31 August 2015

Top Questions from Our Retreats


How did you learn all this? (Meaning the stuff I teach.)

I learned it because of infertility. And my first marriage. And divorce. And living in NYC and being in touch so deeply with humanity. I learned because of years of feeling like I had what I called, "The Piece of Shit Disease." Because I felt like a piece of shit. I learned it because I was so tired of being unhappy and I never gave up trying to change that. I learned it through spiritual mentors, books, religions. And ultimately, I learned it because I finally practiced and practiced and practiced living my life in a new way. For real. Because of so much practice, I began to see exactly what was working and what wasn't. And with the good stuff, I was getting results again and again and again. And so I had all the desire in the world to try and teach it to people. I worked hard to pinpoint words and explanations for what I was doing so I could explain it to others. And that turned into this blog. Later Danny and I worked together to create a curriculum for our earlier on-line classes, which later led to hosting retreats. I feel so honored to do any of this - to be in a place to have anything to say at all. It's a massive blessing that I don't take for granted one bit. I try to share all the abundance I have experienced.

How do you come up with post ideas? Do you get inspiration from somewhere?

The ideas for nearly every post I've written have come from my own life. The ideas spring from something I have thought or felt or experienced before. I follow my intuition and try to think deeply about what parts of my story could be relatable to people. What parts cross over and are likely experienced or felt by the souls of women everywhere (even though they might not talk about it openly - but perhaps they wish they could)? Usually when I write a post, it's an idea that I already had cooking in my mind. However, in my dreams, I'd LOVE to have more posts in the future inspired by other ideas, books, academia, religions, and people (including you readers).

What lipstick are you wearing?

Ha. This was a very popular question during our Tour! :) I wore the same lipstick every where I went. (I was packing pretty light. I also wore the same outfits, too, and did laundry along the way. So you'll see a lot of the same clothes over and over.) And the lipstick is...Crimson & Clover by Ilia. I actually wrote a post about this very lipstick last December! It's clearly still one of my favorites.

Which event on the U.S. Tour was the best one?

This was a common question. And, well, I mean this completely - every event just topped out at being as good as we ever dreamed. We stared at each other with our jaws dropped after each one and said, "Can you believe that just happened?"

WHYYY did you move to Ecuador?!?!

Ah, I know. You're not alone. EVERYONE wants to know..."WHY oh why did you move to Ecuador?!?" The answer is that Danny wanted to join the blog effort more. And we wanted to invest in and execute a lot of the ideas we've had for this endeavor. So, it wouldn't have been smart for us to live in pricey NYC. We knew we could rent out our Brooklyn condo for top dollar, so we had a budget to work with. Ecuador came up in our search as it is dirt cheap to live here, compared to the U.S. and most countries in the world. And so we realized we could actually "retire" here for as long as we needed. Also, the quality of life is decent (for example, medical care, safety, transportation and infrastructure). Yes, we could have moved to a cheaper area of the U.S., but moving to South America for a time felt more exotic, adventurous, and full of more learning and growth. We also wanted to take advantage of traveling around South America, learning Spanish, and also living just 6 hours from NYC. (Funny, though, even after this explanation regarding our move, more times than not people will then say again, "But why Ecuador?" haha.)

Do you like living in Ecuador?

In many ways, living here is idyllic for us (retirement=blogging, retreats, executing new projects, yoga, reading, sunshine, exercise, adequate sleep, travel, daily raw juices, and a complete elimination of processed foods. All of this stuff is seriously mind-blowing to me.) But the truth is, we do miss the culture and the people in the U.S. I especially miss the creative communities, the independent thinking, and the progressive culture so abundant in NYC. (It feels very, very, very small town here and less progressive here, which is not my preference for the long term.) I also miss the melting pot. I still really do LOVE the diversity of NYC as you come in contact with all kinds of people daily from every country in the world, every state, every race, every sexual orientation, every religion, etc. There is nothing like it. What can I say, New York has spoiled me.

