Dear lovely readers,

We are so excited to see people signing up for the events. YAY! It’s just the best to see someone doing something huge for their life.

Also, several have expressed a desire for couples pricing.
We hear you.
It’s hard to book an event for two.
We know what’s that’s like, too! 
When we went to our first retreat, we felt the same.

So once again, we have decided to offer couples/friends pricing!

For Body+Soul Camp in Ecuador:

If you inspire another person to attend with you, you will receive $500 off the regular price. Use CODE: INVITE2015. 

So if you bring a spouse, you will receive $500 off. If you bring a friend and a spouse, you will receive $1,000 off. If a Facebook friend signs up because of a post your shared and also your boyfriend and your sister attends, you will receive $1,500 off. We want this to be doable for people. (Please write us if you have more than one person attending so we can give you a custom code.)

For the Choose Happiness Retreats on our U.S. Tour:

If you inspire another person to attend any of our Choose Happiness Retreats, you will receive $200 off the regular price. Use CODE: FRIEND2015

So if your spouse attends with you, you will receive $200 off. If your mother and sister attend in Phoenix and you attend in Brooklyn, you receive $400 off. If you shared the event on Facebook and 5 friends signed up, you would be able to come to the event for FREE. (Please write us if you have more than one person attending so we can give you a custom code.)

So, SHARE AWAY. Inspire others to attend. You (and your friends) will be glad you did. Sign up for all our events here

Love you guys!


P.S. In addition, Early Bird Pricing ($100 off) is still in effect until May 1st for the U.S. Tour. The codes above will reflect that pricing as well until May 1st.

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  1. Anonymous April 17, 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Good morning. I am contemplating attending one of your US retreats. However, I am on the reserved side with somewhat of a shy tendency. Could you give me a very rough idea of how much sharing within the group will occur during the retreat? A rough idea of how much of the retreat is listening to the two of you? how much is internal work — journaling, thinking, meditating, etc? and how much is sharing verbally within the group and/or public speaking?

    And, one last question: what is the maximum of people you are accepting to the events? I am considering San Francisco or Brooklyn. Are these two events close to selling out? Thank you.

    • mara April 17, 2015 at 3:56 pm - Reply

      Hello my dear. This note hit me hard because I HAVE BEEN IN YOUR SHOES. Oh, I have. And I know that attending a retreat centered on healing or happiness can bring a lot of fears or nerves or discomfort. Trust me, you are not alone. This is actually one of the most common concerns that we hear from our lovely guests. Danny and I do want to make EVERY effort possible so that people feel comfortable.

      OK, there will be some optional opportunities to share at the U.S. retreats. For example, in the beginning it's a nice thing to hear what brought people to the retreat. It does make everyone feel a little united as we'll be spending a lot of time and meals together over the two days (and 4 days in VT). But this is optional. People only need to share if they would like. There is also a small group activity that is very special, but involves the slightest amount of speaking to just 1 person. What you do is you read one sentence to them (a one sentence affirmation that they wrote.) And then someone will read to you the one sentence affirmation that you wrote. There is more to this activity 🙂 It sounds silly as I write it here. But I'm just including the parts that would include speaking. Also, you aren't speaking this to the whole group – and in fact, no one will be able to hear you speak this (except really the one person) – you'll be in a small group when you do this. There are also some Q&A opportunities where people can ask us questions (and we will have the opportunity for people to ask anonymous questions, too, by submitting something to us in advance.) So you truly could participate here without needing to share openly with the group.

      I hope this helps! Please feel free to write us as well if you have any further questions. And know that we do want to be as sensitive as possible to these specific needs – because you truly are not alone. Though I would also add, that the environment will be loving and everyone will be there with a common purpose. So if you wanted to push yourself and practice sharing and vulnerability, this would be a good opportunity to do so. Though it is certainly not required.

      The max capacity is a little different in each city. In SF, it is 10 guests. In Brooklyn, it is 20. We still have spaces available.

