The Magical Manifestation Retreat Labor Day
Weekend - Ojai 2013 - Memory Album
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The Amazing DJ Gina Rocked Her Magic For The Karaoke Yoga (R) Session
Author Elise Ballard " Epiphany-Channel" Came To Speak & Share Her Wisdom
Singer Songwriter Brian Rooney Sang For Us Again With His Amazing Voice & Music
Caspar Poyck Guitar in-Hand Blessed Us With His Gorgeous Voice During Closing Circle
Olive Oil Tasting given by Gina's dad owner of Buon Gusto Farms in Ventura-So Delicious!
What a special treat: Fawntice Finesse Sound Therapist Gave Us A Healing Sound Bowl Concert
The fantastic Jocelyn Gordon taught a HoopYogini Class...twice...check her out!!!
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The Winner For A Spot At The Retreat-Best Essay Submitted
By"Marika Delan" The #5mostbeautifulthings Contest
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Good morning! As I sit here in the office I can't stop smiling
about this weekend and about how open we all were. I love
being able to communicate in such a clear and deep way! It
was such a pleasure getting to know everyone and I keep
thinking about all of you. Thank you everyone for being so
wonderful. Hopefully we can all do it again next year,
I love having you in my life! xx
Thank you to everyone who came to my Manifestation Retreat in Ojai this weekend. It was phenomenal from start to finish. We sang,
laughed, cried, drank wine, tasted olive oil, were serenaded by beautiful voices and Tibetan singing bowls, listened to authors speak,
did HoopYogini, swam, and, even did a little bit of yoga.
My heart is happy. I love that so many of the people that came didn't know me or anyone else that was there. It was a packed house and
not a hitch. Everyone was incredible and fully present. I am in love with you all!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for taking
a risk, for stepping out of your comfort zone, for being love.
Everything is different. Can you feel it? I walked upstairs this morning still abuzz and restless with words and the unspoken alive in my head and heart,
waiting to be born..... the birthday sign in the kitchen back lit with morning sun still hanging there, long overdue to be taken down- but beckoning
me to take this day as my birthday- every day as a birth.... and it feels like it in so many ways (including the "pain"- from all those vinyasas:)
As I drove home with my family and left Ojai valley, watching the mountains and velvet hills and colors and shapes of sunrise in reverse, expecting the
sacred space to fade away as we were carried further away from it's magic to find it only expanded exponentially as I saw the ocean open up into
foreverness. It wasn't a fading away but a birth of all that was waiting to come alive inside of me and around me. Everything is in its right place.
If I had to say one thing that I took out of this retreat (there must be hundreds, literally, many still yet unprocessed) but if I could sum it up in this
moment it is this: Don't be content to not be blissfully happy. Look for it. Seek it. Find it. It's there even when you can't see it (like gravity).
Trust that your feet will take you where you need to go and when they don't it's because the wind is carrying you...…
by Marika Rosenthal Delan
Leaving, not going
now a torch,
Thank you Jennifer Pastiloff for
inviting me to partake in yet
another magical Ojai retreat! I am
changed and inspired by meeting
you all and having the experience
of sharing with you and having
you share with me, and by Caspar
Poyck's cuisine, Bryan Rooney's
music, Desiree's reading and
Fawntice Finesse Sound
Therapist's sound therapy, the
Pastiloff Girls' love + leadership,
and, and, and... so
10 MILLION THANK YOU'S!!
Was trying to figure out how to refer to the Ojai Labor Day Retreat to my friends since the
term "yoga retreat" doesn't even come close to painting the full gorgeous picture. I could
come up with endless amazing descriptions of the experience but it would take too long to
list the litany descriptive words. So I decided just to call it a Jen Pastiloff Retreat as that
alone encompasses the experience. If Walt Disney can do it, why can't Jen Pastiloff?
Much love to my girl Jennifer Pastiloff!
|We Are All In The Pic Now
Even Mom-Barb, Cia & Alison:)
Our Group Labor Day 2013
I just got back from my 3rd retreat to Ojai with Jen in less than a year
and have done a few workshops with her as well. It's safe to say that I
am a Jen Junkie.
I repeat this over and over again, but Jen really brought me back to life.
The work that she does is incredible, unique and life-changing. I keep
going back because I get something different out of it each time.
Every experience is better than the last.
She uses yoga as a tool to guide her tribe through the process of digging
deep and opening up. It's all about connecting with yourself, with others
and with the universe. You really are able to fall in love with yourself and
fall in love with the community you are surrounded by. You leave seeing
the world differently. You may start the retreat only knowing one or
two people, or even no one, but you leave with 40 brothers and sisters.
It is beautiful and words really can't do the experience justice.
You don't need to be a yogi or a writer or even a spiritual person to go.
You just have to be open. In fact, she encourages you to take risks,
step outside your box and EXPLORE. I am so glad I took the risk and
will keep taking them.
I love you Jennifer and I am so grateful to call you my yoga teacher,
mentor and friend. You are truly a gift. I am so lucky.
