Two souls with one mission
Whole & Happy was founded by two yoga teachers from opposite sides of the world who longed to create the kind of yoga retreat that their fellow yogis, outdoorsy brothers, and wine-loving best friends would all want to go on.
Rosie & Natasha have both worked on a number of yoga retreats internationally and found them incredible, inspirational experiences but realized in talking to past guests that the messages presented were somewhat unsustainable upon return to their normal lifestyle. They sought to create a fun-loving but powerful retreat focussed on the balance between practice and playfulness, the healing power of nature, and yoga for the soul, not just for the body.
It was within the delivery of their first retreat program that magic began to ensue. Within one week, the thoughts, appearance, and attitude of each guest transformed. Through daily practice of yoga, connection with nature, nourishment with wholesome foods, and the support of the people around them, each and every guest began to discover their happy place; they came home to themselves.
In seeing this transformation right before their eyes, Rosie and Natasha committed to the delivery of their retreat program internationally; working with eco-conscious resorts who share their same deep-seeded love for the planet.
Having recognized the ability to make positive changes in the lives of others through the implementation of their program, the girls are in the process of creating a 30-day online retreat; making the potential for positive change accessible to everybody from the comfort of home.
Meet the team
Teacher and host Rosie is a cheeky kiwi, born and raised. She has spent the past four years working in Europe and Southeast Asia on world-renowned yoga, wellness and adventure retreats. On her travels she discovered how yoga, meditation, good food, the outdoors and a healthy balance in life is her key to happiness, which led to the creation of Whole & Happy Retreat.
Rosie completed her initial 200-hour Hatha teacher training in a peaceful white-washed village in Spain. She met Natasha in Cambodia where they both taught on Hariharalaya Yoga & Meditation Retreat and a beautiful, collaborative friendship was born. She has spent the past 4 years travelling, teaching yoga, and practicing Thai Yoga Massage in SE Asia, Europe, and her hometown of Nelson, New Zealand.
Rosie teaches an intuitive style of yoga with a strong focus on the breath and awareness, so that each practice becomes a meditation in motion. Her personal practice is based on building harmony between all the little parts of herself through a balance of energising and restorative practices. She believes that wellbeing comes in many shapes and forms; its not only what you eat and how you move your body; it encompasses your thoughts, your relationships, your values, what you put out into the world and what you receive in return.
Having seen in herself the transformative powers of the practice, she believes yoga can bring a little more sunshine into everyone’s lives. She can’t wait to have some good chats and belly laughs with you on retreat.
Natasha is a small-town Canadian girl with a deep-seeded heart for adventure. She currently resides in Southeast Asia where she balances her time between instructing yoga, writing, biking and exploring the magnificently rich and vibrant culture of the East. She transformed her passion for yoga and meditation into a career in 2015; completing more than 500 hours of training in both Nepal and India with advanced education in Yoga as therapy for systemic disease.
Natasha has been fortunate enough to share her teachings at five-star resorts and retreat centres around the globe; allowing her to gain boundless experience in her field and introducing her to a plethora of incredibly special people. In 2016, while working as a yoga instructor and retreat host at the infamous Hariharalaya Retreat Centre in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Natasha was introduced to Rosie. For months the girls worked and lived alongside each other, developing a sister-like bond and dreaming about a future filled with yoga, happy hour cocktails, and beautiful sunsets! In November 2016, Whole & Happy was born and has since become an international venture with retreat locations in Asia, Europe, and South America.
Natasha believes in a yoga that is more than standing on ones’ head or being able to touch fingers to toes. She feels that the true power of yoga lies in the ability of this practice to unify – cultivating a deep connection with nature, with other humans, with animals and (perhaps most importantly) with oneself.