Sweet retreats is good medicine for the body and for the soul. – Jamie Donatuto, Washington, USA, 2017
“…What was so delightful about my experience at Casa Chango was that all participants were supported in being uniquely themselves, regardless of age, expertise or background. This was in large part because of the relaxed and nurturing atmosphere that Kerri and Stu created….” – Marianne Cleary, Berkeley, CA, 2017
“The energy was contagious and motivating. I’d recommend this trip to anyone who wants to sweat, swim and smile for an entire week.” – Katherine Hutchinson (Oakland, CA) 2015
“Wow. Sweet Retreats rocked my world! I feel so much more aware of my body. I’m not a circus professional, but I really appreciated Kerri’s approach to fitness and yoga…The staff made a truly a magical experience. Sweet Retreats was at once personal, authentic, fun, and restoring.” – Andy Tannehill, Placerville, CA – November 2017
“Circus bootcamp was life changing for my practice. I learned to be more kind to myself and what it takes for me to build confidence. Hearing about your process and how you got to where you are was a huge inspiration for me to honor my own process.” – Morgan Tarling, San Francisco, CA, 2016
“Sweet Retreats has encouraged me to be a better version of myself both physically in the circus arts and also personally in my interactions with friends and the community. The instructors at Sweet Retreats are not only world class performers, they are also some of the most caring, beautiful, and authentic individuals. I’m so fortunate to have discovered this paradise of athletic endeavors, delicious food, unending laughter, and all within the gorgeous surrounding.” – Liz Marotte, Oakland, CA
“Big thanks! As a first ever yoga retreat I fear I have been hugely spoiled. Your offering was amazing. The yoga was so individualized with great instruction, the accommodations were beautiful and peaceful, the circus instruction was unexpected and fun. I had a lot of private time to hang with my daughter. And of course the food was delicious, healthy, clean and full of fun ethnicity. Everything seemed over the top. I have nothing to offer to have made the experience better. I will certainly spread the word.” Janice Chapler – Berkeley CA 2017
“I really appreciated that you [Kerri} were honest and real about where you were at over the week. Your heart, honesty and humility made a huge impact and helped clarify who I choose to be in the world. So often people put on fake smiles and fakes falsities to remain professional. You elegantly demonstrated that you can still remain professional and from the heart without falsities.” – Ukoiya Mastin (Vermont) 2014
“The week I spent with Sweet Retreats was not only inspiring and tiring but uplifting and opening. I had the honor of meeting 20 strong people who wanted to learn and improve themselves. The energy was contagious and motivating. I’d recommend this trip to anyone who wants to sweat, swim and smile for an entire week.” – Katherine Hutchinson (Oakland, CA) 2015
“Circus bootcamp was life changing for my practice. I used to not like going to the gym because I didn’t know how to use it to help me with circus stuff, but the retreat gave me the tools to train at the gym (muuuuuch cheaper and more convenient than a bunch of conditioning classes at a studio). I’m happy to spend 2 hours and the gym training and working on flexibility and it’s helped so so much. I also learned to be more kind to myself about training which helped me come at it with a different strategy: I’ve been taking a variety of different circus classes and when it comes to silks, I took beginner level until I had the basics mastered. Before, I tried to push myself beyond my ability and would get frustrated and burned out (mostly emotionally :). Now, I believe there’s no shame in taking it slow — that’s how I learn and that’s what it takes for me to build confidence. Hearing about your process and how you got to where you are was a huge inspiration for me to honor my own process.” Morgan Tarling, San Francisco, CA 2016
“Wow. Sweet Retreats rocked my world! I feel so much more aware of my body. I’m not a circus professional, but I really appreciated Kerri’s approach to fitness and yoga. Her “circus fit” cardio and vinyasa-styled asana practice really brought me back to earth, away from the passive, achey body that doesn’t reflect who I am. My family attended the Family Circus Yoga Retreat, and there was something for all of us: circus tumbling and climbing for the kids, circus fit cardio for my wife and vinyasa yoga and hammock time for me. The proximity to beach fun, excellent food and cocktails at Casa Chango, fun shopping, and the safety and relaxing environment of the grounds left us feeling fit, relaxed, and well fed. The staff made a truly a magical experience. From our first “hola!” to our final “adios amigos!” Sweet Retreats was at once personal, authentic, fun, and restoring. Great Job!” – Andy Tannehill, Placerville, CA – 2017
“I recently returned from Jim Donak’s PLE in Paradise workshop at Sweet Retreats in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Casa Chango was an idyllic setting, the food was locally sourced and delicious, and Kerri and Stu could not have been more gracious and welcoming hosts. When I signed up for Jim’s workshop, I knew that I would be both the oldest participant (i.e., over 50) and the least skilled. While this is often my experience, I was somewhat apprehensive (especially when I learned that two of the other workshop participants were contortionists!) What was so delightful about my experience at Casa Chango was that all participants were supported in being uniquely themselves, regardless of age, expertise or background. This was in large part because of the relaxed and nurturing atmosphere that Kerri and Stu created. I’m planning on returning and hopefully bringing a few friends with me!” Marianne Cleary – Berkeley, CA, 2017
“Kerri’s Aerial Artistry Retreat gave me more than I could’ve imagined.
