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Spiritual Healing Retreats

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Spirituality is not just about religion. It is about the connection you feel to the world as a whole. Human beings were not meant to feel alone. We are social animals that have, throughout our history, felt ourselves as a part of nature – one that has its own spirit, and is not simply a vessel of nerves and muscles. It’s not uncommon to find yourself drifting away from that feeling of soul and spirit. Spiritual healing retreats are designed to bring you back. Each retreat is its own unique experience designed to rejuvenate the soul and restore your sense of spirituality.

Every retreat has its own unique character and personality. What you are looking for with any spiritual retreat is a variety of features that are unique to you. For example:

  • Time with Nature

Those living in the city life often miss out on one of the most important keys for boosting the soul – time outside, surrounded by nature, and away from the cities. Nature is something you can feel, and something that the mind needs to feel at peace.

  • Spiritual Guidance

From yoga to classes, there are many different activities that bring out someone’s spirit, provided that you are led by those that are able to offer the guidance and inspiration that you need for spiritual growth.

Getting more in touch with your inner spirit involves taking time for yourself. Guided meditation, as well as activities for quiet and relaxation are all great ways to feel restored.

  • “Soul” Food

It’s difficult to nourish your soul if you aren’t nourishing your body. Several spiritual healing retreats integrate meals that detoxify the body and refresh your mind. This allows you to feel less bogged down mentally, and experience more spiritually.

  • Relaxation

Finally, stress is the enemy of spirituality. Your spiritual healing retreat needs to give you the opportunity to simply relax and enjoy your time away from your concerns and challenges.

*the above blog content was provided by The Art of Living Retreat Center in Asheville, NC  

 

If you’re ready for change in your life….. Join us for a life-changing experience that includes meditation, yoga, laughter and a touch of deep soul work.

At DragonflyExperience Retreats I offer small intimate individualized retreats where we limit our retreats for women to small groups of women to ensure you leave refreshed, inspired, connected and empowered.

 

 

 

September 14-21, 2019 

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10 Tips for Choosing a Yoga Retreat

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you ready to hit the reset button?

Before I made a commitment to my own health and well-being, I was a stressed out corporate executive using my yoga to keep me somewhat balanced. It took going on a yoga retreat, to a place I always wanted to visit, to reboot my life. I went not only because I needed a vacation, but also to find clarity and direction. My health was suffering, my heart was uncomfortable and I knew I had to choose a way of living that would keep me on the path to growth.

If you feel the need to refresh your spirit, reignite your passion for living, and rediscover balance in your life, then a yoga retreat is what you need. Here are 10 key considerations when choosing a yoga retreat:

Here are  10 Tips for Choosing a Yoga Retreat

1. Location, Location, Location

Yoga retreats are offered all over the world. Choose a favorite place you love already or go to a place you’re interested in discovering. Are you more of a city person or a nature person? A beach person or mountain person? If you enjoy exploring culture, arts and monuments, then consider places like Tuscany, Paris, or Spain. And if you enjoy being on a warm, sunny beach then choose to go to locations like Hawaii or Mexico.

Equally, if you don’t like bugs or humidity, don’t go to the rainforests of Costa Rica. If you truthfully enjoy the comfort of high thread count sheets and a cozy bed, consider Sonoma, the San Juan Islands, or luxury retreat centers like Prana del Mar or Lumeria Maui. If you don’t like camping, then don’t go on a rustic retreat. Think about how exotic you want the location to be. Will landing in a country where English is not the primary language like Brazil or Greece make you uncomfortable?

If so, then there are plenty of options in the US. You should also consider if you want the retreat to be dedicated to yoga or would you like other activities such as hiking, kayaking, skiing, etc. If so, then choose a location that offers diverse activity option.

 

2.  Choosing A Teacher, Coach And Guide

You should familiarize yourself with the teacher/s guiding the retreat, like how many years of experience they have guiding small group vacations and teaching yoga. Don’t hesitate to ask for client testimonials. If you already know the teacher from your local studio or the workshop circuit, consider if this is someone you want to learn from while away from the studio environment.

Do you feel safe, supported and cared for? Do you believe that they have more to teach beyond the 60-minute format? Has the teacher been to the location (see #1) before? What is their depth of experience with the culture, language, activities, of that retreat center, country and site? This is your vacation and you certainly don’t want to be guided by someone that has no more experience than you do either on or off the mat.

