OOOZING WITH UNCRUISE JOY

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What an amazing week of Baja Bounty. Being in such pure nature and playing with the delightful sea, sky and land creatures was enchanting.  How fun to meet people from around the world, most of them seasoned adventure travelers… so laid back and eager for each and every expotition. 🙂
The cruise was excellent and definitely lived up to its claim… small ships, big adventures!
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Having the opportunity to share my passion for yoga, meditation and all things wellness in such glorious and fun settings was a blast. – sunrise yoga on the deck, floating kayak and beach meditations, starlight night-night guided relaxation, whale tail searching, boat rail stretching and after dinner classes – aka – happy guests receptive to anything and everything. 🙂
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What took me by complete surprise, and deeply touched my heart was being part of a truly present, genuine, fun, passionate and servant-centered work team. I kept finding my eyes filling up with tears as I witnessed and experienced the constant and consistent level of service provided. Not only the expedition leaders, but across the board in every department.
Having lived this life for more than a decade at my beloved Kripalu Center For Yoga and Health and having provided my own retreats for many many years, I have etched in my soul, the treasure of providing loving service and being part of a deeply bonded community.  This was the first time since beginning my path as a solo wanderer, teacher and retreat facilitator that I have experienced a match for my very high standards and deep memories of belonging to a kindred spirit tribe working together to serve not only our human guests but to care for the magical and precious places we were privileged to visit.
THANK YOU UNCRUISE and especially the crew of the Safari Endeavor.
p.s.  That is me and “Monkey Mind” –  my meditation instruction assistant waving good bye to our team mates.
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Uber Magic Rides Again!

For those of you who have followed my Uber driving adventures here is a REALLY fun installment.

As you know, I received the guidance to be an Uber driver to help manifest my intentions to serve the world and share light and love with my fellow humans.  I also was asking for ways to increase my profile in my local community and on the broader world stage and market my private practice of Graceful Living Coaching, Classes and Retreats.

It took some deep trusting and digesting a few slices of humble pie to accept and trust this guidance.  As I have shared previously, the connections, synchronicities and precious moments of deep heart felt connection that have happened in my wee, white Uber mobile have been amazing, affirming and joy filled.

It has been almost two years since I said YES to this guidance and I have given over two thousand rides.  2,000!  That is actually not that many in the ride share world, however being on a small, rural island that receives visitors from around the world keeps it interesting, all be it, a kind of slow mo gig most of the time.

Each day before going out to drive I pray and ask “please bring me those who are seeking me as I am seeking them in the service of fulfilling my life purpose. ”

Earlier this year, the magic really started to escalate when I gave a ride to a member of the Team Sail Like A Girl team.  The team were preparing to compete in the R2AK, a daunting race through the Inside Passage from Port Townsend Washington to Ketchikan Alaska with no motors and no outside assistance.  As soon as I heard of their mission, I KNEW I was to support them and carried their team card in my card for the next several weeks.

The Team captain posted on facebook that they were looking for someone to bless their boat before the race and I was right there ready and waiting to say: “please pick me!”

We had an extraordinary and beautiful boat blessing with big prayers, invocations of Father God and Divine Mother’s blessings and protection and visualized the entire race together, proclaiming a safe journey and race outcome beyond anyone’s wildest imagining.

Team Sail Like a Girl WON the entire race and I was on cloud nine for days and weeks feeling the joy of having gotten to fulfill a piece of my purpose by supporting these amazing women in fulfilling theirs.

Being involved with the Sailing Women re ignited a vision I had had twenty years ago of doing cruising leadership retreats through this same exquisite, Northwest Passage along the coast of British Columbia.  I even wrote to the esteemed David Suzuki, one of Canada’s champions of the environment and shared my vision of bringing the world leaders to this Sea of Silent Dreams to experience and be inspired by its beauty, peace and majesty.

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/oceans/projects/healthy-oceans/pacific-ocean-stories/sea-of-silent-dreams-an-invitation/

After the Sailing Girls won the race, I started meeting and networking with the sailing and racing community involved in the R2Ak and learned about a company called Uncruise.  A “small ship, big adventure” cruising enterprise that offers cruises up the Inside Passage and other amazing natural sanctuaries around the world.  I considered going on one of their cruises myself but never actually did as it was a busy Uber summer and I was intent on focusing on my Intentions and Visions more than vacationing.

