Alma Community Announces “The Goddess Retreat,” Scheduled to Take Place in Beautiful Dordogne Aquitaine, in the Heart of Southwest France

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10 Women Will Get the Opportunity to Make a Transformative Journey, Embrace their Inner Goddess, and Live Their Fullest, Most Joyful Life

Alma Community, a leading lifestyle company committed to connecting people with the global wellness community through unique destinations and programs, is announcing its latest transformative experience, The Goddess Retreat, scheduled for this fall in the Heart of Southwest France near Dordogne Aquitaine.

From September 7th-14th, 2019, a small group of 10 women will be shown how to liberate themselves from worry, awaken their Goddess within, and live their fullest, most joyful life. Each attendee will have the opportunity to take part in this incredible, women’s only healing retreat.

Inspired by the wisdom and transformational practices of traditional Chinese medicine, Yoga, Ayurveda and Buddhism, this intimate and luxurious experience offers each woman the chance to reconnect with their personal truth and chart their path to well-being.

Guided by experts, Dr. Christina Casado, A.P., a Licensed Acupuncture Physician and Certified Chinese Medical Herbalist and Linda Pedrosa, a fitness professional, who has trained extensively to instruct Pilates, Yoga, and meditation, each participant will have the opportunity to reach a new level of calm, balance, and joy. Together, these two women bring over 30 years of combined experience in East Asian medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and healing practices, including Yoga and breath work.

The intimate retreat embraces the philosophy of Rumi, who said, “The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything you want, you already are."

Each day of the retreat will begin by nourishing the soul with morning meditations and Yoga workshops, followed by a gourmet organic breakfast. Dr. Christina Casado leads the daily group workshops, focusing on self-exploration, mindfulness, and sharing the specific tools that attendees can use to optimize their physical practices and overall nutrition, as well as their relationships, all by utilizing ancient Chinese medicine and herbal practices.

Each afternoon will be devoted to private consultations and massages, as well as specially programmed excursions in the culturally rich region of Dordogne, Aquitaine. Additional relaxation time is also built in to ensure the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the property and surrounding area.

A special event is also planned for the participants at this unique retreat- a day of mindfulness at the world renowned Plum Village center for Mindfulness, founded by Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Here, each woman will learn specific paths to free themselves from their past, as well as feelings of guilt, unhappiness, and unmet expectations. This fascinating spiritual gathering will teach participants the practice of mindfulness as taught by a Zen Master, designed to be integrated into their daily life to achieve well-being.

The women taking part in the Goddess Retreat will enjoy eight days and seven nights at the luxurious bed and breakfast Les Boudines and La Dependence in the town of Saint-Germain-de-Belves. Every participant will have her own private room with en-suite bathroom. Gourmet, locally-sourced meals will be personally prepared by our local chefs Genevieve and Valerie. Each meal will be structured according to the Five Elements. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, foods will be prepared with a focus on detoxifying the body, supporting immune health, and the generation of new, healthy cells.

The unique combination of workshops and alternative therapies, coupled with the natural beauty of the region, the gorgeous remodeled 13th century estate Salvayou that will be home base, gourmet organic meals, intimate group dynamic, and the scheduled time for mindful reflection, will no doubt facilitate a profound transformation for all who take part.

When asked about the inspiration behind the retreat, founder of Alma Community, Marianne Canero said, “In creating this program, we made sure to think of every detail, ensuring that over the course of eight days, each participant will not only undergo significant transformation in their physical, mental, and spiritual self, they will also feel pampered, and finally receive the same thoughtful care they have given to all of their loved ones. This retreat is all about women who have given so much of themselves to others – their children, family, community, business, and more – that they have lost themselves and are disconnected from feeling their best and enjoying life to the fullest.”

The transformative journey is set to include:
Daily Yoga journeys - Led by Linda Pedrosa, who trained in the Himalayas at the Sattva Yoga Academy, these practices are designed to increase strength and vitality, while awakening each practitioner to meet their highest SELF.

Holotropic breath work sessions – Led by Dr. Christina Casado, these sessions offer a powerful approach to self-exploration and personal empowerment, relying on each participant’s innate inner wisdom and its capacity to move toward positive transformation and wholeness.
Five Element theory workshops - With Dr. Christina Casado, participants will learn how this theory applies to their personalities, nutrition, and seasons of the year, so that they gain insight into how to better balance their energy and sense of well-being.
Every attendee will also benefit from a private consultation with Dr. Casado, simple meditation and mindfulness practices they can easily integrate into their daily lives, and Ayurvedic massage from the retreats local practitioners, who have over 15 years of experience in Ayurvedic medicine and its application through touch therapy.

With all of these amazingly transformative experiences in just eight days, it’s easy to see why past Goddess Retreats have received so many thanks from the women who’ve taken part. Denise, who took part recently said, “I felt like I was a Goddess. Every detail from the dinners, table settings, workshops and consultations, I felt really special and pampered. I give all the time, and this was my time to receive.”
For more information on The Goddess Retreat, please visit

About Alma Community
Alma Community was founded by Marianne Canero. Over the past 17 years, Marianne has developed a professional network of expert teachers, coaches, trainers, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in the global wellness industry to co-create wellness lifestyle experiences, training, and education programs. The company’s goal is to help individuals transform their lives, connect to their version of wellbeing, and find the experiences that meet their personal health and wellness needs. Through experiential programs at the Alma Life Center in Vero Beach, FL, group travel experiences and corporate wellness programs, Alma Community is here to support you in transforming your life.

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