Step into spring with intention during the Root to Rise Retreat in Grenada

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  • Published on March 20, 2023
  • Last Updated May 15, 2023
  • In Places

Spring is the season of starting fresh. Relax, unwind and set your intentions for the rest of the year during this healing retreat.

As of March 20, spring has officially sprung. The season symbolizes new beginnings, transformation, starting fresh and starting over. Spring is the perfect time for a reset, and why not do so with yoga in Grenada?

The Root to Rise Retreat is scheduled for April 24–30 and, according to the event’s website, is intended to be “an intimate and unique opportunity to deepen your core connections with yourself and community.” Root to Rise’s co-creators Jackie Bailey, who is the managing editor of the purpose-led and soul-aligned coaching company BEE You! Personal Development Ltd., and Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe, co-founder of Spice Harmony Yoga and professional yoga therapist, pregnancy, labor and postpartum doula, came together to create an experience that sets out to nurture, restore and recharge participants.

Brooks-Lowe-Smith, who is from Grenada, found healing when she moved back to her native country after living in the U.S. for several years on and off. Choosing Grenada as the retreat’s location came from her desire to share the country’s healing with others.

“Jackie and I have wanted to collaborate on a retreat here for years,” Brooks-Smith-Lowe said during a Q&A with Bailey for Essence. “Both of us do a lot of one-on-one work and we are seeking to address some of the recurring themes we see with our clients.”

The retreat was born from the co-founders working with clients who struggle with burnout, which leaves them feeling isolated, overextended and depleted.

“The retreat is for women who are being called to ground and recenter in a supportive, embracing environment where they will meet, connect and commune with others, while also having time for self,” Bailey said. “It is for women who wish to deepen their connection with self, others and nature in a meaningful way as they participate in nourishing practices. Root to Rise Retreat is for those who seek a safe space, time and place for intentional reflection and purpose-led planning and visioning. It is for women ready to enhance their holistic health and well-being as they participate in rejuvenating and healing experiences.”

Participants will have the opportunity to learn various personal development tools and strategies, as well as yoga therapy, all while exploring the beauty of Grenada.

“They will get a taste of the natural and cultural riches of Grenada while exploring their inner world more deeply,” Brooks-Smith-Lowe said. “This island offers the perfect environment for self-discovery—whether that’s in the treetop yoga studio at the resort, Tri-island Chocolate’s tree-to-bar cocoa farm, Grenada’s stunning beaches or taking in a sunset on the sea on our final night.”

For participants who are yoga novices or have never tried yoga prior, the Root to Rise Retreat is suitable for yogis of all levels.

In addition to Brooks-Smith-Lowe and Bailey, there will also be two other guest facilitators. Stacey Byer, who is a published children’s book illustrator and creative consultant from Grenada, and Sheba Augustine, who is the founder and owner of all-natural sustainable skin care brand, OMI. Byer will be leading the “Nurture Your Inner Child in Art Therapy” workshop, while Augustine will conduct the “DIY Natural Skin Care” workshop.

The retreat’s programming will also feature yoga therapy, a sunset cruise, a values and purpose circle, nature walk, meditation, journaling, and more.

For more information on the Root to Rise Retreat, visit the retreat website. If you have any questions about what the retreat will entail, you can also reach out to Brooks-Smith-Lowe (@malaikabsl) and Bailey (@beeyoupd) via Instagram.


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