update: this retreat is postponed until further notice as vieques works to recover from the effects of hurricane maria.  thank you so much for your interest!  if you would like to help the island you can go to:


little island retreat: connect, rest, explore

with gwen hashimoto & stacey pickering

march 7-11, 2018 // vieques, puerto rico

Stepping away can be powerful in learning to cultivate how we interact with ourselves. How we select to spend our time, our energy, how we choose our support systems. How we are constantly learning and relearning how to interact with others. In allowing ourselves to receive all of the good that we can manifest, we can choose to invest in ourselves, so that we can better invest in others, too.

An inclusive yoga and healing retreat with Abide Yoga's Gwen Hashimoto (Abide Yoga, GRH Yoga) and Stacey Pickering (Wellness with Stacey P).

Vieques, a small, remote island off the coast of Puerto Rico feels like another world but as a US territory requires no passport. Largely undeveloped and protected as a wildlife refuge, Vieques is home to quiet, pristine Carribean beaches, lush tropical landscapes, friendly locals and one of the world's only bioluminescent bays (!!!). There are no fast food restaurants, no big box retailers, and more wild horses than people.

Stacey & Gwen will put together an itinerary that offers space for natural unfoldment. There will be ample time to embrace the island in any way it calls to you and to get to know this special place which has shaped both our understandings of ourselves and the beauty of the world around us.

Throughout our time on the island we want to include all of the practices that balance us. All the ones that make us feel soulful, thoughtful, joyful. The ones that illuminate our capacity to live our lives to the fullest, welcome opportunity, recognize each moment.  The healing that you choose to embark on will be all about cultivating time and space for yourself to process and experience.  Our time will include:

Daily Meditation and Yoga Practices (an emphasis on the restorative styles)

Sunset Sound Healing sessions on the rooftop deck

Healing conversation and writing

Small Group Energy Therapy sessions (Reiki, Polarity Therapy, Reflexology)

Homecooked Meals


An excursion to the Bioluminescent Bay

Beach time/free time

Luxury property accommodations on 30 acres with a pool, walking distance to town and beach

Rates start at $1,350 per person . Airfare, excluded, typically runs $350-$400 round trip to San Juan from Cleveland and you can take a ferry or a small commuter plane to Vieques. Dates, Wednesday - Sunday morning, were selected thoughtfully and allow you to maximize your time away and though the facilitated portion of the retreat is set to end Sunday, you have the option of leaving our property Monday at no additional charge.


We respect the investment that you are choosing to make in yourself, and honor your experience. We know this will be something special: an opportunity to (re)connect, to relax, to energize, and to grow. An experience like no other.

You can learn more about the island of Vieques here:

We can't wait to go on this adventure with you!

gwen & stacey


trip update 10.9.17 //  Nearly a month has passed since Hurricane Maria impacted the Caribbean islands, including our beloved Vieques. In those weeks, little communication has made its way to us but we know they are struggling.  Without clean drinking water, consistent access to food, money or fuel, without telephones. Some without roofs.   It is hard to rebuild when daily life, basic needs, are so difficult to meet.  Stacey and Gwen are hosting an evening of sound, meditation and reiki in support of Vieques at Abide on Sunday, October 29th.  All funds raised will go to the non-profit, ViequesLove, who, with their private donors have provided much of the aid to the island in the wake of this catastrophe.  We are still eager to visit come Spring, and evolving the nature of our retreat and our programs while on the island to the benefit of us all. We will be in touch as more information becomes available and thank you all for the interest, support, and kindness you have shown.  // Perhaps we will all gather there to help heal, together.

Love, Gwen & Stacey