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Time for Silence

Yoga, Meditation and Poetry with Ben Rakidzija

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May 4 - 12,  2022

Certified by the American Yoga Alliance (500RYT) and practicing Yoga and Zen Meditation since 2007, Ben Rakidzija visits two times a year a monastery or Zen Center to practice at a Sesshin. His teachers include Paul Haller (USA) and Shodo Harada Roshi (Japan). 

Ben lives as a traveling yoga teacher and writer in different European countries; he teaches mainly in Switzerland, Italy, Portugal and Croatia. Constantly striving to develop his skills by participating in workshops, he recently attended a fascial training workshop, delivered by Dr. Schleip (Germany), and a Tula massage workshop, by Luka Leppard (UK). In 2017 he joined a silence retreat, five days long, with Paul Haller (USA).  In 2016 he attended workshops of Contact Improvisation, by Christina Klissiouini (Greece), and a five day intensive workshop by Martin Keogh (USA).


He holds a Masters degree in Philosophy and History and has published a number of books since early youth; his work can be found at the European Literaturefestival (Lit.EU) and at .


His classes have been experienced in different countries such as Costa Rica, Germany, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland and Croatia.

Ben's Daily Program at Quinta da Bella Vista includes:

Yoga for 1-20 participants in the morning and afternoon,

60 minutes., for beginners and intermediate levels:

8.15-9-15 (before breakfast)

17.00-18.00 (before dinner)

(Offered at the Lawn, in nature or at The Greenhouse, as guests may wish and depending on weather)

The group shall practice Silent Flow, a mix of Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow,

Yin Yoga with influences of Qigong.

Ben also involves other forms of movement, like Fascial Training.

The lessons are in English, German and/or Croatian, both languages being native to Ben.

The lessons are open for 1-20 participants.

Yoga-mats, water, and thick towels are included. 

Private lessons can be arranged. 


For German-speaking guests, Ben could offer a reading of poetry in the evening (25min.)

accompanied with wine.

The yoga lessons can also be booked without an overnight stay on request,

whereby overnight guests have priority.


Some Voices of Truth...




"My wife and I really enjoyed the Yoga classes with Ben."

(Peter Simonischek, European film price for ´Toni Erdmann`)



(Noa / Achinoam Nini, Israeli singer)


"During our fantastic week at Hotel Miramar, Opatija, we relaxed, tense and ´everything` with a smile as our fantastic yoga teacher Ben has shown. It was an incredible experience for body, mind and soul."

(Jacqueline and Dragan Tuka, 52/ 59, Switzerland)


"Ben´s voice in the Yogaclasses is very calm and pleasant. It reminds me of the voice of Jon Kabat-Zinn."

(Nina, 35, Sweden).


"The yin yoga and meditation workshop with Ben was relaxing and pleasantly well-guided. I not only learned a more relaxed form of yoga with new positions but also extended my practice to a more still and observative experience letting the body sink into these positions. Bens guidance was helpful as he invited and walked us through into this stillness yoga and meditation. Gladly again!"

(Tabata, 26, Mexico)






"Ben taught Yoga classes for us in June and July 2017, the feedback was very good from all who attended his Yoga and Meditation classes; he has a calm & gentle presence and was easy to work with too and worked well with all our staff team."

(Lucy Bremner, Sunflower Retreats (Casperia, Italy - Nominated as 1 of the 10 best Yoga Centers worldwide, by The Independent).






"Ben Rakidzija exudes an inner calm that is contagious. Our guests were thrilled with his yoga classes!"

(Jenny Hunkeler, General Manager, KULM HOTEL St. Moritz*****S, Switzerland).


"The feedback of all our guests and the reception was excellent. We are happy to have had him in our team and welcome Mr. Ben Rakidzija again next summer for further yoga classes."

(Urs Langenegger, General Manager, PARK HOTEL Vitznau*****, Switzerland).


"Our guests and myself were very satisfied with Mr. Rakidzijas Yoga classes. We hope to see him soon again!"

(Gisele Holleis, Director of Hotel SALZBURGER HOF *****S

(Zell am See, Austria)


"Mr. Rakidzija made the Yoga-classes in our hotel very good and the feedback of our clients was absolutely positive. We are happy having him again in 2018."

(Martina Riedl, Director of Hotel MIRAMAR ****S

(Adria Relax Resort in Opatija, Croatia)


"Ben taught in our hotel twice a day. His classes were on English and mostly for American and Canadian tourists. Ben would be a tremendous support for your hotel or studio and has my highest recommendations.”

(Ms. Nunez, Director of TISKITA JUNGLE LODGE (Punta Banco, Costa Rica)


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