Signature retreats led by Lisa Garcia
Making Dreams Come True
Know that you are free to do whatever you want in this lifetime. Unleash the shackles of fear, paint the vision that resonates with your heart and move forward in faith and courage! Know you are being guided every step of the way.
Lisa Garcia aka Mommabear
Lisa Garcia is an outdoor enthusiast who finds joy, inner peace, harmony and love in the beauty and abundance of nature. Using nature as her medium her work focuses on developing human capability through self-discovery and helping others co-author a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling. Lisa believes our talents, strengths and imperfections all combine to make us unique beings with gifts to positively impact the world.
Lisa held executive leadership positions in leadership development with both the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotel Companies for over 30 years. During the past 10 years Lisa and her family owned and operated a successful outdoor recreational facility in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. INDIGO Nature Retreat located in the Pisgah National Forest is the next chapter in her life story.
Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management from Michigan State University
Professional certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance from George Mason University
Professional certification as a Certified Nature Retreat Leader via Retreatcoaches.com
Certification of completion of Wilderness First Responder course, Great Smokey Mountains Institute at Tremont, Tennessee
Completion of Shinrin-Yoku Guide training, Shinrin-Yoku is Japanese for “Forest Bathing” – a gentle path to wellness, Santa Rosa, California
Completion of Self-Compassion training taught by Kristin Neff, PhD and Chris Germer, PhD
Fluent in Spanish acquired through formal education and living and working internationally
Elements of a Signature Retreat
Immerse yourself in Nature.
Notice the ground give way as you gently tread upon the earth.
See the water flow over the moss covered boulders.
Smell the earthy scent of the forest.
Touch the leaves, the bark of the trees and the wildflowers along the path
Hear the birds begin their song at dawns first break
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Natures peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy.
Cares will drop off like autum leaves - John Muir
Event programming includes ample opportunities for Nature immersion.
Gentle guided Shinrin-Yoku walks, area waterfall hikes, overnight backpacking
excursions or simple creek side sojourns are a few of the ways to experience nature up close and personal at INDIGO.
Center Yourself, Discover Your Soul
Time to experience the power of group meditation and time to enjoy your own personal meditation practice is created during our retreats.
Breathe deep, inhaling for yourself, exhaling for others, all in a slow natural rhythm. Notice the thoughts drift in like clouds crossing the sky and return once again home to your breath, your center. Open your heart to the present knowing all is well.
Acknowledge your innate creative talent and express your authenticity. Believe " I am unbounded, I am limitless, I am free to show my true colors". Exercise your creative muscles to embrace life and all its challenges as creative opportunities.
Artistic fun is an essential element of every retreat. It may be singing, playing instruments, painting, drawing, jewelry making, or another medium. Sessions are led with the intent to unleash your creative spirit and engage your Soul self.
Open Air Yoga
Yoga instructors lead participants through easy, flowing moves designed
To relax, lengthen muscles and breath in the pure mountain air.
Root the soles of your feet in the ground.
Stretch your limbs toward the sky and tickle the clouds.
Absorb the energy of the wind and the water.
Experience the mind, body, Nature connection.
Our philosophy toward personal growth is...learn, grow, evolve, share then REPEAT.
Recognize your connection to Nature, to one another and the entire world thrives
Self-compassion, authenticity, and wholeness are some of the self-development themes woven throughout our events.