On the U.S. Tour, did you see any other places where you might want to live?

The areas that came the closest were San Francisco and Chicago. They are amazing cities! However, I haven't ever been tempted to actually leave New York permanently. I have so many roots in New York and I already love the unique culture there, so it makes sense to continue making that our home in the future if we can. I feel like I "grew up" there as the most transformative part of my life took place right there in those streets, trains, apartments, office buildings, and parks in Brooklyn & Manhattan.

When will you move back to the States?

Our current plan is to move back sometime in 2016. My timeline was actually running more thin earlier this year and I was ready to head back much sooner (because of this). But our plans are really moving along (Retreats! Online Mentoring!) and so we'd like some more time to keep going with the rest of our ideas. We're currently moving forward with several new projects.

What is your skincare routine?

At every retreat, it seems people ask me about this. My routine is the most pure, chemical-free, and simple routine it's ever been. And my skin has never been better. It's definitely time to write another post about this. It's in the works.

Will you PLEASE write a book?!

YESSS. Thank you to so many people for asking us about this!! We absolutely want to do this as soon as we can, though it's not yet the top thing on our list. I actually have book concepts in mind for FIVE different books. So if the first one goes well, I'd like to keep going. Right now we are trying to learn more about publishing a book and getting a team in place. I have a huge learning curve ahead of me. If any publishers or literary agents are reading this and think we'd be a good fit for you, I would so love to chat! Or if readers have any recommendations for us, we're all ears. We've already been able to speak with one literary agent, a reader here, who was so incredibly helpful to us as we begin this process.
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Thank you to all our retreat alumni - and to all of you here. I have felt your support from the beginning and I thank you with all my heart.

Mara

(Photo taken at our Salt Lake City Retreat by Becky Kimball.)

P.S. I have nearly zero fashion tips for you all these days. Nearly all of my clothes are in storage in NYC and I brought some very, very low key things here (I scramble to put something together when we teach). But, for fun: my shirt and skirt are from J.Crew; navy leggings are Uniqlo Heattech; watch is by The Horse.

28 August 2015

Today: Launching LIVE MENTORING


We've been wanting to offer live mentoring to you for a while now.

And the day is here.

Many people over the years have requested this.

And we have indeed mentored MANY of you. People have said over and over that it has helped them so much, so we now want to offer mentoring to our full audience.

So how will it work?

-We can speak with you by phone, Skype, or Google Talk on Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays. That means you can book a call THIS WEEKEND. eeps!

-The sessions will be 50 minutes long.

-We can assist you with the technology part, if needed. All you need is a Skype ID or a Gmail address.

We're SO HAPPY to have a new mentoring page set up. 

Head on over to take a look and book a session if you'd like...

With Love,

Mara & Danny

P.S. Will doing a mentoring session with us be a practice in vulnerability or what?! In case you're wondering, people often say to us: "You're exactly what I always pictured." or "It's so comfortable talking with you guys." We'll try to make you feel as comfortable and as loved as possible. And feel free to join the calls just as you are.  :) Good conversations are ahead. XOXO


Photo by Becky Kimball at our Salt Lake City Retreat. She was so amazing to work with.

27 August 2015

Vermont Recap: The Beginning of Our U.S. Tour


Vermont, thank you, thank you for being the first stop on our U.S. Tour! 

For starters, it felt like coming "home" at Snapdragon Inn. And the rooms! As usual, they were as healing and calming as could be. I NEEDED THAT as we began our Tour and prepared mentally. Though I can gladly tell you that I have come soooo far, my friends. My state of mind going into these retreats is worlds away from what it was when we had our first speaking engagement many years ago. I feel so, so much more confidence in the process of teaching and in the outcome of the events. It's been quite a growing process for me personally (and, of course, it has a lot to do with channeling LOVE.) Even still, the very beginning of it all was a time for centering. We had just come from NYC where we had been dealing with a few challenges with our condo (including an unexpected move of our belongings to a storage facility in PA the day before.) ha. So I had to do my own healing to be present fully and to focus on the great love we had for those whom we were about to meet. I wanted to be committed to them and to serve them FULLY with my whole heart.



