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Introducing Jill Watson – Yoga Instructor

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

I am so excited to have Jill Watson joining us as our Yoga instructor for the Eat.Play.Love Umbria retreat in September 2019.  I first met Jill when she attended the Costa Rica DragonflyExperience retreat. Jill is an amazing yoga instructor and a such a positive beautiful soul…….I feel very fortunate to have her as part of our healing team in Italy.

 

Here is her bio:

Jill is a certified yoga teacher, who has been incredibly blessed to learn from many master teachers during her thirteen-year career.  Her love of skating from an early age drew her to yoga, as many of the poses are so similar to moves on the ice, along with the solitary focus and self-discipline that skating fosters.  Further study and powerful personal transformation compelled her to reach out and teach others.  She resides in the serenity of her family farm with her wonderful husband of twenty-seven years, where she teaches and shares the great benefits of yoga practice.  She is also mother to, and in awe of, her amazing twenty-five-year-old twin sons.

Jill is so looking forward to being a part of your personal journey in Italy.

 

Find your Center in Umbria!

 

FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE UMBRIA ITALY WOMEN’S RETREAT

 

Felicia Grant is a Certified Advanced Soul Coaching® practitioner,

Certified Spiritual Advisor ™Medium

USUI Holy Fire Reiki Master. 

 

The Art of Letting Go!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Art of letting go…..

 

This most recent journey began for me in September 2018 when I had planned a retreat called the Art of Letting Go in Dahlonega Georgia. Little did I know this was going to be the catalyst for one of the biggest lessons in my life.

 

Here is a little background information leading up to this retreat. I have been facilitating and leading retreats at the Dahlonega Spa Resort for the past 8 years. About to turn 60 years old; a milestone birthday on September 6th and a large family celebration starting on September 10th.

 

This past April my father decided that he no longer wanted to have a relationship with me because it was causing him too much stress with his wife and daughter (my half-sister) so he decided to take the path of least resistance and once again push me under the carpet where I’ve been most of my life.

 

Each one of my women’s retreats has a different theme and creates an energy that is felt long long before the retreat ever happens. There is something magical that happens and attracts the women that need the energy of the retreat to heal……Imagine my surprise when I find out I am one of those women!  I guess the old saying “we teach what need to learn” is still ever present in my life.

 

Three weeks before my planned retreat I get an email that Dahlonega Spa Resort was sold to a local vineyard and was moving in a different direction; possibly away from retreats and more towards weddings. I realized that this would most likely be my final retreat at a place that l loved so dearly!  A year earlier when I set the intention for The Art of Letting Go did I realize how pregnant that intention was.  I felt a whole series of emotions leading up to the retreat and how much transformation for my participants and myself had taken place there over the past 8 years. But when one door closes another one opens.

 

My birthday celebration began with a Magical family Disney Cruise and ended with Hurricane Florence ripping thru my home Wilmington North Carolina and displacing my husband and I for over a week before we could get back home. My children and grandchild ending up in a Red Cross Shelter while trying to get home from Florida and a whole host of emotions of what was to come for the small Eastern North Carolina community. We arrived home in the midst of roads being closed and debris everywhere you would see for miles and miles…..By the grace of god we only had minor damage to our home but there was a lot of loss around me. It made me realize that what we have can be gone in the blink of an eye. How things can be alright and next minute the road in front of you is flooding and you end up being rescued by FEMA.  These series of events made me start to think about what was important in my life. My husband, my children and grandchildren and of course our chocolate Lab named Hope.

 

But, what about the rest of my family??  I grew up with the thought that your family was your family no matter what. You loved and respected your family even if you did not get that respect back in return.

As a small child I learned a behavior that I needed to please everyone in my life so that they would love me. Now at 60 I am trying to learn to LET GO of that behavior because it has not served me well and has caused to great pain in trying to understand why people do not think/behave the same way I do.

 

There are people (family members) in my life that I have shown unconditional love over the years even when it was not returned but yet I still tried and tried to get these people to love me in the way I wanted them to love me. I’ve spent countless hours trying to figure out why they don’t return the same love shown to them.

