These are the INCREDIBLE, INSPIRING people who ran the retreat: Alexandra Molina (a Gestalt Psychotherapist, Yoga teacher & Ayurveda educator from Ecuador); Anthony Spencer (a cleansing consultant and raw and living food guide from Canada); Gabby Santermer (a yoga teacher from Argentina); and Guilherme Munhoz (a raw food chef from Brazil). They literally served us all for 8 days straight with the most pure love. Being the recipient of that was unbelievable- truly an experience that just goes straight to your soul and makes you feel so alive and connected to the best part of life. I will never forget the love they had for us. So thankful for the work they’ve done in their own lives – to even have that kind of love and light to give.
We were awakened each morning at 6 am to the sound of Tibetan bells. I loved that so much! The moment I became conscious of the bells it was like I just felt beauty, hope, and desire for a wonderful day ahead. I never want to use an alarm clock again!
Each day began with oil pulling. I LOVE IT!!! We are still doing it and I’m telling you, it makes your teeth sparkle and feel so, so clean and smooth – like you just got them polished. I am totally sold that it helps to remove harmful bacteria from your mouth. You can actually tell a difference in the way your mouth feels. I can’t recommend it enough. (Use a spoonful of coconut oil; swish for 20 minutes as soon as you get up each morning, before you drink or eat; don’t spit the oil into the sink drain; and rinse and gargle with water after you’re done. Also, if your jaw feels tired, no worries. After a week you’ll be a pro.)
I *LOVED* the spiritual aspect of this retreat. Each day included meditation, yoga, chanting, singing, and so many other ways of connecting your spirit with your body and with the Divine. I felt that connection. I felt myself connecting with peace. I felt myself realigning with virtues that I aspire to have. It was so healing and rejuvenating. I had moments of freedom from the things that were troubling to me at the time. And for that reason, it felt like a gift from God to be there. (I’m also now totally obsessed with yoga!!!!! And cleansing breathing techniques!!!! I had no idea how amazing it all was. It all really, really makes a difference and not only affects your spirit, but um….completely changes your body in a short amount of time.)
Every person there just LOVED the experience. We all felt so, so lucky to be there. Everyone was just GLOWING by the end of it – you could see a physical difference in all of us.
And let me just say that if you find yourself on the beach during a gorgeous full moon, you MUST slip away from the crowd and walk far, far out to the low tide and swim to the light of the moon. 🙂 🙂