It also didn't hurt that I could take no less than 6 heavenly mineral baths in the claw foot tub over several days. Because hey, I could. At one point Danny asked me why my skin was feeling so dang soft. :) That puts a claw foot tub even higher on my wish list. We also played calming music up in our room. Danny kindly even brought breakfast up to our room so we could fully center ourselves and prepare to teach each day. (That breakfast included a big scoop of maple cream, I assure you.) See what I mean about being so lucky we started the Tour at Snapdragon Inn?



And something amazing to me: it was about a year prior on that very bed in Room 9 when I wrote this post talking about a U.S. Tour and sharing all the cities you all requested. So cool that the Tour really did happen! And now we need to do something about Tour #2 in 2016. We have more cities calling our names.



We had an intimate group in Vermont - so much so that I was initially embarrassed and hoped that the dynamic would not be tainted by having too few people. (Would people feel more or less comfortable in a small group?) But I knew I had to move through those fears or embarrassments. I wanted our guests to feel like we were proud and thrilled to be there just for THEM...and that they were worth it. And that sharing our message in person is the greatest thing we ever get to do. We wanted to exude everything we had to share about our message. We wanted to serve them. And, we did. And wow - what beautiful experiences unfolded before our eyes. It turns out the size doesn't matter one bit. I was so relieved! Everything we did together was as powerful and meaningful as can be. We all spoke authentically about LIFE - all the good and the bad. (Isn't it amazing to have REAL and OPEN conversations with people? I love it completely.) And we taught about the best ways we know of to heal, to love more, to grow more as a human being, to face our challenges, to forgive each other, and to ultimately have more peace and joy and happiness in life. We had meals together, went on drives together, sat by the lake together, AND SOAKED UP THE LAST BITS OF SPRING. It was heavenly for this expat. I miss spring on the east coast - and lots of good conversations in English.  :)



Some of the guests said they felt so lucky to have so much one-on-one time with us. And, I must say, we felt the same way. Our guests were SO, SO wonderful. Like best friend material. And I'm glad we got to speak with them as much as we did and feel connected with them so deeply. Experiencing that was a privilege that I honor. I mean, that kind of beauty does not happen everyday. I still think of our guests quite often. It seems our lives will be connected to them always. What I would give for another weekend with them at Snapdragon. XOXO



The event in Vermont was the longest (4 days). And so...that meant more time for New England awesomeness...

A Few Vermont Highlights:

Glass Blowing Workshop.

This was one very unique experience, my friends. I mean - glass blowing! How often does one do something like that?! It was both fascinating and terrifying (even though we were in very good hands with Lada, a master glass blower and teacher from Czechoslovakia .)

We each got to choose an object to make (such as vases, bowls, paper weights, ornaments, or glass sculptures). I chose a vase and Danny chose a bowl. Lada guided us along as patiently as he could considering there was a fiery furnace and red hot metal and we were as clumsy as two toddlers.

Here's what we made. You can see that in 2 hair-raising seconds I was incapable of getting the groove in my "cylinder" vase centered, as I intended. But I'm still pleased. Maybe it will be the first of a small collection of imperfect hand blown glass vases.












Lunch at Sustainable Farmer.

One of our favorite places near Snapdragon is a shop and outdoor restaurant called Sustainable Farmer. It's just so local and full of heart. The people there are on a mission to inspire people to eat HEALTHY FOOD. The owner, Terry, recently had a serious health scare, so he decided to completely change his diet (which has transformed his health). He developed a line of gluten free, dairy free, whole food Buddha bowls called Terry's Meals. In a box you can get the perfect amount of quinoa, chickpea, spices, and healthy sauces. Of course these are right up my alley. You just saute and add chopped veggies and it takes less than 20 minutes. SUPER easy and SUPER good. (Choose from West African Lentil Dahl, Thai Ginger Noodle Hot Pot, and Sesame Apricot Stir Fry). For lunch one day, he kindly hosted us and also wanted to join together with all the men from our group to make lunch for the women. It was very sweet. (He's especially passionate about teaching men how to cook healthy meals.)