 

After some deep soul searching, it finally dawned on me recently that I was not taking the same advice I shared with clients over and over again about self-love. You know when you love yourself it doesn’t really matter that other people think or do. When you forgive all the wrong doing in your life and most importantly you forgive yourself things magically get better…Right?

I realized that my perception of life and love was different than my family members that have shunned me and turned away and that was alright. It was not up to me to make them see my point of view or see the world thru my eyes because they have their own lens, their own story, their own idea of how I fit into their life and it might not look anything like mine.

 

Turning 60 has given me a whole new way to look at life.  I am now willing to let go of these relationships and stop hanging on to what I want because otherwise it’s just too painful.

Letting people go with love and allow these deep wounds to heal and realize that this is the life I chose after all.  The life I ask for and the lessons I wanted to learn in this lifetime.

These are the people I chose to help me learn the lessons for this life’s journey. So, why would I hold it against them?

 

I’m going to do a better job of loving myself first and foremost and appreciate the people in my life that love and support me no matter what because these are my people these are my tribe!

 

Here’s to letting go of the pain from lost relationships and wasting useless time and energy trying to figure out why? We are only here on this planet for a blink of an eye and it’s time I stopped wasting time and get on with my life.

 

I love this quote from James Van Praagh “It’s none of my business what other people think of me.” If you have relationships that are only one-sided maybe it’s time you send those people off with love and light and join me in living the life you intended full of love, joy and peace.

Felicia Grant is a Certified Advanced Soul Coaching® practitioner,

Certified Spiritual Advisor ™Medium

USUI Holy Fire Reiki Master. 

 

Amazing Sound Healer Mark David joining us in Italy!

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Meet Mark David

Mark is internationally known as a gifted Medium and Healer. Throughout his life he has always been a very sensitive soul & is gentle and compassionate toward all.

When Mark was 6 years old, he had a near death experience (NDE). However it was not till later in his life that he was able to put all the events of his life, including his NDE, into perspective and found his true calling, working as a Sound Therapist and Medium. Mark has been involved in numerous spiritual and healing trainings and is Certified as a Sound therapist and sound healer from the Globe Sound Healing Institute. Certified in a modality of the tuning fork therapy from Soma Energetics as well as voice training with Grammy Award Winner Winner Claude Stein.

Mark has recorded several Sound Healing CD’s. To hear Mark’s healing sounds click here!

 

I feel so fortunate to have Mark joining our healing team for the Italy retreat September 14-21, 2019 in Umbria, Italy. At the retreat Mark will be offering a Sound Healing Bath where he will use the crystal bowls in a group setting as a tool to  facilitate a shift in the participant’s consciousness and to allow your body, mind and spirt to relax and let go at profound levels. This allows your body to find its natural balance while creating space for insights. People often find resolution for emotional issues and a sense of coming home to themselves.  As well as working with us in group settings Mark will be available for private Sound Healing Sessions throughout the week.

 

The Sound Bath is a healing session you can experience while resting in a safe and secure place.

A Sound Bath is an experience which is particular to each person. Instruments are played such as the didgeridoo, harmonium, heartbeat drum and Tibetan singing bowls. The results are waves of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation of the mind, body and spirit. Some people experience emotional healing. others great insights into their lives.

A Sound Bath can be an unforgettable sound experience for those who seek deep relaxation, rejuvenation and an acceleration of their inward journey. Time is suspended as you enter a world of vibration, sensation and experience. Physical injuries can be healed and old emotional traumas released. Great insights can be accessed. You feel truly, vibrantly alive. Once you’ve had your first Sound Bath you’ll want more.

 

I found my way to Sound Healing many years back when I bought my own set of Crystal Sound Healing Bowls in Venice Florida. I wanted more information on the “healing” aspects of the crystal bowsl and was introduced to Dr. Mitchell Gaynor Professor at Cornell Medical Collage. Dr. Gaynor discovered the profound healing aspects of using the bowls with cancer patients to help in the recovery and healing process. Because of Dr. Gaynor Tibetan and Crystal bowls are now found in and around oncology units and used as alternative therapies to assist cancer patients. Here is a YouTube featuring Dr. Gaynor.   

