The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands unveils a transformative retreat experience

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The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands introduces “The Essence of Balance; Elemental Harmony”, an island experience dedicated to holistic rejuvenation and inner harmony. The retreat promises curated wellness and fitness sessions designed to facilitate self-discovery and enlightenment, and will be held from 23rd to 27th May 2024.

Powered by the significance of the number five, the Elemental Harmony Retreat invites guests to delve into the elemental forces of the number, whose presence is woven into every aspect of the experience. Guests will embrace the five elements; Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Spirit, each representing stability, adaptability, transformation, intellect, and transcendence. 

Guided by five practitioners, each a master in their respective field, the retreat allows guests to immerse themselves in a space where balance and wisdom intersect. Lastly the retreat will be united by five distinct pillars; Unity, Balance, Resilience, Harmony, and Transcendence, aiming to unveil the interconnectedness of all things, nurturing spiritual growth and prosperity.

Jackie Stewart

Jackie Stewart is a NYC-based meditation teacher and mindfulness advisor who discovered meditation during a transformative retreat in Nepal. She pursued formal training, completing The Interdependence Project’s meditation teacher program, The Open Center’s Integrative Sound and Music certification, and UC Berkeley’s Science of Happiness Program. This enabled her to bridge inner peace with external realities for others. 

Today, Jackie integrates mindfulness into social activism, corporate meditations, philanthropy, and motherhood. Collaborating with her husband, she facilitates sound meditations across New York City, enriching communities with peaceful vibrations and profound experiences.

Each day of the retreat will begin with Jackie guiding guests through intention-setting and meditation sessions, fostering transformative journeys of self-discovery.

Josh Kramer

Josh Kramer is originally from Zimbabwe and now lives in California, and brings a global perspective to his lifelong dedication to Yoga. With a teaching style combining Iyengar Yoga and Vinyasa flow, he emphasizes alignment, integrity, and encourages creativity and strength. 

Beyond Yoga, he is committed to humanitarian efforts, actively involved in implementing programs in developing countries, working towards a sustainable world without poverty and injustice. Kramer’s impactful endeavors have taken him to various countries across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.

Yoga sessions designed to awaken the body will be led by him at the retreat.

Jacy Cunningham

Raised in an athletically inclined family, Jacy Cunningham felt the pressure to excel in sports, leading him to secure a football scholarship at Howard University. Despite his achievements, he sensed a misalignment with his true calling. 

In 2017, Jacy founded The Jacy Method, his transformative movement practice, certified by the American Aerobic Association International Sports Medicine Association and Qoya Yoga. The method focuses on emotional and physical well-being. Collaborating with brands like Nike, Life Is Good, and Mike Posner, Jacy travels the country, empowering individuals through movement and self-discovery.

Guests will partake in high-intensity training (HIT) workouts with Jacy at the resort, blending yoga with interval training for enhanced physical strength and mental resilience.

Nicole Rutsch 

Nicole, raised on a farm in Stadecken, Germany, developed a profound appreciation for farm-to-table cooking and the arts. Guided by childhood lessons in preservation, she learned to make preserves from leftover fruit in her grandparents’ orchards. Drawing from her studies in herbalism, Nicole now helps others establish a positive, healthy connection with food, incorporating herbs from local ecosystems. 

Recognizing the significance of holistic wellness, she expanded her focus to soul healing and embraced Reiki, a Japanese therapeutic technique promoting emotional and physical well-being. Witnessing its transformative effects, she became a certified Reiki Master, dedicated to sharing knowledge and fostering growth and unity.

She will lead participants of the retreat in sound baths, offering a deeply immersive journey of holistic wellness and spiritual growth that aligns with guests’ intentions and fosters inner peace and balance. 

Nicole Berrie

The founder of Bonberi, Nicole curates a popular online wellness guide covering nutrition, beauty, and mindfulness. Berrie’s expertise also extends to culinary arts, showcased in her Body Harmony cookbook featuring plant-based recipes for intuitive eating. 

Her journey into food followed a successful editorial career at Vanity Fair and ELLE, driven by a quest to merge sleek, editorial aesthetics with holistic living resources. Bonberi has grown into a multimedia brand with a physical presence. 

At the retreat, Nicole will lead an expanse of curated culinary experiences featuring diverse menus, breakfast delights, cooking classes, and exclusive dinners.