WOW, this Retreat will be epic including yoga, meditation, waterfall Mayan Canopy Tour, Snorkeling Silks Cayes, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Spa, optional workshops, Beach BBQ and more! Read on for more details.Read More
How did you begin your Journey of Teaching & Living a Conscious Lifestyle?
I walked into an Ashtanga Class and was amazed that I could be super challenged and yet leave feeling relaxed....I was hooked on yoga! The more I practiced, the more layers were peeled off which allowed my true authentic, self to radiate through. Having experienced this transformation, I was compelled to share my yoga with others so that they too could reap the benefits.....and another "yoga pusher" was born. READ MORE ABOUT HANANRead More
I had the pleasure recently of spending time with Heather in Belize. She is an inspiring, passionate person who is committed to living by her motto LOVE, SERVE, INSPIRE. I am thrilled to be working with her on the Well Xplored Spring Retreat to Belize. Read on to learn more about Heather and her upcoming retreat. - DAWN OLIVER
How did you begin your Journey of Teaching & Living a Conscious Lifestyle?
In 2001, I stepped into my first yoga class at a local gym. I was faithful at working out to stay in shape, and to relieve stress from my social work career, but something about the dim lit yoga room drew me. I was feeling a shift at 30 years old. Priorities were changing as we thought about starting a family. I longed to try something new. The yoga class was powerful, sweaty, and challenging. I totally felt at home! I was in tune with my breath, focused inward, and all the unnecessary layers of the outside world vanished. During the final resting pose I felt so alive, calm, clear, and balanced—the true me—unmasked and unbound. It was love at first savasana! Yoga continues to be my moving meditation as I connect daily on the mat—body, mind, and spirit. I have been training, teaching, and sharing the yoga love since 2012. I am beyond blessed to LOVE, SERVE and INSPIRE the community as a Yoga Teacher RYT® 500, Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and contributing author.
What are your Personal Wellness Rituals or Routines?
I try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night to replenish and recharge. My yoga nidra practice helps to supplement when deep rest is needed. Fresh, nourishing foods, and eating/drinking intuitively and mindfully, keeps my energy smooth and steady. Daily meditation and quiet time encourages me to find the pause — embracing every moment of connection, presence, and peace. Getting outside in nature with loved ones, and my dog, fills my soul with joy and inspiration!
Is there a particular place in the World that inspires you most?
I believe every region and country has potential to inspire one's soul! I truly have enjoyed all my worldly travels, and intend to explore someplace new every year.
What are your essential items to Pack for a Wellness Retreat?
My retreat essentials: travel purse or backpack, re-useable water bottle, Yoloha Cork Yoga Mat, reading material, writing journal, nourishing snacks, lavender oil, bug repellent, mineral based sunscreen, yoga clothes, swimsuit, pretty dresses, Keen footwear, Columbia windbreaker, and ESPECIALLY an open heart and mind—releasing expectations and going with the natural flow of life!
If there is one thing you hope for people to take away from your Retreat what would it be?
I hope our retreats facilitate CONNECTION. Yoga is a beautiful practice of connecting to our body, breath, mind, and spirit. From this place of presence and awareness, we can connect deeper with God, our purpose, and with others.
How has your Yoga & Spiritual practice changed your life?
Yoga has been healing for me in every way — physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It has helped smooth all my rough edges and daily encourages me to connect deeper with God and to the divine purposes for me in this world.
ABOUT HEATHER: Heather Wiest — MSW, LCSW, RYT® 500 — is beyond blessed to LOVE, SERVE and INSPIRE the community as a Yoga Teacher, Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and contributing author. Her holistic yoga sessions are engaging and rejuvenating, leaving one feeling balanced and inspired. Heather’s busy life as a wife, mother, and guide, encourages her to find the pause — embracing every moment of connection, presence, and peace. A passionate, yet simple girl at heart, you can find Heather breathing in another radiant Arizona sunrise or sunset. Heather took her first yoga class in 2001 and instantly fell in love! She quickly discovered the healing aspects of a consistent yoga practice to one’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
As a mental health professional, Heather was drawn to complete her Yoga Nidra/Guided Relaxation Technique facilitator certification with Jane Gleason, and additional Restorative Yoga training with Mary Bruce in 2012. In 2013, Heather added Pre and Post Natal Yoga training with Desi Bartlett, and Yin Yoga training with Joe Barnett. Her exploration continued in 2014 with the completion of Second Degree Reiki with the International Center for Reiki Training, Mini Yogis® Yoga for Kids Certification with Shana Meyerson, and SmartFLOW® Yoga Teacher Training with Annie Carpenter. Furthermore, Advanced Reiki Training/Reiki Master Certification was awarded in 2015, and Holy Fire II Usui Reiki Master/Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master Registration added in 2016. Heather completed Chair Yoga Certification with Donna Schnoor in 2017, and Yoga Wall Training with Rasoul Sobhani in 2018. As a certified Connection Coalition Instructor and LoveYourBrain Yoga Teacher, Heather combines her social work and yoga training to participate in community outreach programs.
