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Zanzibar Self-Love Retreat

See the power of community and connection while cultivating self-love and creating confidence in your life. And what better way to do that than to form a sisterhood in a sacred, welcoming, and accepting environment…

The Intention:

My intention is that you see the power of community and connection when cultivating self-love and creating confidence in your life. And what better way to do that than to form a sisterhood in a sacred, welcoming, and accepting environment…  

You’ll wake up with a  beachside view of the ocean on the beautiful island of Zanzibar, spend the mornings in workshops with Mary on healing body-image struggles and transforming your self-worth; the afternoons exploring the gems of the island or stand-up paddling on the calm waters of the Indian Ocean; and the evenings in a sacred bonding space with your fellow retreat sisters.  

So give yourself the gift of self-love and join me, sister, on a magical 8-day retreat on the hidden island paradise of Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Imagine This…

You wake up in the morning to the sound of the warm Indian Ocean waves on an exotic island in Eastern Africa.

You come outside to have breakfast with your retreat sisters, a community of like-minded women who are also on a self-love journey.

You meet Mary in the family room for a transformational self-love workshops, focusing on healing body-image struggles and building self-confidence.

You have lunch at the resort while R&Ring by the pool.

We go on a guided, stand up paddle boarding tour through the mangrove forest- an adventure surrounded by the beauty of nature.

 We have a moonlit beach dinner (and dessert!) while sharing stories and laughs with our retreat sisters.

 We come together in a sacred bonding space on the rooftop terrace underneath the stars.

 We go for a relaxing night swim in the private pool before parting for beauty sleep.

Join me, sister, on a magical, adventure-filled retreat in Zanzibar with a community of like-minded women…

The Logistics:

Who?

YOU, your retreat leader Mary, our wonderful adventure guide Arsheen  + 11 other retreat sisters

 

What?

an 8-day, 7-night adventure to Zanzibar, Tanzania filled with self-love workshops, stand-up paddling tours, island excursions, sisterhood bonding and beachside relaxation

 

When?

Thursday, March 5th- Thursday, March 12th, 2020

 

Where?

Zanzibar, Tanzania (Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania on Africa’s east coast) 

 

Why?

Because you’re worthy of giving yourself the gift of self-love and an adventure-filled retreat of a lifetime!

 

What’s included?

Accommodations at Zanzibar’s best beachfront resort, 3 self-love workshops with Mary, a 1:1 in-person coaching session with Mary, 3 stand-up paddle boarding tours, all transportation (including to and from the airport), daily breakfast, daily 3-course dinners, tours around the island, a supportive, loving community, and more!

 

What’s not included?

Round-trip airfare to Zanzibar

 

How much? 

The investment starts at $2,997 depending on accommodation and payment plan chosen, if you register before the Early Bird discount closes on September 5th.

 Scroll down to see your options!

 Sample Schedule 

8 am – breakfast + intention setting

9 am – transformational, self-love workshop with Mary

12 pm – lunch made by private retreat chef

1 pm – guided mangrove tour via stand-up paddle board

6 pm – sunset dinner outside overlooking the ocean

7:30 pm – sacred bonding circle before bed

9:30 pm- stargazing and bonding with your retreat sisters

Other activities include going out to Zanzibar’s towns, sunset dinner + drinks, yoga, sea aerobics, island trip for snorkeling/sailing, pool & beach time, open Q&As with Mary and R&R 🙂

 Sample Schedule 

8 am – breakfast + intention setting

9 am – transformational, self-love workshop with Mary

12 pm – lunch made by private retreat chef

1 pm – guided mangrove tour via stand-up paddle board

6 pm – sunset dinner outside overlooking the ocean

7:30 pm – sacred bonding circle before bed

9:30 pm- stargazing and bonding with your retreat sisters

Other activities include going out to Zanzibar’s towns, sunset dinner + drinks, yoga, sea aerobics, island trip for snorkeling/sailing, pool & beach time, open Q&As with Mary and R&R 🙂

The Activites:

Activities include…

 

Transformational self-love workshops focusing on healing body-image struggles, building self-confidence and creating the life you dream of

Stand-up paddle boarding excursions on various parts of the island (including the breathtaking mangroves!)

