12 December 2014

Big News: Dates Announced for Our Next Retreat in Ecuador!

Dearest Readers,

We have been busy behind the scenes and are beyond thrilled and humbled to be able to now officially announce our second Body + Soul Camp. This retreat is for anyone who wants to work on healing their body and their soul and wants to be supported and loved during the process. The last retreat went so well that we decided we couldn't not do it again.

The dates will so perfectly coincide with VALENTINE'S DAY (& President's Day) and we couldn't be happier about celebrating love in all it's forms with all of you. We happen to think that healing and happiness has a lot to do with love. :) I mean, just look at the name of this freaking blog. :)

The plans for this next retreat are blowing my mind. We have made some changes and I'm so pleased that everything is working out so perfectly. And, we have a surprise announcement...

For this retreat, we'll be hosting you in the ANDES MOUNTAINS of Ecuador! We couldn't help ourselves. This is our favorite area of Ecuador, so we felt we should change the location.

Important Information:

Dates: February 13 to February 19, 2015

Where: The hills above Otavalo, Ecuador

What: A Body + Soul Camp focused on...

-Learning ways to heal and thrive through vulnerability and love.
-Learning how to react in a better way to your trials.  
-Learning how to be the best kind of partner - now or in the future.
-Cleansing your body of bad habits & addictions to harmful foods (such as sugar, processed foods laden with chemicals, unhealthy fats, caffeine)
-Allowing space for your body to DETOX and operate the way it was meant to without energy being wasted on processing more damaging foods coming in. 
-Teaching you how to incorporate more WHOLE & LIVE foods into your life with vegetable meals, and raw juices. 
-Incorporating Yoga & Meditation as a way to strengthen and cleanse your body and heal your mind.
-Rejuvenating your body, your skin and countenance, your energy.

Who: YOU. All of you dear people, including both single and married individuals; women and men. This retreat is for those who would like some loving support in healing their lives and becoming the best version of themselves. 

Why: Because it would make a great Christmas gift or Valentine's gift for yourself. But really because this is your LIFE and it is worth it to make it the best dang life it can be. Time to take care of yourself. Time to recharge yourself for 2015. 

Setting: Green mountains, hills, and valleys that will take your breath away.

Property: Casa Mojanda, a GORGEOUS lodge & organic farm in the Andes (after staying there ourselves, it has become our new favorite place to stay in Ecuador).

Airport: Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport / UIO (Approximately 1 1/2 hours away from the retreat.)

Weather: Even though we'll be at 8,500 ft., the weather during the day will likely feel like spring &/or summer because we'll be right on the equator. Evenings will be a little cooler & cozy. Take THAT, February!

Price: $1,850/per person* (Includes accommodations, all food, tuition for all classes, therapies, massage, and retreat activities.) 

Sign Up: Register HERE to reserve your spot.

*Update: If you are able to inspire another person to attend, we would like to offer you a reduced price. See HERE for details.


The Retreat Activities (some are NEW!):

Multiple Classes with Danny & Mara on the Topics of
-Living a Life Motivated by Love
-Self Worth & Vulnerability
-The Language of Love
-Healing From Trials (applicable to all life circumstances including relationships)
-Choosing Happiness

We want to be your mentors in healing! We want to provide a space for you to heal. We want to help you succeed. We want to teach you every tool we have that can help you on your path.

Daily Oil Pulling Each Morning
Oil Pulling is extremely cleansing to your body and keeps your mouth healthy. This will be followed by a lemon juice cleanse, which alkalizes and cleanses the body.

Daily Meditation, Yoga, and Breathing Exercises with Alexandra, an Experienced Teacher 
Alexandra is extremely gifted, very inspiring, and a spiritual power house. I can't wait for you to meet her. These activities will be designed to CLEANSE and support your body, clear your mind, and bring energy and vibration to your body. You will experience greater strength, greater coordination, greater power, more peace, more clarity, more connection to your spirit, more connection with others, and more love.

Individual Walks with Danny & Mara to Taxopamba Waterfall 
Like the "Walks in the Park" we used to do in Brooklyn. Just with a waterfall. :)

Group Activities with Alexandra, a Trained Gestalt Psychologist/Ayurveda Educator
-Affirmation Therapy (A beautiful group exercise that will help you to begin to deeply believe in your beauty, worth, and potential.)
-Vulnerability Therapy (Here you get to actually practice vulnerability instead of reading about it. No, do not let that make your palms sweat. :) I promise that it is doable and an extremely meaningful experience for your soul that you won't forget.)
-Dance Therapy (It's so fun, I promise! Even if you suck at dancing, like me. :) You'll have the opportunity to let go, laugh deeply, and thrive in your own skin.)

A Class on Raw Foods & Detoxing with Tony, Our Experienced Raw Food Guide & Cleansing Consultant.
Learn about how to heal your body and change your life with FOOD.

Group Gatherings in a Yurt
I didn't know what a yurt was, either, but they are dwellings common in the mountains of Ecuador.

