Puerto Rico Retreat Experience
Hola! and Welcome back, my friends!
Thank you ALL for the support, well wishes and love you sent my way whilst on my journey. And a journey and experience it was! A GREAT one at that! There were a few hiccups along the way – but everything worked itself out and was great.
My flight to Rincon, Puerto Rico got in around 3 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28th. My fabulous taxi driver, Elier Lopez, was waiting for me in the airport and whisked me to the house where the retreat was being held – Casa Azul.
It was 4 a.m. till we arrived and to our surprise, the electricity was OUT in the whole neighborhood. WHAT! Luckily, I had slipped a mini flash light into my suitcase and pulled it out to be able to see how to get into the house (I had a key) and maneuver with ease. My flight was the first one IN that day, so I was by myself in the house till around 10 or so till the other leaders (Jackie, Fern and Willa) arrived. Elier had talked to me in the car ride about how layed back, safe and friendly the people were. So, being in a strange house, in a strange town, I really felt OK and at peace. I chose a room and crashed for a few hours. Power came back on by early afternoon – so no worries.
Here are some of the views I took pictures of from the back porch of house – right off the kitchen.
The weather was absolutely PERFECT the whole time! Some afternoon showers – then cleared up and was lovely. I could live here during the winter – nice and warm!
That is a hawk in the left hand corner that was flying around the porch and then flew off into the distance. A good sign for me!
Later that morning, I finally got to meet Jackie in person, after many months of phone calls, emails, messaging and such. What a grand union! I also met Fern and Willa.
Me, Jackie Knechtel, Willa Kammerer & Fern Langham
What LOVELY ladies!
Our local friend and guide, Alberto, took us to the grocery store and a few road side markets to purchase LOTS of fresh produce and food for the next few days to feed everyone. Alberto is such a sweet, gentle, fun, loving guy. I really liked him. A GOOD man!!
Me having fun at a local produce stand.
Our kitchen before all the produce and superfoods got put out onto counter.
Our superfood stash! Thanks to Navitas Naturals, Sunwarrior Protein Powder, and Imperial Tonics for their contributions to the retreat. We ALL appreciated it!!
Later on, it was off to the beach – Sandy Beach – only a 15 minute walk away from the retreat house. The water was warm and such a beautiful place!
Holding some fresh almonds picked from the tree I am standing under – yes, I like to forage.
Sunset – Breath taking!
Willa and I in the kitchen before guests arrived. Fresh juice and smoothies ready to serve.
Willa and I playing around in the kitchen. Willa is such a fantastic, amazing woman. So glad she was my partner in the kitchen.
Willa and I had such a flow and connection in the kitchen creating and playing. Such a lovely bond with this talented, beautiful, creative woman. I learned a lot from her. Couldn’t have done it without her. We were such a great team that everyone called it the “Killa Kitchen”. Kibby + Willa = Killa. And it was KILLA food – made with the best ingredients and infused with Love.
Day 1 – The whole LOVELY group is here – greeted with fresh juice and green smoothies, fresh flowers and aromatherapy chilled towels.
The group playing at Sandy Beach. Many went paddle boarding. I faced a fear by getting in the ocean and swimming around a bit. It was fantastic.
Kibby, Carolina, Jackie, Willa, Adrianna, Elsie, Olivia and Fern
Tonics made fresh every morning for those who wanted it. OK, everybody did!! Tonics were a hit.
Feet in the sand and warm water.
Came back to kitchen early to prepare Raw Chocolate Superfood smoothies for everyone after their paddle boarding and swimming time. I needed some extra too! chugging the leftover smoothie.
Yoga every day.
Second to last day, we went to a local waterfall that was breath taking. Thank you, Rosa Loperena, for your kind guidance at taking us to this lovely waterfall and joining us for the day. You are a bright light and lovely new friend. Such a pleasure to meet you in person.
Carolina and I. Such a special kindred spirit. Love this girl!!
There was SO MUCH gorgeous, wholesome healthy food prepared and eaten – I didn’t get a chance to take many pictures of it. Everyone enjoyed it thoroughly. Plates were licked clean (yep, that was me one night) amongst many others.
Avocados I foraged from tree next to house and brought home. Avocado trees are EVERYWHERE! I was in heaven!!
Embrace Retreats – Rincon, Puerto Rico – I will come back if you will have me!
Thank you Jackie Knechtel, Fern Langham and Willa Kammerer!
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