– Tour around the ancient cities of Zanzibar

– Mnemba Island day trip for snorkeling and sailing

– Yoga that connects you to your body and clears your mind of negative thoughts

– Sunset dinners and drinks at the island’s trendiest restaurants

– Nightly sharing circles under the moonlight

– Sea aerobics class in the warm Indian Ocean

– Connect with young women from the Daraja Foundation, a transition house for orphaned youth to make way into adulthood

– Optional massages or spa treatments

– Self-love ritual during the moonrise- a site that can only be seen on an island

… and more!

 

What is stand-up paddle boarding (aka SUP)?

 During this is an adventure-filled retreat, we will have 3 guided stand-up paddle boarding tours on various parts of the island. These professionally-led tours are in partnership with 2 Winds Paddle Sports, an excursion company based in Zanzibar.

Basically, SUP uses a surf style board and a long paddle. In that regard, it is like a cross between canoeing and surfing. It is a full-body movement activity on the water that is suitable for all levels. We will be guided by professionals the entire time.

Here’s a message from 2 Winds about the beauty of paddle boarding: 

“When we’re not working, we’re on the water, paddling and exploring. The ocean is home to millions of species, from mysterious bioluminescent creatures at its greatest depths, to beautiful mangrove forests in shallow waters. It is the world’s biggest playground, and the world’s most shared resource. We are intrigued by it’s flawless beauty, tremendous strength and deep rooted balance. Being outside, on the water, under the sun and in nature is something that has become integral to our enjoyment of this island, and it’s where we find our balance.”

 

 

What past retreat sisters are saying…

“I was struggling with my body image, doing things for other people before consulting with my own needs, bumbling around with no explicit purpose, feeling overwhelmed with my day to day life. Mary’s workshops helped me realize what I really wanted and needed because it accessed my subconscious needs. Overall, exploring the struggles and experiences of others help me navigate my world back home; I felt this change right away. I learned that this problem I have with poor body image is highly influenced by the extent to which I allow it to be a problem. It is an issue and a thought process I depend on when I feel out of control and unable to pinpoint something I don’t like about my world. It is easy to hate on ourselves when we don’t want to blame anyone else, but it’s harder to work through our problems. I’m excited to struggle and learn! I am excited to use my newfound beliefs, my self-love promise, and to set intentions daily, monthly, and for my life. Now, I know that I am deserving of the love and respect that I so freely give to others.” ~Maria

“Before the self-love retreat, there’s been a lot of negative talk in my life the past 3 years as I’ve gone through my divorce. The constant messages of “I am enough”, reminders to love myself and have compassion on myself have helped me so much. Now, I feel more grounded. I respect myself more. I won’t give of myself to anyone who doesn’t deserve me.” ~Sharon

“Before Mary’s self-love retreat, I was struggling with hanging onto the past…heartbreaks, family struggles, inner battles, etc. What helped me the most was doing group activities where we all contributed and we finally felt that none of us were alone in our struggles. Now, I’m happy to say that I am setting myself free!” ~Justina

“Before Mary’s retreat, I was struggling with my family, work, life, and how “me” fits into all of that. The entire retreat process helped me because each activity was intentionally geared towards transforming the inner struggles into finding inner peace and knowing how to deal with daily issues that we all go through.” ~Alice

Accommodation & Payment Options:

Twin Bed in Sharing Room

Early Bird Price:

$2,997 paid in full

or 3 payments of $1095

(Normally $3,297 or 3 payments of $1209)

  • An 8-day + 7-night accommodations in a sharing room with a twin bed at a beautiful beach house in Matemwe beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania Matemwe Beach
  • daily body-image, confidence and self-love workshops led by Mary
  • a 1:1  private coaching session with Mary via Skype to dive DEEP into healing (scheduled upon sign-up) 
  • daily breakfast at the beach house
  • daily 3-course dinners 
  • transfers to and from Zanzibar airport (ZNZ)
  • 2 guided stand-up paddle boarding tours
  • tour of Stone Town, Zanzibar’s ancient city
  • day trip to Mnemba Island for optional snorkeling or sailing
  • yoga and sea aerobics classes
  • a sisterhood community of 12 beautiful women on the same journey
  • a transformational, self-lovin’ experience of a lifetime!