    • Anonymous April 17, 2015 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      thank you. I just might DO THIS. thank you.

      one more quick question… i have been reading about your journey through old posts on your blog. it appears that your infertility acupuncturist played a key role in your emotional and spiritual healing — and, in many ways, she became a healer and mentor to you. i would love to experience something of the same nature… someone i meet with regularly and helps me to heal and grow…. do you have any thoughts on how one can go about looking for a mentor or a healer? i do not think i am looking for a traditional therapist — rather a teacher, a coach, a mentor, a healer. i live in the boston area.

    • M April 17, 2015 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      Anon-I have/had all the same concerns as you! I'm shy although I've become less and less lately thanks to all this healing I'm doing. I registered for the SF retreat. I'm going alone which excites me (I'm an introvert, so a solo vacation seems amazing), but showing up to something like this is taking a tremendous amount of courage and vulnerability. Come hang out with me and I'll be your friend. 🙂 Michelle

    • mara April 17, 2015 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      Dear Anon, I love your desire here to find a teacher/healer/mentor. This would be so very incredible. I think different types of people can play a part on someone's 'healing team.' 🙂 And I think it's worthwhile to seek after different types of healers. For some, they may totally resonate with a traditional therapist or psychologist. For others, that approach may do nothing for them and perhaps someone with more of a spiritual approach might resonate and empower more (I fit into this category when I was on my healing journey. I found that I definitely preferred this approach). Other people that were a part of my healing team (in addition to Angela Le): a masseuse in Brooklyn (I found that human touch was so healing to me during my worst days), an additional acupuncturist, a Body Talk healer in Manhattan (Maria Petrova), a naturopath, and various good friends who were walking partners :). Basically, any time I spent the time and money to do something for myself and my wellness, it felt healing. It felt like I was putting myself first – and that I was "mothering" myself and nurturing myself and giving myself the self care that I needed. Too often we put ourselves last. And I had done that for years (I think this is a problem so many of us women have!) But things changed drastically when I began putting my health and my needs first above everything else, including jobs, relationships, etc. This was a hard transition to make, but so worth it.

      I am rambling on. And I wish I had a fantastic recommendation for you in Boston, but I don't know of anyone. If you could at all pull this off, it would be worth it to even take the train to NYC to meet with Angela – even once a month, if she'd agree to this set up (and maybe you could see her twice back to back over a couple of days or something.) I do know of one other healer who is truly INCREDIBLE and gifted. She is actually the yoga and meditation teacher at our Body+Soul Camp retreat in Ecuador. She's incredible. And in fact, THREE guests who have attended the retreat have now returned to Ecuador to do further work with her. One has been here for 5 months and will stay likely a few months more. Another was here for about a month and just left. And another will be with her for a few months. Anyway, she is that good. People at the retreat just love her. There is also opportunity at the retreat to meet with her one-on-one.

      One last option: Danny and I have mentored several people via Skype. We plan to offer this as a service on our website soon as we've had so many requests – and people that have spoken with us have found it to be extremely helpful. So, let us know if you'd like to do this. We likely won't launch this officially until after our retreats. But for now we're happy to schedule something if someone requests it.

  2. Anonymous April 17, 2015 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Thinking of going to a retreat and want to get a flavor of your speaking style and tone. Could you list a few web sites where I could find an audio talk or interview, etc? I searched on youtube and didnt come up with anything but, perhaps, I missed some.

  3. Anonymous April 22, 2015 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Michelle: Thank you! I also enjoy traveling solo. Hoping to get to the SF retreat and having the opportunity to meet you. Happy spring. – Anon

  4. TimahLimah April 22, 2015 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Hey there! I'm thinking of bringing my mom to a U.S. retreat. Are you stacking the friends + early sign on discounts? i.e. if we both register by May 1st is that $300 off? Let me know. Hope you're both doing well.

    Much love,

    • danny April 23, 2015 at 1:48 am - Reply

      Hey Fatimah! They are stacked. So one of you would get $300 off for bringing a friend, and the other would still get $100 off for signing up early! Look forward to seeing you there friend!

    • TimahLimah April 23, 2015 at 3:26 am - Reply

      Good stuff. I'm hoping we can swing it. The venues look great. (I do think I'll miss Lisa & the rest of the Ecuador crew through 😉

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