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Self Love Retreat Weekend (women only)

  • Banana River Resort 3590 S. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, FL United States (map)






Join your tribe!  Together, women heal other women, when we bond together to remind each other of our strength, beauty and wholeness.     


On the beautiful east cost of sunny Florida, the Banana River Resort is located on the barrier island, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway.  Just 3-4 minute walk, across the street to the ocean.  Property is located on the intercoastal, so you'll wake up on the water, and be able to see the most spectacular sunsets.    


Healthy, fresh vegan meals prepared by onsite holistic chef.  

Delicious vegan food is served buffet style for meals and snacks, and the kitchen is always open.

Water jugs are located in the kitchen, for refilling your water bottle. 

Make yourself at home and hang out in the kitchen while the chef prepares your meals


Wonderful agenda of Self Love & Worthiness Soul Feeding Activities and Workshops!

Sunrise Paddleboard, Yoga, Guided Meditations, Energy Exercise classes, Chakra Balancing, Quantum Astrology classes, Theta Healing Workshop, Self Worth Energy Circle,  Mat Pilates, Body Movement Classes, Stress Relief workshops, with essential oils used throughout the weekend events, Healthy Cooking lectures, Cooking classes, and Healing Sound Baths.  


Retreat guests are welcome to attend all activities or just relax, explore the property or go to the beach.    

The resort offers surf, stand up paddle and windsurfing lessons on premises.  For those services, including rates and times, you're invited to contact the resort directly.  Additionally a massage therapist is available for appointments, see contact information below.  



Waterside bonfires in the evening, weather permitting.



Room accommodations have two options.


 The retreat occupancy is 12 people.  There are 8 shared bedrooms;  four twin beds and eight full size beds.  Rooms will be arranged as best as possible.  If you're booking together, we'll do our best to accommodate you together.  Bedrooms have attached kitchen and living room.  Each sleeping space is air conditioned and includes beds with fresh linens and pillows and towels. 

There is a main house where there's recreational space and an open kitchen where all meals are served buffet style.  Internet wifi is available at the main house.


Meet your retreat presenters...


Suzanne Gundersen, MindBody Specialist & Retreat Organizer

Suzanne helps those struggling with stress, anxiety, tension and trauma, to reconnect with their lives, their bodies and their relationships.   She’s passionate about helping others feel more connected, fulfilled and experience life with genuine aliveness.  

For decades, she struggled with anxiety and felt disconnected with herself and the world.  In 2004, she went in search of relief and found some incredible natural mindbody healing tools and techniques that are easy to use, living skills that helped her transform towards feeling whole and complete (which she surrenders is a lifelong practice).  While she can still experience anxiety today, she has awareness of what is creating it and applies the tools she’s learned to keep herself balanced and as a result, experiences life with deeper connection and fulfillment.

 Do you want more authentic and meaningful connections with yourself, your partner, friends, family, coworkers?

  • Are you craving reliable, trusting and satisfying connections you can enjoy?
  • Are you interested in releasing stress, body tension and build more resiliency for life?

Suzanne offers workshops and programs using TRE (Somatic healing technique), Energy Medicine, Meridian Tapping, Funcational Body Momvement, Sound Healing (tuning forks) and Guided Meditations.  

Suzanne helps create balanced and satisfying connections.  End your stress and struggle now.   Suzanne is available for private one on one sessions as well as group programs and workshops. 

Juliana Jordani, Certified Health Educator and Holistic Chef.

Juliana received her certification as a Health Educator at the world renowned Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, FL. She is also a certified vegan food chef from the Living Cuisine Academy in Fort Lauderdale.

Juliana considers spiritual growth and self improvement very important to her personal journey. She has dedicated many years to study different spiritual masters, theories and philosophies aiming to better understand life and human behavior. Over time she developed a comprehensive understanding of “observation-analysis-action”;  allowing her to fully understand the best way to deal with situations in life and, thus, objectively put into action these insights. This is her approach for teaching each of her clients better nutrition.

Juliana’s interest with nutrition originated due to an ulcer she developed years ago and decided to heal it through natural foods and procedures – without allopathic medicines. She realized that food could drastically improve the functioning of her body, clarity of mind and the way that she feels connected with nature, people and the world; becoming a single path to health, with spirituality and food.

Educating others about the mind, body and spirit is Juliana’s passion. It is through this ownership of one’s health that true healing can begin. Juliana is able to assist others on their individual life’s path, meeting them wherever they and help them self heal by teaching conscious thinking and eating habits to develop a wholesome lifestyle.

Juliana is available for private one on one session as well as group programs and workshops.

