Friday, November 16, 2012

Help Me Get to Bimini!

Everyone goes through life-changing, awe-inspiring moments.  Maybe it's just a minute or maybe it's a week-long event.  Whatever it is, it's a chance to self-reflect, to dig deep within and explore your life path, your passions, and any "light bulbs" waiting to go off with a sign, a clue, a direction.

I first met Tania Marie, creator of Emerald Bridge, through a coincidental connection on LinkedIn. We immediately started up a dialogue as our energies seemed focused in the same direction.  As a Reiki Master Teacher and intuitive healer Tania works with others - through various practices - to explore, discover, and channel their passions in a compassionate, conscious, heart-based way.  (Learn more about Reiki & energy healing here.)

Tania is teaming up with an beautiful facility in the Bahamas, called the Atlantis Rejuvenation Center (ARC), to host a life-changing, awe-inspiring retreat, consisting of yoga, meditation, raw vegan cuisine, swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat, and getting certified in Reiki (plus more).  

When I found out about this retreat, I instantly felt connected to it - as it represented numerous passions of mine, a future endeavor I was learning about (Reiki certification), and a dream since I was a child (swimming with dolphins). However, life leads a certain way, and, as of this moment, I do not have the funds to make it to Bimini.  In the midst of everyday responsibilities and finances, plus handling the little (or big) pesky ones that pop up unexpectedly, I've been slowly saving up for this retreat in December.  

It's officially crunch time.  I now ask you, my wonderful family, friends, Ahimsa Lifers, for your help in making this life-changing, awe-inspiring experience a reality for me.  

I've put together a "Bimini Kickstarter," a fundraising opportunity where I can give back for everyone who helps contribute to this amazing happening, this life-changing experience. From this retreat, I will have a brand new skill/practice that I will be utilizing along with my coaching, all of which I can provide for your health & well-being.  

I have a less than ONE WEEK before the retreat (Dec. 16th-21st) and will be accepting contributions leading up until Friday, December 14th to reach my goal. The cost of the retreat comes out to $2005, which includes all accommodations and retreat activities/events, certification in Reiki I & II, FL-Bahamas round-trip charter, and departure tax (flights/transportation separate).  I'm a little more than halfway to my goal.  Please help!

Here is the contribution help link: 

Below are the different tiers of contribution for which you will receive a valuable service to thank you for your generosity: 
  1. $1 or more: A special thanks blog post & the best shout out ever on FB/Twitter*
  2. $10 or more: A special thanks + promotion (for your business, project, etc.) blog post & best shout out ever on FB/Twitter*
  3. $20 or more: A one-time coaching email. You send me a question, concern, something with which you're seeking guidance, I'll send you back feedback and action areas you can explore.
  4. $40 or more: Call to Action session - in person, by phone or Skype.  45 minute session where we can explore a specific area of your life to release blocks, seek new avenues, and take action OR 1 Reiki Session**
  5. $75 or more: Call to Action month (3 sessions) OR 2 Reiki sessions**
  6. $125 or more: Call to Action month and 2 Reiki sessions**
  7. $250 or more: 3 months of Ahimsa Life Coaching OR Call to Action and 5 Reiki sessions**
  8. $500 or more: 6 months of Ahimsa Life Coaching OR Call to Action and 12 Reiki sessions**
*Applies to all tiers of contribution (above)
**Reiki, like coaching, can be done in person or from a distance. 

Think of it as preemptively contributing to your own life, investing in valued services that will greatly benefit you.  Of course, your investment, your contribution, your help will greatly benefit me - and, for that, I express my deepest gratitude and look forward to reciprocating with the gift in the corresponding tier.

***I've added new gifts to collection.  If you're not specifically looking for coaching or Reiki services, I enjoy being creative and bringing out my silly side - hopefully you can have some fun with these!  Thinking of something else?  Let me know and we can customize a tier for your contribution.

  1. $10 or more: I will create a professional high-quality personalized birthday/holiday/greeting card for you to give to a friend, family member, or other someone in your life (maybe even for you!).  You provide me with some basic information & pictures (in pdf or jpeg form) you'd like to use, and I'll create a ready-made card for you to send (or I can send it out myself from you).
  2. $20 or more: I will create a personalized video poem or performance for a friend, family member, or other someone in your life (maybe even for you!).  You provide me with information, and I'll create a video to you liking (and laughing).
  3. $33 or more: I will write a personalized song and create a music video for you.  You send over a couple of items that you'd like in the video, any basic ideas for my creative jumping-off point, and I'll work my MTV magic.
  4. $50 or more: FOR LA (or nearby) RESIDENTS - I will cook a homemade meal for you at your place or mine, starting with a meeting to plan out a menu.  While you relax over a glass of wine or a beer or non-alcoholic beverage, I will make a delicious dinner for you, walking you through if you'd like to learn how to make it (or you can just sit back and enjoy).  You provide the food, I'll bring the drink.
  5. $75 or more: FOR LA (or nearby) RESIDENTS - I will host and/or emcee your poker night or game night, my place or yours.  I'll provide snacks, games, cards & poker chips, you bring the rest.  I'll play dealer the whole night, Rulemaster, or any other role you see fit for the event.
  6. $300 or more: I will shave my head, leaving a little bit of hair - spelling out your initials for a week.  Or the reverse, I'll have your initials shaved into a fuller/buzzed head of hair.

These new, fun gifts can be used in combination with the original 8.  For instance, for a mere $550 you can get 12 Reiki sessions plus get a walking billboard from my "your-initial" shaved head.  Or for $20, a special thanks, promotion of your business, event, project, and a high-quality personalized greeting card for an occasion of your choice.  Keep an eye out for new ones!

Thank you for helping me on my journey.

Please make sure you include your contact information so I can contact you about your gift. Because this is not an organization-based fundraiser (i.e. Kickstarter), contributions are direct and immediate.  I will send updates to all who contribute about the fundraiser's status.  If, by chance, contributions do not bring me to a total that will allow me to get to the Bimini Retreat, I will reimburse all donations within 72 hours of the official deadline (Dec. 9th).  Email me at for any further information.  

All the best and yummiest to you.  Thank you.

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