Vida Luna 2018: Community

The concept of Vida Luna Women's Wellness retreat was conceived in January 2017 with longtime friend and Transpersonal Development Coach, Nikki Hartley.  We wanted to provide an affordable long weekend to help women refresh their minds, renew their spirits, and heal their bodies. To recharge. Vida Luna was born. This past weekend, 10 women carved time into…

Jai Siddhatma: Victorious Are Liberated Souls

Two weeks ago, I sat alone with a glass of wine desperately trying to decompress from another week filled with dance classes, yoga classes, students of all ages demanding my undivided attention, rushing from one space to the next, and found myself googling "silent retreats." I stumbled upon Siddhayatan Spiritual Retreat. After browsing through their offerings,…

That time we howled at the moon

Exactly a month ago, I packed my car with shorts, a swimsuit, 8 meals for 12 adults, and a long-lost friend from my early 20s to co-lead a wellness retreat in the tiny town of Mt. Ida, Arkansas. Nestled in the Ozarks overlooking Lake Ouachita, Nikki (of Mind Body Mana) and I lead ten beautiful…

BASIK CANDLE CO | Keep it BASIK

BASIK CANDLE CO is a San Francisco-based producer of handcrafted, naturally scented candles and home fragrance goods. They believe that what you leave out is just as important as what you put in, and they create environmentally friendly products made of specially blended natural coconut wax, 100% cotton wicks, and skin-safe, phthalate-free fragrances infused with essential…

Left my heart in San Francisco… Again.

I made my first trip to San Francisco in August of 2012. Mark Twain was right when he said, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." Since then, I've lost half a dozen close friends to this beautiful and eclectic city, made a dozen more trips, and have finally (almost)…

What I learned leading a yoga retreat.

As soon as I finished my RYT 200 I knew I wanted to lead a yoga retreat. Preferably on the Greek island of Corfu after I had an epic 30th birthday adventure. I mean, a paid vacation seems like a no-brainer, right? Fast forward a few years, and I discovered a few things while leading my first…

Copal Retreat: Paradise

The Mayan Riviera is one of my favorite places on earth, and in my opinion, one of the most beautiful. Last month I lead my first yoga retreat at Casa Copal in Paamul, Mexico which is located along a curved stretch of shimmering Caribbean waters in a small bay south of Playa del Carmen. Each…

Two Month Countdown

Now this is a work of culinary art. In two short months I'll be leading my first yoga retreat in Paa Mul, Mexico at Copal Retreat. I'm overjoyed (I'm talking over the moon and back excited, here) to have the opportunity to merge to of my most favorite activities - yoga and travel! I'm not a hotel kind…

Today was about chasing sun-rays, beach waves, and sunsets.

"Today was about chasing sun-rays, beach waves, and sunsets. All things beautiful that give you peace are worth chasing. Everything else isn't." -April Mae Monterrosa After a long weekend in Tulum, Mexico filled with sunshine, girlfriends, fish tacos, beach yoga, mezcal and Mayan ruins I left feeling refreshed and ready to hop back into the…

ADVENTURE > STUFF

"Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods. You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really ARE part of you. We are the sum total of…