Hello, I’m Alicia Rodriguez, Founder of Oasis In Ecuador Hostería and Retreat Center.
In 2012 after two years of separation and a divorce, and lots of time to be with myself reflecting on my life, a friend and his wife invited me to visit them in his country, Ecuador. Little did I know that taking this flight would change my life.
That trip introduced me to my present life partner and a culture that resonated with my own Latina heritage. I began to immerse myself in the ways of my partner, an Andean wisdom keeper, and to learn from his family, from the land and from the people.
Bringing people to Ecuador gives me great pleasure as I share this wonderful place with you. It has challenged me and the lessons I have learned about being fierce and courageous are lessons I pass on to my clients and guests. Together with my partner we built Oasis In Ecuador, sharing our lives, wisdom and friendship as we support others on their journey.
Now I live a location independent life-style between my home in Ecuador and the United States.
I believe that women have the right and responsibility to fulfill their potential whether it's through their leadership, the management of their business, the way the raise their children, how they contribute to their communities or how they choose to develop themselves.
My mission is to support women in reaching their potential so that they can fulfill whatever it is they are called to do.
My work includes writing books, blog posts and articles on line and in print. I work individually and in groups with women who want to consciously and courageously design a life that inspires them and serves them financially, emotionally and holistically.
To develop my capabilities as a wise mentor and advisor I have coached leaders for twenty years and have actively studied spiritual teachings, psychological frameworks, cognitive sciences and ancestral wisdom traditions.
My work is based on applied spirituality where I interpret abstract spiritual concepts into very practical ways of Conscious Living to create a prosperous and fulfilling life.
"The path of the spiritual warrior is a path of surrender, not struggle against. It’s a path of acceptance, not will. It’s a path of love, not war. When the warrior in me surrenders to the fact that anything I fight is a projection I discover the peace that comes from a feeling of love, compassion and unity. There is no slaying of dragons and heroic episodes but only to recognize that if there is a dragon, I am the dragon and the whole story is an illusion I created."
Hello, I'm Sue Schmitt...
I love bringing like-minded people together to share and enjoy the continued journey of life and conscious living.
This is how Shakti Studio came to be a reality. I consider myself to be an Integrated Health/Fitness Professional. My primary influences are Rod Stryker of Para Yoga, my primary yoga teacher and Kathryn Templeton of the Himalayan Institute and Dr Rosy Mann of Kripalu, my primary Ayurvedic teachers.
Before Shakti, I ran a successful in-home personal training business and served as adjunct faculty at Anne Arundel Community College Women’s Institute for 10 years teaching a variety of health & fitness classes to enhance the lives of women.
I still run Shakti Studio even as I currently live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I’m enjoying being with my family and living an inspired lifestyle where gardening and being with the earth, hiking and rock climbing keep me grounded and joyful.
"I am always moving toward the art of “being” in the world with authenticity and compassion."
Bolivar Napoleon Luna Paredes is Ecuadorian and co-founder of Oasis in Ecuador Hostería and Retreat Center.
He is a trained psychologist and an Andean Wisdom Keeper in the Quitu Cara tradition. He is a sixth generation steward and wisdom keeper of the Cochasquí Pyramids near Quito.
Bolivar works with individuals as a facilitator of transformation and spiritual development. He uses dialogue, ancestral wisdom and energy to assist his clients in developing their spiritual nature. Bolivar is also the steward for his protected ecological rainforest in Puerto Quito, Ecuador where his clients come to reconnect to their spiritual nature through the pristine, natural environment there.