Detoxing/Healing Massage
We will have an amazing masseuse attending to us during the week. Makes me want a massage NOW just thinking about it.

Soaks in an Japanese Hot Tub
Outdoors and warmed by coals, with GORGEOUS Andean views all around.

A Bon Fire Night

Nightly Movies in the Movie Room (warmed by a fire)

And, more major additions...

Shopping at the Famous Otavalo Craft Market -Blankets, rugs, sweaters, woven bags, jewelry, baskets, ponchos, alpaca items, hammocks, hammock chairs, wood carvings, and soooo much more.

A Group Hike at Mojanda Lakes

A Textile & Craft Tour -A local guide we know will take us to the country's most esteemed local weavers; basket makers; instrument makers; and a nearby embroidery town. This was my mother-in-law's favorite experience in Ecuador during her recent visit. See the pictures below.

Who is the Retreat For?

This event is designed for individuals. But, of course, doing individual work is the KEY to having a great relationship. So any marriage or relationship (now or in the future) will also benefit GREATLY from the classes and the entire healing experience. We welcome single men and women, married or dating couples, friends, and family members. All ages are welcome!

Also, don't feel you need to be living a healthy lifestyle, or be a certain weight, or be a pro at yoga to come to this. The food experience will be doable (and enjoyable!!) for anyone who wants to take care of their bodies. The yoga/meditation is designed to accommodate both brand new beginners and advanced students.

The retreat is for English speaking guests.

A New Plan for Food:

We are changing things slightly for this retreat. We will be eating raw food until dinner only

During this week of celebrating healthy eating and taking care of our bodies, you will receive extra support from Danny & I, the retreat staff, and all the people attending - so it won't be as hard as it would be in your own home or work place.

Breakfast will focus on detoxing with lemon water, green juice, green smoothies, and fruit throughout the morning.

Lunch will be detoxing as well with a filling and delicious RAW meal including soups, main dishes, salads, and side dishes. Raw brownies may be involved. :) [And don't think we're going to feed you carrot sticks! These raw meals truly are amazing.]

Dinner will feature some cooked vegetarian dishes by the chefs at the property. Their food is super flavorful, healthy, hearty, and delicious.

We decided to do raw food until dinner only because frankly, the Ecuadorian cooks at Casa Mojanda are INCREDIBLE!! We couldn't let you stay there without experiencing their food. The head chef used to work as a nanny for the owner and she worked her way up into the kitchen. She is self taught (which we couldn't believe) and now serves a wide repertoire of meals including Asian, Mexican, Indian, Ecuadorian. Everyday during our visit, we couldn't wait to see what she would prepare for us. The kitchen will happily (and deliciously) be able to cater to those with special dietary needs (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, etc.)

A large amount of the food will come from the organic garden on the property. Otherwise, the food will come from local farmers. The farmland in Ecuador is extremely fertile so you'll be eating the most abundant and mineral rich fruits and vegetables. The kitchen is immaculate and the staff is well skilled at preparing food for foreigners and Americans. Bottled water will be provided for you and will be used in all the cooking. Produce will be washed/disinfected for use.


The rooms at Casa Mojanda are in little cottages and they are SO beautifully done, well kept, and comfortable. The owner has impeccable taste. Plan on comfortable white linens and towels, hacienda style rooms with thoughtful details, and an incredible art and Ecuadorian craft collection throughout the property that will make you ooh and ahh. Some rooms will be private. Some rooms will be shared with individual beds. We'll do our best to accommodate any needs. A fun note: The owner is a former Brooklynite and used to live in Brooklyn Heights on Orange Street!

On Traveling Alone or With Someone:

Should you choose to come alone, you might think you would feel awkward and lonely spending a week in Ecuador. But I've got news for you...you will be surrounded by people who love you and honor you and want to be with you. Know that when readers of this blog get together, it is UNREAL every time. We are all kindred spirits. I cannot even describe to you what wonderful friendships await you. And even if you feel shy, the retreat is designed to bring people together so you will quite easily experience love and togetherness and friendships like you've never experienced before. It happens every time. You will feel connected to all the people there. So have no fear. Come alone if that is how things will work best on your end. Of course, absolutely come with your spouse, a boyfriend/girlfriend, a family member, or a friend if you'd like!! It would be an incredibly bonding and beautiful experience, one that will undoubtedly strengthen, enliven, and recharge your relationship while also allowing for individual growth and experiences as well.

Transportation, Flights, Timing:

The property is 59 miles from Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport and the drive and scenery is quite beautiful (you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for volcanoes in the distance.) We have wonderful and safe drivers who will be available to pick you up and take you straight away to the retreat, no matter what time of day you arrive. They will also return you to the airport at the end, unless you have other travel plans.

Start Time: The retreat will officially begin at dinner time (6 pm) on February 13 (you may arrive at the property any time that day.)
End Time: The retreat will end after lunch (at 1 pm) on February 19.