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Casa Hemingway is an exclusive hideaway for wealthy Dominicans and tourists alike. The seaside community of Juan Dolio is the perfect retreat while travel throughout Dominican Republic. Casa Hemingway features oversized one- and two bedroom suites, equipped with full kitchens and comfortable living space making this property ideal for families or friends traveling together. Guests enjoy the facilities of Club Hemingway including 4 swimming pools, tennis, squash, kid club and horseback riding, all within a relaxed beachfront setting.Read More
Your arrival experience to Placencia is part of the adventure. Most visitors to the island fly into the Philip Goldson International Airport, just north of Belize City (BZE) and then change to a local commuter flight for a short trip to Placencia in the South of the Country. On a clear day, you get a great introduction to Belize's Caribbean Coast as well as the lush green jungle and expansive river system that runs through Belize.Read More
Beach Enclave is a collections of private luxury villas all with your own butler and customized amenities to fit your desires. The nine Beach Front and Ocean View Villas feature contemporary design, tropical vegetation and exceptional service with picturesque views.
Together with management we have designed a stellar yoga retreat package where a Private Beach Front Villa becomes your yoga studio oasis while guests share 4 and 5 bedroom villas. Each experience is tailor made. Family Style meals can be hosted at the Beach Front staging Villa or individually in your own private dining area. This is a true five star retreat experiences for the most discerning guests.Read More
Discover a 100-acre private enclave of luxury villas, oceanfront rooms, rolling hills, spa, golf and a private bay of turquoise water. Round Hill is ideal for wellness retreats for the most discerning clients. The service is five star, genuine Jamaican hospitality. My favorite is the tropical pathway takes you to a full wellness oasis- where you will find a large Yoga Pavilion, Fitness Center and 7-treatment room Spa.Read More
Eden Roc at Cap Cana is a five-star Relais & Chateaux resort nestled in Cap Cana, the most exclusive gated beachfront community of the Dominican Republic. The 30,000-acre community is home to pristine beaches, towering cliffs and tropical forests, a bustling marina, and the No. 1 golf course in the Caribbean and Mexico, a Jack Nicklaus signature course. Eden Roc at Cap Cana has 60 suites, private beach club, infinity pool, multiple restaurants and a beautiful yoga studio. The Forbes Travel Guide recognized resort is a proud member of Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts, as well as Ensemble Travel Group, Altour Hotel Collection, Fine Hotels & Resorts, AAA, Signature Travel Network and the International Association of Golf Tour Operators.Read More
Le Sivory Punta Cana is a boutique hotel for Adults Only, hotel where you can relax, immersed in the beauty of the Campiña de Uvero Alto (High Uvero Countryside). Le Sivory has been awarded with the prestigious AAA Diamond Status, the tranquility and intimacy are the medals of this boutique hotel and management is committed to the sustainability of it’s surroundings. With only 55 rooms guests can choose from Oceanfront or Garden View Junior Suites, some with private pools or jacuzzis. The culinary experience is one of the most attractive values of Le Sivory, and presents a complete gastronomical offer with three restaurants and one Palapa restaurant right on the sand. The Resort is known as “The Jewel” of Punta Cana because of its personalized service and beachfront rooms.Read More
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Meticulously designed to frame its natural setting, Amanera, just like other Aman destinations focuses on unique spaces and privacy. Accommodations features oversized Casitas with floor to ceiling glass doors emphasizing the dramatic views.
Amanera has a large wellness focus. Amanera’s holistic programme includes customized yoga sessions, breathing techniques, and guided meditation experiences for all-levels, to enhance endurance, balance and connection to the body, mind and spirit. A fully equipped fitness and tennis centre is also available to guests along with a menu of alcoholic mocktails and healthy culinary delights.Read More
Playa Grande Beach Club is unique boutique hotel on the north coast of Dominican Republic surrounded by nature and quaint small towns. The stylish design and meticulously manicured grounds sets this property apart from all others. The common structures and bungalows at the Playa Grande Beach Club have been created to reflect the distinctive vernacular architecture of the Dominican Republic. Each bungalow features vintage furniture, distinctive floor tiles, details on shutters, fretwork, pops of vibrant colors and other decorative features designed by local artisans. This is a WOW property for Interior Design!Read More
Sublime Samana is a luxury resort with beautiful secluded beaches located on the Samana Peninsula in the Northeast of Dominican Republic. Here guests embrace nature, disconnect, adventure and relaxation.
I love the sunsets at Sublime Samana! The ocean is calm and shallow, making it a perfect spot to watch the sunset. Don’t miss the humpback whales migrating through Samana Bay from January thru March. This is a super special treat where approx 2,500 humpback whales return every year to mate, birth and bask in the warm water.
This property is ideal for Yoga Retreat groups up to around 20 people.Read More