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RETREAT! May 18-20, Live with Aliveness!

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


May 18-20, 2018

All Inclusive; Lodging, Classes & Vegan Meals!


Get Ready to Unwind your Stress and Expand into Aliveness!  Amazing weekend of Mind & Body workshops and activities!  

Weekend Activities and Classes...

Friday May 18th

  • Check-in at 4pm
  • Relax
  • Welcome Meet and Greet at 5:30pm
  • Dinner
  • Bonfire (weather permitting)
  • Guided Meditation with Sound Bath


Saturday May 19th


  • Breakfast 
  • Sunrise Paddle 
  • Morning Energy Exercises
  • Yoga
  • Overcoming Procrastination
  • Learn to Tap; Empowerment Circle


  • Lunch
  • Essential Oils for Wellbeing
  • Tension & Stress Relief (using TRE) with Sound Bath
  • Overcoming Procrastination
  • Yoga with TRE & Sound Bath
  • Channeling your Inner Badass
  • Empowerment Circle (Tapping)
  • Food is Power; Cooking Discussion
  • Mid day snack


  • Dinner
  • Bonfire


Sunday May 20th


  • Breakfast
  • Sunrise Paddle
  • Morning Energy Exercises
  • Yoga with TRE and Sound Bath
  • Channeling your Inner Badass
  • Empowerment Tapping Circle


  • Lunch
  • Essential Oils for Wellbeing
  • Overcoming Procrastination
  • Check-out 2pm (however you can stay on the property all day)

(see retreat disclaimer at bottom of this page)
Retreat guests must sign retreat release form and emergency contacts paperwork, in order to participate in the retreat.

Meet your Retreat Mentors...

 Suzanne Gundersen Stress Relief & Self Regulation Mentor, Retreat Organizer

Suzanne Gundersen
Stress Relief & Self Regulation Mentor, Retreat Organizer

         Juliana Jordani Certified Health Educator            Holistic Chef

        Juliana Jordani
Certified Health Educator
          Holistic Chef

           Amanda Hills Certified Yoga Instructor

          Amanda Hills
Certified Yoga Instructor

Additional Mentors for this Retreat... 

Kimberly Hough, Transformational Coach

Kimberly has a vision for the world where everyone gets that they are worthy of full abundance in every area of their lives. She works with people to take each domain of their lives to the next level, reaching for a ten and beyond to truly live extraordinary lives.  The tools and techniques she uses come from a Stanford University Course created by Hay House author Jennifer Grace,  trainings by Hay House author and inspirational speaker Gabriel Bernstein, as well as her own journey of transformation.   Born and raised in upstate New York, Kimberly relocated to Florida in 2007 to escape the snow and freezing cold. Little did she know this was where her journey of transformation would begin after going through an extreme breakup and having her life feel like t was turning upside down. After realizing she could heal and have the life she never knew was possible she fell in love with sharing this with others and creating space for them to dream again, knowing it’s possible to have those dreams actualize.   Do you remember the last time you allowed yourself to dream? Do you remember the last time you went for something because you wanted it, not become someone said you “should”? If you knew it was possible, what dream would you bring to life?  With techniques to open up awareness, set powerful intentions and add committed actions, Kimberly is able to hold her clients accountable and is committed to them reaching their wildest dreams. She works with clients on an individual basis as well as groups. She is extremely passionate about creating conscious connection and community through her workshops and coaching. 

