing it with her teachings. Additionally, she offers Thai Massage as an additional bodywork technique, and currently studies under Thai healer Pichest Boonthumme.
Her intentions have brought her many wonderful opportunities – teaching in Croatia, Morocco, Thailand, and Laos.
When she’s not on her mat, you can find Vanessa surfing, snowboarding, dancing, or being very loud with laughter, even as tiny as she is.

Teaching at: Girls Yoga&Surf retreat in Portugal (September 2-9)

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Caroline Graham-Wood

SUP Yoga teacher

Caroline has been teaching yoga since 2011 and introduced SUP Yoga to her practice in 2014. She believes anyone and everyone can benefit from practising yoga and SUP Yoga. Caroline’s classes enable each student to challenge their own physical and mental limits, developing strength, flexibility, awareness and balance. “I love yoga because it gives me a sense of wellbeing and focus in my life and I want everyone to enjoy it too.”. SUP Yoga is a great compliment to the yoga many of us practice on a daily basis. As well as improving balance, strength and flexibility you are hyper aware of which muscles are engaged when you are on a SUP Yoga board which brings a whole new understanding to the asanas. SUP Yoga allows us to be outside, to breathe in the fresh air and to laugh when we get things wrong and inevitably end up falling off the board. SUP Yoga gives you a whole new way of looking at yoga and you can practice yoga in the most beautiful locations around the world.
Caroline has 500 YT certification and SUP Yoga certification. She has yoga and SUP yoga teaching experience in the UK, Portugal and Mexico.

Teaching at: SUP Yoga retreats in Croatia (July)

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Rosie Moreton

Yoga teacher

Rosie is a yoga teacher (200-RYT) and Thai Massage Therapist from New Zealand. She has spent the past four years travelling and teaching on yoga retreats and wellness centres in SE Asia and Europe. She believes that yoga is more than the practice on the mat – it is about what we put in our bodies, the people we surround ourselves with, the values we hold, our intentions, and how we interact with the world. Rosie’s classes focus on the breath and awareness, and she incorporates dynamic and restorative poses to enable people to see the perfect balance that exists within all of us. Rosie is a fun-loving kiwi and always encourages people not to take themselves too seriously in their yoga practice. She is very excited to teach and play in Croatia this summer, and get to know people on and off the mat.

Teaching at: Balance Yoga Retreats (23-30th September, 30th September – 7th October)

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Sabi Kerr

Yoga teacher

A native Londoner, Sabi has had a passion for movement from a young age. Initially training in dance, she has always loved the creativity, joy and freedom of expression that comes with exploring the way the body moves.
Her yoga addiction began when she realised that it went deeper than just making shapes with the body, and she started to feel the positive benefits on her mind and on the rest of her life. She went on to complete her yoga teacher training in vinyasa flow and ashtanga at Sampoorna Yoga in Goa, India.
She teaches creative vinyasa flow classes, where the focus is not about making the perfect shape, but moving the body in a way that feels good. She enjoys encouraging her students to explore what their bodies can do and have a little fun along the way. Yoga should make you want to smile!

Teaching at: Balance yoga retreat in Croatia (16-23rd September)

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Maya Kolega

Photographer and artist

Maya is a passionate and determined emerging artist, committed to her creative journey. She studied at the University of South Australia where she completed a bachelor degree in Visual Arts (photography). Maya works creating and documenting images through photography and illustration. Maya will be with us in June and July capturing moments with her camera and hosting a Yoga Life Drawing class with each group.

More about Maya     YOGA LIFE DRAWING CLASS

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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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