3. Theme Or Focus Of Retreat

What are you looking for? If the retreat is based on life coaching and personal growth but you are only looking for exercise and physical activity, then the fit won’t meet your expectations. And if you are looking for tranquility but the schedule seems heavy with constant physical activity, then keep looking.

Ask what your intentions are from this experience e.g., get your life direction in order, weight loss, let go of old emotions no longer serving you, make new friends, etc. Read the descriptions of the retreat themes carefully and find the one that most speaks to what you are looking for. The retreat’s focus will bring together like-minded people so already you will find a sense of connection to others and that will enhance an already incredible experience.

4.  Price

When it comes to how much you will be spending, It’s easiest to manage your budget if you look at retreats that are inclusive of pretty much everything except airfare. This makes it easier to be aware of what your total trip expense will be. It’s easy to overspend if your lodging and meals are not yet included in a retreat package.

 

Don’t let yourself get intoxicated by the cheapest price. There could be many reasons for this; for example, maybe the size of the retreat will be 50-75 clients all paying less. Also, in relation to trip cost, think about the length of your retreat. Are you looking for quality or quantity? There are ways to save money, ask to have a roommate arranged or check into group or dorm, living options as well as camping.

5. Timing And Duration

You can choose anywhere from a 2-night weekend, to longer than 10 days. This flexibility allows some sort of getaway approachable for most people. Just don’t assume that longer equals better. Sometimes, all we need is a weekend getaway to “reboot.”

If you want to plan for something 11 months from now, I applaud you. However, if things in your life are falling apart now, don’t wait to start healing. Get happy now; seek retreat today.

6. Level Of Luxury

Do not apologize for wanting luxury on your yoga retreat. This is your vacation. There are 5-star luxury centers who offer the yogi with discerning tastes high thread count sheets, travertine tile, ocean front, private decks and patios, concierge service and gourmet cuisine. At the other end of the spectrum, you might also choose camping options in combination with hiking and yoga out in the wilderness.

There is something for everyone in between as well. Know yourself well enough to choose your best option. And remember “off-grid” doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Be sure to ask if this means no electricity or wifi, but more gracious accommodations or simply off the beaten path away from light pollution and other people.

7. Size Of Retreat

Be certain to ask about the minimum and maximum number of guests on retreat. If you get lost in big groups over 40 or 50 then choose a retreat that has a comfortable range, let’s say 10-15 people. Also if you are someone who is looking to grow friendships on retreat, and the retreat will run with even just 3 people, then be ready to choose wisely. The activities, besides the yoga, can also be influenced by the size of the group.

8. Style Or Type Of Yoga

A retreat can be like a mini “teacher training” because in 7 days, you’ll spend 168 hours together. Therefore, it is important to make sure you feel aligned with the style of yoga you will be practicing (Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram, etc.). You should also make sure the level of yoga (beginner, intermediate, advanced, multi-level) meets your needs.

For instance, if you want a sweaty practice but the itinerary only includes restorative yoga, set your expectations. Also consider how much yoga you will practice while on retreat. Some yoga holidays may offer only one class a day, while others offer 2 classes daily and mini-workshops, private coaching or yoga clinics.

Also, align your retreat with how you define yoga. If your definition includes meditation, philosophy, chanting but the style offered doesn’t include what’s important to you, then keep looking.

9. Professional Experience

The best advice is to sign-up for a retreat through an organization that specializes in Yoga Retreats or go with an experienced Retreat Guide. You can then be assured that all of the groundwork has been done, and it is definitely comforting to know that the hosts can vouch for their retreats before you invest a ton of time, money and precious vacation hours.

10. Do It For You

In applying these guidelines, it is important to know what you are saying YES to, as well as what you are saying NO to. Make sure that you are not basing your decision on what everyone else wants you to do, or even the availability of your partner. Do this for you.

How do you best choose a yoga retreat? Choose based on what you want. From there, the foundation will be set for the best experience possible!

Join Felicia Grant experienced retreat leader in Umbria, Italy

September 14-21, 2019 

Eat, Play, Love Women’s Retreat!

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10 Benefits of Going on a Yoga Retreat in Italy

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

10 Benefits of Going on a Yoga Retreat in Italy

 

10 Benefits of Going on a Yoga Retreat

Wondering why yoga retreats are so popular? Because of all the amazing benefits that come from going on a retreat of course!

We love yoga retreats here at WeTravel. Actually, we love any type of retreat and wellness trip! If you’ve noticed the signs it’s time for a retreat but you’re not sure if it’s really for you, or what the benefits of going on retreat are then here’s 25 reasons why you need to make it happen.

