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.


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.


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





800x428-eric-lindberg-mexico-fitness-yoga.jpgThrough a delightful set of magical connections and synchronicities, I am thrilled to let you know that I am going to be a Wellness Host on a eight day/seven night cruise in the Sea of Cortez, January 26 to February 2nd 2019.

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.


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. 🙂




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…

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!


  • 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












      Custom Private and Semi Private Soul Renewal Retreats


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.



*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,

nourishing meals.                               IMG_4374.jpg


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.


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










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.


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”


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.


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


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


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.


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

Sea of Silent Dreams – A vision re-ignited by Team Sail Like A Girl


As I continue to cheer on Team Sail Like A Girl in their race to Alaska ( r2ak.com) (saillikeagirl.com) I have been reflecting on the very potent experience I had when I was also cruising along the magnificent coastline of British Columbia.  The reason for my trip was to test the idea of offering floating leadership retreats.  That voyage was so profound that it gave birth to a dream, a call to world leaders to come and experience the profound beauty and silence of this ocean and coastline and to be so transformed that they work together to heal and care for our beautiful planet and human family.  Read my post next and how this amazing team of women sailors has reignited my dream.


Sea of Silent Dreams

This is a story I wrote for David Suzuki’s website. David is one of Canada’s foremost champions of the natural world.  He recently asked us to share our favorite story about the Canadian Pacific Ocean as part of his efforts to help bring awareness and appreciation to this magnificent area. At the end of our story he asked us to write a note to our fellow Canadians in reference to our subject.  
This is mine.  It is about a Leadership Retreat I did many years ago on a cruising yacht along the central coast of British Columbia and the epiphany I had at that time about how the world might change.


here is the link to David’s website if you would like to read more stories and get to know about his wonderful work.

Sea of Silent Dreams

An Invitation

Thank you Dr. David Suzuki for your invitation to tell my favorite story about Canada’s Pacific Ocean.  I have been waiting to extend an invitation of my own for the past twenty years, here it is.

Dear World Leaders

Yes, I DO mean each and every one of you.   All of you who have the decision-making power and money in your hands; kings and queens, presidents and premiers, chief executive officers, boards of directors across the globe. All of you who are shapingour world today and paving the way of the future for our precious blue-green planet.

You are here by invited to come upon a floating leadership retreat that will depart from the lovely port of Vancouver, British Columbia and journey up the mystical coastline to the home of the spirit bear.  Our escorts will be pods of dolphins, Orca whales, seals, sea lions and flocks of seabirds.  At night you will sleep under a dome of stars that will cradle you as you rest, perhaps more deeply than you have in a long, long while.

It may be misty or even downright sopping wet, so for sure, do bring your rain gear.  You will be provided with a full set of fleece wear, made in Canada, of course, and also woolen blankets and moccasins designed especially for you by the First Nations Tribes who are the sovereign keepers of the land and sea in this area.  They await your visit with as much urgent hope as I do, actually I would say, a million times a million more !!!

Please, please, say you will come.   I know it will be well worth your while.

So what is this gift that is inspiring me extend such a bold invitation to heads of state and corporate giants?  What on earth could be so important that I am asking you to come all the way to the no-man’s land of the northern British Columbia Pacific Ocean?

In order to explain, I will share my story of making this trip almost twenty years ago.

We were creating a pilot program for executives and leaders, my two colleagues and I.  Just three staff and one brave business leader, conducting an experiment to see how feasible it might be to offer leadership retreats in this way.  I am a leadership coach and have learned that nature is a powerful ally in the fulfillment of my life’s calling.

Our journey was being made on a magnificent cruising yacht, an old forestry boat that had been decked out in high style, except for its huge noisy diesel engine borrowed from a transport truck.  I was already convinced that our client would have an impactful experience, just getting away from the office and being surrounded by gorgeous nature while we did our sessions together on board.

Little did I know that I was the one that was in for the greatest transformation.

We began our voyage in Bella Bella.  You may have heard of it, as there are currently designs to run an oil pipeline through this pristine area where gentle, wise people have lived and sustained their culture of balance and harmony for thousands of years.

