Teresa Schoendorf (Durga)
First Feel Free Retreats
Reconnect to Self, Other & Gaia
Born in Houston Texas, I knew at a young age I would be leaving for unchartered territories. I did not realize the territory would be under water and my purpose would be to gain access to The Brainshift by way of the Dolphins!
After college I moved to New York City where I had a career in music and art education. I lived in Brooklyn for many years working as a singer, vocal coach and arts educator. After some life changes I began to travel and change my lifestyle. I became a yoga and meditation teacher and developed The Brainshift Programs using the human body and voice as gateways to personal development & transformation.
In 2014 after leaving Brooklyn and returning to Texas I was guided to connect with Dolphins in the wild. I met the Dolphins of Bimini in 2015. In 2016 I moved to South Beach Florida to be closer to Bimini. Now I facilitate others in The Brainshift by way of the Dolphins in the Bahamas and in online transformational programs and in workshops in South Beach and Miami FL, Costa Rica, New York, Austin, TX and anywhere I am called.
Bimini Bliss Dolphin Retreat
All inclusive and exclusive small group experience
Customized Program Dates Beginning August 2021
Find your bliss ... Bimini Bliss Dolphin Retreat
In the magnificent natural surroundings of this northern Bahamian island you will connect with wild Dolphins and vibrate into your inner bliss. Stunning video by Simply Captivating March 2018
Known for healing energies ...
Bimini is surrounded by crystal clear, turquoise and azure blue waters harboring legends of the lost Atlantis.
In all encounters with the Dolphins we are committed to a minimal impact. Nothing is ever done to disrupt the natural life of the dolphins: no feeding, no chasing, no handling.
Photo by Teresa Schoendorf
Devotional Voices ...
As human visitors in the domain of another species, the more relaxed, playful and connected we are as a group, the more the Dolphins will be attracted to come to us and be with us.
Devotional Voices, an Open Heart and an Awakened State of Mind are the only enticements to be blessed with Dolphin encounters.
Video by Teresa Schoendorf March 2018
Bliss Brain ...
In this retreat you will have the opportunity--as you wish -- to access your “Bliss Brain” with The Brainshift practices of Devotional Voices and Mind-body-Spirit practices in preparation to meet the Dolphins.
The retreat group size is limited to allow for the best conditions to connect with the Dolphins and our inner bliss.
Photo by Teresa Schoendorf
Meeting Dolphins Eye to Eye ...
The more relaxed, playful and connected we are, the more the Dolphins will want to be with us, connect with us, play with us.
Photo by Simply Captivating
Going with the flow ... the dolphin way
Going with the flow is the island way. All boat excursions are weather dependent. Each day is subject to change. As guided by the needs of the group, we will gather in Connect Circles in preparation to meet the Dolphins and ourselves anew. All activities are optional.
This is an all-inclusive, exclusive small group Dolphin swim experience like no other on the island. Due to the limited number of participants you will have an unparalleled experience meeting the Dolphins.
Throughout the retreat you will have the choice to participate in guided practices to calm the mind and awaken playfulness and connection. The more we play and connect with each other the more the Dolphins will want to play with us.
Fill out the survey at the end of this page if you want to discuss your vision for a customized experience.
Bimini is full of history and island lore. There are other types of boat excursions which can be booked separately. There are also private healing sessions available: Guided Meditation, Frontal Lobe Hands On Activation, Reconnection Therapy & more. For those who want more Bimini Bliss after the retreat you may be able to extend your stay depending on availability.
Getting to Bimini and COVID Restrictions in The Bahamas
What are Bliss Brain and Connect Circles?
Bliss Brain is when you feel great, like on the best day of your life: joyful, confident, connected and clear. Can you recall a day or an event where you felt like this? Bliss Brain occurs when your brain waves change in a specific part of the brain. Connect Circles use techniques designed to activate this part of the brain as shown by scientific studies. Intentional sounding, focused breathing and body alignment also bring us into the present moment. Being fully present with the Dolphins amplifies the Bliss Brain state. Connect Circles shift our brain state and prepare us to be fully present with the Dolphins. Capturing observations in a journal is the best way to learn to access Bliss Brain on your own by noticing what, how and when you shift.
You do not need to be a very good swimmer, but you should be comfortable in the water. (This might not be the best time to try to overcome a crippling phobia of water, but anything short of that should be fine.) There are life vests for anyone who wants to use them in the water, previous snorkel experience helps, although we will do some snorkel practice before we get to the dolphin grounds so everyone can get used to the equipment, which is provided. Also, you never have to get in the water if you don't want to. Watching the dolphins from the boat is an awesome experience.
What do I need to bring?
A journal is an essential item to bring to Bimini Bliss Dolphin Retreat. Sunblock, hats, bug spray and sunglasses are also necessary. Bring comfortable clothes for Connect Circles and lounging, a bathing suit or two, and whatever warm-weather clothes you like to wear. Bring toiletries, a camera and a book, if you like to read. If you forget something, you can most likely get a replacement on the island, but remember that this is a small, quiet island, not a bustling metropolis, so choices may be slim.
How much cash do I need?
Many local island establishments only accept cash. Taxis to and fro anywhere on the island are $5 per person. Or sometimes you can snag a free ride in a golf cart, the main island vehicle! There is shopping at the straw market, so bring cash if you like to buy souvenirs, dresses, hats, etc. Or if you prefer high end shopping there are shops at Resort World just down the street. Special treatments and private sessions are extra as well. There is an ATM on the island if you need it, and the Bahamian dollar is interchangeable with the American dollar. However the fees can be high to get USD, so plan accordingly.
There is a clinic right down the street that handles everything from coughs to broken bones. If you need urgent, specialized medical attention for any reason, there is a medical helicopter that will bring you to FL or Nassau very quickly. It is highly recommended you get Travelers Insurance for the trip.
To access Bliss Brain you are encouraged to unplug and take a break from your regular stresses, with an opportunity to become aware of your regular inner dialogue so you can choose to give it a rest too. Don't worry, be happy! Choosing times of silence help shift "normal" brain waves into bliss waves. However, we do understand that some people may need to check in with work or kids and there is wifi to accommodate those needs.
Bimini is very small and nothing is far away! The beach is literally everywhere. You will always remember the views!
Sign me up! What’s the price for Bimini Bliss Retreat?
Fill out the survey and I will you about the number of people and how many days you want to be in paradise. The retreat price varies based on occupancy and number of Dolphin Trips.
Prior to booking we need to confirm the validity of your Passport for entry into the Bahamas as well as any COVID19 protocols.
Bimini Bliss Survey
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