Dinner on the Porch by Heart Rock Kitchen Caterers.

The porch setting at Snapdragon could not have been more magical. And now you know that I still have some west coast in me...because sitting on a New England porch and eating peaches could not be more storybook. And the food! Our caterer had IMPECCABLE food and service. I dream of being able to work with her again.







Dinner at Cloudland Farm.

This farm takes local food to an entirely new level. (Which I loved, of course!) They are a working farm and provided many of the ingredients - and the back of the menu lists the source for every other ingredient they use. So cool. (And SO Vermont!) The drive to this farm was as gorgeous as you'd ever imagine New England to be. The farm served a ham dinner that night, which initially didn't get us too excited. Ham?! But holy smokes- we all agreed it was the. best. ham. dinner. we'd ever had. The dinners are about $45 each - but I'd say the good quality food was well worth it. I would absolutely recommend a dinner there if you're in the area.


Vermont Juice Company.

We were so glad to have our 2nd Annual Raw Juice Bar with the Vermont Juice Company. They have the best juices. I was so pleased we could have such a nourishing snack in between our workshops. We had raw juice at every stop on the Tour - partly to keep our guests nourished and full of good energy and partly to keep Danny and I away from too many American cupcakes.


Local Gift Bag Goodies:

Raymond's Maple Cream and Maple CandyYou may know by now that this is one of my favorite treats on earth. You can order their stuff on Etsy. I can't recommend it enough. This sneaky treat is even Paleo, gluten free, and dairy free. Heaven help me.

Jerky by Vermont Smoke & Cure. I'm picky about jerky and cured meat products. But this all natural / organic company meets my approval which is why I reached out to them. The jerky they sent us was insanely good (even though I had never eaten a jerky stick in my life). I want to figure out how to get a bunch of it for our 4-day hike on the Incan Trail on the way to Machu Piccu.

Vermont's Lake Champlain Chocolate Bars (Organic Spicy Aztec & Organic Dark 72%). This chocolate is truly one of my favorites. I like my dark chocolate a bit creamy in texture, and they nail it. It was dangerous having this chocolate in our room as this last year we have completely weaned ourselves from chocolate bars.

Acure Organics. This company remains one of my favorite places for organic shampoo and conditioner. I love that you can get shampoo for $10 - a decent price compared to many organic products. I brought a bunch with me to Ecuador.





It was one EXTRAORDINARY retreat. And off we went with full hearts on the Vermonter. Our next event in Chicago awaited us.

Love to all,

Mara

Take a leap and register now for our Body+Soul Camp retreat in Ecuador Oct. 11-17. I *promise* you that you won't regret it and that it will be a week of a lifetime. It will teach you how to live your BEST life. It will teach you how to FLOURISH, no matter what you are facing. 


26 August 2015

Wise Words From Funny Man, Stephen Colbert

Photograph by Sebastian Kim of GQ
(By Danny)

Have you seen the recent GQ article featuring Stephen Colbert? We had two readers send it our way, and for good reason, too.

It shows a side of Colbert most people probably don't know exists. It speaks of deep joy being born out of incredible suffering and grief. It is a must read. I'll share a few of my favorite parts below, but it's worth seeing the whole thing to get additional context (the deep stuff starts in the last 1/3 of the article).

