OM (On Maui)
“As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”—Rumi
Nina Bhatty, M.Ed.
I had the pleasure of spending 5 days in retreat with Joanne in the healing nature of of beautiful Maui, Hawai’i. Her gentle and professional guidance was rooted in wisdom, compassion, love and flexibility with such presence, which allowed me to unpack some deep clouded layers that were getting in the way of living from my true nature – like joy, ease, self-compassion, and be-ing in balance with do-ing, to name a few. Our daily practices of yoga, mindful meditation, deep dialogue, reflection and journaling led me back to more clarity & insight, empowered self-compassion and an expansion of the heart-mind space.
I wholeheartedly recommend that anyone committed to reclaiming their inner truth, balance, power, compassion, wisdom and love join Joanne for a 1:1 and/or small group retreat. For me, being in retreat is a gift to give back to my soul. As Rumi says, “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” So, whether a seasoned or novice awakening traveler, it’s essential to get still, face our suffering, and then commit to doing the most important work we will ever do—one breath at a time—toward inner freedom from suffering. I am so grateful to Joanne for our time of experiential learning together and look forward to going back to retreat with her again soon!