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2016 Runaway Retreat in Runaway Bay, Jamaica

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So Jamaica happened. And it was miraculous. We went in expecting to meet some cool people, teach workshops on nutrition, and have a fun time. Nope. This trip was so much more. We couldn’t have asked for a group of more amazing women. Everyone agreed that the experience was transformative. From the beach yoga to the rooftop Jamaican dancehall session, to the rainforest hikes, and the organic farm tours with farm-to-table dinners, this trip literally took our breath away. Not to mention the amazing Runaway Bed & Breakfast, and it’s amazing hosts Jeff and Kalisa (who is a trained chef, cooked ALL of our mouthwatering meals from scratch — that’s right- breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks daily). Here is the photo diary of the trip! 

First stop: the beach! As soon as our ladies arrived, we had them picked up and taken straight to the beach to meet us for lunch and sandy strolls. It literally felt like we all knew each other from way back when.

Next we brought the participants to the Runaway Bed & Breakfast, so they could settle into their home for the next 5 days. Here are a few photos of the space


As we mentioned previously, French culinary trained chef, Kalisa, prepared EVERY meal and snack from scratch that we had during our stay. She even did a couple of cooking demos and made dessert every night

One the first night, we had a welcome ceremony and gave all of the participants a goodie bag that was stuffed with goodies from our retreat sponsors (more on our amazing sponsors below!) 

The next morning was beach yoga with our instructor Kayla Hanson 

Then it was time for the first of four nutrition workshops: Wellness and Weight  Management

Later that day we hit up Cranbrook, a gorgeous rainforest garden, for a nature hike

That night, Wendy led a nutrition workshop on The Power of Plant Based Eating

Next up? Morning hike with the crew

Then we were ready for some adventure and cliff jumping…so jumping off of cliffs we go! 

And then there was the private rooftop Jamaican dancehall class (taught by Myers Fitness Center) that probably had us burning 1000 calories in an hour



That same day we did two more nutrition presentations on the roof with the crew: the first was How to Master Mindful Eating and then Eating for a Healthy Gut

Then there was the organic farm tour and farm-to-table dinner with Lisa and Chris from Stush in the Bush.


And we woke up at 5:30 am on the last day for a magical water aerobics class with Champayne and the neighborhood elders in the ocean


Overall, 5 days of pure joy, magic, rest, and adventure. Interested in coming to our next annual retreat? Make sure to sign up for the waiting list HERE, and we’ll send you an email as soon as we announce upcoming retreats (the next location is going to be EPIC!!!) 

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5 Comments on 2016 Runaway Retreat in Runaway Bay, Jamaica

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    Bea Braswell
    July 26, 2016 at 12:58 pm (4 years ago)

    I have watched you ladies grow since your days of filming cooking demos in your tiny kitchen. This retreat looks amazing. So proud of your accomplishments.

    • Wendy
      July 26, 2016 at 2:36 pm (4 years ago)

      aww thank you so much!

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    August 11, 2016 at 6:19 pm (4 years ago)

    Gorgeous photos! You’ve made such a lovely community and experience out of this trip! So lovely that I want to visit Jamaica myself!

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    October 13, 2016 at 3:52 pm (4 years ago)

    What an amazing experience you all shared! Such a wealth of information packed into 5 days, not to mention the new friendships created.
    Is this retreat only for young black women? Hoe about a 64-year-old disordered eating white woman? (Who can’t dance worth beans…)
    I wish you all the best—you’re doing great work!

    • Wendy
      October 14, 2016 at 4:58 pm (4 years ago)

      Ha! The retreat is open to everyone- men and women- not just black hahaha we hope you can join us next time!


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