We are Elsie and Jonny and we create fun and transformational travel experiences for people who want to create positive change in their lives.
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This is TRANSFORMATIONAL TRAVEL!
We seamlessly combine our cultural expertise and unique local connections with our experience as transformational coaches to craft life-changing adventures. Our goal is to help you open your eyes, open your heart, and allow you to have some epic fun at the same time.
You work hard, and it can be tough to decide how to use your precious time off. You want to have fun, but you also know you need to reconnect with the people closest to you, and spend some time rebuilding inside.
When you finally do get around to taking time off, it can be tempting to squeeze in too much, only to come home more exhausted than you were before you left.
So how can you create a once-in-a-lifetime experience that somehow also leaves space to recharge?
We totally get it. Our trips create just the right balance of adventure, depth, and you-time to make sure your experience is everything you need it to be. We sweat all the details to create extraordinary space for you to truly reconnect with the best parts of yourself. You’ll come home with new enthusiasm for your life, your work, your relationships, and everything that makes you… YOU.
No matter how much you have traveled, you are in for an inspiring, meaningful and amazing experience unlike any other journey on a Turning Life Gold trip. I have taken two trips with Elsie and Jonny and they were unforgettable.
We’re not talking Cancun here. This is remote, rustic, beautiful beach country with some of the best surfing in the Western hemisphere. We’ll show you the undiscovered corners of this breathtaking region of southern Mexico where you can revel in the rich culture, indulge in amazing local cuisine, and steep yourself in all the pristine beauty Oaxaca has to offer. This is your chance to connect with like-minded, conscious adventure seekers to explore Mexico as it was meant to be experienced.
But I don’t know how to surf?!
Yeah… neither do we. You do not need to have any surfing experience to enjoy this trip, but it’s great if you do. This trip is for ALL levels of surfers. The way we see it, learning to ride the waves is a perfect window into the deeper parts of ourselves. Whether you want to break through the fear that’s been holding you back, or if you just want to find more flow with the challenges life’s throwing your way, the waves can be a profound teacher. Our expert surf instructors will guide you as you elevate your surfing skills, and we’ll be there to help you discover how to use your experience to explore how you show up in the world.
In addition to connecting with local communities, the connection with fellow trip-mates is one of the things our past participants have enjoyed the most. They are consistently surprised by the depth of connection that can grow in such a short time. Many show up alone and leave with lifelong friends.
We’ll dig deep into our bag of tricks to give you access to a depth that is very different from the watered-down version of Mexico most travelers are used to. We’ll help you discover the raw beauty and adventure that is alive in the heart of the true Mexico. We’ll eat delicious, unique foods, meet warm, inviting locals, and give you a chance to practice your Spanish in a fun and immersive environment.
Surfing trips are easy to find, but what really makes this trip different is the opportunity to create sustainable transformation in your life. Each day will provide opportunities for reflection and guidance designed to lead you to your next level of awareness and a deeper understanding of yourself. We'll help you use this trip to explore your inner world, so you can be more successful in your outer world.
7 days of life-changing, become-yourself-again transformational travel
4 days of intimate, professionally guided surfing school on some of the best beaches in Mexico
A unique swimming experience in a bio-luminescent bay (like you’re on Pandora from Avatar)
Releasing baby sea turtles into the wild, blue ocean
3 delicious, healthy meals each day (with the exception of a few meals where you’ll be free to explore the rich local cuisine on your own)
A celebratory, gourmet dinner on the last night
6 nights at a beautiful beach house steps away from the blue ocean
All local ground transportation
Basic International Health Insurance
All pre-departure logistics so you can just sit back and relax
All group and individual coaching during the trip
Professionally guided yoga classes
A pre-departure coaching call with Elsie or Jonny to set the tone for a once in a lifetime transformation
A post-trip coaching call with Elsie or Jonny to help you integrate
May 4-10, 2019The investment for this
once-in-a-lifetime experience is
Ready!? Due to the intimate, close-knit nature of this trip, our goal is to ensure that each participant is a perfect fit for the profound transformational experiences we work hard to create. For that reason, we like to speak directly with each applicant to ensure you understand the dynamics of the trip, the coaching elements, what can be expected from us, and what we expect from you. We want your questions answered so that when you choose to say “Yes!” it is a clear, confident, emphatic YES!
This retreat is limited to 10 guests
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Elsie and Jonny have been leading international group-based programs for over 12 years. Between the two of them, they have directly lead or oversaw hundreds of groups with thousands of individual participants throughout 15 countries around the world. Their expertise in crafting meaningful, adventurous, and transformational experiences through conscious travel is what sets them apart from your average tourist experience. Using their backgrounds in Spiritual Psychology, Life Coaching, and Adventure-travel, they have created a Oaxacan experience to remember.
Elsie felt a deep connection to travel the first time she first visited Latin America in 2010. Over the years, she has helped hundreds of people create their own meaningful relationship with global travel, and is excited to guide you along your own journey.
