I feel so happy and blessed to have been a part of Kristina's first fully raw vegan yoga retreat. I cannot put into words how grateful I am. Before the end of the first day, I felt like it was already worth my money. To be with so many like-minded, compassionate individuals was a blessing. I didn't expect it at all, but before long I had a whole new family. Before the week was over I connected with all of the people at the retreat on a deeper level than most of my friends and family at home. I was able to talk about things I wasn't able to before and felt fully supported by the group. I listened to other people as well and we all offered each other emotional support. Through the healthiest food, breathing exercises, yoga, community, fun, and adventure I was able to heal and restore myself physically, emotionally, and mentally. I've never felt healthier than during and after the retreat. It is such a night and day difference to eat all fresh raw vegan food compared to anything processed. I now understand how to thrive on a raw food diet, just by doing this one week retreat. It was not a challenge at all to eat all raw foods, instead, it was a blessing to have the experience. None of us felt like we were missing anything on the diet. All of our nutritional needs were met and we always felt satiated. There was an abundance of foods and an incredible variety with unlimited creativity. And there was plenty of opportunities to learn to prepare raw foods as well as ask questions regarding the diet. To be surrounded with people who are interested in the raw food diet made it so much easier to overcome the challenges that now seem so much more simple than they did before. A lot of the challenges of the raw food diet are just in the mind due to lack of experience. I can say that I experienced more muscle gain on the retreat than I did before when I was eating cooked foods with oils and protein powders and I learned that whole food like raw vegetables are better for gaining muscle than protein powders are. The body can much more easily assimilate whole foods, like zucchinis than it can protein powders. Kristina is such a bright light to this world and it was a blessing to be around her and be inspired by her. She is an absolutely genuine person with a true passion for healing others primarily through the raw food diet, but also through yoga and community. She is so enthusiastic and will bring joy and presence to any situation with her loving attention. The retreat was so well designed. I was happy to always have something to do that I loved. Enjoying great raw vegan food, doing yoga, meditation, going on walks, exploring, enjoying time on the beach, massages, and barely any downtime made it an experience that would positively change my life forever down to my daily habits, routines and even thought processes. All activities were optional, but I didn't want to miss anything. Now I realize that I can live a healthy and abundant lifestyle and not feel like I'm missing anything. All my desires for the retreat were fulfilled by the first day and every day after that was another level of awesome. I'm glad I got to see how the raw food diet is done in person. The retreat was priceless, definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Definitely life-changing. It was worth every penny and more. I would definitely go again because I feel so much lighter and happier as a person and I feel like every time I would go back would just add so much to my joy and I encourage anyone who is interested in raw foods and yoga to go to one of Kristina's retreats. You will meet so many great people and have a wonderful time. Everything is taken care of and very well planned. I love the retreat so much! It is a life-changer I will have to go again sometime. Oh yeah and not to mention the retreat was in Bali! It was such an island paradise. We were surrounded by beauty the entire time, from the natural environment to the incredible architecture, and all of the different art districts. We got to explore Bali and now I feel like I really got to know the island and its culture. Kristina knows the place very well and the culture is extremely welcoming and they have incredible hospitality especially at Soulshine, the beautiful, incredible retreat center that we stayed at. Bali has some of the most beautiful and incredible art you will find anywhere. From the architecture to paintings, to statues, to wood carvings, clothes, and even jewelry. You name it, they've got it in the highest quality for a good bargain. I also feel very blessed to be welcomed by the Balinese into their temples and to receive water blessings from the holy springs. Everywhere in Bali, they give offerings to God daily. The spiritual atmosphere of the region really brings a strong vibe of peace and love. After the retreat, I feel like I want to redesign my life. It's as if I am more aligned with my purpose in life and more ready to fulfill it. I have so much more motivation to live positively and make a huge positive impact on the world. I feel like I've gained the confidence to succeed in anything I want in life especially living a healthy and balanced spiritual lifestyle. I've also gained a support system through the community that we shared at Soulshine in Bali.
- Richard Austin