Retreat » Archive
Boudoir Photography and Yoga Retreat:
KAUAI, HAWAII – JUNE 4-8, 2017
Women’s Empowerment Retreat through
boudoir photography, yoga and meditation
Breathe in. Breathe out. Leave breathless.
This will be the experience where you find parts of your soul that you never knew existed, or have forgotten were there. For 5 days, we’ll live fiercely and Continue reading →
Guest post: Emily joined Kerri and I on our Breathless Kauai Retreat scouting trip. The following is her experience.
Why has that always been an unattainable adjective for me? Beautiful is a descriptor that has always been reserved for a different type woman. A woman who’s put together. Who is seen and not heard- not because she lives up to that old southern mantra, but because she has the type of beauty that will silence a room. She’s the embodiment of grace and elegance that is perfectly balanced with strength and confidence. She’s the type of woman I have always been told I should be and the kind of woman I could be, if I really tried. As a result, most of my life has been spent stuck in a vicious cycle of dieting and disappointment. I’ve been drowning in an endless supply of the latest and greatest beauty products, only coming up for air when someone would acknowledge my efforts. My quest has kept me constantly searching for approval from colleagues, friends, family members, and partners- eagerly waiting for someone to tell me that I’m beautiful, starving to hear someone use that adjective to describe me. Yet, those words never seem to come. I’m still nothing like the image of that beautiful woman I’ve always aspired to be. Instead I’ve had to settle with adjectives like “cute”, “pretty”, “hot”, “sexy”, “fuckable”…but never beautiful…. because it’s impossible for me to be beautiful. I’m just not that kind of woman. I’m more of a mess, with wild hair and coffee stains on my wrinkled shirt. I can silence a room, not with my looks, but because I usually enter a room like a hurricane, tripping over myself every step of the way. I’m the opposite of “put-together”. I’m all over the place. Some days I’m confident, but mostly I’m waiting for the next words of affirmation from someone else to reinforce my fake confidence. That’s not the description of a beautiful woman. Not even close. It is, however, the description of a woman who has mana. Mana that is visible in my photos. That’s why I immediately broke down into tears when I saw Jen’s photos of me- I could see it. I could remember it. I could feel it again. I could believe that it was there and it all finally made sense-I immediately knew why beautiful wasn’t my adjective, why it never will be. It can’t be.
Kauai is a special place. You can feel it as soon as you step off the plane. As a dear friend explained it – the island has a unique energy. Volcanic energy. It has its own power. That’s what mana is- a spiritual force and energy. I even wrote in my journal “the mana on this island is palatable” after he described it. Farther down the same page I also wrote:
“Each time I hear a rooster crow on this island it’s a reminder that I need…that this trip is a transition. I’m calling light into all of the places of darkness I’ve been holding onto. All of the hurt and the pain that’s been inflicted by me (i.e. to myself). All of the self- criticism. All of the things I’ve done…or not done. Said….or not said.”
So, what did Kauai do for me? It closed some chapters in my story and opened some new ones. I accepted that I will never be that beautiful woman I imagined while I was there. I stopped berating myself for not becoming her. I accepted that I am a mess and always will be, because I’m not beautiful and I don’t want to be anymore. All it took was a wild island and a talented photographer to immortalize it in a way I that I could finally see it for myself…see that I’m a wild woman who is “the power of the elemental forces of nature embodied in an object or person”.
I’m not a beautiful woman, I’m a woman with mana.
To read more about our Kauai Adventure or to join us on our boudoir | yoga | meditation | adventure retreat in June 2017, CLICK HERE! There’s still room! Continue reading →
You’re looking for something more.
You yearn to feel the freedom inside your heart, to be liberated from the daily expectations of being a woman.
You’ve felt your power, subtly, and you know you’re a strong woman deep within.
You’re looking for a way to release that power into the world and live your life to it’s fullest potential.
You’re looking for an experience to change you, to break you open and set you free.
What you may not realize is YOU are the catalyst for change.
Satiate your curiosity of what it’s like to be an empowered woman.
Lounge in the sand while sunlight kisses your bare, glowing skin.
Feel the wind gently caressing you as you become art.