The author of the GQ article, Joel Lovell, notes the following about Colbert:
He used to have a note taped to his computer that read, “Joy is the most infallible sign of the existence of God.” 
It's hard to imagine any comedian meditating every day on so sincere a message. It's even harder when you know his life story, which bears mentioning here—that he is the youngest of eleven kids and that his father and two of his brothers, Peter and Paul, the two closest to him in age, were killed in a plane crash when he was 10. His elder siblings were all off to school or on with their lives by then, and so it was just him and his mother at home together for years.
Naturally Colbert says the difficulty of that tragedy shaped him for years, but not always in the most positive way. He went into theatre in college and found himself drawn to works that allowed him to share his pain with everyone through the art.

But then he learned about improv comedy, he was given a sage bit of advice on the first night onstage that would change his perspective: "You have to learn to love the bomb."

Colbert had this to add about the phrase that would so deeply impact his life:
“It took me a long time to really understand what that meant,” Colbert said. “It wasn't ‘Don't worry, you'll get it next time.’ It wasn't ‘Laugh it off.’ No, it means what it says. You gotta learn to love when you're failing.…The embracing of that, the discomfort of failing in front of an audience, leads you to penetrate through the fear that blinds you. Fear is the mind killer.”
He talks about how he then started to train himself to LOVE discomfort, embarrassing himself with regularity so that afterward he could say, "Nope, can't kill me. This thing can't kill me." This began to build in him a greater resilience to life, and a feeling of deep gratitude for those most difficult moments life thrusts upon us all.

When asked how it is that he did not become bitter or angry about the profound loss he experienced early in life, Colbert said:
“[T]he answer is: my mother.”
He lifted his arms as if to take in the office, the people working and laughing outside his door, the city and the sky, all of it. “And the world,” he said. “It's so…lovely. I'm very grateful to be alive, even though I know a lot of dead people.” The urge to be grateful, he said, is not a function of his faith. It's not “the Gospel tells us” and therefore we give thanks. It is what he has always felt: grateful to be alive. “And so that act, that impulse to be grateful, wants an object. That object I call God. Now, that could be many things. I was raised in a Catholic tradition. I'll start there. That's my context for my existence, is that I am here to know God, love God, serve God, that we might be happy with each other in this world and with Him in the next—the catechism. That makes a lot of sense to me. I got that from my mom. And my dad. And my siblings.” 
“[B]y her example am I not bitter. By her example. She was not. Broken, yes. Bitter, no.” .... He has said this before—that even in those days of unremitting grief, she drew on her faith that the only way to not be swallowed by sorrow, to in fact recognize that our sorrow is inseparable from our joy, is to always understand our suffering, ourselves, in the light of eternity.
Colbert then shares one of my favorite insights:

“It was a very healthy reciprocal acceptance of suffering,” he said. “Which does not mean being defeated by suffering. Acceptance is not defeat. Acceptance is just awareness.” He smiled in anticipation of the callback: “ ‘You gotta learn to love the bomb,’ ” he said. “Boy, did I have a bomb when I was 10. That was quite an explosion. And I learned to love it. So that's why. Maybe, I don't know. That might be why you don't see me as someone angry and working out my demons onstage. It's that I love the thing that I most wish had not happened.
That to me is pure beauty. Loving the thing that I most wish had not happened! I've felt this way about my divorce, I've felt this way about infertility (see this post I wrote the day we found out our IVF didn't work). Sometimes when describing it to others, people don't always understand. I know there are people that I've offended when I've said "I wouldn't change any of it, because it is the place I learned to live more meaningfully, more gratefully." But for me that is where, and when, and how some of the most important growth and healing happens in our life.  That kind of acceptance. That kind of love. That kind of gratitude. Like I said, it is pure beauty.

The article closes with one more piece of sage wisdom that sums it all up:
It's our choice, whether to hate something in our lives or to love every moment of them, even the parts that bring us pain. “At every moment, we are volunteers.”
It is our choice. That is both the most troubling thing we'll ever learn, and perhaps the most empowering as well. My hope is that this blog helps you see the latter, and not be overwhelmed by the emotion of the former.

Question: If you had to "Learn to love the bomb", what would that look like for you?

