Puerto Rico June 2017 was an amazing retreat focused on FINDING YOURSELF and your TRUE PURPOSE. 28 people from 6 different countries, from all over the world, came to this life changing self-help, event. It was powerful and inspiring.
The retreat participants met up at the resort on Sunday evening, checked in to their assigned rooms, and we had our first official "meet and greet". The evening started with our first authentically vulnerable round circle discussion about "personal intentions and purpose".
It was beautiful to see people opening up to one another...at this point complete strangers, all realizing they're surrounded by the energy of like-minded individuals, all here for the same reason.
Everyone was given a their own personally inscribed journal for the retreat...
Monday morning started with a meditation for clearing our personal spaces. We went within and asked those who are in our heads (and our heart spaces) to leave our consciousness for the week, so that we could be in the right frame of mind for personal growth, and spiritual enlightenment. (Each morning started with meditation and intention setting). Next, we began our first morning of yoga... by stretching, and getting into position to open our mind, souls, spirits and bodies, to be ready for the day ahead.
Breakfast was served every morning @ 9:30am, after meditation and yoga, where we offered a full breakfast buffet (including Vegan and Gluten-Free options).
Next... morning seminars. This is where we set our intentions, focus, and energy and theme for the day. This week's retreat was focused on "losing this idea of who you think you are, and who you (or others) think you're supposed to be, to find your true calling".
Tears, vulnerability, and honest reflection led this discussion, as people began to open up about their fears, and why they were feeling "stuck" in life.
Morning seminars and workshops lasted about 2.5 hours. From there we would venture off into our first "silent" lunch, and first "journaling" sessions. Many stated that THIS is where they first started truly writing.
After lunch was followed with personal time, which lasted approximately 2.5 hours. At this particular retreat, the "personal time" allowed for retreat goers to enjoy all of the amenities of the chosen resort, which included a plethora of Caribbean water sports/activities, swimming pools, hot tubs, tennis, hiking, or anything they individually desired. Some opted for collective group time, others spent time reflecting and journaling, others napped, and some went for massages. This was also time for one on one coaching.
After "personal free time" we came back together for afternoon workshops. Here we broke down the individual "focus" of the day into everyone's individual personal lives... and really honed in on how it could be applied for future growth.
The two life-coaches who led these workshops, and individual coaching sessions. They focused on healing the past, personal potential and moving forward into a new awareness for the future.
After the afternoon workshops we had an additional small "free time" moments, which flowed into group dinner.
Our lunches and dinners were amazing, where we offered buffet style or family style meals, all of which we enjoyed together as a group, and where we continued our themed discussions, which led into a growing collective consciousness.
Some opted on Wednesday to take Kristy Sinsara's business development class, which lasted 4 hours, and was literally held in the Caribbean (see pictures below), where individuals learned priceless skills on how to utilize social media and other online platforms for business development.
Otherwise, Wednesday was ALL-PLAY-DAY.
It is imperative that (especially after 2 hardcore days of life-changing discussions)... that we PLAY. And PLAY we did...
Wednesday afternoon the entire retreat ventured over to the town of Paraguay, where we all got on a boat and journeyed off into the aqua blue water of the Caribbean Sea to enjoy snorkeling, and the world-famous bioluminescent tour. This experience was life changing in itself.
Sidenote: At the end of this incredible day, as we are all swimming around in the magical essence of the bioluminescent water, we saw the longest, brightest and most beautiful shooting star dance across the star filled Caribbean sky... truly a moment we will never forget.
On Tuesday and Thursday evening we all participated in a "FREEDOM FIRE" where we made our intentions known to the Universe, and opened up again for vulnerable discussion about how the day's theme affected us, and honest reflection of needed changes we could apply into our personal lives.
The group of individuals who showed up to this retreat TRULY SHOWED UP. They came as strangers, and left as a united tribe together, all loving, supporting, uplifting, and truly finding themselves in one another, moving forward as a support system together.
One of our favorite things about our themed-life-changing retreats is that EVERYONE who comes LEAVES feeling like they have truly found a new "tribe" in life... a new "family". You are no longer alone in this world, with your thoughts, forever changed, with the understanding that we are truly ALL ONE.
Owner & Retreat Organizer: Ashtyn Ryan
Pictures from Guanica, Puerto Rico June 2017
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