We Believe Happiness Matters A Lot

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'We all have a hungry heart, and one of the things we hunger for is happiness. So as much as I possibly could, I stayed where I was happy.'

- MARY OLIVER -

Paths Of Least Resistance

You may barely notice the underlying structures in your life, and how powerfully and naturally they determine not only the way you live, but the quality of your life. Structure influences behaviour, and behaviour produces habits. When we align our habits with our values, the structure changes and we feel less resistance moving through the world. Structures aren't really something people think too very much about. Yet energy moves where it is easiest for it to go, which makes some structures much more useful than others.

Most people believe that circumstances are the dominant force in their lives, but this is only partly true. By recognizing the structures at play in your life and changing those in favor of ones that allow you to create what you really want to create, you'll find that  happiness is already built in by default. 

GUESTS SAY IT BEST

TESTIMONIALS ARE A WONDERFUL REMINDER OF MEMORABLE TIMES WITH PEOPLE FROM NEAR AND FAR. FAR TOO MANY TO LIST OF COURSE, OUR UNENDING JOY AND NETWORK OF LIFELONG FRIENDS CONTINUES TO GROW AND FLOURISH. BROWSE THROUGH SOME OF THE MANY "LOVE NOTES"  WE'VE RECEIVED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT STUDENT EXPERIENCES WITH US. 

YOUR HUMBLE HOSTS

Yvette Neumann

Principal Partner/Creative Spirit

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After an extensive career in Aerospace and IT, I left the Corporate world in 2008 to pursue my first love – art and artful pursuits. A decade later, this crazy, creative adventure in reinvention and discovery continues to be incredible fun and continuing to build Heartful Retreats, together with the thriving gallery and art studio business that Yvette Neumann Fine Art is today, brings immense joy; I am truly ‘following my bliss’, as writer/teacher Joseph Campbell gently urged. It’s the human connection between people from all walks of life that truly delivers meaning and purpose to life. There is no substitute for genuine relationships and reverence for beauty; seekers of all kinds know this to be true. Their stories and your story are what honestly inspire me, and I look forward to the pleasure of meaningful connection with you.

With a successful 30 year career in aerospace engineering and management going strong, I am moving toward a more engaging way of life, with the intention of leaving behind the drone of the office for a more fulfilling work/life experience as retirement nears. As an avid skier, biker, hiker, and water monkey, our part of the world is a dream come true for folks who love the great outdoors as much as me. Being the Professional Sherpa behind Heartful Retreats allows me to tactically support the behind the scenes heavy lifting that goes on to ensure guest experiences are qualitatively relaxed, intimate, and fun. I’m genuinely excited to share our wonderful town, fabulous natural setting, and Yvette’s immense talents with visitors to Anacortes and the great Northwest.

Derek Neumann

Principal Partner/Professional Sherpa

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Our Recipe For Well Being

WHAT YOU THINK YOU BECOME

MEANING

Live your best life

We believe in life changing experiences, done in the best possible way. Well-being is more than the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy; it’s flourishing and thriving and living life to the fullest. As life gets busier and the world more unavoidably connected, making time to switch off and ‘just be’ becomes critical to our well-being.

MINDFULNESS

You are enough

Some of our greatest challenges in life come from needing to balance our inner worlds with that of our outer experiences. In a world that often demands more of us than we can comfortably give, being able to express our authentic selves in varied and creative ways, does a great deal to insulate us from the pressures of modern living.

ABUNDANCE

There's enough for everyone

We believe in drinking deeply from the Universal abundance that surrounds us - the harmony of Nature and its many bountiful fruits, the intimacy of great conversations and community support that strengthen the bonds of human connection. Add a giant dollop of freedom, where no permission is needed and no one's keeping score, and you have a recipe for mindful experience that feeds and nourishes soul.

YVETTE'S WORK

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