Today she is a powerful Life Coach who helps her clients’ honor their truth and stand tall in their greatness. Elsie serves clients around the world and can’t wait to support you in this dynamic journey through Mexico.
Jonny was born with a strong sense of purpose, as well as a passion for helping people. Prior to getting his Master’s in Public Health, he worked for a social enterprise, leading teams, transforming communities, and doing service work throughout Latin America and the globe. After meeting the love of his life and getting married, he went back to school, got a Master’s in Spiritual Psychology, and now is a powerful life coach and retreat leader. Jonny has been cultivating and creating transformational group programs for over a decade. He brings his extensive background to create a unique and transformational experience in Mexico.
We've compiled a list of questions we get asked the most.If you've got more, give us a shout!
Elsie and Jonny spent 1.5 years living, working, and loving all that Mexico had to offer. They lived in the state of Oaxaca, which broadened their limited understanding of Mexico, its culture, food, diversity, and richness prior to living there. New languages, delicious flavors, bright, wonderful colors, and friendly and warm people drew them in each day. They traveled to Puerto Escondido for long weekends to relax, hang out on the beach, attempt to surf, and eat delicious fish tacos. It’s a magical beach town that’s not overly touristy with beautiful waves, water, and fun. We can’t wait to show you the side of Mexico we know and love, so you can fall in love with it too!
In short…Yes! Mexico has had a pretty bad rap in the news lately. What happens in one area gets broadly applied to the entire country, so the assumption becomes that everywhere is dangerous, which is just not true. The majority of problems we often hear about in Mexico happen more in the north, closer to the U.S. border. Of course, nowhere is immune to dangers, but ultimately, the state of Oaxaca is generally considered to be very safe.
No! Definitely not. That’s the beauty of this. Elsie and Jonny are not very good surfers at all. Jonny can count on 1 hand the number of waves he’s successfully stood up on. So experience is not required. Absolute Beginners through Experts can find plenty of great waves and fun while surfing in Puerto. And the best part is that we will be working with a surf school who will provide us professional, English-speaking surf instructors who will be with you in the water at all times.
No! Not at all. English is pretty widely spoken throughout Mexico, so most of the time it won’t be difficult to find someone to help you as you travel, but during our trip we’ll have English-speaking surf instructors, English-speaking tour guides, and if ever translation is needed, Jonny speaks fluent Spanish.
Then we would love to have you on our trip! We LOVE bringing first-timers abroad. There is so much to experience, so many new things to see and learn, and Elsie and Jonny love introducing you to it all. We get to experience everything new through your eyes, so we would love you to join whether you’ve never traveled internationally, or you’ve been to every country in the world. There’s always something new to learn and experience.
Zika exploded on the scene a few years back and caused quite an uproar…and for good reason. It sounds really scary! Especially if you’re planning on having kids anytime soon. We have done a ton of research on this subject and have concluded that we feel comfortable enough to travel there, even though we, ourselves, are actively trying to get pregnant. The Ministry of Health has released data demonstrating no new cases in 2018 (as of Aug. 25th), which is huge progress. And we have a number of friends living in the Oaxaca region who are currently pregnant and feel very comfortable being there. So we understand it is a very difficult, personal choice, but we have weighed the evidence and feel very confident that it is not a major concern at this time.
Our trip is capped at 12 people. We want to keep it intimate while still having a good-sized group to make it fun and exciting.
Coaching is what really sets this trip apart. See the “Coaching” section above for more about this unique aspect of our trips.
The cost of the trip is $2497. This is all inclusive of everything except international travel. Once you get yourself to Puerto Escondido, we take care of everything else. All meals, hotels, transportation, surfing, adventures, snorkeling, coaching, basic health insurance, and anything else trip-related is covered. We don’t cover souvenirs, alcohol, or flights.
Oaxaca is the southernmost state in Mexico. It is located in Southeastern Mexico. We will be based in the small, coastal town of Puerto Escondido.
My experience went beyond my expectations.
Thanks to Elsie's loving intuition and Jonny's compassionate leadership, my experience was deeply healing and emotionally transformative.
I'm so grateful I said 'yes' to this opportunity because I've never been part of something so uplifting and fulfilling. It is a decision I'm already seeing the impact of and one which my future self will continue to thank me for!
My trip exceeded anything I imagined.
The inner journey of working with Elsie and Jonny was magical enough in itself and would have been a transformative and worthwhile trip even if we weren’t in absolute paradise!
Together they make a truly unique team, their strengths compliment each other so beautifully and they each led by example with being fully present and playful in every experience.
This trip was Life Changing.
The biggest thing that I got from this retreat was overcoming fears that have been limiting me in my life for as long as I can remember.
My life was changed. I have new dreams, a lot more clarity on what I want in my life, as well as this amazing experience of seeing a new country, it’s culture, and really experiencing a real sacredness within myself as well.
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