May 13 - 20, 2023

Valerie Griffiths, Jessica Gumkowski, Meghan Leighton

Awake Minds Yoga & Meditation Retreat

Join us for an unforgettable experience in one of the world’s blue zones. Spend seven days in an extraordinarily beautiful setting practicing vinyasa yoga and meditation with three experienced yogis. Enjoy nourishing organic meals and absorb a balance of personal retreat time within a like-minded community. Bring your partner, family, or travel on your own and gain life-long friendships. All skill levels are welcome.

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Teacher Bio

Jess Gumkowski, YogiTriathlete
Jess is co-founder of YogiTriathlete, a performance coaching business on a mission to create a better world. She is a mindset coach, endurance athlete, vegan lifestyle coach, 500-hour Live, Love, Teach yoga instructor and podcast host of the YogiTriathlete and Awake Athlete podcasts. Jess is the author of the YogiTriathlete Cookbook: High Vibe Recipes for the Athlete Appetite and High Vibe Pie: Pizza Night Finally Done Right. She lives in Carlsbad, California, with the love of her life, BJ, and their golden retriever, Clark.

Valerie Griffiths, Breathing Barn Yoga
Valerie is a Vinyasa yoga instructor at Newport Power Yoga and owner of The Breathing Barn yoga studio in Portsmouth, RI. A yoga enthusiast for twenty years, Valerie completed over five hundred training hours through Live Love Teach in 2014 and has been teaching ever since. She is certified to lead Intro to Gongs for meditation and healing and guides Yoga Nidra practices and meditation. She leads individuals and groups in matching their breath to movement and developing consciousness. Valerie is a believer in showing up for each session with no expectation, meeting and welcoming yourself exactly as you are in that moment. Her mantra is, “Each one of us is so much more than our thoughts,” a saying that guides her practice. She believes that in stillness and quiet, we find our true selves. We are here to learn the beauty and love within each of us and share it with the collective. Valerie is passionate about helping others to bridge the gap between the world of space and time, where we use our senses to navigate, to the world of higher consciousness which is seated in the depth of our soul.

Meghan Leighton, Awake Minds: Yoga & Conscious Living
Meghan has practiced meditation and yoga for the past 15 years and is a certified meditation coach and yoga instructor with Mindful Schools and Live, Love, Teach. She has been implementing mindfulness and yoga in schools and studios throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island and has led and mentored retreats in various schools, at Newburyport’s Insight Meditation Center, Blue Spirit ~ Costa Rica, and with iBme (Inward Bound Mindfulness in Education) and Harvard University. Her experience has also led her to start Awake Minds, a business that was created to support people in living fulfilled, balanced, and meaningful lives through the tools of meditation and yoga. Awake Minds was highlighted in The Boston Globe in January, 2019.

One of the unique offerings that your Awake Minds retreat includes is that Valerie, Jess, and Meghan all study under the same Yoga and Meditation mentors. Although, delivered through the authenticity of each teacher, this retreat offers consistent messaging in the physical practice of yoga and within the stillness of your daily meditation practices resulting in powerful transformation.

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