I now incorporate the healing aspects of the crystal bowls into every retreat I offer. The feedback I get from my participants is so positive that they want me to play the bowls everyday of the retreat….LOL!

Having Mark as a part of our healing support in Italy is the “Cherry on top!”

Mark David International Sound Healer

 

For more information on the Italy retreat…..

Felicia Grant is a Certified Advanced Soul Coaching® practitioner,

Certified Spiritual Advisor ™Medium

USUI Holy Fire Reiki Master. 

 

 

Past Retreats

Posted by on Sep 8, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

SOLD OUT!!!

August 31 – September 3, 2018

Women’s Retreat

The Art of Letting Go 

women's retreats Georgia

  Are you holding on so hard you’ve forgotten how to let go???

  • Learning to let go…
  • Learning to Surrender….
  • Letting go of what no longer serves you…..

Let Felicia help you create your own DragonflyExperience and Re-establish your divine connection to your spirit. Find yourself on the nature trails,  explore your own spiritual journey on the labyrinth, Enjoy the sunset from the open air jacuzzi and commune with your tribe or luxuriate in a healing spa massage treatment.

If you are ready to step into your own personal power  this retreat will give you the tools  you need. Helping you to discover their true soul’s mission and live an authentic life carrying out your souls purpose. This retreat will focus on deep inner work fusing in yoga, energy work and meditation to create lasting transformation.

Sometimes there are inner barriers that limit your ability to step into your soul’s potential.

It’s time to release them!

 

dahlonega

“Felicia was warm, welcoming and let you know with certainty that you belonged at the retreat. She was human too, not just an intimidating figure that you only get to know from afar. She laughed with us, cried with us and adjusted the schedule to our needs as a group.” – Jenn Bueller Boca Raton, FL

Join Advanced Soul Coach, Felicia Grant, and a small group of women for a quiet exploration back to yourself, while you are surrounded by the tranquility and spectacular scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This women’s retreat offers the opportunity to step away from your busy life and gently get back in touch with yourself and the still, small voice within you that whispers the truth. For Four magical days and three starry nights step out of your everyday life and leave your worries and cares behind you.

Dahlonega Spa Resort is located on 72 acres near the historic gold-rush town of Dahlonega, Georgia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just over an hour and a half north of Atlanta. For more details about the resort, click here.

THIS WEEKEND IS ALL ABOUT YOU!

From the moment you arrive at the retreat until you leave , you’ll be guided and shown easy, practical ways to manage your mind and open your heart in a safe, supportive,  environment. Though the beauty of nature, meditation, yoga, quiet, laughter, ceremony and small group exercises,  you can come into balance and alignment, rekindle your sense that anything is possible, and leave inspired with anew vision of what a truly amazing woman you already are!

 

A portal for healing “Dahlonega is where the Magic Happens!”

“PHENOMENAL WOMAN, THAT’S ME.” – MAYA ANGELU

Some retreat highlights include:

  • Wake up to daily guided meditations – Centering + Grounding
  • Daily relaxing restorative yoga
  • Crystal Bowl Sound Healing
  • Create your own Vision Board (a roadmap for the future)
  • Eat Local sourced healthful meals
  • Fire Circle & Grief Release Ceremony 

I will partner with you to: 

  • Release old blockages in a safe supported environment.
  • Express your strength with grace and take back your power.
  • Help you release old negative self talk.
  • Reconnect with the essence of who you really are.
  • Let go of old limitations

 

Investment starting at:  $755.00

Mountain Garden Inn  $755.00 – 2 queen beds with private bath in Main House {Shared}

Mountain Garden Inn $1122.00 – Private queen room with Garden or Mountain View {Private}

Mountain Garden Inn: Bright, cozy rooms located near the parlor and front porch with mountain and garden views, king or queen bed and private bath.

Cozy Cabins – $799.00 per person (up to 4).

