Is Obonjan the New "It" Wellness Destination?

Looking to kick back, practice, dance, and connect with others? Part eco-project, part mindfulness, fitness, and arts party, Obonjan has arrived. 

Just off the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, Obonjan, a tranquil and historic island that was almost desolate for decades, is taking shape as Europe’s first wellbeing and arts island. For yogis, artists, astrologers, dancers, and music lovers alike, the island launches its first-ever summer festival this year.

Obonjan’s founding tribe (an experienced team of producers, creatives, and adventurers) want the spacious island to “grow through ecological practices.” That means inviting anyone interested in learning more about nature and ecology while enhancing life experience to join their “microcosm” baby for as long as they wish, enjoying the rum bars and DJs as little or as much as they feel like.

In order to live better, we must be active in nurturing the healthy interests of ourselves and others, and listen to our body’s calls for better treatment. Whether that means practicing yoga at dawn, taking moments to meditate through the day, and letting our hair down for dance and a little indulgence by night; we all have our routines and rhythms for happy-making contentment.

In order to work better, we must open our eyes and ears to new voices and environments. We can share our skill sets and stories with others, apply new ideas and collaborate, moving forward with an altogether more successful working ethos.

Check out this slideshow for photos and more information! 


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A Palette From Which You Choose

Your time on Obonjan is what you make it. Its beauty is centred around a dynamic investment in terrestrial and marine ecology, a peaceful history, and a team of creative festival producers in a stunning environment in which to relax and have fun.

Photo by Gus Webster

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Ecology and Sustainability

The team behind the island and its launch are keen to illustrate that the project isn’t a trend-appeaser, and have formulated a development plan for the next half century to make sure resources are controlled and continuously improved. Experts from The Eden Project are involved in ensuring that everything run on Obonjan and the management of its waste is all above board.

Photo by Gus Webster

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The Isle of Youth

Unoccupied by humans until 1972, the island’s architectural infrastructure is minimal with stone diving platforms and amphitheatre built by the scout movement who nicknamed Obonjan the "isle of youth." Since 2008 it has been inhabited by one man and his dog who’ve taken care of the land.

Photo by Gus Webster

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Swimming and Snorkeling

The Adriatic waters, if you’ve never seen them, are sublime. Startling blue and turquoise like the Greek coasts, and crystal clear for optimal snorkelling adventures. Swimming is the best exercise for using nearly every muscle of the body; a great warm up or down before your morning or evening mat practice.

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Underwater Sculpture

Find your inner mermaid and go beneath the surface to discover one-off work from artist Celia Gregory. Water sports such as kayaking and paddleboarding as well as a gym and running tracks will also be on site to keep active.

Photo by Gus Webster

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Community and Togetherness

It’s curious who we meet on holiday or away from home, where we tend to be more carefree versions of ourselves. Who knows who you will meet and engage with on the island? Obonjan urges you to connect with fellow residents: find your chi with a stranger, help others find their balance with our partner poses for friends and lovers.

Photo by Gus Webster

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DJs, Live Music, Performance

The island’s entertainment programme is vast—from film screenings in the theatre and the geodome to hip hop, funk and soul, and techno DJs and a 25-piece orchestra.

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Nourish and Indulge

Across 5 different restaurants dotted across the island, esteemed chef Sam Letteri is curated an assortment of menus comprised of locally sourced goods that will delight and satisfy all dietary requirements: expect wood-fired pizza, fresh salad, pasta, tapas, traditional breakfasts, and freshly grilled seafood

Photo by Mike Cooper

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Discovery

Learn just where your produce is coming from on a boating day trip where you can discover neighboring towns’ history, go fishing and return to camp for one of the Obonjan’s "discover and learn" dinner talks/Q&As on mindfulness, astronomy, freediving, technology, permaculture and more.

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Forest Lodge or Sea View Canvas

By night, replenish mind and body in luxury, choosing either an ensuite forest lodge tucked into the wilderness, or a bedded canvas tent looking out over the sea. The woodland will be adorned with local artists’ work and offers plenty of secluded, ambient spots for solitary practice day and night.

 

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Wellbeing Centre

Tucked in the wilderness is a perfect retreat of spaces to for group practise, hot tubs, sauna, steam room, treatment rooms for massage and energy healing, juice bar: all led by the team behind London spa and wellbeing centre The Well Garden.

 

Alexandra p

Alexandra is a writer living in Berlin, by way of Worcester, Manchester, NYC and London. She loves loud music and dancing and asking people questions and last year she fell in love with hot yoga and wild swimming. Her favourite places are Scandinavia, Sri Lanka and of course, Berlin. She changes her name a lot but can be found @princefan87 and READ MORE