What you’ll get

Our Medieval Mediterranean 400-year old town house is all yours.
You will be staying in a traditional Croatian 2 story town house on a narrow side street leading to the beach. This is a rustic, cozy and nicely remodeled house with modern amenities.

Our retreat house

Well combined and balanced 100% raw vegan food – 3 times a day or more if needed (you never have to stay hungry).

Our food

Raw vegan food making classes – 1 to 2 times a day.
Making your own, 100% natural and extremely effective toothpaste.
1 lecture per day about healthy lifestyle, ecology and happiness
1 personal consultation per day
Exercise of your choice and meditation – once per day
Educational and inspirational films and videos
1 to 3 (dependent on the length of your stay) personal iridology sessions with Dr. Ruza over Skype
A reflexology session with Jesse

How is our raw vegan retreat different from the other retreats?

Individual and adjustable experience - only 1 to 3 people at a time

We give you a completely private, individual and adjustable to your needs experience. In our retreat we only work with one person, one couple, family or 2-3 friends at a time. This gives you the opportunity to be completely relaxed, ask all the questions you desire and have us adjust our program according to your exact needs.

Knowledge and experience - 16 years 100% raw vegan

Our knowledge and experience is unique and extensive. There are only few retreats in the whole world and probably no other one in Europe guided by a 100% raw vegan with over 16 years of experience. Additionally, you will get a personal on-line consultation with natural doctor Ruza. Doctor Ruza has over 30 years of experience in iridology, reflexology, herbology, nutrition and more.

Iridology diagnostics

Dr. Ruza uses iridology as an ancient diagnostic tool which is used to see what’s going on in your body through looking at your irises. Then she gives you suggestions in adjusting your lifestyle – to improve your health naturally. Dr. Ruza works with you over Skype.
We will confirm your results of the iridology diagnostics with a reflexology session, so you will feel yourself that the diagnostics was accurate.

Our 2 story Medieval house is all yours

Our Medieval Mediterranean 400-year old town house is all yours. The whole 2 story retreat building is all yours and you can spend as much time alone as you desire.

2 minutes walk to the beach

The beach is in less then a minute walk from the retreat house. Our beautiful pebble beach with crystal clear turquoise water is only a few steps away from the house. You can also wonder around the magical narrow streets of our little medieval town like in a fairy tail or go hiking on marked tourist trails in the beautiful wild hills.

Individually tailored exercise

Our exercise plan is uniquely tailored to your body on the go. Every person and every day is unique and we adjust our exercise to how your body feels in this moment. We are giving you all the love and all the challenge your body desires.

100% raw vegan, well balanced meals

Our food is very clean, balanced, simple 100% raw vegan and adjusted to your unique needs. All raw vegan foods are not created equal. With our long-term experience we learned that only well combined and balanced raw vegan food will really heal and rejuvenate the body. Most of the produce we use is locally grown, fresh and in season.

Unique support with your emotions

Jesse will privately work on any deep issues you may have. After going through an extremely challenging childhood and working with hundreds of people over the years, Jesse became an expert in guiding people to deeper inner peace, health and happiness.

Success tools for your whole life

We will give you all our expertise and tools for health and happiness to succeed on your raw vegan path. We are showing you how to prepare tasty healthy meals, how to do the exercise that your body loves, how to heal your body with meditation and healthy lifestyle habits and so much more…



Featured Articles
Alison Wagstaffe
Reny and Jesse, who , together run the retreat make a great team. Both people have a mine of information, massive enthusiasm and a true passion for their subject. You cannot fail to ...

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Milli Kikkas, nutritionist
I've spend two weeks on this beautiful island and I am little bit sad to leave it. I enjoyed these 2 weeks very, very much. I feel so full of energy and happy. ...

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Brian Lewis, artist
Reny & Jesse offer the real deal, a deal that gives you a tool kit that can change your life. Once you have this you can begin to understand how to heal yourself ...

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Anja Schönbächler
I just spent a little more than a week with Jesse and Reny on this beautiful Croatian island and I would like to highly recommend this retreat to anyone who is ready to ...

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Natasha, Vadim, Andrei and Dmitri
We had great time and a lot of fun with Jesse!Diving from the pier, playing basketball to name a few. Simply talking to Jesse – real raw vegan pro – was balm to ...

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Wendy Kent
I'd like to say big "Thank you!" to Reny and Jesse and The Whole Lifestyle retreat. It's been absolutely wonderful for me this year. After an overload of stress and work my health ...

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I stayed at The Whole Lifestyle retreat as a guest, friend or more like a family-member. Because that's how they treat you, as family! I had a stupendous time the whole time I ...

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William Ross
The story begins when I was sitting at the Boost Juice Bar in Tallinn, Estonia. I sat down and next to me was a guy speaking with an American accent about plant healing. ...