Amanda Hills, Certified Yoga Instructor

Finding Yoga in 2011-Amanda began to “root” herself by studying multiple Yogic Philosophies, movement methods, and meditation techniques. Founding Soulga in 2015, Amanda has become the teacher she is today by combining the Hatha Yoga (Postural or Asana) traditions, increased body/breathe awareness (Pranayama), and deep respect of the practice as a whole. Amanda hopes to empower one person at a time to engage mind, body, and spirit in class and beyond.  

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Born and raised in Westchester New York, she always had a passion for movement of the body. Trained as a gymnast and dancer growing up it only seemed natural as an adult to pursue practicing and teaching Yoga. After receiving her 200 Hour Certification in 2015, she started to explore other fields such as SUP Yoga and Pilates. Raised as strong athlete, dancer, and gymnast she continued to light her spiritual fire with movement of the body. You can find her paddle boarding at sunrise, spending time with her dog Hercules on the beach, or covered in paint at her home studio. Her passion for physical exercise and spiritual connection started at a young age and was inspired her my mother, who was also a gymnast. Yoga helped her recover from an eight year battle with an Eating Disorder, and showed her how to befriend and love her body as opposed to destructing it. Amanda hopes to empower one person at a time to engage mind, body, and spirit in class and beyond.

Yolanda Vargas Perera,

Transformational Speaker, Instructor, Tapping Into Wealth Coach, Quantum Astrologer and Certified Belief System Reprogramming Instructor and Practitioner


Well known for powerfully transformative results and loved by her clients, students and colleagues alike, Yolanda Vargas Perera has x-ray vision for seeing the fears and limiting beliefs that keep success minded people limited in their personal power to achieve the experience in every area of Life they dream of and deserve!    An accomplished Tapping Into Wealth Coach, highly reviewed Quantum Astrologer as well as talented Belief System Reprogramming Instructor and Practitioner, Yolanda delivers high-impact transformation that clears the inner blocks to success and creates the “on-fire enthusiasm and charisma” that is key to powerful success in any area of Life and of course Money, Finances, Wealth and Abundance.  Outrageous success is within easy reach once the fear and the limiting beliefs preventing it from manifesting effortlessly are identified and released. Yolanda can assist you to clear these and move forward and achieve your outrageous success with ease.  Yolanda teaches dynamic and interactive workshops, certification classes in person and online and works individually with clients across the country as well as globally.  In addition to the certifications mentioned above, she also has a rich resource of experience, knowledge and understanding of the psychology of major financial markets as a former Vice President of Marketing for a well-known and highly respected technical stock market analysis firm where her innovative approach during her tenure increased institutional analysis sales consistently year over year, breaking all previous sales records in the firm’s then 76 year history.  It is her passion to share this information to let people know what is truly possible for them, beyond the fears and limitations, returning their trust in the ability to create the good future for themselves and for the people they love. She is available for speaking, teaching engagements, as well as individual coaching.  

  • Twin bed rate $411 per person
  • Full bed rate $444 per person

Weekend Agenda

Friday March 2nd

  • Check-in 4pm
  • Relax
  • Dinner
  • Bonfire (weather permitting)
  • Self Love with Chakra Healing (Base Chakra)
  • Guided Meditation with Sound Bath


Saturday March 3rd


  • Breakfast 
  • Sunrise Paddle
  • Morning Energy Exercises
  • Yoga (with live healing sound bath and essential oils during savasana)
  • Food is Power - Healthy Cooking discussion


  • Lunch
  • TRE for Tension & Stress Relief with Sound Bath
  • Loving Self Worth Energy Circle 
  • Yoga
  • Cooking class (prepare delicious creations with fresh organic ingredients)
  • Self Love with Chakra Healing (Sacral Chakra)
  • Introduction to Theta Healing
  • Mat Pilates
  • Mid day snack


  • Dinner
  • Bonfire
  • Loving Self Worth Energy Circle
  • Quantum Astrology
  • Guided Meditation with Sound Bath


Sunday March 4th


  • Breakfast
  • Sunrise Paddle
  • Energy Exercises
  • Yoga
  • Introduction to Theta Healing
  • TRE for Tension & Stress Relief with Sound Bath


  • Lunch
  • Self Worth Energy Circle
  • Self Love with Chakra Healing (Solar Plexus Chakra)
  • Check-out 2pm (however you can stay on the property all day)

  • Twin bed rate $411 per person
  • Full bed rate $444 per person

Activity Descriptions....

Food is Power Cooking Class -  Using fresh, organic ingredients, prepare something vegan and delicious.  

Food is Power - Cooking Discussion.    Food is power, and far from fostering greater food security, the centralization and monopolization of food has made us more insecure than ever before. The industrial farming model has an array of hidden costs, taking a toll on farmworkers, wildlife, soil, air, water supplies and costumers; and depleting natural resources and dumpling toxins into what remains.  Through this view, Juliana is going to explore why and how the environment is paying the prices for an unconsciousness eating habit that most of the world is playing. Let’s bring up and hold high our responsibility in living in one amazing planet that needs so much of our collaboration and thus, be able to function in the appropriate way to give us back all the wonderful things that it is & has.

