October 24 - 31, 2020

Valerie Griffths, Jessica Gumkowski, and Meghan Leighton

Awake Minds Yoga + Meditation Retreat

Wake up and recalibrate with us on a retreat you will not want to miss. Retreat leaders, Valerie, Jessica, and Meghan all study under the same Yoga and Meditation mentors and are passionate about practices that support living life awake and in balance.
Each day two yoga and meditation classes will be offered (all optional), along with two workshops and a beach bonfire night during the week. Join us for a reset in one of the world’s Blue Zones at beautiful Blue Spirit!

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Teacher Bio

Valerie Griffiths, Breathing Barn Yoga
Valerie is a Vinyasa yoga instructor at Newport Power Yoga and owner of The Breathing Barn yoga studio in Portsmouth, RI. A yoga enthusiast for twenty years, Valerie completed over five hundred training hours through Live Love Teach in 2014 and has been teaching ever since. She is certified to lead Intro to Gongs for meditation and healing and guides Yoga Nidra practices and meditation. She leads individuals and groups in matching their breath to movement and developing consciousness. Valerie is a believer in showing up for each session with no expectation, meeting and welcoming yourself exactly as you are in that moment. Her mantra is, “Each one of us is so much more than our thoughts,” a saying that guides her practice. She believes that in stillness and quiet, we find our true selves. We are here to learn the beauty and love within each of us and share it with the collective. Valerie is a passionate vegan who loves bold flavors, and she is motivated by compassion and kindness.

Jess Gumkowski, YogiTriathlete
Jess is Head Yogi at YogiTriathlete, a holistic performance coaching company on a mission to create a better world. She is a well-respected meditation and mindfulness coach within the endurance and ultra-endurance sports community. She is a long-time endurance athlete, ultrarunner and multi-time Ironman triathlete. She is a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, 500-hour Live, Love, Teach yoga instructor, speaker and podcast host of the popular YogiTriathlete podcast.

Jess is the author of the YogiTriathlete Cookbook: High Vibe Recipes for the Athlete Appetite and High Vibe Pie: Pizza Night Finally Done Right. She has been featured in Triathlete Magazine, Men’s Journal, Elephant Journal, Massage Magazine, and TriZone, as well as many blogs and podcasts for her expertise in holistic health and nutrition.

Meghan Dutton, Awake Minds
Meghan has practiced meditation and yoga for the past 15 years and is a certified meditation coach and yoga instructor with Mindful Schools and Live, Love, Teach. She has been implementing mindfulness and yoga in schools and studios throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island and has led and mentored retreats in various schools, at Newburyport’s Insight Meditation Center, and with iBme (Inward Bound Mindfulness in Education) and Harvard University. Her experience has also led her to start Awake Minds, a business that was created to support people in living fulfilled, balanced, and meaningful lives through the tools of meditation and yoga. Awake Minds was highlighted in The Boston Globe in January, 2019.

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