Benefits of a Yoga Retreat

1. CONNECT WITH NATURE

Many yoga retreats take place in beautiful natural locations around the world. What better way to get out of the hustle and bustle of city living than to go on a yoga retreat! You’ll be able to connect with nature on a deeper level, immersing yourself in your surroundings and taking advantage of them in a way you might not otherwise do.

2. DISCONNECT FROM TECHNOLOGY

Not every retreat is a digital detox, but you can make it that way if you want to. Going on a retreat vacation is a perfect excuse to disconnect from technology and get back to basics. So many jobs now require us to be on call and connected 24/7. Even if they don’t we can end up spending a large amount of our free time on social media and glued to screens. Be in the moment and away from digital distractions by going on a yoga retreat!

3. EVALUATE YOUR CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES

If you find yourself stressed by your current circumstance then attending a yoga retreat can help you to take a step back and evaluate where you’re at from a distance. Sometimes it’s difficult to make decisions when we’re too close to the situation. Going on retreat can give you the benefit of distance and help you to reevaluate.

4. A TASTE OF LIVING LIFE WITH A PURPOSE

When you’re on retreat each day has an element of purpose. You’re concentrating on your practice, and relaxing or taking advantage of optional activities in between. Your health and wellbeing are placed front and center. Each day you can achieve what you set out to do, and have a taste of living your life with an element of purpose.

5. SPEND MORE TIME WITH INSTRUCTORS

One of the best benefits of a yoga retreat is having access to inspirational yoga teachers for more than just a class. You can take advantage of any one-on-one time they offer to help you with your practice, and speak to them throughout the retreat about yoga and wellness in general.

6. STOP OVERTHINKING

If you find it impossible to silence your mind and you’re always thinking of the next thing you need to do then a yoga retreat gives you a great opportunity to stop overthinking it all. Use a yoga retreat to turn off all the noise of your own voice and open yourself to a more positive way of thinking. Meditation is often part of a retreat program, and you can speak to your instructor about helping you to harness your thoughts!

7. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE ENERGY

One of the best benefits of going on a yoga retreat is taking a vacation full of positive energy! On retreat, you’ll surround yourself with positive thoughts and feelings. No need to worry about any vacation stress, just embrace the positives vibes coming your way.

8. FIND HEALING

A yoga retreat can be healing for your mental and physical health. Going on retreat can change your life, and help you to deal with any emotional and mental issues you may be having. It can also be healing for your body if you’ve experienced injury.

9. EMBRACE FEAR

We often have fears about the things we care about the most, but the best thing we can do is harness that fear for positive energy and remove it from our life. A retreat is a safe place to be guided through fears, and face them head on.

10. DEEPEN YOGA PRACTICE

If you struggle to find time to practice yoga in your everyday life then the benefit of going on a yoga retreat is being able to practice every day without distraction. Even the most seasoned yoga practitioner can deepen their practice on retreat and aim to reach the next level.

Join Felicia Grant experienced retreat leader in Umbria, Italy

September 14-21, 2019 

Eat, Play, Love Women’s Retreat!

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USUI Holy Fire Reiki Master. 

Top Questions to ask yourself before booking a retreat

Posted by on Feb 22, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Top Questions Women’s retreats

If you’ve ever thought about attending a Spiritual Retreat, you’ll want to ask yourself some questions before you embark on your magical journey. Retreats are for people that are willing and ready to grow. Ask yourself the following questions:

Are you ready to give yourself permission to finally give back and invest in yourself?

It’s common to fall in love with the idea of attending a retreat and taking sacred time for yourself away from the rest of the world, but are you willing to pay what it costs to stay in alignment with what your Soul truly wants?  Are you willing to give yourself permission to sign up for the retreat? There’s no need to explain yourself to others and check in to see if you are allowed to go on this journey. You should be willing to say “This is what I have to do for me. I give myself permission.”

Is your leader someone you trust and respect?

The person who runs the retreat sets the tone of the whole experience. There are small details that help everything flow harmoniously, including the group that attends.  Your teacher should be someone you can count on to lead the group through a sacred experience; an experience that is filled with peace, relaxation, knowledge, and someone that can hold space for you on your journey.

When exploring different retreat options make sure your retreat leader has done many many retreats and looks at this as a business instead of a free vacation. I personally have been leading women’s retreats since 2008.