We worked on unique exercises that challenged our bodies, mind, and our spirit. The exercises really allowed you to enter a deeper part of yourself, one that you usually avoid facing. We used those feelings in our movements, our stories. It was so enlightening to be able to feel those things out loud. These exercises led into the creative process of choreography; the Artistry . It taught me how to connect with the audience, how to express myself in my movements and how to tell a story through my work. To be myself and accept my flow, my process.
Such an adventure, an awakening experience. Something I will hold close to me forever.
Kerri, I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of your work. You have a huge heart and a beautifully creative mind. Your process was genius. Thank you for giving me all that you did. I miss you and can’t wait to be in one of your retreats again!”
Josephine Reyes, Miami, FL 2016
“Sweet Retreats was the perfect compliment to my regular circus training. What could be better than daily training in paradise with fabulous coaches? I met and learned from other people who love circus as much as I do and I had the chance to perform a draft of my act in a supportive (and gorgeous) environment. I came home newly inspired, with new tricks to play with and new ideas to revitalize my warm-up and stretching routines.” –Sarah Hluchan, Arlington Virginia, 2017
“The first time I went to Sweet Retreats I was at a crossroad – both for my aerial training and in my professional life. Sweet Retreats gave me the confidence to move to the next level in both. A supportive and fun training environment, that extends beyond the mat into the communal social nature of the retreat, Sweet Retreats gets under your skin!
I came away bursting with new skills and excited to share them, and a whole range of new friends from around the world. But more importantly, it gave me time and space to reconnect to myself and a chance to remember what inspires me. There’s nothing quite like being away from it all, surrounded by like-minded people all out to stretch their bodies and minds, to focus the mind.
Two retreats later I have the confidence to take my aerial to the level I want to – having spent time working on performance skills in a safe environment. And I’ve left my energy-sapping government job to move into the charity sector where I feel more myself again.
So thanks Sweet Retreats! Thanks to Kerri, for so expertly running the whole experience. Thank you for feeding us so masterfully. And to all the trainers – Rain, Shira, Chloe, Niff, Cohdi – thank you for sharing a little bit of their inspiring worlds with us mere mortals!” – Nicola Freedman (UK) 2015
“I’ve had the pleasure of spending these last 10 days in paradise with a community of badass humans doing badass things.
I have been deeply moved by each and every person I met this past week. I have learned so much about intimacy, about community, about joy. I have danced with my dark and sticky places in new ways both terrifying and profound. And most wonderful of all I have had the privilege to join of a group of people with so much fucking courage it makes me cry. Life is hard, and it’s scary, and it’s so easy to get hurt and to shut down. Witnessing your ability to love and share so openly despite this truth is a feat that leaves me lost for words. You are all fearless.
Special thank you Kerri for creating such an amazing, loving, and authentic retreat. Your soul is bigger than life. Thank you for your your wisdom, your laughs, and for being exactly who you are.
My heart is full. I feel whole.” -Anonymous
Kerri’s aerial artistry workshop was soooooo worthwhle, and so rewarding!! Understanding the scope of what you can do with some basic moves (whatever that means for you) was eye-opening. Kerri creates a welcoming, encouraging environment just by being herself, and in turn I was able to let myself be more free, more silly, more open, more EVERYTHING. Just MORE. It was an awesome learning experience, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend. Angela Jackson – Halifax, NS. 2017
Before going to the aerial silks retreat I was able to do some decent tricks but I couldn’t connect them into a performance worthy act. Throughout the week Kerri and her team helped me build a sequence that I could perform (in front of a real local audience). It was a fun and intimate process and helped me take the my silks skills to a new level. – Christoph Paulweber, Amsterdam 2017