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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Embrace Retreats – Rincon, Puerto Rico – I will come back if you will have me!
Thank you Jackie Knechtel, Fern Langham and Willa Kammerer!