MBY is currently residing in LA rebuilding a new life in the land of dreamers ; (wish me luck) !
Everything about this move is exciting & scary. There comes a time in our lives where we feel like something is dying inside. Like something new needs to grow.
This is the feeling I followed as I packed up my 10 year life & business in Malta to take flight on a years journey into the unknown. My travels took me to Mexico, LA, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Switzerland & Canada.
It was a challenging year of letting go & still is at times. Luckily my practice brings me more peace & follows me wherever I go.
Of all the places I visited Ecuador held a special space in my heart along with LA.
Ecuador is about community & nature. The respect they have for nature & the environment is impressive & the local people are so welcoming & authentic. The cities are historic with cute cafes and lots of street life but it wasn't till we hit Ayampe that I felt a strong pull to stay put.
We decided to research an 'off the beaten track beach' & Ayampe caught our eye.
Ayampe is on the southwest coast aka, 'Route of the Sun' with the Pacific Ocean on the west and rain-forested mountains on the east. Most of the Ecuador beaches on the southern coast are very dry but Ayampe is in the middle of a micro-climate where the rainforest comes down to the ocean. This gives it a unique climate not found anywhere else on the southern Ecuador beach coast.
While there I enrolled in some yoga classes at Otra Ola and that is where I met the creators of a great eco retreat village called Wild Child Village.
That's the magical thing of not having a plan when you travel. Things flow to you.
I'm now happy to share that MBY will be hosting a 10 day retreat at this sustainable, permaculture retreat centre in May 2018 with the creators of Wild Child Village, Brett & Kylie.
I invite you to listen to this call. To know that the same life doesn't need to be lived forever. We have the choice to change, to renew & allow our cells to thrive in a new environment.
One that feeds us in a way we've never known.
This is the journey of more space, more time & more growth.
So if you love the jungle, peace, nature, sustainability, permaculture, adventure, yoga, meditation, surfing, plant ceremonies, healthy superfoods & growth we've got you covered.
Brett and Kylie will be hosting us at their truly inspiring Wild Child Village for a 10 day Yoga/Adventure retreat.
Check in with Wild Child Village to learn more about what these visionaries are hustling hard to create:
We do hope you can come enjoy all givings on this retreat with MBY & Wild Child Village!
I had such a wonderful experience at my retreat with Michelle last fall. The accommodation on beautiful Gozo, the delicious food, the pace of the day, the company, and of course the excellent yoga classes all contributed to a most rejuvenating holiday. Michelle is an excellent teacher who gently guides and inspires her students to enhance their yoga practice at their own pace. I look forward to my next visit!
I spent 6 months attending yoga classes with various teachers when I first moved to Malta, having had an intermittent practice for about 5 years before that. It was about 10 minutes into my first class with Michelle that I realised I had found what I didn't know I was looking for! The first thing that struck me was her language and tone, it's fresh, honest, modern and real. In the 5 years that followed I felt like Michelle took those of us in her class on an epic voyage inwards as she shared her practice with us. She is the best kind of teacher, one that teaches you how to find your own internal teacher. I was inspired to develop a daily practice which I follow even now she has moved away from the island. Above all things though, it is her integrity that inspires me the most. She lives elegantly in line with her principles, living yoga off the mat as much as on it. She's also the best dancefloor buddy you could wish for 🙂 I look forward to seeing her again on retreats around the world and to reading the wisdom she shares online 🙂
I first met Michelle in 2015 when searching for a yoga teacher in Malta, and her style of teaching was perfect for me. Since that time, I have considered her a yoga mentor and absolute inspiration. Michelle guides me in private yoga retreats. Through our 90-120 minutes sessions (twice daily), she focuses on meditation, pranayama, and asanas and educates on the purpose and total body (physical/mental/spiritual) benefits of individual movements. She takes the time to tailor sessions not only to my yoga skill level but also to what I am seeking out of a yoga practice that will benefit my life on and off the mat. As she grew to understand my personality and lifestyle, I felt that our sessions truly began to change my body, mind, and soul. On the mat, she has helped me develop a more organized home practice, while off the mat her meditation teachings have restored my patience and relaxation. Her relaxed demeanor and encouraging words allow me to accomplish more than I often think I can in class! In addition to being a highly skilled yogi and teacher, she is a wonderful person-- patient, compassionate, wise, and beautiful on the inside and outside! I carry so many of Michelle’s mantras throughout life…my favorite being “Spend time with those who celebrate you…and of course, take time to celebrate them too!” Thank you so much Michelle. I will forever be grateful to have such an amazing, inspirational woman in my life!"
I did a week retreat in Gozo with Michelle in September 2015, which I highly recommend for anybody looking to deepen their practice and explore a fantastic place. Michelle's retreat is unique in that she limits the number of participants to 8 so she can assess each person's level and provide individualized guidance. In addition, Michelle lives in Malta and has local connections in Gozo which enable her to provide a well-rounded experience. The group stays together in a house and has plenty of free time to explore after the morning session followed by group breakfast and the evening session. The house we stayed in was spectacular with a pool for lounging days and a bus stop right outside to make it easy to go places. We also had a kitchen and our group stayed in most nights for dinner made with contributions from each of us. Depending on the group's wishes, there are opportunities to do sunrise yoga, sunset yoga, and take a boat ride around the various islands, all of which were spectacular. Michelle blends a number of yoga styles, and she explains what we are trying to achieve with different poses. Her corrections and cues are spot on. The retreat offers a balance between yoga, meditation, relaxation, visiting new sites, camaraderie, and quiet. I came back refreshed and recharged with wonderful memories of an amazing week. I would not hesitate to do another retreat with Michelle either in Gozo or someplace else. Swatti Dutta / Michigan
Your class was very good for me. I am still new to Yoga and was in the process of finding out if it is for me. Your message resonated very well with me. This was the part, I was missing before.
I would like to say BIG THANK YOU for the retreat we had last weekend from myself and Leon. This retreat gave an exposure to the new, unknown to me, things in life. It was an overwhelming experience. Thank you
Thanks to you, I continued to discover the practise in Paris with a light heart.
I often think back to the yoga retreat in Gozo last year in September. It was really special for me - the classes with you and the island with its soft energy. In case you will give some retreats again there, I would appreciate it quite a lot..
I have practiced yoga with Michelle for about 2,5 years. Her classes entered in my life as a whole Ocean, sometimes strong and ruff, sometimescalm and gentle. Wave after wave, I started to wash out old concepts, patterns, perceptions. And it wasn't always easy. But there was somethinghigher than stretch and flexibility that would make me return countlesstimes into her classes... the connection and reborn of my inner self. "TheMaster appears when the student is ready".
Michelle, you will be on my personal list of best yoga teachers I have ever met!...
An inspiring retreat location connecting us to nature, yoga, sustainability, permaculture, peace & BLISS: While in Ayampe, Ecuador this past spring I found a tribe that is doing some incredibly progressive work. The Retreat Centre is called Wild Child Village,
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