The natural splendor and therapeutic benefits of mineral-rich Saint Lucia create the perfect backdrop for an inspiring panel of speakers and experts at the Saint Lucia Health and Wellness Retreat. The Saint Lucia Health and Wellness Retreat is delighted to be able to present some of the world’s foremost experts in holistic practices such as yoga, feng shui and integrated medicine.
John Schumacher is the founder and director of Unity Woods Yoga Center, Washington’s premier yoga studio. He has practiced yoga for more than 40 years and has taught in the Washington area since 1973. John continues to study in India with B.K.S. Iyengar, the world’s foremost Yoga teacher, and is a certified advanced Iyengar Yoga teacher, one of only 13 teachers in the U.S. to hold that level of certification...
Dani Devaux has been practicing Shotokan Karate for over 25 years and has achieved the rank of 3rd Dan. Under the guidance of Sensei Patrick Edward, she has also been instructing St. Lucia Shotokan Karate Association members for 10 years. In St. Lucia she was awarded National Sports awards for Marital Arts in 2003 and 2005. For 7 years she has been enrolled in the prestigious ISKF Instructor Training Program, which covers all aspects of karate as well as biomechanics and efficiency of movement – essential for all athletes and anyone wishing to bring out the best in their physical selves.
It's no surprise that Cat Cora has become a world renowned chef. Her culinary aspirations began at an early age, and by 15, she had developed a business plan for her own restaurant. In 2005, she made television history on Food Network's "Iron Chef America" as the first and only female Iron Chef, and in November 2006 Bon Appetit Magazine bestowed her with their Teacher of the Year Award, an award she calls, "the greatest recognition she could achieve as a chef." That month, she was also honored with another great culinary distinction when she was named Executive Chef of the magazine. With restaurants at Macy's South Coast Plaza, San Francisco and Houston's airports and another at Walt Disney World, Cat's bringing a taste of her culinary influence to both coasts.
Sifu Jimmy James
After a busy three decades spent working in the hotel and restaurant industry, the ageless
Jimmy James, known a jogging addict, was forced to slow down due to his worn out knee and
back joints. This Tai Chi Master was warned by his doctors, to explore other forms of
extracurricular activities other than jogging or risk the chance of becoming a cripple.
Jimmy’s friends suggested Tai Chi as a safer form of exercise and he decided to give it a try. He went out and bought instruction videos on the practice. Two years later he finally found a Tai Chi instructor which is quite difficult to find in the Caribbean.
Dr. John Douillard, DC has written and produced numerous health and fitness books, CDs, and DVDs. He has been teaching and lecturing internationally for 25 years and publishes a free wellness video-newsletter filled with the latest studies and research. He was the Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets in the NBA and currently directs the LifeSpa - Ayurvedic Retreat Center in Boulder, CO.
Luke & Joanna Gray
Luke left Loughborough University clutching his sports degree and headed for the bright lights of London. He very quickly set up his own
Personal Training Company, looking after celebrity clients within the television and film world.
He set up his own PT studio in St Johns Wood where Luke and his 12 trainers looked after 400 clients.
12 years ago he joined his wife Jo to set up one of the first 'Lifestyle' companies in the country. ‘Life is for Living’ have fast become the lifestyle retreat specialists- enabling actors and actresses to achieve hard, lean bodies in preparation for film and television roles.
Featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a next generation thought leader, Gabrielle Bernstein is making her mark. Gabrielle is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the book May Cause Miracles, A 40-day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness. Her earlier titles include Add More ~ing to Your Life – A hip guide to happiness and Spirit Junkie – A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles (published by Random House.) Gabrielle is also the founder of the social networking site HerFuture.com for women to inspire, empower and connect.