Lisa M. Garcia

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About The Teacher

Lisa Garcia is an outdoor enthusiast who finds joy, inner peace, harmony and love in the beauty and abundance of nature. Using nature as her medium her work focuses on developing human capability through self-discovery and helping others co-author a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling. Lisa believes our talents, strengths and imperfections all combine to make us unique beings with gifts to positively impact the world. Lisa held executive leadership positions in leadership development with both the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotel Companies for over 30 years. During the past 10 years Lisa and her family owned and operated a successful outdoor recreational facility in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. INDIGO Nature Retreat located in the Pisgah National Forest is the next chapter in her life story. Training/Educational Background •Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management from Michigan State University •Professional certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance from George Mason University •Professional certification as a Nature Retreat Leader •Certification of completion of Wilderness First Responder course, Great Smokey Mountains Institute at Tremont, Tennessee •Completion of Shinrin-Yoku Guide training, Shinrin-Yoku is Japanese for “Forest Bathing” – a gentle path to wellness, Santa Rosa, California •Completion of Self-Compassion training taught by Kristin Neff, PhD and Chris Germer, PhD •Fluent in Spanish acquired through formal education and living and working internationally

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  • Suzanne Belflower   March 16, 2018

      Indigo Retreat is amazing

    On my drive to Indigo, I was awestruck by the beauty of the Pisgah National forest and the peaceful flowing waters of Newberry Creek. After arriving, I immediately noticed how thoughtful they were to design and build a venue that blended so perfectly with these beautiful surroundings. I was warmly welcomed by Mamma Bear Lisa, who instantly made me feel relaxed and comfortable. Lisa’s gentle beautiful spirit along with her gifts and talents in leading retreats was obvious as we were offered delicious, healthy food and also welcomed by her other partners, all of whom made my own experience very special and deeply personal. Indigo is an amazing retreat and my experience there provided me with new discoveries that will continue to help me on my journey!


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