It’s thanks to many people that Prana Pacifico Retreats came to fruition and represents the culmination of world travels, life experiences and contributions from many teachers along the way. Much Love and Gratitude.
Founder and Retreat Coordinator, Massage therapist, chef.
Linsey has been practicing yoga since the age of thirteen but has re-connected deeply with her Prana and purpose in the last 2 years where all of her passions and talents were cumulated in the birth of Prana Pacifico Retreats.
Linsey was formerly trained at The Australian College of Natural Medicine, Melbourne and received a wholistic understanding of how to facilitate the body's natural ability to self heal through various manual medicine modalities.
She left Australia to travel, arrived to Colombia in 2013 and knew instinctively that she would stay. After working in tourism, education and health her entrepreneurial tendencies evolved and she set about creating a business model that would allow her to be creatively independent, establish a tribe and give back positively.
Her first trip to the Pacific was in 2015 and she was captivated by the natural, untouched beauty, the desire to work more closely with the local community and sharing this special place in a sustainable and conscientious way.
In January of 2017 Linsey, along with dear friends and founders of Manos del Mar, organised a beach clean up event with 60 local volunteers, working together to offer environmental education to the Pacific coast communities.
In April 2017 Prana Pacifico offered its first 7day yoga retreat which Linsey not only managed but also catered, taking her passion for healthy cooking and hosting to a whole new level, planning, buying and preparing meals with love in the beautiful, but isolated private paradise.
Silvana Palacios Cortés
Community manager, photographer and videographer
Mexico City. Silvana studied a Master's degree in Communication at the Universidad Iberoamericana and holds a degree in Social Communication from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana.
She has worked as an independent photojournalist with collaborations in prestigious photographic agencies and film documentaries including; Laboratorio de Arte Documental, Revista ContraLínea, Sabotage Magazine, Acción Virtual, Amnesty International, just to name a few.
Where she really shows her flair is with a hoop in her hand and in 2017, she founded HoopalooH Colombia, a company dedicated to teaching Hula Hoop performance and workshop from metropolitan Medellin.
In her spare time, Silvana is now happy to be contributing her many talents as Community Manager and Photographer for Prana Pacific Retreats and is planning to create a hooping retreat for our 2018 program - stay tuned.
Web designer and illustrator
Front-end developer. Bachelor in Anthropology with a Master degree in Aesthetics. Drawing and bicycles lover. She started to work with Prana in 2017, creating the website, and supporting other creative areas . She also hopes to engage in other creative projects with Prana, creating decorative artwork for the property and developing community projects with women and girls in Nuqui.
Yoga Instructor - Saskia Van Erven
E-RYT 200H Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, 200H Yoga for Kids and Families, Thai Massage
Saskia has a masters degree in Economics Science but found her passion in Yoga and massage. She has been teaching yoga for several years and is certified in Hatha yoga with variations in Vinyasa flow at Rishikesh Yoga Peeth in India. She also teaches prenatal Yoga and is certified in Yoga for Children and Families.
Her free spirit and adventurous soul brought her to Colombia a few years ago where she now instructs daily yoga classes in Spanish and English and offers thai massage sessions. She has learnt yoga from different teachers all over the world and has more than 15 years experience in practicing various styles of yoga.
Her heart centered approach and lessons are holistic and playful. She offers a safe nurturing environment where each student can start their inner journey using the body and breath as their main tools for connection and growth. Her intention is being there for her students to guide them in their process of finding inner peace, connecting deeply so they can feel unconditional love for themselves and everything around them.
Besides yoga she finds joy in being with her family, working with her hands in the earth and any kind of (rhythmic) movement.
Graphic designer, illustrator, entrepreneur and sea lover based in Cali, Colombia. He tries to live outside the box and is always seeking the opportunity to meet new people and learn new ways of thinking. Currently working for the preservation of the pacific coast of Colombia.