We were blessed with radiant sunshine that first day and even though I am very used to the many natural wonders of my home and native land, the power and magnificence of this untamed wilderness was completely captivating.  As our captain expertly navigated us into a small cove that first evening, after several hours of cruising, something very amazing happened for me at the end of my work day.

I was tired and still a little anxious about whether this experiment was really going to work.  Here is what happened next.

The boat came to a stop and the anchor was securely set.  After the surging ocean all day, it was amazing to see that here in our wee cove, the water like glass.   As it was bathed by the soft light of sunset, perfect mirror images of the mountains that surrounded us sent the peaks diving deep into the clear cold depths.  I was at the stern, just staring off and thinking about what we would have for dinner.

With a simple push of a button the captain turned off the huge noisy engines.

Instantly I was enveloped in a silence so pure and encompassing that it made its way like a laser beam right into the center of my heart. Everything in my universe had become utterly and completely still.   I sat transfixed for what seemed like hours yet was more like a few minutes.  Everything fell away, every modicum of stress, every tight grip in my body, every layer of subtle protection around my vulnerable human core, even my sense of identity and self-importance in my place in the world.  Nothing remained but utter peace and openness that had no boundary.

I felt a relief I had never experienced before.  Something very primal in me realizing that I had ached for just this experience, so utterly and completely free from the noise and clamor of life, since my very first breath.  I felt like I was home and that there was absolutely nothing that I needed to fear, nothing I needed to have. I felt full and complete and at ease in every cell of my being.

As I came back into awareness after this precious journey into infinite purity and stillness, I noticed that great rivers of tears were running down my face.

With utterly no conscious thought I heard myself say:


At that exact moment, the silence and crystal, clear, evening light was filled with the cry of a single bald eagle:   “Yes! Yes! Yes!!!  Bring them here, I am waiting with hope in my heart, also.”

My epiphany has been shared with many clients and friends over the years.  Now as our precious ocean and her coastline seem more at risk than ever of losing their purity and ancient power to move the hearts of man, I write to all of you.

Please, Please, say you will come.  I will figure out the details along the way. Perhaps some of you who are not managing the strife of war or corporate take-over, might volunteer your airplanes and company jets to help bring your fellow leaders here.   I will ask Prime Minister Harper if the Canadian Navy might step in to help with providing some vessels for our voyage.  I am certain the First Nations leaders would be most eager to offer their magnificent canoes for our sailing summit.

With respect for your courageous call to leadership, I send this request.

I await your replies with wild daring that you might just take me seriously.

I hold in my heart the vision of how the world might change in the hands of leaders whose own hearts have been held in the loving embrace of this magnificent sea of silent dreams.


Donna Grace MacLeod

Kauai HI

Message to Canadians:

Paddlers Wanted!  Anyone with an extra canoe or really BIG boat? 🙂


As I read this post again today,  I had another aha moment!  My vision of having powerful, global leaders come to be blessed by this sacred place is happening in an unexpected way through Team Sail Like a Girl’s racing voyage.  These women are some of the most amazing leaders I have met in all my years of being a personal development and leadership coach.  They are sailing and racing to inspire girls and women to dare to challenge themselves in physical adventures and to model amazing team work and the willingness to dig deep to contribute their greatest potential to their endeavor.  I pray that they are feeling blessed, renewed, uplifted by their time in these sacred waters.

And the world is watching them!!!!  I have been overjoyed to see the various videos, magazine articles and social media posts of the many people from around the world who are moved and inspired by their voyage.  And they are sending us their breath-taking photos and videos, sharing my beloved sea of dreams with the world.  Maybe, just maybe there are a few world leaders watching as these sailing girls call us to be our very best selves.

So I will extend my invitation once again.

Please leaders of our world, who have the power and resources to heal and change our world, please, please come to the Northwest Coast!  Allow yourselves to be blessed and embraced by one of the most inspiring places on our planet. I promise you will be profoundly impacted.   AND!!!!!!  I now happen to know some radically awesome sailors who just might be willing to crew for our floating leadership retreat and share their wisdom with us.   🙂