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Benefits of Sound Healing at Retreats

Posted by on Apr 27, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Benefits of Sound Healing at Retreats

If every sound is vibration and if the vibration touches each and every cell of our body, we can understand that we don’t perceive sound only with the ears, but with cell in our body.
Stress reduction is one of the most important results of receiving sound therapy. Stress is the underlying cause of many physical conditions and it melts away with ease when you are bathed in a sea of sound healing vibrations.
Sound Therapy is so effective because it influences our emotional bodies as well as our physical bodies. Emotional imbalances are at the root of many physical diseases and when we heal our emotional bodies, the physical symptoms disappear. Sound and emotions are deeply connected. Human emotions have their immediate expression through sound, and it is often the repression of the sound of the emotions that creates emotional blockages. Conversely, sound can be used to unlock the blocked emotions and release them with ease and grace.
An increasing number of mainstream medical and education institutions around the world use healing affects of Himalayan singing bowls and gongs as a vital process of cancer treatment. Deepak Chopra Centre in California has found that the sound of Himalayan singing bowls is chemically metabolized in the body as the endogenous opioid, which works as internal medicine and pain reduction.
Some benefits of Sound Therapy:
  • Affects all cells in your body.
  • Balances both hemispheres of the brain.
  • Changes our old patterns of behaviour, and habits that are harmful to our health.
  • Cleanses negative energy and emotions.
  • Connecting with your higher self.
  • Deep relaxation.
  • Helps to recover after illness, traumas and invasive medical treatments.
  • Improves sleep.
  • Increases vital energy flow, creativity, intuition and motivation.
  • Removes blockages and toxins.
  • Self-regeneration.
  • Soothes, purify and balances your emotions and feelings.
  • Stimulates circulation and strengthens immune system.
  • Stress reduction.

 

The Healing sounds of the crystal singing bowls vibrates in a line with meridians in the body and it helps balancing them. It unleashes Kundalini, which sleeps dormant at your root chakra, and it then ascends up the central energy channel along your spine. This can be felt as slight tingling in the muscles or slight discomfort, if there are any blockages along the energy line.
Sound therapy is also beneficial for deaf or people with hearing impaired. Even if they don’t hear the sound, they can still feel the vibrations.
Mark David Sound Therapist and Healer says   “Sound healing is a powerful healing method that uses vibration to re-tune the body/mind/spirit by balancing the flow of energy through the chakras , bringing about deep relaxation, energizing the physical body and clearing the emotional body.” With the use of crystal bowls, tuning forks, drums and other instruments.  Mark will renew sense of one’s vitality, clarity, grace and joy can be accessed.
“If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.” ~ Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at the Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York City.”

Mark David, will be joining us at The Dragonfly Experience Women’s Retreat.

September 14-21, 2019 – EAT.PLAY.LOVE Women’s Retreat, Umbria Italy!

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. Mark will be offering Sound Healing for our Women’s Retreat participants as well as offering private sessions.

 

September 14-21, 2019 

Find your JOY!

Eat, Play, Love Women’s Retreat

Rooms/Pricing found here.

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If you want to experience this beautiful healing modality in a Sacred Space. Escape to Italy with Felicia Grant and create your very own DragonflyExperience with a small group of like minded women. Surround yourself amidst the beautiful vineyards and olive groves in Umbria, Italy….From the moment the plane touches down ALL of your needs will be taken care of. This retreat offers the opportunity to step away from your busy life, get back in touch with yourself and find that still, small voice that whispers the truth within.

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Felicia Grant is a Certified Soul Coaching® practitioner,

Certified Spiritual Advisor ™Medium

USUI Holy Fire Reiki Master. 

Helping women ignite their passion!

7 Reasons you Should Consider a Women’s Retreat Over Regular Vacation

Posted by on Apr 21, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

7 Reasons you Should Consider a Women’s Retreat Over Regular Vacation

Each year, millions of people across the globe withdraw from their frenetic lifestyles for a week or two in an attempt to rest, rejuvenate, and recoup. These getaways range from family holidays to adventure trips to secluded exotic retreats.

However, after a year’s hard work when the time comes to pick the perfect holiday option, we often find people bolting off to their favorite travel destinations without realizing that they will probably still be on 24/7 holiday management duty during this time off.

Such vacations undermine the fundamental purpose of a holiday—to relax and recharge. However, as opposed to a vacation, which is quite simply a time off from everyday routine, retreats are purposeful getaways that are aimed at rescuing you from an undesired or unpleasant situation and whisking you off to an exotic location to heal in that particular respect.

Retreats offer everything including spiritual healing, fitness through meditation or yoga, family or marriage counseling, and much more. Outlined below are seven reasons for you to opt for a retreat over a regular vacation.

 

1. Retreats Have Long-Term Benefits

In addition to offering you an escape from a tiresome routine, retreats set themselves apart from mere vacations due to the specific intent behind them. This intent can be an issue that you wish to focus on but don’t get time for, a recent experience that you want to reflect on or talk about with people who understand what you’re going through, the quest for some distance from your current situation to think clearly and bring things into perspective, or simply quality time with yourself and nature so you can rejuvenate.

