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~ All-Inclusive Women’s Destination Retreat in Croatia ~


with Deonesea La Fey in partnership with Courageous Being

OCTOBER 9-19, 2023

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When was the last time you really rested?

We plan vacations. We pack for them. We travel to them. We wake up early for them. We fill our days with cool things to do while there. Have to take advantage of every minute we’re away from daily obligations, right? Does any actual relaxing happen?

Rest is vital for our mental, emotional, spiritual health and inner healing.


With Rest and Receive™, you are taken care of from arrival to departure in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, and throughout our leisurely journey together in Istria, a triangular peninsula at the head of the Adriatic arm of the Mediterranean Sea. 


This retreat guides you to intentionally enter and consistently remain in the states of restoration and cultivation of your personal power through rest, movement, and nourishment. Some adventure takes place, too! 


We’ll explore spectacular locations of ancient history, including Roman temples, Colosseum and basilicas, medieval towns in refreshing natural settings, mystical stone hills, and ancient Goddess sites. We’ll also spend time in vibrant city settings, romancing our taste buds with gourmet organic food bursting with vitality.

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Throughout it all, there will be plenty of rest and no busy “running around”. After arrival, you will freshen up in Zagreb, at the famous Hotel Dubrovnik, walking distance from premium sites, including Kamenita Vrata – a sacred gateway dedicated to Mother Mary. 


On Day 3, we’ll head to the coastal town of Rovinj on a private bus, and settle into Hotel Eden - yes, as in the Garden of Paradise! ;) - surrounded by pine trees a quick walking distance from the Adriatic Sea


We’ll enjoy the hotel’s natural setting as our main place of lodging, avoiding draining packing-and-unpacking. On most days we’ll activate our adventurous spirits and expose ourselves to day trips across Istria to Pula, Groznjan, Motovun. Even on the go, we’ll practice the art of “dolce far niente” – the art of “sweet doing nothing”, just being in a place of beauty, watching the sunrise with a cup of bold espresso, or soaking in the purple sunset over a cup of tea or a glass of pleasant local wine. 


We’ll incorporate ritual and skillful workshops to teach you how to amplify, maintain and return to practices of self-rejuvenation on-demand, continuing after the retreat.

Be ready, and hopefully relieved, to leave politics, opinions, and contention at the gate to the temple.

We are gathering to drink from a deeper well, and if you join us, the requirement is that we all protect this holy place of meeting from our own and culture's contention, so that we can listen to a deeper Knowing, bathe in a clearer stream.

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BEGIN:  October 9, 2023

END:  October 19, 2023



  • Accommodations for 3 nights in the capital of Croatia, Zagreb at Hotel Dubrovnik (smack right in the middle of the city with everything walking distance).

  • Accommodations for 7 nights in the Mediterranean region called Istria, in the town of Rovinj at Hotel Eden Rovinj (walking distance to the heart of the town, in a calm and peaceful setting).

  • Ground transportation between Zagreb and Rovinj.

  • Meals - breakfasts, lunches, and dinners every day of the retreat at high-quality restaurants.

  • Retreat teachings, workshops and ceremonies, including Temple Dance with Deonesea La Fey, Energy Codes with Courageous Being, and Inner Child Integration classes and practices.

  • 4 day trips inclusive of all entrance fees, guide fees, and tickets. The trips include visits to some of the most special and ancient places in Istria, such as PulaGroznjanMotovun.


Excluded from Cost: Airfare from participant's location to Zagreb, any travel insurance, personal and shopping expenses, gratuity, alcoholic beverages, add-on trips*.

Airfare to and from Zagreb is not included in the cost of the retreat, and needs to be arranged on your own. However, if you need help brainstorming your options, or would like travel plan suggestions, just let us know and we'd be happy to help!  


Full Price of the Retreat is $4,700
Last Date to Register: September 1st, 2023

Deposit required at time of registration: $1,000.

We are bound by the non-refundable restrictions from our vendors.

We can give a 50% refund up until June 1st, 2023.

We can give a 25% refund between June 1st and August 1st 2023.

All payments are completely non-refundable after August 1st, 2023.

**Extended payment plans are an option, so if you are called to come and finances seem daunting, contact us and we’ll help you plan and proceed.**

Need help strategizing on how to make our retreat feasible?


We'd like to introduce you to our friend, Maui, who is a holistic financial planner, yogi, and energy worker.  He helps people from all walks of life build a resilient road map toward their goals. Maui can help! There is no cost to meet with him or design your plan. One of his core beliefs is that an investment in self-healing and self-discovery pays the highest returns.


You can reach him by calling/texting 661-889-1493 or emailing


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*ADD-ON TRIPS are not included in core retreat price, but we can help facilitate before/after the retreat by connecting participants with our tour agency. Contact us if you’re interested:

~ Venice, Italy

~ Rome, Italy

~ Trieste, Italy

~ Plitvice, Croatia

~ The Islands – Krk/Cres/Losinj, Croatia

~ Other ideas (Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, France, Greece, Turkey, etc.)

We are so excited to be with you all!

Deonesea & Ivana


Deonesea La Fey

Deonesea is a sensuality coach and movement facilitator who is deeply trained and experienced in sensuality and embodiment practices, ecstatic dance forms, and initiatory rites. Deonesea supports both women and men to release themselves from past experiences and conditioning that inhibits their eroticism, so that they can find their own personal pathways to ecstasy.

Her work is based in the knowing that our sensuality and sexuality can be a powerful source of creativity, passion and joy when we allow ourselves to cultivate and embrace them. A trusted and sought out ceremonialist, Deonesea holds a powerful and safe container in which participants can fully open themselves to whatever is moving in their Being. Through movement, principles of polarity, and Inner Child Restoration practices, Deonesea offers true depth of presence and compassion in her one on one and group work, guiding others to orient themselves to their own center and source of wisdom. In addition to holding her private coaching practice, Deonesea leads women’s empowerment workshops and sensuality retreats at home and abroad.

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Ivana Polonijo

Ivana has been empowering females since first grade when she helped a girl with disabilities stand up to bullies. An advocate for feminine principles in institutions, she founded Courageous Being, women+ conscious leadership center where she teaches Inner Bonding® for Business: a practical method of self-responsibility, compassion, and healthy boundaries as a clear path to a thriving workplace. Like the women+ she advises, Ivana is no stranger to big and little stress: childhood gremlins, immigration, romance, (single) parenthood, corporate ladder climbing... In response, she has kept her joyful spark and found purpose, strength, and composure. Key to this transcendence? Daily inner-work, including HMS practices and regular rest and restoration. She blends Ph.D. in anthropology, 15+ years in finance, and inner-work facilitation training to teach women+ how to find their own empowered calm no matter what the moment brings.

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