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Meet The Founders

It all began with a daydream...
That then became a daily journal entry.
That then turned into a conversation with her best friend.
You see, Vanessa has always had a head full of ideas and a heart full of dreams.
A lover of travel, a seeker of adventure, passionate about life, and a yoga junkie.

Vanessa has been teaching on retreats for the last 13 years, however, she was ready for something more.
Why not create retreats in amazing locations all around the world?
Vanessa felt a strong calling to invite her best friend Vicky on this retreat ride, with all of Vicky's knowledge, skills, and wisdom in holistic therapies, and healing we would make a great team. And that we have!
We are two women, best friends, with aligned hearts that feel called to make the most of this one crazy life !!!
By combing our skills, knowledge, and expertise we will offer you an experience that you will never forget.

Why Do We Do It?

The reality is that the world can be a very challenging place for us all. Do you feel as though you are spinning a thousand plates? I know we do!!!

We believe that it is not an easy period of our lives, holding many roles such as wife, husband partner, lover, mother, stepmother, sister, daughter-in-law, friend, business owner, and employee, that it is easy to forget who we truly are. For so long, you have put everybody else before yourself!

We wanted to create a space for you to come to, a space that needs that time to de-stress, reset, relax, and have fun with a sprinkle of cultural adventures thrown in.

Our Story

Learn more about us...our vision, mission and ideas

Vicky and Vanessa are ready to share with you the tools that they have mastered in bringing you back home into your body from the person that they once were to the beautiful being that they are today. This way, you can move forward with confidence, clarity, and choice!

As your retreat leaders, we know we have a lot to offer. We are here to help and share our tools with you so that you continue to integrate them into your daily life, filling up your own cup, before giving is about creating that opportunity for you to explore new ways of being, and to consider changes that you might want to bring into your lives. Whether that be a yoga practice, journaling, breathwork practicing mindfulness. Daily massage, reiki, and sound healing.

From Vanessa`s very first encounter with yoga, she was hooked. Well and truly head over heels in love with yoga. She fell in love with everything to do with the practice of yoga. The beautiful contrast between strength and power is compared to grace and surrender. She enjoys the beautiful dance between the two extremes that happens on (and off!) her mat every single day. Vanessa has been a passionate, dedicated practitioner since she took that very first class on a rooftop with the full moon rising in Ft, Lauderdale Florida. It was 1998, and it was the start of something very transformational.

Always a grateful student of her vastly knowledgeable teachers, and fortunate to have practiced with some of the best teachers in the West, from Shiva Rea, Sean Corne, and Richard Freeman, Danii Ibarra to name a few, Vanessa now teaches a fusion of the styles that she has studied with a strong emphasis on breath, anatomy, awareness, and the sacred balance between effort and ease in the practice. Her classes find equal emphasis on strength building the mind, body, and soul.

When Vanessa is not teaching, she can be at home in Cyprus with her hubby and teenage son, swimming in the Meditteranean Sea, hanging out in local coffee shops daydreaming and journaling, riding on the back of her husband's motorcycle, or traveling to far ends of the globe with her mat in hand.
Meet Vicky. Vicky, 50 years young, a wife, mother, grandmother and business owner of Harmony and Balance.
Vicky is a fully qualified complementary holistic, reiki therapist, sound healer plus much more. Vicky is also in charge of booking, admin, and there for all your questions regarding the retreat. Having run her own villa management company since 2006, you will be in the safest of hands.

At 38 years old Vicky decided she want a complete change of career, and decided to follow her passion of becoming a therapist and healer. Her interest and journey in the Healing Arts began when she received her first Reiki treatment to help her recover from what she now calls a “Life Quake”. After this she readily started to educate herself by receiving & training in different healing modalities. “I would spend any spare money I had on training & receiving Traditional Medicine, I was hungry for knowledge and deeply curious about the relationship between mind and body”.

Vicky`s passion is to help women from the inside out.
Holding a safe space for women by providing a restorative, or therapeutic treatment that aids in the body`s natural healing process and reconnecting the person as a whole. Within this safe space, Vicky will intuitively listen, and find out what you need to help find yourself again. Vicky uses her extensive knowledge of advanced bodywork techniques during each tailor-made session, including slow deep tissue massage, acupressure, sound therapy, trigger points, breath work and myofascial release. At the heart of her work is her ability to listen and connect with her clients inviting them to let go of self-judgement, attachments, expectations and dive deep into their bodies. There is a lightness and sensitive nature to her approach enriched with appropriate boundaries, laughter, kindness, deep compassion and respect for the receiver’s journey.

We are so looking forward to hosting you on one of our Firefly Retreats

You will EXPERIENCE the breathtaking and life-changing moments that are possible through travel to a new country. We look forward very much to being of service to you.
With love and Gratitude ~ Vanessa and Vicky @Firefly Wellness Retreats