To quote the words of Jiddu Krishnamurti, a famous spiritual leader, “I think it is essential sometimes to go into retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your beliefs and experiences completely and look at them anew, not keep on repeating like machines whether you believe or don’t believe. You would let fresh air into your minds.”

Moreover, all aspects of retreats—including location, accommodation, food, facilities, professional consultation, and activities/exercises—are all in line with what you are seeking to achieve; hence, the benefits of retreats are much more impactful and long-lasting as opposed to vacations where you are more apt to binge, gossip, and probably still spend time finishing work.

 

According to a research study published in Translational Psychiatry (Nature), simple vacations only bring about short-term improvements in well-being; however, a week’s meditation can improve metabolism for the long-run.

Moreover, yoga retreats are known to provide relief to patients of respiratory problems, anxiety, bone thinning, high blood pressure, arthritis, incontinence, and rheumatism, along with several other ailments.

2. Retreats Provide Peace Away from Your Daily Routine

Retreats are aimed at providing you the solitude you need. This can be complete solitude as with individual and silent retreats, with your spouse or partner as with marriage retreats, or in the form of groups as with yoga and Ayurvedic retreats.

Wellness retreats are usually situated in secluded and serene locations that present the perfect platform for you to forget about the hustle and bustle of life and let your nerves relax. However, regular vacations can be taken anywhere that need not necessarily be in a quiet and calm locality. Moreover, retreats also offer a plethora of other activities that quench your thirst for adventure and exploring new cultures.

3. Nature Let’s You Unwind

One of the biggest advantages of going on a retreat is that it offers you proximity to nature and its healing touch, which can’t be matched by a simple vacation. Being close to nature has shown to reduce the production of cortisol—our primary stress hormone. Moreover, clean air, calm surroundings, and plants allow you to unwind and be thoroughly rejuvenated so that you can have a fresh start to your life upon return.

4. You’re Surrounded by Like-Minded Company

Retreats attract people with similar concerns or interests and, hence, offer you the opportunity to spend memorable moments with like-minded people who are looking to achieve the same goals as you. These people act as your support system as you work toward your goal and also act as a mirror to help you identify issues that you couldn’t have on your own. Most importantly, they let you realize that you are not alone.

Retreats also provide you the opportunity to make friends that you can remain in touch with even after you return home. This gathering of similar people is not characteristic to regular vacations.

 

5. You Have Access to Professional Guidance

Retreats include trainings, exercises, or counselling sessions by experts who allow you to see your own shortcomings and help you improve your spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. These sessions are in accordance with your needs and enable you to not only improve your well-being while at the retreat, but also equip you with information and techniques that you can use to remain in shape even after the retreat is over.

6. You Don’t Have to Worry About Planning

One thing that skyrockets the efficacy of retreats in facilitating rest and relaxation as compared to ordinary vacations is that your service provider manages them. This means you don’t have to worry about things like scheduling, reservations, commutes, waiting in lines, finding locations, etc. Even though you may handle such mundane tasks in your daily life, these tasks become particularly stressful when you are in a new and unfamiliar location. Retreats allow you to focus solely on your own well-being and truly offer you a stress free time-off.

7. Retreats Can Be More Economical

Retreats can be both expensive as well as economical. However, they are much more economical and cost-effective as opposed to regular vacations. The reason for this is that during regular vacations you make your own spending decisions, which may not be the most cost-effective and can at times result in money leakage. However, retreats are pre-planned and include exclusive features like professional consultation and trainings in addition to all the facilities of a simple vacation—thus, making them more financially feasible and reliable.

So, for your next holiday, pick a retreat that will let you unwind and resolve any pending concerns empowering you to regain control of enjoy your life.

This blog/Article was provided by: The Chopra Center 

 

September 14-21, 2019 

Find your JOY!

Eat, Play, Love Women’s Retreat

Rooms/Pricing found here.

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Felicia Grant is a Certified Soul Coaching® practitioner,

Certified Spiritual Advisor ™Medium

USUI Holy Fire Reiki Master. 

www.feliciagrant.com

Italy 2019

Thriving in your Divine Feminine

Posted by on Mar 15, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thriving in Your Divine Feminine

Sharing from and by: Art of Living Center -Asheville, NC

Hello Beautiful Goddesses!

What are your desires and dreams for your life? Do you think it’s possible for them to exist with ease and to live with a thriving feeling inside of you and in your life?

The truth is, YOU CAN. We do this when we lay down the burden, the fear and the guilt in all the areas that it exists within our lives. We can have what we desire for our lives just because we are choosing to. It sounds unbelievable, I know. But let me share with you, that it IS possible! It takes faith within yourself and your life, having sisterhood around you to support your dreams and desires and of course the tools to create the life you imagine if nothing else mattered.

 

The first step is to believe

One of the most important steps in manifesting the life you desire is to change your vibration and let go of your limiting belief system. Our belief system is ingrained in us from childbirth, but you have the ability to choose to change this vibration by believing you are worthy of thriving.