I also discovered that one of our local sailors who offers day cruises in our area would be sailing in Mexico this winter and approached him to explore the idea of doing cruising retreats with him.  He was also having a busy summer so we never found a time to meet.

Fast forward to October and the surging seas of tourists have calmed.  The drizzle and mists of Autumn have arrived and the Uber requests are few and far between.  My inner voices are ranting at me:  “what are you wasting your time for on this ride share gig?”  “there is no money in this and it is not really going any where.”

PING!!!!!  off I go into the rain and fog to pick up a passenger.  Using GPS on our small, wooded island is quite the hilarious and sometimes infuriating experience.  It cannot tell the difference between one laneway completely shrouded in trees and another, so I am often roaming around like a lost gnome and have to call my rider to find out where they are.  This time I called, and the woman’s phone reception was horrible.  While cursing under my breath, “what a ridiculous waste of time! what am I doing out here?” I eventually found  my way to her and off we go.

GUESS WHO WAS IN MY CAR?   a captain of one of the Uncruise ships … the one that travels through the Inside Passage to Alaska.

I almost drove off the road.  I shared my story and my dream of doing retreats on these waters and also in warm sunny places.  She gave me her card and off she went.

I wrote to her and shared my article ” Sea of Silent Dreams”  She forwarded my message to the Sales and Marketing department and that woman contacted me within an hour.  She let me know that I could reserve the entire ship for a mere one hundred thousand dollars and bring thirty five to eighty of my clients on board for the whole cruise.

I explained that that was not a viable option for me and she forwarded me to another department that coordinates the staff for the cruises. I also heard from her within an hour.

We spoke by email that day and here is the message she sent me.

“It just so happens that there is a cruise in Baja Mexico in January of 2019 and I am looking for a Wellness host who specializes in yoga and meditation.  Would you be interested and are you available?”

Up went my hand again and I said “pick me! pick me!”

I was hired the next day for a seven day cruise in the warm, Mexico sunshine and all I have to do is offer a few yoga classes and workshops on meditation and wellness. I will have the opportunity to connect with eighty wonderful humans from around the globe and perhaps touch their hearts and inspire their souls.  THANK YOU UNIVERSE!!!

AND… I was also hired for another cruise along the Columbia and Snake Rivers next October 2109.

PRAYERS ANSWERED, INTENTIONS MANIFESTED, DREAMS MADE INTO REALITY.

My life is completely designed and directed by my deep belief and practice of these principles.   We create our reality by that which we hold in our hearts and minds to be already true, already happened.   Seeds planted in deep soulful, purpose inspired, inner moments, DO blossom and bloom in delightful, unexpected and magical ways.  Doubts are part of the process and do require persistent practice of clearing them.  Investing in the practices that move us into states of ONENESS and co creating with the Divine from there does bring forth the miracles of fulfillment.

The moral of the story?  When you get a message in meditation to be an Uber driver to help serve the world and share love and light with humanity.  DO IT!!!!

AND  you are all invited to join me in Baja- January 26- February 2nd 2019.

Sending blessings to one and all.

love Grace

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COME UNCRUISE WITH ME! BAJA FITNESS AND YOGA ADVENTURE CRUISE January 26-February 2nd 2019

 

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AND!!!  I am inviting  you to join me!

Uncruise is a “Small ships, Big Adventure” cruising company that offers fantastic expeditions in some of the most glorious, natural settings available.

Please check out their full website and all the details about the cruise in Baja.

https://www.uncruise.com/destinations/mexico-cruises/bajas-bounty-fitness-yoga.

When you register for the cruise, please let them know you were referred by me, Grace MacLeod.

AND!!! I will also be Wellness Hosting for the Columbia and Snake River cruise October 26 to November 2nd 2019 so please consider joining me for a beautiful cruise along these gorgeous northwest rivers.

See you in the Sea of Cortez. 🙂

 

SOUL RENEWAL RETREATS ON BEAUTIFUL BAINBRIDGE ISLAND AND BEYOND!

FALL INTO DEEP REST AND REJUVENATION ON BEAUTIFUL BAINBRIDGE ISLAND WASHINGTON

Fall Retreats on Bainbridge Island – October and November. – flexible dates.

