Seven years ago, in January, 2017, we had our first Mindfulness-Based Travel/Retreat. A group of us went to the Concordia-Eco Resort in St. John, Virgin Islands. As I anticipate taking another group there in January 2024, I reflect back on that amazing week ~ a delight to make new friends and renew relationships in the service of self-care radiating out to the world.
Recently I read The Last Best Cure about a woman with multiple medical problems and incapacitating illness. She spent a year with a doctor at Johns Hopkins doing all that was recommended and in fact was drastically improved. The research shows 4 things contributed to her changed health.
- Mindfulness Meditation
St John USVI has 3 of 4 to offer!
Testimonials from the 2017 trip
I am so calm about my torn up tire from driving to Newark airport and getting the rim repaired and getting the new tire and riding on a donut and I have stopped cursing potholes and have accepted that I am throwing away gelt hard earned and staying mellow and mindful all day at work. haven’t even put all my clothes away from trip. Thanks for a transformative adventure!!
I really loved this retreat!!! I feel so much more centered and calm since coming back. I find myself back in the magic of St. John every morning when I meditate. Every part of that week was so wonderful!! I did so much more than I had expected to do with regards to the yoga and swimming. (I can still see the Eagle Ray in my mind). What a great experience! There were so many interesting people on the retreat and I felt a special connection to many of them. My roommate (best roommate ever) and I have already gotten together. What a great match!!
Thanks so much for putting this whole thing together! It was really a life altering experience for me on many different levels.
A really wonderful week of spiritual enrichment and growth both for those with some experience with yoga and meditation and those just getting started in an amazing setting. A time to breathe work out the knots and find the joy.
It was great—the morning meditation and yoga were really well done, and the opportunity to see such beautiful places, fish, turtles and coral reefs are amazing. I might emphasize that a lot in telling folks why doing this in St. John’s was SO worth the travel, cost, etc. To be on an island that is so much National Park was a true privilege.
This trip was the perfect opportunity to get lost while finding myself. It was life-changing in just the way I needed without even knowing it.
This is a great retreat! Gets one away from it all. Sign me up for next year!
Concordia Eco-Resort is part of the movement for Ecotourism which:
- Provides incentives to enhance biodiversity and preserve natural resources.
- Promotes conservation.
- Provides locals a source of income.
Our 2017 announcement is true for the 2024 Retreat:
Experience total peace, relaxation and renewal amongst thousands of unspoiled acres at the Concordia Eco-Resort on the quiet side of the Island of St. John. Morning meditation and yoga sessions will leave you feeling rested and renewed with a greater sense of awareness and a reduced sense of restriction. Optional (but included) afternoon activities will challenge your status quo. They will help you learn to make the most of each and every day by facing personal and professional challenges in a mindful way.
The cabins at Concordia-Eco Resort are elegantly simple and use sustainable building materials.