As a Soul Coach, and Intuitive I truly believe in creating a schedule that allows time to not only be together as a group, but also allows my participants time to have personal sacred moments. I believe in the power of intention throughout the whole process of creating my retreats.  Sometimes a quiet presence and intention is what is needed for each personal journey. I am the one that holds the space for them to have their experience.

Does the environment feel energetically aligned with what your soul craves?

Think about what kind of setting you are looking for, while experiencing this sacred journey.  The environment should feel calming, beautiful, heart opening, and sacred. It should be a  place that feels like vacation, while learning to come back to yourself once again.

         It’s very easy to put off a retreat until “next time” but will there ever be a good time? We must value ourselves enough to recharge and invest in ourselves. You can’t put a price on self-care. A retreat is the perfect spot to be separated from the rest of the world and come back to your center. If you attend the retreat of your dreams, you will never be the same again.

Fun Facts about Italy!

Fact no. 1

Italy is home to Europe’s only three active volcanoes: Etna, Stromboli and Vesuvius.

Fact no. 2

Italy has been a country for 153 years.

Fact no. 3

Up until 1999 children only had to attend school until they were 14.

Fact no. 4

Pizza was invented in Naples and dates back to 1860.

Fact no . 5

The Vatican City, in Rome, is the smallest country in the world.

Fact no. 6

Italy is the fourth most visited country in the world.

Fact no. 7

Italy is the world’s largest exporter of wine.

 

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Certified Spiritual Advisor ™Medium

USUI Holy Fire Reiki Master. 

Join me September 14-21, 2019 in Umbria, Italy

Eat, Play, Love Women’s Retreat!

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18 Cultural Differences between US and Italy

Posted by on Feb 7, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With my upcoming Women’s Retreat to Umbria I have decided to start doing a weekly blog on “bel paese d’italia” (beautiful country of Italy)

This first blog will talk about the biggest cultural differences between the US and Italy.

1) the Food

The first thing that I have noticed in Italy have been hearing about the food, for them, it is a true obsession.

Once I have felt three old men in Florence speak of the recipes of their wife’s cake for over an hour, while in America we don’t care about the quality of the food, the important is that it is a lot!

2) the Feelings

The Americans repress all of their emotions up to when they don’t end up losing their head.

The United States is an angry and frustrated place, probably one of the only places in the world in which the people kill each other for driving too slow.

The Italian cannot maintain any of their emotions inside. If they feel something, after a while, in a way or another the whole neighborhood will know about it, through howls, cries, slaps and with dramatic hands.

It seems to be always in a theater, and personally, I adore this thing of them.

3) the Screaming

The majority of the Americans speaks quietly when in public. If you are in a restaurant in the United States it is unlikely that you will hear a voice out of the choir.

In Italy, No!!!

You can easily hear a conversation two restaurants down.

4) Quality of the food

The quality of the food (what you can buy in a normal shop) in the United States is so abysmal in comparison to Italy that I feel guilty to give something to my dog.

“Sorry Oliver, I beg you forgive me, here a radioactive carrot.”

The only positive side of an American supermarket is that there is not a whole pig’s head sitting on a counter in a casual way.

I could live without this in Italy.

5) Bluntly

The Americans love the euphemisms. “You have a cold wound on the lip?”.

In Italy there is not at all euphemism, rather they will bluntly tell you “Oh! You have herpes, how disgusting!!

6) the Thin and the Fat

The weight is a very delicate matter in the United States, in Italy, they speak about it at any damned moment.

“Do you have seen Francesca? So thin!”
“Francesca! Seems that you just run away from a concentration camp!” “Pietro is so fat! He needs a diet!”

It is madly common for the friends, the family to comment your weight.

Once, I was walking down the road and a woman stopped me to say: “you should eat more. You are too much thin”.

7) Speed

When I have moved to Italy, the first thing that I have noticed has been the speed.

The life in Italy is slow.

The Milanese think about themselves, “No! We northerners are fast!”

To be honest, they are faster in comparison to the rest of the country, but they are not yet comparable to an average new yorker.

The United States south is slower, but the Italian is so slow that is possible to spend the greatest part of the decade waiting to send a letter through the postal office.

In the United States, people are so worried about the efficiency and the rhythm that they practically die before they even realize to be alive.

I propose that both countries should meet half the road. Somewhere between the speed of the light and the slow zombies of Walking Dead.

9. Occupational safety

Nobody can be fired in Italy by the Trade Unions, therefore, it is almost sure that Nobody is interested in developing his own job.

At the postal office, I have asked more and more times to the employee: “Are you sending this to Iran, correct ?”.
And he answered me “I-R-A-N, I understand. I am not stupid!!!!!!”