Vinyasa to Yin Yoga Class- Vinyasa Yoga can be translated as “yoking” one breathe with one movement. A practice meant strengthen the body and mind for a lifelong wellness, while preparing practitioners for a deep meditation. Generally, a set sequence of postures, practitioners are guided with oral and visual queuing. When combined with Yin Yoga, known as a practice the gets deep into the fascia of the muscles, practitioners are able to absorb the best of both movement worlds by strengthening and lengthening major and minor muscle groups during this 75-min class.   End the class with a 15 minute savasana with live sound healing and essential oils.  

Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga (SUP Yoga): SUP is a great way to strengthen the core and practice balancing techniques that we usually cannot practice on the ground. Aside from this practice being very fulfilling and meditative, you are able to be one with nature and explore it in a different way!  Due to the small adjustments the body has to make while on the board, we are able to target minor muscles in the ankles and core that we usually do not engage.  Practitioners will be given paddle technique lessons before moving forward with practicing yoga on the boards. This class will be structured similar to a Vinyasa to Yin Yoga class adapted to the SUP Boards.   SUP Yoga is defiantly something everyone should try! 

Mat Pilates-  Pilates directly engages the core to strengthen the whole body for overall functionality. Using a combination of movement techniques such as yoga, gymnastics, and boxing, the Pilates Method was originally meant to rehab soldiers and brought to New York City, eventually helping to train the world’s foremost dancers and athletes.  Always preforming the same sequence of movements, it only takes a few Pilates sessions to feel and see a world of difference in a practitioner’s body. 

TRE (Tension and Trauma Release Exercises) Somatic restoration techniqe that is an effective approach to releasing deeply held body tension and accumulated stress, by "shaking it off".    Our bodies are built to protect us from trauma and stress and shaking is the body’s recovery response.  TRE is the practice that activates the body’s recovery process.  Through a series of physical stretches (from ankle to hips), the body welcomes a natural shaking, which releases stored overwhelm, restores balance and builds resiliency for life’s stresses. Shaking causes deep relaxation which reduces stress levels and increases the resiliency of the body, which is done through experiencing and learning self-regulation (learning to be present with the body’s experience, without overwhelm).  Whether you have stress, anxiety, physical tension, injury trauma, PTSD, or simply a person who wants to become more resilient and just feel better about life, you can benefit from TRE.   TRE is not recommended for women who are pregnant. 

Energy Exercises and Meridian Tapping -- Our bodies are energy and meridians are rivers of energy that flow through the body.  A daily routine of body energy moving exercises helps our body flow in harmony with the universal flow of life.   Also, when we think, the body feels, that's what the mind body connection is about.   Tapping is a life skill acupressure technique, that empowers you to change and reprogram your stress.  Stress is the body’s reaction to perception.    Meridian Tapping is a simple technique that uses your fingers to tap on specific meridian points to disrupt the connection between the mind and body.  Tapping shifts the flow of energy, which in turn shifts how you feel and experience your thoughts. Shifting away from stress can free the energy to flow in a new direction.  Meridian Tapping can be used anywhere, anytime to provide in the moment relief and shifting of energy.  It’s a living skill that can be used to decrease stress and worry and increase self worth and self confidence.  When we hold onto stress, the energy system of the body stays in a state of overwhelm, which tapping shifts to restore balance.  Tapping can be used to address and resolve nearly every stress that life can throw at us.

Energy Circle - Welcome to your tribe. Together, women heal other women, as we gather together to recognize our beauty, strength and wholeness. During this fantastic hour, we'll come together and move out old negative energetic patterns and begin to raise our frequency, and anchor healthy self value and worth.  Using meridian tapping, we'll release stuck energy about any stories from the past.  Participants are invited to share or just participate in the circle .   You are beautiful, powerful, whole and strong, let your sisters help you know it.

Chakra Balancing - Using our vibrational voices, along with our energy body, we will hum and tap the energy system of the body to move energy through all the 7 chakras, to restore balance.  Each of the chakras has a unique frequency and vibration, which we can create ourselves, to help align our body energy wheels with the universal flow of life.   

Guided Meditation --  Adapted from the book FULL BODY PRESENCE (S. Durana), 3 meditations have been developed for each:  body awareness, world healing, self nourishment & grounding and world healing.  Each meditation is gently read to guide students into relaxation and integration of the meditation topic.  Class participants only need to enjoy the guided verbal meditation while they are in a comfortable position (sitting or lying down).