Push your own expectations of yourself. Your capabilities. You capacity for self-love.
You are ready for the experience of your lifetime.
The one that changes everything.
YOU ARE READY FOR THIS.
CLICK HERE to get in on the retreat experience of a lifetime.
Boudoir. Yoga. Meditation. Adventure.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Leave breathless.
Take a moment to visualize:
Kauai welcomes you with lush, green mountains, vibrant blue waters, countless majestic waterfalls as far as you can see. You begin to notice the calming, harmonious energy of this alluring island as you simply step onto your yoga mat.
You breathe in. You sense the salty ocean air cross your throat, fill your lungs, and nurture your body. You breathe out. You begin to climb out of your insecurities – forgetting the path that brought you here and instead noticing this very moment.Moving through your gentle yoga practice, you notice subtle shifts in your body and your awareness. You begin to drop your insecurities and step into the role of the goddess you already are. You settle into your physical strength and discover other strengths as well – your voice, your relationship with yourself, your positive self-image.
Your body, mind, and spirit begin to unite in a tri-force of strength that begins to radiate from you. You are ready. You’ve always been ready. NOW is the time to step into your feminine power.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Leave breathless.
Make this visualization your reality by applying for Breathless Retreat: Kauai today by clicking here and filling out the application. Namaste, you beautiful, strong woman, you.
Until we meet in Kauai – Aloha & mahalo
For more details about the retreat, check out the blog post here!
To see more boudoir/fine art nude photos from our scouting trip click here.
And you can find Kerri’s Facebook page here.
This is a big announcement to announce that I’m making a BIG announcement this Thursday at 10am (EST) about the brand spanking new Breathless Retreat Kauai. In preparation for the big announcement for this life changing opportunity, make sure you subscribe to the blog (if you haven’t already) on the right side of this page. I promise you don’t want to miss this one. It’s the biggest yet in the history of Breathless Boudoir!!!
Hello my lovelies!!!
I have some super awesome news that I’ve been hanging on to for a while now that I’ve been DYING to share!!!
I’m teaming up with Kerri Kitchens (one of Charlottesville’s finest yoga instructors) and we will be doing regular boudoir/yoga/meditation retreats in Kauai, Hawaii!!! The retreats will be full of body positivity, empowerment and LIVING to the fullest!
(hold on, don’t go anywhere, that’s not all)!
We’re planning our first scouting trip June 1-8 and need TWO lovely models to come along to be photographed so that we will have example photos to show. No modeling experience needed!!! Applicants must be at least 30 years and up and also in shape enough to do a moderate hike, kayak, and camp. You don’t have to be a super athlete… I surely am not… just in decent enough shape to hike and motivation to get it done! =) Models MUST be available June 1-8 (though we won’t need all of that time to shoot) and be able to purchase flights to Hawaii ($700-$1,000) and accommodations. You’ll also need to be comfortable with your photos being shared online (Facebook, blog, website) and in print (fliers, books, marketing material, etc).
What you get:
Aside from going on a bad ass vacation in paradise? You’ll get complimentary photo shoots in dreamy, exotic locations (think black sand beach, waterfalls, rain forests, etc.), professional hair and makeup styling, and the experience to be a model in Hawaii!!! You’ll also get a meditation and yoga class ON THE BEACH!
If you’re interested in rocking out with us in Kauai, please comment on this blog post AND share it (use one of the share links at the bottom) AND send me (Jen) an email with the subject line “Boudoir in Hawaii!” stating WHY you want to model and briefly explain WHO you are as if you’re best friend were describing you to me. Also include a current photo of yourself.
This model call will only be open for one week! Send in your emails by March 18 at midnight. Two lucky ladies will be announced on Monday, March 21. Be sure to set a reminder to come back and check the blog!
Subscribe to my blog to get updates and details on Hawaii retreats!
Send to: Jen at email@example.com
Jen (& Kerri)
The Fearless destination boudoir photography retreats are about friendship, art, and leaving your everyday self behind. We all get caught up in the day-to-day necessities of life; this is a chance to find the self that gets lost in the shuffle of life and laundry and to-do lists.