25 August 2015

Words From Two Continents



One of the most ridiculously amazing results of these retreats is COMMUNITY. We are forming community by bringing people together. And I'm telling you, that is one of my greatest joys. Also, the community part is one thing that is hard to describe to people until they come and experience it for themselves. But it hugely impacts the retreats. What I would give to have every retreat alumni from around the world in the same room. I think the vibration there would be off the charts.

Today, here are some MORE words directly from our retreat guests in the U.S. and Ecuador. Perhaps they can help paint the picture for you some more...





"I had pretty high expectations for my time at the Body+Soul Camp, and went into the trip hoping for a "life-changing" experience. Not only did the trip meet my expectations, it far exceeded them. I felt so incredibly safe, loved, and cared for. It was such a gift to be able to create margin in my life to process and heal, as well as plan for healthy ways to handle all the things life will bring across my path. Without a doubt in my mind, this trip was worth the financial investment, the time investment, and the emotional investment. You guys have truly given me a gift that is priceless."

-Kayla B.
Guest from Body+Soul Camp in Ecuador





"If you are on the fence about attending a retreat, I would encourage you to just take the risk and do it! I flew by myself from Alberta, Canada to Phoenix to go and it was SO worth it. I was so nervous I was shaking when I first got there, but I can honestly say it's one of the best things I have ever done for myself in my life!

Because I follow the blog I had an idea of what the retreat would be about, but I had no idea how much better it would be to hear Danny & Mara explaining it in person. They make everything they teach so specific and applicable to real life so I felt like I knew what I needed to do to start making changes right away.

I think one of the best parts of the retreat for me was the exercises we did to give and receive real love to each other. It was such an incredible experience to feel immediate healing and connection! Experiencing that love in person was a big reason why I felt so hopeful and empowered and was one of the most beautiful and meaningful things I have ever done!

Even just 2 weeks after I got home I already noticed positive changes in myself. Attending this retreat really was life changing for me!"


-Jordana

Guest from U.S. Tour




"WOW!! I don't even know where to begin. I truly loved every minute in Danny and Mara's presence. There was so much peace and love pouring out of each of them, I could have just sat and looked at them and left a better person. But of course... they did so much more than that :) They created a space where everyone felt connected and vulnerable and open and I learned so much in just two short days that will forever enhance and better my life and the way I choose to interact with the people in it. For that I will be forever grateful!"

-Jana Chambers
Guest from U.S. Tour




"This retreat saved my life. For so long I have been denying myself and others true peace. I let self-doubt and expectations rule my life. As soon as I walked into the retreat, I felt this intense spirit of peace, acceptance and love that I had never before experienced. That increased over the next two days as I soaked up the energy and learned the incredible truths taught by Danny and Mara. I now feel in control of my happiness, no longer held back, and able to build the life I know I deserve. There is nothing that compares to this awakening of what life truly is and can be. This information is priceless, given in an environment of true love and acceptance. I recommend this experience with all my heart and soul."

-Rebekah Whitesides
Guest from U.S. Tour


Don't miss our next event: Body+Soul Camp in Ecuador, Oct. 11-17.

Photos today are of Danny and I teaching in a yurt - something we do for one of the classes in Ecuador. So thankful to Ken Loechner for taking these photos! 

24 August 2015

A Message by Text

We know firsthand that sometimes life can throw you curveballs. Major ones. I know those times can be really, really hard to face. But I want to say - there is HOPE. For you. And you. And you. It is often in complete darkness that we can begin to see the light for the very first time. 

Recently a friend was in a very, very difficult and unexpected situation in his marriage. I felt like I wanted to just send him any bit of hope that I could in the moment. So I sent our friend this. It's the best I could do by text. oye. But there is still something of worth here. (Also, if you don't believe in God, exchange it with the word LOVE. :) 

-Mara

 

21 August 2015

In Their Words...


OK, you've heard enough of us talking about our retreats.