Pure indulgence Private Cabin $1240.00. Surrounded by woodlands all cabins have two queens, a sitting area, small refrigerator, coffee pot and individual heating and air conditioning for your comfort. Each cabin has a small covered porch and chairs. Wooded views are available from each of the cabins.

Pricing is all-inclusive:  Includes, 2 restorative yoga classes, meditation, deluxe accommodations, delicious meals, taxes, gratuities.  Transportation to and from the retreat is not included. If you choose a Double Accommodation we will do our best to pair you up with another participant. 

Since we have a limited amount of space and accommodations:and these women’s retreats always sell out…Claim your spot at this life changing retreat!

To Reserve your space-

Complete the online registration form with a deposit in the amount of $250.00 upon booking. Balance must paid 60 days prior to the start of the retreat. *See Full Cancellation policy below.

 “Thank you Felicia. You changed my life! I recognize what doesn’t serve my life purpose because of your beautiful gathering” – Bobbi Lake 

Quiet Reflection

We are often being pulled in so many directions that we have little time to reflect and go inside to even see what our needs may be. This rejuvenating women’s retreat offers the tools needed to learn how to tap into your knowing, even in the midst of life’s chaos, and be nurtured in a beautiful setting in nature!

Check out the DragonflyExperience Retreat Itinerary.

Health Benefits of Meditation

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

It’s a piece of advice yogis have given for thousands of years: take a deep breath and relax. Watch the tension melt from your muscles and all your niggling worries vanish. Somehow we all know that relaxation is good for us. Women’s Meditation Retreats provide relaxation, meditation, yoga & transformation.

Now the hard science has caught up: a comprehensive scientific study showing that deep relaxation changes our bodies on a genetic level has just been published. What researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered is that, in long-term practitioners of relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation, far more ”disease-fighting genes” were active, compared to those who practised no form of relaxation.

In particular, they found genes that protect from disorders such as pain, infertility, high blood pressure and even rheumatoid arthritis were switched on. The changes, say the researchers, were induced by what they call ”the relaxation effect”, a phenomenon that could be just as powerful as any medical drug but without the side effects. ”We found a range of disease-fighting genes were active in the relaxation practitioners that were not active in the control group,” Dr Herbert Benson, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, who led the research, says. The good news for the control group with the less-healthy genes is that the research didn’t stop there.

The experiment, which showed just how responsive genes are to behaviour, mood and environment, revealed that genes can switch on, just as easily as they switch off. ”Harvard researchers asked the control group to start practising relaxation methods every day,” says Jake Toby, hypnotherapist at London’s BodyMind Medicine Centre, who teaches clients how to induce the relaxation effect. ”After two months, their bodies began to change: the genes that help fight inflammation, kill diseased cells and protect the body from cancer all began to switch on.”

More encouraging still, the benefits of the meditation effect were found to increase with regular practice: the more people practiced relaxation methods such as meditation or deep breathing, the greater their chances of remaining free of arthritis and joint pain with stronger immunity, healthier hormone levels and lower blood pressure. Benson believes the research is pivotal because it shows how a person’s state of mind affects the body on a physical and genetic level. It might also explain why relaxation induced by meditation or repetitive mantras is considered to be a powerful remedy in traditions such as Ayurveda in India or Tibetan medicine.

But just how can meditation have such wide-ranging and powerful effects? Research has described the negative effects of stress on the body. Linked to the release of the stress-hormones adrenalin and cortisol, stress raises the heart rate and blood pressure, weakens immunity and lowers fertility. By contrast, the state of relaxation is linked to higher levels of feel-good chemicals such as serotonin and to the growth hormone which repairs cells and tissue. Indeed, studies show that relaxation has virtually the opposite effect, lowering heart rate, boosting immunity and enabling the body to thrive.

”On a biological level, stress is linked to fight-flight and danger,” Dr Jane Flemming, a London GP, says. ”In survival mode, heart rate rises and blood pressure shoots up. Meanwhile muscles, preparing for danger, contract and tighten. And non-essential functions such as immunity and digestion go by the wayside.” Meditation, on the other hand, is a state of rest, enjoyment and physical renewal. Free of danger, muscles can relax and food can be digested. The heart can slow and blood circulation flows freely to the body’s tissues, feeding it with nutrients and oxygen. This restful state is good for fertility, as the body is able to conserve the resources it needs to generate new life.

