The retreat as a whole was full of love, light, space, acceptance, play and positive energy. Every moment of the experience was thoughtfully curated in an effort to provide the most engaging and meaningful experience I could have imagined. There was excellent communication before I even left which made me feel heard and comfortable with my first retreat experience. There were multiple times where I was supported by Marie Belle, Nelson and Fernando in maximizing my experience through setting up my massage, connecting me with Kalah, inviting us to various additional workshop opportunities and so much more. The location was spectacular, comfortable, luxurious, the hosts and the staff at the location were warm, caring and mindful of the individual needs of each of the attendees. When Marie Belle was provided with feedback she was receptive and flexible with her plans and ideas. Each of the offerings throughout the retreat were not just quality learning experiences but personal and playful. I would and will recommend this retreat to anyone who is looking for an experience in which they can connect with themselves, their body, their practice, and a group of loving people who are generous with their knowledge.
Marie Belle is not only profoundly knowledgeable about her craft but she also manages to offer every experience with a light and loving heart. When she instructs the group in yoga, meditation, pranayama, movement, play and so much more; she does so with an intuitive balance of “how to”, history/theory/background, and “what does this mean for you”. Her ability to personalize the instruction makes you feel seen in a way that is often lost in the current “drop ins/classpass” scene. Each moment you are guided through any of her offerings, Marie Belle is clear, insightful, and intuitive in her instruction. She provides a comfortable space in which I was constantly encouraged to play and let go of fear based tendencies. I will take everything she shared with me in this last week into the future and I have a clearer direction on how to practice living from a place of authenticity, love and play.
Nelson, what a wonderful surprise! The workshops hosted by Nelson were an excellent counter balance to the yoga practices we were doing. Listening to Marie Belle and Nelson echo one another’s alignment and suggestions with different phrasing allowed me to think of the practices in different ways, and notice it in different parts of my body. Nelson’s workshops were challenging, helpful and playful all at once. Having these movement practices were exactly what I would have hoped for to feel comfortable playing with inversions. These workshops were also great for playing with the retreat group, it was social and lighthearted. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshops with Nelson, even including the prone body line.
Ayyy Fernando, what a talented, lovely and funny human. Fernando’s presence was a treat in itself. He was wonderful to talk to and process the entire retreat experience with. He was very attentive and helpful throughout the entire experience. I would notice Fernando making an effort with individuals and then with the group to check in, entertain and support all members of the group. My first massage ever was with Fernando and he made me feel comfortable with the entire process so I could fully relax into the moment. I also did a photo session with Fernando, the process of the photo shoot was worth every penny. He is not only insanely talented with his photography but was also encouraging throughout the experience that was out of my comfort zone; he made me feel beautiful and graceful and loved. The photos that came from the shoot were unlike any photo I have ever taken. He is not only talented but a big shiny beam of light that is wonderful to be around.