A Retreat like no other. Work on your bottom line and your “ASSana” in the same retreat.



When I was in Costa Rica recently, I was in an area that has been greatly influenced economically by the yoga industry. I had the chance to get to know the management team at Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort and in conversation we started discussing some passion projects we all have. One thing lead to the next and pretty soon Yoga + Life & GOYO Adventures teams were touring a school in Esperanza (means Hope) that had been devastated by an earthquake several years back.

My momma always told me that if you can help a child, you will help our future.

I know this is off the grid for a lot of you but in an industry where we travel quite a bit, we need to leave a sustainable impact on the countries and communities we travel to. The yoga and tourism industry has changed Nosara, Costa Rica forever. If every yogi gives just a little, this school which is now serving over 125 students, can be moved, rebuilt and the kids can go to school again with “normal” conditions conducive to learning. more

WHAT DO YOU MEAN UNPLUG? I know what you are thinking. You may be thinking there is no way to unplug and still get it all done. Your work, your social life, keeping up with friends, pure entertainment factor… how can disconnecting keep you connected?


The holidays are a stressful time for many while they budget extra expenses into their lives for gifts, travel and the like. But maybe there’s more going on with your money relationships than the annual visit from Santa Clause. Maybe this holiday season, gift yourself the power to address your financial future.

What’s your relationship like with money? We all have one.

Whether or not you have all the money in the world, our relationship with money affects how we think and do things on a daily basis. more

Some days our heads spin. We know what we need to do but given the choice, we choose to stay in the exact same place physically, mentally and emotionally and DO NOTHING ABOUT IT! Does this sound like you? Are you craving a little head space? Do you believe you can actually change your DNA? If so, I have a 7 day meditation sequence I would like for you to try to help clear out some of those cobwebs. Don’t fret, we all have them, but getting back to that place of clarity and balance takes commitment. We can read all we want, listen all we want, but until we put in the time, the true expansion of ourselves isn’t going to really happen.


Hey everyone, I just finished putting together the highlights from February 2015 Mexico Retreat and wanted to share it with you all – please watch the video below!! So many amazing moments with new friends – it has become an annual retreat to San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico.

What is different this year is a focus on the RAW aspect. With a daily yoga/meditation practice each day we will still adventure and explore but nourish ourselves with the help of Chef Alex and his wife who will be on-location offering raw, gluten-free and all vegetarian options in addition to the regular full menu. The option is yours to cleanse and restore inside AND out!


Hey all! I just recently got a new bed and bedding and was super stoked to realize my old decorative pillows would fit the pattern/color palette for the new setup, so you guessed it… I threw them all on.  I typically get out of bed before my husband so the pillow arranging and bed-making is usually left up to him. What I’ve noticed is he keeps leaving at least 2-3 of the pillows on the floor when making the bed in the morning only to find my dogs nestled on them by 10am for their morning siesta.



You know those people, the ones who seem to connect with just about anyone anytime anywhere – and without effort. For those of you building your businesses and careers through that human connection (who isn’t?), it is an integral part of your growth to be able to connect. But do you really need to connect with everyone? The answer is simple and powerful all at the same time.

Here’s the deal. It’s all about the focus you put into it.

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie


ClothespileRecently I was inspired by a woman who attended one of my retreats. She was working towards adopting a minimalist’s wardrobe. I have been thinking about practicing this myself for months now and on the eve of a move out of the home I have lived in for almost 9 years, there seems to be no time like the present to go for it! More details about how you can do this below, it is a super empowering practice.

“No time like the present” can be a tough one. We spend so much time planning and scheduling and brainstorming that sometimes we miss the real moment of opportunity in our lives. Below are a few steps you can take to learn to weed out the limiting forces and factors in your life, just like you need to throw out those jeans from 1992 – guess what – they will never be back in style and if they are, your daughter should wear them. 😉 more

SistersThis is me on the left at about 9 or 10 with my sister. The same age my daughter is now. I grew up in small town in rural Minnesota. I visit here often as most of my family and relatives are still in the MN area. There was always the joke growing up that only 1 person from each family “gets” to leave here. (I am that black sheep.) My children’s names were acquired by walking through the cemetery at the rural church (not so grim, it’s quite beautiful) reading the tomb stones of all my passed relatives, and where my grandma was the first female allowed on the church council. The history is long and my memories are mine and sometimes differ from my siblings, but they all remain fond. Every time I am here I recall the long days outside playing, milking goats, toiling in the garden, chicken harvesting to riding our bikes to the lake, digging for worms, mosquitos (swat), flashlight tag etc…. The memories so fond that I insist my children get to experience the life on the “farm” here in Minnesota with a long summer trip every year and we never miss a holiday season. more