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Sea Self – Mindfulness at Sea | St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

$3,500/ £2,400
Dec 10 – 18, 2016

Depart: St. Thomas, USVI
Arrive: St. Thomas, USVI via BVI
Length: 9 days 8 nights
Focus: Mindfulness at sea

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‘Smell the Sea Feel the Sky
Let your soul and spirit fly’ Van Morrison

A trip of a lifetime amidst the beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean aboard our 72ft yacht Sea Dragon. Marine biologist and health coach Lucy Hunt will lead a fun filled 9 day/8nt immersion experience allowing time to reconnect with nature and inherently your true self. Visit deserted islands, practice yoga, mindfulness, self-awareness and nature connection. Leave refreshed, recharged and armed with tools and practices to integrate into your busy lifestyle on your return home.

After this fun trip you will
Understand the human – nature connection and its importance
Understand limiting beliefs and how they affect us
Know what drives you – where is your passion
Reconnect with your intuition
Breakthrough fears
Have personal tools that will help your busy lifestyle
Create lasting change within
Understand how to keep your body in its optimum state
Have made new friends and memories from luxury sailing trip of a life time
And lots more!

‘The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea’. Isak Dinesen

Imogen Nash – Skipper

To Imo it feels just as natural being in the water as out, a true water baby spending much of her upbringing by the water on the south coast of the UK. Growing up in small sailing dinghy’s and swimming competitively; she has now been working as a professional Skipper for the past 7 years. Covering many miles all over the world, focusing a lot in the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. Over these years she has built a huge passion for the world’s oceans, the environment and protecting nature.

Imogen is a crew member on her local RNLI LifeBoat and loves to spend her days in the ocean; diving, surfing & kite surfing she also has a true love for photography. Holding her MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, MCA/RYA Cruising instructor, MCA Ship’s Captain Medical & PADI Rescue Diver.

Harry Robinson – First Mate

Harry has grown up as a avid sailor starting off in the Sea Scouts on the South Coast of the UK. A true water man & a huge passion for engineering. Harry built a jeep at the age of 16 which took him and a couple of friends on a few surf trips throughout Europe. After getting a degree in Marine Engineering in 2008, Harry taught Design & Technology at a secondary school. Whilst at school & university, he volunteered his time at a Sail Training Organisation. Loving teaching but wanting to spread his knowledge further he decided to take up for sailing as a profession in 2010 so got his MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Ocean & MCA/RYA Cruising Instructor he also holds his MCA Ships Captain Medical and is now working towards his MCA Master 200.

Harry has a recently got a workshop on the south coast of the UK, restoring traditional boats & building bespoke wooden surfboards. He has covered many miles all over the world & built up an extensive knowledge and passion for environmental issues, his heart lies within the ocean; sailing, surfing & kitesurfing.

Thomas ‘Owen’ McMahon – Deckhand

Having started sailing with the family at the age of seven Tom has always loved being on the open water, whether as crew on yachts or just messing about in dinghies. Realising a life on land would never make him truly happy he began sailing professionally in 2010. After gaining a yachtmaster offshore he has gone on to work delivering yachts as well as spending years working on superyachts looking after not only the people on board but the boats too. Whilst enjoying this life at sea he realised that a better way to spend his time would be to help people to enjoy what he had done growing up. So now when not on Sea Dragon, Tom also teaches people how to sail as an IYT instructor, so that they can not only enjoy the sea and all it has to offer, but also learn from direct experience a sense of connection with the environment which can only be found on the ocean.

Lucy Hunt – Mission Leader

Lucy Hunt grew up in a small coastal village; Waterville, Co. Kerry in the SW of Ireland, this is where she developed her love and fascination of the sea from a young age. Living on the Wild Atlantic Way (a famous picturesque driving route) she was blessed with the sea on her doorstep and as her first playground! Starting to scuba dive when she was 12 years old she discovered the beauty and biodiversity of the underwater world and wanted to learn more about its many inhabitants. As an undergraduate Lucy studied a Joint Honours Degree in marine biology/zoology and she was awarded her Masters in Marine Environmental Protection by the University of Wales Bangor from which she moved on to manage Irelands top class beaches with local government agencies.

She has also worked on projects in warmer climes such as Australia, Fiji, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and the Maldives with coastal communities on marine ecotourism, research, awareness and conservation. She was one of the founding members of the Irish Basking Shark Study Group where she has been active in fieldwork, research and awareness. Lucy was appointed the Education officer with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and she has also worked offshore on ships for over 5 years as a marine environmental advisor in places like the Arctic, Africa, Adriatic and the Black Sea.