Start by taking notice of any limiting beliefs that cross your mind on a daily basis. For instance you might notice you are telling yourself, “that’s unrealistic” or “I can’t do that”, or “I’m not smart enough”, or “I’m not good enough”, or “that would be selfish”. Thoughts such as these that make you feel heavy or even sad are a trigger that you desire more. When you start noticing, you can change the vibration from “I’m not good enough” to “I am capable”, and then really believe it so you can start taking action. It’s so easy to get caught up in the “I can’t” of life but it’s just as easy to start living from “I can”.

Here are some steps to help you on your way to manifesting your dreams and desires:

 

tart a daily practice of using affirmations with meditation

If you are new to this idea, don’t worry about doing it wrong and feel free to start small. If all you desire is a getaway, allow yourself to sit in stillness and use an affirmation to call in the vibration such as “I enjoy my relaxing vacation and sipping wine by the fire.”

Once you are more comfortable, amp it up by doing some deep breathing exercises to open your heart and call in your spirit guides, angels and keepers for assistance. Start claiming your desires as if you already own them.

Once you start doing this every day, it becomes easier to notice when your limiting beliefs show up so you can lean in again to the vibration of “I am” or “I have”.

Hand-write your dreams and desires as specific as possible using the present tense.

his is really fun exercise because it allows you to get as specific and clear about your true intentions to thrive. Go crazy and don’t worry about how unrealistic it may seem (remember those limiting beliefs?). Find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted and take a moment to center yourself with some cleansing breaths connecting to your heart space. Start writing about your amazing life and all that you have and all that you are for as long as you need to get it all out.

The most important thing to remember here is to write as if you already living in your thriving. Use strong, affirmative language such as “I am” or “ I have” or “I do” or “It is”. Eliminate words and phrases such as “I don’t” or “I want” or “It’s not”. The universe is a powerful force of light and abundance and it does not recognize negative connotations. So if you say “my partner doesn’t watch football all day”, you just may manifest a partner who does. Instead, try saying “my partner enjoys spending time with me in engaging conversation”. See the difference?

Remember whatever you’re writing shouldn’t feel burdening or frustrating or feel in any way unsettling to you. Your writing should feel expansive and light and give you a sense of joy and excitement. If it doesn’t this likely means it not something you truly desire or it’s something you may be settling for. You are dreaming up your reality so set those boxes and perimeters aside!

Join a community of sister goddesses

Just as your way of thinking and how you move each day is important, so is having a support system of women who will encourage and celebrate you. Having a circle of women to share your passions, dreams and fears with is life changing.

If you don’t already have one, find a women’s circle in your local community. The divine feminine movement is rising and there are circles happening all over the world now. If you can’t find one then perhaps you can join an online community, or better yet, start your own circle! This gives you and all the other women who have come together to rise each other up and know that you are not alone.

Live as if you are already thriving

By taking time to understand everything you desire in life no matter how large or small you can start thriving right away. Think of one thing you can do every day that matches the vibration you are choosing. Maybe you dream of being a writer but feel you don’t have the skills to be a good writer. Take time to express your voice and write every day for five, ten, or thirty minutes. The more you access the vibration of expressing your voice, the easier it will become. Or perhaps you desire a new car. Take a car for a test drive or do a visualization exercise of yourself driving that new car.

One of the most important things to remember here is to FEEL. The dreams you have aren’t just tangible. You desire them because of how they make you feel. So if that new car is further in the future, consider how that new car makes you feel and what you can do right now to feel that way. Is it a luxury car? What can you do right now to feel the luxury of your life? Is it a convertible sports car? What can you do right now to feel free as if you’re flying?

There are countless ways to live in the vibrational energy of your dreams.

So dear goddess, what are choosing to thrive in? What do you choose to participate with? Say it out loud. Trust it. Believe it. Breathe it in with all your might. And never forget, you are worthy!

Explore your Inner Goddess at an upcoming Dragonfly Experience Retreat with me….Felicia Grant

 

September 14-21, 2019 

Eat, Play, Love Women’s Retreat!

Ready to Spread your Wings and Fly to Italy with me?

Rooms/Pricing found here.

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Felicia Grant is a Certified Soul Coaching® practitioner,

Certified Spiritual Advisor ™Medium

USUI Holy Fire Reiki Master. 

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 

Eat, Play, Love Women’s Retreat!

Ready to Spread your Wings and Fly to Italy with me?

Rooms/Pricing found here.

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Felicia Grant is a Certified Soul Coaching® practitioner,

Certified Spiritual Advisor ™Medium

USUI Holy Fire Reiki Master. 

 

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!

Ready to Spread your Wings and Fly to Italy with me?

Rooms/Pricing found here.

If you enjoyed this article, share it with a friend. 

Felicia Grant is a Certified Soul Coaching® practitioner,

Certified Spiritual Advisor ™Medium

USUI Holy Fire Reiki Master.