Melissa spent years studying the social and environmental impacts and practices of large food, chemicals and pharmaceutical companies. Her great passions are yoga, well being and sustainable living. She has a diploma in advanced nutrition and teaches healthy eating and nutrition workshops on the retreats.
Rebecca Andrist is the co-founder of Jiva Healing and has been running healthy eating, detox, and yoga retreats in the United Kingdom and abroad since 2004. She is a qualified nutritional adviser, yoga teacher, and massage therapist who has worked in healing centers in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Thailand, and the United States before starting her own business.
Susie is a professional bodywork therapist with a deep interest in holistic, sports, deep tissue, and no-hands massage techniques alongside acupressure, reflexology, facials, and kinesiology. She has taught massage therapy at the Claire Maxwell-Hudson School of Massage and qualified in ITEC Nutrition and the mehta facial at the Champissage Indian Head School in London.
Teresa Montano was a professional dancer for many years before becoming involved in yoga. Since the late 1990's, she has been studying with various teachers and traditions and is a fully qualified teacher with Yoga Alliance and Sivananda certification. Her commitment to yoga continues to expand both with her work as a qualified Thai yoga massage therapist and her ongoing studies with the Inner Yoga Trust. She is also an aquatic bodywork therapist.
Yoga Alliance UK (Yoga)
Deborah is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher with 18 years experience teaching classes, and workshops in Toronto and at a fasting retreat centre in Koh Samui Thailand. Most recently she offered classes at several of the Yoga Tree studios in Toronto. As an MBA from the Ivey Business School, and a former business manager, she is well aware of the stress inherent in todays workplace. Her intent is to share her experience and knowledge of yoga with others seeking to reduce stress and promote positive changes in their health and wellbeing.
from Spain, July 2018
"Mill retreat with vegan cookery and yoga"
Amazing cookery tips and food
from United States, October 2017
"Juice Fasting Yoga...."
I went on this break just for the yoga and ended up on a week of fasting. Unexpectedly loosing 10 Kg including 2-3 days after the week. Now to keep that off and keep on with the yoga.
from United States, July 2017
"Yoga & Fasting retreat"
This was my first experience of a Yoga and fasting retreat in Turkey.We were made to feel so welcome as soon as we arrived and our instructor was so informative,helpful and supportive, nothing was too much trouble.
The yoga experience was exceptional, leaving us feeling so relaxed in mind & body.
I left this retreat feeling fantastic and I would recommend anyone to give it a try as you will not be disappointed with the results . Looking forward to returning next year.
from Italy, May 2017
"My yoga experience"
The food was lovely and the Yoga was excellent. Rebecca who ran the retreat had a perfect non preachy attitude towards healthy eating
Dr Scott Daniel Tucson Arizona
Jiva Healing website
The Creative Cooking, Conscious Eating and Yoga Retreat with Jiva Healing was simply amazing. First of all, Rebecca provided excellent instructions on getting to the retreat and I made it there early (even with the jet lag coming from Arizona, USA). Probably the best thing was the food. Such a large variety of deliciousness made from all vegan ingredients. Even now I'm attempting to make some of the meals today. Another great thing was the yoga, we had morning and evening sessions that were perfect for energy and relaxation. It was just enough to be challenging and Jemima, the yoga teacher, made every effort to be accommodating for all body types. My last comment is the company. We were a small group of 10 people from all varieties of life. I was made to feel comfortable within a day of being there. I truly wish that the retreat had gone on longer. I had planned my vacation for a weekend at the retreat and then 5 days in London. I now wish that it had been 5 days of retreat and 2 days in London! I'm looking forward to saving up for the next retreat with Jiva Healing. Namaste and Thank you Rebecca, Jemima, and everyone else!
Jiva Healing website
The week in France was my third fast with Jiva Healing. The results totally met my expectations in terms of quality of environment and variety of activities (Thai massage, aromatherapy, yoga, etc.) and also in terms of detoxifying, both of body and mind; weight loss was an added bonus! Each time that I have done a fast, I have managed to introduce into my everyday life at least one new 'good' habit learned from the friendly and hard-working team at Jiva Healing. The cumulative effects have been dramatic both in terms of my physical and mental well-being. I thoroughly recommend the fast program and will be going again next year.