Chelsea Wildman, doTERRA Essential Oils Mentor


Chelsea Wildman E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP ‘The Winking Mermaid’ has always had a playful, creative passion for dance and music; so yoga was a natural fit for her. Decidedly after only taking a few yoga classes, she was determined to teach and to share with others the wellness benefits she personally experienced. In 2010 Chelsea began teacher training and emerged completely transformed. Her eyes were opened to a new lifestyle of living yoga, Ayurveda and embodying the flow. Chelsea was certified in 200hr RYT Prana Flow® and began teaching in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Two years later, Chelsea began her 300hr in New York City. She took classes from acclaimed instructors with a variety of teaching styles and became certified in Prema Vinyasa Therapeutic Yoga. Early in 2015, Chelsea was introduced to dōTERRA® Essential Oils. With the same fervor she felt for yoga, Chelsea embraced the business and quickly obtained the roll of Wellness Advocate. That summer she resolved to fully dedicate her time and energy to integrate health and wellness benefits of essential oils into her practice and teaching. April 2017, Chelsea met the love of her life. Following her heart, she moved to Florida to be with him and now teaches a range of yoga classes in the Fort Lauderdale area. She layers in the essential oils when pertinent and offers a holistic approach in all her classes. Chelsea believes her style of teaching invokes a playfulness that is mandatory in order to maintain one’s sanity. Prana Flow® transcends fluidity and grace through alignment with the basic principles of Ayurveda, yoga and dōTERRA® oils. Her truth is that we all need to mutually nurture, love and respect ourselves and others. Symbolic of an fundamental approach to all things in yoga and life; Mermaids are playful yet graceful. This is all relative when effort and grace collide…beauty is born.

(see retreat disclaimer at bottom of this page)
Retreat guests must sign retreat release form and emergency contacts paperwork, in order to participate in the retreat.

Activity Descriptions....

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! 

TRE (Tension and Trauma Release Exercises) Somatic Restoration technique 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 (similar to EFT) -- 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.

Empowerment Energy Circle - Welcome to your tribe.. During this fantastic hour, we'll come together and use to move out 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 that may be limiting us from what we want.  Participants are invited to share or just participate in the circle. 

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.

The Art of Overcoming Procrastination: Take Action!    - Have you been talking and thinking about a creative goal for months, years, or even decades? Yet you still haven't gotten much further than thinking about it?  Are you ready to stop procrastinating and make that dream come true? Then join Kimberly from Shine with Kimberly for powerful masterclass on how to overcome the self-sabotaging behaviors that are keeping you stuck in life.  During this 1 hour workshop, you will learn: 
•  Proven time-management tools that will allow you to work less and help you create extra hours a week to work toward your dreams and goals.
 •  Powerful solutions about how to overcome fears and barriers--even ones you don't now existed.
•  How to create a measurable results action plan guaranteed to make your dream a reality!

Channeling Your Inner Badass  -   Have you ever sat back and watched someone do something completely outrageous and though “wow I wish I was brave enough to do that!”   What’s is something you’ve been holding yourself back from because it scares you so much you get sweaty palms even thinking about it?!   Is it starting a new business? Is it going sky diving? Is it taking your child to an amusement park and going in a ride with them?   You know it would be great, and it even looks fun... yet you cannot get your mind or your feet to move in that direction!!    Well guess what... YOU don’t have too!  In this powerful workshop you will have the opportunity to:     
•  Identify these scarier than scary dreams and what keeps you from going for it
•  Identify and learn Who is your inner badass?! 
•  See what your Inner Badass is will to do so YOU don’t have to! 

Essential Oils and Emotional Well-Being--   Learn why we should we use essential oils for emotional wellness. We'll address fears that block the clarity we need to gain personal power. Learn how essential oils can eliminate overwhelming feelings and boost our self-esteem so we can clearly see our visions and give us protection to live out life's purpose. At the conclusion of the workshop participants will be able to purchase customized rollerballs. Additional oils and blends also available for purchase. 

What you'll need to bring...

Comfy clothing, bathing suit (for paddle yoga or ocean), Yoga mat, personal items (toiletries, clothing, sun screen), 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 $444 per person
  • Full bed rate $488 per person
  • Queen bed rat is $544 per person

For any questions contact Suzanne 561-501-3593 or

Refunds, minus 50% cancellation fee, available up to 14 days prior to retreat start date.
Retreats may be cancelled anytime by retreat organizer, with full refund provided.  Retreat guests must sign retreat release form and emergency contacts paperwork, in order to participate in the retreat.

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

Later Event: June 17
Women's Empowerment Circle