While relaxation/meditation techniques can be very different, their biological effects are essentially similar. ”When you relax, the parasympathetic nervous system switches on. That is linked to better digestion, memory and immunity, among other things,” Toby says. ”As long as you relax deeply, you’ll reap the rewards.” But, he warns, deep relaxation isn’t the sort of switching off you do relaxing with a cup of tea or lounging on the sofa or attending a relaxing retreat setting!

”What you’re looking for is a state of deep relaxation where tension is released from the body on a physical level and your mind completely switches off,” he says. ”The effect won’t be achieved by lounging round in an everyday way, nor can you force yourself to relax. You can only really achieve it by learning a specific technique such as self-hypnosis, guided imagery or meditation.”

The relaxation effect, however, may not be as pronounced on everyone. ”Some people are more susceptible to relaxation methods than others,” says Joan Borysenko, director of a relaxation program for outpatients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston. ”Through relaxation, we find some people experience a little improvement, others a lot. And there are a few whose lives turn around totally.”

7 Health Benefits of Deep Relaxation with Meditation
The next time you tune out and switch off and let yourself melt, remind yourself of all the good work the relaxation effect is doing on your body. These are just some of the scientifically proven benefits …

1. INCREASED IMMUNITY

Meditation appears to boost immunity in recovering cancer patients. A study at the Ohio State University found that progressive muscular relaxation, when practised daily, reduced the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In another study at Ohio State, a month of relaxation exercises boosted natural killer cells in the elderly, giving them a greater resistance to tumours and to viruses.

2. EMOTIONAL BALANCE

Emotional balance, means to be free of all the neurotic behavior that results from the existence of a tortured and traumatized ego. This is very hard to achieve fully, but meditation certainly is the way to cure such neurosis and unhealthy emotional states. As one’s consciousness is cleansed of emotionally soaked memories, not only does great freedom abound, but also great balance. As one’s responses then are not colored by the burdens one carries, but are instead true, direct and appropriate.

3. INCREASED FERTILITY

A study at the University of Western Australia found that women are more likely to conceive during periods when they are relaxed rather than stressed. A study at Trakya University, in Turkey, also found that stress reduces sperm count and motility, suggesting relaxation may also boost male fertility.

4. RELIEVES IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

When patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome began practising a relaxation meditation twice daily, their symptoms of bloating, diarrhoea and constipation improved significantly. The meditation was so effective the researchers at the State University of New York recommended it as an effective treatment.

5. LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE

A study at Harvard Medical School found that meditation lowered blood pressure by making the body less responsive to stress hormones, in a similar way to blood pressure-lowering medication. Meanwhile a British Medical Journal report found that patients trained how to relax had significantly lower blood pressure.

6. ANTI-INFLAMATORY

Stress leads to inflammation, a state linked to heart disease, arthritis, asthma and skin conditions such as psoriasis, say researchers at Emory University in the US. Relaxation can help prevent and treat such symptoms by switching off the stress response. In this way, one study at McGill University in Canada found that meditation clinically improved the symptoms of psoriasis.

7. CALMNESS

The simple difference between those who use meditation and those who do not, is that for a meditative mind the thought occurs but is witnessed, while for an ordinary mind, the thought occurs and is the boss. So in both minds, an upsetting thought can occur, but for those who meditate it is just another thought, which is seen as such and is allowed to blossom and die, while in the ordinary mind the thought instigates a storm which rages on and on.

For more information on meditation and stress reductions visit Food Matters Health blog!

Felicia Grant is a Certified Advanced Soul Coaching practitioner, Certified Medium

USUI Holy Fire Reiki Master. 

 

Join us for The DragonflyExperience Women’s Retreat in Dahlonega GA at the beautiful Dahlonega Spa Resort.

Let Felicia help you create your own DragonflyExperience and Re-establish your divine connection to your spirit. 

For retreat details: Visit DragonflyExperience Retreats