Well, today I get to share with you some words directly from the participants of the last many retreats. 

You can see for yourself that something INCREDIBLE is happening.

And who are these people? 

They are New Yorkers, west coasters, Hawaiian beauties, mid-western couples or families, Canadian truth seekers, expats from abroad, single, married, divorced, mothers of 4, fathers of 3, travelers, facing miscarriages, in between jobs, trying to tap into inner passions and dreams, spiritually inclined, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, ex-Mormon, Mormon, atheist, learning to forgive, learning to interact with difficult family members, facing infertility, healing from infidelity, professionals (for example a gender equality attorney, a teacher, an environmental engineer, an anesthesiologist, a nurse), working on loving their beautiful bodies, and working on their self worth. They are REAL people wanting to empower their lives. They are an inspiration to this world. 



"My experience at the Body+Soul Camp was nothing short of amazing. It provided a week of peace and inner work away from my daily life. Mara and Danny provided countless tools and information that have had a profound effect on me and my relationships. The raw foodist, Tony, and the yoga instructor and healer, Alex, have left me in awe at their wonderful gifts and words of wisdom. I am constantly thinking about the concepts and ideas they have provided me and am growing so much from it. I can also say that going with a group of people motivated to improve their lives creates an incredible environment for conversation and growth with your fellow attendees. I walked away with amazing friendships with not only Danny and Mara, but also the entire group! I was struggling to connect the dots in my life and the Body+Soul Camp has been life changing. During the week I would face challenges that were overcome with the information we were being taught. It was a miracle to see the work in action! I will never forget my experience at Casa Mojanda with the incredible staff and beautiful scenery."

-Jill P.
Guest at Body+Soul Camp in Ecuador




"Before coming to Body+Soul Camp, I kept questioning myself as to why I was really traveling all the way to Ecuador for it and what I really expected to accomplish by doing it. As the days progressed, it became more than clear that this 'camp' and what Danny & Mara do, is an essential life lesson for anyone & everyone. From the yoga & meditation, to the amazing food, 'Love' classes, one-on-one time with Danny & Mara, and excursions around the city, this retreat has everything you need to return to your everyday life not only changed, but empowered & refreshed."  

-Anon
Guest from Body+Soul Camp in Ecuador


"Of all the praises I could sing about Danny and Mara's retreat, the most meaningful to me is that it has forever improved the way I engage in my life-both inwardly and outwardly. I have come home with a certainty of my worth, a heart full of love for myself and others, and the tools and intention to put all things into the perspective of my true identity and purpose. The combination of the beautiful grounds at Casa Mojanda, raw food, yoga and meditation (the instructor is remarkably healing and empowering in her very nature), and Danny and Mara's classes, love, and guidance creates the best possible space for the love and change you may need. I felt supported and loved in every moment by every person and every aspect of the retreat. What a gift. It was one of the best things I've ever done for my life."

-Shannon W. 
Guest from Body + Soul Camp in Ecuador


"Everything was perfect! I really could not have asked for a better experience. I was sad when the retreat was over--but it was the experience of a lifetime, and I walked away with so many tools and resources that I know will aid me for the rest of my life. I have already seen the positive results from what I learned from Mara and Danny!

Of course I still have my off moments/days, but I feel like I'm in a much better place to handle these feelings now. I feel incredibly grateful and fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend the retreat and meet Mara and Danny in person."


-Nisha
Guest from U.S. Tour


"Life changing! The principles we learned with Danny and Mara come into play everyday and can truly improve your life. My primary recommendation...you guys need to write a book."

-John Moore
Guest from U.S. Tour



See you at Body+Soul Camp in Oct.?  :) :) I have no doubts whatsoever that you'll love the experience and learn tools to live your BEST life! This is a journey worth starting. This is a movement that can transform your life. 

XO, Mara

Photos today by Ken Loechner, one of our awesome guests at the last retreat. He was so generous to take these photos and send them our way! Thank you, thank you, Ken!

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