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Tranquility in the Tropics + Tuscany


The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page
.—Saint Augustine

Picture yourself waking up in one of these tranquil settings: tropical and lush surrounded by coffee plantations or Mediterranean surrounded by olive groves and vineyards.

This year I’m hosting two international, week-long escapes to Costa Rica and Italy and, of course, you’re invited.

Both adventures include daily mindfulness, yoga, and creativity practices for all levels coupled with delicious vegetarian local cuisine, a tranquility-filled goody bag, and optional excursions and spa treatments.

A day jaunt to Cinque Terra is included in our Italy retreat. Lonely Planet describes it, “Set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet, these five ingeniously constructed fishing villages can bolster the most jaded of spirits.”

Imagine hitting the pause button on daily life to reinvigorate yourself spiritually, emotionally, and creatively. That’s what these experiences provide. For nearly two decades I’ve been offering retreats that serve as balm for the soul.

Here’s what one yearly participant, Hilary, had to say about her experience:

You can find many yoga retreats to Costa Rica, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one as special as Kimberly’s.  I have been three years in a row and would go again in a heartbeat. As the name suggests, this retreat is a unique blend of yoga, mindfulness, and creativity. It’s a perfect retreat to go to on your own. Kimberly creates a warm, friendly, and inviting space and then let’s you take what you need and leave the rest. It’s an ideal combination of group time, personal time, and do-whatever-you-feel-like time at a beautiful eco-chic resort with yummy food, a welcoming staff, and heavenly pool. It’s a mix of lovely ingredients that make for a magical week. And the secret sauce is Kimberly, herself. She puts an incredible amount of thought into every aspect of the program—from the extra suitcase of art journaling supplies she brings, to the essential oils she dots on your wrist during savasana, and the goodie bags she creates for each yogi.  Treat yourself to the experience, and you won’t be disappointed.

For photos and more about Costa Rica, click here. For photos and more about Italy, click here.

If you’re looking for an intentional reset, the opportunity to deepen your connection to mindfulness, yoga, or creativity, or interested in exploring a colorful country with a group, I hope you’ll join us!

Have questions? Reach out and I’d be happy to answer them for you. Bisous. x

Saying Goodbye to Miss Lillie

 

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.—Saint Augustine

I hope you had a joyful holiday and are gearing up for the transition into 2019. Today I’m off to Oklahoma for a few days with family before returning to teach a 2-hour New Year’s Eve Mini Retreat at Tranquil Space and a 2.5-hour New Year’s Salon in my office {2 spots left}. Before we head to the airport, I wanted to share an offer with you.

In 2013 I purchased a 1988 Chevy Sprint vintage camper for a two-month Tranquility Tour across the US and Canada. Since then we’ve taken her out on annual adventures and, sadly, she’s spent most of her time in a storage lot. It’s come time to say goodbye simply because she’s not getting the attention she deserves.

This is where you come in—we’re looking to give her a good home in exchange for a donation to Pigs & Pugs Project. You determine the amount.

On Christmas we stopped by to pull out our stuff and snap these photos and video with hopes of passing her on to a new family.

A few things to note: she’s not starting (may need a new starter; it’s not the battery), the front cab AC doesn’t work (despite getting repaired multiple times; apparently the parts are hard to find) but the back AC works great when plugged in at a campsite; she has 75k miles, new tires in 2013, was last driven a year ago, has a two-burner stove, a kitchen and bathroom sink, toilet/shower (we never used the shower; it’s tiny), has a table with two seats (the table can lower to pull the two seats together into a kid’s bed), has a pull-out double bed with a full-sized memory foam mattress, she would need to be picked up in Hedgesville, WV (there’s a Chevy dealer 30 minutes away in Martinsburg), registration needs renewal, Mom made all the cute damask and striped slip covers, she’s 18-20 feet long and fits in regular parking spots (huge perk). Twinkle lights sold separately (said with a smirk).

I think that covers the nitty gritty. She was so good to us during our tour and we’ve since taken her on trips to the Smokies and nearby campgrounds. If you have any questions or are interested, reach out. Again, my goal is for her to get regular use, love, and maintenance.

Writing this makes me sad; it’s the end of an era. But it’s time for me to pare down and Miss Lillie to have a new family. Bisous. x

Coming to Costa Rica?

Picture yourself escaping the chill of February over President’s Day weekend to soak up the Costa Rica sunshine.

Since 2002 I’ve been hosting annual retreats at Pura Vida Spa— private mountainside estate enveloped in lush flora surrounded by coffee plantations.

We wake up early with the chirping birds, nosh on local food, practice yoga and mindfulness, and nosh on more food. Then we take a few hours to rest, read, swim in the pool, or get a spa treatment, and do more yoga followed by a creativity session involving paint, collage, and a sketchbook. Oh, and eat again.

Most of us make our way to bed shortly after the sun goes down or enjoy a soak in the hot tub under the stars. Rinse and repeat.

Here’s what Courtney from North Carolina has to say about her annual retreat experience:

This retreat is magical. It is the perfect blend of movement, creativity and utter relaxation. Kimberly’s yoga practice combines asana and breath work in ways that have left me relaxed and energized at the same time. Even better, the creativity sessions have helped  unlock my right side brain (which has been used very little during my legal career), opening up a whole new world to me and giving me the courage to explore my artistic side on my own. In short, the changes that I’ve experienced on my retreats with Kimberly have led to life-altering adjustments in my career and family relationships. In addition, Pure Vida is a beautiful resort with caring staff and experienced practitioners who offer a wide range of body work options. But maybe my favorite retreat activity has been resting in a hammock between classes and treatments, listening to the birds and catching up on the latest bestseller, with a smoothie or a glass of white wine.

And Hilary from Washington, DC:

You can find many yoga retreats to Costa Rica, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one as special as Kimberly’s.  I have been three years in a row and would go again in a heartbeat. As the name suggests, this retreat is a unique blend of yoga, mindfulness, and creativity. It’s a perfect retreat to go to on your own. Kimberly creates a warm, friendly, and inviting space and then let’s you take what you need and leave the rest. It’s an ideal combination of group time, personal time, and do-whatever-you-feel-like time at a beautiful eco-chic resort with yummy food, a welcoming staff, and heavenly pool. It’s a mix of lovely ingredients that make for a magical week. And the secret sauce is Kimberly, herself. She puts an incredible amount of thought into every aspect of the program—from the extra suitcase of art journaling supplies she brings, to the essential oils she dots on your wrist during savasana, and the goodie bags she creates for each yogi.  Treat yourself to the experience, and you won’t be disappointed.

Both of these lovely ladies have joined us the past few years and are an absolute joy to host! Per usual, we have an intimate, magical group signed up for February and fellow psychotherapist and Tranquil Space-trained yoga teacher Kristin Heinz will be teaching the afternoon yoga sessions.

Tomorrow marks the end of the Costa Rica $150 off early bird rate and I’m not sure if I’ll be hosting this retreat the following year.

So if you’d like to spend time nurturing your yoga, mindfulness, and creativity practices, reflecting on what’s meaningful, drinking Costa Rican coffee, reading in a hammock, going on optional excursions, and nourishing your soul, now’s the time!

If you have any questions about it, reach out and I’ll be happy to answer them. Bisous. x