Are you longing for more joy, more fulfillment, more communion with your self, your loved ones, your work, your life? 
Imagine what a few days, a week, or even more of rest, renewal, and diving deep in to your inner well would give you.
I gave myself this gift a couple of years ago and I am still savoring and receiving the blessings of this experience.
There are times when our soul knows that we need to step out of the daily routine of our lives and REMEMBER…
* WHO AM I?
* WHAT IS MY PURPOSE?
* WHERE IS MY JOY?
* WHAT NEEDS TO SHIFT FOR ME TO ALIGN WITH MY DEEPEST FULFILLMENT?

Come to Beautiful Bainbridge Island in October or November and be embraced by our healing, green glory and soothing, water-wrapped, charming island. Autumn is the perfect time to turn within and take care of YOU!

CONTACT ME AND LET’S CREATE A BEAUTIFUL RETREAT JUST FOR YOU!!!

  • amazing housing options – vacation rentals galore and world class retreat centers
  • fun nourishing restaurants and organic food availability
  • hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing,
  • days designed including yoga, deep relaxation, mindfulness, life review and rebalancing sessions to exquisitely meet your unique needs
  • well being and soul connection practices to support your life at home
  • ceremonies to invoke quantum shifts and dream fulfilling intentions and visionsimages-2.jpg

 

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OTHER DESTINATIONS !!!!!!  CONTACT ME 🙂

gracemacleod8@gmail.com.

 

SOUL RENEWAL RETREATS

      Custom Private and Semi Private Soul Renewal Retreats

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Now more than ever before, we are all being called and encouraged to BE our most authentic, empowered and even joy filled self.  We each have a unique soul guided purpose and life will continually give us opportunities and wake up calls to help us listen to our internal GPS and guide us to what fulfills us.

However, in the busyness of daily life and in the turmoil of our world,  it is sometimes challenging to unhook, slow down and connect with the very essence that strives to serve our well being and inspire our meaningful contributions to the world.

How about a few days or a week of complete immersion in a sanctuary of natural beauty and a program of experiences exquisitely designed to support you in nourishing yourself, body, mind, heart and soul.

 

SOUL RENEWAL RETREATS

*two to seven days in a nature based retreat center or sailing yacht

* Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, Costa Rica, ( and beyond)

* custom designed daily schedule to meet your needs

options such as:

yoga, mediation, deep relaxation, bodywork

hiking, biking, kayaking, snorkeling ( dependent on location)

life review and reset sessions – clearing blocks, shifting beliefs, re inspiring visions, intentions, goal setting

blessing ceremonies for deep healing and manifesting dreams

fun, play, free time,

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THE PROCESS:

Meet with me in person, by phone or on line to explore options and set retreat intentions

Retreat Proposal :including all details – location, accommodation, meal options, retreat schedule and activities, cost, logistics etc

Retreat Follow Up Coaching Session to support success transition and achieving retreat objectives.

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call or email me for more information or to discuss creating your Soul Renewal Retreat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEAR LEADERS! AN INSPIRATIONAL INVITATION FOR YOU!

 

DEAR LEADERS, KINGS AND QUEENS OF THE WORLD.

Do you recognize that you have been called to be a leader in our world?

 Perhaps you do not relate to the title King or Queen, but something in your heart and soul knows you are here to guide, inspire and be a way shower in our world.  Maybe in a formal career position, as a teacher or parent, a healer or facilitator of transformation and maybe simply as an inspired, heart centered, awake human being!  There has never been a time when we have needed you more on our precious planet earth.  Some of you have been leading for many years, some of you have taken the helm very early in life.  WE NEED YOU ALL!

My calling is to serve and support you, to help you care deeply for yourself and ensure that you are filling your well and connecting with the Source that gives you the inspiration, courage and clarity to respond to your life’s purpose.

I am excited to be here to offer you an invitation.

PLEASE COME TO A CUSTOM RENEWAL RETREAT DESIGNED JUST FOR YOU!!!!

Imagine co designing a two to seven day retreat with me to meet your needs and fill your soul.   Our retreat can be for just you or with a partner, colleague, friend, family member(S), or small group.