Your trip centers around destination boudoir photography, a chance to see yourself in a new way and find a new love for your perfectly imperfect body in some of the world’s most beautiful places. But it’s so much more than that. Every year people come home with cherished new friends, stories they can’t wait to share, and a new kind of confidence. When I started holding these retreats I couldn’t possibly imagine the wonderful thing they would become.
Read more about our previous adventures here.
Check out the travel gallery here and here.
The retreats aren’t for everyone. They’re not a sterile 5-star resort experience, though we rent some incredible estates as our homes away from home. They are about real women in quirky, gorgeous places, pushing their boundaries and having adventures and forging new friendships. And they are amazing.
Star Newman: The warm, enthusiastic bohemian tomboy ringleader that will make sure you have the time of your life. Check out my travel boudoir portfolio and some destination boudoir blog posts to see more of what I do.
Jen Trombly: Artistic, sensual, gorgeous and deeply real- this describes both Jen and her work. You can see Breathless Boudoir’s destination portfolio here. Give her half a chance and Jen will get you naked and leave you wanting more. 😉
This October we are going to Italy, to a private villa in Umbria with sprawling grounds, a high wooden walkway and breakfast terrace, heated indoor/outdoor pool and incredible view of the surrounding countryside. Each woman will have a fully styled boudoir photography session in the villa and surrounding estate- get ready to become art. We will cook most of our meals at home using fresh ingredients from the nearby town, and we’re even arranging a cooking class so you can bring a taste of Umbria home with you.
The best part of the trip, of course. You don’t have to be comfortable in front of a camera to do this. You don’t have to be photogenic. It is our job to coach you, to teach you how to relax for the camera, and to bring out your most beautiful self. We are professionals and we guarantee you will have a wonderful time. All you need is a willingness to trust us.
We will be shooting in the villa, the pool, on the walkways and against the rough stone walls outside. We will explore the surrounding area, full of ancient medieval towns, and shoot spontaneously wherever we find beauty. You will come home with at least 50 of the best vacation photos anyone has ever had.
– 7 days accommodations at our beautiful villa October 11-18, 2015
– Fabulous photography by Virginia boudoir photographer Jen Trombly and yours truly,Edmonton boudoir photographer Star Newman
– Professional hair and makeup styling by Michelle Grad (and feel free to steal her for makeup lessons, too!)
– Transportation to all group activities
– At least 2 day trips (I’m still finalizing details- there’s a gorgeous winery nearby, some medieval towns, and of course we could spend a day in Rome…)
– Meals at the villa (we’ll be shopping locally and sharing cooking)
– A full set of digital negatives, gorgeous boudoir photo album with 30 of your favorite images, and your choice of beautifully mounted 12×18 wall art
– The best pool parties EVER.
What is not included: Airfare (start saving your points!) and meals when we’re not at the villa (like, if we go out to a restaurant). Wine. Cabana boys.
Thinking about joining us? This trip is more than half sold, so contact me now for more details!
This is the last blog in the travel boudoir series from Florida, and possibly one of my favorite… though it’s such a close race because I love ALL of the posts so much! My heart is in the forest, that’s where I feel the most connected to nature, and the most at peace. It also proved to be the most challenging shoot of all of them. Continue reading →
Continuing the travel boudoir series, I had the honor of photographing my mother for the second time. Yes, you heard that right, ^ this gorgeous woman is my mother. We started off on the same rocks from the first post in this series (if you missed that post click here). Continue reading →
“Hold out your hands to feel the luxury of sunbeams. Press the soft blossoms against your cheek, and finger their graces of form, their delicate mutability of shape, their pliancy and freshness. Expose your face to the aerial floods that sweep the heavens, ‘inhale great draughts of space,’ wonder, wonder at the wind’s unwearied activity. Pile note on note the infinite music that flows increasingly to your soul from the tactual sonorities of a thousand branches and tumbling waters. How can the world be shriveled when this most profound, emotional sense, touch, is faithful to its service? I am sure that if a fairy bade me choose between the sense of sight and that of touch, I would not part with the warm, endearing contact of human hands…” ― Helen Keller, The Open Door
This is the second post in the travel boudoir series from Florida. To start at the beginning, click here. Continue reading →