Contrarily, in the United States, people can be fired for the wrong attire, therefore, we pass every second of every day terrorized by the fact that our boss hates our attire and is about to throw us in the street.

10) Children

I have read a study in which is said that the children of all the countries of the first world are becoming more and more spoiled and pampered.

Nevertheless, I have often seen in Italy five-year-old children in a stroller or with the pacifier in mouth.

I have never seen a five-year-old child in a stroller in the United States unless the legs didn’t work for some terrible motive and the pacifier, out of question.

11) Style

If you go to New York or in some of the more “fashion cities” you will find people dressed right, nevertheless, the great part of them seem satisfied without too much effort.

You can see the greatest difference in the USA’s small cities, where you will often see people making shopping with the pants of the overall.

In Italy, I have seen some horrible suits, but generally, there is a good quality also in the small villages.

12) Family

The cultural differences manifest themselves in family situations.

In the United States independence is one of our more precious qualities. A person that asks too much to a partner or to his family it is considered bad.

In the great part of the Italian families, independence is not quite encouraged.

In the United States, we have the tendency to put the career and the finances in front of our consort, children, brothers, , and parents, while for the Italian the family comes first, ever.

13) Age

Italy is similar to New York. People of all the ages go out, to drink and they remain in movement and in action.

Out of New York and of California is not so. People seem to be tied up to their age, surrendering to the boring expectations of what should or should not do.

14) Sex

The roles of the genders are very different between the United States and Italy in many, many ways.

The dynamics between men and women is such that seem that the women dominate the nest in the Italian houses, but truth is that the expectations of the two sexes are very different.

In the USA, the expectations are more or less the same in terms of career, children education, and family responsibility.

While in a lot of parts of Italy, they are still committed to the belief that the domestic matters are for the women, independently from the fact that the women have also a career, they usually make three times more of the men in the house.

Generally, they almost make all the cook, the cleaning and the care of their children while they are balancing a full-time job.

Women are not picked seriously up to intellectual level and the domestic violence is statistically tall in Italy (especially in the South).

Nevertheless, in a certain sense, women are also very respected. I know, it doesn’t seem quite this way, but in a certain sense, it is.

While sexes are becoming equal more and more in the United States, there is a strong hate and blind resentment towards the women in the American culture.

The violence towards the women is extremely tall in the United States that show the dark side of the confused mentality “equal but hated” of the American culture.

Both cultures have indeed a long road to cross in terms of treatment of the women.

15) Romanticism

The Italian culture smell of romanticism. The music, the movies, the attitude in the relationships are very romantic and noble.

The idea to woo a woman is still great in Italy and the boys are also sweet with the girls they liked.

The lunch, the adulation, are common in both the countries but the Americans tend to be more practical (you can also see it in the movies).

16) Space

The United States is enormous, therefore, it doesn’t surprise that the Americans have gotten used to the “space”.

Great cars, great houses, great yards and around two feet of space between you and the other people the whole time.

Italy is not gigantic and in the majority of them live crowded in small apartments.

They don’t need the same personal space.

One of the first things that I noticed that is that the strangers touched me the whole time and nobody will ever say “excuse” or “excuse me.”

In the beginning, I thought that it was because the whole country was full of stupid but then I understood that it is so because there is simply nothing to be sorry for.

Sometimes you’ll touch other people. And? And nothing.

17) Levels of neurosis

Italian culture is so calm in comparison to the American culture.

Sometimes it is annoying as the hell because nothing ever seems a big problem. The things that would send a typical American in cardiac arrest would not usually get more than a shrug from an Italian.

Restaurant service, for example, is slow. If an American have to wait more than ten minutes to order will burn the restaurant. In Italy? Psssh. Keep calm!

The same goes for the chaotic driving or a series of other things that seem the end of the world for the Americans.

Italy really owns the concept to take things with calm, this is probably the reason they live for a so damned long time.

18) Freedom

The United States always boasts that it is “free.” The brands have a lot of freedom but I feel very less “free” in the United States than in Italy.

They don’t feel themselves constantly observed and you know that if you make a small driving error they won’t claim your life.

 Credit to LovingItaly Travel blog!

Felicia Grant is a Certified Advanced Soul Coaching® practitioner,

Certified Spiritual Advisor ™Medium

USUI Holy Fire Reiki Master. 

Join me September 2019 in Umbria, Italy for Eat, Play, Love Women’s Retreat!

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