*Please note that your flight and ground transportation costs to the retreat are not included in the tuition price.


Quito Airport is new, safe and modern. You should have no problem getting through the airport to our drivers. The property owners, guides, and drivers we have chosen are extremely professional, secure, and fluent in English and Spanish. Know that we feel confident you will be in good hands throughout the experience. Also, know that Ecuador is one of the top places to retire among American retirees due to the fact that the country is known to be safe and stable. The only note of caution: just like most cities throughout the world, pick pocketing is common. But with a little bit of extra awareness of your belongings in the airport and the Otavalo Market, you should be fine. Please write us if you have any concerns or questions.

Travel in Ecuador:

If you're feeling adventurous, see the end of this post for some recommendations for things to do before or after the retreat. Last time, a handful of people did do some additional traveling and I heard they had an amazing experience.

Register Now!

Space is limited for the retreat. There has been a LOT of interest in us doing a second retreat, so don't delay booking if you feel this would be a good fit for you. We would be SO thrilled to welcome you and feel confident that you'd have an experience of a lifetime. Click HERE to reserve your spot.

Do You Have More Questions?

We'd love to email with you, chat by phone, or Skype with you. Don't hesitate. Write us at mara@ablogaboutlove.com

Read More Info.

If you've read all this and would like to read even more, I've got it... :)
Danny & I hosted our first retreat in Ecuador last September. Read about it HERE & HERE.
We also attended a similar retreat ourselves last summer. Read about it HERE & HERE.

OK, now book this thing and let's have an amazing week together in Ecuador!!  :) :) 

Much love to all,



  1. Wow! If you are still planning these in a year or so...I will totally come. It isn't feasible for me right now, but I would love to do this eventually!

  2. Such great news! I'm very happy that you are doing this again. 3 questions:

    1. Will you once again offer a discount to couples who are able to share a room/bed?

    2. Is there any other way to bring down the cost for those who are stretching their budgets, such as volunteering/working during the event?

    3. Will your dog be joining you at the retreat? Because a great retreat becomes even better with furry friends along (in my opinion).

    1. Thank you SO much for your interest!! We would be over the moon to have you.
      Here are some answers:

      1. The set up is a little different at this property so we aren't able to offer a discount for couples who are sharing a bed. Dang, I know. I so wish we could, but the cost on our end is the same per person.

      2. We don't have any volunteer opportunities at this time. Though if a volunteer becomes needed, we do have a returning student who offered to come volunteer for the next group (isn't that amazing?? She wanted to offer her services to help others have the retreat experience, too. We are beyond grateful and amazed.)

      3. You are the CUTEST to ask about Sila. We want sooo badly to bring her! The owner at the property has two nice dogs there, too. (You will die to see them playing and rough housing with each other - It's quite entertaining and we haven't seen anything like it.) There is plenty of space on the property for another dog (it truly is dog heaven) so we may ask about bringing her. But we also need to figure out if it would be wise as we will be working the entire time. We'll see! (This reminds me we also need to get an airline carrier for her as we'll be flying to the retreat from Cuenca.)

    2. I realize that what I'm suggesting is questionable legally and morally, but here goes... instead of getting a carrier for the plane, you can consider buying a "service dog" vest from ebay or many other places online. (If Ecuador gives deference to service dogs like airlines do in the US.) I have three friends who have (fake) service dog vests (and maybe also a letter from a vet that they wrote themselves - can't quite remember), and this lets them fly with their dog on the plane at their feet, no questions. I really do try to be a good, honest person, but I suppose I endorse this form of dishonesty to save dogs from the potential trauma (and sometimes death) that can come with being checked into the cargo area of a plane.

      Thanks for your other answers!

    3. Thank you. I can tell you have such a big heart for dogs. I, too, just hate the thought of them being underneath the plane. We want to bring her to the states with us eventually and the thought of her taking an international flight makes me sick.

    4. Anonymous, I hear you about the vests! I so want someone fabulous to take up the crusade of improving animal travel.

  3. Very beautiful pictures! Ecuador seems great! It is my dream to go there!

  4. Hello! What is the additional cost to have one of your drivers (or the hotel's drivers) pick me up from the airport and take me to the retreat? Also, if I'd rather find a more economical method, do you know if buses or other forms of transportation to the hotel are possible? Thank you!

    1. I'm glad you asked! The ground transportation from the airport is $75 each way if someone took the ride solo. But chances are you'd be able to buddy up with another attendee and split a car or a van (we help coordinate all of this.) It could turn out to be as low as $15 or $20 depending on everyone's arrival times.

      Also, there is a bus option. But it would add about 2 extra hours of travel time and it would be quite complicated. You'd have to go from the airport to Quito (this is a 1 hour ride as the airport is just outside Quito.) The bus for that transport is $8. Then you'd have to take a city bus (25 cents) to the main bus terminal (Terminal Terrestre). From here you could catch a bus to Otavalo for $2. Once in Otavalo, you could take a cab to the property and it would likely be under $5.


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