Our location will be in the great, glorious sanctuary of nature, think Pacific Northwest islands, Hawaii islands, Costa Rica, Mexico and possibly even beyond.!!! AND are available on land and also by sea.  Whether sailing, or resting in a peaceful retreat center, you will be cared for, nurtured, inspired and sent home ready to share all you have received with those you serve.  IMG_3668.jpgIMG_4374.jpg

Our days will also be co designed with options for yoga, meditation, deep relaxation and unstructured time to simply stare off and BE.  I will create facilitation sessions to attend to your life, work, relationship and leadership “growing edges”.  These sessions will lead to life changing breakthroughs and support you in establishing powerful practices for shifting old patterns and building new pathways to excellence. One of the most important take aways will be greater access and trust in your own inner wisdom. As an important counter balance to these explorations of inner nature we will also have wonderful excursions in our nature based setting.  Walking, hiking, biking, kayaking, and other options are available depending on our location.  Bodywork and energy balancing sessions are another wonderful part of being on retreat and can be arranged for your self nourishment and healing.

A special part of your retreat will be to engage in Blessing Ceremonies.  Any act, gesture or prayer we offer with the intention of activating and inviting in the Divine is a blessing.  Imagine simple, exquisite ceremonies using the elements of nature, music, movement to dissolve the veil between earth and heaven and invoking the support of the divine for all that is near and dear to your heart.  Watch with awe and wonder as the response comes, often through a visitor from the natural kingdom, a dream, a sudden inspirational download, or simply a profound peace settling in your soul.  “I know who I am, I know what to do and I am guided and supported every step of the way”

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If this message resonates with you, please call me.!!!  I have been leading these retreats for over thirty years.  I can attest to the extraordinary impact they can have, (even two days!!!) to uplift, renew and even completely re set the trajectory of your life and leadership path.   TIMES, LOCATIONS AND DURATION ARE ALL FLEXIBLE.

The creation process for our retreat:  

Exploratory/Visioning Meeting :  Your needs, wishes, objectives, desires, requirements.

Retreat Proposal: Dates, location, retreat content and schedule, logistics, costs etc.

Retreat Experience and Follow Up:  During and Post Retreat Engagement to Fulfill Objectives and Implement Intentions at home. 

The call to leadership is not really about what you DO but so much more about who you ARE!  The quality of your presence, and connection with your self and your Source of Inspiration are the most important essentials in the quality of your life, work and impact on those who look to you for direction and guidance.

Please come and take deep care of your SELF.  Listen for the YES to this invitation and then join me as we create the experience that matches your knowing that it is time to rest and restore your soul, re fill your well with clarity, inspiration and fire in your belly for your beautiful purpose in our world.   IT IS MY HONOR TO SERVE YOU.

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Blessings to each and every one of you, Dear Leaders,

Grace

My Purpose Statement:  “I am God’s Grace and By Grace My Life Unfolds”

gracemacleod@gmail.com,  808 212 8694 , facebook:  Graceful Living Coaching, Classes and Retreats

SOUL SPACES, LIFESTYLE GRACES INTRO CLASS, AUGUST 15th 6:30-8:30

As summer continues to shine its blessings upon us, it is time to gather again and explore how we can engage in the art of BLESSING. Any gesture, activity or intention that helps us align our human heart with the heart of the divine is truly an act of blessing.

Blessings can be prayers and invocations for assistance, support and protection and also expressions of gratitude and thanksgiving for all that has already been received. We can bless everything from the most simple, like a meal to the most challenging and sublime moments in life. We can bless ourselves, each other, our homes, events, and new stages of life.

From birth to death and every moment in between, we have the opportunity to expand our awareness from the clench of busy-ness and anxiety to the peace and even awe that occurs when we remember that we are never walking alone in our lives and invite in the benevolent bounty of GRACE to bestow its benediction upon us.

The impact of such blessings can simply be an inner shift or can have profound effects in our lives.

Here is a photo of a recent Boat Blessing for Team Sail Like A Girl, before their sailing race to Alaska.  Together we prayed, sang, offered the nature elements as gifts of gratitude for safe passage and courageous, competitive spirit. What a joy to watch this team of women WIN the entire race and indeed find the protection they needed when the challenges of the race were in full effect.

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What is happening in your life that would be supported by a blessing ceremony?

This month we will be focusing on learning how to create a blessing ceremony. – for you, for your home, for an important life event, for a new stage in life, for someone you love.

Please join us for a lovely evening in Grace’s Garden, a new Soul Space on Bainbridge Island that is bringing so many blessings and gifts to us, our neighbors and the birds. 🙂

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Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  $25. pre paid.  Please call Grace or Amy for more information and to register. Location details provided upon registration.

Grace MacLeod 808 212 8694 Amy Curran 206 579 7252