Sound Bath -- Class participants are invited to sit back or lay back and enjoy the sound of high frequency crystal bowls and live tuning forks.  The high frequency vibration will help raise the vibration of the body, to match the frequency of  universal life flow.  There are no words to this music, only the instruments of crystal bowls, drums and flutes.   Live Tuning forks will create the vibrational frequency of 528Hz, which will be waved (as forks are like wands), over each class participant, to raise their vibration.

Self Love Chakra Healing:  Finding the Greatest Love of All -- The quest for love is very often a life long journey as we learn that no matter what we have experienced love is still possible for us.  We first, unconsciously seek the experience of love through others (specifically partners) but soon realize that deeper work is needed to personally know and understand what Whitney Houston beautifully described as “the greatest love of all” which is learning to love your-self.  This sounds easy enough in theory but often challenging in practice and embodiment.   The secret in locating the key that unlocks the door to real self-love is that it is found in all of the places where we have previously experienced pain.  Deep transformative work approached with compassion, courage, our mature and wiser self and an experienced facilitator is THE secret to unlocking our hidden power, energy and enthusiasm and in the process, empower ourselves to experience true love for the self (and for others) as well as powerfully create all that we desire in our life.  Over 3 powerful classes, we will explore the deep places where pain has been locked away, and where the unprocessed trauma of that pain, still stuck in your mind-body system is clogging up the bandwith of your personal connection to the Universal Source resulting in real life struggle, frustration or lack of sustained results as long as it is remains in the system.   When we process the trauma in a safe and empowered way, we rewrite the neural connections and reset the mind body system, allowing you to experience clarity and peace around these old circumstances, leading to a powerful recovery of natural energetic frequency to connect to Source more powerfully and tap into your own natural brilliance, confidence and enthusiasm that you need to take the next steps in co-creating the life that you dream of and deserve!  Join me for this powerfully beautiful experience and expect huge shifts leading to rock solid results!

Introduction to ThetaHealing® Class: Accessing the Source of Unconditional Love with ease.  --  Are you ready to change your life from the DNA Level? Discover what is possible for you with ThetaHealing®!   If you are ready to experience an easy to learn, effective and beautiful way to connect with the energy of All That Is, to remove outdated and  genetically or ancestrally sourced cellular beliefs, feelings and traumas that may be limiting your life experience, to heal yourself in all ways, and to learn how to help others do the same, then join us for this exclusive and experiential introductory workshop!  ThetaHealing®, is a powerfully effective, gentle and fast meditation technique and modality that everyone can experience and benefit from immediately...with no prerequisites or prior experience required. Learn how to work with your naturally occurring Theta brainwave to co-create the very best experience and results in every imaginable area of your life.  

Quantum Astrology Class: Navigating your Soul Blueprint in the 21st Century-- The times we live in now are ones of massive shift, restructuring and change unlike any other in this planet’s history.  The cosmic message has been to evolve or to become obsolete, and we are certainly seeing this truth manifest in the collective world around us.  Because of the sheer magnitude of these rapid shifts, it is easy to feel lost and alone sometimes, wondering if you are on the “right” pathway to your part in this epic chapter of our planet’s evolution.   The good news is that we were not only born for these times, we come equipped with a profoundly intelligent and exquisite form of guidance in the form of our astrological birth chart, a mathematically precise snapshot of the cosmic energy present at the moment of our birth and that remains with us our entire lives.  Old paradigm astrology meant accepting the astrologer’s interpretation of the birth chart as static energy in that there was little to no choice at the level of the individual as to how that energy would be expressed through the life experience.   However, Ptolemy, one of the world's greatest astrologers, said: "The stars incline; they do not compel". So given that astrology is as much a psychological language as well as a cosmic snapshot, we now understand that the energy is represented as potentials with the full free will of the individual as to how they choose to embody these.   When we understand that the energy of the Cosmos is alive and living within as well as around us, our potentials and possibilities expand exponentially.  The invitation to embody this energy is always extended, but understanding it is the key to saying YES and to experience the miracles that are possible for you, with the support of a loving, intelligent Universe that exists from the cosmos right to your cellular structure. 


What you'll need to bring...

Comfy clothing, bathing suit (for paddle yoga or ocean), yoga mat, personal items (toiletries, clothing), refillable water bottle and whatever else you'd like.  We welcome you to unplug for a few days, however wifi is available.  

Retreat Rates

  • Twin bed rate $411 per person
  • Full bed rate $444 per person

or any questions contact Suzanne 561-501-3593 or
Refunds, minus 50% cancellation fee, available up to 14 days before retreat start date.  Retreats may be cancelled anytime by retreat organizer, with full refund provided.  

Massage services are available by Susanna Benton, LMT.   Contact her directly for rates and availability.   321-917-7518

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Later Event: March 27