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N.S. & S.S. from Zurich
In August 2013 we with our kids spent our summer holiday in this lovely retreat of Jesse and Reny.Their friendliness and enthusiasm for making delicious raw food meals made each our day interesting ...

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Herdis Elmend
Here I am in this beautiful place on this beautiful island. I had a birthday last week here and that was really my new Birth Day. I know now what to eat and ...

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Come, join our raw vegan retreat this summer in sunny Croatia. We are open from June 1st to October 31st.

The best investment on Earth is your health!

Come be our guest!



  • Jasmin Rodz February 3, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Would love to attend a retreat! Would like more info on dates and costs!


    • TheWholeLifestyle February 5, 2013 at 9:56 am

      We are happy you are thinking about coming to our retreat! All the dates and prices are here http://retreat.thewholelifestyle.com/prices/
      You can tell us exactly when and for how long you would like to come and we will give you exact price and dates.
      All the best to you!


    • Ciara April 16, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      I will be in Croatia May 19-25. My mother was born on Korcula and my girlfriend and I will be in Dubrovnik, Korcula and Hvar. Where is your retreat center located? I would love to come to one of your retreats.

      Thank you,


      • The Whole Lifestyle April 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

        Hi Ciara!

        That’s great! Sorry it took us so long to reply, we were swamped by work here :) Where are you coming from? We are not very far from Split, so you can visit us easily. Our retreat is officially closed in May, but we might be able to arrange something for you on these dates.

        Let us know!
        The Whole Lifestyle team


    • Fanon Wilkins April 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Please send me more info in terms of cost, length, and general logistics. Thank you–Fanon


    • albert May 13, 2013 at 4:09 am

      It’s looks appealing but it doesn’t even say in which country it is? Costa Rica? Thailand? It’s hard to guess. If you want people to attend, the first thing is to include some information about the location. I wanted to go but now am searching elsewhere, a place where I can seacrh about the flight fees and visa requirement.
      I wish you success in your NOWHERE paradise.


      • The Whole Lifestyle May 13, 2013 at 6:17 am

        Dear Albert,

        It says on the very top “Relax, detox and rejuvenate at our retreat in sunny Croatia”. It also says in the beginning of this article “one of the best raw vegan retreats in Europe”.
        And if you would look under tab “Place” http://retreat.thewholelifestyle.com/place/ It says “The Whole Lifestyle retreat is located on the beautiful Mediterranean island in Croatia.”
        And also under “Q&A”:
        Were your retreat is located?
        Our retreat is situated on an island in Croatia nearby the city of Split. We will give you all the information after you book your stay.

        We are sorry it wasn’t clear enough, we will add it in a few more places, so it will be more clear.

        Wishing you enjoyable holidays and hope you will find a nice place to stay!


        • The Whole Lifestyle May 13, 2013 at 6:57 am

          OK, we added one more sentence in the beginning of the article. “It is situated on the beautiful Croatian island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea.”
          Thank you, Albert for your healthy criticism :)


  • Wendy Kent April 19, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I love your website and I am planning to come for two weeks. Just arranging my team to cover my absence, looks like first 2 weeks of September. What weather and temperature can I expect then and have you still got space. Let me know. I might make it in late June or July, but August is looking difficult.


    • The Whole Lifestyle April 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Hi Wendy! That’s awesome, we are happy you are coming :) September is a great time to come – it’s not as hot as summer months, but still very warm (about 25-28 Celsius), and you can still swim in the sea, it’s usually quite sunny, but a few days might be cloudy and rainy. You can also come in the second part of the June or in July if you like hot and sunny weather. There are early figs, peaches, apricots, watermelons, melons and other fruit in season in July, in September there are still watermelons, melons, super-ripe peaches, grapes, early apples, etc.

      Let us know what do you decide and feel free to ask any questions.
      Have a beautiful day!
      The Whole Lifestyle crew


  • Jess B April 23, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Looking to sign up for June or Aug!


    • The Whole Lifestyle April 23, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      Hi Jess!
      Thank you for your booking! We sent you an e-mail with all the information.
      Looking forward to meet you here :)

      Have a beautiful day!


  • Cecilie Malene Hjorth May 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    it looks so amazing! Stunning nature :) Have a truly amazing time :)


  • Mark Naseck May 4, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Looks and sounds great!!


  • suzana campos June 15, 2013 at 5:19 am

    would like to attend in september . is there still a


  • Alanna Dunn May 6, 2014 at 5:29 am

    I am very interested. I won’t to book for sept 1 2014


    • The Whole Lifestyle May 6, 2014 at 7:29 am

      Dear Alanna, we will be happy to have you in September. The beginning of September is all booked, would you like to come little bit later? On the second week of September.

      Have a beautiful day!


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