Full Bed in Sharing Room

Early Bird Price:

$3,197 paid in full

or 3 payments of $1168

(Normally $3,497 or 3 payments of $1282)

  • An 8-day + 7-night accommodations in a sharing room with a full bed at a beautiful beach house in Matemwe beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania Matemwe Beach
  • daily body-image, confidence and self-love workshops led by Mary
  • a 1:1  private coaching session with Mary via Skype to dive DEEP into healing (scheduled upon sign-up) 
  • daily breakfast at the beach house
  • daily 3-course dinners 
  • transfers to and from Zanzibar airport (ZNZ)
  • 2 guided stand-up paddle boarding tours
  • tour of Stone Town, Zanzibar’s ancient city
  • day trip to Mnemba Island for optional snorkeling or sailing
  • yoga and sea aerobics classes
  • a sisterhood community of 12 beautiful women on the same journey
  • a transformational, self-lovin’ experience of a lifetime!

FAQs

What will we be doing?

The main intention behind the retreat is that you harness the power of community and connection when cultivating self-love and creating confidence in your life. You’ll spend the mornings in workshops led by Mary on healing food and body-image; the afternoons either going on an excursion in Zanzibar like a stand-up paddle boarding tour or going to explore the Stone Town; and the evenings you’ll have a moonlit 3-course dinner followed by a sacred sharing circle, which is arguably the best part.

What is the refund policy?

If you choose the 3-part payment plan, the first deposit that reserves your spot is non-refundable, but the other 2 payments are refundable as long as I’m notified about the cancellation in email at least 60 days before the start of the retreat. If you have paid in full, then $1079 is non-refundable while the rest is refundable as long as I’m notified about the cancellation at least 60 days before the start of the retreat.

Is Zanzibar safe?

Since tourism is the biggest part of Zanzibar’s economy, the local authorities take tourist safety very seriously. Of course crime happens everywhere, so we will exercise caution at all times.

All the excursions, accomodations and drivers are prebooked through a secure company. We will always travel in a group and never after dark. The name and exact location of our stay is kept private to ensure maximum safety.

Certain areas will require you to dress more modestly in order to respect cultural traditions, but we will go over every little detail once you register.

If I have an eating disorder, can I come to the retreat?

The retreat is not intended for anyone with an eating disorder or actively in recovery from an eating disorder. With that being said, your retreat sisters may have past struggles with food and body-image and thus, the retreat will hold sacred space for healing around those topics. All attendees must be emotionally aware of where they’re at in their journeys and be certain that they can maintain a safe, non-triggering space for others.

 

How does the payment plan work?

I use a secure payment processor called Stripe that will reserve your spot and deduct the first payment once you press the Register Now’ button. From there, the second payment will be automatically deducted 30 days after your first payment and the final payment will be deducted 30 days after that.

Note: your application fee is automatically applied upon registration.

Do I need vaccines?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention requires you be up to date on measles and other routine vaccines. They also recommend most travelers to get Hepatitis A and Typhoid in the case of contaminated food or water while abroad. 

You can read more about the CDC’s recommendations and safety precautions here.

 

Hi, I’m Mary

I’m your guiding force on this journey.

I’m a former bikini fitness model and competitor turned self-love and confidence coach. It’s my mission to help you be confident in your body and love yourself unconditionally!

During the retreat, I’ll be hosting daily workshops for you and your retreat sisters on healing body-image struggles, transforming your relationship with food, cultivating self-love and creating confidence in your life. We’ll also go on adventures together, connect deeply with one another and share a transformational experience of a lifetime.

 

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