Lotus Retreats curates a talented and trusted team of passionate Yoga instructors, workshop facilitators, healers, musicians and more. Our teachers are well traveled and trained to uniquely provide you with the retreat week experience you are seeking.
Meet the team:
Loren Lotus, Director of Lotus Retreats, is a passionate Yoga instructor and retreat leader journeying through self-study and self-realization with the intention to heal and transform the mind, body, and spirit of others. Loren received her degree in Kinesiology and is a certified (500-hour) Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga and (85-hour) Prenatal Yoga Instructor.
She is a passionate Yoga instructor continuously inspired by the ancient spiritual traditions and Yogic teachings of India. Loren's teachings incorporate the intuitive and spiritual traditions of India with her biomechanical knowledge and alignment of Kinesiology with an aim to create styles suitable for every yoga practitioner. She believes Yoga is a practice not only on the mat, but also off the mat, in the kitchen, in our relationships and in everyday life.
Instagram - @LorenLotus
Location – Austin, Texas
Certificates – 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, YogaWorks, Los Angeles
200-Hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Passion Yoga School, Costa Rica
85-Hour Prenatal Registered Yoga Teacher, La Lupa Via Prenatal School
Beatriz Bonnin, Retreat Facilitator & Instructor, is a vinyasa, prenatal yoga teacher and Doula from Puerto Rico who focuses on women’s empowerment by leading workshops, retreats and women’s circles. She is passionate about helping people find their power through alternative healing techniques such as meditation, support groups, and yoga.
Beatriz Has undergone one 85-hour Prenatal trainings with Lalupavia in Costa Rica and 4 fertility and prenatal workshops with UMA Mother in Los Angeles, along with a 500-hour Professional Program with YogaWorks in Los Angeles and a 200-hour Teacher Training with Nathalie Croix in Shanti Yoga Shala. She has created a community of women in Puerto Rico called Sanando Juntas Puerto Rico that offers weekly empowering workshops along with New moon and Full moon women’s circles every month. She is in the process of opening her own Yoga studio that also offers a space for women to come and gather in the island.
Instagram - @BeatrizBonninYoga
Location – Puerto Rico
Certificates – 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, YogaWorks, Los Angeles
200-Hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Shanti Yoga Shala, New Orleans
85-Hour Prenatal Registered Yoga Teacher, La Lupa Via Prenatal School and YogaWorks, Los Angeles
Jonatan Silva, Retreat Facilitator and Instructor, has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and the healing arts for the last 10. His teachings and bodywork techniques are the sum of all types of experiences; he sees the value in all techniques with the utmost respect for all traditions.
Jonatan’s life has not been without adversity. He has overcome multiple injuries understanding what it is to be both patient and healer. He knew that after 15 years in the high-pressured world of finance it was not the career for him and despite the uncertainty of change he embarked to find his true calling. He is compassionate and understanding of the stress of society today.
He listens intently with all his senses – touch, sight and sound. He takes everything he has learned and experienced and creates a way to help others through movement, through touch, through breath and through sound. He is an exceptional teacher and healer who embodies all that he has experienced … is grateful for all albeit still waiting to understand some. His goal is simple, he has none, come experience what he has to share and see your goals mature and refine.
Certificates: 200hr Power Vinyasa TTC, 500hr Ashtanga Vinyasa TTC, 500hr Hatha/Tantra TTC, 800hr Thai healing, and various courses in Thai healing modalities, Reiky Level 3. He has experience in Nada yoga, Yoga Nidra and has completed 200hrs Acupressure meridian training, energy lines, traditional Chinese healing.
Shelbie Shakti, Lotus Retreats Instructor and Ambassador, first received her Yoga teaching certification through Yandara Yoga Institute in beautiful Bali, Indonesia. Beyond her 200-hour Teaching Certification, she is trained as both an Aerial and Acro-Yoga Instructor as well as trained in the spiritual healing Art of Reiki. Through Reiki she seeks to heal the body's energy centers (chakra's) to restore balance and vitality by relieving the physical and emotional effects of unreleased stress.
Beyond Yoga, Shelbie is a true wanderlust with a life goal to travel the world. According to Shelbie, "Each adventures is an opportunity for me to grow mentally, intellectually and spiritually. By digging into various cultures, customs and history, I learn and I change. My soul evolves and becomes even more hungry. Lotus Retreats offers a great opportunity for people to travel to beautiful locations with kindred spirits -- uniting our individual practices and becoming One -- what could be more beautiful!"
Instagram - @shelbie.shakti
Location - Newport Beach, CA
Certificates - 200-hour registered Yoga Teacher; Yandara Yoga Institute - Bali, Indonesia
Certificate of Completion - Acro-Yoga Teacher Training; Spectra Yoga - Costa Mesa, CA
Certification of Completion - Aeriel-Yoga Teacher Training; Spectra Yoga - Costa Mesa, CA
Certification of Completion - Level ll Reiki Practitioner; Newport Beach, CA
Taisha Meléndez, Lotus Retreats ambassador, has a mission and vision in life to provide an aligned type of life within yoga alongside with naturopathic science. She received her Bachelor in General Biology on May 2016 and is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She visualizes herself giving the world the correct tools to live their lives with more quality within their mind, body and spirit. Yoga is her truest medicine. She describes herself as pure resilience. Her friends and family describes her as charismatic, limitless happiness, goes as she is, freedom, friendly, sympathy, compassion and endless laughs. She is not conformist, always striving for more. Always passionate on helping others in endlessly ways. Yoga came into her life when she was in high school, knowing nothing about it but she was looking for stillness and to get rid of high school stress.
Taisha has graduated as a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher in Akhanda Shakti Lineage through the Passion Yoga School and teaches and assists a traditional Hatha yoga style.
Instagram - @tai.trascendental
Location - Puerto Rico
Certificates - 200 Hour RYT, Passion Yoga School, Costa Rica
Jamil, Retreat Musician, is a fresh, new voice dawning in an age of quarrel and hypocristy. His drive as a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-insturmentalist comes from a passion he has for learning and connecting with others through creativity. His modern storytelling groove with a traditional Americana folk sound invites listeners from all walks of life to tune in and sing-along, from intimate campfires to large festivals, vibrant nightclubs and the humblest of front porches.
Jamil is a traveler, world musician and a friend. He travels around the world associating with fellow artists, seekers, sages and monks. Apostol aims to share the path of Bhakti (Love and devotion) by chanting and singing the names of God. Apostol provides music workshops and storytelling by teaching ancient Eastern practices and applicable music techniques through the chakra system.