In 2014 Lucy opened her own marine awareness and activity centre in her hometown called Sea Synergy where she leads a team in marine research and has lots of fun delivering her experiential learning marine awareness workshops with all ages. Lucy is an ocean advocate and has given presentations on marine conservation to corporations, government, schools and families. She has featured in different media for being passionate about her work see Lucy Hunt – Living her dream

As a trained Health Coach with The Institute for Integrative Nutrition Lucy believes that relationships, exercise, career, and spirituality are as important to your health as the food you eat and encourages a holistic approach to supporting the whole person. She enjoys empowering people to be their happiest healthiest self.

Lucy is passionate about continuous self- improvement; she reads numerous books, takes workshops and discovers the international tools that are available for optimum health and wellness. Along with her own tools she condenses her research and what she has learnt into her workshops so you have a rounded approach to your wellbeing.

Being a fun loving water baby Lucy also knows how important nature – particularly the sea is in our overall well-being, she builds nature connection into her workshops which inherently helps connect us to our true self.

Sarah McDonald

Background and Areas of Expertise
Professionally, I have 15 years of experience helping companies create or optimize their sales functions.  Initially as a consultant advising companies directly, 2.5 years ago I joined a brand-spanking new technology start-up called CommercialTribe to help create a sales rep development and coaching platform.  The startup experience has been a wild adventure – every single day is challenging, frustrating, humbling and exhilarating. Professionally my areas of expertise are sales strategy, sales engagement, consulting, new product development, entrepreneurship, tech startup operations, leadership and change management.
Personally, I grew up in Old Lyme, Connecticut where the ocean was an essential part of daily life – winter, fall, spring and summer.  Sailing, swimming, diving, life gaurding, rowing ect. I moved to Denver, Colorado 12 years ago and have had the opportunity to experience the mountains – camping, hiking, skiing, snow shoeing. While I enjoy adventure and the outdoors – I am equally enthused spending an afternoon reading a book in a cozy chair as I am climbing a 14’er.  Personally my areas of interest (expertise?) are yoga, nutrition & cooking, exploring exquisite food, and writing.
Goals for Expedition
My primary goal for this expedition is to return to the salty ocean-soaked late afternoon exhaustion that I fondly remember from growing up.  My father, now deceased, would charter a boat and sail through the Virgin Islands every winter.  I would like to see what he saw and experience what he loved so much.  Secondly, I am hoping to take a moment to take stock of my direction, goals and personal beliefs.  I could think of no better backdrop for a mindfulness experience to explore the past 3 years than the Virgin Islands.  Life has served up a number of challenges for me to face over the past 3 years and I am hoping to do a personal inventory of what went well, what I need to learn from the experiences and decide what the next phase of my life might look like.

Saturday 10 Dec: Crew arrive on board mid-afternoon, motor to Christmas Cove, anchor, swim, boat introductions
Sunday 11 Dec: Up in AM, session in morning, sail to Caneel Bay or Maho Bay
in St. John, swim/snorkel/session, Dinner
Monday 12 Dec: Move to Caneel Bay/St. John, clear out of Customs (during
session in AM), sail to Jost Van Dyke, clear in, move to Sandy Spit
for evening
Tuesday 13 Dec: Sail to Guana Island, anchor, sessions
Wednesday 14 Dec: Sail to Dogs, lunch ashore, sail to Gorda Sound, anchor
Thursday 15 Dec: In Gorda Sound, sessions/hiking/snorkelling/sailing
Friday 16 Dec: Sail to Long point/snorkel into cool jacuzzi pool / or go to
Baths, snorkel into underwater rock/session up in rocks sail to Great Harbor Peter Island
Saturday 17 Dec: Up in AM,session, sail to West End, clear out, sail to St. John, Clear in, go to Christmas Cove for last night
Sunday 18 Dec: Motor to Charlotte Amalie Harbor, crew depart by 1000

*Itinerary subject to change based on weather and willingness to ‘say yes more’ to spontaneous possibilities 😉

Contribution Includes:
– 8 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals, snacks and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear

Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to and from St. Thomas
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port

All crew members will require a passport from their home country that will allow them to travel to British Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands. Please also check with your embassy that you have the correct visa for arrival by sea.