Me-Shell Mijangos ~ Team Leader

About us

Me-Shell is not new to SwellWomen, in fact she is the founder and creator of SwellWomen retreats and has had the privilege of meeting hundred’s of guests from all over the world. Believing in the beauty and importance of being empowered and empowering those around her, she has been inspiring people well before her first SwellWomen retreat in 2004. She was involved in the snowboarding industry for eight years and was a professional snowboarder for six years. She was the spokesperson for, and helped to create, Pure Snowboards, the first company to focus exclusively on snowboards for women. Me-Shell was also involved in developing women-specific bindings for Tech 9 and lending design support to the 686 Enterprise women’s clothing line. As well as being featured as a professional snowboarder in national publications, she wrote for women only magazines including W.I.G. and Fresh and Tasty. Me-Shell was also involved with women’s charities including Boarding for Breast Cancer.

After years in the snowboarding industry, Me-Shell turned her attention to education. She taught elementary school in California and it was there in the coastal waters of the Pacific that she fell in love with surfing. She likens surfing to be “the exhilaration you feel when you are riding fresh powder on a blue bird day.”

A job in the music industry, brought her to the fast-paced city of New York where she soon increased her attendance at yoga classes from once a week to five times a week. Two years later, Me-Shell set out on a trip around the world that included earning a certification as a registered yoga teacher at an accredited yoga school in Costa Rica.

Six months into her trip, Me-Shell accepted a position as assistant director at Maui Surfer Girls on the beautiful island of Maui and shortly after SwellWomen was born.

Me-Shell enjoys sharing her love for this beautiful state of Hawaii by leading unforgettable surf and yoga retreats with the spirit of Aloha. A self-proclaimed ‘self-help junkie’, Me-Shell also enjoys teaching her son how to surf, traveling the world, waterfall hikes, and soul surfing as much as possible. She enjoys her blissful life in Maui with her husband, son and her surfboards.


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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

This sounds like a dream! I am an education student and I have spent way too much time working all summer to pay for school. My boyfriend of 5 years is a government firefighter and has been away working most of the summer. His 30th Birthday and our 6th anniversary is coming up this winter, we would love to celebrate with a yoga retreat! We both love yoga but have barley had time to practice in the past few months. Keeping our fingers crossed! Jaimee and Dan

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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