The "Jen Pastiloff Retreat"- its hard
to give it a name because that puts
it in a box, and it really is sooo
many things, and so much more
than words can describe but that's
why the perfect name is Jen's -
because that's what her name
encompasses for me - so many
amazing things & so much more
than any words!
Ahhhh... "re-entry" is such a challenge,
particularly after such an amazing weekend
of digging deep, asking, questioning, seeking
and finding. I was a last minute signup. I had
no idea what to expect from Jen's Manifestation
Retreat. But, something resonated in me,
the stars lined up, I signed up and I drove to
Ojai all by myself, a little anxious, alot excited.
I think "yoga" was the hook that initially caught
my attention, but the retreat was so much
more than "posing and posturing." It was
meeting incredible new friends who were
compassionate, vulnerable, honest and
FUN, FUN, FUN! It was about being honest
with myself and taking a close inventory of
what got me "here" and what changes I am
going to make moving forward... what I am
going to think about, be about, speak about
and do about to manifest what I want,
need and deserve...
LIFE IS AWESOME, yes, it is!
Thank you, Jen... and my new tribe, for a
weekend that I look forward to experiencing
again Mother's Day weekend... see you all
Dear Jen, Just wanted to say a public thank you for
your truly magical retreat in Ojai this past weekend.
For me, it was awe-inspiring, life-changing,
energy-shifting. It reminded me of summer camp
for adults, with all of the child-like joy everyone
created together! I have not laughed that much
in YEARS! So full of joy! Wine and Karaoke and
HoopYogini and mind-blowing conversations and
hiking and night swimming and music and sound
healing and energy work and nature and fabulous
food and the BEST group of people EVER. I have
brought that joy home with me and I could feel
the energy buoying me up the whole trip home!
I experienced some amaaaazing connections...I
know I made friends for life! All of that and so
much more, with a side of yoga. Thank you just
isn't enough. I'm already manifesting another
retreat for next year. You are amazing and
what you have created really is magical.
Love you, woman. xo
About that Labor Day retreat: all I can say is thank you,
thank you, thank you, and I love you. I left the retreat on such
a high that I almost felt like I needed to feel out the "real world"
before I could really understand how Ojai impacted me. As I lived
back into my daily life, I realized that what I took away from
your retreat was the focus to see the often-overlooked good and
beauty in places and people. I may be stuck on PCH, but at least
the ocean is beside me. Or, my Starbucks barista may take "too
long" to prepare my latte, but at least she delivers it with a smile
and a "thanks for waiting." I hope I don't lose this positivity
before I make it back to another retreat. Yet, given the
frequency at which I am thinking about you and your
freaking incredibly funny, warm, accepting, and lovable
tribe, that doesn't seem likely.
A gorgeous essay written by Marika Rosenthal Delan ( Follow her Blog ). She wrote this about her experience at my Ojai Manifestation
Retreat over Labor Day which she won as part of a prize for her winning my #5mostbeautifulthings contest....Jen xoxo
Here is an excerpt from the essay click on the title to read the whole thing. It is beautiful:
את לא לבד
You are not alone.
It’s the Hebrew phrase that kept ringing through my ear where I attended my first Jennifer Pastiloff Manifestation Yoga retreat over Labor Day
weekend in the oasis of Ojai Valley, California.
It was a weekend packed full of that which we later dubbed “The Jen Pastiloff Experience”. Complete with all sorts of awesomeness: karaoke yoga,
delicious love-filled food, surprise soul-stirring live music, insightful writing, new friends that felt like childhood besties, epiphanies, life-altering
conversation, heart-wrenching stories of love and loss, poetry, natural wonders, a little wine, deep talks around the pool about diamonds and time
transport of the Whovian persuasion, and a midnight swim or two under the brightest stars I've ever seen (not to mention a handful of shooting
stragglers from the end of the Perseid meteor shower that peaked a few weeks ago-- which for geeks like me is heaven)
I could go on all day attempting to describe what we did there and still not capture all that was the magical time we spent in Ojai.
You know how words so often fail where the heart is concerned.
Oh, yes, the heart. I found mine pounding at the thought of facing my fears --the biggest of which was the fear that I would somehow find myself alone
amongst all these people. Virtual strangers. But something unspoken, somewhere trapped under my tongue, there in my quivering voice, was that
phrase once again waiting to remind me….
You are not alone.
I found myself involuntarily muttering it aloud in a circle full of exquisitely and intricately beautiful people atop our yoga mats on a floor that reflects light
as if it were glass; and again this morning as I tried to capture the spirit that embodied our time there; trying to describe the feeling that was at the
heart of it all; that which I came out knowing in body and spirit what I before only understood in theory. Continue.....
Our amazing, brilliant, multi-talented
Caspar Poyck (What Makes You Eat):
He creates magic with his hands as our chef
and cracks open our hearts with his voice.
After you listen to video read:
From Jen's Blog - The Manifest-Station -
September 5th, 2013
|Caspar Poyck-"What Makes You Eat"
|Have A Dance Party At Least Once A Day
|Sing Out Loud
Though miles may lie between
us, we are never far apart. For
friendship doesn't count miles,
it's measured from the heart.
|Marika Dela, Mom-Barb & Mindy McCauley
|Marika Delan & Jen